Dive on Egypt's Best Sites With an Award-Winning Liveaboard!

Overall Rating

8.9

Marine Life
Professionalism
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8.7/10
9.3/10
8.3/10
9.3/10
IsabelleBarbier
FR
Isabelle B verified review
Open Water Scuba Instructor
300+ dives
8.3/10
2 months ago

Excellent dive guides and instructors on the Emperor Elite. Lucy did the best briefings I've ever had. Very informative, visual, clear and fun! Ahmed took us diving in St John's caves to the best places, pointing at us a lot of marine life we would have missed. Overall the staff is very friendly, and professional. Briefings mentioned the importance of having good buoyancy and not touching marine life. I wish there had been a briefing before the snorkeling we did with dolphins though, on the best way to get in the water... The staff was very helpful with the equipment, and always in good spirits. The upper cabins were very comfortable, would recommend taking one of these, as there was a diesel smell in the lower deck and main deck. Or you need to keep port holes opened at all times if downstairs. Overall very good value for money with all fees, Nitrox, and transfers included, even if arriving at the furthest away airport.

KevinBoot
NL
Kevin B verified review
Divemaster
100+ dives
8.8/10
about 2 months ago

Had a great time aboard of the Emporer Divers boat in the Red Sea. We went down South, beautiful colourful small fish and coral, massive bright red nudie branches, sea grass munching turtles. Easy and comfortable diving at beautiful dive sites!

PaulineDelaplace
FR
Pauline D verified review
Brevet plongeur niveau 2
less than 50 dives
9.8/10
7 months ago

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Excellent stay which made it possible to discover the south of the Red Sea and these wonders. We were lucky enough to come across a longimane shark while diving, dolphins gave us some pretty shows when we were on the boat. We were able to observe rays, as well as many fish from the Red Sea on all different and impressive reefs. We were also able to pass the padi nitrox patent on board the boat. Other divers have passed their padi deepdiver level. Extremely caring crew. Boat always kept very clean. Food of very good quality and quantity, made on site by 3 cooks. Very serious guide. Good mood on the boat. Very clear briefings. Very good organization. Only one downside, diesel smell returns when the wind is not in our favor in the lower cabins. We only want to leave. Thanks also to Isabelle Barbier from Seecrush for managing our stay. Very good responsiveness and communication at the top.

Why we love it

Embark on an Award-Winning liveaboard to explore the best dive sites of the Red Sea! We love the founders' commitment to developing safe and fun liveaboard trips in Egypt for the past 30 years. From North to South, there are itineraries for all levels of experience and wishes. The team will make sure they'll take you to the best entry points for every site, at the best season. Wrecks, big pelagics, fantastic coral gardens with swim-throughs, or dramatic walls, you name it! With port fees, marine park fees, and free Nitrox, these are the best value liveaboards of the red sea.

Conservation

The company opened the first PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Egypt in 1992, at the head of which was the first female PADI course director. The team conducts regular ocean clean-ups. The company supports numerous NGO’s such as Sea Save Foundation, the Turtle Foundation, Green Fins, and more.

Who is it for?

For beginner divers in the North to more experienced divers enjoying currents in the South. Contact us to find the best itinerary.

Prices and Dates
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Contact us and we'll tell you which itinerary is available on your preferred dates.

From Hurghada:

  • Famous Five Cruise
  • Simply the Best
  • Reefs & Wrecks
  • Get Wrecked
  • Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone
  • North & Easy - NEW!

From Marsa Ghalib (Port Ghalib):

  • Simply the Best
  • South & St. Johns
  • Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone
  • Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone
  • Red Sea Sharks

From Sharm El Sheikh:

  • King Snefro Sinai Classic Cruise
  • King Snefro Sinai Mini Cruise
  • Deep North

  • 7 nights in a shared cabin (last night either on board or in a hotel)
  • All meals and snacks, soft drinks. Red wine with dinner
  • 6 days diving, with 2 to 3 dives a day and up to 21 dives on some itinerary
  • Free Nitrox if certified
  • Guide
  • 12 L tanks and weights
  • Local transfers
  • Marine Park and Port Departure fees

  • Diving equipment, tanks other than 12 litres
  • Alcohol
  • Crew tips
  • Flights and Egypt visa

Dive briefing!

Marine Life

  • Egypt reefs are home to over 1000 fish species, 20% of which are endemic to the Red Sea. With a varied topography, stunning wrecks, and incredible marine life, Egypt caters to all levels of divers. Get ready to drift dive on dramatic walls and pinnacles.

  • If you go South, you'll see some exciting pelagic life with thresher sharks, oceanic whitetips, and some hammerheads sharks!

  • Deep south, near Sudan, keep an eye open for bottlenose dolphins, hammerheads again, leopard sharks, manta rays, and more!

Dive Conditions

  • Season: you can dive in the Red Sea year-round. September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) are excellent times to go, with warm air and water temperatures
  • Currents: little to medium currents depending on the itinerary you choose - ask us
  • Visibility: 15 to 35 m (50 to 115 ft)
  • Water Temperature: ranges 22° to 30°C (72° to 86°F) . Colder temperature is from December to February (winter season)
  • Depth: shallow and deep dives

Dive Sites

  • In Northern Red Sea, the most famous dive sites are Shark and Yolanda Reef, Ras Mohamed National Park, and the SS Thistlegorm, a ship that sank in 1941 bombed by German aviation, stretching over 128 meters long (420 ft).

  • In Southern Red Sea, the most famous dive sites are Big Brother, Daedalus, and Elphinstone Reef. The reefs are healthier than in the North, and the topography is varied, with deep walls, tunnels, and even a few wrecks to look at!

  • In Deep South Red Sea, St. John's Reef and the marine parks of Zabargad and Rocky islands are relatively remote and not visited frequently by liveaboards. The area offers what is considered the most spectacular diving in Egypt with varied topography and some big pelagic life as you get closer to Sudan.

  • Dive sites may change according to local conditions

The Team

  • Operation created in 1992
  • Number of boats: 8
  • PADI courses - ask us
  • Languages spoken: English, Arabic, Spanish, German

Safety Information

  • Equipment Recommended: a 3mm to 7mm wetsuit, depending on the time of the year you go
  • Insurance: both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
  • Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: in Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Sharm el Sheik
Visas, flights, and more!

Visa Requirements

How to get there

  • Fly to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH), Hurghada (HRG) or Marsa Alam (RMF) international airports - we'll tell you which one is the closest depending on the itinerary chosen.
  • The liveaboard team will pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

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  • Bring some reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, and a rash guard to protect from the sun, a sweater if you go in winter.
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