This trip is in support of marine conservation and HEPCA's new 'HAYAH' campaign.
'HAYAH' meaning 'life' in Arabic, is HEPCA's most ambitious environmental project yet, aiming to involve all sections of the Red Sea community to work towards; raising awareness, education and responsibility and active participation.
QUALIFICATION NEEDED: You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to join this safari, however non-divers (snorkellers) are also welcome on this trip - anyone who wants to get involved and help preserve the Red Sea!
As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive.
ROUTE: North & Ras Mohamed
The 'HAYAH' safari follows a North & Ras Mohamed route and focuses on 'problem reefs' in the Northern Red Sea. Two to three clean-ups will take place during the week - allowing an opportunity for divers to get involved and make a real contribution to the preservation of this unique ecosystem.
Evening seminars on reef conservation will also be conducted by the Dive Guides, if you want to learn more about coral reefs and marine conservation.
Why join this itinerary?
As divers we recognise that our activity can have a negative effect on the marine environment and we feel it is our duty to minimise our impact as much as we can and reduce damage wherever possible. In short - we want to give something back to the beautiful oceans that we love!
If you feel the same way then you should join our HAYAH reef clean up safari - not only will you enjoy a week of fantastic liveaboard diving, you will have the opportunity to help clean the reefs and attend informal seminars to learn a little bit more about coral reefs and marine conservation!
Guests will experience a week of stunning Red Sea liveaboard diving with the added value of giving something back to the marine environment that we love - BONUS!
**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not 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.
Day 1 - Shaab El Erg, Abu Nuhas Wreck, Abu Nuhas Wreck, Abu Nuhas Lagoon
Day 2 - Abu Nuhas Wreck, Abu Nuhas Wreck, Dunraven, Beacon Rock,
Day 3 - Ras Mohammed National Park, Ras Mohammed National Park, Small Crack
Day 4 - Thistlegorm, ThistlegormShag Rock/Kingston, Barge.
Day 5 - Ulysses/Bluff Point, Ungoush, Ras Siyoul.
Day 6 - Poseidon Reef, El Miniya.
SS. Thistlegorm - Shaab Ali
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.
Ras Mohamed - Shark & Yolanda Reefs
This is a world renowned dive site, situated at the tip of the Sinai. Two small ergs are joined by a vertical wall dropping into the abyss. At shark reef the current allows you to drift along the wall, rich with colourful corals. Moving towards Yolanda reef you reach a plateau scattered with small ergs and coral outcrops. Continuing around the reef you will come upon the scattered remains of the wreck 'Yolanda' complete with its cargo of toilets and baths. The whole of this area is big fish territory so keep an eye on the blue!
Small Crack - Shaab Mahmoud
This is a small split in the middle of Shaab Mahmoud's barrier. Drift along the outside wall next to beautiful corals and colourful fish. Look for a sand slope that leads you up and through the crack. When the current is right you can fly through the 5m deep channel and be thrown out across the sandy lagoon!
At the gate of the Straits of Gubal is 'Bluff Point', which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the 'Ulysses' lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. 'The Barge' wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures.
This large circular reef is often overlooked but offers excellent diving on pristine coral from any location on its perimeter.