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Red Sea & Middle East - Liveaboards


A Red Sea scuba diving holiday offers some of the most amazing dive conditions year round for all types of diving - both shore based, boat diving or on one of our specially selected liveaboards. Red Sea dive holidays offer the best value and are perfect for non-divers too.

Egypt is the Land of the Pharaohs, with abundant historical sites to visit and is the perfect paradise for year round diving holidays. The choice of hotels is vast and there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Why not explore some of the ancient sites with an excursion to see the Pyramids or Tuthankhaun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

The crystal clear warm water and some of the best and most established dive centres in the world to choose from, make Egypt a wonderful experience for both first timers and annual ‘pilgrims’ alike. Each destination offers it own special character and variety of diving.


Red Sea MV Asmaa - Red Sea Liveaboards, Red Sea & Middle East

The MV Asmaa liveaboard is based in the southern Red Sea where up to 20 divers can explore the some of the best diving on offer in the region. This is an excellent value liveaboard for high standard of service and comfort.

Location
The MV Asmaa liveaboard is based in the southern Red Sea. With transfers arranged from Marsa Alam airport to the boat dock in Hamata.

Accommodation
A custom built motor yacht is designed with the diver in mind. Up to 20 guest can be accommodated in 10 twin berth cabins, all with ensuites and two towels per guest. All cabins and the salon are air conditioned for your comfort with a spacious dive and sun decks. There is free WiFi (when in range). She has free Wi-Fi, available where there is a signal. Soft drinks are provided and wine is served with dinner.

Diving
A diving guide is provided for each dive. Free NITROX available for certified diver up to a maximum of two tanks per day (subject to availability). Day diving is available (in the right conditions) to he Brothers, Zarbagad, Daedalus and Rocky Marine parks to those with a minimum of 50 logged dives. A range of PADI courses are available, including the FREE Nitrox Diver Course.
 

Sample Itinerary 'Fury & Friends'

 

This cruise starts with a short sail to one of the Wadi Lahmi sites near Hamata Port of Hamata for your first check dive. The following is a sample schedule depending on local conditions.

Abu Galawa Soraya Part of the Wadi Lahmi reef system
A beautiful reef with soft and hard corals, variety of fish life,pinnacles and a small wreck of a 17m sailing boat accessible at 18m and still intact after more than 25 years. Maximum depth 24m.

Abu Galawa Kebir is close to its smaller sister, Abu Galawa Soraya, and is famous for its tunnels and south plateau. The Tien Hsing Chinese tugboat wreck has some stunning soft and hard coral bouquets running its 34m length. But the wreck is not the only reason to visit as the large reef provides plenty of opportunity for other dives along the walls and pinnacles; the tunnels are ideal for novice cave diver.

Sha'ab Maksur is a large and varied reef that is often compared to the Red Sea classic, Elphinstone, with steep drop offs and strong currents making it a dive where some diving experience is beneficial. North and South plateaus start at around 20 metres and extend to around 40 metres, although the plateau has some pinnacles that can be enjoyed on the ascent and safety stop. On the plateaus, and drifting down the east wall, you can encounter some species that make a proud entry in your log book, hammerheads, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks have all visited Maksur!

Also in the Fury Shoals system, the Sha'ab Claudio captivates divers and enthrals photographers with its shallow swim-through system, perfect for leisurely exploration. With five entrances and exits and shallow in depth, you're never 'lost' and can just enjoy the shafts of light dancing through the caverns. Rays, nudibranchs, large Napoleon wrasse and morays are all frequently spotted here; you may even see a white tip reef shark or turtle pass by.

Sha'ab Sataya is situated at the very south of Fury Shoals; this huge natural lagoon is formed by a massive reef (sha'ab) rising from the depths. The fame of Sataya is its steep drop offs along with pelagic sightings and protected pinnacles smothered in soft and hard corals. But the real stars can be the huge pods of spinner dolphins that frequent here, meaning Sataya has become the 'Dolphin House' of Hamata.

You are required to have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide.

Wadi Lahmi & Fury Shoals Reef System Sample Itineary: Please note, the above is a maximum itinerary and will depend on local sea conditions. The maximum number of dives are 28 dives in the summer and most trips will usually offer around 25/26 but in the winter, this will normally be reduced to a maximum of 24 and divers should be prepared to get up early each day. The boat will not move to a different site for each dive. At least 3 dives per day will be guided with other dives taken with a buddy.  You are required to have at least a a PADI Open Water diver certification or equivalent to be eligible for this trip.

Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: All year.

Average Air temps: 18-35°C

Average Water temps: 18-28°C

Visibility: 15-30m

Top Dive Sites:
North  - Shaab El Erg, Abu Nuhas Wrecks (Giannis D, Carnatic, Lentil & Tile wrecks), Gubal Island, WWII British wreck Thistlegorm,Ras Mohamed National Park & Shark Reef. Rock & Zabargad Islands (Khanka wreck). South - Big and Little Brothers, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone, St John's Fury Shoal's system.

Great Reasons to Dive on a  Liveaboard in the Red Sea

  • Variety of itinearies to North and Southern Sites.
  • Departures from Hurghada, Marsa Alam & Hamata.
  • Perfect combination of reef & wreck diving.
  • Suites, shared or singles cabins.
  • FREE Nitrox Courses & FREE Nitrox fills on certain boats.
  • Sharks & large pelagics at southern sites.

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.