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DIVE THE BEST OF EGYPT!

RED SEA DEEP NORTH LIVEABOARD

King Snefro Pearl – 12 Pax

Departure Sa on 20September, Return Flight from Sharm on 29September 2013

8 Nights Dive / Snorkel Tour!

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TOUR PRICE:  R14, 250 pp. sharing(Excl. Flights)

Single Supplement Rate:  R2, 100.00

Additional cost to be budgeted for:

Flights from Johannesburg to Sharm el Sheikh

Egypt Air Flights:  R6, 100 (subject to availability and booking)

Passport Collection and Visa Processing:  R350

Supplementary Costs (Payable in Cash on Tour)

Staff Tips on Liveaboard:  €45

Marine Park Fee:  €6

General Service Tips:  +/- $10 (small denominations)

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 onboard a gold star liveaboard
(all meals, tea/coffee, bottled water, soft drinks & snacks)

·         All diving onboard the liveaboard including 12ltr aluminium cylinders and weights

·         Meet and assist at all airports within Egypt and all transfers to fit the tour itinerary

·         Dive guide

·         2Nights’ accommodation at a 5* hotel in Sharm-el-Sheik on a bed and breakfast basis, in walking distance from all the shops and the Night Life of Sharm.

·         Nitrox

Price Excludes:

    • Return international airfares and airport taxes  between Johannesburg and Sharm el Sheikh

Egypt Air charges between R6, 100 and R10, 000 including taxes.  This rate will keep changing until the day we book and pay for the flights.  We will quote the rate on the day of purchase.

You are welcome to book your own flights or request for us to do so.  We guarantee 2 pieces of 23 kg each – online you will only receive 1 piece of 23 kg.  We will give you the landing times in Sharm el Sheikh that you will have to book should you wish to make your own arrangements.

    • Additional activities in and around Sharm-el-Sheik (Activity list and pricing on request)
    • Optional extra tours to Dahab
    • Diving Equipment besides cylinder and weights
    • All tips to dive staff onboard the liveaboard of plus/minus 6 Euro per day, per guest payable in cash on board the liveaboard on the last day.
    • Spending money
    • All alcoholic beverages (you may bring your own)
    • Marine park fees of 6 Euro to be paid in cash on board the liveaboard.
    • Egyptian visa for non-South African passport holders @ USD 35 cash at Cairo airport.

 

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TOUR ITINERARY:

Friday- OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

Check-in at OR Tambo International Airport at 19h00 for your Egypt Air flight departing for Cairo at 21h45.  Dinner & breakfast served onboard the aircraft.  Flying time is approximately 8½ hours.

Saturday - ARRIVAL IN CAIRO & CONNECT TO SHARM

Arrive in Cairo and connect to Sharm el Sheikh at about 09:00am.  Transfer to the 5* hotel in Sharm to relax and rest, to be picked up by the King Snefro the next day.

 

Sunday – CHECK IN ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD AND 2 DIVES

After breakfast at 08:00am; transferred to check-in onboard the Liveaboard, boat diving and safety briefing, depart for a check dive at Ras Katy dive site, a local dive site ideal for doing a weight & equipment check prior to departure on the safari.

The check dive is followed by a night dive at Ras Katy, or if time permits, we will depart for a night dive at Beacon Rock.  Located westward of Ras Mohammed, Beacon Rock is the farthest tip of the reef system of Sha’ab Mahmoud, a large coral reef that extends to the northwest, almost touching the coast of western Sinai.  There are humphead (Napoleon) wrasses, a great many burrfish and tropical groupers.  It is not uncommon to sight sea turtles and eagle rays, as well as white-tip reef sharks.

Please note that the diving schedule that follows is an example of the standard route and is weather dependent.  The route may change due to unforeseen circumstances itineraries before or during your trip.  We can't control the weather but our dive guides and crew will endeavour to find alternative sites to dive should the weather be unsuitable to dive any of the following sites.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD

Monday– Friday

The National Park begins at the small bay of MarsaGhazlani followed by the larger and deeper bay of MarsaBareika. Continuing along the coast to RasZa’atar, Jackfish Alley, Eel Garden and Shark Observatory, to the southern end of the peninsula with Anemone City, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef and ending at the Quay. Because of the geographic position this is a privileged area distinguished to strong massive currents that transport large quantities of plankton and other food that give rise to an extraordinary growth of stony and soft corals and attract large schools of both reef and pelagic marine fauna, over a thousand species in all. Schooling barracuda, jackfish, tuna and many kind of sharks swim in these deep blue waters, especially in summer from June to August, sometimes early September.

The safari will also take you to famous sites like the wrecks of Dunraven and Thistlegorm, Shag Rock and the wreck of Kingston, sail to Sha’ab Ali where shoals of dolphins are common, explore several spots at Sha’abMahmouds reef system or maybe cross to Abu’Nuhas.

Don’t miss the four famous reefs in the Strait of Tiran: Jackson, Thomas, Woodhouse and Gordon Reef, probably the most interesting and richest in marine life. You can choose from several dive sites with superb wall and drift diving. In the afternoon of the 7th day the boat will return to Sharm area.

DIVE THE SS THISTLEGORM

This wreck site has legendary status in the world-wide diving community.  Located north-east of Shag Rock, off Sha’ab Ali to the south-west of Ras Mohammed, with an average depth of 24m, a maximum depth of 30m and an average visibility of 20m.  The SS Thistlegorm was an army supply ship sunk by the German army in 1941.  The wreck lies at 30m, her largely intact forward section sitting almost upright on the sandy bottom.  The midsection was the epicentre of the blast which sunk her and is badly damaged.  The stern section, its huge propeller clearly visible, boasts the crew quarters, the main anti-aircraft gun and a 3.5 inch gun on deck.  Off the port side of the ship, a railway locomotive lies at 33m, thrown from its place on the deck as the ship sank.  The wreck is like a gigantic, submerged army surplus store with motor-cycles, jeeps, tanks, and even boots still on the wreck.  You can even visit the captain’s bathroom, where tubeworms grow from the silt-filled bathtub.  There are large schools of jacks, snapper, bannerfish and huge grouper as well as soft coral growth throughout.  After breakfast, a second dive is undertaken to the wreck, with a third dive after lunch.  The wreck is best dived in three dives to enable divers to see the whole of the wreck

There is a possibility of a night dive on the SS Thistlegorm if conditions permit.

JACKFISH ALLEY / ALTERNATIVES / SHARK AND YOLANDA

Jackfish Alley – The name of this site derives from the wide sandy ‘road’ between the coral ledge bordering the coast and a parallel satellite reef that is often frequented by jackfish and other predators. Along this dive there are small caves where you can easily enter.

Alternatives – Local fisherman call this site SABA ERG the “seven pinnacles”, while divers have renamed it “Alternatives” because, as it is well sheltered, it offers the opportunity to make alternative dives when conditions in the open sea are prohibitive. Alternatives have numerous sand patches and are known to resident leopard sharks. Night diving is very popular here.

Shark and Yolanda Reef – Shark reef is the most popular dive site in the Red Sea for the variety of its marine environment and above all for the extraordinary abundance of its reef and pelagic fauna. There are many dives you can make here – all of which are drift dives. The classic and most complete dive will allow you to visit not only Shark Reef but the other two sites, Anemone City and Yolanda Reef, in one. Yolanda Reef – at a depth of between 25 and 10m – the remains of the cargo of Yolanda, a Cypriot merchant ship that sank here on the night of 1-2 April 1980 while on its way to Aqaba: containers, bathtubs, sanitary fixtures, wallpaper, cases of whisky and even a BMW320 automobile that belonged to the ship captain.

STRAIT OF TIRAN - JACKSON REEF / WOODHOUSE REEF / THOMAS REEF / GORDON REEF

The Strait of Tiran lies at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba and is bounded on the west by the coast of Sinai and on the east by the island of Tiran. In the middle of this channel are four coral reefs lying in a northeast-southeast direction that were named after the 19th century English cartographers who drew the first nautical map of this region: JACKSON REEF, WOODHOUSE REEF, THOMAS REEF and GORDON REEF.

Jackson Reef – is the most northerly reef in Tiran and is known for the wreck, partially demolished in 1996, of the Cypriot merchant ship LARA (a cargo boat of 4,752 tonnes), which sank here in December 1981.

Woodhouse Reef – between Thomas and Jackson, is narrow and long, with a canyon that opens out at a depth of about 30m and runs parallel to the main axis of the reef until it reaches a sandy ledge. Must make a drift dive here and is best to do in the morning because of the sunlight.

Thomas Reef – this reef is one of the most spectacular diving sites in the northern Red Sea. The lack of mooring points makes drift diving necessary. At 35m a splendid and extremely deep canyon opens out, running parallel to the reef and crossed by three impressive arches.

Gordon Reef – is known and easily identified by the wreck of the Panamanian cargo ship LOULLIA (3,461 tonnes), which ran aground on the northern end in September 1981. The opportunity to observe various species of coral, small nudibranchs hidden in the crevices of the madrepores and with a bit of luck, Whitetip reef sharks, Hammerhead sharks and Spotted eagle rays. This site is suitable for snorkelling.

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OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD

Saturday, – CHECK OUT OF THE LIVEABOARD AND CHECK IN AT THE 5* HOTEL IN SHARM-EL-SHEIKH

Return to the port of Sharm-el-Sheikh and check-out after breakfast.  Transferred to check-in the 5* Hotel in central Na’ama Bay, Sharm-el-Sheikh for 1 nights’ accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis.  Rest of day at leisure on own arrangements.

The five-star Hotel is conveniently situated centrally in picturesque and peaceful Na’ama Bay, the main tourist centre of Sharm-el-Sheikh.  The hotel is located directly on the beach and has its own private beach.  It is within easy walking distance of the main tourist promenades in Na’ama Bay which abound with restaurants, shops and bazaars which sell food and goods of all description.   All rooms are air-conditioned, with safe deposit boxes, mini-bar fridge, satellite TV, a high-speed transmission line, hair-dryers, showers or separate bathtubs.  Day at leisure on own arrangements or pre-booked other optional extra activities.

OVERNIGHT AT THE 5* HOTEL IN SHARM-EL-SHEIKH

Monday – FROM SHARM TO CAIRO TO JOHANNESBURG

Check-out from the hotel and transfer to Sharm airport for flight to Cairo to connect to Johannesburg for arrival at OR Tambo as per flights booked.

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TOUR BOOKING CONDITIONS

  • Divers require a minimum of 20 logged dives or an Advanced qualification  to take part in this tour;
  • The maximum numbers of pax onboard is 12 sharing.
  • The dive itinerary is an example of a standard Northern Red Sea itinerary, however, the final decision on the selection of dive sites is at the discretion of the divemaster and/or skipper onboard the liveaboard, and all dive sites listed are subject to weather conditions permitting;
  • Hotel accommodation is quoted per person sharing and the above single supplements will apply to single rooms.
  • The above tour prices are subject to change according to unexpected exchange rates, airfare, airport tax and land arrangement increases;
  • We will assume that you have accepted our terms and conditions the moment we receive your deposit.
  • 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.

 

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