Dive on the Most Iconic Sites of the Red Sea

Overall Rating

8.3

Marine Life
Professionalism
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Value
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7.5/10
CaroleKinnaert
BE
Carole K verified review
Rescue Diver
300+ dives
8.3/10
about 1 year ago

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Very nice diving cruise in the Red Sea. Dolce Vita boat very well equipped, very comfortable and its crew is at the top of the top, always in a good mood, attentive to the divers and very professional: the sailors and the captain know the sites very well and the food of the cooks is excellent . The main Seafari guide handled the cruise as a whole very well to keep every diver happy.

EricForestier
FR
Eric F verified review
Rescue Diver
300+ dives
8.3/10
about 1 year ago

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A week cruise with Seafari on the Dolce Vita with an à la carte program (mix between BDE and St Johns): Deadalus and Sattaya. The weather was good and the water was 27 ° C. The boat was of a good standard and well laid out. Her crew was impeccable: very professional and very pleasant. The chef at the top with in addition a particular ability to reuse with talent the surpluses for the following meals without having to throw everything away. The diving supervision was of good quality with a good organization of the course, the launchings and the management of the group, well done in particular to Felix. Efforts are made to preserve the sites (reminder of the responsible diver charter) and to try to reduce our impact (reusable water bottle, instructions to the crew, etc.) A very nice week of diving cruise! It was good to have seen the seabed and their inhabitants (Longimanus, Dolphins, turtles, squids, a short appearance of hammerheads ...) after this too long period.

Why we love it

This spacious liveaboard has 7 to 14 nights-itinerary to the best dive sites in the Red Sea. In the Northern itinerary, perfect for beginner divers, dive on amazing wrecks and marine parks, with little to medium currents. The southern itinerary will take you to the famous "BDE" route, Brothers, Daedalus, and Elphinstone, with beautiful colorful reefs and sharks around. If you want to see even more pelagic life, go for the Deep South route, taking you to Rocky, Zabargad, Fury Shoal, and St John's. In these deeper waters close to Sudan, get ready for a lot of action with oceanic whitetips, hammerheads, thresher sharks, and bottlenose dolphins to name a few!

Conservation

They adhere to Longitude 181's International Charter for Responsible Diving and reduce single-use plastic as much as possible.

Who is it for?

For beginner divers in the North to more experienced divers enjoying currents in the South. It's recommended to have an Advanced Open Water (or level 2) to dive in the South. It's possible to do the course onboard - ask us.

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Contact us and we'll tell you which itinerary is available on your preferred dates: Northern (SS Thigelsthorm), Southern (BDE), or Deep South (Rocky, Zabargad, St John's, Fury Shoal).

  • 7 or 14 nights in a Double Cabin
  • 2 to 3 dives a day. 16 dives on the 7 nights-itinerary and 32 dives on the 14 nights-itinerary. All extra dives (day and night) free of charge
  • Full Board: three meals per day
  • Unlimited water, tea, and coffee
  • Tanks and weights
  • Transfers from and to the airport on first and last days
  • Government taxes

  • Conservation Tax €40 per week
  • Soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages
  • Rental equipment, dive courses
  • Crew tips
  • Any flight or any hotel before/after the liveaboard

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, however, the best time is in September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) when the air and water temperature are warm
  • Currents: can be moderate in the North to strong in the South
  • 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: 4
  • PADI courses - ask us
  • Languages spoken: English, French, Arabic
  • Private dive guide on demand, with an additional cost of €5 per dive

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 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.
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