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Red Sea, Aug 2020

7th to 14th August

Red Sea, Aug 2020

7th to 14th August

Red Sea, Aug 2020

7th to 14th August

Red Sea, Aug 2020

7th to 14th August

Red Sea, Aug 2020

7th to 14th August
The Deep South itinerary takes in some of the most beautiful and less frequently visited sites of the Red Sea. This itinerary focuses on the stunning reefs of St. Johns, Fury Shoal and Elphinstone. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of truly unique dive sites, home to some stunning and unusual reef formations. With chances to spot dolphins, turtles, rays and several shark species, this is a nature lover’s dream itinerary!

After flying in to Egypt, you’ll be transferred in comfort to the Marina at Port Ghalib to board the luxurious M/V ‘Blue Adventurer’. You’ll spend a week cruising in style and comfort as you visit some of the most famous sites in the world.

The southern Red Sea is famed for offering some of the most interesting and usual reef systems in the world. You’ll start the week with a check dive local to Port Ghalib before heading south for an afternoon dive on the way to St Johns.

The next few days will be spent cruising the southern Red Sea. With up to 4 dives per day usually available, you can expect to visit plenty of stunning and unusual reef systems including Cave Reef, Fury Shoal and Elphinstone.

The week ends following two relaxed morning dives close to Port Ghalib allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. You be able to take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt’s famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

Price

Diving & Accommodation:

  • £933
  • £30 Egypt entry visa

Please note, this is BOAT ONLY so does not include the price of return flights.

NHDC Arrangement Fee: £80 per person (£40 Gold Dive Society members); to be paid at the time of booking.

Deposit: Variable depending on duration prior to departure. Please note, this is required to secure your place on-board and is non-refundable. Any fees required to secure flights are also non-refundable.

Balance Payment: Balance payments will be required 12 weeks prior to departure. Payment plans can be arranged; please get in touch to discuss options for setting up a payment plan.

Pre-requisites

Ability: You will need to be a PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent) with some sea diving experience before you travel.

Medically Fit: Complete this Medical Statement and have GP countersign if required.

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Accommodation 

You’ll take a short flight to Hurghada or directly to Marsa Alam, where you’ll be met by BlueOTwo guides. They will escort you to a comfortable coach for the tranfer to Port Ghalib, where you’ll board ‘Blue Adventurer’.

You’ll stay on board for a week, relaxing and catching some summer sun in between dives. Cabins are comfortable, air conditioned and en-suite, ensuring your stay is world class.

Meals are freshly prepared and generous! You’ll be amazed at the quality and quantity of the catering. Guaranteed you’ll never go hungry during the surface intervals.

Cabins are based on twin or double room share.

 

Diving 

If you’re a nature lover, this is the trip for you! Reef systems of the Southern Red Sea are stunning in their formation and attract a range of species at this time of year.

The reefs are home to hundreds of species; from hard and soft corals, to hundreds of fish species, to turtles, eels, rays, dolphins and, if you’re lucky, sharks too! This is what diving should be like!

When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop! There will be plenty of opportunities to explore at night too; watch a whole new and exciting world come out to play while everything else sleeps.

Due to the nature of the diving, you will need a Dive computer and delayed SMB with reel, as well as your usual personal dive equipment.

Water temperatures at this time of year average 26oC, therefore good 3mm wetsuits should be sufficient exposure protection. Rash vests may be beneficial for some sites.

Reefs and caves or caverns will be available to explore and night dives may be on offer. To participate on these dives, you will need a good torch.

All required equipment can be rented from NHDC for the week. Some back-up items may be available from BlueOTwo by prior arrangement but size availability cannot be guaranteed, therefore it is advisable to take what you’ll need!

Cylinders (12 litres) and weights will be available for the week from BlueOTwo. Prices include air fills.  NITROX will be available for those qualified to use it at a cost of £70 for the week. Upgrades to 15 litre cylinders are also avaialble for £45 for the week. Prices are subject to local purchase taxes so it is recomnded reservations are made before you travel to avoid them.

Return flights from Manchester are NOT included in the package price.

BlueOTwo can assist with booking flights (subject ot an admin fee) or can make receomendations for preferred flight schedules. You will fly out to Egypt (Hurghada or Marsa Alam) before transferring to the marina at Port Ghalib and boarding Blue Adventurer.

A typical itinerary would look like…

Day 1 – Start the week with a check dive before heading south for an afternoon and possibly even a night dive.

Days 2-5 – Spend four days cruising the southern Red Sea. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three-day dives and a night dive each day. The exact itinerary and order of dive sites will vary depending on the conditions, but you can expect to visit plenty of reefs systems with locations including St Johns, Fury Shoal, Daedulus and Elphinstone.

Day 6 – Enjoy two relaxed morning dives close to Port Ghalib allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt’s famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

 The package price for Divers includes:

  • Transfers from local airports to Port Ghalib
  • Up to 4 dives per day, with use of cylinders, weights and air fills. A total of 21 dives will be available (weather permitting)
  • Accommodation in double or twin berth, en-suite, air-conditioned cabins. Please note, single supplements are not available. If you are a solo traveller, we will help find a suitable cabin share and buddy for you.
  • All meals on board; please note, meals on your final, shore-based day are not included
  • Marine park fees
  • Provision of a Trip Leader by New Horizons Dive Centre.

Reefs 

The reefs of the southern Red Sea are simply stunning. Among the various sites you’ll explore, you’ll spend time at the world-renowned dive sites of St Johns, Daedulus and Elphinstone.

Expect to be joined by a range of creatures, big and small! From colourful and unusual nudibranchs to several shark species, turtles and dolphins, the abundance and diversity of life around you will amaze!

Most sites are within Open Water Diver depth limits, making these ideal for any certification level. However, some sites may be prone to currents, making these ideal training grounds for Advanced Open Water or speciality dives.

Most sites are within PADI Open Water Diver depth limits, making this an ideal destination for any certification level. However, some sites require a little more experience, therefore PADI Advanced Open Water Diver rating is recommended.

Due to the beauty of some of the best bits, use of Enriched Air NITROX is also recommended so you can stay a while longer! This speciality can be completed prior to departure.

 

Further Education

Courses, such as the PADI Advanced Open Water DiverBoat DiverNight Diver, Wreck Diver or Deep Diver Specialties can be at least started, if not completed, while on board at a discounted price, so get in touch to arrange your course and trip schedule.

Let us know you want to join us! Simply send us a Trip Booking Form and completed Medical Statement.

 

Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the booking form, medical statement, deposit and arrangement fee.

Get in touch for BlueOTwo’s contact details to discuss flgiht options, bank account details or to make payment over the phone.

NHDC Arrangement Fee: £80 per person (£40 Gold Dive Society members); to be paid at the time of booking.

Deposit: Dependent on duration prior to departure. Please note, this is required to secure your accommodation and is non-refundable.

Balance Payment: Balance payments will be required 12 weeks prior to departure. Payment plans can be arranged; please get in touch to discuss options for setting up a payment plan.

Insurance

To go on this trip you must have travel and diving accident insurance. You can book your insurance with Dive Master Insurance through the New Horizons website and save 5%. Simply go to the bottom of our homepage and click on the link to Dive Master Insurance and SAVE 5% – it couldn’t be easier.

 

Legal

New Horizons Dive Centre Ltd will provide your own group holiday leader to provide expertise and to administer the trip. The services of this trip leader and the gear rental available from New Horizons Dive Centre Ltd are the responsibility of New Horizons Dive Centre Ltd and are provided under a separate contract. These arrangements will be confirmed by us.

The final balance due will be payable 12 weeks before departure.

Deposit payments are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled by New Horizons Dive Centre Ltd or BlueOTwo.