Regaldive offer a range of Red Sea Liveaboards, with itineraries giving you a wide variety of diving options, depending on your area of interest and your level of experience. If you are travelling as a large group, you can even decide to pre-book a week of wrecks or favourite reef dives, according to your group preferences.
Northern Red Sea Liveaboards
Regaldive offer itineraries departing from both Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. The reef at Abu Nuhas is accessible from Hurghada with several wrecks resting at its base. You can also visit the Straits of Gubal and the famous Thistlegorm World War II wreck. Boats from Sharm will take in the Ras Mohammed National Park where steep coastal cliffs are mirrored underwater with impressive vertical walls, which drop off 70m or more.
The Straits of Tiran has a range of reefs rising out of deep waters where the strong currents and dense plankton attract an impressive range of reef and deep-sea species providing some exceptional drift dives. The Thistlegorm also features on this trip.
Southern Red Sea Liveaboards
There are many world class dive sites in the southern Red Sea, and Regaldive offer several itineraries. Fury Shoal is an area where many reefs lie close to each other, some are exposed and some sheltered, many with dramatic sheer walls plunging to over 40m. There are canyons, multiple caves and passages where groupers and morays lurk. The variety of coral is stunning with beautiful brain and fire corals. Schools of fusiliers and anchovies hover above the reefs until suddenly attacked by fast moving tuna whilst Napoleon wrasse cruise majestically by.
The Brothers are two small isolated reefs 33 miles north east of El Quseir. Big Brother Island has a lighthouse and a fringing reef with a sheer plunge to exceptional depths. The diving is challenging with deep wrecks and strong currents. Tuna, barracuda, scalloped hammerhead, oceanic white tips, silkies and reef shark can all be spotted here.
Little Brother is reputed to be one of the most scenic dives in the Red Sea. The drop off is over 40m but the walls are covered in sponges, anemones, soft corals and black coral. Some of the huge gorgonian fan corals are more than 3m high. There are caves, holes and overhangs in the shallow part of the reef. Currents can be very strong and because there is little shelter and strong winds, access is very much weather dependent.
Elphinstone is a site best dived early in the day and there is little protection against wind and waves, making a liveaboard visit ideal. There are plateaux at either end, from 25-40m, but the steep walls drop off to more than 100m. It is an ideal site to experience the larger pelagic marine life including manta, hammerheads and oceanic whitetips. The soft corals and gorgonians are luxuriant and colourful.
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Regaldive offer a range of liveaboard itineraries depending on your choice of boat. Most itineraries are listed here but can vary from boat to boat. Please click on the links below for more information on individual itineraries. Itineraries are strictly weather dependant. Please ask for details for MY Nimar
Emperor Fleet Itineraries - For MY Asmaa, MY Elite & MY Superior
Blue O Two Fleet Itineraries - For MY Blue Fin, MY Blue Horizon & MY Blue Melody
Blue Planet Fleet Itineraries - For Blue Planet 1 & Blue Seas
Red Sea Aggressor Itineraries - For Red Sea Aggressor
King Snefro Itineraries - For Snefro 3, 5 & 6, Snefro Love, Pearl, Target & Spirit
Mini Safari from Sharm - For King Snefro Fleet
Aquarius Fleet Itineraries - For MY Vita Xplorer & MY Okeanos Xplorer
Famous Five departing from Hurghada
Reefs & Wrecks departing from Hurghada
Get Wrecked departing from Hurghada
Simply the Best departing from Hurghada or Marsa Ghalib
Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone departing from Hurghada or Marsa Ghalib
South and St. Johns departing from Marsa Ghalib
Brothers and Elphinstone departing from Marsa Ghalib
Daedalus and Elphinstone departing from Marsa Ghalib
Fury and Elphinstone departing from Marsa Ghalib
Fury and St. Johns departing from Hamata
Southern Sharks departing from Marsa Ghalib
Blue O Two
North & Ras Mohamed departing from Hurghada
Best of Brothers departing from Hurghada or Port Ghalib
Daedalus & St. John’s departing from Port Ghalib
Daedalus & Fury Shoals departing from Port Ghalib
Deep South Borderlands departing from Marsa Alam
North & Brothers departing from Hurghada and Port Ghalib
Straits of Tiran & North departing from Hurghada
Straits of Tiran & Brothers departing from Hurghada or Port Ghalib
Northern Wrecks & Reefs departing from Hurghada
Deep South departing from Port Ghalib
Brothers & Elphinstone departing from Hurghada or Port Ghalib
Simply the Best departing from Hurghada or Port Ghalib
Best of the Red Sea Tour departing from Port Ghalib
Best of Wrecks departing from Hurghada or Port Ghalib
Best of Daedalus departing from Port Ghalib
'HAYAH' Reef clean-up departing from Hurghada
Mareefa departing from Hurghada
In Focus: Red Sea North with Saeed Rashid departing from Hurghada
In Focus: Red Sea South with Saeed Rashid departing from Port Ghalib or Marsa Alam
Project Shark: Daedalus & St Johns departing from Port Ghalib
Project Shark: Brothers & Elphinstone departing from Hurghada or Port Ghalib
Project Shark: Deep South departing from Port Ghalib
Project Shark: Simply the Best departing from Hurghada or Port Ghalib
RedTec: Extended Range (40-68m) departing from Hurghada
RedTec: Extreme departing from Hurghada
Blue Planet Fleet
North and Wrecks departing from Hurghada
North and Tiran departing from Hurghada
North and Brothers departing from Hurghada
Brothers departing from Hurghada
Brothers & Elphinstone departing from Port Ghalib
Daedalus & Fury Shoal departing from Port Ghalib
Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone departing from Port Ghalib
St. John’s departing from Port Ghalib
Daedalus, Zabargad & Rocky Island departing from Port Ghalib
Red Sea Aggressor
Brothers - Daedalus - Elphinstone departing from Port Ghalib
South & St Johns departing from Port Ghalib
Best of Both itinerary departing from Port Ghalib
Deep North - departing from Sharm
Ras Mohamed - Brothers - departing from Sharm
Sinai Classic Northern Route - departing from Sharm
Sinai Wrecks Northern Route - departing from Sharm
3 day Mini Safari: Ras Mohamed - Thistlegorm - departing from Sharm
4 day Mini Safari: Ras Mohamed - Thistlegorm - Tiran - departing from Sharm
3 day Mini Safari: Ras Mohamed - Tiran - departing from Sharm
3 day Mini Safari: Tiran - departing from Sharm
St John's Reef - departing from Hamata
North & Ras Mohammed - departing from Hurghada
Mini Safari from Hamata - departing from Hamata
Mini Safari Fury Shoals - departing from Hamata
From London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow direct to Hurghada. There are flights from London Gatwick and Birmingham to Marsa Alam.
Flight duration: 5 - 5½ hours
Transfer: Varies and depends on the itinerary, arrival airport and departure port. Minimum transfer time approximately 10 minutes.
Departure tax: N/A
Passengers travelling to Egypt must have six months valid on their passport from the date of departure from Egypt.
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 Hurghada airport.
Other nationalities should check with consular office.
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.
Holiday feedback – Ash Cloud
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,
10 October 2012
Red Sea Holiday
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.
10 October 2012
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.
10 October 2012
Mantas, Sharks, Turtles and Much More...
I had a fantastic trip aboard the Emperor Elite liveaboard, we saw mantas, sharks, turtles and much more. Thanks you for sorting it for me and I will be looking at my next diving later in the year.
10 October 2012
"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. "
- UK | 27 November 2012
Deep South Itinerary - 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."
- UK | 15 January 2013
Emperor Elite - Fantastic Holiday
"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."
- UK | 03 June 2014
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! "
- Greater Manchester | 09 September 2014
"Just returned from a week aboard this liveaboard and what a fantastic time was had. All the staff work incredibly hard and the two dive guides (Julian & Khalil) are fantastic at their jobs. The food on board was of a very good standard with plenty of choice to suit most people.
My only niggle would be the sun deck on top, jacuzzi never worked whilst on board and the sun loungers are torn / faded and could do with a good clean. Apart from this, I wouldn't hesitate to return for another trip with them and the tour operator Regaldive . "
- Gtr Manchester | 06 October 2014
Six go South
"Just back from our weeks diving in the Red Sea so thought I'd drop you line and let you know how we got on!
We are a group of six divers with a variety of experience and all have visited Egypt on a number of occasions and been on other liveaboards.
We were met at Hurghada and our transfer albeit late at night was carried out in a smart vehicle very efficiently
We were on the St Johns and Deep South trip out of Port Ghalib. This time we were on MY Elite with it's Egyptian crew and guides Amr and Ahmed.
The boat was spacious and very well equipped, the rooms were of a standard size and were clean and tidy. The diving was good with concise and accurate briefings beforehand. The guides treated us very well allowing us the freedom (within limits) to dive without constraints - which we found very refreshing.
The refreshments on the boat were plentiful and well prepared with the crew making extra efforts on a couple of evenings for us all to eat on the upper deck - a lot more work for them!At the end of the week we were transferred to a hotel in Ghalib where we were allocated three twin rooms which were very smart. A very late flight out of Hurghada was the only really downside of the trip and more user-friendly flight times would have been preferred.
On behalf of our group I'd like to thank you and your colleagues for arranging and providing us with a great week's holiday."
- UK | 11 May 2015
Two Seriously Satisfied Divers!
"Everything was BEAUTIFUL!!! I wanna go back ASAP! I have to make a special mention to the crew on the Emperor Elite. The boat was clean, comfortable, and spacious. The crews are true professionals. They are on call 24/7 for eight weeks straight. They sleep where they can and are watching our every move to make sure we have whatever we want or need at ANY time. The dive guides have to be able to cope with any style of divers that come on board. It's such an organised routine from start to finish. Ahmed Ibrahim is exceptional at his job as a dive guide. I am very grateful for their compassion and attention to detail. "
Lisa and Andrew Rolfe
- Hants | 22 May 2015
Fantastic Week on Board the Elite - South and St Johns
"Just back from a fantastic week on board the Elite, the crew, staff, and guests where all very friendly and welcoming. There was a good mix of ages and nationalities and we all seemed to gel, well mostly LOL. The food on board was delicious and lots of it. Nothing was too much trouble for these guys on board. The diving was fabulous with a good variety of dive sites, the dive crew were faultless, the dive guides were very knowledgeable and very helpful. Sergio was an ace at finding nuddi branches and micro stuff and his enthusiasm was excellent. Many thanks to Explorer and Regaldive for a faultless holiday. If i was to fault anything then that would be it was over too quickly! Would highly recommend this boat and cant wait to do it again very soon......
Joe and Corrine"
- UK | 21 December 2015
Great first liveaboard experience!
"We'd never been on a liveaboard before, and only had 10 logged dives each so we were a little nervous about the trip - no need! The trip was great, South and St John's was an ideal route for those with a bit less diving experience and it offered us all the dives we needed to complete our advanced open water qualification. We saw plenty of exciting stuff, including oceanic white tip sharks up close, tiger and silky sharks at a distance, giant green turtles, plus all the usual reef and wall diving flora and fauna. We also really enjoyed the landscapes of some of the dives.
The crew were brilliant, always right there when you needed anything. They were exceptionally well trained, picking up on our likes and dislikes, our food preferences etc. in order to be able to anticipate our needs. The guides, Ana and Sergio, were brilliant, and a pleasure to get to know. We felt super well cared for without being babysat so our diving really improved over the week as we gained independence.
The food was good, veggies are reasonably well catered for, though sometimes meals were carb heavy and vegetable light and protein was often limited to eggs first thing in the morning. To be honest I happiest when I ate the foul, falafel and hummus that we were only given a couple of times but which I think the staff ate most days - I would have happily eaten that with salad every day.
Regaldive were great and we'd be happy to book through them again.
We look forward to our next liveaboard diving holiday!"
- UK | 23 December 2015
The Diving was Excellent!
"A quick report back from our trip. All was smooth on the transfer and the diving was excellent.
The boat was good (as we’d expected). Comfortable, nice food and a great crew and guides. Things were probably helped by it not being a full boat, and having fabulous weather, but a particular thumbs up for Sonia who was lovely - enthusiastic, knowledgeable and really friendly. "
- UK | 16 May 2016
Best Diving Holiday Ever!
"Firstly I would like to start with a massive thank you to you all for the best diving holiday ever! I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of my trip on the Emperor Elite last week. From the diving through to the food finishing with the boat, it was all amazing!
I can't say a big enough thank you to the crew - Alaa, Mustafa, Hassan,Mohamed, Ibrahin, Alaa, Ahmed, Yasser, Saeed , dive guides - Ahmed & Momo and the Captain - Mahmond Hassan for making it a pleasure to dive each and everyday - they made the week run so smoothly - from the start they made it feel like home.
It was my first time in Egypt and my first time on a liveaboard and I won't be hesitating to come back next year for another week on the Elite! Everyone should try it!
After the diving experience I have had I would be very interested in completing my DM course in Egypt with you.
Once again thank you!"
- UK | 14 July 2016
Excellent Two Week Holiday!
"I had an excellent two week holiday on Emperor Elite where I was welcomed back by crew and guides like one of the family (OK it’s my 4th 2 week trip on her, but even so !). I was even visited and welcomed back by one of the guides from Asmaa who I had also dived with previously and who had heard that I was back.
My only problem was that I had to stop diving for a couple of days in the first week due to ear problems, having developed a bit of a cold, but Sonia the guide did everything she could to help me get clear quickly and I was back in by the end of the week and did all the dives I wanted in week 2.
The private taxi transfer on arrival was definitely a plus to get down more promptly than waiting for the general transfer. Although I didn’t object at that time of night, it is probably worth noting that the majority of the journey was undertaken at well over the speed limit. Much of the extra time gained this way was however lost on arrival at Ghalib as the (Hurghada based) driver had no idea where to drop me – I had more idea of the whereabouts of the boat than he, but couldn’t initially convince him that it was a boat I was going to, rather than a hotel! I’m not sure what would have happened with someone who hadn’t been before. After repeated rejections of hotels by me, eventually after numerous phone calls we got to the mooring area to find that Elite was fuelling and I was “rescued” by the crew in the RIB.
Elite was as ever fantastic, guides crew, accommodation food, everything ! I really was made to feel special with everyone being so pleasant and helpful, with nothing being to much bother and I was very sad to have to leave at the end of the holiday. Though I am a repeat guest, I got the impression that the same attention was applied to all the guests.
Itineraries were excellent, though as already mentioned I personally missed out on Daedalus in the first week. Having been going South since 2000, I am still being surprised on “South & St Johns” with new sites that I haven’t previously done with an excellent mix of great sites being arranged. The pre-flight hotel in Hurghada was fine, though I didn’t see much of it, other than the room, because I just slept!
Favourite memory was probably the all round friendliness shown by everyone on Elite.
All arrangements were excellent and the luggage allowance worked out fine - slightly over the top – but better that than finding that I was over the paid-for allowance and being charged excess."
- UK | 26 September 2016
Our Trip was Absolutely Awesome
"All in all our trip was absolutely awesome and greater than we expected. The tranquility of being separated from email/wifi etc. We actually had to interact as a family and it has had lasting effects so far.
The positives were as follows:
1. The meals were spectacular and how they cooked beef wellington on a boat and roast turkey, plus the service was amazing.
2. The diving was out of this world, with Sonia and Momo the perfect guides and the briefings thorough and safe. The sites and flexibility was great.
3. The staff on board were brilliant and their attention to the kids' needs was incredible. Their help with the gear and constant work ethic was brilliant.
4. The boat was lovely, though did need some updating such as TVs and paintwork.
5. The group we were with was extremely social.
6. Favourite memory was diving with Hammerheads with my children, and the abundance of fish life.
7. The booking with Regaldive was exemplary and the local rep actually spoke to us too.
Areas for improvement (most of which you probably can't fix):
1. Thomas Cook airlines was terrible and for 5 hours with no entertainment services and uncomfortable seats was quite difficult to endure.
2. Hurghada airport arrivals were fine, but departures was terrible with bad attitude security staff, a 1 hour wait in the heat outside the airport because they would actually let us into the airport until 2.5 hours before the flight. The electricity wasn't working, so limited food available, only burger king. I mentioned this to a senior official at the airport saying that if they wanted more tourists they had to significantly improve their staff and processes, to which he agreed but said he couldn't do anything about it.
3. The boat did need some work in some areas, especially the cabins need fixing up a bit as it was a bit run down.
Yet I don't want the above to detract from what was a near perfect holiday."
- UK | 23 January 2017
The liveaboard accommodation was excellent
"Emperor Elite Liveaboard & Steigenberger Land Based Stay
I think we had a good time on the boat. I chose this area because I was interested in the wrecks although I seem to remember I was told there was a good mix of wreck and non wreck diving. I think outside of the wrecks the coral and marine life were a bit limited and Andrea who is claustrophobic wasn't able to do a number of the dives because there was no buddy who just wanted to do the outside. I missed out on a few penetrations because of this but I'm not complaining.
• The diving was well spaced through out the day for me. We only did one night dive. Some complained that they'd have preferred 4 day time dives as a lot of people skipped the night dives as they were on pretty average dive sites.
• Andrea commented that Khalil our guide was better than the other guide Jesse.
• The food was very good. We were very pleasantly surprised by the food. Every meal was something different. The deserts on NYE were spectacular. For me, the breakfast was the best meal of the day. We actually gained weight because we couldn't resist the good food!
• The staff were awesome. The chef, dining crew and boat boys were all really good.
• The transfers and ground arrangements were awesome. Couldn't improve this.
• The liveaboard accommodation was excellent. We were both very comfortable.
• The hotel was exceptional. Than you so much for booking us in to this and making sure we were all inclusive. I played 2 rounds of golf a day and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel site, the food and the atmosphere/ambience.
Some areas for improvement
• The water was very cold. On out first test dive we came out of the water after only 35 minutes and we both had severe shakes. We both stuggled to get out of our gear and needed help. The hire suits were 5mm and for us this just wasn't enough. We asked for thicker wetsuits but were told that nothing else was on board. We tried diving again and came up after 30 minutes (possibly less) and was hyperthermic. We pleaded again for another day and was told there was nothing. We tried borrowing from other guests. In the end I was really upset as I couldn't imagine doing any more dives.
I complained several times to Khalil and Jesse and after 2 days Khalil finally lent me his spare 7mm semi dry wetsuit. It was a few sizes too big but did actually keep me warm enough to start diving again. Andrea was able to borrow a spare 3mm shorty off a lady and put that on under her 5mm hire suit. I know some people were fine with 3 mm wetsuits during this trip but they were much larger and carrying a lot more of there own insulation. I think there should have been better advice and some spare kit on board. It makes no sense not to have any and the other boats I've been on in Australia and Thailand both had spare suits of different sizes.
I think we would book with you again but I'd be inclined to do my home work a bit more on where we go. The area we went was good for wrecks, not so good for coral or marine life. I know I had high expectations considering everywhere I've been people have told me the 'red sea' is better. My experience was that I'm not sure I'd ever go back or that I'd recommend it. Perhaps there are better areas to the south but again, I'd have to do a lot of research. Next time somewhere definitely warmer!!"
- UK | 23 January 2017
Regal staff are a credit to your company.
"I have just got back from a week's liveaboard on MY Superior. From booking the visa 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.
10 October 2012
Would do this trip again in a heartbeat!
We are now back home after a great trip and 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.
10 October 2012
Wrecks and Reefs Trip Exceeded Expectations - Excellent Holiday
"Exceeded expectations. It was an excellent holiday. No problems.
Transfers were efficient from Regaldive. Typically had to wait for a few stragglers, who had not read the holiday notes or the information provided!
Room was lovely. Food was excellent a very comprehensive choice and excellent quality.
Diving. Superb. One of my best dives ever-nearing 500! On the Thistlegorm, 65, mins of bliss.
The best two dive guides I have so far encountered. Still passionate after all these years. The crew, were all excellent as well.
Highlights from the holiday. An incredibly relaxing and enjoyable 7 days. We definitely choose the right trip for us, with a suitable balance of both Wreck and reef dives. All were either very good, excellent, or even sublime. The vast majority of the other guests were sociable and good company.
I have been on six Red Sea liveaboards so far and this is without doubt The Best."
- UK | 03 May 2016
The Trip was Everything We Expected
"Everything was really good. I found the dive guides excellent. They had all the admin and organisation under control. Best memory was the hammerhead sharks on Daedalus.
I would like to thank you for your management of our booking. I always felt supported and had no hesitations in contacting you at any stage because i knew whatever i wanted would be confirmed or sorted out.
Many thanks and i look forward to diving with you again.
- UK | 18 October 2016
M/Y Blue Fin
First time on a live-aboard hints & tips
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 1 week 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! 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.
Happy days! "
Amanda & Bjorn Sjoling
- UK | 11 April 2013
M/Y Blue Fin
It Exceeded all Expectations!
"Blue Fin: Northern Wrecks & Reefs Itinerary
The trip exceeded all expectations, frankly. The attention to detail was superb. The food great and the diving a perfect mix of reef and wreck. The cabin was sheer luxury (lucky me!) and the staff brilliant. Regaldive reps were attentive and the whole booking experience seamless.
Highlights were the Thistlegorm (long on my bucket list) and the reef dive ending with the Yolanda wreck. Would thoroughly recommend Ragaldive and the whole package, I'll be in touch."
- UK | 16 May 2016
M/Y Blue Horizon aka Red Sea Master
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 Daedalus. 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!"
- UK | 02 May 2014
M/Y Blue Horizon aka Red Sea Master
Never Before Have I Seen Such Playful Dolphins!
"Best memories are from last two dives on dolphin reef. We had a small pod with us for almost two hours. Never before have I seen such playful dolphins! The food was amazing, the quality of meat was first class. Cakes were even better. Cabins on Horizon are much bigger than on other boats. Dive sites were the usual ones for this itinerary. Crew worked hard as usual. Very happy with the service of Regaldive."
- UK | 20 January 2017
M/Y Blue Melody
MY Blue Melody- we had a wonderful time
"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 omelettes/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!
13 May 2014
M/Y Blue Melody
We had a Fantastic Time - The Diving was Amazing!
"Just a short note to let you know that we had a fantastic time during our back-to-back liveaboard on the Blue Melody.
The diving was amazing (even a too friendly gray oceanic shark, swimming with us), turtles, dolphins, hammerheads, an octopus “Show” lasting over 10 minutes, 2 dancing and hunting moray eels during a night dive, beautiful corals and more.
We cannot fault the guides and organisation aboard the Blue Melody, we were very comfortable and assistance was always at hand if needed.
The guides (especially Chris) were excellent: knowledgeable and really going the extra mile to ensure all divers on board could appreciate the diving to its maximum.
Only one (minor) comment: it would be nice to have some lights on the upper deck common place so that one can read a book outside when its dark. All in all, a great and relaxing experience with beautiful diving. Exactly what we needed!"
- UK | 02 February 2016
M/Y Blue Melody
First time diving in the Red Sea
"My first time diving in the Red Sea and my first time on a liveaboard. The staff were fantastic, very helpful and Ahmed gave great briefings, informative and to the point. You could choose whether to have a guide or not, so these briefings were good for those of us not using a guide. Some of the reefs were very healthy considering the amount of divers that visit them, some others did have some damage (apparently due to Crown of Thorns). Lots of shark activity (hammerheads, threshers, oceanic whites, grey reefs) which really were daily highlights. Our initial cabin (a double on the middle deck) was very small and the bed far too short for anyone over 6 foot. We mentioned this to Ahmed and as the boat was not full we were instantly accommodated in a lower deck twin cabin which was much better and more comfortable. The food was pretty good, but the last night feast was amazing. An overall great trip!"
- United Kingdom | 09 November 2016
M/Y Blue Melody
The Experience with the Oceanic White Tips did not Disappoint!
"Yes the trip was great. Being my first liveaboard, I didn't know what to expect. There were plenty of agents waiting to guide us through visa processing, customs and getting us to the right transport, smoothly and without any delay, to transfer onto the Blue Melody. The Regaldive rep in Hurghada made a point of introducing himself, at the beginning and end of my trip to make sure all was OK and told me to contact him if there was a problem.
The cabin was adequate for my needs, although a little smaller in reality than the website photos appear, but there were fresh towels, if we needed them, and cabins were always promptly cleaned while we were enjoying our first dive. The food was very nice and there was always more than enough. Fellow guests had mentioned the food and boat were better than most they had been on.
The staff and crew were very friendly and professional, especially Ahmed our head dive master, who kept us informed to what was happening, boat movements times, any itinerary changes etc. Ahmed gave concise briefings and dive plans, discussing any alternatives.
On our itinerary, for safe surface time intervals, there were only 3 dives a day, unless there was a night dive, which was not permitted in the marine park.
It was a great first trip on a liveaboard, and the experience with the Oceanic White Tips did not disappoint!
- UK | 20 January 2017
M/Y King Snefro 5
Feedback - Snefro 5 Mini Safari
"Good morning Clare / Simon,
Just a quick note to say “thank you” for all your assistance in organising the liveaboard.
The boat “King Snefro 5” was great. The crew were fantastic and treated us like royalty, nothing was too much with help and assistance offered at every turn with a smile. The food was amazing and compliments to the chef on the variety and quality.
One point only, you were advised that Charles doesn’t eat meat and although there was fish at lunch time no meat alternative was available for the evening meal. However, this is the only issue we experienced on what was overall a gold star experience.
It was our first liveaboard and we will definitely go again. Please pass on our comments to Emperor and the crew.
- UK | 20 November 2012
Our trip on the Pearl
"We had such a good trip on the Pearl! The guides were fantastic and the other people really were very nice. The weather was a bit dodgy but did not matter as the dive sites were a lot quieter, just a bit chilly! "
- UK | 19 January 2015
Emporer Asmaa trip 12 to 19 November 2014
"Good Crew, Good guides, Good diving and wonderful camaraderie between all guests.
Food was fine, but I would prefer more Egyptian style food.
Very enjoyable trip."
- From Hamata, Fury Shoals and St Johns trip | 28 November 2014
Emperor Asmaa Wrecks and Reefs 8-15 January 2016
"The crew were great - very helpful. Everybody was very impressed with the offerings from the galley - lots of variety and plenty of it. The diving was fantastic - Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moeller were the highlights for me, but plenty of pretty squidgy things too!!"
- Selsey | 18 January 2016
Great Weeks Diving, Great Crew!
"Great week diving on the Northern Wrecks and Reefs itinerary. Despite some very iffy weather including a sandstorm, the crew never failed to get us in the water on some fantastic dives. Dive guides Kat and Khalil were superb, in fact some of the best I've dived with. The crew were fantastic; nothing was too much for them. The boat was spot on.
We've used Regal before and as always, the holiday was just "simple". Make the booking and then enjoy the holiday; no grief,problems or issues.
Many thanks Regal, we'll be back soon!"
- UK | 28 January 2016
An Excellent Dive Holiday!
"An excellent dive holiday – My first liveaboard was more ‘hard core’ than expected but still a good experience. The Asmaa was good for the job – some minor repairs were needed in the cabin which was a bit tired.
Food was superb. Good variety of sites, the itinerary was discussed along the way, so everyone was kept happy. Excellent liveaboard Staff and Crew from Guides to deckhands.
Apart from the diving, a favourite memory was the hot drinks as we got out of the water. Nigel at Regaldive was excellent with good advice and considerable patience.
The one thing I hated was the lack of leg room on Thomas Cook Airlines – I would do my utmost to avoid them in future. Five hours with your knees up by your ears is no joke.
I would book with Regal again."
- UK | 20 January 2017
Good Holiday - I Felt Safe at all Times (even with the Sharks!)
"Thanks for your part in organising my trip and making it go seamlessly. It's just a shame things are quiet for the industry in Egypt. If we don't use it we'll lose it, so I'll spread the word that I had a good holiday and felt safe at all times (even with the sharks!).
The trip was everything I expected, as I had been to this location twice before. The transfers and ground arrangements were very efficient andstraight forward. The only issue was on the return journey to the airport where insufficient extra time was factored in to accommodate a guest's request to be taken to another hotel before folks were dropped at the airport. Meant one of the guest being really stressed attempting to catch their flight (German guest) leaving them only 1 hour to get through check-in and security. Some of the rest of us declined to go to the day hotel as a result, as we did not want to be left with insufficient time for our flights.
The boat was very comfortable. It was tricky to get shade from the sun on deck when the boat was full. The Hotel last evening was very comfortable and food was good. The food was good and plenty to eat, so never felt hungry. The boat was kept very clean in both cabins and shared areas.
The dive sites and itinerary were fine. Highlights being the last dive at Elphinstone (my best shark dive ever, first time in the water with oceanics) and snorkelling with the dolphins at dolphin reef. The guide (Anke) did her best to accommodate personal preferences, mine being drop offs and just hanging with the fishes, so I got some of these along the way which was great.
All crew were very helpful and friendly throughout the week, worked hard to make our holiday as good as possible. Favourite memories from the holiday were the oceanics and the nice group of people on board including staff and good mix of guests. Very happy with Regaldive’s services, have been with you many times before."
FD (this guest has requested to remain anonymous)
- UK | 20 January 2017
A Really Good Week - One We Hope to Repeat Soon!
"We had a great time on Emperor Asmaa. We were looked after very well by the entire crew and the dive guides Jesse and Zizo. Some excellent dives on the reefs at St Johns and Fury Shoals,with good visibility and hard and soft corals in good condition. Some very interesting caves which was quite a new experience for our diving in the Red Sea, and extensive coral gardens.
Managed to see a whale shark - at 5m it was above us, dolphins swimming about as we dived, turtles, rays and all the usual reef fish you would expect, as well as some of the bigger stuff around the reefs. I took some footage of one of the turtles who seemed to enjoy posing for the camera - I had to keep backing away to stop him touching the lens!.
Overall a really good week in the Red Sea and one we hope to repeat soon.
- UK | 10 February 2017
The Boat was Excellent and the Crew Were Even Better
"The Trip was everything that we expected and more. The boat was excellent and the crew were even better. A number of people in our group who have done liveaboards before mentioned this was the best one they had done.
The liveaboard accommodation was excellent. A few of the group had issues with a lack of Air Conditioning but the crew worked hard to try and fix it. The boat was in really good nick, in two weeks of visiting dive sites we only saw one other boat that rivalled ours - we were very happy with that! The food and other services were excellent. Meals were varied and freshly prepared and the feedback from everyone in the group was that it had surpassed their expectations. It was significantly better than we get in the cook house in the Army!
The dive sites and itinerary were excellent. We saw some very interesting wrecks and sea life (dolphins, turtles, eels etc). It was really good that the dive guides worked with us to make sure we were doing what we wanted to do. Once the boat had seen our competence, they were happy for us to do some more challenging diving.
The liveaboard Staff and Crew were excellent. Literally couldn’t do more to help. You can tell that the crew members have worked together for some time and they make a truly excellent team.
One of the group broke a tooth and required some emergency dental work. The boat owner (Adbdul) took a personal interest, he drove the individual to a local dentist who did an excellent job repairing the tooth and for a very reasonable price. This was a very good example of going the extra mile.
A favourite memory from the holiday was diving on the Salem Express which the boat owner allowed us to do, despite not being on the Northern Wrecks itinerary.
We were happy with Regaldive’s services we would book with Regaldive again. "
Guest name confidential
- London | 15 June 2016
M/Y Vita Xplorer
A Super Holiday - Thank You
"I would like to draw attention to the perfect quality of the Vita Xplorer liveaboard: I know it's not yet too well know in UK, but it is a super boat, especially for the quality of staff, efficiency and friendliness. The diving instructor was super, perhaps the best I have found in a liveaboard, for his competency, kindness, attentiveness and wit/humour. The cabin was rather comfortable too, and the overall atmosphere was lovely. It has a very competent and efficient crew, without being in your face.
I had a super holiday thank-you. When I booked not much information about this boat was given, but I'd strongly recommend it. The quality of overall service and comfort was far superior to the two BlueOTwo boats I used in the Red Sea before.
So definitely a great holiday, nice to go back to the Red Sea!"
Laura La Grutta
- UK | 06 June 2017