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Marsa Alam

Bob SwayneEgypt Tourist AuthorityJessica McGartyEgypt Tourist Authority
  • Bob Swayne
  • Egypt Tourist Authority
  • Jessica McGarty
  • Egypt Tourist Authority

Marsa Alam is the gateway to the exciting Southern Red Sea and its myriad pristine reefs. Once the sole preserve of liveaboard boats, this area is now accessible directly from the shore. Diving is a combination of shore dives along the 100km of coastal reef, reached on foot, or by jeep and truck, or boat day trips to the legendary Elphinstone Reef and Sha’ab Samadai, otherwise known as ‘Dolphin House’. This is virgin diving away from the crowds at its very best.

Learning to Dive

The coastline of the region around Marsa Alam offers a number of sheltered bays and some incredibly scenic fringing reefs. It is possible to learn to dive in Marsa Alam and the house reef and shore diving on offer is often particularly suited to novice divers. However, to take full advantage of the stunning dives available here it is recommended to be an advanced or intermediate diver with some experience.

Qualified Divers

Diving in Marsa Alam is world-class and combines the best aspects of shore and boat diving. The coastal reefs are stunning with impressive hard and soft corals, elaborate topography and an amazing abundance and variety of colourful fish. House reef diving is on offer at most hotels and offers the perfect starting point to your diving holiday.

Shore divers make something of a pilgrimage to Marsa Abu Dabbab, wishing to catch a glimpse of the resident Dugong that feeds on the sea grass found in the middle of the bay. Even without seeing ‘Dennis’, there is enough here to satisfy most divers wanting a relaxing shore dive with plenty to see. The reefs are beautiful and packed with marine life, whilst this site is also well known for its regular sightings of guitar sharks, turtles and eels.

To take advantage of the best this area has to offer, day trips are organised to outer sites. The dramatic walls and drop-offs of Elphinstone Reef are a spectacular dive. The sheer walls of this great finger-like reef plunge steeply into the blue, richly decorated with soft corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks often swim by the spot to feed on the abundant reef fish population. The northern plateau is home to schooling hammerheads with frequent sightings of oceanic white tip sharks.

A trip to Sha’ab Samadai or ‘Dolphin House’ is another absolute must. A large, horseshoe-shaped reef creates a shallow, turquoise lagoon that is frequented by a pod of around 60 spinner dolphins. The diving here typically takes place between 10-15 metres on the southwest tip of the main reef. There is a fantastic network of caves and tunnels and a carpet of seagrass that hides moray eels, leopard groupers, goatfish, lionfish, masked butterflyfish and more.

Regaldive work with a number of well established dive centres in Marsa Alam:

Emperor Divers operate the main diving centre at Port Ghalib at the Marina Lodge Hotel and a smaller centre at the Resta Club Marina View. Emperor's daily diving boats leave directly from the marina in front of the Marina Lodge. House reef diving is available on a guided or unguided basis for all guests staying at Port Ghalib hotels. Guests staying further afield can also choose boat diving or house reef diving with Emperor Divers on a guided basis.

Orca Dive Club operate the dive centre at the Concorde Moreen Beach Resort. House reef diving is available, as well as minibus trips and boat trips to a variety of sites including Elphinstone and Dolphin House.

The Oasis Diving Centre is based at the Oasis Dive Resort and co-managed by Werner Lau and Sinai Divers.

Emperor Divers

Emperor Divers operate two centres in the heart of Port Ghalib, the established Marina Lodge and at the newly built Resta Club Marina View.

Emperor offer a range of courses, introductory dives and snorkelling as well as PADI training courses.

Regaldive guests diving with Emperor Divers are able to choose from day boat diving, shore diving, house reef diving, or a combination of all to maximise the stunning diving available in the area. Emperor's day boats are moored at the marina in front of Marina Lodge for complete convenience and special trips are available to Elphinstone and Dolphin House. There are also regular shore diving trips to Abu Dabab, Marsa Egla and the Hamada wreck.

Guests wanting house reef diving will be spoilt by Port Ghalib's excellent stretch of fringing reef which boasts three entry / exit points and depths from 3-40+m. Divers can opt for either the two guided house reef dives per day or the unlimited unguided house reef dive pack. Please click on the price list below for further details.

Emperor Divers Marina Lodge centre also offers equipment rinse, storage facilities, classrooms and a training pool.

Diving Offers

Book your dive pack or course with Regaldive prior to departure. Our prices are lower than those in resort. You can also take advantage of our great value dive pack offers.

Any dive pack offers listed below are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice. For diving only bookings, there is an additional admin fee of £15 per person.

**SPECIAL OFFER** on Daily Diving with Emperor Divers
£30 per day - September and October 2014

£27 per day - November and December 2014
£25 per day - January and February 2015

Valid for bookings made from 1 September - 5 October 2014. Offer price includes fuel surcharge.

Not valid for diving taken between 20 December 2014 - 7 January 2015 inclusive.

Regaldive Exclusive HALF PRICE Diving Offer
Book a 4, 5 or 6 day dive pack and your buddy gets the same HALF PRICE! *

Saving based on standard diving prices. Valid for departure dates:

4 January - 26 March 2015

Group Offer
Book 10 dive packs and get one FREE.

Offer does not apply if concessionary rate dive packs taken.

Emperor Divers Marsa Alam Diving Prices up to 31 October 2014 >

Emperor Divers Marsa Alam Diving Prices from 1 November 2014 >

 

Orca Dive Club

Orca Dive Clubs are well established in the Red Sea and now operate the dive centre at the Concorde Moreen Beach Resort. The Dive Club takes full advantage of its location in the heart of Abu Dabour Bay on one of the finest stretches of Red Sea house reef. Depending on level of experience, divers can opt for unguided house reef diving from the jetty, or guided dives at a small additional charge. The house reef offers a sheltered lagoon and a large variety of dives, north and south, amidst stunning corals and marine life, including a resident dugong.

In addition to house reef diving, Orca Dive Club Moreen Beach also offers boat diving special trips to sites including Elphinstone and Dolphin House. The boats leave from the marina in Marsa Alam, a 30 minute transfer away. There are also regular minibus trips to shore diving sites including the Hamada wreck at Abu Ghusun.

Orca Dive Club Moreen Beach is a well-equipped dive centre with classrooms, locker rooms, storage facilities and dive boutique. A range of courses are available and FREE Nitrox fills offered for qualified divers.

Diving Offers
Book your dive pack or course with Regaldive prior to departure. Our prices are lower than those in resort. You can also take advantage of our great value dive pack offers.

Any dive pack offers listed below are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice. For diving only bookings, there is an additional admin fee of £15 per person.

HALF PRICE Diving Offer
Book a 5 or 6 day dive pack and your buddy gets the same HALF PRICE (house reef diving only).

Book a PADI Open Water or Advanced course and your buddy can book the same at HALF PRICE! Saving based on standard diving prices.  Valid for departure dates:

12 November - 19 December 2014
1 January - 27 March 2015
1 May - 5 July 2015

Group Offer
Book 11 dive packs and get one FREE.

Orca Dive Club Marsa Alam Diving Prices from 16 September 2014 >

 

Oasis Diving Centre

Situated in the wonderfully unique Oasis Hotel, 20km north of Marsa Alam, the Oasis dive centre is a joint project between Werner Lau and Sinai divers, both synonymous with excellent service & professionalism.  Oasis offers all levels of instruction, as well as specialty courses and FREE NITROX (32%) fills for qualified divers.

The stunning house reef is ideal for beginners, as dives can be made straight from the jetty.  Introductory dives are conducted in a 4-5m deep ‘aquarium’ just off the beach in a nearby bay.

This area has everything experienced divers could wish for, and there are regular jeep and boat trips to legendary sites such as Elphinstone, Dolphin House & Abu Dabab.

Open a PDF of all Oasis Diving Centre dive sites here >

Dive Packs
Book your dive pack or course with Regaldive prior to departure. Our prices are lower than those in resort. You can also take advantage of our great value dive pack offers.

Any dive pack offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice. For diving only bookings, there is an additional admin fee of £15 per person.

HALF PRICE Diving Offer
Book a 4, 5 or 6 day dive pack and your buddy gets the same HALF PRICE (house reef diving).

Book a 3, 4, 5 or 6 day dive pack and your buddy gets the same HALF PRICE (jeep & house reef diving).

Book a PADI Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced, Nitrox or Rescue Diver course and your buddy can book the same at HALF PRICE! Saving based on standard diving prices. Valid for departure dates:

17 November - 15 December 2014
10 January - 15 March 2015

Group Offer
Book 10 dive packs and get one FREE.

Oasis Diving Centre Marsa Alam Diving Prices >

Getting Around

Some of the hotels that Regaldive feature are remote and are self-contained units with restaurants, bars and sports facilities available, depending on the hotel.  Other hotels are part of the Port Ghalib marina development offering shops, restaurants and nightlife.

Find out more about Regaldive's Top Three Marsa Alam Excursions >

Climate 

The hottest time of the year is July and August with air temperature of over 30 ºC. The coolest time is January with the temperature at around 20 ºC. Rainfall is negligable and it is invariably sunny but breezes can be cool.

Time

Egypt is 1 or 2 hours ahead of GMT depending on the season as Egypt does not operate Daylight Saving Time.

Currency

Egyptian pounds or LE. Approximately £1 = 11LE

We recommend that you take some money in cash to Egypt. Please note that Scottish notes and Australian Travellers Cheques are not accepted in Egypt.

Tipping

Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to travellers for personal recognition of the services offered. We would advise that you allow approx. £10 for gratuities for local staff for the duration of your stay.

Rough Price Guide

  • Local beer:  25-35LE
  • Snack meal (pizza/sandwich) 20LE
  • Bottle of mineral water:  5LE
  • Soft drink:  8LE

Flight Information

There are flights from London Gatwick direct to Marsa Alam every Wednesday.

Alternatively, there are flights from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham to Hurghada.

Flight duration: Approx 5 - 5½ hours

Transfer: Varies according to hotel. Minimum transfer time 10 minutes. Approx. 3 hours from Hurghada airport.

Departure tax:  N/A

Passports

Passengers travelling to Egypt must have six months valid on their passport from the date of departure from Egypt.

Visas

A single entry tourist visa for Egypt is required for all nationalities. For British passport holders with British citizenship, Egyptian visas can be obtained conveniently and inexpensively on arrival at Marsa Alam and Hurghada airports.

Other nationalities should check with consular office.

Vaccinations

There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Egypt, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Though malaria does exist in Egypt, it is generally not present in the coastal resorts.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.  For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic.

Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.

FREE & Half Price Diving

Huge range of offers on Red Sea Dive Packs & Courses, including Buy One Get One FREE and Half Price Diving!

Find out more about Red Sea Dive Pack Offers >

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Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib

Holiday Feedback

"Dear Igor
This is just to thank you in particular, and the rest of the team, for arranging another
WONDERFUL trip for my son and me. In spite of increasing arthritis I managed 12
dives aided by painkillers and very supportive boat crew and dive leaders.
My son passed his PADI Advanced, trained by Nick, who was a strict and thorough
instructor.
The hotel at Port Ghalib was the height of comfort, and the food was "yummy" with a
wide choice of dishes.
I particularly appreciated not having to walk any long distances, having the dive
centre and boat so near.
Many thanks again,
Regular Client"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib

Holiday Feedback

"Have just returned from week at Marina Lodge, Marsa Alam. Very familiar with Red
Sea resorts but had never gone on my own before. Chose Marina Lodge carefully
for its unique characteristics: virtually all customers are divers, Emperor Divers on
site - dive boats moored alongside pool, no crowds at dive sites.
Remained slightly nervous at going alone but crew on ISA very friendly, guide, Tarek
outstanding, and good bunch of people on board.
Result - an excellent week's diving and good evenings with nice people.
Will certainly do this again.
Neil"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib

Marsa Alam

"Excellent conjunction of Emperor dive boats and hotel unaltered but Emperor now relocated to Moreen Beach; not a problem for those wanting boat diving. Hotel very quiet - maximum seen at dinner - 7. Hotel: food average,rooms in need of refurb, not what it was. Regaldive airport service excellent, especially in face of major flight delay. Well done, Ramadan. "

Neil - Marina Lodge | 18 June 2013

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Concorde Moreen Beach Resort

Concorde Moreen Beach

"Just a quick note to say everything was just perfect with our holiday, the Representative at the airport was excellent, the hotel was superb, the staff were very good, the food was very good (except first night) the diving was good and Emperor divers were 1st Class. Big thank you to all at Regaldive for putting the package together. I will definitely be booking the Concord Moreen beach hotel & dive package again, thank you.
"

Tony Land - UK | 02 May 2013

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

Crowne Plaza Sahara Sands

Holiday Feedback

"Hi Michaela
I wanted to report back from our trip to Marsa Alam.
Firstly, many thanks for your guidance in selecting the location and Emperor Divers.
It was the ideal choice. Emperor were excellent. Joe's training couldn't have been
better, it was well paced and thorough. He came out confident but safe, able to cope
with the inevitable small glitches that happen (e.g. losing his bite tags from the
mouthpiece - must have sharp teeth) without any anxiety at all. It was good to see
how the dive leaders allowed flexibility for the dives but maintained oversight. The
dive groups were also well sized. Impressive to see a diver being refused kit/dive
because of an ear infection (he was arguing that he'd only go down 2m!) that could
have compromised his own and other divers safety.
The three dive boats may not be the shiniest on the water but they are well managed,
spotlessly clean and ideal for the dives. The newest location, Hamada Wreck, is a
superb 18m depth split cargo ship about an hour's drive south. The shore dive is a bit
hot this time of year but it worked well due to the team's organisation. The only thing I
recommended was to provide a map with the wreck background for studying during
the bus journey as it can be a bit disorientating in variable visibility.
Every dive was a little different - the reefs are excellent. Although occasionally there
would be another dive boat, the only place that got crowded was Dolphin House, but
that was to be expected. The best bit of that trip was a 40m long swim-through.
Hotel was great apart from a few little niggles with service. It was a bit of a hike to the
RIB pickup but as folks could leave their kit at the dive centre, it wasn't unreasonable.
Thanks for getting the extra leg room. Invaluable. (If you pre-book this for clients you
might want to include the instruction that passengers want to sit together. I had a bit
of negotiation with Thomson on outbound and inbound legs as they split us between
the different sides of the aircraft as "it wasn't included on the request".)
Finally... the only hiccup with Regal's services was the hotel pickup. You may have
already heard this back from Lisa, but the instructions were unclear. The handout
said the time for collection but didn't say (and Ramadan didn't say when we arrived)
that it would be provided by the HOTEL bus. We waited over 30 minutes for
Ramadan to show and eventually called Lisa. Can you include this in the handout in
future? Folks always get a bit twitchy about travel. I'm still unclear why Ramadan
didn't meet us at the hotel. Previous trips I've been on have included a reminder of
departure arrangements in a visit or a letter 24 hours before departure date. This
might be a useful addition.
Otherwise the only problem is that I want to go back!!!
Cheers
Richard S"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

Oasis Dive Resort

Welcome Home

"Hello Michaela
Thank you for the e-mail and letting me know about the loyalty discounts.
My daughter and I had a great holiday. We liked the Oasis Dive Resort very much
and most certainly be going there again next year.
The Resort was sensitive to the environment and culture of Egypt and the place had
a very rustic and natural appeal.
Thanks for all your help. We'll be in touch when we have planned the next holiday.
Helen Durrant"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

Oasis Dive Resort

Oasis - Marsa Alam

"Dear Michaela
Having a lovely time.
Dive centre is great, fantastic local dive guide called Samo who is brilliant.
Very skilful, caring and supportive refresher dive which helped. Nothing too much
bother for them, from helping to get weights right (am on 10kg, never had to carry so
much - am myself only 55kg!). Fab reefs, and the hotel is quaint and different, with
great service and not too many people.
Nice recommendation, so thanks.
Caryn"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

Oasis Dive Resort

Oasis Dive Resort

"We had an excellent time, very good indeed.
The Oasis Dive centre was very good and supportive.
Thoroughly recommend.
The hotel was fine, clearly centred on diving rather than anything else which was fine.
Thanks for your advice."

John S - UK | 26 November 2013

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Elite

Holiday feedback – Ash Cloud

"
Hi,
I would like to thank Regaldive for your help and support over the last week at the end of my holiday on the Emperor Elite, and particularly thank Lisa your rep in Hurghada.
After the volcano erupted, when the flights were delayed she did a brilliant job of finding us hotel accommodation at a time when it was very difficult to find out what
was going on. Once we were accommodated she kept us updated on the situation with the airline.

Thanks for a great holiday and a very special thanks to Lisa.

Till next time, Kenn"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Elite

Red Sea Holiday

"Hi Michaela
In response to your email, many thanks to your staff on a most enjoyable dive trip,
and in particular to the dive crew and boat crew who looked after us so well.
The package was well run and the level of diving supervision etc was of the highest
standard, can you please keep me updated ref. future dive trips etc... I would be
looking to use you again after the way this trip was run.
Many thanks, and could you pass my comments onto the staff in Egypt.
Alan Denmead"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Elite

Regaldive - Welcome Home

"Dear Clare,
Thanks for everything, the trip was superb. The diving wasn't quite as good as we
would have wanted due to the weather, but that is out of everyone's control!!
We have booked with you several times before and are bound to do so again. I
especially like how the staff of Regaldive show such attention to detail, and how they
keep you fully informed about the progress of your booking and any changes as they
occur.
I also have to praise Emperor Divers - they are a truly marvellous and professional
organisation.
Kevin"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Elite

Regaldive - Welcome Home

"Hi Michaela
I had a fantastic trip aboard the Emperor Elite liveaboard, we saw manta's, sharks,
turtle's and much more :)
Thanks you for sorting it for me and I will be looking at my next diving later in the
year.
Brian Rustage"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Elite

Emperor Elite

"I'd just like to thank the team at Emperor for the week we've just spent aboard MY Elite. A fantastic weeks diving again and a wonderful team on board. A big thank you to Daniella, Csaba and the team for making our stay comfortable and homely. You just feel like part of the family on board. A great team who all work very hard to make your stay as easy and as simple as possible. "

Gareth Owen - UK | 27 November 2012

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Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Elite

Deep South Itinery - Fantastic

"A huge thank you to the wonderful staff and crew of the Elite for making our weeks diving down to St Johns such a fantastic and brilliant week. The crew from the Captain down work so hard to ensure that you get the most out of the week and nothing is too much trouble. Link to some pictures from our weeks diving. www.warrenssite.com/Egypt/Deep-South-Red-Sea-November/26713142_4W8cBh#"

Warren Price - England | 15 January 2013

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Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Elite

Emperor Elite

"It is a short while since our holiday now, but we want you to know that we had a fantastic diving holiday on Emperor Elite. A friendly, hard working crew, excellent dive guides, and a great bunch of other guests to share the experience with. Really nice people of different nationalities, who were all fun to be with.

We are especially pleased that we booked through Regaldive, and we would be pleased if you wish to pass that on to Emperor. Emperor have given us a great time on all our 5 trips with them, and we will go with them again in the future, but Regaldive gave that extra to the holiday. When the authorities changed the clocks by an hour at short notice, we noticed that others were not so well organised, while Regaldive kept us informed, adjusted our schedule and made sure of our comfort with a quality hotel day room. (I am sorry, but I do wish I could remember the name of your representative in Hurghada to thank her personally).

The one detriment was that the Thomson Airways flights were late to schedule in both directions. A poor show Thomson.

Our very best thanks to Regaldive."

The Armstrongs - UK | 03 June 2014

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Elite

South and St. John's tour

"Wow just been to Egypt aboard the M/Y Emperor Elite! Had a fantastic week aboard this liveaboard, the crew couldn't do enough for you. The guides were excellent, the food was brill, and the diving was absolutely amazing. I went to the South and St. John's and met some wonderful people as well.

Ahmed, Lara, and Khalil were excellent at guiding us around and sorting problems out when they occurred. My hose blew when I was down 26m and Ahmed quickly turned my tank off and give me his spare reg. When back on the boat, he quickly changed my hose to a spare one so I could carry on diving for the rest of the week. There are no complaints apart from me having to return home haha - I wish I could have stayed.

Also booking through Regaldive was brill as they were excellent and give you all the information before hand. The whole booking process to the end of holiday was smooth and excellent. I will defiantly be booking again for another liveaboard, hopefully sooner rather than later, I will have to start saving up! "

Joanne Pettit - Greater Manchester | 09 September 2014

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Superior

Holiday Feedback

"I have just got back from a week's liveaboard on MY Superior. From booking to visa help at Hurghada airport to all staff on board, they were a total credit to your
company.
I am already looking at your deals for future holidays.
Thank you once again.
Matthew"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Superior

Feedback

"Morning Michaela,
We are now back home after a great trip and as requested, here are a few of my
thoughts.
1. The boat. We were all told that it is off to dry dock soon but it is worn out at the
moment! Other than that we loved the boat, the food was excellent and the cabin
was big enough.
2. The tour. Great tour, weather dependent but we were blessed with only 36 hours
of wind and generally mirror smooth seas so we got to visit all of the great sites
and none of the unpleasantness of sea sickness.
3. The guide. Simon Gardiner has been a guide for over 10 years and his
enthusiasm, client feedback, knowledge and helpfulness was absolutely fantastic.
He is a huge asset and is the only real client contact point. He is a great
ambassador and clearly loves his job.
4. The crew. Apart from the dive guide, the crew are also significantly responsible
for the enjoyment of the trip and this crew were no exception. They clearly love
the boat, are hard working, cheerful, friendly and helpful. They also work about
15 hours a day and did not seem to have a day off. A very good looking zodiac
driver called Mahmoud was really helpful and in challenging conditions was able
to ferry us back to the boat with a smoothness that was very welcome.
5. The team. Both yourself and Iain provided useful and quick responses before the
trip so we were very confident that we would not have any problems. Thanks for
that.
6. The diving. I managed all 21 dives, every single one was fantastic and I was
sorry to leave.
The briefings were superb and even though I have done this tour several times, I
was suitably informed ready to dive.
Highlights included a 10 minute opportunity for about a dozen of us with a turtle
including his rest under a table coral being interrupted by a free swimming moray
eel; a guitar shark having a snooze on the bottom; finally getting a photo in focus
of a wart slug; diving with a shoal of milk fish that almost completely surrounded
us.
Would I do this trip again? Yes, in a heartbeat. The unexpected 26 degree water
temperature and the sun out enough for sunbathing certainly did not hurt either!!
Thanks for your help in making this a memorable trip.
Regards,
Nick"

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Blue Fin

First time on a live-aboard hints & tips

"Hi Helena, all went very well thank you. Wind chill cut in a little from time to time, but for January... fantastic. I even wrote a few notes for first timers with a view to forwarding to you / blue02: First time on a liveaboard hints & tips. We found ourselves booked onto a 1week dive holiday the day before the flight was due to leave! We both had about 60 dives each, mostly from our own yacht based in the Greek Cyclades. Squeezing gear into tight weight limits for flights was a bit of an issue. To ease this, I’ve written this little note to help other first timers regarding what to expect, and what to bring. We went to the Red sea in January. Water was around 22deg, air about 25, with wind it got chilly at times. You may be diving 4 times a day… some chose to skip the odd night dive, though I personally loved them, especially for the photography! This means you will basically eat, dive, and sleep!!! We brought about 6 books and didn’t open a single one! We did get a headphone adapter though so we could both watch a movie on the flights. Make sure your wet suit is not too much of a nightmare to get on and off. It is a frequently repeated exercise. If you take a dry suit, bear in mind you may end up tearing a seal, so make sure before you leave dock that the boat is carrying a rental suit in your size or that’s it! I wish we’d had an extra vest. Don’t skimp on a hood. I took an old hood and cut it into a dive beanie. It was a brilliant success. Didn’t know I was wearing it, saved a lot of heat loss. We filled our wetsuits with hot water from the deck shower before jumping in too… stopped the chilly inrush! It is easy to drink lots of tea/coffee as the crew offer it all the time, however these, plus nightcaps all add to dehydration, plus ultra dry bottled air will dry you out! If you get post dive headaches it is probably dehydration kicking in. Drink loads of water after every dive is sound advice. Regulars brought a bottle of their favourite tipple duty free on the trip which worked well. Make sure you bring a spare fin strap. If one breaks when kitting up on the rib, your dive is off. After this happened to me, I kept one tied into my BCD pocket as a just in case. Likewise, a spare mouthpiece is a good idea. Turns out one of mine had split, and being an older apeks was of an extra wide size. The boat will carry a few spares, if they fit is pot luck. For the week I lived in the same clothes. Many wore the supplied dressing gowns. In Jan I was happy to have a beanie hat. Once the boat leaves it will not dock until next week. You do not need much! Beware ally tanks. I needed an extra backbreaking 6Kg to get down, and after 2 dives went for the 15L steel. Much better. Most dives were fairly long, so the extra capacity was well worth the extra charge (£30/week ea) As for nitrox, we used it for some of the slightly deeper wrecks. In all 4 times which saved us about £90 between us. Make sure you have an smb and reel each. Little finger reels are great as these + smb can go in a bcd pocket. You will probably be going through wrecks and over lots of fan corals… sometimes on quite a speedy drift. You don’t want bits of kit hanging low snagging or worse breaking off corals. Likewise spg & 2nd dv/alt reg. should be comfortably tucked close in. In the Red sea currents appear suddenly, and can be quite strong, however they are not tides and seem strong on the surface or right on the bottom. I’ve heard horror stories about a down current between Shark and Yolanda that pulled a group down to 40m, then pulled them over the saddle into 5m… When we did it, it was perfect. On this particular dive may be worth getting the guide to go first! They’re used to it. I hope this helps. We had a fantastic time. If you’re lucky enough to have booked with Blue O2 then you’ll be really well looked after, very well fed in a well maintained boat. Happy days! "

Amanda & Bjorn Sjoling - UK | 11 April 2013

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Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

MY Blue Horizon

Project Shark trip

"We have just got back from the Project Shark trip (16.11.2012 to 23.11.2012). Well Regaldive put everything in to place for us and all went without a hitch. We were met at the airport and looked after well by the reps of both Regaldive and Blue O2. The boat, Blue Horizon, was first class and very comfortable. The diving was equally first class once we got out to the marine parks. The only down side to the trip was that the first and last days were spent on reefs local to Hurghada, and as such were not of the same standard as Elphinstone, The Brothers and Daedelus. I accept that a check dive is necessary, but once that is out of the way, lets get to the pristine reefs that we've paid for. That little whine out of the way, the trip was brilliant. On board shark expert Elke, gave four lectures on various shark topics and these were very well put together and expertly delivered. The dive briefings were comprehensively done with plenty of information and the wants and fads of the divers were catered for by the two dive guides. The food on board was also of a high standard, plenty of it and no-one became ill with a gypy stomach. The crew were some of the best I have experienced. All very friendly and helpful. The rooms were cleaned and tidied during the first dive of each day and there was no shortage of clean towels when they were required. The final day saw us off the boat and to the Marriott Hotel. This was a stop-gap arrangement to cater for the time between leaving the boat and going to the airport. Rooms were made available to us to shower and the facilities of the hotel were also available to us. All in all the trip was very good. I have been on a number of Red Sea trips and this ranks with the best. Recommended!"

Keith Jackson - UK | 02 May 2014

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Guest rating: 8/10 (1 vote)

M/Y Blue Melody

MY Blue Melody

"We had a wonderful time on board My Blue Melody last week.

The crew was lovely, the food absolutely excellent and the boat has a series of small procedures that really make any diver’s life easier.

To name a few:
• getting ready for the zodiac in separate groups (i.e. avoiding overcrowding)
• tags to identify tanks
• tick back list by the guides when coming back on board
• the towel pegs on deck with Room numbers (avoiding towels “musical chairs”)
• Tea/Coffee delivered with the early morning wake-up call
• Pre-Order for breakfast omelets/eggs

Small things, by all means, but they do make the journey more enjoyable.

I have only words of praise for the crew: friendly, professional, efficient. Barry had an amazingly artistic cake for his birthday.

Briefings were comprehensive without being patronizing: Luke and Becky were simply excellent.

As soon as we boarded My Blue Melody, we all felt immediately welcome and at home.

Definitely a positive experience!

Thank you!"

- UK | 13 May 2014

10
Guest rating: 10/10 (1 vote)

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