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King Snefro 5 and her identical twin vessel King Snefro 6 were custom built in Alexandria / Egypt in 1999. The 22 m long and 6 m wide yachts are designed exactly the same way. With a major refit in 2011, each one accommodates up to 10 divers. Enjoy diving in small groups, both liveaboards are also ideal for smaller groups looking for a comfortable full charter boat to dive the best sites of Sinai.At the magnificent dining area to the fore first class, delicious meals will be served. Snacks, water, tea, coffee and soft drinks are available during the whole time for your convenience. Chefs are excellent and prepare delicious, mouth-watering meals: if you have special requests, such as a vegetarian diet, just let us know. The air-conditioned, wooden finished salon offers spacious living areas with Flat Screen TV, CD, DVD and central music system.On the cabin deck 5 air-conditioned bunk bed cabins: 2 cabins with ensuite bathroom, 3 cabins are sharing 2 bathrooms which are directly connected to your cabin (except the two front cabins, these ones through the corridor only). Like all bathrooms they are offering hot & cold water all the time.The new designed diving area, 2 ladders to the spacious platform and the zodiac support makes your diving comfortable and safe. 14 Alu-Tanks Nitrox are always on board, some more tanks can be requested and will be placed on the boat if pre-booked.
Length 22 m / Beam 6 m
Engine 360 HP G.M.
1 Generator x 30 KW, 220 V
1 Generator Perkins x 45 KW, 220 V - SILENT
fully air conditioned
all cabins with electronic safe
2 twin berth cabin (bunk beds), en suite bathroom
3 twin berth cabin (bunk beds) sharing 2 bathroom
Life Vests & Fire Extinguishers located in each cabin
spacious salon with dinning area to the fore
Bar, Flat Screen TV, Video, CD / MP3 / DVD / Music system
Sun deck with bar
2 Bauer Mariner Compressor
15 x 12 Liter Alu Tanks (DIN/INT)
14 x 12 L Alu Tanks (DIN/INT) Nitrox
2 x 15 L Alu Tanks (DIN/INT))
new designed, spacious dive deck
Zodiac with 25 hp outboard
min. of 6 pax - max. of 10 pax
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SINAI CLASSIC NORTHERN ROUTE
A week-long diving safari starting and ending in Sharm El Sheikh. Visit the best that the Northern Red Sea has to offer. Magnificent drift, reef, wreck and wall diving, caves, plateaus and the big blue. Dive into an underwater world that is unique in both variety and the sheer number of species.
1. Day Afternoon/Evening: transfer to New Marina (El Wataneya) port and embark. Welcome on board, cabin arrangement and boat–briefing. Permission work with port authority, sailing very early next morning.
Day 2. – 7. Morning: sail to nearby Temple or Ras Katy for a check dive. The week long safari will cover the area from the Strait of Tiran, Ras Mohamed National Park and the Gulf of Suez which is usually visited first.
The National Park begins at the small bay of Marsa Ghazlani followed by the larger and deeper bay of Marsa Bareika. Continuing along the coast to Ras Za’atar, Jackfish Alley, Eel Garden and Shark Observatory, to the southern end of the peninsula with Anemone City, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef and ending at the Quay. Because of the geographic position this is a privileged area distinguished to strong massive currents that transport large quantities of plankton and other food that give rise to an extraordinary growth of stony and soft corals and attract large schools of both reef and pelagic marine fauna, over a thousand species in all. Schooling barracuda, jackfish, tuna and many kind of sharks swim in these deep blue waters, especially in summer from June to August, sometimes early September.
The safari will also take you to famous sites like the wrecks of Dunraven and Thistlegorm, Shag Rock and the wreck of Kingston, sail to Sha’ab Ali where pods of dolphins are common, explore several spots at Sha’ab Mahmouds reef system or maybe cross to Abu Nuhas.
Don’t miss the four famous reefs in the Strait of Tiran: Jackson, Thomas, Woodhouse and Gordon Reef, probably the most interesting and richest in marine life. You can choose from several dive sites with superb wall and drift diving. In the afternoon of the 7th day the boat will return to Sharm area.
Day 7/8. Day Depending on your check out and flight time, there may be another dive or just snorkeling. Return to New Marina (El Wataneya) port and disembark. Transfer to airport or hotel.
You need to be at least a PADI Open Water certified diver or equivalent and have 15 logged dives.
PADI Advanced Open Water diver or equivalent is needed for wreck penetration dives and some of the more experienced dive sites visited on this safari. You must have dived in the last year and recorded this in your log book to join this safari, if needed Scuba Review is available onboard.
PADI OWD´s are able to join the night dives if they have previous night dives logged.
This trip is suitable for snorkelers to join.
Note From May 2012: Dive Sites in the area of Gubal Island can not be dived due to an order from the military. This affects the dive sites of Ulysses, Barge, Malak and the Rosalie Moller. It is unknown how long the restriction will be in place.
The itinerary is an example so if you have a special wish for a certain place in this area just let your dive guide know. Liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions. All dives and especially some wreck dives are subject to divers experience and weather permitted. Liveaboard itineraries depend on Egyptian Government, Coast Guard and/or Marine Police approval. Every effort is made but we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. The final decision lies with the captain and guide. Safety comes always first!
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RED SEA DIVE SITES
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Created by seismic activity along the Afro-Syrian Rift, the Gulf of Aqaba is a deep narrow body of water, bordered by Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Geologically, the Gulf of Aqaba is part of the Rift Valley that runs through most of eastern Africa. The gulf extends 180 km from Eilat and Aqaba and joins the Red Sea at the Strait of Tiran, with its widest point spanning only 28 km. This particular configuration reduces deep-water exchange between the Gulf of Aqaba and the rest of the Red Sea and causes an increase of salinity and temperature.
South of Tiran, north of Ras Mohamed - Sharm El Sheik area is quite sheltered from waves and strong currents. Here the fringing reef has found an ideal ecosystem for reef growth. With over 15 dive sites, only a short distance from one to another it is sometimes difficult to choose. Diving here you can observe almost the complete range of reef and open ocean fish, several drop offs visited by pelagics, coral heads covered with plenty of marine life, caves and canyons.
Jackson Reef : Jackson Reef is the most northern one in the Strait of Tiran. On the northern edge of the reef, the skeletal hull of the "Lara" stands as a warning to passing ships.
The southern part of Jackson offers a good mooring point. You can choose out of several dives, at Jackson Reef you can do superb wall and drift diving with sights of hammerheads, barracudas, jacks, turtles and open ocean fishes, just keep on looking into the blue waters. Fish life is excellent. Strong current that carry divers along the reef bring plenty of nutrients for reef and schooling fish.
When planning this dive your guide will consider that strong currents can be experienced, especially during tidal changes and at the edges of the reef. Pay attention to surface conditions too. Quite often, the outer not protected side of Jackson makes entry to the zodiac or liveaboard a little difficult as it is very exposed
Woodhouse Reef : 1Lying between Jackson and Thomas Reef, Woodhouse Reef is a long, finger-like reef that is perfect for a drift dive along the sheltered eastern side.
The current is usually moderate, but can pick up especially toward the northern channel between Woodhouse and Jackson. Care should be taken not to get pulled around the point here, as you could be swept off the reef into the Strait of Tiran.
Coral cover is excellent throughout the reef. Look for pelagic fish, big tuna and schools of trevally or jacks, fusiliers, snapper, surgeons, sharks and eagle rays in the big blue of the deeper water. A second reef runs parallel to the main reef at a depth of 33 m. There are a few sandy patches at depths of around 20 m where often sleeping nurse, leopard or white-tip sharks can be found.
Thomas Reef : Located between Gordon Reef and Woodhouse Reef, Thomas Reef is the smallest of the four Tiran reefs but probably the most interesting and richest in marine life.
Currents found here can be very strong and will quite often change direction during your dive, especially at the outer edges of the reef. Thomas is usually a drift dive with deep walls fully covered with colourful soft coral, impressive gorgonias and hard corals. In summer look out for hammerheads. In summer Thomas is also good place for shark-watch.
Fish life is also rich - look out for groupers, box and buffer fish. Most of the life, colour and soft corals are in the 18-25 m depth range, so there is no real need to venture beyond this depth. One key feature of Thomas is a deep canyon which is on the east side. The canyon starts at approximately 35 m and extends seaward to well below safe diving depth.
At the north-eastern corner of the reef you may come upon a very strong counter current. If you can get past this point and sea conditions are excellent, you can go around the entire reef.
Gordon Reef : Gordon Reef is the most southerly reef in the chain. It is easy to identify as marked by the wreck of the "Loullia", a large cargo ship that grounded in 1981. The wreck is by now a typical symbol of the reef, despite the lighthouse situated on the western side.
Boats usually stay at the well sheltered southern part. Here a coral garden starts at 6-8 m depth which gently slopes to the south and form a large plateau covered with coral heads, huge moray eels, triggerfish, a large napoleon, schools of surgeons and parrotfish.
At the "Amphitheatre" also named "Shark Pool" a variety of shark species can be seen sleeping on the sandy bottom. Another dive is to the drop-off on the east side of the reef, covered with many fan and soft corals.
Open ocean fish can often be seen in the blue waters around the reef. Look to the deeper water for passing eagle rays and white-tip reef sharks. Continuing to a more sandy area at 12-20 m metal containers and lots of small coral heads can be seen. Further north another sandy patch - home to a colony of garden eels.
.South Laguna : South Laguna is a shallow, sandy, well sheltered lagoon with only a few coral heads but a safe place to take a mooring for the night. Outside the lagoon you can do a real great afternoon drift to the lighthouse at the northern end of the lagoon.
Here the reef is gently sloping seawards, covered by large gorgonian fan corals and coral heads with plenty of small marine life. Look to the blue for leopard shark, a frequent visitor who is also found often at the entrance of the lagoon.
The aera is strongly infuenced by tidal currents, your guide will careful consider the sea conditions - swell and the strength and direction of the current. At the end of the dive make sure that you surface close to the reef and wait for your dive boat or zodiac to pick you up.
North Laguna: Up north, just after the passage that leads into the shallow lagoon, you can start this perfect afternoon drift dive.
The reef is covered by a variety of hard corals, sloping from the surface to 12-15 m depth ending at a sandy plateau toward the open sea. Almost the whole bottom here is covered with fire corals and lots of big multicoloured anemones. With the current, jack fish and tuna staying here.
A few minutes from the North Laguna beacon, the wreck of the "Kormoran" is lying on the bottom at a rather shallow depth. This most northern tip is fully exposed to current, wind and waves; so sea conditions and recover of divers must be well considered.
Ras Ghamila: Ras Ghamila lies almost directly opposite Gordon Reef. The side is easy to find because of the green beacon that marks the western end of the Strait of Tiran.
The reef itself separates a shallow sandy lagoon from the sea and is an interesting place for a drift dive. On a sandy plateau at a depth of about 15 m observe coral formations. On the plateau you can find huge table corals. Reef and pelagic species move around and giant triggerfish often pass by.
End your dive before the beacon to avoid strong current that might take you out into big swell where recover can be difficult.
Ras Nasrani : Ras Nasrani means "Cape of the Christian" and is situated at the beginning of the Gulf of Aqaba and the Straits of Tiran.
The reef is well covered in hard and soft corals, with lots of massive coral heads. A good location to look out for larger marine life such as whale sharks and manta rays. Sea turtles are also a common sight when they come to feed on the coral.
Diving is to the south of the reef where the reef plate is shallow. The northern part of the reef is deeper and therefore usually dived first. Take care as currents are often strong!
White Knight : White Knight is located close to Ras Nasrani. A small wall that descends and becomes a gently sloping sand plateau ranging from 5 - 15 m depth.
Large rocks and coral heads full of marine life typically covered with soft and hard corals. Of interest on the sandy plateau is the eel colony. Turn south from here with the reef on the right hand side. You will see another attraction, the canyon of White Knights starting at 9 m and descend deep to a sand bottom. Pass through a series of overhangs and two arches, one at around 15 m and a second at 45 m.
A ten minutes swim south from the canyon the local dive boat Noos 1, grounded in 1994, is lying upside down, completely burnt out after it caught fire. Today only a few pieces can be found.
Far & Near Garden : The most seaward of the gardens - Far Garden - is a colourful fringing reef which provides good shelter from the prevailing winds. Diving here is comfortable throughout the year. This dive site is characterised by a smooth bottom reaching 15 - 18 m of depth just before a steep wall dropping to more than 40 m. You can decide whether to stay at a shallower part or reach a greater depth along the wall which is for experienced divers only. Here the reef drops to a depth of more than 40 m, at which point is a deep cave known as "The Cathedral".
Near Garden, at the north entrance to Na'ama Bay, is one of the oldest dive sites in the region. It is also popular for night dives. This site is suitable for all levels of diver. A gentle slope descends to 25 m and then more steeply to depths of 50 m and beyond. In some places along the slope you may find sand channels where blue spotted stingrays are resting half hidden. As both sites are closed to Na'ama Bay many glass-bottom and daily boats visit this spot.
Tower: Tower is located in the middle between Na'ama Bay and Sharm el Sheikh and named after the tall rock column standing beside the reef. Easy to find due to this characteristic rocky shape it is one of the most dramatic dive sites in the area.
You will find yourself over a deep canyon with crystal-blue waters. The walls descend vertically for over 120 m so watch your depth carefully when fining over the canyon. Leave the canyon, keep the reef on the left and follow the gently slope. If you look hard, you might see a long nose hawk fish on one of the multicoloured soft corals.
Return, but this time swim upwards. From 12 to 5 m explore overhangs and caves; one has a school of glassfish. Before surfacing, you should take a look at the two large caves at the beginning of the canyon towards the beach in about 5 m depth; lionfish, glassfish, bigeyes and boxfish populate them.
Pinkies Wall: This is the first of a long series of diving sites between Tower and Ras Um Sid. The marine landscape of the reef is quite different here - a beautiful wall dropping to a depth of more than 180 meters.
Extraordinarily rich in multicoloured corals, one of the most concentrated growths on this part of the coast, in particular the pink soft corals for which the site is named. Dive at an average depth of about 15 m, this is where you will see the largest concentration of soft corals. You need to do a drift dive since there are no moorings.
Dive only when the sea is calm and be careful of your depth. If current conditions are favourable you can drift the opposite direction and go as far as the Amphoras site.
Amphoras : Look closely so you can find the remains the site is named after - the amphoras are overgrown with corals.
A ship which was laid to rest here a hundred years ago deposited them. Amphora's is a coral plateau starting at 10-12 m and gently slopes to a drop-off with large gorgonian fan corals. At a depth of 21 m you can see the remains of a chain complete with anchor.
Turtle Bay : A sloping reef well covered with pinnacles and an excellent variety of hard and soft coral species.
You find plenty of reef fish - scorpion, stone, lizard, hawk fish and others - as well as the usual vast array of free-swimming reef species. Pay attention to two large coral heads (at a depth of 15 and 17 m) with gorgonian fan corals.
Sometimes sea conditions need careful assessment as the swell can make entry to the water and re-entry to the zodiac or boat a little difficult.
Paradise: Paradise - described best as a garden of abstract sculptures - fully decorated coral heads rising from a gentle slope, housing schools of glassfish against a colourful background.
A wide range of hard species like table corals complements a very good density of soft corals. The quality of coral at this site is among the finest in the area. On sandy parts look out for crocodile fish and blue spotted stingrays.
With a strong current it is possible to drift from the north end of Paradise almost to the point of Ras Um Sid where you can meet jacks and barracudas.
Ras Um Sid : Located to north of Sharm El Sheikh main port, Ras Um Sid is a coral shelf that begins at the shore. Following the shoreline the reef is marked by sandy patches, coral heads and pinnacles.
The dive itself features an outstanding, superb gorgonian fan coral forest just perfect for photography. Towards the edge of the reef current can be strong with the possibility of spotting open ocean fish including rays and barracudas, sometimes sharks. Continue your dive to the plateau covered with coral heads that are the home to many reef fish. Among them lionfish and on the sandy bottom, crocodile fish. There are also big and small jacks, emperor fish, various parrotfish, picasso and triggerfish, napoleon wrasse and moray eels.
Look out for a coral head with shimmering glassfish and beautiful soft and hard corals. The dive is a not-to-miss one!
Temple : At the centre of the Ras Um Sid bay 3 tower-like pinnacles rise up from 17 m close to the surface - The Temple!
They are rather close to each other; one of them can be swum through with sandy channels in between them. Sheltered, nearly free from current and relatively shallow, this is the right place to check the equipment adjust weights, and a good introduction site to the Red Sea.
Hiding a surprisingly rich variety of reef animals with lots of colour and marine life, covered with soft and hard corals, lionfish all around and watch out carefully for stonefish. Temple also is a good spot to see octopus and a very popular night-dive site: feeding basket stars, colourful feather stars and soft corals that are very beautiful in the dive lights. With luck see a spanish dancer performing an amazing underwater ballet.
Ras Katy: At the end of the Ras Um Sid bay, at Ras Katy, the reef is gently sloping to a sand plateau at 6 m, extending seaward till reaching at a depth of 16 m a drop-off.
Find on the plateau two coral heads with plenty of marine life and colour - also lionfish, scorpion fish, glassfish and more. Along the drop-off, fan corals and large table corals are plentiful, sometimes eagle rays passing in the blue.
With a rising tide strong currents might allow you to drift the 400 m towards Temple.
Ras Ghozlani : Ras Ghozlani is the most northern dive site inside Ras Mohamed National Park, located at the southern entrance to the bay of Marsa Bareika. The bay was opened for diving a few years ago but access is restricted to certain sites.
Ras Ghozlani can be only done as a drift dive, currents are rarely getting strong. A steep wall with caves and overhangs, which becomes a gentler slope around the corner and is scattered with colourful coral pinnacles, some covered with glassfish.
The area closer to the entrance of Marsa Bareika let you feel like being in a surrealistic underwater forest, set up by table corals and series of hard corals cover in colourful red and pink soft corals. In spring look out for manta rays.
Marsa Bareika : The bay of Marsa Bareika penetrates the land for about 2.5 km, forming the Ras Mohamed peninsula. Only few areas are allowed for diving, most areas of the bay are prohibited for access from shore and from seaside.
The reef is a gentle sandy slope with many coral pinnacles that create superior coral gardens frequented by a great number of reef fish and some sea turtles. Inside Marsa Bareika sea turtles got a protected bay where they can lay their eggs without being disturbed.
Ras Za’atar : Ras Za'atar is located at the southern tip of Marsa Bareika where the wall of Ras Mohamed meets the gentle slope of the bay of Marsa Bareika. Having many cracks and some small caves it is scattered with a variety of corals.
Only to be done as a drift dive, it will take you along a steep wall with caves and overhangs where back coral trees are found. Just before the corner stay at a depth of 15 m and look out for a wide split that begins at this depth, than narrows towards the surface, becoming a true chimney. You will see the typical inhabitants of gullies and crevices such as lionfish, glassfish and some large Malabar groupers. Look closer for the cleaning stations with the wrasse and shrimp in attendance.
The current may get stronger around the cape and in the blue there are schools of jackfish and barracuda hunting. Ras Za'atar is dived less often than Shark/Yolanda Reef so there are more open ocean fish here. The shallow areas of the wall are excellent places for macro photography.
Jackfish Alley : The white patch on the vertical cliff face is a good marker for this site that is also known as "Fisherman's Bank". Best dived in the morning as the sun lights the reef, begin with a sheer wall with lots of small holes and caves. Diving southward, the wall leads to a sandy plateau at around 20 m.
At the beginning of the plateau you can enter one of two caves. The first extends into the reef, enter to the cave, turn left and re-enter open water. Do not dive deep into this cave as there is no exit. Keep the main reef on your right; you will come to a large coral outcrop which is opposite to the second cave that extends vertically to 3 to 4 m from the surface. On leaving the cave you will have a fantastic view into the blue water.
Move south and you find two coral heads, again covered with glassfish and plenty of soft and hard corals, a real great spot for photographers. Continue along the coral garden into the sandy alley, with plenty of passing jacks and resting stingrays. As well sometimes white tip sharks can be seen. In late summer be aware of titan triggerfish guarding their nests.
Due to greater depths, the long swim, the local tidal conditions or sea breezes with a high swell, Jackfish Alley is restricted to more experienced divers. The recovery of divers is at the end of the dive path and usually made by boat or zodiac, sometimes into high swell or current. When the sea is rough, this dive is not advised.
Shark Observatory : This is a magnificent wall dive with a superb marine landscape where towering cliffs continue underwater to fade into the deep blue. The drift dive is along a vertical wall with numerous of gullies, caves and small canyons.
Coral growth is good with lots of variety among both soft and stony species. Jacks and Turtles, various kinds of reef fish such as big grouper and napoleons and the occasional grey or black tip shark can be seen. Divers should be careful of the strong currents which are common in this area.
Towards Anemone City you will reach a small beach under the observatory covered with some large gorgonians and, further up, a majestic overhang. Continue along the wall until you will find a beautiful cave that has a large fissure in its top where the sunlight shines trough, an amazing view.
Anemone City : Anemone City is one of the nicest sites in the area. The reef is steeply sloping forming a large shallow area, then suddenly drops away at a sharp angle to a smooth wall that is broken by some inlets, plateaus and shelves.
As the name is saying, there are uncountable numbers of anemone, with thousands of anemone and damselfish. Towards Shark Reef coral growth is very rich while barracudas and needlefish can be found near the surface. The dive begins northeast of Shark Reef on a plateau at a depth of 12 to 20 m. The plateau itself is like a balcony over the drop off into the deep blue. Out in the blue you will spot schools of batfish, emperors, jackfish, snappers and unicorn fish.
Leaving Anemone City behind, you can swim in the blue for a few minutes at a depth 20 m, which will lead to Shark Reef. Swimming across the channel is only an option for experienced divers and can be considered if current is not strong.
Shark & Yolanda Reef : At the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula, dividing the sea waters between the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez is the number one and most popular dive site which is rated among the best in the world. The cape took its name from the rocks a little to the east, where you can recognise the face of a bearded man: the head of the prophet - Ras Mohamed.
The two reefs are actually twin peaks of a single coral seamount joined by a vertical wall rising almost vertically from a ledge at 100 m. Dropping into the abyss, the sea bottom below this ledge reaches 800 m. The two reefs are separated from the mainland by a shallow channel which becomes a gently seaward-sloping coral plateau reaching about 25 m. Start your dive at Shark Reef and use the current to explore the sheer wall dropping to the deep blue covered in soft corals. Large schools of fish gather in strong currents with large pelagic fish approaching to feed on them.
Continuing towards Yolanda Reef you reach a plateau with small coral heads where stone and scorpion fish, napoleon wrasse, turtles, blue and black spotted stingrays and really huge moray eels are common. Continuing round the reef you explore remains of the wreck "Yolanda'" with some of its cargo: containers filled with bathroom fittings, toilets and baths - now a new home to marine life.
The whole area is big fish territory, so always keep an eye into the blue for thousands of barracudas and snappers, tuna, blue fish and the occasional sharks as hammerhead, white-tip, silky or grey reef sharks. At the end of the dive you might reach a small pinnacle to the south called Baby Yolanda where visibility is limited during tidal changes.
Listen very careful to the briefing when planning a dive here; consider current strength and direction, time of day, sunlight direction, depth and time limits. The dive is always done as a drift, with the boat or zodiac collecting you. This dive is for experienced divers only - the current is very unpredictable and can even be going down the reef wall.
The Quay:The western side of the Ras Mohamed peninsula is well sheltered, shallow and sandy. Boots often moor here for lunchtime, on a level with the half-submerged remains the old jetty known as The Quay.
The reef is steeply sloping, cut by deep bays and inlets, a good place to look for smaller marine life like the feather tubeworms and nudibranchs. Take your time and watch out for smaller marine life.
The coral wall is interrupted by hot sweet water springs which pour clouds of warm water and sand into the sea. Visibility can be limited in this area, but once passed, as good as known from other places in the area.
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