When that adventure tourism experience is not quite what you expect

July 18, 2012

LANGUAGE barriers are part and parcel of the travel experience, comic, confusing…and…sometimes dangerous. Especially when it comes to adventure tourism and if that experience matches what was advertised in brochures – as Booked.net‘s Svetlana Malukha discovered.

It was meant to be a diving experience off the coast of Hurghada – an Egyptian city and tourist centre on the Red Sea coast – and it could have gone horribly wrong.

Stepping aboard the dive boat we quickly realized none of the crew spoke English or our native Russian. It’s hardly a promising start to our diving experience.

The four of us had never tried diving before, but wanted to give it a go, even though we knew nothing about the process and techniques of scuba diving.

A few days earlier at our hotel we found out about the opportunity to dive for only US$70 per person, which includes two immersions, the first for 7-10 minutes and the second for 20 minutes, the deal included a dinner and transfer to and from the hotel.

The excursion was brilliantly advertised, we were told we will work only with highly-trained instructors from Russia with corresponding diplomas, experience and quality equipment, so our concerns faded as soon as we paid and we were looking forward to it.

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