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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.


Sudan Liveaboard MY Andromeda - Red Sea Liveaboards, Red Sea & Middle East

For your diving & liveaboard holiday to Sudan - Red Sea & Egypt, M/Y Andromeda is a luxury 130ft steel yacht built in 2009  A powerful boat with stablisers to maximise your comfort, there are thirteen en-suite double cabins with twin and queen beds, air-conditioned, spacious salon, Arabian cafe & 100m2 sun deck.

Location
Operating out of Sudan, dive sites include Shaab Rumi, Umbria wreck, Angarosh, Sanganeb and Shaab Saudi.

Capacity: 26 persons
Length: 40 metres / 130 feet
Beam: 8 metres
Engine: 2 x MAN diesel 1150HP each
Generator: 2 x Mercedes 138Kw silent generators
Sweetwater:    15 tons plus desalination device (2 tons/day)
Fuel: 70 tons
Electricity: 220v in every cabin and in the salon
Navigation: Compass, GPS, depth sounder, VHF, radio, radar, EPIRB
Safety: 2 x life rafts, 40 x life jackets, 2 x 50L emergency Oxygen, medic First   Aid kit, 8 x fire extinguishers, satellite telephone, life bouys, SEA MARSHALL diver search and locate system.

Accommodation
There are 13 en-suite double cabins with 10 twin and 3 queen-bed accommodations on the lower and main deck. The spacious, elegantly designed cabins are perfect for relaxing.

Facilities
The spacious lounge area is air-conditioned and well equipped with an LCD TV / VCR, DVD and CD player and furnished according to European style. The Arabian Cafe is a unique feature. Situated separate room on the upper desk with an original Oriental coffee shop design with shisha (waterpipe) smoking possibility, coffee, tea and original Arabic music. The comfortable 100m2 sun deck provides plenty of space for sun seekers, as well as shaded area. Comfortable deck chairs and cushioned seats make time more pleasant.  There is a smaller sun deck in front of the captain’s bridge. In front of the salon is a comfortable open but covered area for resting and chatting between dives and in the evening.

Diving
The large dive deck and dive platform area ensures a good amount of space for divers and groups who wish to enter the water at the same time. 2 hand-held showers on the platform allow for a rinse after diving or snorkeling. There is also storage for camera equipment. A bathroom with shower and marine head leads directly off the dive deck. The equipment on board includes 20 x 12lt and 10x15lt aluminum tanks, K valves, DIN and INT with international adaptors. Weights are provided at no charge on the boat. Zodiacs: 2, each equipped with a 40HP engine. There is plenty of storage space for all the equipment.Rental of diving equipment can be arranged but should be booked well in advance as rental gear is not kept on board.

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.