MY Odyssey

Destination: Sudan & Egypt

Sudan & the Red Sea (7 - 14 Nights) | From €213++/night

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MY Odyssey Quick Pitch

The Odyssey, first launched in 2012, has large spaces on all its decks for more comfort and outdoor massage services--relaxation guaranteed! The vessel has 13 cabins that can accommodate 26 guests in all. The Odyssey takes trips to Sudan in March and April, and then to Egypt in the months that follow.

 

Dive Overview 

Colorful and pristine reefs, uncrowded dive sites, unforgettable wrecks, healthy shark populations, and big schools of fish can be expected in Sudan. Sudan usually attracts more experienced divers who may have already dived the Red Sea and are looking for a similar but unique experience, as it provides a fresh perspective on the Red Sea's ecosystems. Djibouti is situated at the mouth of the Red Sea and is influenced by the Indian Ocean, inciting a phenomenon where, from October to January, there is an influx of whale sharks in addition to the presence of coral fishes, giant groupers, and pelagic fishes--all fed by the massive presence of oxygen and plankton afforded by Djibouti's geographical position. This destination is for divers and snorkelers and for those people who love whale sharks.

[See: Sudan Dive Travel Guide]

As one of the seven wonders of the underwater world, the Red Sea offers scuba divers some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs, plentiful marine life, and highly diverse sites to dive.

Both the Northern and Southern Red Sea regions offer excellent diving; the former has amazing wrecks including the world-renowned Thistlegorm, where divers can see some of the world's coral gardens and dive with manta rays and various sharks (including whale sharks). You can also see these corals and sharks in the South, especially around the islands of Big Brother, Little Brother, Elphinstone, and Daedalus.

[See: Red Sea Dive Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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MY Odyssey Accommodation Overview

Each of the Twin, Double and Standard Cabins are airconditioned and have a private bathroom with freshwater showers. Each cabin also has a mini bar and an in-room safe, and 220 volt European plugs.

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  • The twin cabins on the lower and upper decks have two single beds.


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  • The Queen Suite, located on the upper deck, has a queen-sized bed and large windows for natural light. 


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  • The Double Cabin on the Main deck has both a King-size bed and a twin bed
 

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General Facilities

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MY ODYSSEY BOAT FEATURES

  • Indoor & outdoor bar
  • Indoor & outdoor lounge
  • Jacuzzi
  • Shaded sun deck
  • Open sun deck
  • Massage
  • Wifi, books, tv

 

 

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MY ODYSSEY Food and Drinks

The MY Odyssey serves a delightful array of both local and western food, with vegetarian options. Meals are served buffet-style, with snacks available all day. Dinner is served outdoors. Dinner is served on the first day, and breakfast is served on the last day of the cruise. 

A variety of juices, as well as coffee, tea, and soft drinks, are available and are served with meals. Guests may also order beer and wine (see exclusions).

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MY Odyssey Dive Facilities

  • Spacious dive deck
  • Nitrox
  • DIN/INT valves
  • Rental equipment
  • 15l tanks
  • Camera rinse tank
  • Camera storage area
  • Equipment storage area

 

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SCHEDULE, RATES & AVAILABILITY

The actual rates are based in EUR. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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The rates shown below are per person in USD for Standard CabinsThe pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest EUR/USD exchange rate. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions and Full Rates by Cabin Type]

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MY Odyssey Rates

Prices are in Euros (except when indicated for Visas & Taxes) and may be subject to change due to increases in fuel or government taxes.

Length of CruiseNumber of DivesIndividual rateVisas & Taxes
7 Nights16€1,557.00U$155 + 187€
10 Nights25€2,350.00U$155 + 223€
11 Nights28€2,350.00U$155 + 232€
14 Nights32€3,025.00U$155 + 250€
Special Sharks' - 14Nights32€3,496.00U$155 + 250€  

 

Other Accommodation Charges7N10/11N14N
Surcharge for Upper/Main Deck - per person50€15€100€
Individual Cabins990€1,490€1,890€


Inclusions
 

  • Full-board accommodation in a double cabin 
  • Nitrox package
  • Non-alcoholic beverage package
  • Tea, coffee, soda, drinking water, fruit juice included and available at any time.
  • Snacks in the afternoon
  • Airport-boat and boat-airport transfer
  • Minimum number of dives, including night dives with 12L aluminum tanks DIN/INT and weights

 

Exclusions

  • Equipment rental
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Taxes
  • Visas
  • Tips for crew

 

EQUIPMENT RENTAL

Equipment must be booked before departure. 

Equipment Rental7N10/11N14N
Full scuba equipment: Mask, fins snorkel, BCD, reg, shorty€120.00€170.00€200.00
BCD or regulator or WETSUIT€42.00€60.00€84.00
Snorkel set (Mask + fins + snorkel)€25.00€35.00€50.00
15L tank€30.00€40.00€50.00
Dive computer€30.00€40.00€50.00
Lamp€15.00€20.00€30.00
Mask or fins€25.00€35.00€50.00
Guide supervision€5 per dive€5 per dive€5 per dive
Dive insurance€7 per trip€7 per trip€7 per trip
 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Destinations

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Sudan ItinerarY

SOUAKIN & LEGENDS - 7 Nights

  • This extremely varied circuit will delight shark, pelagic and coral lovers. Some sites in the Souhakin Archipelago are among the Sudanese sites where you can see the largest gatherings of hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini). 
  • On this trip, the Oyssey first anchors on the large reef of Sanganeb, which is 1h30 boat ride from Port Sudan. We will then head for Shab Rumi, before heading straight south to “Shaab Jum- na“. This reef is part of the of the Souakin archipelago. 
  • We will continue south down to “Shaab Ambar“ and  “Pinacollo.“  We can cross hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), grey, silky (Carcharhinus falciformis) sharks. We will continue our journey south to “Preserver“ which will be the furthest south point of the trip before starting our ascent northwards. We will finish our cruise by the mythical wreck of Umbria which is about twenty minutes from Port Sudan.
  • Main Dive Sites
  • Shaab Jumna - A large 400-metre long and 180-metre wide reef. There are also beautiful caves that open on the north face at 30 meters. This reef is one of the two reefs where you can see the largest Sudanese concentration of hammerhead sharks.
  • Pinacollo - This reef is not on the map because it was recently discovered. This is a large coral pinnacle (150 meters long and only 20 meters wide), oriented nor- th-south. We can observe grey sharks, and closer to the surface, some white tips.
  • On the west face, we can meet hammerhead sharks going up the current. The top of the reef is really untouched, the corals are intact and the fishes seem surprised to see divers passing by.
  • Sanganeb - Sanganeb is 30 km north of Port Sudan (about 1h30 navigation). It is a huge reef (6 km long by 1.5 km wide), overhung by a lighthouse that stands guard over the magnificent turquoise lagoon. It is not uncommon to observe a school of long- billed dolphins while snorkeling.
  • The lighthouse was built by the English in 1930. The keepers of the lighthouse will be happy to welcome us and will let us climb the 366 steps to allow us to enjoy a breathtaking view of the emerald lagoon, surrounded by the reef.
  • Dives north and south of the reef are equally varied. Sanganeb is considered the only atoll in the Red Sea where coral reefs are best preserved and richest. Grey reef sharks are still there, both north and south.
  • In the south, on the steep drop off falling to 700m, it is frequent to cross hammerhead and silky sharks. Climbing up the gently sloping plateau starting at 30m, you can watch the ballet of big-eyed jacks and blackfinned barracudas and, as with every dive, the grey reef sharks. Arriving in the 15m zone, you will have the pleasure to see multiple soft corals and multi-colored where evolve sweetlips, wrasses, groupers, anthias and others.

 

deep south expedition - 10/11/14 nights

  • The Deep South expedition will lead guests to discover the wild side of Sudan where there are untouched and unclassified sites. The most remote site, Dahrat Abib, is close to the Eritrean border. We will see a great variety of sharks gathered in large groups: hammerheads, silky, grey, tigers. Mantas, dolphins, turtles and all the Red Sea reef fish will also be there.
  • As soon as guests arrive, the Odyssey will head to the mythical wreck of Umbria which is 20 minutes from port Sudan. The next day, we will head south/east towards the site of “Jumna“, which is the first reef of the Souakin archipelago. We can see our first hammerhead sharks along its vertiginous drop off (+500m.). Then we’ll go to Sha’ab Ambar.
  • We will take the road, due south, for a long crossing to the site “Dahrat Abib“, which is a few kilometers from the border of Eritrea. This region has some amazing surprises in store for divers, both in quantity and diversity of sharks. 
  • Main Dive Sites 
  • ABILI QAB MIYUM 2 - This Abili in the North/East of the island of QAB MIYUM shelters a resplendent southern plateau. The top of the plain is 6 meters deep, its 2nd step goes down from 25 to 35 meters and its last from 45 to 70 meters. On the east face is a school of hammerhead sharks as well as a huge school of barracudas accompanied by grey reef and silky sharks. On the last part of the plateau, benches of jacks, sweetlips and a huge bench of surgeon fish await you. We will finish our dive admiring the platier at 5 meters where you can find loads of reef fishes : angelfish, banner fish, puffer fish, etc.
  • Dahrat Abid - After your back swing of the Zodiac, during the descent towards the 30/40 meters zone, you will be able to cross grey reef sharks and the silhouette of the first sharks hammersheads will begin to take shape in the blue until you can no longer count them! When going up along the wall, don’t forget to lift your head to observe the passage of mantas rays. Then, in the 25 meters zone, schools of trevallies and baracudas await you in great numbers. Higher up, near the plains, all the reef fish and a school of giant sweetlips will be present.
  • Umbria Shipwreck -  The Umbria is recognized as one of the most beautiful wrecks in the world. This cargo ship is 155 metres long by 18 metres wide, carrying bombs and ammunition and was scuttled by its captain in 1940. The wreck lies on its side between 5 and 38 meters deep. The hull is richly covered with corals and shelters all the usual reef fauna. Its proximity to the surface will delight photographers thanks to the superb light that is present there.
  • The “visit“ of the inside of the wreck requires special attention so as not to get lost in the maze of corridors and rooms. What a pleasure to discover, from room to room, the remains of the cargo (hundreds of shells piled up, thousands of bullets, bottles of wine...) under the intrigued gaze of an angel fish and a school of fusiliers swallowed up in the hull. 
  • Karam Masamirit - You will make your last dive south before heading north and San Ganeb around this island. You will dive on the south plateau, 50 meters wide, which ends at 30 meters. If the current is right, we will see a large school of hammerhead sharks. During the ascent, you will be able to cross grey and silky sharks. On the highest level of the plateau, you will see many coral mounds covered with alcyonarias and white tip sharks.
  • Shaab Rumi - Here, pelagics abound with hammerhead sharks, grey reefs, bumphead parrotfish, barracudas and even a grey reef shark cleaning station!
  • This unique site in the world is also famous for its underwater houses installed by Comman- der Cousteau for his experience. Five men li- ved in these houses for a month in 1963. From this experience was born the documentary film “The World without Sun“.
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EGYPT Itinerary

brothers - 7 NIGHTS

A circuit in the middle of the Red Sea that will delight lovers of sharks, wrecks and vertiginous drop-offs full of color,  Brothers Islands is a wild site in the middle of the Red Sea. These two volcanic islands, separated by one kilometer, are located more than 6 hours of sailing from the Egyptian coast of El Quseir. Their vertical walls, where the currents are often present, abound in pelagic fauna as well as gorgonians and alcyonarians.

  • Main Dive Sites
  • AÏDA II WRECK (BIG BROTHER) - A wreck of 1,426 tons, sunk in 1957 northwest of Big Brother. The zodiac will drop you along the reef, before the wreck, in the direction of the current. You will descend along the wall down to 30 meters. You will first discover a gaping hole from which hang ropes covered with multicolored alcyonnaires. If you look inside, you will be able to admire clouds of “glassfish“. 
  • NUMIDIA WRECK (BIG BROTHER) - A 130 meter long and 6,400 ton wreck which has been on the northern tip of Big Brother since it sank in July 1901. The ship was making her first journey from Glasgow to India with railway material. Today it sits on the skew, almost vertically, between 10 and 80 meters deep. Do not forget to look “in the blue“ so you can see gray sharks or hammerheads. We will then drift with the current on one or both sides of the reef.
  • SMALL BROTHER’S NORTH PLATEAU - This is where you will have the best chance of seeing gray sharks and hammerheads. It is even possible to cross a manta ray and/or a moonfish (Mola-mola). We will then leave the plateau and the deep zone to direct us (following the current) on the western slope, which is full of life with alcyonarians of all colors, magnificent sea fans and an extremely varied fauna: groupers, barracudas, etc.
  • Around this island, you have the chance to see an incredible number of shark species: gray reef, coral white tips, silky, hammerheads, thresher, and of course, often near the surface, the one you all expect: the oceanic white tip.
  • THE SOUTH-EAST WALL - We will arrive at a magnificent field of gorgonians of very large sizes: a paradise for lovers of beautiful photos. We will continue along the slope and move to the south side, where we will be able to observe all the richness of the reef.

 

FURY SHOAL - 7 NIGHTS

Enjoy the best sites in the area of Marsa Alam and Hamata at your own pace! This cruise offers excellent value for money compared to a stay in a hotel in the region. This circuit is open to open water divers, non-divers and families (from 8 years old). 7 days cruise in the south of Egypt, exploring magnificent dive sites, accessible to all levels. You will discover the richness and the diversity of Egyptian underwater life.

  • Main Dive Sites
  • ABU GALAWA - Famous site with its Tienstin wreck that goes from the surface to -17m at the stern. A wreck of about thirty meters colonized by so many corals that in some places, it is impossible to discern the end of the wreck and the beginning of the reef.
  • SHA’AB CLAUDIO - Site with a particular topography with large, magnificent cathedral-shaped caves that offer superb light. In the morning, it is not uncommon to meet small white tip sharks laying on the sand, and most of the time a huge napoleon wrasse hangs around at the safety stop.
  • MALAHI - Site consisting of a maze of canyons where a magical atmosphere occurs with a magnificent light. Very often, schools of yellowfin mullet colonize the canyons. It is not uncommon to see a turtle during the dive.
  • SATAYA’S REEF - Huge reef more than 1.5 kilometers long. In summer, the water exceeds 33 ° in the lagoon. This site is home to a colony of more than 100 spinner dolphins often divided into several groups. Depending on the time of year, we can observe baby dolphins with their parents. This site also allows us to snorkel with these magnificent marine mammals.

 

the golden loop (North/Brothers) - 7 NIGHTS

 This innovative circuit will delight lovers of sharks, dolphins, magnificent wrecks, reefs and drop-offs. We will go up to the point of Sinai before descending to the two islands of Brother Island. We will leave in the direction of Safaga to dive on Panora-Reef and Abu Kifan, unmissable sites, before heading north towards Hurghada to complete this magical loop, the Golden Loop.

  • The morning after your arrival, we will go to our first coral reef for our first dive. In the late afternoon, we will head north to the Sinai Point and descend to the islands of Brother in the next days. A wild site, more than 6 hours of sailing off the Egyptian coast of El Quseir.
  • Main Dive Sites
  • SHA’AB EL ERG - We will do our first dive on a beautiful horseshoe-shaped reef. Dolphins regularly swim on the outside of the reef or in the lagoon. We can observe them either by diving or snorkeling.
  • RAS MOHAMED - Marine park located at the southern tip of Sinai, the ultimate separation between the Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez. The water masses of the two straits meet and generate strong currents. Many pelagics evolve on these vertiginous drop-offs (schools of barracudas, snappers ...) We will drift on the extreme southern tip: “Shark Reef“ and “Yolanda Reef“, the most extraordinary sites of the park. 
  • We will have the chance to observe many coral formations covered with alcyonarians and gorgonians. We will cross this beautiful territory inhabited by giant moray eels, napoleons, turtles, groupers, and a huge shoal of batfish, before finishing our dive on the remains of a Cypriot wreck sunk in 1980 which gave its name to the site (the Yolanda). There is only a small part of the debris remaining that slid much lower on the drop. The Yolanda was carrying sanitary supplies, and we can see a series of bathtubs and toilets where many fishes found shelter.
  • THISTLEGORM - This English cargo ship dates from October 6, 1941. It was bombed by the German aviation while carrying ammunition and war material (trucks, cars, motorcycles, etc). You will see all these remains that are still present in one of the most famous wrecks in the world. 
  • SMALL BROTHER’S NORTH PLATEAU - We will go down to 35/40 m, above the northern plateau. This is where you will have the best chance of seeing gray sharks and hammerheads. It is even possible to cross a Manta ray and/or a moonfish (Mola-mola). We will then leave the plateau and the deep zone to reach the western slope, which is full of life with alcyonarians of all colors, magnificent sea fans and an extremely varied fauna: groupers, barracudas ...
  • On this island, you have the chance to see an incredible number of shark species: gray reefs, white tips, silky, hammerhead, thresher, and of course, often near the surface, the one we all expect: the oceanic white tip.
  • AÏDA II WRECK (BIG BROTHER) - A wreck of 1,426 tons, sunk in 1957 northwest of Big Brother. The zodiac will drop you along the reef, before the wreck, in the direction of the current. You will descend along the wall down to 30 meters. You will see the wreck of Aida. You will first discover a gaping hole from which hang ropes covered with multicolored alcyonnaires. If you look inside, you will be able to admire clouds of “glassfish“. You can continue your exploration and, coming by the back of the wreck, you will admire an explosion of colors. The railings covered with multi-colored alcyonnaires transform the wreck into a beautiful garden.
  • NUMIDIA WRECK (BIG BROTHER) - A 130 meter long and 6,400 ton wreck which has been on the northern tip of Big Brother since it sank in July 1901. The ship was making her first journey from Glasgow to India with railway material. Today it sits on the skew, almost vertically, between 10 and 80 meters deep. Do not forget to look “in the blue“ so you can see gray sharks or hammerheads. 

St John's - 7 NIGHTS

A circuit in the south, not far from the border of Sudan. that will allow us to go beyond the Tropic of Cancer. We will leave from Marsa Alam or Hamata. The reefs of St John’s are very varied. The circuit, alternating between drop-offs and dives in the middle space, will delight all divers who are in love with colorful reefs, like photographers passionate about macro. We can meet trevallies, turtles, dolphins, sharks, napoleons, and for those who choose the St John’s / Abu Fendira circuit, big bumphead parrotfish.

    Main Dive Sites
  • HABILI ALI - This magnificent pinnacle is 150 meters long by 50 meters wide. It goes up to one or two meters below the surface. It is oriented east-west. The boat will stop on the southwest or southeast side of the reef. We will be dropped generally on the northern point, to return along the fall, to the side where our boat is, by being carried by the current. From our backswing, we will descend to the 30/40 meter zone to observe the pelagics. We can see evolving in the current jacks, tuna, barracudas and gray reef sharks. Sometimes a hammerhead can hang around. On this northern slope, you will see large black coral bushes. We will then drift away and leave the deep zone. If you return to the west, you will pass by a garden of giant sea fans around 25-30 meters. Remember to look regularly in the blue, because it is common to see dolphins passing by in the morning on this site. Do not hesitate at the end of the dive to look on the plateau as life is abundant there.
  • HABILI GAFAR - One of the most beautiful sites in the vast area of St John’s. This reef is just 15 meters wide by 30 meters long. Imagine a steep cone slowly flaring up to the 20-meter zone to form a small plateau before continuing its descent to over 80 meters. Generally, the current is quite strong here. We will descend along the north face of the «cone» until we reach the area of 30-35 meters. On the descent, we will see the small plateau that materializes at this depth. It is here, on the north face, in the current, that we will have our chances to cross pelagics. It is not uncommon to see gray reef sharks or other species. Then, we will ascend along the reef describing a slow spiral. The wall is extremely rich in alcyonarians of all colors, hard corals, clouds of anthias, snappers, barracudas, tunas, trevallies ...
  • ERG OM ARUK - This site It is composed of a main reef of 80m and a large number of coral columns forming magnificent light plays in the south-east and north parts. Divers have dubbed this site «Halong Bay». You will come across countless shoals of fusiliers, snappers, surgeons. There, towers are flush with the surface and descend on a bottom from 20 to 27m. Gray or oceanic sharks can be seen, as well as a very big Napoleon at the safety stop, under the boat.

 

North - 7 NIGHTS

The northern circuit will delight divers of all levels, especially wreck lovers. Departing from Hurghada, you will head north ti the opening of the Suez Canal between the Gubal and Shadwan Islands. You will continue to the of Sinai and the famous reserve of Ras Mohamed which is among the most beautiful dive sites in the world, with its vertiginous drop-offs leading down to over 800m!

    Main Dive Sites
  • SHA'AB EL ERG - We will do our first dive on beautiful horseshoe-shaped reef. Dolphins regularly swim on the outside of the reef or in the lagoon. We can observe them either by diving or snorkeling.
  • SHA’AB ABU NUHAS - More known as “Cemetery of ships“, this west / east-facing reef is very close to the shipping route that - connects Europe to the East. Indeed, some ships coming out of the Gubal Strait after crossing the Suez Canal came up against this reef fringing the surface.

  • On its north face, five wrecks are aligned:

  • THE CARNATIC - A 90m long and 1800 barrels steamer came to finish his days on this reef one night of 1869. It rests between 18 and 24m. The cargo was recovered: 32,000 pounds sterling in gold bars. 8 000 are still missing... The hull is covered with hard corals, colorful alcyonarians and sponges. Inside, countless “glassfish“ mingle with beautiful lionfish.

  • THE GHIANNIS D - A 100m long cargo ship sunk in 1983. It was traveling between Croatia and Yemen and was transporting wood.

  • THE CHRISOULA K - A Greek cargo ship that sunk on October 30, 1981. It carried a transport of tiles from Italy towards Jeddah. Its stern rests on a bottom of -26 m. and is lying on his starboard side.

  • THE KIMON M - A cargo ship of 3715 tons poured in December 1978. It was carrying a cargo of 4,500 tons of lentils! Hence its nickname "the wreck with lentils". The holds are home to a multitude of hatchet fish.

  • THE ROSALIE MOELLER - 108m. long cargo sunk in 1941, the same week as the Thistlegorm. A magnificent wreck, it is laid straight on a 50m bottom. The descent along the rear mast starts at 17m. The view on the wreck while descending and the trevallies hunt in the clouds of smelts leaves an unforgettable memory. (This wreck is feasible only in light winds).

  • THISTLEGORM - This English cargo ship dates from October 6, 1941. It was bombed by the German aviation while carrying ammunition and war material (trucks, cars, motorcycles, ...). You will see all these remains that are still present in the wreck. It is one of the most famous wrecks in the world.

  • RAS MOHAMED - Marine park located at the southern tip of Sinai, the ultimate separation between the Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez. The water masses of the two straits meet and generate strong currents. Many pelagics evolve on these vertiginous drop-offs (schools of barracudas, snappers ...) We will drift on the extreme southern tip: “Shark Reef“ and “Yolanda Reef“, the most extraordinary sites of the park. We will immerse our- selves on “Shark Reef“ and its steep wall that goes down to -800m! We will follow this vertiginous drop and then go up on the plateau towards “Yolanda Reef“. 

  • We will have the chance to observe many coral formations covered with alcyonarians and gorgonians. We will cross this beautiful territory inhabited by giant moray eels, napoleons, turtles, groupers, and a huge shoal of batfish, before finishing our dive on the remains of a Cypriot wreck sunk in 1980 which gave its name to the site (the Yolanda). There is only a small part of the debris remaining that slid much lower on the drop. The Yolanda was carrying sanitary equipment! We can see a series of bathtubs and toilets where many fishes found shelter.



B.D.E CRUISE THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE - 7 NIGHTS

This famous circuit tales you to the middle of the Red Sea. The route makes a triangle between 3 islets and reefs: Brothers, Daedalus et Elphinstone. A delight for fans of Sharks, shipwrecks and stunning drop-offs full of dizzying colors, where gorgonians and alcyonarian abound.

  • Main Dive Sites
  • NUMIDIA WRECK (BIG BROTHER) - A 130 meter long and 6 400 ton wreck which has been on the northern tip of Big Brother since it sank in July 1901. The ship was making her first journey from Glasgow to India with railway material. Today it sits on the skew, almost vertically, between 10 and 80 meters deep. Do not forget to look “in the blue“ so you can see gray sharks or hammerheads. 
  • From our backswing, we will descend to admire this wreck covered with a large number of multicolored alcyonarians and teeming with life, especially in the hold. In the early morning, do not forget to look in the water to see gray sharks or hammerheads. This is their spot!
  • AÏDA II WRECK (BIG BROTHER) - A wreck of 1426 tons, sunk in 1957 northwest of Big Brother. The zodiac will drop you along the reef, before the wreck, in the direction of the current. You will descend along the wall down to 30 meters. You will see the wreck of Aida. You will first discover a gaping hole from which hang ropes covered with multicolored alcyonnaires. If you look inside, you will be able to admire clouds of “glassfish“. You can continue your exploration and, coming by the back of the wreck, you will admire an explosion of colors. The railings covered with multi-colored alcyonnaires transform the wreck into a beautiful garden.
  • SMALL BROTHER’S NORTH PLATEAU - We will go down to 35/40 m, above the northern plateau. This is where you will have the best chance of seeing gray sharks and hammerheads. It is even possible to cross a Manta ray and/or a moonfish (Mola-mola). We will then leave the plateau and the deep zone to reach the western slope, which is full of life with alcyonarians of all colors, magnificent sea fans and an extremely varied fauna: groupers, barracudas ...
  • On this island, you have the chance to see an incredible number of shark species: gray reefs, white tips, silky, hammerhead, thresher, and of course, often near the surface, the one we all expect : the oceanic white tip.
  • DAEDALUS’S NORTH FACE - A dive we will do at dawn. It is on the northern slope of Daedalus, which is the most exposed to the dominant current, that we have the most chances to make beautiful encounters with the pelagics. Indeed it is very common here to evolve with a school of hammerhead sharks composed of about twenty individuals. Trevallies and tunas are also very often seen.
  • We will leave the deep zone to explore the falling area which requires great attention as it is varied with many faults and overhangs. We will be able to observe many branches of black corals that colonized the reef. During your ascent, remember to raise the head: you will be able to see the barracudas which also rode around.
  • ELPHINSTONE’S NORTH PLATEAU - We will jump in the water early in the morning. After the rollback entry from the zodiac we will descend along the reef to reach the plateau twenty meters deeper. You will see an impressive life. We will not linger and follow the plateau down to 40 meters.
  • There, around the fault and in the current, hammerhead sharks and gray reefs evolve very frequently.We will be able to observe all the richness of this descent with the multicolored alcyonnaires, the sea fans, whips, and do not forget to look regularly “in the blue“: it is common to see passing the silhouette of a shark. Above your head, you have a great chance to see barracudas.
  • At the end of the dive, in the landing zone, take the time to stroll while looking at the top of the reef: a large number of fish are there as refugees among a wide variety of multicolored hard corals.

 

ROCKY/ZABARGAD DAEDALUS - 7 NIGHTS

 Highly known in the diving community, these four diving spots are distinguished by their beauty and the diversity of underwater life that abounds there. A tour that takes you to the tropics of cancer, on the mythical islets of Rocky Island, refuge and nesting place of a wide variety of birds and Zabargad, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon with Polynesian airs that becomes in summer uyn nesting place for sea turtles.

  • Main Dive Sites
  • DAEDALUS’S NORTH FACE - A dive we will do at dawn. It is on the northern slope of Daedalus, which is the most exposed to the dominant current, that we have the most chances to make beautiful encounters with the pelagics.
  • Indeed it is very common here to swim with a school of hammerhead sharks composed of about twenty individuals. Trevallies and tunas are also very often seen.
  • ZABARGAD - Zabargad is an island of about 5 km. It is next to Rocky. On the south side where the boat will be moored is a turquoise lagoon with a coral reef reminiscent of a Polynesian lagoon. Diving on the plateaus you will discover abundant wildlife and coral towers covered with multicolored alcyonnaires. It is not uncommon to encounter turtles during the dive.
  • ROCKY - 5km south of Zabargad is Rocky Island, close to the Sudanese border. This is without a doubt the wildest site in Egypt. As the dive goes on, the shallow plateau that is home to all kinds of species changes to a drop off covered with giant sea fans, corals and sponges. The south of the island is the pelagic point with white tip sharks, grays, hammerheads, and even manta rays.

 

MARINE PARK SIMPLY THE BEST - 14 NIGHTS

Well-known in the diving community, these four diving spots are distinguished by their beauty and the diversity of underwater life that abounds there. A tour that takes you to the tropics of cancer, on the mythical islets of Rocky Island, refuge and nesting place of a wide variety of birds and Zabargad, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon with Polynesian airs that becomes in summer a nesting place for sea turtles.

  • Main Dive Sites
  • SHA'AB EL ERG - We will do our first dive on beautiful horseshoe-shaped reef. Dolphins regularly swim on the outside of the reef or in the lagoon. We can observe them either by diving or snorkeling.
  • SHA’AB ABU NUHAS - More known as “Cemetery of ships“, this west / east-facing reef is very close to the shipping route that - connects Europe to the East. Indeed, some ships coming out of the Gubal Strait after crossing the Suez Canal came up against this reef fringing the surface.
  • On its north face, five wrecks are aligned:
  • THE CARNATIC - A 90m long and 1800 barrels steamer came to finish his days on this reef one night of 1869. It rests between 18 and 24m. The cargo was recovered: 32,000 pounds sterling in gold bars, but 8 000 are still missing. The hull is covered with hard corals, colorful alcyonarians and sponges. Inside, countless “glassfish“ mingle with beautiful lionfish.
  • THE GHIANNIS D - A 100m. long cargo ship sunk in 1983. He was traveling between Croatia and Yemen and was transporting wood.
  • THE CHRISOULA K - A Greek cargo ship of 100m long that sunk on October 30, 1981. It carried a transport of tiles from Italy towards Jeddah. Its stern rests on a bottom of 26 m and is lying on its starboard side.
  • THE KIMON M - A cargo ship of 3715 tons sunk in December 1978. It was carrying a cargo of 4,500 tons of lentils! Hence its nickname "the wreck with lentils". The holds are home to a multitude of hatchet fish.
  • THE ROSALIE MOELLER - 108m long cargo sunk in 1941, the same week as the Thistlegorm. A magnificent wreck, it laid straight on a 50m bottom. The descent along the rear mast starts at 17m. The view on the wreck while descending and the trevallies hunt in the clouds of smelts leaves an unforgettable memory. (This wreck is feasible only in light winds).
  • THISTLEGORM - This English cargo ship dates from October 6, 1941. It was bombed by the German aviation while carrying ammunition and war material (trucks, cars, motorcycles, etc). You will see all these remains that are still present in the wreck. It is one of the most famous wrecks in the world.
  • BLUE HOLE - Located 10km north of Dahab, the blue hole is one of the most famous dive sites in the region. It is a well that opens into the reef and drops down to more than 100m. The visibility and deep verticals are breathtaking.
  • One can see there among others very beautiful branches of black coral populated with a multitude of Anthias. While going up, it is not rare to meet jacks or Napoleons, while the barracudas accompany you to the safety stop.
  • RAS MOHAMED - Marine park located at the southern tip of Sinai, the ultimate separation between the Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez. The water masses of the two stliveraits meet and generate strong currents. Many pelagics evolve on these vertiginous drop-offs (schools of barracudas, snappers ...) We will drift on the extreme southern tip: “Shark Reef“ and “Yolanda Reef“, the most extraordinary sites of the park. We will immerse our- selves on “Shark Reef“ and its steep wall that goes down to -800m! We will follow this vertiginous drop and then go up on the plateau towards “Yolanda Reef“.
  • We will have the chance to observe many coral formations covered with alcyonarians and gorgonians. We will cross this beautiful territory inhabited by giant moray eels, napoleons, turtles, groupers, and a huge shoal of batfish, before finishing our dive on the remains of a Cypriot wreck sunk in 1980 which gave its name to the site (the Yolanda). There is only a small part of the debris remaining that slid much lower on the drop. The Yolanda was carrying sanitary equipment. We can see a series of bathtubs and toilets where many fishes found shelter.
  • TIRAN
  • THOMAS REEF - The smallest of the four reefs of Tiran but the richest! It often happens to see gray sharks and hammerheads on the north face where you can admire many gorgonians and alcyonrians. The east face is also exceptional. On the north/east corner, at a thirty meters depth, starts a beautiful narrow canyon with several arches. The dive ends on a large plateau that overlooks this vertical drop. It is very common to come across turtles. You will end your dive at the beautiful coral garden around ten meters, among gaterini, emperors, butterflyfish, trevallies ...
  • BROTHERS
  • SMALL BROTHER’S NORTH PLATEAU - We will go down to 35/40 m, above the northern plateau. This is where you will have the best chance of seeing gray sharks and hammerheads. It is even possible to cross a Manta ray and / or a moonfish (Mola-mola). We will then leave the plateau and the deep zone to direct us (following the current) on the western slope, which is full of life with alcyonarians of all colors, magnificent sea fans and an extremely varied fauna: groupers, barracudas, etc. Around this island, you have the chance to see an incredible number of shark species: gray reef, coral white tips, silky, hammerheads, thresher, and of course, often near the surface, the one we all expect: the oceanic white tip.
  • DAEDALUS
  • DAEDALUS’S NORTH FACE - A dive we will do at dawn. It is on the northern slope of Daedalus, which is the most exposed to the dominant current, that we have the mbestost chances to have beautiful encounters with the pelagics. Indeed it is very common here to swim with a school of hammerhead sharks composed of about twenty individuals. Trevallies and tunas are also very often seen here as well.
  • SHA’AB CLAUDIO - Site with a particular topography with large, magnificent cathedral-shaped caves that offer superb light. In the morning, it is not uncommon to meet small white tip sharks laying on the sand, and most of the time a huge napoleon wrasse hangs around at the safety stop.
  • SATAYA’S REEF
  • A huge reef more than 1.5 kilometers long. In summer, the water exceeds 33 ° in the lagoon. This site is home to a colony of more than 100 spinner dolphins, often divided into several groups. Depending on the time of year, we can observe the baby dolphins swim with their parents. This site also allows us to snorkel with these magnificent marine mammals. 
  • ST JOHN’S
  • ERG OM ARUK - This site is composed of a main reef of 80m and a large number of coral columns forming magnificent light plays in the south-east and north parts. Divers have dubbed this site «Halong Bay». You will come across countless shoals of fusiliers, snappers, surgeons, etc. There, towers are flush with the surface and descend on a bottom from 20 to 27m. Gray or oceanic sharks can be seen, as well as a very big Napoleon at the safety stop, under the boat.

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Boat Specifications

  • Material: Wood
  • Year built: 2012 (refurbished in 2018)
  • Length: 42 meters
  • Width: 8.5 meters
  • Guest capacity: 26
  • No of Engines: 2
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Number of cabins: 13
  • Crew  members: 10
  • Guides: 2
  • Air compressors: 2
  • Nitrox compressors: 2
  • Dive boat: 2 dinghies 6.5 meters
  • Outlets: 220V EUR
  • Generators: 2 generators Perkins of 150KW, 1 generator Perkins 65KW
  • Water: 2 desalinisator 20 tons per day
  • Others:  First aid kit and Pharmacy, Oxygen Kits, Radar,GPS, Radio

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  • Time Zone: UTC+3
  • Local Currency: Sudanese Pound (SDG)
  • Language Spoken: French and English
  • Electricity: 220 volt 
  • Payment Onboard: Cash (Euro &US Dollar)
 

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