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The MV Tala is a 37 metre steel hulled motor vessel and is a floating dive centre fully equipped with an array of diving equipment including underwater scooters, video equipment and an unlimited selection of tanks including singles, doubles and stage tanks. The MV Tala can cater for 22 guests within a mix of triple and twin cabins each with an ensuite bathroom. Following your dives you can relax in the salon or on the spacious sundeck or sky deck
MV TALA 360 TOUR
Construction Material Steel hull, wood/fiberglass super structure
Number of Decks 3
Cruising Speed 12-14 Knots
Generators Two providing 240 volts to the boat
Engines 2 x 580 diesel caterpillars
Fresh Water 16 000 Liters
Fuel tanks 5000 Liters + 2 Daily tanks
Desalination Unit 2 x 4500 L/day each
Sewage holding tank
Sewage Treatment Available
Laundry Service Washer/Dryer
Gallery Equipment Electric/Industrial
Ice Maker Available
Compressor Coltri Sub 200L/min
Fill Station TriMix - 6 whips - Full He/O2 partial pressure
Analyzer Helium & Oxygen
Single Tanks 25
Double Tanks 10 sets AL 11l/80cft
Stages 10 * AL 6L/40cft & 25 * AL 11L/80cft
Weights & Weight Belts Unlimited number and size lead blocks
Wetsuits 20 all sizes - Mens and Womens
Rental Drysuits 6 Tropical Drysuits
Booties Range of sizes
Backplates 10 Power Coated Stainless Steel
Double Wings 10 * 25l/55lbs wings
Single tank wings 10 * 15l/30lbs wings
Regualtors – Single 10 Apeks DS4's, 7ft hoses and SPG
Regualtors – Double 10 Apeks sets DS4's, 7ft hoses and Spg
Computer/Gauge 10 sunnto Stinger
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DEEP SOUTH AND ST JOHNS
St Johns is a collection of ergs and habili's in the deep south, on the tropic of cancer. Due to their positioning the sea temperature is noticeably warmer than in the north and it isn't uncommon to see pelagics cruising around when the temperature is right!
Embarks: Marsa Ghaleb -Sha'ab Marsa Alam- Sha'ab Sharm-Abu Galawa -Sha'ab Maksour -Mikauwi -St John's -Claudio -Wadi Gimal –Elphinstone
NORTH AND BROTHERS
Combines North and Brothers in a magnificient treat of wreck and reef combination. Details below:
The pristine waters between Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada offer some of the Red Sea's best surprises.This northerly itinerary combines the most well known wrecks in the Red Sea with incredible walls, reefs, and hard coral gardens. Photographers as well as other divers will be left with stunning memories of this exquisite route. Example sites include:
Shaab Erg, Abu Nahaa, Ungoush, Gubal, Shag Rock, Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Alternatives, Ras Mohamed, El Mina
The Brother Islands, the tops of two undersea mountains rising from the depth, are located about 50 nautical miles off-shore, near the town of Quseir. Part of the Marine Park, they offer breathtaking underwater scenery, wall diving along their entire perimeter and the possibility to spot a wide variety of pelagics.
The Brother Islands, the tops of two undersea mountains rising from the depth, are located about 50 nautical miles off-shore, near the town of Quseir. Part of the Marine Park, they offer breathtaking underwater scenery, wall diving along their whole perimeter and the possibility to spot a wide variety of pelagics.
Their walls are covered in soft corals of all colours, black corals and forests of fan corals creating a true feast for the eyes. Big tuna, shoals of jack fish and snappers cruise in the blue accompanied by hammerhead, grey reef, silver-tip, silky and oceanic white-tip sharks and mantas. The thresher shark, an oceanic species, very rarely spotted close to reefs, circles the walls of the Brothers on a regular basis. The huge and spectacular moonfish can also be observed near the reefs
The Aida, an Egyptian supply vessel and the Numidia, a cargo ship, lie on the walls of the Big Brother. They are covered in soft and hard corals and they are a real treat.
Daedalus Reef, also part of the Marine Park, is the most off-shore of all the reefs in the Egyptian Red Sea. It is a big oval reef with a lighthouse and its perimeter of walls offers some of the most stunning diving in the Red Sea. Typical of Daedalus are its huge and pristine hard coral formations and the possibility to spot schooling hammerheads. Thresher sharks, mantas and whale sharks can also be spotted here.
Last but not least, this itinerary finishes with Elphinstone, a truly legendary reef with its north and south plateaus and its walls covered in soft corals. Hammerhead and grey reef sharks can also be spotted here
Enjoy the majesty of the off-shore reefs and the splendour of the coastal ones. The shear walls of Elphinstone Reef plunge steeply into the blue richly decorated with soft and fan corals. The north plateau is home to schooling hammerhead and grey reef sharks with frequent sightings of oceanic white-tip sharks. Daedalus Reef, also called Abu El Kizan, is the most off-shore of all the reefs in the Egyptian Red Sea. With walls around the whole of its large perimeter, it is famous for its huge hard coral formations, its schooling hammerheads and sightings of thresher sharks and whale sharks. Big napoleon fish can also be observed looking curiously at the divers while you cruise along the shear walls covered in soft corals. Do not forget to pay a visit to its anemone garden with clouds of clown fish protecting them. It is unique in its size and beauty.
Rocky and Zabargad Islands lie close together to the south-east of Ras Banas. Rocky’s shear walls are covered in a stunning forrest of soft and fan corals. Juvenile white-tip sharks can be observed sleeping under huge, very scenic overhangs. Mantas, hammerhead and grey reef sharks often visit the island and napoleon fish dance in your bubbles.
Zabargad Island, amazing in its spectacular beauty, was used as a precious stone mine in ancient times. Along its southern side a shallow shelf displays a large number of high pinnacles completely covered in soft corals and clouds of antheas offering amazing diving. The drop-off offers hammerhead, grey reef shark and manta sightings. On its north-eastern side a small shallow wreck can be dived upon.
The pristine waters between Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada offer some of the Red Sea's best surprises.This northerly itinerary combines the most well known wrecks in the Red Sea with incredible walls, reefs, and hard coral gardens. Photographers as well as other divers will be left with stunning memories of this exquisite route. Example sites include: Shaab Erg, Abu Nahaas, Ungoush, Gubal, Shag Rock, Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Alternatives, Ras Mohamed, El Mina.
Fantastic combination of wrecks and reefs in the north with spectacular and most famous dive sites in Dahab: The Blue Hole and The Canyon.!
Sharm Area Ras Mohamed National Park Shark & Jolanda Ras Mohammed is a peninsula of land jutting out into the Red Sea at the southernmost point of the Sinai Peninsula. Most of the Ras Mohammed Peninsula is, in fact, a raised reef plate, indicating that the sea level was once higher than it is today.
You can do a variety of dives here and can take in both Shark and Yolanda as well as Anemone City on a single dive. At Anemone City you will, of course, come across sea anemones with their ever-present anemone fish darting in and out of the anemones tentacles. At Shark Reef you can enjoy the Gorgonian fan corals, while looking out to the blue where you can expect to see schools of barracuda, Batfish and Jackfish. Yolanda Reef is named after the Cypriot ship which sank here in 1980 with a cargo of sanitary bathroom ware, cases of whisky and a BMW car. New visitors to the site usually find it amusing to see all the toilets and baths, etc on the sea bed. Bluespotted stingrays are common in the area as are moray eels.
The boat will drop you near one of the entrances to the Canyon. There are several entrances with the main, larger one being at a depth of 22 metres. Depending on the ability of the diving group, you may have the time to penetrate a little deeper into The Canyon, the dive will then take you up through the length of the Canyon, where you can exit it at a depth of 14 metres Popular and famous, these dive sites need little introduction. The boat’s zodiac will drop you near the Bells dive site from where the drift dive will start. The dive follows the coral wall in a southwardly direction, with the reef on your right. Big colonies of Star coral, Gorgonians, soft and black corals are to be found here. You will pass anemones with their anemonefish and come across Butterfly fish and Angelfish on this dive.
Ras Abu Galum Ras Abu Galum was afforded National Park status in 1992. The area is difficult to reach, hence, we are very fortunate to be allowed to take boats in here. There are two dive sites in the vicinity: North Ras Abu Galum and South Ras Abu Galum both of which are situated just off the shore where there is the Bedouin village of El-Omeyid and where the boats can moor so that dives are conducted from the zodiac. At North Ras Abu Galum, you will see a huge variety of corals including Fire corals, Raspberry corals, small table corals, Porites and Salad coral (Turbinaria Mesenterina). In terms of marine fauna, you can expect to see Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Anthias, Glassfish, Lionfish, Grey Eels, Snapper and Batfish. At South Ras Abu Galum, you will come across similar corals as well as Rose coral and may encounter a turtle, Pufferfish as well as many smaller creatures such as the Grey Eel, shrimps and nudibranch.
The Bells & The Blue Hole
Popular and famous, these dive sites need little introduction. The boat’s zodiac will drop you near the Bells dive site from where the drift dive will start. The dive follows the coral wall in a southwardly direction, with the reef on your right. Big colonies of Star coral, Gorgonians, soft and black corals are to be found here. You will pass anemones with their anemone fish and come across Butterfly fish and Angelfish on this dive. Finally, you reach the Blue Hole and enter this circular–shaped break in the coral reef swimming over the reef wall at around 7-5 metres. You will have time for a little swim in the Blue Hole before swimming back out over the reef wall, meanwhile conducting your safety stop, before rejoining the zodiac for the ride back to the boat.
Tiran area Thomas Reef Believed to be one of the best dive sites in the northern Red Sea, only drift dives are possible here as there are no moorings. Here you will see a variety of corals including gorgonians, colonies of black coral and large Alcyonarians. It is possible to circumnavigate the entire reef on your dive, weather and currents, permitting. You can expect to see many reef fish including Angelfish and groupers as well as pelagic fish e.g. barracuda and the Whitetip Reef Shark.
Jackson Reef This is the most northerly reef in the Straits of Tiran and i s easily identifiable from the visible wreck on its surface of the merchant ship, Lara, which sank in 1985. Here one can expect to see gorgonian and fire corals. One may spot turtles here and the sharks which frequent this area include the Whitetip and Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerheads, particularly in the summer months from July to September
Itinerary below is where we get most chance to see Hammerheads. Itinerary subject to adjustment depending on weather and guest diving level North : Monday –check in Tuesday (day 1) 1. Umbria, 2. Umbria, 3.SanganebSouth , visiting the lighthouse Wednesday (day 2) 1. Sanganeb North 2. Shaab Rumi South plateau 3.Conshelf Thursday (day 3) 1. Shaab Rumi North plateau, 2. Gotta el Bana, 3 Shambaïa Friday (day 4) 1. Angarosh 2. Angarosh 3. Merlo North plateau Saturday (day 5) 1 Gotta el Bana, 2 Blue Belt 3. Shaab Rumi – South plateau, Sunday (day 6) 1. ShaabRumi ,2. Sanganeb Monday check out Included: 7 nights on board (last night either on board or in a hotel),
Included: 7 nights on board (last night either on board or in a hotel), 6 days diving (min 3 dives/day,
last day 2 dives), full board & soft drinks (water, tea, coffee, Coca, Sprite), local transfers, dive guides,
• Not included: Flight/visa, diving equipment, alcohol beverages, Nitrox, tips for crew(while tips for the
crew are at the discretion of the clients, it is customary that approximately Euro 70 per client is left as
tip for the crew for the week if clients are satisfied with the service on board)
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|Date from||Date to||From||To||Route||Rate|
|28.04.2015||05.05.2015||HRG||HRG||North and Brothers||€ 990.00|
|11.07.2015||18.07.2015||HRG||Port Ghalib||On Request||POR|
|18.07.2015||25.07.2015||Port Ghalib||Port Ghalib||Daedalus Rocky Zabargad||POR|
|25.07.2015||01.08.2015||Port Ghalib||HRG||Brothers - Elphinstone||€ 990.00|
|19.08.2015||26.08.2015||Port Ghalib||Port Ghalib||North||€ 915.00|
|06.09.2015||13.09.2015||Deep South and St Johns||€ 990.00|
|22.09.2015||29.09.2015||Port Ghalib||Port Ghalib||Deep South and St Johns||€ 990.00|
|29.09.2015||06.10.2015||HRG||HRG||North and Brothers||€ 990.00|
|13.10.2015||20.10.2015||HRG||HRG||Daedalus Rocky Zabargad||€1050|
|20.10.2015||03.11.2015||HRG||HRG||North and Brothers||€ 990.00|
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RED SEA DIVE SITES
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MV TALA, RED SEA DIVE SITES VIDEO
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