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EXPLORATIVE DIVING IN EGYPT!

RED SEA DEEP SOUTH 2017 – ECO TOUR

Group of 12 – 22 Participants

Departure Dates To Be Confirmed – July 2017

07 Days Far South – Land Based

07 Days Far SouthLand Based

 

 

Price Per Person Sharing - Excluding Flights Price Per Person Sharing Including Flights (Excluding Taxes)
R 14,990.00 Per Person Sharing R 22, 435.00 (Egypt Airline)
 

Extra Costs To Budget For  
Staff Tips   € 45 Per Person 
Hyperbaric Chamber Support € 7 Per Diver, Compulsory, To Pay On-Site 

 

Optional Extra Stays Description  Pre-Booked  Price Per Person Sharing, Per Day 
Fury Shoals – Including 4 Normal Dives  € 58 Per Diver 
Elphinstone – Including 4 Normal Dives & Unlimited House Reef Diving  € 35 Per Diver 
Tech Dive on Elphinstone Per Dive On Air  € 55 Per Dive 

 

Optional Excursions To Budget For (To Negotiate Price On-Site)   
Desert Experience – Camel Ride, Desert Dinner,
Star Gazing with Telescope & Constellations Talk 
€ 75 Per Person To Negotiate Rate On_Site 

 

 

RED SEA DEEP SOUTH 2017 ECO TOUR

 

All pricing is subject to change without prior notice.  All prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations and are only confirmed upon receipt of full payment.  Terms and Conditions apply.

Price Includes:

  • 6 Nights / 6 days all-inclusive accommodation in en-suite chalets
    (all meals, tea/coffee, water, soft drinks)
  • All diving offered including 12ltr aluminium air cylinders and weights
    (Guided day dives, unguided night dive and unlimited house reef dives)
    (No dives on the day before departure – Scheduled Snorkelling with Dugongs on last day)
  • Meet and assist at all airports within Egypt and all transfers to fit the tour itinerary
  • National Park Protection Fee

Price Excludes:

  • Additional activities in and around the dive villages (Activity list further in document – rates negotiation to be done on-site)
  • NITROX – is available at €2 per 12L fill, on site.
  • Return international airfares and/or airport taxes between Johannesburg and Marsa Alam
    (Depending on which package is booked)
  • Diving Equipment other than 12L cylinder and weights
  • All tips to staff of plus/minus 45 Euro per guest payable in cash on the last day.
  • Spending money
  • All alcoholic beverages (you may bring your own)
  • Egyptian visa for non-South African passport holders @ USD 35 cash at Cairo airport.

  • Extended excursion stays are available for quotation, as well as an extended excursion doing a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan on an all-inclusive basis.
  • Optional extra tours to Luxor only – we can quote on request.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the “Inclusions” capture.
  • TEC(HNICAL) diving gas and rental equipment – rates list further in the document
  • TIC Travel Insurance – Group rate for 12 pax minimum is ±R30 per day
 

Wrecks Photography Shark Diving Dolphin Snorkel Diving

 
 

TOUR ITINERARY:

 

Day1

 - OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO CAIRO

 

Check-in at OR Tambo International Airport for your flight departing for Cairo.  Dinner & breakfast served onboard the aircraft.  Flying time is approximately 8½ hours.   Direct connection to Marsa Alam, when arriving in Cairo, on day two.

 

Day2

- ARRIVAL IN CAIRO & CONNECT TO MARSA ALAM – 2 Scheduled Dives

Upon arrival in Marsa Alam, after 1 hour flight, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the first eco lodge via air conditioned transportation, for plus/minus 2.5 hours.

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After check-in, a guided check dive will be briefed for the afternoon, and an unguided night dive will be offered, on the house reef.  The quality of the reefs and marine life is the best the Red Sea has to offer.

This little eco lodge is remote, with no restaurants and shops, and is used purely for diving and snorkelling.  Guests sleep early and rarely want to do evening activities.  Here, you are served plated meals – the lodge do cater for dietary requirements, and offer a variety of meals.

 

Day3 & Day4

– DIVING ON THE FURY SHOALS WITH SPEEDBOAT – 8 Scheduled Dives

After breakfast, leave at 7am for a 2-dive guided trip at the outer reefs (and stand a high chance to snorkel with dolphins during your surface interval), return for lunch and then do one unguided speedboat dive at a more in-range reef.
Weather permitting; you can dive on world-renowned sites such as Claudia, Angel, Satayah (Dolphin Reef), Abu Galawa and more!

After the afternoon dive, all divers will be welcome to do unguided computer dives on the house reef.

An unguided night dive on the fringing “house” reef will be offered.

Divers who have had enough diving after the boat dives, will have an opportunity to do bird watching and to snorkel with Dugongs in the estuary. 

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Day5

– DIVE FURY SHOALS AND TRANSFER TO ELPHINSTONE CAMP – 3 Scheduled Dives

 

Dive the Fury Shoals for the last time, doing a double-tank dive, and one last afternoon dive.

After the last dive; pack up and transfer closer to Marsa Alam, to the next little eco lodge, for plus/minus 2 hours, to dive the famous Elphinstone reef!  Check in at the dive centre and prepare for the next day’s diving.

No night dives or house-reef-dives are scheduled, but you are welcome to dive the house reef after check-in at the dive centre.  The centre will be able to assist with the direction-planning of your dive.

 

Day6

– DIVE ELPHINSTONE REEF! – 4 Scheduled Dives

 

Two guided morning-dives will be offered (boat dives), one guided afternoon dive, and one unguided night dive.

Unlimited dives on the house reef are permitted, as per your dive computer.

The divers, who do not want to do a night dive, may be interested in a trip to Shellatin (Bedouin village in the desert), where there is a camel market and the opportunity to buy traditional Bedouin gifts and items.

 

snorkelling and cultural experience 

Day7

– SCHEDULED SNORKELLING AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

 

As this is the day before departure, a snorkelling trip is on offer.  The snorkelling trip will be at a bay called Marsa Mubarak, which offers the highest chance for dugong encounters.

After the snorkelling experience, you will have an opportunity to join a desert excursion – to be negotiated, booked and paid upon check-in the day before, by the group leader.

The offered desert excursion will entail a camel ride with Bedouin dinner in the desert, where you will gaze at the stars, entertained by a star expert, talking about the constellations.  You will have an opportunity to look at significant stars through the telescope.

 

Day8

– TRANSFER TO MARSA ALAM FOR YOUR FLIGHT HOME

 

Flights out of Marsa Alam seem to be around 09:55am, therefore an early transfer will be arranged to catch your flight to South Africa, via Cairo.

End of itinerary.

 
 

Additional Dive Information

 

ACCOMMODATION:

Please bear in mind that the rooms at the Fury Shoals eco lodge do have fans, but no air conditioning.

The rooms are spacious (4x6 meters) and have been designed to be as cool as can be, with an en-suite bathroom (with towels for shower), wardrobe, fan, housekeeping service, two terraces (with a breath-taking view of the sea on the one side, and the mountain on the other).

Please bring one beach towel for your own use.

 

accommodation 

The rooms at the eco lodge at Elphinstone, are air conditioned, and offer the same amenities as mentioned above.

The rooms overlook the spectacular mountains on one side and the Red Sea on the other. There are terraces on either side with breath-taking views and every room enjoys an unobstructed sea view. The rooms are 4x6 meters and feature either double bed or singles and feature wardrobe, side & dressing table, AC, digital safe, mini-bar, water kettle with coffee and tea.

The rooms feature en-suite bathroom and towels are provided for showering. Beach towels are available for a fee.

 

Amenities:

  • Wardrobe
  • Side & dressing table
  • AC
  • Digital safe
  • Mini-fridge
  • Water kettle with coffee and tea free of charge
  • Daily housekeeping service, twice daily housekeeping service upon request
  • Sunrise & sunset view
 

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Whether you are a diver or just enjoy snorkelling, the house reef features an abundance of marine life including a variety of coral, fish, reef sharks, turtles, and sometimes even dolphins!

 

OPTIONAL EXTRA ACTIVITIES:

 
  • Prepare to expand your knowledge and awareness of the underwater world, explore ancient ruins of long gone civilizations and learn about the long history of the Red Sea region.
  • Take a trek through the desert to observe amazing wildlife and the Bedouins of the south on quads or camel.
  • Meditate under the mutating colours of the setting sun or stargaze under a moonless night, with Yoga classes.
  • Reinvigorate your body with a soothing massage and enjoy a therapeutic oxygen session right on the beach.

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TECHNICAL Q&A:

Q:  Which of the two areas are better for tech diving?

A:  The unlimited house reef diving concept at the Elphin Stone reefs is better for tech divers and those who want the freedom to dive as much as they want and when they want, but the general BEST dive sites are at the Fury Shoals, where there is no house reef close enough to the village to walk to.  The Fury shoals can only be reached by power boat.

The speed boats cannot take more than four (4) tech divers and their equipment at a time, at the Fury Shoals.

On the Elphin Stone side, we offer a certified TDI centre and instructor – the tech divers would normally have a check dive with the instructor and then dive the house reef within their cert limits as buddy pairs, independently.  All outside diving will then be accompanied by the instructor.

Q: What are the house reef specifications?

A:  The house reef at the Elphin Stone side is argualbe the best house reef in the Red Sea.

You get everything here; turtles, eagle rays, reef sharks (including babies), often dolphins passing or coming inside the bay, very rarely whale sharks and mantas can pass by and good quality coral gardens.

This is a natural bay with a North reef and South reef.

The reef reaches about 20m in the bay, and 30m on the corners.  In the middle of the bay is a sandy bottom with reef at each side.  Around the corner on the North side, it plateaus out between 12 m – 22m, then drops off to 60m +

On the South side it is more of a gentle sloping reef, again going to 60m+.

On both sides the top of the reef is just below the surface and snorkelers also snorkel all parts.

This reef is famous for its fish life and coral quality.

The house reef at the Fury Shoals, can only be dived at night, as you spend the whole day out at sea, to dive the Fury Shoals, so there is no time to dive the house reef.

The house reef here, is a fringing reef, that goes into a big sandy lagoon, with sea grass.

It’s a pretty reef and interesting for night dives, and not easily accessible from the shore.

This reef can easily be reach by zodiac, just 2 minutes from the shore.

Tech diving is possible on the Elphinstone reef itstelf – if the rest of the group wants to do recreational diving, the tech divers can visit the Arch on the South side at 55m and the crack on the North at around 46m.  These are famous tech dives.

Q:  What are the prices/rates like in August?

A:  August would be the same price as in July, as this is our low season rates.

Our high season months are:  March, April, May, September, October, November.

Low season months are:  January, February, June, July, August, December.

 

Q:  What is it like over there in December?

A:  December is winter season, but we are far south enough to offer a warm trip.

December is still great for diving here – the water temperature is around 23˚C.

Daytime temperature is around 25˚C, and the evening/night temperature is 15˚C

Q:  On the SIDEMOUNT side – do we have to pay extra for a second tank?

A:  No, there is no need to pay extra, unless you need NITROX.

All our cylinders have valves facing the same way – SIDEMOUNT divers must be aware of this, for their configuration.

Q:  Rental of stage cylinders; is that per day or per dive or is that the gas fill fee and there is no rental for the actual cylinder?

A:  No charge for 12L cylinder, unless you want to dive with NITROX.

For other size cylinders, you will need to pre-book at a rental price as we will have to know how many you need.

We only have limited amounts of smaller cylinders and we would rent them from somewhere else.

Q:  Is there an additional rental for TWIN SETS with MANIFOLDS, and are they available?

A:  We have two (2) available, which are rented at €12 per day.

We will have to rent more from somewhere els should you need; therefore these items will have to be pre-booked when you book your trip.

Q:  With the dives – are there time limits?

A:  On a single cylinder the time limit is 75 minutes realistically, although we brief for an hour’s dive.

Q:  If we use tech gear or sidemount gear and two cylinders – can we extend the dive time to 90 minutes or 3 hours each, computers allowing?

Will it be a problem if people do deco dives within their certification limits – both for depth and deco time?

A:  If the whole group is doing this, then it will be fine, but we can’t have ½ the group doing normal 1-hour dives and waiting on the speedboat for the other ½ to finish.

If the whole group would prefer to do one long dive on one site, rather than to do two shorter dives, this is fine, but due to the schedule (itinerary) you book on this trip, it wouldn’t be possible to do the afternoon dive if you will be doing two long dives in the morning – there just isn’t enough time in the day.

As long as you dive within your certification limits, you can do deco dives, but this would need to be under the supervision of our tech instructor.

ADDITIONAL TECH DIVING SERVICE – DECO GAS & BACK GAS:

Stage tank up to 40%                      :               €6

Stage tank up to 41% - 80%          :               €9

Stage tank up to 81% - 90%          :               €11

TEC DIVING RENTAL EQUIPMENT:

2 Regulators (Back Gas)                 :               €12

1 Regulator (O2 compatible)       :               €7

Back Plate + Harness                      :               €6

Double Bladders                               :               €6

SMB + Reel                                         :               €6

TOUR BOOKING AGREEMENT & CONDITIONS

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Divers require a minimum of 20 logged dives or an Advanced qualification to take part in this tour;

  • The maximum numbers of pax is 22 sharing.  NO OVER-BOOKING ALLOWED.
  • The dive itinerary is an example of a standard Southern Red Sea itinerary, however, the final decision on the selection of dive sites is at the discretion of the Divemaster, and all dive sites listed are subject to weather conditions permitting;
  • The tour price is quoted per person sharing and the above single supplements will apply to single rooms.  Please note that no triple rooms are available in the hotels;
  • The above tour prices are subject to change according to unexpected exchange rates, airfare, airport tax and land arrangement increases;
  • The above is a quote only – no bookings have been made.  On confirmation of availability of flights, liveaboard and hotels, bookings must be confirmed with a 25% booking deposit per passenger.  The booking deposit must be received within 14 working days of acceptance of the quote;
  • Cancellation policy:  The 25% booking deposit is non-refundable.  Balance of payment, together with the completed Booking Form to be supplied with the trip invoice is required not less than 60 days prior to departure, as the airline policy for groups requires that the airline tickets are issued 45 days prior to departure.  Cancellation within 60-0 days of departure will incur 100% cancellation fees.
  • All payments must be made by cash, cheque or electronic transfer to our bank account details on the invoice of the booking – regret that no credit card payments are accepted;
  • Please see our full general booking conditions which apply to this quote contained in this document.

 

“The Organising Agents” and “the Company” shall for the purpose of the tour mean C-QUEST DIVING SAFARIS and all personnel, agents and parties acting on their behalf.   “The Customer” shall mean the person(s) making payment on behalf of any passenger, or any passenger taking part in the tour.  It is AGREED that the Organising Agents of the tour:

    • Reserve the right of participation in the tour;
    • Shall be entitled to make any arrangements for the issue of any ticket or coupon for transportation or for conveyance or any accommodation as they in their discretion may think advisable;
    • Shall not be liable, under any circumstances whatever and wherever in contract or delict for any damage, injury, death, loss, delay or inconvenience of any sort whatsoever which shall be caused to any passenger whilst on any tour or journey or while a temporary resident in any foreign country as a result of any arrangement made by the Organising Agents or any alleged failure by the Organising Agents to make satisfactory or any arrangements and whether caused through the act or default of any of the servants, agents or sub-contractors of the Organising Agents;
    • Reserve the right, in the event of any participant causing annoyance, disturbance or damage, or acting in such a manner as to be detrimental to the operation or good order of the tour, to require such participant forthwith to leave the tour.  In such case refunds (if any) will only be made at the discretion of the Organising Agents;
    • In issuing or obtaining the issue of any ticket or coupon, or making any arrangements for transport or conveyance or for accommodation, act as agent only and shall not in any way be liable as principals;
    • Advise that their couriers or representatives have no authority or permission to refund any monies paid or to give any right to claim a refund from the Organising Agents;
    • Shall not be obligated to make any refund for arrangements specified in the itinerary and not utilised by participants;
    • Cannot hold themselves responsible for the obtaining of refunds on lost or unused transportation tickets, although every effort will be made to claim settlement on behalf of passengers;
    • Advise that each passenger agrees that he, his heirs, executors, administrators and/or assigns shall indemnify the Organising Agents, its servants and agents from and against all claims for damages from any cause whatsoever to any person who may make a claim against the Organising Agents or any of them, whatever loss or damage to property in custody of the passengers or arising out of injury to, or the death of any passenger, whether or not such claim is based on the negligence of the Organising Agents or any subcontractors of the Organising Agents;
    • Reserve the right to cancel or abandon any tour, in such event, any monies paid will be refunded, less any expenses, disbursements or other commitments incurred on behalf of the passenger/s and in such event no further or other liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Organising Agents or any subcontractors of the Organising Agents.  The right is further reserved to modify the tour in any way the Organising Agent may deem advisable;
    • The Organising Agent’s overseas agents, operators of the tours, and the co-operation agents, act only in the capacity of agents for the passenger in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours and transportation, whether by railroad, motorbus, car, steamship, motor yacht, airplane, or any other means and as such hold themselves free of responsibility for any damage occasioned from any cause whatsoever.  They will not be responsible for any damage, expense or inconvenience caused by late train or plane arrivals or departures, or by any change of schedule or other conditions, nor will they be responsible for the loss or damage to baggage, or any other article belonging to the passenger.  The right is also reserved to decline to accept any person as a member of these trips at any time.  It may at times become necessary to make changes or substitutions due to unforeseen circumstances;
    • Reserve the right in the event they do not receive sufficient support either to cancel the tour or raise the price accordingly;
    • Reserve the right to amend the tour cost at any time should any revaluation or devaluation occur in the South African Rand, British Pound Sterling, United States Dollar, or any other currency involved prior to the date of travel;
    • Reserve the right to increase or decrease the tour cost should there be an increase or decrease in the number of days to the tour.  In addition, if there is an unscheduled extension or reduction of the tour for whatever reason, all expenses, for example, hotel accommodation, cancellation fees and the like will be for the participants account;
    • The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not onboard the aircraft.  The ticket in use by the airline when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airline and the name of the passenger appearing on the ticket, regardless of who purchased the airline ticket.  The airlines are solely responsible for all flying safety and insurance requirements and the flights are subject to the approval of the Department of Civil Aviation;
    • No liability on the part of the Organising Agents arising in any way out of this contract in respect of any tour, holiday, excursion or facility shall exceed the total amount paid or agreed to be paid for the Tour or holiday and shall in no case include any consequential loss or additional expense whatsoever.
    • Payment of the full contract price shall be paid as reflected on the invoice which follows acceptance of the quote. A booking deposit of 25% of the full contract price per person is payable within 14 days to confirm the booking;
    • The contract price is based on ruling airfares, airport taxes, hotel prices and land costs, and all other relevant costs ruling.  In the event of there being any increase in any more of the afore going costs before the scheduled date of the Tour, such variations shall be for the account of the Customer, and shall be added to the Contract price and shall be payable by the Customer on request, as shall any increases in the Contract price arising from fluctuations in rates of exchange between the date hereof and the scheduled departure date of the Tour.
    • Should the Customer, or any one or more of the passenger(s) for whom he has booked the Tour wish to cancel the Tour, whatever the reason for such cancellation, the Company must be advised thereof in writing under the signature of the Customer sixty (60) days prior to departure.  Cancellation fees shall be levied as follows:
      • 25% booking deposit is, without exception, non-refundable;
      • Cancellation taking place sixty (60) days or less prior to departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the cost of Tour Price.  Should the Customer find another Customer to take his place, any monetary considerations must be settled between the two Customers, including the cost of re-issuing airline ticket(s) with new passenger names;
      • In the event of the Company cancelling the Tour, which it shall be entitled to do at any time before the scheduled departure date, the amount paid by the Customer on account of the Contract price shall be refunded to the Customer.
      • It may happen that due to circumstances beyond the Company’s control it will be necessary for the Company to, and in such circumstances the Company shall be entitled to, change some of the aspects of the Tour, for example, timings, routes, motor yachts, hotels and the like.  If the Company is obliged to make any such changes these will be kept to a minimum and the Customer will be advised of these changes at the earliest convenience.
    • The responsibility for the acquisition of current and valid passports, visas, inoculations, vaccinations and the like, where required, is that of the Customer alone and the Company shall not be responsible or liable for any consequence of any nature arising from the Customer failing to ensure that he has complied with all such requirements.
    • The Customer acknowledges that the Tour booked and all Tour arrangements are made subject to the respect of any loss, damage, injury, death, accident, delay and inconvenience to any person or his luggage or their personal property wherever and howsoever the same shall occur and the Customer hereby releases the Company, its servants and agents from all such liability to the Customer and/or the Customer’s dependents and/or to other persons on whose behalf the Customer may have booked the Tour by signing the Tour Booking Conditions and the Customer hereby indemnifies the Company, its servants and agents against any claims made by his dependents and/or such other persons.

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PLEASE FORWARD THE INITIALED AND SIGNED TOUR BOOKING CONDITIONS AS WELL AS THE PASSENGER LIST ON THE NEXT PAGE TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE YOUR INVOICE AS BOOKING CONFIRMATION FOR THIS TOUR. SHOULD YOU SIGN FOR MORE THAN 4 PASSENGERS, PLEASE PROVIDE THE DETAILS OF THE ADDITIONAL PASSENGERS IN THE SAME FORMAT.

 

 

PASSENGER #1 (Please write clearly and EXACTLY as per passport)

TITLE FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME(S) SURNAME

PASSPORT NUMBER EXPIRY DATE (YYYY/MM/DD) DATE OF BIRTH (YYYY/MM/DD)
DO YOU HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE? DO YOU REQUIRE A QUOTE FOR TRAVEL INSURANCE? NAME OF PERSON WHOM YOU ARE SHARING A ROOM WITH
YES: NO: YES: NO:

                   

PASSENGER #2 (Please write clearly and EXACTLY as per passport)

TITLE FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME(S) SURNAME

PASSPORT NUMBER EXPIRY DATE (YYYY/MM/DD) DATE OF BIRTH (YYYY/MM/DD)
DO YOU HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE? DO YOU REQUIRE A QUOTE FOR TRAVEL INSURANCE? NAME OF PERSON WHOM YOU ARE SHARING A ROOM WITH
YES: NO: YES: NO:

                   

PASSENGER #3 (Please write clearly and EXACTLY as per passport)

TITLE FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME(S) SURNAME

PASSPORT NUMBER EXPIRY DATE (YYYY/MM/DD) DATE OF BIRTH (YYYY/MM/DD)
DO YOU HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE? DO YOU REQUIRE A QUOTE FOR TRAVEL INSURANCE? NAME OF PERSON WHOM YOU ARE SHARING A ROOM WITH
YES: NO: YES: NO:

                   

PASSENGER #4 (Please write clearly and EXACTLY as per passport)

TITLE FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME(S) SURNAME

PASSPORT NUMBER EXPIRY DATE (YYYY/MM/DD) DATE OF BIRTH (YYYY/MM/DD)
DO YOU HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE? DO YOU REQUIRE A QUOTE FOR TRAVEL INSURANCE? NAME OF PERSON WHOM YOU ARE SHARING A ROOM WITH
YES: NO: YES: NO:

                   

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