At 33 metres in length Snefro Spirit is a twin engine, luxury liveaboard designed to meet all diver's needs. Built in Alexandria in 2008 and with yearly renewal, she comfortably accommodates up to 18 guests in 8 twin berth cabins and a master suite on the upper deck. All cabins are comfortably furnished, air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms, mini-bar, safe storage and central music system. All cabins have a 220V power socket - ideal for charging cameras, strobes, torches or your mobile phone.
Also built in Rashid, measuring impressive 37 m in length, Snefro Target is one of the luxury class boats within the fleet but the only one holding Area 1 & Area 2 license covering the whole Red Sea on her itineraries. Like with her sister vessel Snefro Love, there is 7 twin berth cabin on lower deck, 2 double bed cabins on upper deck and a master suite on the main deck to comfortably accommodate 20 guests.
Built in Rashid and completed in 2012, King Snefro Fleet is expanding its range in the luxury class with Snefro Pearl. Unique in her style, the 27 m long and 7 m wide Snefro Pearl only accommodates up to 12 guests and is the alternative for smaller groups that wish to remain among themselves but want to enjoy luxury liveaboard diving.
Palau Aggressor II Tropic Dancer
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!
TOUR PRICE: R13, 646 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.
$1· 6 Nights / 6 days all inclusive accommodation onboard a gold star liveaboard
(all meals, tea/coffee, bottled water, soft drinks & snacks)
$1· All diving onboard the liveaboard including 12ltr aluminium cylinders and weights
$1· Meet and assist at all airports within Egypt and all transfers to fit the tour itinerary
$1· Dive guide
$1· 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.
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.
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
The National Park begins at the small bay of Marsa Ghazlani followed by the larger and deeper bay of Marsa Bareika. Continuing along the coast to Ras Za’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’ab Mahmouds 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 7thday 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.
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.
Bali - Mimpi Resort
Bali - Ramaphala Resort
Chuuk Siren Fleet
Palau Aggressor II Tropic Dancer
Departing from Weno, our 7-night and 10-night liveaboard dive trips take you directly to the main concentration of wrecks lying within the bay. The liveaboard will moor over the deeper wrecks allowing for our divers to descend easily down the line directly to the wrecks. Tec divers will benefit from the support of the liveaboard, whilst the 2 zodiacs are able to shuttle less experienced divers to the shallower sites and offer reef diving as an alternative to the wrecks.