BDE – GOLDEN TRIANGLE cruise

Liveboard in Egypt : Golden Triangle / BDE

This diving safari offers wonderful dives on the most renowned Egyptian dive sites. 

The name Golden triangle makes reference to the triangular itinerary between the three dive sites you will dive during the safari.

These three dive sites are :
  • the Brothers Islands,
  • Daedalus Reef
  • and Elphinstone Reef,
hence the acronym BDE. 

The Brothers Islands (Two very small islands : one a bit bigger than the other) are located 60 km off Al Qseir in the Egyptian territorial waters. These islands are of volcanic origin. Big brother is approximately 600m long and topped by a lighthouse built by the British in the 19th century. 4 keepers ensure the lighthouse operates properly and will be delighted to welcome you for a visit.You will dive the two shipwrecks that lie at the northern tip of Big Brother : the Numidia (1901) is lying almost vertically against the reef between 10m and 83m and is covered in colourful corals. The Aida II, a military ship that was supplying the Brothers Islands and bringing the new lighthouse keepers, sank 100m away from the Numidia and is lying between 10m and 63m. In this area you can have the opportunity to encounter a thresher shark.Small Brother is about 200m long. You will see, among other things, a beautiful garden of gorgonian sea fans, black corals and many pelagic fishes.

Daedalus Reef is 600m long and 300m wide. It lies about 110km off the coast, south of Marsa Alam. It is topped by a lighthouse built by the French in 1863 and modified by the British in 1931. At least ten different dives can be organised on this reef that has the greatest coral diversity in the Egyptian Red Sea. North of the reef, a school of hammerhead sharks is seen on a regular basis. You will also encounter manta rays and many pelagic species.

Elphinstone is 400m long and 30m wide. Strong currents hit the northern and southern plateaux bringing nutrients to a vast colony of soft corals. Many shark species, among which the oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus Longimanus) are seen in the area. Enjoy this temple of drift diving and its abundant pelagic fauna.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Saturday

    Saturday Our friendly staff welcomes you at the airport. 45 min bus transfer from Marsa Alam airport to the marina of Port Ghalib. 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.
    The second dive will be done in the afternoon.
    After dinner, the boat will head towards the Brothers Islands for a six hour long trip.
    This programme may be subject to change according to weather conditions and the marina you will depart from.

  • Day 3 Monday

    Monday Arrived the day before on site, you will do three daytime dives on the stunning drop-offs of the Brothers Islands.

  • Day 4 Thuesday

    Thuesday You will do three daytime dives on the second island of the Brothers. A visit of the lighthouse will be organised by the guide with the authorisation of the keepers. You will then sail all night long to reach Daedalus at the break of dawn.

  • Day 5 Wednesday

    Wednesday Arrived early in the morning, you will do three daytime dives on the amazing drop-off of Daedalus, home of the hammerhead shark.

  • Day 6 Thursday

    Thursday According to the weather forecast and customers' requests you will do two or three dives on Daedalus before sailing towards the coast. It will take about seven hours to reach the site of Abu Dabbab where you will spend the night. According to your time of arrival, a night dive may be organised.

  • Day 7 Friday

    Friday According to the weather forecast and your flight schedules, you will do one or two dives at Elphinstone. After the last 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 2 hours to Port Ghalib. This programme is based on a departure from Port Ghalib, it can be modified without prior notice by the captain and/or the guide according to the weather conditions.

  • 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
€885 Bohemia 8 / 22 Book now!
€970 Bohemia 3 / 22 Book now!
€970 DUNE - GHANI 0 / 24 Fully booked
€970 Tillis Dive Pro 1 / 24 Book now!
€970 DUNE - NEMO 11 / 22 Book now!
€970 DUNE - NEMO 18 / 22 Book now!
€970 DUNE - JESSICA 24 / 30 Book now!
€970 DUNE - NEMO 18 / 22 1 Book now!
€970 DUNE - JESSICA 25 / 30 Book now!
€970 DUNE - JESSICA 25 / 30 Book now!
€970 DUNE - NEMO 18 / 22 2 Book now!
€970 DUNE - NEMO 16 / 22 Book now!
€1,035 DUNE - NEMO 14 / 22 1 Book now!
€1,035 DUNE - NEMO 13 / 22 Book now!
€1,035 DUNE - NEMO 0 / 22 Fully booked
€1,035 Tillis Dive Pro 0 / 24 Fully booked
€1,035 Almonda 0 / 22 Fully booked
€1,035 DUNE - NEMO 1 / 22 Book now!
€1,035 Tillis Dive Pro 0 / 24 Fully booked
€1,035 Almonda 0 / 22 Fully booked
€1,035 DUNE - JESSICA 26 / 30 Book now!
€1,035 Tillis Dive Pro 0 / 24 Fully booked
€1,035 DUNE - GHANI 0 / 24 4 Fully booked
€1,035 DUNE - JESSICA 26 / 30 Book now!
€1,035 CU 11 / 22 Book now!
€1,035 DUNE - JESSICA 3 / 30 Book now!
€1,035 CU 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,035 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€970 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 DUNE - NEMO 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€1,090 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!

Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: 44

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.
Book this trip
Destination
Liveaboards in Egypt
Activity
Liveboard Sharks
Duration
8 days
Group
12 to 30 persons
Code
44
Price
From €970
Level
4/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
French / English
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