General

Embark – Port Ghalib.
Disembark – Port Ghalib.

Best bits:

  • High chance of Sharks & other Pelagics
  • Dive the epic Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone
  • Beautiful reef walls & plateaus
  • Stay aboard the newly built steel vessel Red Sea Explorer

The Adventure

The Red Sea, a world class diving destination. It is renowned for its beauty among divers, an array of hard & soft coral, a vast spectrum of marine life from big to small and a great mix of reef drop offs, walls and fascinating wrecks.

As the name suggests, on this adventure you’ll be diving the best sites the Egyptian Red Sea has to offer! This itinerary aims to spend the maximum time possible at the infamous marine parks of Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone. At these sites there is a good chance of encountering pelagics such as the Oceanic White Tips & Thresher Sharks while diving dramatic reef walls & epic plateaus, not to mention there is even a wreck or two! These sites have created many a diver’s bar stories! You are almost guaranteed long-lasting memories & encounters that will make you want to keep coming back for more!

Throughout your adventure you’ll be aboard the Red Sea Explorer, the newly launched vessel in the Extra Divers Fleet. She is 43m in length and is built to offer divers maximum space, comfort, quality and safety throughout their diving adventure. Being so new (2019) she is super modern with all the mod cons you would expect in a hotel; her owners describe her as ‘state of the art’ and it’s hard to argue with them. She accommodates her guests over 12 cabins that are all en-suite and have air conditioning. This vessel has been built to satisfy even the most demanding diver, diving details have been paid attention to, she boasts a large dive deck and offers free nitrox to those certified. Red Sea Explorer is an excellent choice for your next diving adventure!

Travelling by yourself? No problem!

We can place you in a standard cabin where you will share with someone of the same sex. In some cases, a single supplement can be paid to guarantee a cabin to yourself!

This adventure includes:

  • Transfers between local airport and liveaboard on days of embarkation and disembarkation
  • Accommodation aboard the vessel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & soft drinks daily
  • 24/7 access to drinking water, tea & coffee
  • Towels
  • All dives (including guide, tanks & weights)
  • Nitrox (for divers holding this certification)
  • Wifi (when in signal)

Requirements

  • PADI Advanced Open Water qualification or equivalent
  • 50+ dives logged, be comfortable diving at depth & with drift dives.
  • Dive logged within the last 6 months (refresher can be booked if longer than 6 months since last dive)
  • Fit to dive note from doctor (see what’s included tab for more info)
  • Diving insurance such as DAN or equivalent
  • Dive Computer & SMB (can be rented onboard)

Non-Divers

Non-divers are very welcome and this vessel is the perfect place to relax, unwind as cruise through your days.

Egypt

EgyptThe Red Sea is a fantastic location that keeps divers coming back year after year, with dramatic desert mountains and the beautiful blue sea, it’s easy to see why! The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia, the Red Sea became a popular destination for diving after Read more

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose DolphinThe most common species of dolphin found almost worldwide, these mammals have been known to man probably before ancient Greek and roman times. Bottlenose dolphins give birth about once every three years, sometimes longer. The gestation period lasts about one year. Calves, as the young are referred to, are not fully weaned until about 18-20 Read more

Grey Reef Shark

Grey Reef SharkThis species is most often seen in near the drop-offs of reefs and can be seen congregating in large numbers in some locations. The grey reef shark has the typical “reef shark” shape, with a broad, round snout and large eyes. This species can be distinguished from similar species by the plain or white-tipped first Read more

Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Oceanic Whitetip SharkThis species gets its common name from the white tips of its dorsal, pectoral, and tail fins. The dorsal and pectoral fins are large and distinctly rounded rather than pointed like in many other shark species. Oceanic White Tip Sharks can be seen year-round in the Red Sea; however they are more frequently seen in Read more

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Scalloped Hammerhead SharkNamed after their iconic hammer-shaped upper body, hammerhead sharks are one of the most famous shark species in the world. Hammerheads can grow to reach the impressive length of four metres. The eyes are found on either side of the shark’s head, giving it an impressive view of its surroundings, which is useful for spotting Read more

Thresher Shark

Thresher SharkThe Thresher shark’s long tail, which can reach lengths of several meters, is used for hunting. Much like a swordfish’s bill, the tail is whipped side to side to stun or kill prey, making it particularly easy to capture. This behaviour has only been observed a few times and filmed even fewer. Thresher Sharks sightings Read more

Whitetip Reef Shark

Whitetip Reef SharkWhitetip reef sharks are a commonly spotted shark whilst diving reefs. They usually are not bothered by the presence of scuba divers so you can tend to get quite close as they rest on the bottom or in their caves. This allows for excellent photographic opportunities. They are most active at night and in some Read more

Other notable marine life in the Red Sea

Other notable marine life in the Red SeaOther Shark species Other shark species can be seen in the Red Sea, notable species that if you are lucky can be encountered is the Whale Shark, Silky Shark & Tiger Shark. Dolphins Dolphins can be encountered year-round in the Red Sea. The most frequently encountered Dolphin species encountered in the Red Sea are the Read more

Itinerary & Sites

Your first & last night are usually spent in port, so usually no worries with late flight arrivals!

In general we aim to do 3 to 4 dives per day including night dives are offered (first and last cruising day: 2 to 3 dives)

As the name suggests, on this adventure you’ll be diving the best sites the Egyptian Red Sea has to offer! This itinerary aims to spend the maximum time possible at the infamous marine parks of Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone. At these sites there is a good chance of encountering pelagics such as the Oceanic White Tips & Thresher Sharks while diving dramatic reef walls & epic plateaus, not to mention there is even a wreck or two! These sites have created many a diver’s bar stories! You are almost guaranteed long-lasting memories & encounters that will make you want to keep coming back for more!

Upon arrival in Hurghada or Marsa Alam, our guests are welcomed by our friendly staff and taken to the port. Check-in on board includes the allocation of the cabin, a short boat orientation and dinner. The departure is the next morning, on the 6th day the ship returns to the harbor in the afternoon. Check-out and transfers to the airport begin after breakfast on the 7th day of the trip.

Here’s some info on the sites you’ll dive:

Brothers

Sharks, wrecks and drop offs - there is almost nothing that does not exist here. The well-known thresher shark cleaning station on Little Brother, grey reef sharks, hammerheads and Oceanic Whitetip guarantee exciting dives. The spectacular drop-offs are covered with soft corals, as well as the two wrecks Numidia and Aida at Big Brother.

Daedalus

The large reef lies south of the Brothers and impresses with intact hard coral gardens and the popular anemone city. However, Daedalus has become famous for its legendary hammerhead schools, which guarantee exciting dives.

Elphinstone

The reef is known for its two plateaus on the north and south sides, with good chances of hammerhead encounters. A frequent visitor is the curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark. Fantastic corals, napoleon wrasses and turtles make the trip to Elphinstone Reef the perfect ending of the tour.

As divers we know that safety comes first, we also know dives can be affected due to factors outside of our control, such as poor weather and sea conditions. All effort will be made for all diving activities to take place, however if weather, sea conditions or any other circumstances out of Adventure Dive Travel or our suppliers control can mean some diving activities have to be cancelled. If dives are missed we will attempt if possible to reschedule the dive within the remaining time on your trip, however this is not always possible and therefore it is not guaranteed.

Dive Info

Eat - Sleep - Dive - Relax! A safari on the MY Red Sea Explorer leaves nothing to be desired. In general, 3 to 4 dives per day including night dives are offered (first and last cruising day: 2 to 3 dives).

Before each dive a detailed briefing will be held. Normally there are 2 experienced dive guides on board. Tanks are 12 litre aluminium (80 cu) with DIN and INT valves. 15 litre steel tanks or rental equipment are available through advanced booking and at extra charge on board. Nitrox 32 is free for certified Nitrox divers.

On the dive deck and the diving platform there are freshwater showers, sinks, toilet, a camera and boxes/enough storage space for the equipment.

Diving is either done by one of the two spacious 6- meter-long and 2.45-meter-wide zodiacs or from the diving platform. Your dive gear can be kept on the dive deck for the whole trip, apart from your dive computer and any camera equipment.

Divers need a minimum experience of at least 50 dives. Generally, the maximum depth is 40 meters. ENOS is used on board (GPS-based emergency detection system for divers). The use of a dive computer and a buoy is mandatory!

Water temperature:

22 – 30 ℃.

Diving in the Red Sea is great year-round. Animal encounters, beautiful reefs & fascinating wrecks are the diving highlights of the Red Sea; from exhilarating encounters with pelagics such as Oceanic White Tip Sharks, to searching out and finding a hiding Frog Fish on a breath-taking wreck, you are sure to have memories that’ll last forever!

Liveaboard Info

Throughout your adventure you’ll be aboard the Red Sea Explorer, the newly launched vessel in the Extra Divers Fleet. She is 43m in length and is built to offer divers maximum space, comfort, quality and safety throughout their diving adventure. Being so new (2019) she is super modern with all the mod cons you would expect in a hotel; her owners describe her as ‘state of the art’ and it’s hard to argue with them. She accommodates her guests over 12 cabins that are all en-suite and have air conditioning. This vessel has been built to satisfy even the most demanding diver, diving details have been paid attention to, she boasts a large dive deck and offers free nitrox to those certified. Red Sea Explorer is an excellent choice for your next diving adventure!

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Cabins

Large guest cabins are divided into 4 categories (Superior lower deck, Superior upper deck, master cabins and one spacious Royal suite (nickname “The real big one“). All cabins are equipped with panoramic windows, a spacious bathroom, air conditioning, large beds (single or queen-/king-size), a mini fridge, a safe and a TV. Included in your adventure is accommodation in a Superior Lower Deck Cabin, upgrades are available at very reasonable rates please ask us for a quote!

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  • 4x Superior Lower Deck with panoramic windows, single beds, bathroom with shower and toilet (including 1 family cabin for 2 adults and 1 child with double bed and the 3rd bed as a sofa bed).
  • 4x Superior Upper Deck with large windows, double and single beds, bathroom with shower and toilet.
  • 3x master cabin main deck with large windows, double bed and single beds, bathroom with shower and toilet.
  • 1x Royal Suite with approx. 170 ° panoramic view, king size bed, rain shower, toilet and private sundeck.

Superior Lower deck cabins (included)

The very spacious and comfortable superior lower deck cabins are equipped with two single beds, air conditioning, TV, large windows, safe, mini fridge, sofa, table, bathroom with shower and toilet, bathrobes, towels.

Upper deck superior cabins

The elegant upper deck superior cabins with double and single beds are almost identically furnished and located (without a sofa and a table) and located on the upper deck.

Master Suites

Three master suites are located on the main deck of the ship and also have a small refrigerator, sofa and table.

Royal Suite

Located on the upper deck of the ship, the Royal Suite or "the real big one" offers the plus ultra of space and comfort. The suite is equipped with a large king size double bed, spacious seating area, rain shower, TV, minibar (first filling included), Nespresso coffee machine and many other amenities in addition to two private French balconies, a private sundeck and almost 170 ° panoramic all around view.

Decks

The ship has an elegant air-conditioned salon with a bar and comfortable seating, TV, WIFI (reception & signal strength depending on route and location of the ship), buffet restaurant, dive platform and a large diver deck. The spacious sundecks invite you to relax. Powerful desalination plants always guarantee enough fresh water, and two generators supply 24-hours of power. The friendly crew ensures the best service!

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Dining

Including full board. Tasty meals are served buffet style three times a day. Afternoon snacks as well as coffee, tea, water and soft drinks are also included in the price. For an additional fee, local wines, beers, coffee specialties and canned drinks are available. The meal service starts with the dinner on the first day and ends with the breakfast on the last day.

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Dive deck

This floating hotel is dedicated to the demands and expectations of scuba divers. Not only does the spacious diving deck provide fresh water rinse tanks, fresh water showers, plenty of storage space for dive equipment and a camera table – even Nitrox is complimentary for divers holding a valid certificate! ENOS is also on board - the best diving rescue system worldwide.

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Features

  • Some of the onboard features include a 2000HP motor powered by 24 cylinders with a 44 liters engine capacity.
  • Approximately 300kW reserve energy.
  • The latest units for navigation and safety including “ENOS“ diver alerts.
  • Modern high quality compressors by Bauer and a Mattai Nitrox membrane unit with a total capacity of more than 1800 litres.
  • A water purification system.
  • Aircon with individual controls.
  • WIFI and an array of other remarkable features to make life on board smooth sailing.

What’s Included

Included:

  • Transfers between local airport and liveaboard on days of embarkation and disembarkation
  • Accommodation aboard the vessel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & soft drinks daily
  • 24/7 access to drinking water, tea & coffee
  • Towels
  • All dives (including guide, tanks & weights)
  • Nitrox (for divers holding this certification)
  • Wifi (when in signal)

Not included:

  • Flights
  • 165euro local marine park fee (payable onboard)
  • Holiday & Diving insurance
  • Alcoholic & soft drinks
  • Additional optional supplements (see what available below)
  • Crew gratuities
  • Any required visa's (go to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for information on visa's)
  • Any recommended vaccinations (go to http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for information on vaccinations)

*Mandatory tourist visa to be purchased upon arrival at airport*

A tourist visa must be purchased upon arrival at the airport, this allows a tourist to stay in Egypt up to 1 month. There are desks with ‘visa’ signs above them (and usually a que of people!) where these can be purchased. The cost is $25/18euros and usually can only be paid in cash.

*Fit to dive Doctors note required*

Your health and safety are really important and divers are required to have a letter from their doctor/GP/Nurse stating they are medically fit to dive and it needs to be dated within 12 months of your adventure. These can easily be acquired by contacting your local health professional and are normally provided free of charge. Most divers who take a prescription for any reason will be very used to collecting one of these letters before any dive adventure! Contact us if you need any help or advice on this matter.

Dive Insurance

Please note, it is mandatory that you have a dive specific insurance that covers evacuation. We strongly recommend that passengers have valid Divers Alert Network insurance (or equivalent) to provide coverage in the event of an accident. Dive adventures are usually in remote areas and the cost involved in evacuating a diver is very high. The D.A.N. policy is a vital protection to have. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with obtaining dive insurance (at least one week prior to the trip).

Travel Insurance

This is important and highly recommended but not mandatory. Travel insurance ensures you won’t have any stress or worries if something goes wrong whether it’s a cancelled flight or a medical emergency.

Crew gratuities

Tipping is accepted onboard, tips will be collected at the end of the trip. A suggested tip would be $75 -$100 per diver.

As divers we know that safety comes first, we also know dives can be affected due to factors outside of our control, such as poor weather and sea conditions. All effort will be made for all diving activities to take place, however if weather, sea conditions or any other circumstances out of Adventure Dive Travel or our suppliers control can mean some diving activities have to be cancelled. If dives are missed we will attempt if possible to reschedule the dive within the remaining time on your trip, however this is not always possible and therefore it is not guaranteed.

Travel Info

You will be met at arrivals by a representative of your boat holding a sign with the name of the vessel on it. Embarkation is normally between 4 and 6pm. The boat will remain in the harbour overnight and will depart around 8 am the following morning.

Disembarkation is normally between 9 and 10 am in the morning; the final night of the cruise is also spent in the harbour.

Please note that these times may vary depending on the itinerary so please check your cruise confirmation carefully. Departure and arrival ports will depend on the chosen itinerary: Hurghada Marriott Marina or Port Ghalib.

Transfers

Your transfers are included to and from your embarkation local airport and your disembarkation local airport. If due to your adventure’s itinerary, your trip starts at one location and finishes at another then there will be a small transfer supplement to pay.

Included airport transfers:

  • Trips that embark at Hurghada and disembark at Hurghada.
  • Trips that embark at Port Ghalib in Marsa Alam and disembark at Port Ghalib Marsa Alam.

Airport transfers with a supplement payable:

  • Trips that embark at Hurghada and disembark at Port Ghalib in Marsa Alam.
  • Trips that embark at Port Ghalib in Marsa Alam and disembark at Hurghada.

These trips will have a $25 per person supplement per way for the leg /legs of your trip where the longer transfer is required.

Marsa Ghalib Port is closest to Marsa Alam airport, but flights are less frequent to Marsa Alam. Flights are far more frequent to Hurghada and transferring to & from Hurghada airport to Marsa Ghalib Port is easily done by a scenic drive along the dramatic Egyptian coast, this only takes roughly 3 hours.

Hurghada Marina is closet to Hurghada airport & flights are more frequent to this airport than Marsa Alam airport. Transfers take roughly 20 – 30 mins.

*We try to update flight guides as soon as possible but airlines can change their routings at any time, this is a guide only which is correct at the time of publishing.