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RED SEA June 14 - 24, 2019

OUR TRIP TO THE RED SEA WAS AMAZING! BELOW IS THE 2019 TRIP COST AND ITINERARY SO YOU CAN GET AN IDEA WHAT YOU'VE MISSED AND WHAT TO EXPECT ON A DIVE TRIP TO THE RED SEA. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO GO TO THE RED SEA WITH US, INFORM US AND WE WILL PLAN A TRIP SOON!

Diving every divers' dream. Land based so the non divers can join us and explore as well. Full board including food, drinks and alcohol. We will be staying in the upmarket, funky Sharm and then also the quaint little town of Dahab. Best not miss this one.

Per person sharing in double accommodationPrice excluding all flightsPrice excluding international flights
R 17 950 R 13 950 R 15 950
            INCLUDING             EXCLUDING
  • Return flights on EgyptAir Economy Class from Johannesburg/Cairo excluding airport taxes
  • Return domestic flights within Egypt on EgyptAir Economy Class from Cairo/Sharm-el-Sheikh excluding airport taxes
  • 6 nights’ accommodation onboard the M/YBrina boat for a Northern Red Sea safari on a full board basis including all non-alcoholic beverages (tea/coffee/mineral water/soft-drinks/tonic water/soda water)
  • All diving onboard the liveaboard including 12 litre aluminium tanks, weights/weight-belts & dive guide
  • 2 night accommodation at the 5* hotel  , in Sharm on all inclusive basis
  • Meet & assist at all airports within Egypt & all transfers to fit the programme
  • Airport taxes:  Currently R3800,00 subject to change prior to the issuing of airline tickets plus R200 issue fee
  • Lunches, dinners & drinks in Sharm or Dahab and Cairo
  • All alcoholic beverages:  Wine/spirits are not available onboard and must be brought from home country
  • Ras Mohammed National Park entrance fees:  EURO 7,00/person payable in cash onboard the liveaboard
  • Equipment rental other than 12 litre aluminium tanks/weights/weight-belts:  EURO 30,00/day – full equipment;  EURO 20,00/day – BC/reg only;  EURO 15,00/day – dive computer (compulsory);  EURO 12,00/day – reg only;  EURO 8,00/day – dive torch (including batteries);  EURO 60,00/week – 15 litre tank (if required)
  • Service charge:  EURO 70,00/person payable in cash onboard the liveaboard on the last day (Euro 50 for the boat and Euro 20 for transfer and land hotels)
  • Cost of processing Egyptian visa:  R250,00/passport
  • Half-day tour to Pyramids & Sphinx, Cairo:  R1000,00/person to be booked and pre-paid in home country
  • Day use hotel in Cairo R800 including return transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • Full-day tour to Pyramids/Sphinx/Egyptian Museum/Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar:  R1800,00/person to be booked and pre-paid in home country
  • NITROX R 1000 per person  pre-paid in home country

 

Payment PlansDepositPayment
Non Diver R 2 500 10 x R 1 795 per month
Diver R 2 500 10 x R 2 220 per month
 

ITINERARY

Friday, June 14

Check-in at OR Tambo International Airport at 19h00 for your Egypt Air flight departing for Cairo at 21h45.  Dinner & breakfast served onboard the aircraft.  Flying time is approximately 8½ hours.

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

 

Saturday, June 15

Arrival in Cairo at approximately 06h45.  Met on arrival and assisted through customs formalities & transferred to check-in for flight to Sharm-el-Sheikh departing at 09h00.  Arrival in Sharm-el-Sheikh at approximately 10h00.  Met and assisted on arrival and transferred to check-in the 5* Novotel Palm  Hotel in central Na’ama Bay, Sharm-el-Sheikh for 1 nights’ accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis.  Rest of day at leisure on own arrangements.

OVERNIGHT AT THE 5* NOVOTEL PALM  HOTEL IN SHARM-EL-SHEIKH

 

Sunday, June 16 (3 dives)

Onboard the M/Y Brina  boat diving and safety briefing, depart for a check dive at Ras Katy dive site, a local dive site ideal for doing a weight & equipment check prior to departure on the safari.  The check dive is followed by a night dive at Ras Katy, or if time permits, we will depart for a night dive at Beacon Rock.  Located westward of Ras Mohammed, Beacon Rock is the farthest tip of the reef system of Sha’ab Mahmoud, a large coral reef that extends to the northwest, almost touching the coast of western Sinai.  There are humphead (Napoleon) wrasses, a great many burrfish and tropical groupers.  It is not uncommon to sight sea turtles and eagle rays, as well as white-tip reef sharks.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Monday, June 17 (4 dives)

Before breakfast there is an early morning dive to the wreck of the Dunraven.  Located at Beacon Rock, the wreck was an English steamer which sank in April, 1876 on its way back from India with a cargo of cotton and wool.  The wreck’s stern is at 28m, with the huge screw and rudder pointing towards the surface, decked with soft corals.  The ship’s entire keel is practically intact and is thoroughly covered with coral.  A few large Malabar groupers have chosen the wreck as their home.  After the first dive, if weather permits, the liveaboard will cross the Straits of Gubal.  The Straits of Gubal are found at that point where the North-west Red Sea begins to narrow as it becomes the Gulf of Suez.  The island of Gobal Seghir (little Gobal) lies at the very end of the busy shipping lane which takes its name from the island’s big brother.  The second dive is on the wreck of the Ulysses which sank in the early hours of the 16th August 1887 after striking the island of Gobal Seghir.  The Ulysses lies right side up on the reef with her stern at 27m and bows in very shallow water.  The main body of the wreck is now on it’s port side and most of the decking has rotted away revealing a framework of iron girders.  Currents can be quite severe making it best to get down into the shelter afforded by the wreck.  The third dive is to Bluff Point, situated at the Northeast end of Gubal Seghira island, extending like a pointing finger into the Straits of Gubal.  The dive is along the island's East coast, near the light-house which warns ships of the sheer bluffs or cliffs.  Fish and other marine animals abound here, and the site is famous for turtles, while bottlenose dolphins are also frequent visitors.  The night dive is on the barge.  The barge is the small remains of a vessel which lies in the bay below Bluff Point.  There have been many opinions about the original identity of this ship - including an Egyptian Naval vessel sunk during the 6 day war, a barge in tow lost during a storm, a diving boat and a cruising yacht.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Tuesday, June 18 (3 dives)

In the early morning the liveaboard proceeds to Sha’ab Abu Nuhas.  The first dive is on the wreck of the Giannis D, located at the north-west corner of Sha’ab Abu Nahas, with an average depth of 18m, a maximum depth of 27m and an average visibility of 20m.  The wreck was a Greek-registered freighter wrecked in 1983.  The ship’s engine room is well preserved and the bridge and superstructure offer lots of scope for exploration, while the cavernous interior of the wreck is extremely atmospheric.  For atmosphere and ease of diving this is a remarkable site, especially as much of the wreck lies in relatively shallow water.  The second dive is on the wreck of the Carnatic, located at the centre of Sha’ab Abu Nahas north reef face, with an average depth of 18m, a maximum depth of 25m and an average visibility of 20m.  This wreck, lying in the middle of Abu Nahas’ infamous north face, is one of the most fascinating in the Red Sea.  The hull is broken into three sections, all of which can be penetrated.  The engine and boiler rooms are of particular interest and it is worth noting that of the ship’s 40 000 English Pounds’ worth of cargo of gold, only 32 000 Pounds was ever salvaged.  Coral growth on the hull is profuse and much of the ship is completely blanketed in soft coral.  There is a fairly dense population of resident reef fishes, including grouper and lionfish, while jacks and other schooling fish often cruise by in the open water.  The third dive is on the wreck of the Marcus, located at the north-east corner of Sha’ab Abu Nahas, with an average depth of 18m, a maximum depth of 25m and an average visibility of 20m.  This wreck lies at the north-eastern corner of the reef which allows a combination of wreck and reef dive.  The bow section was almost completely destroyed in the collision with the reef, and the forward sections are a mess, but the state of preservation improves as one travels toward the stern, where the hull and superstructure are virtually unscathed.  Much of this area can be penetrated.  The sloping reef to the south is very steep, cliff-like in places, with a fine array of hard and soft corals and a wide range of cracks, canyons and cavelets.  Fish life includes species such as grouper, wrasse, snapper and many others competing with the pelagic species drawn by the sheer profile and big currents.  Jacks are very common here, and barracuda are also a possibility, while sharks can occasionally be seen.  Tonight there is no night dive as the liveaboard proceeds to moor on the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Wednesday, June 19 (4 dives)

Before breakfast there is an early morning dive on the SS Thistlegorm.  This wreck site has legendary status in the world-wide diving community.  Located north-east of Shag Rock, off Sha’ab Ali to the south-west of Ras Mohammed, with an average depth of 24m, a maximum depth of 30m and an average visibility of 20m.  The SS Thistlegorm was an army supply ship sunk by the German army in 1941.  The wreck lies at 30m, her largely intact forward section sitting almost upright on the sandy bottom.  The midsection was the epicentre of the blast which sunk her and is badly damaged.  The stern section, its huge propeller clearly visible, boasts the crew quarters, the main anti-aircraft gun and a 3.5 inch gun on deck.  Off the port side of the ship, a railway locomotive lies at 33m, thrown from its place on the deck as the ship sank.  The wreck is like a gigantic, submerged army surplus store with motor-cycles, jeeps, tanks, and even boots still on the wreck.  You can even visit the captain’s bathroom, where tubeworms grow from the silt-filled bathtub.  There are large schools of jacks, snapper, bannerfish and huge grouper as well as soft coral growth throughout.  After breakfast, a second dive is undertaken to the wreck, with a third dive after lunch.  The wreck is best dived in three dives to enable divers to see the whole of the wreck.  There is a possibility of a night dive on the SS Thistlegorm if conditions permit.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Thursday, June 20 (4 dives)

Before breakfast, there is an early morning dive at Shark Reef and the wreck of the Jolanda.  Located at the south end of the Ras Mohammed National Park, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 50m plus, and an average visibility of 20m.  These two reefs are the twin peaks of a single coral sea-mount rising just off the Ras Mohammed coast, separated from the mainland by a shallow channel.  Shark reef has a sheer wall dropping to well past 50m giving way to a steep reef slope as the reef proceeds south-west towards the wreck of the Jolanda.  The Jolanda was a freighter wrecked in 1986 after a severe storm, and its cargo of handbasins and toilets can be seen strewn along the reef.  Coral is excellent and big pelagics and schooling fish swarm this reef in their thousands.  Off the wall of Shark reef, hammerheads, grey and black-tip reef sharks can be seen in the blue.  There are also many reef fish, moray eels as well as blue-spotted and black-spotted stingrays.  After breakfast, the second dive is at Ras Za’atir.  Located in Ras Mohammed National Park, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 30m plus, and an average visibility of 20m. This reef has many cracks and fissures, some forming small caves which can be entered.  There is a reasonable range of coral species, both hard and soft and a large-scale growth of soft corals. Fish life is excellent with a dense and diverse fish population.  The third dive is at Jackfish Alley.  Located in Ras Mohammed National Park, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 40m plus and an average visibility of 20m.  The site begins on a sheer wall with small cracks, crevices and penetrable caves, each featuring separate exit and entrance holes.  Proceeding southward, the wall gives way to a sandy plateau at around 20m well covered with coral heads and outcrops.  During the lunch break, the liveaboard moves on to the Straits of Tiran and a night dive is performed at South Lagoon reef.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Friday, June 21 (4 dives)

Before breakfast, there is an early morning dive to Thomas Canyon on Thomas Reef.  Thomas Reef is the second from the south in the Straits of Tiran reef chain, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 50m and an average visibility of 20m.  This is the smallest of the four reefs in the Straits of Tiran, and its position in the chain leaves it exposed to some fairly vigorous currents.  The reef’s upper section is a riot of colour, encompassing some of the finest soft coral growth in the Sinai region.  The only reason to go much deeper than 20m at Thomas Reef is to explore the canyon, an option for only very experienced deep divers as the entrance to the canyon begins at 38m and extends down to depths of 90m and greater.  You should not even consider this hazardous option without consulting your dive guide.  After breakfast, the second dive is to Woodhouse Reef, the second from the north in the Straits of Tiran reef chain, with an average depth of 15m, a maximum depth of 40m plus, and an average visibility of 20m.  Lying between Jackson and Gordon reefs, Woodhouse is a long, narrow reef running at an angle from north-east to south-west.  It is generally dived as a drift dive along its eastern side.  Pelagic fish include big tuna and schools of trevally or jacks.  Fusiliers, snapper, surgeons and unicorns also school here, along with thousands of other reef fish.  The third dive is at Jackson Reef, the northernmost of four reefs extending down the centre of the Straits of Tiran, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 40m plus, and an average visibility of 20m.  On the northern edge of the reef, the wreck of a grounded freighter stands as a warning to shipping in the busy straits; most of its hull has been salvaged for scrap, leaving only a skeletal hulk.  A fixed mooring exists at the southern end of the reef and dives generally begin from this point and proceed generally northward along the east side of the reef.  The steep-sided walls of Jackson reef are among the finest in the Sinai region and have a dense profusion of hard and soft corals.  Luxuriant gorgonian fans are especially prevalent as well as sea whips, black corals and vivid growths of soft coral.  Fish life, not surprisingly, is excellent and large schools of barracuda, jacks as well as larger predators, including several species of shark, are common here.  During the lunch break the liveaboard moves back towards Sharm-el-Sheikh.  A night dive is performed either at the Temple dive site at Ras Umm Sidd, or on Ras Katy.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Saturday, June 22

Return to the port of Sharm-el-Sheikh and check-out after breakfast.  Transferred to check-in the 5* Novotel Palm Hotel in central Na’ama Bay, Sharm-el-Sheikh for one night accommodation on all inclusive basis.  Rest of day at leisure on own arrangements.

Novotel Palm Hotel Room ImageThe five-star Novotel Palm Hotel is conveniently situated centrally in picturesque and peaceful Na’ama Bay, the main tourist centre of Sharm-el-Sheikh.  The hotel is located directly on the beach and has its own private beach.  It is within easy walking distance of the main tourist promenades in Na’ama Bay which abound with restaurants, shops and bazaars which sell food and goods of all description.  Its 197 rooms are tastefully furnished in a modern style.  All rooms are air-conditioned, with safe deposit boxes, mini-bar fridge, satellite TV, a high-speed transmission line, hair-dryers, showers and separate bathtubs.  The hotel boasts two bars, two restaurants and a heated swimming pool.

OVERNIGHT AT THE 5* NOVOTEL PALM  HOTEL IN SHARM-EL-SHEIKH

 

Sunday, June 23

Day at leisure on own arrangements. Check-out from the hotel at 1200 and transfer to Sharm airport  for flight to Cairo to connect with Johannesburg flight

 

Monday, June 24

Flight departs Cairo at approximately 23h30.

ARRIVAL IN JOHANNESBURG AT APPROXIMATELY 07H40