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I have a friend who wants to take his wife on a surprise trip to do her OW in the Red Sea, August time.

Where would you recommend? And which outfit?
I'm tempted to say Sharm and Ocean College (only non-liveaboard I've done out there), but seem to remember someone saying the Hilton summat or other was top for OW course?

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Dave.
 

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speaking from personal experience, both me and my girlfriend went through Emperor divers in Sharm and can highly recommend them as a quality outfit, Hilton Fayrouz would be a good place to stay
 

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Sharm.  Emperor Divers.  Never stayed in it, but the Rosetta is right next door.  Or there's the Mariott or the Hilton.  

Sharm is also better in case the diving thing doesn't appeal - there is plenty to do in the evening instead.

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Yeh Sharm and Ocean College, they have always been efficient. I did a referal with them a few years ago and have been back several times and not yet been dissapointed by them. I always stay out of town as it can be very noisey at night. The hotel is clean and well run and the rooms though basic have aircon which works and are fairly big for Sharm. On top of which it is cheep'ish.

I have dived with Camel and Emporer both of whome were OK, no better or worse than Ocean college.

The Hilton is quite a way out of town towards the Airport and near to the casino's if thats your thing.

I don't know the name of it, but the hotel that has always appealed to me is the one you can see up on the cliff when you are diving the Gardens.

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In Sharm there is more than one hilton. The hilton Farouz looks really nice and is just across the road from the Rosetta and Emporer divers, it's just a short walk along the beachside promenade to the centre where all the shops and restuarants are. We stayed at the Rosetta and it was ok, all the clientel were either divers or fat Russian women with too much jewellery on. Emporer divers seemed like a good professional set-up and we had no problem with them. you can book packages with them through Regaldive and they often have good offers on two for one dive packs. Also worth checking out Crusader Travel, they have some good prices and packages and if you call them they can put something together for you.
 

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Emperor are very professional.

The Rosetta is right next door - it's OK but there will usually be something minor wrong and the service isn't always that good.  Lots of Russians here.
Next to the Rosetta is the Hilton Dreams - definitely a step up in terms of service.  Frequented mostly by Italians. Recommended.
Over the road on the beach side, the Hilton Fayrouz looks nice but I haven't stayed there.  The Pirates bar is here.
You can get into the centre in 5 - 10 minutes from any of these hotels.

If you fancy real luxury, the Hyatt Regency is the hotel at the Gardens.  Excellent facilities and service.  Not really walkable to the centre but taxis are cheap.

This is a really useful link for hotel info:
http://ww3.interoz.com/hotels....&step=2
 

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Ta very much for all your replies, very helpfull. Not a great deal to choose between Ocean College and Emporer it seems.

Good link John, cheers.

Dave.
 

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I can highly recommend The Dive Tribe in El Gouna.

They could also stay at my place  
Georgina's El Gouna Apartment

El Gouna is a quieter resort for diving.   Only a couple of boats at the dive sites.   I think Sharm has 288 dive boats?   You can also reach the wrecks at Abu Nuhas easily and the Thistlegorm too.

Plus I have a contract with the Dive Tribe and can get PADI courses at reduced rates  
 

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Thanks for that Georgina, I'll pass it on to him.
I've not been to El Gouna - can easily believe it's less busy than Sharm. Is the diving as good (though you're a titch biased here right?  
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Abu Nuhas and the Thistlegorm are probably pushing it as they are doing OW, max 18m etc. Maybe later, once they're hooked  

I know a few people in my office getting the diving bug recently though so shall spread the word about a lovely little appartement and cheap courses...  

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Quote[/b] (dave archer @ April 02 2004,17:24)]Is the diving as good
Hi Dave
The diving is superb.   The local sites are beautiful with plenty of dolphins.   The whole set up with the Dive Tribe is for a very relaxing and enjoyable day.   When I dived in Sharm I found it quite stressful with the number of boats and divers trying to get out in the morning and be the first to the dive sites.   The Dive Tribe pick you up from the apartment around 8am on the first day to take you to their diving centre to fill out the paperwork and sort out equipment.   You are then driven to the old marina to your boat.   They have very high standards and great boats and captains.   All the crew, dive guides and instructors are excellent.   All my guests come back with great things to say about the diving and Dive Tribe.

I can't wait to get back there next week :)   There are five dive centres in El Gouna but the Dive Tribe is British owned and tends to attract the Brits.

There are also many things to do for non-diving partners too.   And at the end of the day you are spoilt for choice with restaurants to walk to in the evening.   Omar Sharif's son owns three restaurants in the marina.    And prices are so cheap  
   About four quid for a fillet steak with pepper sauce.

But yes, I am biased  
   But then again, if it wasn't so good I would never have taken the risk of buying an apartment there because I didn't know anyone else who had bought in Egypt.   And now I do.   Simon TW loved it so much he bought a place of his own  
   Probably about six times as big as mine but I am looking forward to seeing his villa on the beach next week  
 
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