* Early Bird Special SAVE R 2 000pp*
(Deposits paid before 31 Jan 2020)
Combine the best sites of the northern red sea with the spectacular wall diving of the Tiran Straits and the well-known Dahab Dive sites (Blue Hole & Canyon) North: Unlimited diving on only the best dive sites in and around Ras Mohammed National Park. Also including the famous Thistlegorm, Sha’ab Nuhas and Gubal Wrecks.Tiran Islands: Dive the incredible wall diving of the Tiran Straits (4 undersea Mountains – Jackson, Woodhouse, Gordon & Thomas Reef).Dahab: Before heading back, the journey will extend to the Gulf of Aqaba to dive. the well-known Dahab Dive Sites incl. Gabr-el-Bint, Blue Hole and Canyon. The mountains rise up from the ocean bed making for dramatic scenery.
- Includes & Excludes
- Diving Highlights
- Liveaboard Details
- Flights & Approx. Taxes
- All scheduled transfers
- HURGHADA Day use room
- 7 Nights’ accommodation on the luxurious Liveaboard or 6 Nights on-board and 1 night in a hotel
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
- All tea, coffee, bottled water & soft drinks
- FREE BEER
- UNLIMITED DIVING
- Hire of 12L Tanks & Weights
- Free Nitrox
- Marine Park Fee and Fuel Surcharge
- Port Fees
- Hire of dive equipment other than tanks and weights
- 15L Cylinder (€40 for the week)
- Crew Gratuities (€70pp – divided amongst the crew)
- Visa (R350 pp – SA Passport)
- M/Y Sea Serpent
- Sundeck Suite: R 1 050 pp
- Sundeck Double Cabin: R 1 050 pp
- Sundeck Twin Cabin: R 550 pp
- Cairo: R 1 500 pp sharing includes day use room, ½ Day Pyramids & Sphinx Tour, scheduled transfers (no meals) Gratuity: €5 p.p.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
- R 5000 non refundable deposit to secure your booking, balance payable 60 days prior to departure.
- Prices are subject to change in the event of price increases, airfares, exchange rate fluctuations and availability.
- The exact price can only be confirmed at the time of final invoicing and final payment due date. If you would like to secure your price to avoid any fluctuations we will provide you with a final invoice (calculated at the exchange rate at time) and payment will need to me made in FULL within 24 hours of receipt of the invoice.
- The tour package has been quoted on a sharing basis and an additional single supplement fee will be charged for singles
Where is the Red Sea?
The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia. The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden.
Depart JohannesburgCheck in at Johannesburg International airport at 18h00 for your flight to Cairo departing at 21h45.
Cairo , Hurghada, LiveaboardOn arrival in Cairo at 05h35, stay in transit for your flight to Hurghada. You will be met at Hurghada airport and transferred to the port, which is a mere 10 minute drive where you will step into your luxurious cabin and unpack to unwind for the week. Soon after that you will be submerging yourself into the warm, crystal clear waters of the Red Sea with its wonderful sea life. Once the check in procedure is complete i.e. dive gear unpacked, safety briefings complete & all guests on board the Liveaboard will depart. In the event of late arrivals, the Liveaboard may return to port after the check dive to collect remaining guests or alternatively only depart the following day. The luxury Liveaboard offers 5* service, exceptional cuisine, a friendly crew and unlimited diving opportunities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and tea, coffee, soft drinks, beers and bottled water are freely available on board. Unlimited diving
HurghadaAfter 2 dives, return to the port and overnight on the Liveaboard. The evening can be spent shopping and exploring Hurghada. Dinner is provided on the Liveaboard.
Hurghada , CairoCheck out of the Liveaboard after breakfast (by 10am) Hurghada Day Use Hotel: All Inclusive Meal Plan Spend the day at leisure at a centrally located hotel where you can relax around the beach and pool, shop until you drop or enjoy a massage before transferring to the airport for your evening flight to Cairo. On arrival in Cairo, stay in transit for your flight to Johannesburg departing at approx. 23h10. Dinner and Breakfast is served onboard.
Day 9 OPTIONAL
CAIRO HALF DAY TOURTransfer to the airport in the morning for the flight to Cairo departing at approx. 08h35. Met on arrival at 09h40 and embark on the ½ Cairo Day Tour (Pyramids and Sphinx). After the tour, check into a day-use hotel room. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Transfer to the airport at early evening for your flight back to Johannesburg departing at approx. 23h10. (Meals at own cost)
Arrive in JohannesburgArrive in Johannesburg at approx. 07h10
Diving Highlights and Bucket List Dive Sites:
The famous SS Thistlegorm World War II wreck is one of the highlights of this cruise. The SS Thistlegorm sunk in 1941, having been bombed by the Germans while on a mission to deliver a cargo of trucks, motor bikes, ammunition and war materials to the British troops in North America.
Ras Mohamed National Park
Ras Mohamed has been described as one of the best diving sites in the world. Located at the tip of Sinai, famous for its breath-taking walls rich in soft and fan corals and populated with huge shoals of fish. Nutrient-rich sediments from the Golf of Aqaba attract many fish species and also feed the coral polyps creating a paradise for divers.
Abu Nuhas Wrecks
Dive the famous wrecks of Abu Nuhas, the Ships Graveyard. This reef lies close to the ship-lane toward the Suez Canal and has claimed more ships than any other in the Red Sea. The wrecks are very scenic, covered in corals and they are fantastic for photography, especially the Carnatic, having sunk in 1869.
Tiran is made up of four reefs – Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse & Jackson, offering beautiful wall dives alive with corals and various fish species. Big schools of groupers, snappers, barracudas, tuna and sharks can be sighted in surrounding waters.
Blue Hole, Dahab
The Blue Hole is a submarine sinkhole, with a shallow opening to the sea, knows as “the saddle”. On the seaward side the depth drops steeply to over a thousand metres and has an abundance or coral and reef fish. The dramatic wall makes for an interesting dive.
The Dahab Canyon snakes its way up from 30m to emerge through a coral dome filled with glass fish. An easy dive and the light effect caused by the sun rays are fantastic. The coral gardens in this area are teaming with marine life including Butterflyfishes, Unicornfishes, Octopus, Pufferfish and of course Red Sea Anthias, which can only be fully explored after several visits.
Gabr el Bint
This dive site is accessible by boat or by camel and as a result is less frequently dived and the corals are in pristine condition. The reef features a steep drop off with sandy ravines and overhangs attracting fish, rays and a variety of marine life. Game fish and turtles are often seen.
DECK / CABIN SPECIFICATIONS M/Y SEA SERPENT:
The liveaboard M/Y Sea Serpent can accommodate groups of up to 22 divers in 11 cabins (9 twin) and (2 double). The luxurious cabins are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, mini bar, bathrobes and towels, among other services.
8 x Twin Cabins
1 x Twin Cabin 2 x Double Cabins