Dive on the Most Pristine Sites of the Red Sea!

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9

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MahmoudAshraf
US
Mahmoud A verified review
Divemaster
300+ dives
9.3/10
about 1 year ago

This is an overdue review for an excellent time aboard Emporer Divers boat in the Red-sea. Food was great, Crew was very professional and fabulous dive sites. Warm water and beautiful comfortable diving with a variety of colorful fish, coral & sea life. The trip was well organized and every thing was planned appropriately. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

KevinBoot
NL
Kevin B verified review
Divemaster
100+ dives
8.8/10
over 1 year 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!

IsabelleBarbier
FR
Isabelle B verified review
Open Water Scuba Instructor
300+ dives
8.3/10
over 1 year 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.

PaulineDelaplace
FR
Pauline D verified review
Brevet plongeur niveau 2
less than 50 dives
9.8/10
almost 2 years 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

This August, join other reef-friendly divers! Embark on an award-winning liveaboard to explore the most pristine sites of the Red Sea. We love the founders' commitment to developing safe and fun liveaboard trips in Egypt for the past 30 years. We'll do up to 21 dives in the world-famous sites of Elphinstone, Fury Shoals, and St John's reefs. The team will make sure they take you to the best entry points for every site. With port fees, marine park fees, and free Nitrox, this is the best value trip of the Red Sea!

Conservation

The company opened the first PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Egypt in 1992. The team conducts regular ocean clean-ups and supports numerous NGOs such as Sea Save Foundation, the Turtle Foundation, Green Fins, and more.

Who Is It For?

An Advanced certification and about 25 dives are recommended for this itinerary. It's possible to do the certification onboard; ask us.

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What's included?
  • 7 nights in a lower-deck twin cabin (last night either on board or in a hotel). A Master suite is available on the upper deck for extra cost - ask us.
  • All meals and snacks, soft drinks, and red wine with dinner
  • 6 days of diving, with up to 21 dives
  • Free Nitrox if certified
  • Guide
  • 12 L tanks and weights
  • Local transfers
  • Marine Park and Port Departure fees
What's not included?
  • Diving equipment, tanks other than 12 litres
  • Alcohol
  • Crew tips
  • Flights and Egypt visa
Dive Briefing!

Marine Life

  • Egypt's reefs are home to over a thousand fish species, 20% of which are endemic to the Red Sea. With 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 to the South, you'll see some exciting pelagic life with thresher sharks, oceanic whitetips, and some hammerhead sharks!

  • In the deep-south, near Sudan, keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, hammerheads again, leopard sharks, manta rays, and more!

Dive Conditions

  • Season: The best time to dive in the southern Red Sea is from May to September
  • Currents: Little to medium currents
  • Visibility: 15 to 35 m (50 to 115 ft)
  • Water Temperature: 28° to 30°C (82° to 86°F)
  • Depth: Shallow and deep dives

Dive Sites

  • In Southern Red Sea, Elphinstone Reef is one of the most famous dive sites. The reefs are healthier in the South 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, and German

Safety Information

  • Equipment Recommended: A rashguard or a 3mm wetsuit, and the usual diving equipment
  • 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 Marsa Alam
Visas, Flights, and More!

Visa Requirements

  • You must have a passport valid for at least six months, and create an e-Visa Application for Egypt at least 7 days before departure
  • Tourist visa is granted for up to thirty days.

How to Get There

  • Fly to Marsa Alam (RMF) international airport.
  • The liveaboard team will pick you up at 6pm at the airport, and drop you off at the airport around 10 am on the last day.
  • We recommend a day-use hotel if you land early on the first day, and the team will pick you up there before taking you to the liveaboard.

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  • Bring some reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, and a rash guard to protect from the sun.
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