Rocky Island Zabargad St Johns

A very diversified itinerary accessible to any diver with an Open Water Diver certificate or CMAS *.


This safari will take you to the discovery of two islands 2 hours of navigation east of the St John's reef area. They are within the boundaries of marine parks. You will also discover many dive sites that look like underwater islands in St John's reef. 

This set of reefs lies 200 km South of Marsa Alam, on the tropic of Cancer in the southern part of the Egyptian Red Sea.Pristine drop-offs covered in hard and soft corals, gardens of gorgonian sea fans, a huge variety of pelagic fishes and a visibility of 50+meters is what you will be thrilled to find there. 

The colourful coral gardens and their pinnacles resting on a sea bed made of white sand, 20 meters beneath the surface, the anemones and their clown fish, the larger fish slowly cruising the blue : your breath will surely be taken away ! Whether you are an amateur or truly fond of marine biology, a photographer or video maker, do not search any longer : this itinerary is what you are looking for !

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Saturday

    Saturday Our friendly staff welcomes you at the airport. 45 min bus transfer from Marsa Alam airport to the marina. You will, then, be attributed a cabin and discover the boat.

  • Day 2 Sunday

    Sunday After breakfast, your guide will tell you everything you need to know about your programme of the week, safety recommendations and, more generally, your life on the boat. Your diving certifications, logbook and insurance will be checked before leaving the marina. The boat will then sail to the first dive site, 30 minutes away from the marina.
    Your guide will give you a detailed briefing about your first dive.
    After lunch you will sail for about two hours heading south to reach the dive site called “Gota Sharm” where you will do your second dive.
    After dinner, the boat will sail all night long, crossing the Tropic of Cancer on its way, to reach the Saint John's reef area at the break of dawn.

  • Day 3 Monday

    Monday You will carry out three dives around the islands and a night dive can be organised upon request. Navigations from one island to the other take between 30 and 45 minutes. The dive sites are carefully selected by your guide according to the weather forecast and the number of boats already moored on the site.
    For a quiet and peaceful night, you will spend the night moored behind a big reef.

  • Day 4 Tuesday

    Tuesday At sunset you will do one or two dives around the islands then the captain and his crew will head towards St John's reef. A night dive can be organised upon request.

  • Day 5 Wednesday

    Wednesday You will do two morning dives before sailing up north. 4 hours later you will reach “Sataya” (Dolphin House) in the Fury Shoals area. According to your time of arrival and the light, you will have the opportunity to go snorkelling with dolphins. The third dive of the day will either take place in daylight, at dusk or at night. The boat will be moored on Sataya reef for the night.

  • Day 6 Thursday

    Thursday In the morning, you will do two dives on two beautiful reefs of the Fury Shoals area. After lunch the boat will head north for a 6 hour-long navigation to reach the site called “Shelinyiat”. The third dive of the day will either take place in daylight, at dusk or at night according to your time of arrival.
    After dinner the captain and his crew will organise a surprise Egyptian event.

  • Day 7 Friday

    Friday The boat will sail for 45 min before you reach your first dive site of the day. After breakfast, you will sail north for two hours to reach the Marsa Alam area where you will do your last dive of the safari. After the dive, you will have the possibility to rinse all your diving gear on the diving deck at the rear of the boat before sailing for 30 min to the marina. The estimated time of arrival is 2:00 PM, so your guide will tell you all about the leisure activities you can book in the Marsa Alam area to spend an entertaining Friday afternoon.

  • Day 8 Saturday

    Saturday Departure from the boat will be after breakfast or according to your flight and transfer schedules to the airport or hotel.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

From To Price / pers. Boat Places Options Booking
€970 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,035 Bateauconforta 18 / 22 2 Book now!
€970 DUNE - GHANI 21 / 24 1 Book now!
€1,035 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,035 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,035 DUNE - JESSICA 0 / 30 Fully booked

Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: 50

Included

The price includes

  • The service charges (tips).
  • Customer reception at the airport, transfers airport/boat/airport.
  • The 7-night liveaboard safari in a shared double cabin, full board, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • 12L aluminum tank and weights.
  • A minimum of 16 dives.
  • A minimum of 10 dives for the snorkeling/dolphins liveaboard safari.
  • The taxes.
  • Free Nitrox

Not included

The price does not include 

  • Reservation of a cabin on the higher deck
  • Diving gear (full or partial)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • 15L tank : 30€ / week
  • Diving supervision (Level 1 divers and Level 2 beyond 20m) : 8€/dive/person
  • Other paid activities and services (see price-list on board)
  • Check dive / Upgrade training (CMAS Level 1 to OWD / Entering an ADV course) : 30€ / dive.   

Les suppléments à réserver avant le départ : 

  • Visa and airport assistance : 31€ / passenger.
  • Cabin choice : 35€ / person.
  • Travel light (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, weight belt, fins, mask and snorkel) : 70€ / person / week.
  • Nitrox course + PADI kit : 135€ (certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • Advanced PADI course + PADI Kit : 240€ (certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • Deep Dive course + PADI Kit : 175€(certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • CMAS Nitrox course : 110€(certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • ADIP/CEDIP Deep Dive P40

Practical info

Budget & exchange

Local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP).
You can paye by credit card and/or in euros.
Cashmachine are available in the airport and in all the cities next to the Red Sea.
Be carreful with the bank charges.  



Vital equipment

We rent diving gear (BCD, regulator etc.). If you wish to rent equipment, please let us know in advance in order to provide for it on board. Hence, we highly recommend that you take your own equipment (except tanks and weights).

To ensure the best possible unfolding of your diving liveaboard safari in Egypt : 

  1. Fins and mask
  2. BCD / Stabilizing jacket
  3. Regulator with octopus
  4. Air gauge
  5. Dive computer
  6. Surface marker / Deco buoy
  7. Visible or audible means of signaling (mirror, whistle...) 

The water temperature in Egypt is about 26°C 
Nevertheless, we recommend the use of a one-piece or shorty 3-5mm wetsuit.
Weights are at the divers' disposal during their stay.
Diving gloves and knives are forbidden in the Red SeaA hook is not necessary.  

12L tanks are made of aluminum with a single DIN valve.
Adaptors are available on board for yoke regulators.
15L tanks are made of steel with a single or double DIN valve.

Helpful equipment

Gear, in case: 

  • Mask strap 
  • Fins strap 
  • Other battery for your computer   
  • Thin rope

Medicine

No vaccination certificate is compulsory to this day, but a vaccine to protect against polio and tetanus are recommended.
Take your usual medication plus aspirin and paracetamol, an anti-diarrhoea (Diarsed, Imodium), and an intestinal anti-septic (Ercéfuryl), an anti-emetic (Vogalene Lyoc), an anti-inflammatory ointment, adhesive plasters, a treatment for sea-sickness (Mercalm).

Passport

You must have a passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return date) or a national identity card. In case of loss or theft you should make a copy of your passport, plane ticket, credit card and diver certificate.

Do not keep the duplicates with the master copies  

WARNING : UPON YOUR ARRIVAL ON BOARD, YOUR GUIDE WILL ASK YOU TO SUBMIT A COPY OF THE PASSPORT OR NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD YOU USED FOR YOUR BOOKING.  

Your diving documents and diving medical certificate that is less than 12 months old will be checked on your first day on the boat

Visa

To enter Egypt, you must have a visa (valid for one month). You can obtain it from the Egyptian Consulate or upon your arrival in Egypt at the desk provided for that purpose. It costs $25.
DUNE provides a lost luggage assistance, flights confirmation and VISA for 31€.

Weather

Egypt has a hot and dry climate with temperatures ranging between 17 to 25 degrees in winter and 30 to 40 degrees in summer.

Water temperature varies between 21 to 23 degrees in winter and 26 to 30 degrees in summer.

Best time of the year to go to Egypt is from March to November. 

Since it may be a little chilly at night in spring and autumn, it is advised to take a sweater and a beanie to protect your ears from the wind.

Topography

Egypt has two parts :
Lower Egypt (in the north) corresponds to the least elevated part of the country.
Upper Egypt (in the south) corresponds to the most elevated part of the country. 

A river, the Nile, flows through the country and Egypt's agriculture benefits from its fertile banks. 

It is also bordered by two seas : 
  • The Mediterranean Sea in the north
  • The red Sea in the south. 

Thanks to the diversity of the underwater flora and fauna, you will leave Egypt with unforgettable memories.
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Destination
Liveaboards in Egypt
Activity
Liveboard
Duration
8 days
Group
8 to 30 persons
Code
50
Price
From €970
Level
2/5
Comfort
4/5
Language(s)
French / English
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