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Best of Daedalus

Departing from Port Ghalib

With the majority of the week spent at the spectacular drop-offs and big pelagics of Daedalus this is a great opportunity for adventurous divers to spend some great days focussed on the spectacular drop-offs at one of the Red Sea's most famous reefs.

 

QUALIFICATION NEEDED:

You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives to join this safari. Please note that night diving and snorkelling is prohibited in the marine parks where you will normally spend three or four days of the trip depending on the route. Daedalus is exposed and diving can be challenging, with strong currents and large waves, so this itinerary is not suitable for inexperienced divers.

As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

 

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes two overnight sailings.

 

This itinerary departs and returns to Port Ghalib. Please note that ports are subject to change.

Day 1 - Visit a dive site local to Port Ghalib for a check dive, afternoon and night dive before departing for an overnight sailing to Daedalus.

Days 2 to 4 - We normally plan to spend three days at the famous Daedalus reef hoping to encounter some large pelagics.

Day 5 - Spend a stunning day at Elphinstone before heading in-shore for a night dive.

Day 6 - Enjoy two relaxed dives local to Port Ghalib allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

 

Daedalus 

This huge tear-drop shaped reef rises from the sea bed in the middle of the Red Sea, 80km offshore and more than 300km south of Hurghada. Easily recognised by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open on the blue!

 

Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen... oceanic white tip, grey reef and thresher sharks are often sighted, but Daedalus is most famous for its scalloped hammerhead sharks which can often be seen in large schools out in the blue during the summer months. The sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives here and never get bored!

 

Elphinstone Reef

A Red Sea legend; a finger shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals. Unpredictable and exciting, this truly is an awesome reef where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn.

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