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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 Contessa Mia - Red Sea Liveaboards, Red Sea & Middle East

The Contessa Mia is a luxury liveboard operating from Hugharda in the Red Sea. 11 Beautifully designed cabins, accommodating up to 22 guests, spacious decks and two saloons providing southern Red Sea itineraries and Hurghada coastal diving sites. Dive locations include the Brother Islands, Rocky Island, Daedelus, St Johns Reef

Location

The Contessa Mia, part of the Serpent Sea Fleets, offers a selection of Southern Red Sea destinations including Brother Islands, Rocky Island, Daedelus, St Johns Reef with varied itineraries on different departure dates.

Capacity: 22 persons
Length: 35m
Beam: 75m
Construction: Wood with teak decking.
Engine: 2 x 600 HP MAN
Generator: 2 x 85 KW
Sweetwater:    Desalination Unit 2 x 4500 L / Day
Fuel:  
Electricity:  
Navigation: GPS, Radar, Compass, EPIRB, Echo Sounder.
Communication: VHF & HF Radio & Satellite Phone.
Safety: Life Jackets (32), Lift Rafts (2), First Aid kit, Oxygen kit,Fire Fighting Equipment, Fire Alarms, Flares.

Accommodation
There are 11 ensuite cabins accommodating a maximum of 22 guests of which 8 are situated at the lower deck and 3 at the main deck.  Bed layout is either single, double or bunk beds. 10 cabins are twin and 1 cabin is a double. Cabins include towels and bathrooms for guests to use with individually controlled air conditioning.

Facilities
The air conditioned saloon is separated into lounge sitting and dining areas. for Guests enjoyment there is an audio visual station with DVD, CD and video playback. There are 2 outside decks. The lower deck partially shaded for sitting out and the top sun deck with cushioned seating or sun beds. Meals are open buffet style with beer and wine available.

Diving
Diving takes place from the large spacious dive deck or the tenders either 1 x 25HP or 1 x 40HP. There are between 1 and 2 dive guides on board. There are two compressors onboard (500l /min) with nitrox: partial pressure, membrane (Membrane 500 L/Min). Rebreather diving is available with advanced notification. PADI and CMAS certification courses and equipment rental are available when booked in advanced.

Itineraries
Special itinearies are available on request. Standard itineraries include Brother Islands, Rocky Island, Daedelus, St Johns Reef with varied itineraries on different departure dates.


Northern Wrecks and Safaga

This itinerary can head North as far as the Gobal Islands and Rosalie Moeller wreck or as far South as the Panorama reef and Salem Express, diving the best Hurghada and Safaga sites on the way.

The famous wrecks of Abu Nuhas, the Ships’ Graveyard with the reef  on the   Suez Canal shipping lane laying claim to more wrecks than any other in the Red Sea. The wrecks smothered in corals and offer a memorable site and opporutnity for underwater photographer, especially the Carnatic, having sunk in 1869.

Marsa Alam / Port Ghaleb Departures
For departures from Marsa Alam and Port Ghaleb there are varied itineraries including the following:
  •     2 Week Marine Park
  •     BDE Itinerary, Simply The Best!
  •     Brothers and Elphinstone
  •     DZR
  •     Fury Shoal
  •     RZ, St.John
  •     St. John and Elphinstone
For full details of the diving itinerary for your departure date, please contact us.
 

Please note: Routes are subject to change at the dicretion of the captain based on local conditions on the day.

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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.