NORTH – TIRAN STRAIT cruise

LIVEBOARD in Egypt - North - Ras Mohammed - Tiran 


Wreck enthusiast ?


This safari is for you ! It is accessible to any diver with an Open Water Diver certificate or CMAS *. You will discover shipwrecks that are more than a century old, warships, including the legendary wreck of the SS Thistlegorm. And all these wrecks lie between 10 and 30 meters below the surface. You will dive the wonderful Ras Muhammad National Park (480 km2 of sea and desert). This park is home to an extravagant fauna and has one of the most beautiful coral ecosystems on the planet with more than 150 different coral species.

Stretching over 80 km2, Tiran Island is the biggest island located at the entrance of the Tiran strait that separates the Red Sea from the gulf of Aqaba. This island was claimed by Saudi Arabia under an agreement meant to mark out the maritime borders in 2016 but the agreement was broken by the Egyptian administrative court. You can still enjoy diving its amazing drop-offs and canyons colonised by soft corals. Tiran Island is about 10km off Sharm El Sheikh beach resort.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Saturday

    Saturday Our friendly staff welcomes you at the airport. 45 min bus transfer from Hurghada 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 north to reach the Hurghada area where you will do your second dive.
    You will then keep sailing north to reach the El Gouna area where you will spend a quiet and peaceful night moored behind a big reef.

  • Day 3 Monday

    Monday Arrived the day before on site, you will do your first-two wreck dives in the morning. After lunch you will sail north for two hours before reaching the site where you will do the third dive of the day. Upon request, a night dive may be added. For a quiet and peaceful night, you will spend the night away from the waves, moored behind a big reef. This programme may be subject to change according to weather conditions.

  • Day 4 Thuesday

    Thuesday At sunset, the captain and his crew will take you to to the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula where you will dive the wonderful Yolanda Reef in Ras Muhammad National Park. After breakfast, you will sail towards Tiran Island. It takes about two hours from Ras Muhammad to get there. You will be offered the possibility to dive the stunning drop-offs that surround the island. On Jackson reef north, you are likely to encounter hammerhead sharks and many pelagic fishes. You will spend the night behind Tiran Island.

  • Day 5 Wednesday

    At sunset you will dive Thomas reef and its outstanding canyon edged by soft corals. After the dive, you will sail for about four hours to reach the mythical wreck of the SS Thistlegorm that you will dive twice. At the end of the day, you will start heading south to reach Sha'ab Abu Nuhas where you will spend the night. Upon request, a night dive may be added.

  • Day 6 Thursday

    Thursday Sha'ab Abu Nuhas is located north-east of El Gouna and home to four shipwrecks, 200m apart from one another. Early morning you will start you day with the Chrisoula K. After breakfast you will sail for about two hours to reach the Hurghada area. The second dive will take place near Giftun Island, 5km off Hurghada. After lunch you will head south for about four hours to reach the Safaga area. Upon request, a night dive may be added. After dinner the captain and his crew will organise a surprise Egyptian event.

  • Day 7 Friday

    Friday The last two dives of the week will take place in the Safaga area. The Salem Express shipwreck or three stunning drop-offs will await you to end the week properly. 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 less than an hour to the marina. The estimated time of arrival is 2:00 PM (your guide will tell you all about the leisure activities you can book in the Safaga 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
€865 Bohemia 0 / 22 Fully booked
€865 Bohemia 0 / 22 Fully booked
€1,065 Sea Legend high class 2 / 28 Book now!
€865 Bohemia 0 / 22 Fully booked
€865 Tillis Dive Pro 0 / 24 Fully booked
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€845 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€910 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€865 Dune - Alia High Class 22 / 22 Book now!
€865 Dune - Alia High Class 22 / 22 Book now!
€865 Dune - Alia High Class 22 / 22 Book now!
€865 Dune - Alia High Class 22 / 22 Book now!

Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: 203

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.
  • 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.   

To be booked before departure 

  • 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.
Cashmachines 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 Shipwrecks
Duration
8 days
Group
12 to 30 persons
Code
203
Price
From €800
Level
2/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
French / English
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