Red Sea Liveaboards
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.
Gubal Island can not currently be dived due to an order from the military. This affects the dive sites of Ulysses, Barge, Malak and the Rosalie Muller. It is unknown how long the restriction will be in place.
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 & MY Blue Voyager
Blue Planet Fleet Itineraries - For Blue Planet 1 & Blue Seas
Red Sea Agressor 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
Mini Safari from Hamata - For M/Y Okeanos Xplorer
Classic Cruise departing from Hurghada
Famous Five departing from Hurghada
Reefs & Wrecks departing from Hurghada
Get Wrecked departing from Hurghada
Safaga and Elphinstone departing from Hurghada, sailing to Marsa Ghalib
Simply the Best departing from Hurghada or Marsa Ghalib
Just Brothers 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 Friends departing from Hamata
Fury and St. Johns departing from Hamata
Rocky, Zabargad & St. Johns departing from Hamata
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
North and Wrecks departing from Hurghada
North and Tiran departing from Hurghada
North and Brothers departing from Hurghada
Brothers departing from Hurghada
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
From London Gatwick and Manchester direct to Hurghada or Sharm. A range of other UK airports may also be available. There are flights from London Gatwick direct to Marsa Alam every Wednesday.
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.
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
"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 . "
Mick fudge - 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."
N Parry - 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 | 26 May 2015
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,
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.
Regaldive - Welcome Home
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.
Regaldive - Welcome Home
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.
"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 | 19 June 2015
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."
Warren Price - UK | 24 June 2015
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."
The Armstrongs - UK | 02 July 2015
"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.
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.
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 | 26 June 2015
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 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!"
Keith Jackson - UK | 18 June 2015
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!
- UK | 02 July 2015
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.
Judith Bailey - UK | 19 June 2015
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! "
Paul T - UK | 19 January 2015
- Area: 1,001,450 sq. km
- Population: 67 million
- Language: Arabic, English
- Time: GMT + 2
- Electricity: 220v. Round pin adaptors
Red Sea Liveaboard Vessels
MY Nimar was completed in 2012 and measures almost 40m.
Measuring 37m, Emperor Superior offers 9 twin-berth cabins, 2 bunk style cabins and one double cabin, comfortably accommodating 24 people
MY Elite is custom designed and built to a superior standard. The Elite is a 38 metre boat accommodating a maximum of 24 guests in 11 twin berth cabins and 1 double master suite (supplement payable).
The Asmaa is a custom built motor yacht, designed with the diver in mind. A total of 20 divers can be comfortably accommodated in 10 twin berth cabins, all with en-suite facilities.
MY Blue Planet 1 is a fast and spacious boat that has recently undergone a complete refurbishment. This 27 metre vessel offers comfortable accommodation for up to 16 guests in 8 twin bedded ensuite and AC cabins.
Blue Seas is a spacious and comfortable boat with elegant lines inspired by Italian yachts.
Built in 2006, this impressive 41m liveaboard accommodates up to 26 guests
Built in 2005, MY Blue Fin is a spacious boat that accommodates up to 24 divers in nine twin berth cabins and three suites.
Blue Melody is a 38 meter, luxury custom built liveaboard which accommodates up to 26 divers in 10 twin cabins and 3 doubles.
Custom designed for divers, the luxury Red Sea Aggressor was launched in 2014 and offers the highest standards of personal service. Operated by the renowned Aggressor fleet, this 33m vessel makes a superb base from which to explore the highlights of the Egyptian Red Sea.
Snefro Target & Snefro Love are twin boats with identical layouts.
Snefro Target & Snefro Love are twin boats with identical layouts.
Snefro Pearl measures 29m and offers one double and five twin cabins comfortably accommodating 12 people.
Snefro Spirit measures 33m and can comfortably accommodate 18 people. There is one master suite on the upper deck and eight twin cabins.
Regaldive’s mini safari programme combines the best of liveaboard and day diving during the course of one week. A mini safari from Sharm is ideal if you want to experience the thrill of liveaboard diving for the first time, or if you want the ultimate in diving variety during your one week holiday.
Custom built in 1999 with a major refit in 2011, Snefro 5 & 6 are twin boats, and so identical in design and layout.
King Snefro 6 can accommodate up to 12 guests, and is ideal for slightly smaller groups looking for a comfortable full charter boat to dive the best dive sites of the Sinai.
Regaldive’s mini safari programme combines the best of liveaboard and day diving during the course of one week. A mini safari is ideal if you want the ultimate in diving variety during your one week holiday in the Southern Red Sea.