DEF (Daedalus Elphinstone Fury Shoals) cruise

Do you crave for stunning underwater landscapes ?


Dune has added this itinerary to its list for you !Are you looking for wonderful dive sites with an amazing fauna ? Come aboard one of our boats and explore with us the stunning drop-offs of Daedalus and Elphinstone. On route, discover beautiful and colourful coral gardens in the Fury Shoals area and make your childhood dream come true at Sataya, the longest reef in the Egyptian Red Sea : swim with wild and free dolphins.

A heaven for photographers and video makers, this cruise offers a wide range of stunning landscapes, flora and fauna, underwater atmospheres and mesmerising light effects. Giant gorgonian sea fans, sharks, underwater caves, coral gardens and their nudibranchs will make your diver's dreams come true. This itinerary is accessible to any diver with an Advanced Open Water Diver or CMAS level 2.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Saturday

    Saturday Our friendly staff welcomes you at the airport. 45 min bus transfer from Hurghada airport to the marina in Safaga. 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 Daedalus for a seven 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 At the break of dawn, you will start you day of diving on the drop-off of Daedalus. You will do three dives there (at least ten different dives can be organised on this huge reef). You will do two doves on the northern tip of the reef to look out for the hammerhead sharks in the blue. In the afternoon, you will dive on the western side. The lighting will be perfect at that time of the day and you will be amazed by the coral diversity of this part of the reef.
    Between the dives you will have the opportunity to visit the lighthouse with the authorisation of the keepers

  • Day 4 Thuesday

    Thuesday Three more dives will be organised at Daedalus. After dinner, the boat will head south-west to reach the Fury Shoals area at the break of dawn.

  • Day 5 Wednesday

    Wednesday The Fury Shoals area is home to many dive sites where you will find stunning coral gardens and drop-offs. Sataya (Dolphin House) is one of those reefs. It is 2km long and the longest reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. A pod of spinner dolphins lives there, and you will have the opportunity to live a childhood dream : go snorkelling with the dolphins between two dives.

  • Day 6 Thursday

    Thursday You will start the day with two dives in this area before heading north for about six hours after lunch to reach a reef called Shelinyiat. Upon request a dusk or night dive can be organised.

  • Day 7 Friday

    Friday After a 5 hour sailing during the night, you will reach Elphinstone reef, in the Marsa Alam area. You will do 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.
    The estimated time of arrival is 2:00 PM (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
€1,090 Dune - Alia High Class 22 / 22 Book now!

Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: 259

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
12 to 30 persons
Code
259
Price
From €970
Level
4/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
French / English
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