I spent a week with King Snefro Fleet on the Snefro Love doing the Classic Sinai Route and have to say I am blown away.
Me and a friend of mine, both coming from Austria, were searching for a dive trip without doing a half world trip for it so going to Egypt was the best option as I already experienced a safari there. My friend made the booking on www.tauch-reisen.at and they recommended the King Snefro Fleet. After she showed me the pictures of the boat itself I was already blown away. And after getting on the boat itself I was even more amazed.
The Snefro Love is a dive boat, or better a yacht for about 25 people. And as good as the boat is, as is the crew.
We were only five guests on the boat, I guess due to the current unfortunate political circumstances, and still all of the crew-members were as helpful as they could be.
I for myself am not really experienced, I had around 40 dives when I arrived here, but I have to say from all the different divesites I've been (Great Barrier Reef, Koh Tao, Koh Panghan and Bali) I have to say the dives here were by far the best.
Our guides Ahmed and Mongy were always very helpful and explained each site in an upfront briefing very well.
Also my friend was doing here advanced owd, and Ahmed being her instructor put a lot of effort and patience to give her the best learning experince possible.
The first dive was a check-dive around Sharm ek Sheikh end even upfront Ahmed could tell me exactly how much weight I would need considering the salty sea. Turned out he was exactly right which showed the experince he has as a dive guide.
Diving around Sinai is awesome and really exciting. The marine life there is stunning, mostly smaller marine life and a whole lot of colorful corals. But you still never know what you might see. Even if we didn't spot a shark or a manta-ray during our dives it is still not impossible to spot one of those.
Our first destination after the check-dive was the south-western part of Sinai which includes shipwrecks like Dunraven, Kingstone, the Emperor Fraser (a former dive boat, but from another fleet ;-) ) and the most famous SS Thistlegorm. Each wreck is really stunning for itself but so is the marine life around those.
My personal favorite was a short snorkeling trip with some dolphins, even though this doesn't really have to do much with the diving itself. But still we spotted a group of dolphins while we were moving from one divesite to another and they made the effort to return there with a zodiac with us together with our snorkeling gear (which was also available on the boat) to do a 30 minute trip. And this was, hands down, one of the top 5 things I ever experienced in my life.
The rest of the trip was taking us to the Ras Mohammed national reserve and the strait of Tiran. Also some really really beautiful sites with even more stunning coral reefs and marine life as in the dives before.
So much to the diving, now to the crew.
Every single member of the crew was always very polite, funny and helpful. They helped us in getting geared up, putting on the fins etc.
And don't expect to lose any weight on the boat because the food is delicious. A typical day was starting with a briefing, then going for the dive and then eating a beautifully prepared meal. This whole process repeated 4 times a day (3 dives during the day + 1 night dive). We were welcomed after each dive with a huge buffet of different meals, so i would say there's something to eat for every taste.
And even when we left our room in the morning, when we returned it was cleaned up, even with the worn clothes folded lying on the bed.
The boat itself always looked perfectly cleaned up, all the members made sure of that while we weren't on the boat.
So all in all a wonderful experience. Thanks for Ahmed and Mongy as really professional dive guides, Remon the talented chef, and of course the rest of the crew: Gamal, Ayman, Maged, Waleed, Gamal and Nady.