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King Snefro 6 and her identical twin vessel King Snefro 5 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.
2 Generator x 30 KW, 220 V
fully air conditioned
2 cabin with bunk beds and ensuite bathroom
3 cabin with bunk beds sharing 2 bathroom
all cabins with safe
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 Tank (DIN/INT)
14 x 12 Liter Alu Tank Nitrox (DIN/INT)
2 x 15 Liter Alu Tank (DIN/INT)
new designed, spacious dive deck
Zodiac with 25 hp outboard
minimum of 6 pax - maximum of 10 pax
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MINI SAFARI-RAS MOHAMED-THISTLEGORM
This three-day safari is a special option if you want to dive top spots like Ras Mohamed and the World War II wreck of the Thistlegorm away from the crowds of daily diving boats whilst combining your stay in Sinai with land-based activities.
1. Day 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.
2. Day Morning: check dive at Temple or Ras Katy. Next dive is Jackfish Alley where you can easily enter the small caves there. The third dive will be the Alternatives, a chain of seven pinnacles with numerous sand patches and resident leopard sharks. Night Diving is very popular here.
3. Day Early morning: the boat will sail to the wreck of the Thistlegorm, the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks, maybe even worldwide. There is so much to explore so the plan is a minimum of two dives. The first one is an orientation of the outside and the second dive a penetrating one. For the third dive your boat will sail to Small Passage where two channels cut the reef system of Sha’ab Mahmoud and connect the sheltered lagoon to the open sea. A night dive inside the lagoon is optional.
4. Day Morning: first dive of the day will take you to the historical wreck of the Dunraven, which sank in April 1876 - an old wooden wreck with plenty of room for passing through thousands of glassfish that live here in the shade of the wreck. Next dive is Shark and Yolanda Reef, the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula with an endless wall unique in the Red Sea. Sailing back towards Sharm for your third dive at Ras Zatar, Ras Ghazlani or may be Ras Um Sid. Return to New Marina (El Wataneya) port and disembark.
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 onboard if they have previous night dives logged.
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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South Sinai is one of the most spectacularly beautiful landscapes on our planet and a mecca for divers. Sinai Peninsula's most southern tip - Ras Mohamed - separates the deeper Gulf of Aqaba from the shallower Gulf of Suez. Declared a park in 1983, the desert peninsula of Ras Mohamed disintegrate into broad sand beaches and than drop off into unbelievable rich coral reefs. Ras Mohamed 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 the Ras Mohamed peninsula 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 all kind of sharks swim in these deep blue waters especially in summer from June to August.
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.
Thistlegorm : The most famous of the Red Sea wrecks - may be even worldwide - is the "Thistlegorm". The 127 m long English vessel was constructed 1940 in Sunderland as an armed freighter with an additional armoured gun deck. It was one of a number of "Thistle" ships owned and operated by the Albyn Line.
On its final voyage the "Thistlegorm" was part of a convoy carrying supplies for British troops fighting in North Africa during the Second World War. The ship was lying at so-called "Safe Anchorage F" close to Sha'ab Ali and wait for about two weeks for further instructions. During the night of 6th October 1941, German Heinkel Aircrafts searched for a large troopship (possibly the "Queen Mary") but finally found the "Thistlegorm". They released two bombs right over the bridge, both went into No 4 hold, detonating a great deal of ammunition, almost ripping the ship in two parts and let it sink quickly. The survivors were rescued by "HMS Carlisle", taken to Suez where 4 of 39 crewmembers and 5 of the 9 Royal Navy Officers reported had lost their lives, making the "Thistlegorm" a war grave.
The wreck first gained fame when Jacques Cousteau dived it in 1956 but left the actual location a mystery until it was rediscovered by a group of divers in 1992. Lying upright on the seabed at 33 m, the ships seize, it is 127 m long and 18 m wide, is absolutely impressive. It is fully laden with land mines, shells, ammunition and explosives, weapons, Bedford trucks, armoured cars, Bren-Carriers, BSA motorbikes, trailers, vehicle spare parts, aircrafts and airplane wings, radios, Wellington rubber thigh-boots - and a lot more besides. To save cargo space, the motorbikes were placed onto the back of the Bedford trucks and two locomotives with tender and water carrier were carried as deck cargo.
Nowadays the wreck is an artificial reef, home to a large variety of marine life and schooling fish. The "Thistlegorm" rests upright on an even keel and despite extensive damage aft of the bridge, the main section and the hold 1 and 2 are undamaged. With so much to explore you should plan a minimum of 2 dives, the first one is a complete overview and the second a penetrating one. In general a smooth, but sometimes strong current prevails from bow to stern or opposite way and can affect visibility at the wreck. Plan your diving according to sea conditions, wind and waves, listen careful to the briefing and follow the plan.
As one of the most famous wreck dives in the world the site is often overcrowded by day boats and extensively dived. Being on a live aboard you have the chance to escape and do your first dive before they arrive or you can do an afternoon dive after they have left, it is still possible to dive the wreck without meeting others under water, it need the right timing. The "Thistlegorm" is a superb wreck dive that should not be missed.
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