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MY WHIRLWIND

The MY Whirlwind is a 36 metre yacht with only the best in design. The accommodation comprises of 10 spacious air conditioned en suite twin cabins each with bedside controls for the lighting and music piped through from the saloon area.  The modern dining room is situated on the main deck and has circular tables and free standing chairs providing the diners with easy access and a more social feel.  A central spiral staircase leads you to the saloon and bar situated on the bridge deck and here a large screen and entertainment center can be found.  A bar is fully stocked with a selection of wines, beer and soft drinks which can be enjoyed from the high bar stools. All outside areas have teak decking.  There is a Jacuzzi and sunmats all located on the upper deck. The MY Whirlwind is completely tec friendly

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

DIVE SITES

MV WHIRLWIND DECK PLAN

MY Whirlwind Liveaboard deck plan showing main deck,upper deck, lower deck and ssun deck

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Length – 36 metres

Beam – 8 metres

Hull – Wood

Capacity – 20

 guests

Maximum Speed – 12 knots

Propulsion – 2 x 700HP Cummins

Generators – 2 x 80KW Onan

Compressors 2  K14 Plus

Desalination – 2  Aqua set Desalination Plants

Nitrox Membrane

SAFETY

Life Rafts  2 x 25 person

Zodiacs – 2x5.1metre

VHF Radio  MFHF DSC

Satellite Phone

EPIRB

GPS Plotter

Radar 36 miles

SSB

Echo Sounder

Life Jackets

Smoke Detectors and Alarms

Fire Extinguishers

First Aid Kit

Oxygen unit – 1 x DAN unit and 1 x SAN-O-Sub unit plus J bottles

THE BOAT

Cabins:

The twin cabins are spacious and beautifully finished. Each have en suite bathrooms, wardrobe, bedside cupboard, shelves, safety deposit boxes and boast air conditioning with individual controls. Music from the saloon area can be piped into each cabin and this is controlled from the bedside.

 

Saloons & Dining Room:

Her very stylish restaurant is situated on the main deck where hotel style cuisine is served 3 times a day. The dining table and chairs add to the illusion of being in a luxury hotel. The upper saloon and bar offers plenty of seating to relax on an evening. The stereo, CD, DVD and plasma screen with surround sound are perfect for watching movies and for viewing the day's footage.

 

Sun Decks:

The teak decking throughout the boat adds a sense of luxury. The main sun deck has wicker furniture. In front of the bridge is a small, oval sun area which is perfect for enjoying the sun and viewing the surrounding Red Sea. The upper sun deck provides shaded and sunbathing areas. There is plenty of comfortable seating and a jacuzzi.

 

Dive Deck:

The incredibly spacious dive deck features individual dive stations with comfortable seating section and dive kit storage. All tanks are filled in situ so once your equipment is set up all you have to do is dive! Open cupboard spaces are provided allowing you to leave dry towels for when you return from your dive. The large dive platform features fresh water tanks and rinse showers. Divers are ferried to the drop zone in two 5.2m RIBs.

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TOTALLY WRECKED INCLUDING SAFAGA

This is a new itinerary, especially designed for wreck fanatics who have already joined us many times before on previous trip, and want something new. Departing from Sharm el-Sheikh, you will visit the best wreck in the Northern Red Sea, from the Rosalie Moller at Gubal, until the Salem Express at Safaga. Minimum requirements: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent.

Site

  • Abu Nuhas
  • Hurghada Area
  • Safaga Area
  • Gubal
  • Shag Rock
  • Sha’ab Ali
  • Sha’ab Mahmoud
  • Ras Mohammed

WRECKS AND REEFS

This is a popular week and is perfect for divers of all abilities, although we recommend a minimum number of 25 logged dives. Departing from Sharm el Sheikh, you will visit the best sites in the Northern Red Sea.

 

  • Sharm Area
  • Abu Nuhas
  • Gubal Island
  • Shag Rock
  • Sha’ab Ali
  • Sha’ab Mahmoud
  • Ras Mohammed Area
  • Straits of Tiran

GET WRECKED (NORTHERN RED SEA)

Departing form Sharm el Sheikh you will visit some of the best wrecks the Northern Red Sea has to offer including a night dive on the Thistlegorm.

Minimum requirements: PADI Advanced open water diver or equivalent

 

  • Abu Nuhas
  • Gubal
  • Shag Rock
  • Sha’ab Ali
  • Sha’ab Mahmoud
  • Ras Mohammed

SUEZ WRECKS ( NORTHERN EXPLORATION)

If you want to dive something completely different then this may be the trip for you. Departing from Sharm el Sheikh you will visit a wide range or wrecks, many in shallow water (7m) giving a longer bottom time to explore!

 

  • Ras Dib and Ras Shukier
  • Ras Gharib Wrecks
  • Gubal
  • Shag Rock
  • Sha’ab Ali
  • Sha’ab Mahmoud
  • Ras Mohamed

BROTHERS WRECKS SPECIALS (INCLUDING NORTH)

If you want to dive something completely different then this may be the trip for you. Departing from Sharm el Sheikh you will visit a wide range or wrecks, many in shallow water (7m) giving a longer bottom time to explore!

 

  • Ras Dib and Ras Shukier
  • Ras Gharib Wrecks
  • Gubal
  • Shag Rock
  • Sha’ab Ali
  • Sha’ab Mahmoud
  • Ras Mohamed

MINI SAFARI

Mini safaris are becoming very popular and this is the perfect way to spend 3 days at sea. Departing from Sharm el Sheikh onboard M/Y Tempest and visiting some of the best wrecks and reefs of the Northern Red Sea. Perhaps spend the remainder of your holiday relaxing on the beach or visiting some of the historical sites on day trips from the resort.

 

  • Sha’ab Mahmoud
  • Abu Nuhas
  • Gubal Islands
  • Sha’ab Ali
  • Ras Mohamed

SIMPLY THE BEST

Simply the Best itinerary will typically start at Umm el Rus and Elphinstone. The offshore islands that are visited are hours apart so the majority of traveling is done by night meaning you wake up at a new destination ready to start your day.

Minimum requirements: PADI advanced open water diver or equivalent plus 50 logged dives

 

  • Brother Islands
  • Daedelus Reef
  • Elphinstone

DAEDELUS, ROCKY, ST JOHN

Your starting point will typically be Umm el Rus and Elphinstone Reef. Journeying through the night will bring you to Daedelus Reef. Further traveling through the night will see you arrive at Rocky Island and Zabargad and on to St Johns and Fury Shoal. Although night diving is not permitted on the offshore islands with extended dive times won't you miss out!

Minimum requirements: PADI advanced open water diver or equivalent plus 50 logged dives

 

Daedelus Reef

Rocky

Zabargad

St Johns

Fury Shoal

Elphinstone

SOUTHERN WRECK SPECIAL

Although not in as plentiful supply as in the north, the southern Red Sea does boast some wrecks that are certainly worthy of their very own itinerary. Some of the wrecks are in deep water and are proving very popular with trimix divers.

Minimum requirements: PADI advanced open water diver or equivalent plus 50 logged dives

 

Marsa Shouna

Elphinstone

Zabargad Island

Rocky Island

Mikauwa Island

Sataya El Bar

Abu Galawa Area

Hamata

 

WHATS INCLUDED

Full board accommodation onboard TMF vessel including mineral water and soft drinks.

3 to 4 dives per day depending on weather conditions, local laws, travel times, and diver experience.

1 x 12lt tank, weights, weight belt, and air fills.

2 dives guides on all boats with the exception of Tempest with 1 dive guide.

 

NOT INCLUDED

Airfares, transfers, and hotel accommodation.

Visas, Marine park fees and port entrance.

alcoholic drinks and tonic water.

Nitrox, Helium, other gas blends and equipment hire.

 

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Departure date Itinerary RATE PER PAX FULL CHARTER RATE MARINE PARK FEES
01.04.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
08.04.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
15.04.2015 Daedalus - Rocky-St Johns €1066 €21,322 €96
22.04.2015 Brothers-Elphinstone €1066 €21,322 €54
29.04.2015 St Johns €953 €19,050 €13
06.05.2015 Daedalus - Rocky €1066 €21,322 €96
13.05.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
20.05.2015 Daedalus - Rocky-St Johns €1066 €21,322 €96
27.05.2015 Brothers-Elphinstone €1066 €21,322 €54
03.06.2015 St Johns €953 €19,050 €13
10.06.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
17.06.2015 Daedalus - Rocky-St Johns €1066 €21,322 €96
24.06.2015 Daedalus - Rocky €1066 €21,322 €96
01.07.2015 St Johns €953 €19,050 €13
08.07.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
15.07.2015 St Johns €953 €19,050 €13
22.07.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
29.07.2015 Daedalus - Rocky-St Johns €1066 €21,322 €96
05.08.2015 Fury and Friends ENQUIRY FOR DETAILS ENQUIRY FOR DETAILS TBC
12.08.2015 Fury Shoals €953 €19,050 €13
19.08.2015 Fury Shoals - St Johns ENQUIRY FOR DETAILS ENQUIRY FOR DETAILS TBC
26.08.2015 NOT SET ENQUIRY FOR DETAILS ENQUIRY FOR DETAILS TBC
02.09.2015 Daedalus - Rocky-St Johns €1066 €21,322 €96
09.09.2015 St Johns €953 €19,050 €13
16.09.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
23.09.2015 St Johns €953 €19,050 €13
30.09.2015 Daedalus - Rocky €1066 €21,322 €96
07.10.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
14.10.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
21.10.2015 Daedalus - Rocky-St Johns €1066 €21,322 €96
28.10.2015 Whitetips & Wonders / Photo Workshop ENQUIRY FOR DETAILS ENQUIRY FOR DETAILS TBC
04.11.2015 Daedalus - Rocky-St Johns €1066 €21,322 €96
11.11.2015 Simply the Best €1087 €21,735 €96
18.11.2015 Daedalus - Rocky-St Johns €1066 €21,322 €96
25.11.2015 Daedalus - Rocky €1066 €21,322 €96
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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

NORTHERN RED SEA

Departing from Sharm el Sheikh International Port the northern itineraries can venture as far south as the Brother Islands.  The Sinai peninsula is a mountainous region which often seems mirrored underwater with monumental drop off's, dramatic vertical walls and canyons.  The waters of the Sinai are on a major shipping route making them the gateway between Europe and Africa.  These waters are now home to numerous wrecks making dives interesting for both the history and marine diversity.  The northern Red Sea boasts some of the most impressive wrecks in the world including the Rosalie Moller and the SS Thistlegorm.  In addition to it's wrecks the northern Red Sea has some world renowned reef dives.

 

Ras Mohammed National Park

Ras Mohammed peninsula separates the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba. Currents flow out of both gulfs and bathe Ras Mohammed in rich nutrients, ensuring both plentiful and varied marine life. Shark Reef and Yolanda wreck is the most impressive dive in the national park. With a vertical wall descending to in excess of 800m, strong currents and huge schools of fish, Shark reef is a truly breath taking and exciting dive.  Although the wreck of the Yolanda is too deep for recreational divers, her cargo of ideal standard toilets, baths and a BMW car are easily accessible.  In the summer months vast numbers of snapper, barracuda and bat fish school in the blue water in front of Shark reef with oceanic black tip sharks moving majestically between.

 

The Straits of Tiran

The straits are formed by the island of Tiran to the east and the Sinai coastline to the west.  The meeting of deep waters, continental plate, and narrow passage creates a bottleneck through which a strong dense flow of plankton is funneled to the coral reefs.  A food chain is set in motion which links the plankton, coral organisms and reef fish to the larger fish - the sharks!  At certain times of the year, weather and sea conditions permitting, a dive may be done in the deep blue water to search for a school of hammerheads.

The four main dive sites in Tiran are Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson which are named after the English Cartographers who drew the first nautical maps of the region.  In addition to the diversity of marine life Tiran offers some amazing topography including the famous canyons at Thomas Reef and Woodhouse Reef.

SOUTHERN RED SEA

The Brothers

The two tiny islands known as The Brothers lie approximately 67 kilometers east of Quesir seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Big Brother is 400 meters long and easily dwarfs Little Brother which is situated half a mile away. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the shark action here and forget to enjoy the island's amazing walls, which are covered in gigantic soft corals. There are two wrecks at Big Brother while shark sightings are guaranteed on Little Brother. Here greys, white tips, silver tips, hammerheads and threshers are all present when conditions are right and oceanic white tips are often seen circling the boat at night.

 

Big Brother is easily recognized by its lighthouse which was built by the British in 1880. It stands 31 meters high and is the only landmark on the barren rectangle-shaped island. The bleak appearance of the island itself is a stark contrast to the beauty underneath the water.

A fringing reef drops off on all sides with the exception of the North East side of the island. The sheer walls are covered in soft and hard corals along with huge sea fans. Among the many fish, millions of orange anthias dominate the surrounding scenes as they dash and dance in and out of the corals. There is a cave full of thousands of glassfish which is well worth exploring.

 

The Numidia lays on the north side of Big Brother. The wreck is covered in vividly coloured soft corals and is well preserved and in one piece apart from the top and mid sections. Halfway down the wreck at 40 meters the views are breathtaking looking upwards.

The Aida , an Egyptian troop carrier, sunk in 1957 in the process of securing its mooring. Its remains now lie scattered in a few meters of water where you can also find the engine. However, the main section which is still pretty much intact, rests between 30 – 60 meters.

Little Brother is a tiny round island and is ranked by many as one of the world's best dive sites.  There are large plateaus on the north and south ends of the Island making the scenery very spread out.  The walls are simply breath taking with soft corals, sea fans and fish everywhere!  Fish usually range from millions of orange anithias to snappers, tuna barracuda and trigger fish.  Whale sharks and manta rays can also be seen at certain times of the year.

 

Daedelus

This small, isolated Reef also known as Abu el-Kizan lies 96 kilometers off the coast of Marsa Alam, nearly halfway to Saudi Arabia. Daedelus Reef is almost round and reaches approximately 500 meters at the widest point. Another lighthouse built by the British in the 19th century stands in the middle of the island and is the only reference point for miles. Astonishingly, the lighthouse is still run by a small group of 4 who receive their supplies by boat once a month. Dived less often and more unspoiled, this place is our pick of all the Southern sites.

Its spectacular sheer walls are equally as good as the Brothers Islands, carpeted in soft corals, hard corals and enormous sea fans. The vertical walls drop away quite steeply on all sides with the exception of the South where we find a beautiful plateau instead which is between 30 and 40 meters. The East wall is exceptionally sheer with spectacular caves and overhangs where large groupers are frequently encountered. There are more exquisite corals to be found on the West wall including some predominant hard coral formations.

Expect to see barracuda, jacks, tuna, rainbow runners, grey reef sharks and hammerheads. Threshers and dolphins can also be seen on occasions as can mantas and whale sharks. A large field of beautiful anemones and clown fish easily ranks with Anemone City at Ras Mohamed. Turtles are sometimes seen and you can bump into the occasional grey reef sharks and resident thresher sharks. Some of the hard coral is awesome and the underwater scenery is just as spectacular as Little Brother.

 

Elphinstone

Elphinstone is one of the most frequented dive sites in the Southern Red Sea. It's a long, narrow reef reaching approximately 300 meters in length. Elphinstone is located 12 kilometers out from Marsa Abu Dabab. Strong currents will take you on one of the most adrenaline charged drifts of your life along amazing sheer walls covered in soft corals and teaming with fish. This spectacular reef has walls that plunge down to 70 meters or more.

The place to get the real buzz is on the North plateau. You'll need motorized fins to reach it, but when you do you will find yourself surrounded by white tips, grey reefs or even hammerheads. On the south plateau there is a deep archway at 55m where thresher sharks can often be seen. Here lies a large coral encrusted rock which was once thought to be a sarcophagus.

 

Rocky Island

Rocky Island lies just a few kilometers north of Sudan and offer very different diving.

Described as the most adrenaline pumping dive site in the Red Sea, the reef at Rocky Island is shaped almost like a kidney bean and is where many strange and familiar reef fish hang out.

The sheer walls, enclosed in soft corals, sponges, and sea fans, drop sharply from just a few meters below the surface and continue down to the first plateau at 25 meters, then again to 50 meters and more. Tall dangling sea whips sprout from deeper water, while several great caves and overhangs offer a great place to watch the sharks go by. There is a great deal of shark and pelagic action especially at the southeast corner of the island. The strong currents make for an exciting dive.

 

Zabargad Island

This peaceful marine park island is located just 5 1/2 kilometers from Rock Island and 46 kilometers southeast of Ras Banas. Zabargad is the largest island for miles around covering a triangle of 5 square kilometers. The ancient Pharaohs, Romans and recently, the Egyptians all mined 'olivine' (a green mineral) here on this island. Zabargad has good shelter and its beaches attract nesting turtles which are best seen in the month of August.

It is recognized by many to be the most beautiful island for diving with its extensive diversity of fish life ranging from tiny anthias to huge groupers. Morays, turtles and octopus are also seen here as well as numerous other underwater life. Zabargad boasts a fantastic turquoise lagoon and shallow coral reefs showing off dramatic colours at depths of 18-25 meters so the site is often used for night dives. Plenty of invertebrates, such as cuttlefish, squid, and octopus are most active at night when the site takes on an entirely different character.

Stretching out from the southern shore of Zabargad Island is a sandy slope totally covered with an astonishing concentration of coral pinnacles. Each 'fairytale castle' pinnacle creates a home for miniature reef fish which appear like big fluffy clouds around the intensely coloured coral. Larger reef fish can be seen cruising through the pinnacles. The sand between the pinnacles supports blue spotted and black spotted stingrays as well as crocodile fish. The pinnacles themselves consist of a wide variety of stony corals. Many of the pinnacles are intricately sculpted. The result is a variation of silhouettes with overhangs, grottos and crevices to explore. Hammerheads and manta rays can sometimes be encountered cruising up and down. There are several wrecks round the mysterious island and most have yet to be identified.

 

St Johns Reef

This massive reef system is located furthest south (just 10 miles from the Sudanese border) and is the most remote. St. Johns stretches 13 miles wide and 8 miles long. Its reefs rise up from a gigantic underwater plateau hidden in the inky blue water. There are dozens of excellent dives, some on tiny circular reefs which come to just below the surface such as Four Meter Reef which looks like a quick swim, but once under the water it grows wider and wider.

Huge schools of fish congregate around spectacular vertical underwater gardens full of soft corals. Fusiliers, regal angel fish, black banner fish, groupers, surgeon fish and unicorn fish often swarm together in one big feeding frenzy! Turtles are common as are Napoleons and grey reef sharks. Hammerheads and other shark species are possible.

 

Fury Shoal

Fury Shoal consists of a large system of reefs growing up from a shallow plateau. Exploring the caves in the shallow waters is enticing. The main reef plunges down to 14 meters where it meets a sandy plateau sloping very slowly down to 25 meters.

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