“Wrecks, reefs, Nitrox and night dives… Everything you need to know about diving the Red Sea, one of the world’s top underwater destinations.”
This trip leaves OR Tambo International on a Thursday arriving in Cairo on Friday Morning. After a short stop in the airport, the trip continues on a flight to Hurghada where you spend the afternoon relaxing at a beach hotel before boarding the luxury 7 star live aboard at 16h00. After a welcome video and unpacking, it is time to gear up on the dive deck, and this is also the only time prior to packing up that you handle your scuba gear, as the very helpful crew do everything for you, except the dive of course, that is your responsibility. The dive deck is the lowest of the three decks and with easy access to the water. This all done it is time to relax before supper. You can stay aboard or taste the night life of Hurghada, depending on your energy levels.
The boat leaves the mooring the next morning after a brief passportinspection by the authorities. After a sumptuous breakfast, a check – out dive is then done to get your buoyancy and any other gear related adjustments done. Thereafter the relaxing, diving, eating, sleeping is done. Not necessarily in that order. If you get confused when the bell rings, feel your hair, if it is dry, then it is time to dive, if your hair is wet it is time to eat. 4 dives per day, which includes spectacular night dives is on the cards for the time you are on board. Luckily Nitrox is available and thus you are not so tired after a day’s diving.
Wrecks such as the famous Thistlegorm, Giannis D, and reef dives both shallow and deep are on the cards and the sea life is amazing. Visibility is very good, as far as you can see, and the warm water (+30 Celsius) allows you to dive until your air gets to the safety limits although the temptation to stay longer niggles your safety conscious. A lot of divers wear only board shorts and t-shirts. Dives are conducted off the back of the boat or by traveling short distances on rubber ducks or zodiacs. These zodiacs also follow the divers and you are picked up when you surface under your deploy buoy or surface marker buoy.
An encounter with a Napoleon wrasse (Scientific name: Cheilinus undulates) is unforgettable as they are not shy and will come close to you for an inspection. They grow to + 230 cm. Huge Moray eels, large schools of goldies, trigger fish protecting their nests, dolphins, white tip oceanic sharks are just some of the life that can be seen on a single dive.
When you are not diving, you are relaxing either outdoors on one of the decks or inside in one of the lounges or if you like in your cabin which has its own television. Clean towels are provided for every day on board. Meals are served in the dining room and you would need to have a large appetite to taste everything on offer. All water, soft drinks, tea and coffee is free on board. Other beverages can be purchased.
Times flies and before you know, it is time to pack before leaving after 8 days aboard. A day room in a five star hotel is provided while you shop or relax in Hurgada before you depart for Cairo airport for your flight. An overnight flight returns you to OR Tambo International and you cannot wait to tell your friends about your experience and get them to join you on your next trip to the RED SEA.
Extend your stay by a night or two to explore the famous historic sites in Cairo and Luxor, or even take some time to just chill out on the beach after your exciting week of diving!
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