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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 Cassiopeia - Sudan, Red Sea & Middle East

For your diving & liveaboard holiday to Sudan - Red Sea & Egypt, MY Andromeda
and MY Cassiopeia (sister ships) are luxury Sudan Liveaboards which are 130ft steel yachts built in 2009 without compromising on comfort or safety. Enjoy the ideal luxury liveaboard, custom built, with thirteen en-suite double cabins with twin and queen beds. Air-con spacious salon, Arabian cafe & 100m2 sun deck. Dive sites include Shaab Rumi, Umbria wreck, Angarosh, Sanganeb and Shaab Saudi. These are powerful boats with stablisers which get you to the dive sites quickly and in comfort.



                    My Andromeda                                        MY Cassiopeia

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.

Cabins
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 with bed linens and towels are provided.

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. Meals are buffet style, 3 times a day served with mineral water, tea, coffe (Nescafe), unlimited soft drinks (Cola/Fanta/Sprite) fruit and snacks available. A limited supply of alcohol beverages are provide at an additional charge locally. The Arabian Cafe is a separate room on the upper desk with with shisha (waterpipe), coffee, tea and original Arabic music. The spacious 100m2 sun deck is sleek with seated, shaded areas, comfortable deck chairs and cushioned seats with separate smaller sun deck.. There is a smaller sun deck in front of the captain’s bridge. WiFi is provided where coverage is available.

Diving Facilities
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.

Equipment on Board: The liveaboard includes one 12l aluminium tank per person and weights.Nitrox is available and subject to a small fee payable locally on board. There are 20 x 12lt and 10 x15lt aluminum tanks, K valves, DIN and INT with international adaptors on board. Weights are provided at no charge on the boat. There are 2 Zodiacs, each equipped with a 40HP engine. There is storage space provided for personal equipment.

Rental of diving equipment can be arranged but should be booked well in advance and is subject to availability as rental gear is not kept on board. If you require a 15l tank this will be subject to an additional charge locally.

 
Itineraries: Usually 3 dives per day with options for night dives Options for the North Tours (1 week), South Tours (1 week), Deep South Tours (1 & 2 weeks), Ultimate Sudan (5 days).

North: Absolutely pristine, untouched reefs, amazing corals in thousands of colours, huge schools fish and many sharks. Jacques Cousteau made these sites famous and you can still see and explore parts of his underwater observatory. Visit Angarosh, world famous shark dive and wreck of the Umbria.

South: Sudan is known as the gem of the Red Sea and with reason! Untouched reefs, a splendour of corals in thousands of amazing colours, huge schools of fish and of course, sharks in abundance can be found here. No wonder that captain Cousteau built his underwater observatory here the parts of which can still be explored by divers. After visiting Angarosh, one of the most famous shark sites in the world, a really exciting wreck awaits us – the Umbria. Besides the beauties of the sea, we must also mention Suakin, the ghost town, which once was the main port in the Red Sea.

The following divng sites are included in the itineraries but diving at these locations is subject to local conditions and at the Captain's discretion.

Prices (7 nights) from:  Low   High 
M/Y Andromeda £1499 £2499

 

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: September-April

Average Air temps: 30°C
(from 24°C winter - 38°C summer)

Average Water temps: 26-29°C

Visibility: 20-30m

Top Dive Sites: WWII Wrecks Umbria (Port Sudan) & Conshelf II, Sha'Ab Rumi, Sananeb (Sharks (Hammerheads Feb-Mar), Mesharifa (Mantas Aug-Dec).

Great Reasons to Dive in Sudan

  • North & South itineraries.
  • Quality luxury liveaboards.
  • Vast numbers of fish species, large pelagics & Schooling fish.
  • Moray eels, giant Parrott fish, Spotted Stingray & Barracuda.
  • Scalloped Hammerheads
  • Mantas, Humpback Jul/Aug

 

 

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.