St John's and Elphinstone
SEA SERPENT - SOUTH TOUR
MARSA ALAM - st. John's - fury shoal - elphinstone - MARSA ALAM
This week long itinerary begins and ends in Port Ghalib and offers experienced divers an exceptional southern Red Sea itinerary packed with dives along healthy reefs with an abundance of marine life.
Day one begins with 2 check-out dives at nearby Marsa Alam sites. The boat sails south overnight towards St. John's.
The next three days are spent exploring the spectacular sites along the St. John's reefs in the deep south. One of the most renowned diving locations in the Red Sea this is a collection of small reefs with stunning hard and soft corals and a marine life to boot. Expect to encounter grey reef and silver-tip sharks, with a little luck, schools of hammerheads as well as the impressive and inquisitive bumphead parrot fish, schools of jacks, barracuda and sometimes, mantas. Visit in season and it's likely you'll get to encounter oceanic white-tip sharks too. Dive sites visited include Big Gota, Habili Ali and St. John's Caves, all of which offer divers a fantastic experience and photographers, plenty of subjects. Enjoy 2.5 days of diving (4 dives a day including possible night dives). The boat heads back nort overnight to Fury Shoal, mooring at Wadi Gamal.
Day 6 includes 2 dives at Fury Shoal. With its diversity of sites, offers something for everyone - reefs, drop-offs, wrecks, swim-throughs. The colourful reefs are home to a wealth of marine life including reef fish, Napolean wrasse and anemones with a number of patrolling shark species often observed and dolphins a plenty. This evening the boat sails back towards Port Ghalib.
Enjoy 2 last dives in the Marsa Alam area. Weather permitting this may include the legendary Elphinstone Reef, a rewarding dive especially in the early morning when encounters with hammerhead and grey reef sharks are most likely. Frequent sightings of inquisitive oceanic white-tip sharks are best from the northern plateau in season. Once diving is completed, the boat heads back to Port Ghalib where you spend the final night on board.
You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives to join this safari.
For the best possible diving experience it is highly recommended that you are qualified to an Advanced and Deep Diver certified (courses can be taken onboard).
As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive.
Please note that night diving is prohibited in the marine parks.