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MV EMPEROR ASMAA

Emperor Asmaa is custom-built and designed with the diver in mind, comfortably accommodating 20 people in 10 twin-berth cabins (4 x Upper Deck), all ensuite. She has just been fully refurbished The cabins and salon are individually air-conditioned and there is a large dive deck and newly extended sun and upper decks for more relaxtion and space providing a whole new 'upgraded ambience'. . As with all Emperor fleet boats, you are guaranteed a minimum of two dive guides. She is equipped with NITROX and we aim to provide up to two tanks a day depending on demand. Operating from Hamata, Emperor Asmaa offers genuine value for money for divers looking to explore some of the best sites the Red Sea has to offer.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015-2016

DIVE SITES

MV EMPEROR ASMAA DECK PLAN

Deck plan The MV Emperor Asmaa Liveaboard showing sun deck, upper deck, lower deck and main deck

MV EMPEROR ASMAA SPECIFICATIONS

 Built in 2003

Size - 28m x 7m

Top speed - 12 knots

Cruising speed - 9 knots

2 x 440 HP Mercedes engines

2 x 38 / 84 KW Perkins generators

Electricity 220v - 24-hours per day

Water capacity - 9,000 litres

Fuel capacity - 9,000 litres

Freshwater maker - 5,500 litres per day

Environmental waste storage tank

DIVING FACILITIES

12 & 15 litre aluminium tanks with DIN valves & international fittings

2 x Coltri Sub dive tank compressors

Nitrox diving: NEW EAB's Membrane filling station

Technical diving: On request

Dive deck: Equipped with 12 litre Aluminum tanks as standard and 15 litre Steel tanks on request. 7m x 7m dive platform

Dive equipment rental: Full range (25 Euro per day for full equipment)

Medical Oxygen and comprehensive First Aid available: Oxygen/Medic First Aid Kit

SAFETY

2 x life rafts

2 x Yamaha 25 HP dinghies

JRC radar

Furuno GPS

Navman sounder

Satellite & mobile phones

VHF Marina radios

Bilge pump alarm

Search light & horn

EPIRB & emergency flares

Fire alarms / detectors

Life jackets in all cabins

Fire extinguishers throughout

MFA box and trained staff

30,000 litres of continuous flow oxygen

ACCOMMODATION

Lower Deck: 6 x twin beds (beds side by side) with air conditioning and ensuite facilities

Upper Deck: 4 x twin beds (beds side by side) with air conditioning and ensuite facilities

ENTERTAINMENT

salon & Dining room: 1 x Air-conditioned

Entertainment: TV/Video/DVD/CD

Sundecks: 1 x Sundeck, 1 x Fly Bridge

Towels: 2 towels per guest

Special diets catered for on request

Power sockets for battery chargers and flash: Yes

Camera rinsing tank and camera preparation area: Yes

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FURY & FRIENDS (FROM HAMATA PORT)

Please note: This is a MAX itinerary and depending on sea conditions we aim to offer up to 28 dives in the summer and most trips do 25/26 but in the winter, realistically only 24 are possible. This requires getting up early each day. The boat will not move to a different site for each dive. At least 3 dives per day will be guided with other dives taken with a buddy. You must observe the 24 hours dive/fly rule. We can't control the weather but we do our best to max the dives! You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to do this trip.

 

This cruise starts with a very short sail to one of the Wadi Lahmi sites near to the Port of Hamata and perfect for that first check dive. You then spend a week diving, diving, diving! Below are some of the sites that can be visited during your trip and your guides will ensure you get the best experience possible allowing for prevailing weather conditions.

 

The Wadi Lahmi reef system offers sites such as the Abu Galawa Soraya, a stunning reef with a small wreck of a 17mt sailing boat sitting at 18mt depth, still intact after more than 25 years, with lots of fish life. Soft and hard corals abound in sections of the reef and there are plenty of pinnacles to explore offering dive options at depths down to 24mt.

 

 Abu Galawa Kebir is close to its smaller sister, Abu Galawa Soraya, and is famous for its tunnels and south plateau. The Tien Hsing Chinese tugboat wreck has some stunning soft and hard coral bouquets running its 34mt length. But the wreck is not the only reason to visit as the large reef provides plenty of opportunity for other dives along the walls and pinnacles; the tunnels are ideal for novice cave diver.

 

Sha'ab Maksur is a large and varied reef that is often compared to the Red Sea classic, Elphinstone, with steep drop offs and strong currents making it a dive where some diving experience is beneficial. North and South plateaus start at around 20 metres and extend to around 40 metres, although the plateau has some pinnacles that can be enjoyed on the ascent and safety stop. On the plateaus, and drifting down the east wall, you can encounter some species that make a proud entry in your log book, hammerheads, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks have all visited Maksur!

 

Also in the Fury Shoals system, the Sha'ab Claudio captivates divers and enthrals photographers with its shallow swim-through system, perfect for leisurely exploration. With five entrances and exits and shallow in depth, you're never 'lost' and can just enjoy the shafts of light dancing through the caverns. Rays, nudibranchs, large Napoleon wrasse and morays are all frequently spotted here; you may even see a white tip reef shark or turtle pass by.

 

Sha'ab Sataya is situated at the very south of Fury Shoals; this huge natural lagoon is formed by a massive reef (sha'ab) rising from the depths. The fame of Sataya is its steep drop offs along with pelagic sightings and protected pinnacles smothered in soft and hard corals. But the real stars can be the huge pods of spinner dolphins that frequent here, meaning Sataya has become the 'Dolphin House' of Hamata.

 

 Trips start as follows:

Due to the Hamata Port being so close to Fury Shoals, we are able to offer departures on two days a week without compromising the diving time.

•Up to April 30 and from November 11, 2014: Departure days Tuesday & Wednesday as follows:

 

 Guests arriving Tuesday:

 Check-in around 10 pm. Overnight in port. Next day diving at Fury Shoals all day with an early evening dive; return to port to collect guests arriving on Wednesday. Overnight in port, depart next morning. 5 more days diving, then transfer to our dive centre at the Zabargad Berenice Resort to pack before leaving for the airport. Total number of diving days: 6.

 

 Guests arriving on Wednesday:

 Check-in around 10 pm. Overnight in port, sail next morning. After 5 days' diving return to port; guests who arrived on Tuesday disembark. You stay on board for one more diving day until the afternoon, making sure to allow 24 hours before flying. Return to port and transfer to the Zabargad Berenice Resort for an overnight stay on soft All-inclusive. Next day transfer to the airport on for your flight. Total number of diving days: 6.

FURY & ST. JOHNS (FROM HAMATA PORT)

Please note: This is a MAX itinerary and depending on sea conditions we aim to offer up to 28 dives in the summer and most trips do 25/26 but in the winter, realistically only 24 are possible. This requires getting up early each day. The boat will not move to a different site for each dive. At least 3 dives per day will be guided with other dives taken with a buddy. You must observe the 24 hours dive/fly rule. We can't control the weather but we do our best to max the dives! You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to do this trip.

 

Sailing to the southernmost reefs, this cruise departs Hamata Port so you don't waste anytime travelling to and from Port Ghalib. You'll start with a very short sail to a nearby site that's perfect for that first check dive. You then spend a week diving, diving, diving. You'll dive Fury Shoals sites at the beginning and end of the trip with the St Johns in the middle. Below are some of the sites that can be visited during your trip and your guides will ensure you get the best experience possible allowing for prevailing weather conditions.

 

At Fury Shoals, dive Sha'ab Claudio with its famous swim-throughs and huge porites corals. White tip reef sharks and an anemone and clownfish settlement can be seen a little off the reef to the South. Abu Galawa Soraya has a fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat packed with glass fish.

 

 Sha'ab Maksur is a large and varied reef that is often compared to the Red Sea classic, Elphinstone, with steep drop offs and strong currents making it a dive where some diving experience is beneficial. North and South plateaus start at around 20 metres and extend to around 40 metres, although the plateau has some pinnacles that can be enjoyed on the ascent and safety stop. On the plateaus, and drifting down the east wall, you can encounter some species that make a proud entry in your log book, hammerheads, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks have all visited Maksur!

 

 Sha'ab Sataya is situated at the very south of Fury Shoals; this huge natural lagoon is formed by a massive reef (sha'ab) rising from the depths. The fame of Sataya is its steep drop offs along with pelagic sightings and protected pinnacles smothered in soft and hard corals. But the real stars can be the huge pods of spinner dolphins that frequent here, meaning Sataya has become the 'Dolphin House' of Hamata.

 

 Then further south to St Johns. A vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving in the Red Sea. Habili Ali has giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side. Habili Gafaar is a mass of soft corals teaming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can be seen in the blue.

 

 Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas can be seen and the occasional manta. The tunnels are ideal for novice cave divers.

 

 Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers as well as an abundance of corals, grey reef, silvertips and hammerhead sharks.

 

 Trips start as follows:

Due to the Hamata Port being so close to Fury Shoals, we are able to offer departures on two days a week without compromising the diving time.

•Up to April 30 and from November 04, 2014: Departure days Tuesday & Wednesday as follows:

 

 Guests arriving Tuesday:

 Check-in around 10 pm. Overnight in port. Next day diving at Fury Shoals all day with an early evening dive; return to port to collect guests arriving on Wednesday. Overnight in port, depart next morning. 5 more days diving, then transfer to our dive centre at the Zabargad Berenice Resort to pack before leaving for the airport. Total number of diving days: 6.

 

 Guests arriving on Wednesday:

 Check-in around 10 pm. Overnight in port, sail next morning. After 5 days' diving return to port; guests who arrived on Tuesday disembark. You stay on board for one more diving day until the afternoon, making sure to allow 24 hours before flying. Return to port and transfer to the Zabargad Berenice Resort for an overnight stay on soft All-inclusive. Next day transfer to the airport on for your flight. Total number of diving days: 6.

•April 30 onwards: Departures on Friday from Port Ghalib and Sunday from Hamata (see below for dates)

BROTHERS & ELPHINSTONE

Please note: Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. The guides may not enter the water and remain onboard as surface support for some dives. No night dives are allowed in the Marine Parks. These are challenging dives with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. Adverse weather can affect this route.

 

This trip offers you some of the best diving in the Red Sea and includes Big and Little Brothers and Elphinstone. With less distance to travel than the Simply the Best route, you have more time to dive these iconic sites as well as dive around Torombi and Sha’ab Abu Dabab on the way to and from Port Ghalib. Depending on prevailing weather conditions your guides will pick sites suitable for night dives outside the Marine Park.

 

The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss, located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, they offer stunning wall diving with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.

 

If it's wrecks you're after, then the Aida II, an Egyptian supply vessel, and the Numidia, a cargo ship, lie on the walls of Big Brother. Both are covered in a rich growth of soft and hard corals. Marine life includes a family of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.

 

Elphinstone, with its sheer walls covered in soft corals, offers a likely encounter with oceanic white tip sharks.

SAFAGA & ELPHINSTONE

Please note: Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. The guides may not enter the water and remain onboard as surface support for some dives. No night dives are allowed in the Marine Parks. These are challenging dives with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. Adverse weather can affect this route.

 

The area around Safaga has some great diving, the best being the offshore reefs of Panorama Reef, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan. Some divers say this area equals the great sites of Ras Mohamed. The diving offers a combination of shallow reef dives and drop-offs, as well as the famous wreck of the Salem Express.

 

The Salem Express is a dramatic dive. Around 500 people perished in one of the worst marine tragedies of all times. The 100-metre ferryboat was on its way back from Mecca to Safaga after the annual Muslim pilgrimage in December 1991 when it hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly without giving the crew and passengers the chance to board the lifeboats. It is now home to a thriving underwater life, including a famous resident frogfish, blue-spotted stingrays, angel and butterfly fish. The ship itself is covered in a large quantity of hard and soft corals. It is one of the largest wrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea, roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm.

 

There is superb wall diving at Panorama, which is in fact one of the largest reefs in Safaga, featuring numerous grottos and overhangs where gorgonians and soft corals thrive with the frequent nurturing currents. Due to the size of the barrier, there are at least three different dives to be done here; the south plateau and the east and west drop offs. Barracudas and white tip reef sharks and occasionally hammerheads and manta rays can be found. The south plateau is somewhat more protected by the current.

 

Abu Kafan is a 300-metre long, narrow reef offering a plateau at both north and south tips. We normally jump in the water on the north plateau and glide with the frequent strong current southwards along the impressive walls covered with soft and black coral, giant fans and gorgonians.

 

Hal Hal (Middle Reef) is a rarely chosen dive site due to its distance from the coast, which makes it a virgin spot. The north side is a drop off going down to 80 metres and is a perfect location to spot tunas, barracudas, turtles and sharks. The southern side has colourful coral gardens along with some caves and canyons. This dive site is mostly available only from a liveaboard.

 

Abu Dabab is six reefs commonly known as "Fathers Steps" or "Fathers Stepping Stones" and as the name suggests a set of fairly shallow reefs ranging from depths of 25 metres to the seafloor. In between Abu Dabab II and III at approximately 15 metres is the wreckage of a small ship sunk after a fire in 2004. The reefs themselves offer colourful coral gardens and an underwater cave system to explore. Pods of dolphins have been known to frequent the area as well as blue spotted rays, Napoleons, giant puffers, box fish, sweetlips, batfish, nudibranchs and more.

 

Elphinstone is approximately 30km from Port Ghalib; Elphinstone reef is 300 metres long with sheer walls richly covered in colourful pink and red soft corals and elegant red gorgonians descending to around 40 metres. Other areas of the reef have near vertical cliffs, overhangs, small caves and drop offs of up to 100 metres. Elphinstone is known to experience some strong currents attracting many diverse species such as barracuda, angel fish, groupers, Napoleons, morays, reef sharks and great shoals of dogtooth tuna and jacks. Occasional sightings include dolphins, turtles, oceanic white tip and hammerheads sharks.

REEFS & WRECKS

Please note: This is a 21+ itinerary. You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. The guides may not enter the water and remain onboard as surface support for some dives. However to get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 meters and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent. The PADI Advanced course can be completed whilst onboard so be sure to pre-book.

 

The best of both worlds, where you visit famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea along with some stunning reef diving.

 

The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise, with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins.

 

Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life.

 

Night dives can be superb as Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 metres makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel as well as the wreck of the Ulysses and the Rosalie Moller. Next onto the Kingston lying at Shag Rock; the Carina lying close to Sha'ab Ali and the Dunraven at Beacon Rock in Ras Mohamed National Park. And finally the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm, at Sha'ab Ali.The SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941 after being bombed by the German Luftwaffe while on a mission to deliver a cargo of ammunition and other war materials to the British troops in North Africa. The Rosalie Moller, carrying a cargo of coal, suffered the same fate just two days later.

 

Whilst in Ras Mohamed, you may have the chance to do a dive at Shark Reef; a sheer wall falling into the blue. From here the boat heads back towards Hurghada.

 

In between wreck dives you will also visit the reefs of the Straits of Gubal, Gulf of Suez and those to the north of Hurghada. A variety of deep walls and hard coral gardens with an abundance of reef fish make them well worth a visit.

 

All wrecks are subject to divers' experience and weather conditions.

ROCKY, ZABARGAD & ST. JOHNS

Please note: You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to do this trip and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. However, to get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 metres and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent. The PADI Advanced course can be completed whilst on-board so be sure to pre-book. The guides may not enter the water and remain on-board as surface support for some dives.

 

Sailing to the outermost reefs of Rocky Island and Zabargad, you'll depart from Hamata and dive the sites at Fury Shoals en route. Often spoilt for choice, your guides will pick sites that they know to be the best for the time of the year and can find excellent alternatives should the weather affect the normal route. The actual number of dives in the Fury area will depend on the conditions as you will want to spend as much time as possible at Zabargad and Rocky.

 

Zabargad Island lies along the western margin of the Red Sea rift with walls abundant with soft coral and spectacular coral pinnacles. Dusk drift dives are ideal at the stunning coral slopes of Zabargad Island. A 75m long, intact wreck known as the 'Russian Wreck', believed to be The Khanka, lies 24m in the western bay on the eastern side of the island providing an alternative to reef diving.

 

Rocky Island, just four nautical miles south of Zabargad, has a fringing reef, sheer walls covered with beautiful soft corals, gorgonias, fans, sponges, black coral trees and vast drop offs into the deep circle the island. Constant currents flow all year long attracting visitors such as hammerheads, grey and white tip reef sharks. Remember to look into the blue for manta rays, turtles and dolphins.

 

St Johns is a beautiful reef system lying approx. 40km south west of Rocky Island. It consists of a vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving in the Red Sea. Habili Ali has giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side. Habili Gafaar is a mass of soft corals teeming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can be seen in the blue. Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau where jacks and barracudas can be found as well as the occasional manta. The tunnels are ideal for novice cave divers.

 

Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall, full of glass fish and sweepers and an abundance of corals, grey reef, silvertip and hammerhead sharks.

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START DATE END DATE DEPART FROM DESTINATION/ROUTE PRICE PP
17/02/2015 24/02/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 619
18/02/2015 25/02/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 619
24/02/2015 03/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 699
25/02/2015 04/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 699
03/03/2015 10/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 614
04/03/2015 11/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 614
10/03/2015 17/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 749
11/03/2015 18/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 749
17/03/2015 24/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 749
18/03/2015 25/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 749
24/03/2015 31/03/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 749
25/03/2015 01/04/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 749
31/03/2015 07/04/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 656
01/04/2015 08/04/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 656
07/04/2015 14/04/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 656
08/04/2015 15/04/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 656
15/04/2015 22/04/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 789
16/04/2015 23/04/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Thursday Departure Euro 789
23/04/2015 30/04/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 746
30/04/2015 07/05/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 633
06/05/2015 13/05/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 746
14/05/2015 21/05/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Thursday Departure Euro 759
22/05/2015 29/05/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Safaga & Elphinstone Euro 759
11/06/2015 18/06/2015 Hurghada Safaga & Elphinstone Euro 656
18/06/2015 25/06/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 746
07/07/2015 14/07/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 656
08/07/2015 15/07/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 656
14/08/2015 21/08/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 746
20/08/2015 27/08/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 746
28/08/2015 04/09/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 859
04/09/2015 11/09/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 919
22/09/2015 29/09/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 819
23/09/2015 30/09/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 819
29/09/2015 06/10/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 819
30/09/2015 07/10/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 819
14/10/2015 21/10/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 859
20/10/2015 27/10/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 919
21/10/2015 28/10/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 919
27/10/2015 03/11/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 919
28/10/2015 04/11/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 919
03/11/2015 10/11/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 859
04/11/2015 11/11/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 859
10/11/2015 17/11/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Tuesday Departure Euro 859
11/11/2015 18/11/2015 Hamata Fury & St Johns Wednesday Departure Euro 859
19/11/2015 26/11/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 746
26/11/2015 03/12/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Brothers & Elphinstone Euro 746
03/12/2015 10/12/2015 Marsa Ghalib Port Safaga & Elphinstone Euro 683
11/12/2015 18/12/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks Euro 692
18/12/2015 25/12/2015 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks Euro 769
25/12/2015 01/01/2016 Hurghada Reefs & Wrecks Euro 729

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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RED SEA DIVE SITES

RED SEA SITE INFORMATION

Abu Galawa Kebir is close to its smaller sister, Abu Galawa Soraya, and is famous for its tunnels and south plateau. The Tien Hsing Chinese tugboat wreck has some stunning soft and hard coral bouquets running its 34mt length. But the wreck is not the only reason to visit as the large reef provides plenty of opportunity for other dives along the walls and pinnacles; the tunnels are ideal for novice cave diver.

 

 Sha'ab Maksur is a large and varied reef that is often compared to the Red Sea classic, Elphinstone, with steep drop offs and strong currents making it a dive where some diving experience is beneficial. North and South plateaus start at around 20 metres and extend to around 40 metres, although the plateau has some pinnacles that can be enjoyed on the ascent and safety stop. On the plateaus, and drifting down the east wall, you can encounter some species that make a proud entry in your log book, hammerheads, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks have all visited Maksur!

 

Sha'ab Claudio captivates divers and enthrals photographers with its shallow swim-through system, perfect for leisurely exploration. With five entrances and exits and shallow in depth, you're never 'lost' and can just enjoy the shafts of light dancing through the caverns. Rays, nudibranchs, large Napoleon wrasse and morays are all frequently spotted here; you may even see a white tip reef shark or turtle pass by.

 

 Sha'ab Sataya is situated at the very south of Fury Shoals; this huge natural lagoon is formed by a massive reef (sha'ab) rising from the depths. The fame of Sataya is its steep drop offs along with pelagic sightings and protected pinnacles smothered in soft and hard corals. But the real stars can be the huge pods of spinner dolphins that frequent here, meaning Sataya has become the 'Dolphin House' of Hamata.

 

 Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas can be seen and the occasional manta. The tunnels are ideal for novice cave divers.

 

 Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers as well as an abundance of corals, grey reef, silvertips and hammerhead sharks

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