DIVE TRIP DESCRIPTION
Red Sea: Simply The Best
The Red Sea is a favourite destination for Scuba Leeds. This safari is the ideal opportunity for you if you are after pelagic encounters.
Securing your place on the boat requires a 25% deposit. The suggested PADI Deep Diver and Nitrox Diver is a Scuba Leeds suggestion to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Conveniently if you are not currently Deep or Nitrox trained this can be arranged before or during this trip.
The northernmost part of Egypt’s offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60km away from the coast and 140km south from Hurghada. Big Brother Island (complete with a lighthouse from 1883) is 400 metres long with a spectacular plateau on the south east corner which is dotted with coral mountains and famous for thresher and grey reef shark sightings. The western side of the island has two impressive wrecks which both lie almost vertical on the side of the reef. Wrecks also feature on this reef, most spectacular is the Numidia. A large cargo steamer which sank in 1901 and now lies on the tip of the island between 10m – 80m covered in soft corals and frequented by large pelagic predators. In addition the smaller wreck of the Aida (30m – 65m) was a lighthouse authority supply vessel which sank in bad weather in 1957.
The smaller island, whilst only a little over 200 metres long, hosts an incredible concentration and variety of marine life. There is a pristine fan coral forest, a massive collection of hard and soft corals and compelling overhangs to explore. Especially important is the fish life with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead, thresher, grey reef and oceanic whitetip sharks.
80km offshore and around 300km south of Hurghada a huge tear-drop shaped reef rises from the sea bed. Recognised by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open on the blue! Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen. Oceanic white tip, grey reef and thresher sharks are often sighted. Probably most famous for scalloped hammerhead sharks, Daedalus is an obvious addition to Simply The Best. Large schools are often found in the blue during the summer months.
A Red Sea legend, a finger shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals. Unpredictable and exciting this truly is an awesome reef where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn.
M/Y Red Sea Adventurer
The most recent and fourth addition to the blue o two fleet, M/Y Red Sea Adventurer offers outstanding value for money. Refurbished in 2013, followed by an update in early 2016 due to her dry dock season, M/Y Red Sea Adventurer is a traditional Egyptian style liveaboard. Furthermore she was designed specifically for divers to make your diving holiday as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
M/Y Red Sea Adventurer is 32m long with 12 cabins divided over three decks,. Eight comfortably appointed twin cabins, two double cabins and two single cabins providing accommodation for 22 guests (24 in special circumstances). All cabins benefit from en-suite facilities, air conditioning and in-cabin entertainment. The vessel boasts a large communal dining and saloon area with an entertainment system, shaded deck area and two sun decks. Additionally, TVs in the communal areas are also equipped with an Apple TV and a hard drive containing movies and TV series.
Currents at these fantastic dive sites are what make its sightings so exciting. Subsequently this itinerary is not suitable for inexperienced divers. Blue O Two divers to have a minimum of 30 logged dives to join this safari to ensure safety. Scuba Leeds require a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water diver to ensure you get the most from the trip. Since these superb dive sites are offshore, many dives will be from a RIB.
All dives sites are subject to weather conditions. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings. Subsequently final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
DIVE TRIP COUNTDOWN
DIVE TRIP SPECIFICATION
Red Sea Simply The Best
Red Sea Adventurer
- Holiday Dates:
26th Oct – 2nd Nov 2018
Manchester to Hurghada
- Holiday Cost:
£1507.00 (inc VISA & Manchester flight supp)
- Minimum Certification:
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver & 30 Dives
PADI Deep Diver & PADI Nitrox Diver