I just returned from a trip to New York (hang on the relevance will be clear shortly.. .the review is about Diving with Elite in Sharm el Sheikh I promise!)...and what a fab trip it was, the reason I was lucky enough to go to N.Y. as well as Cordoba and Bali (to name a few over the last couple of years) is because of Elite Diving!!
I have met some of my now very close friends on the Elite boat. I started diving with Elite over 7 years ago as a solo traveller/diver, I have made so many friends through diving with Elite and now rarely go there alone (but I would highly recommend you do if you are a solo diver). You'll be matched with suitable buddy and I'm sure before long you'll have a new friend!
I used to work in Sharm at another very good dive center where I met the owners Alun and Moyra when they visited Sharm on a diving holiday themselves. After I left Sharm I went travelling, when I eventually settled down and came back to Sharm on holiday, I preferred diving with Alun and Moyra's elite diving due to the relax family atmosphere they produce.
The staff in the small family run centre (all English speaking, with the occasional spatter of Welsh) make you feel part of the family, the briefings are fun, the diving is awesome, the boat crew are so helpful, friendly and cook up tasty food in the valley. The prices are extremely competitive. You'll get loads of free abuse but compliments are extra ...elite joke!
I have now dived as a super hero, a clown, a pirate and in psychedelic 60's outfits with the Elite divers, this is always a giggle and makes for memorable post dive party eves too. On a more serious note, Elite take safety very seriously, you'll be fully briefed and you will get to see some beautiful dive sites. They explain all the costs upfront so there are no surprises when you get your bill at the end of your trip...and your kit will be all clean, dry & ready to pack too
I've been twice in 2017 and am about to book again, it's easy to get there via Cairo with Egypt Air, swift transfer and then only 45 mins to Sharm. Easy and you get comfy seats, free movies, free food and you get a huge baggage allowance!
Don't wait for the UK to resume flights direct, aside from Cairo there are other route options and all take around 6-7 hours...its easy
Cindy - Southampton. UK.
Kelly Nash is from USA but now lives in Barcelona.
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"As Trip advisor has now taken over form people writing in, we still get some who like to thank us personally. Here's one."
A very good morning to you all.
Sharon and I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to everyone at Elite Divers for making our Diving Holiday absolutely fantastic.
Everything about the package was organised to perfection and even if you may have felt like ducks kicking furiously under the water, above the surface you appeared calm, professional and most importantly, friendly.
From transfers, collections from the hotel, care on board, instructions about procedures, briefings, the quality of diving to the warm atmosphere socialising in the evening and not to forget the excellent communication in the build up to the holiday, you have conducted yourselves with a level of professionalism I have rarely seen.
I specifically appreciated the way your guides were patient with Sharon, she being a little nervous in new surroundings and new diving experiences. Special thanks to G and Hassan (hope I got that right) for their extra attention to encourage Sharon whilst diving the Thistlegorm and the night dive.
Everyone deserves a big pat on the back, and it is impossible to name everyone from those in the office, those guiding the dives and also those unseen heroes who transported our kit around without loss or damage. Our BSAC club will get a very full and positive briefing.
Once again, a very big thank you and we very much hope to see you again next year.
Just to say thank you for another cracking dive trip in Sharm. Another fab time was had by all and once again nothing is too much trouble. Hossam and Alec are a real credit to your company. The guys do a cracking job in the office and we are already missing boat food .hope to be out in the new year.
Wayne & Steph
Dear Alun, Alec, Karen, Gareth, Dave and Hossam (ably assisted by Moyra and Paul in the Dive Centre),
This was the fourth dive holiday I have had with Elite Diving/Divers United, diving from the 13th to 24th October inclusive and I cannot praise you all highly enough! Each day I was buddied up with someone with same dive experience and air consumption as me and each day had 3 brilliant dives. I even managed to dive SS Thistlegorm from the fast boat guided by Alun which made it a brilliant dive under very difficult conditions (strong current)!
Everyone I spoke to praised Elite Diving very highly and these people ranged from those who had just done their Open Water certification to those with thousands of dives under their belt. I will certainly be diving with you again.
With very many thanks,
Dr Julian Hopkins
I would like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful experience we had diving with your company. The crew work very well together on the boat, really good at putting you at ease and the explanation of what we were doing and where we were going. I would not hesitate in recommending you to other divers wanting to dive in the Red Sea. Fabulous.xx
We may see you again next year.
Avril & Ian Jones
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