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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 Luxury Aggressor - Red Sea Liveaboards, Red Sea & Middle East

This luxury 5* Red Sea liveaboard from Aggressor provides some of the highest standards of service and comfort at your favourite diving spots in the Red Sea. Enjoy amazing visibility, soft corals that will take your breath away and over a 1000 species of fish with over 200 unique to the area. Also home to several WWI wrecks with many artifacts still onboard. Plus the eduring warm weather of the Red Sea makes for a perfect diving holiday.

Location
The liveaboard is moored at Port Ghalib just a short 10 minute transfer from Marsa Alam airport or 2 hours from Hurghada airport.

Accommodation 
120' boat offering 10 en-suite deluxe and master staterooms. All staterooms are air-conditioned with ensuite WC, showers, sinks, bathrobes and hair dryer.  Bed linen is changed as requested and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed.

Deluxe Staterooms (1 - 8) each have two single beds measuring 32" x 78", a porthole view, mirrored wardrobe and private ensuite bath.

Master Staterooms (9 & 10)
One queen bed, 62" x 78" inches, port hole, mirrored wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, fresh towels, AC units, private ensuite bath.

Meal plan: 7 nights on board including all meals and beverages. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and dinner with table service are served daily. In addition, fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, beverages (including soft drinks, local beer and wine) are complimentary on board.

Diving
Up to 5 dives per days and night diving when available. Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included. All diving is from 2 skiffs that carry 10 divers on each for quick access to the dive sites. The water temperature is usually between 23 - 29C (74 - 84F) so a 3mm wetsuit is recommended in the summer months and 5mm in the winter. Equipment arranged in advance of your arrival onboard and is at an additional charge.

Brothers/Daeldalus/Elphinstone  Head 9 hours aboard your luxury liveaboard to these iconic diving destinations. As pinnacle islands you can explore the plummeting walls heading down hundreds of feet. The open ocean attracts big fish such as rays, sharks and and other large pelagics including Grey Reef shark, Thresher and resident Hammerheads. At certain times of year you can spot Oceanic white tips. On Big Brother there are two wrecks, Aida and Numidia.  One night dive is also offer on the itinerary but this is not possible to take it at the Brothers due to Egyptian Government regulations. As an alternative, an early dawn dive is offer each morning before breakfast.

Southern Route Itinerary  Diving in the southern Red Sea off the Egyptian coast offers extensive reef and coral gardens such as Sha'ab Claudia plus interesting coral tunnels and caverns for exploration. Fury Shoal's offers some of the best exposed reef and wall dives well know for attracting large pelagics. Sha'ab Mansour and Sataya dives are often accompanies by schooling barracuda, big-eye travellay and sharks. Dolphin Reef at Sataya is a lovely coral lagoon where you can snorkel with the residen Spinner Dolphin Pods and is offers sheltered bay conditions for night diving.

Sample Itineraries
Two Itineraries are available, alternating weekly:


Itinerary 1  Brothers/Daeldalus/Elphinstone
Itinerary 2  Southern itinerary - including Ras Banas sampling lush walls at reefs at Fury Shoal, Sha’ab Mansour, Sha’ab Claude and Sataya. Saturday


Saturday
Arrival Marsa Alam or Hurghada, boarding approximately between 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Sunday  
Approximately 8:00 am, Port Authorities clearance and departure for 1st dive

Sunday  to Friday Afternoon 
Up to 5 dives per day.

Friday Afternoon
2:00pm to 4:00 pm return to Port.

Friday Evening
6:00 pm Cocktail party
7:00 pm Dinner ashore
(Friday night dinner is the only meal not included in the cruise as there are many restaurants in the Port Ghalib area which guest enjoy visiting.)

Saturday
9:00 am Check out .

All charters are Saturday to Saturday and subject to change

Taxes/Fee/Transfers: Please note there is a Port Fee on arrival of USD $39 per person plus a Marine Park fee of USD $52 per person for the Brothers itinerary or a USD $105  for the Brothers/Daedalus. These fees are paid onboard the yacht and may be paid by Visa, Mastercard, or cash (US Dollars).

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.