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A rich collection of itineraries in the Red sea covering Dahab, Sharm el Sheikh, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Suez , and Hurghada Area, exceptional for divers and cruise travelers


Let's take you DEEP NORTH of the Red Sea where still few or even no boats can be seen. The Marine Park safari will take you to Ras Abu Galum, Ras Mamlah as well as Dahab area, Tiran & Ras Mohammed.

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A week-long diving safari starting and ending in Sharm El Sheikh. This safari will take you DEEP NORTH of the Red Sea where still few and sometimes even no boats can be seen. The Marine Park safari is aimed to take you to Ras Abu Galum and Ras Mamlah, as well as Dahab area and with Tiran and Ras Mohamed world-class sites are also visited. Magnificent drift, reef and wall diving, caves, plateaus and the blue. Dive into a virgin underwater world that is unique in both variety and the sheer number of species.

You need to be at least a PADI Advanced Open Water certified diver or equivalent and have 30 logged dives. You must have dived in the last year and recorded this in your log book to join this safari if needed Scuba Review is available onboard.

This trip is suitable for snorkelers to join.

The itinerary is an example so if you have a special wish for a certain place in this area just let your dive guide know. Liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions. All dives and especially some wreck dives are subject to divers' experience and weather permitted. Liveaboard itineraries depend on the Egyptian Government, Coast Guard and/or Marine Police approval. Every effort is made but we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. The final decision lies with the captain and guide.

Safety always comes first!

Schedule

Day 1. Afternoon/Evening: the transfer to New Marina port  (El Wataneya) and the embarkation. Welcome on board, cabin arrangement and boat-briefing. Permission work with port authority, sailing very early next morning.

Days 2 - 7. Morning: the start at a nearby site for a check dive, then boat sails north. Near Nuweiba you will dive one of the highlights - the Ras Mamlah area, home to the most northern dive sites of the Abu Galum National Park. Amazing fan corals, table corals, soft corals followed by a steep wall. Barracudas and jacks pass by in the blue of the Gulf of Aqaba. You will also find more ravines, walls, caves, hills, and chimneys. Ras Abu Galum is a sheltered bay where you will do incredible wall dives from both the north and the south. 

Passing by Dahab you can visit famous sites like Bells, Blue Hole, Canyon, Eel Garden or the Islands. South of Dahab, within in the Nabq National Park, Gabr el Bint features a steep wall and colorful coral gardens. Two dives are possible here. These dives are among the most attractive in Sinai. The dive site Gebel El Aswad, an underwater mountain only accessible by boat. It is possible to dive the wreck of the Million Hope and from there Tiran with its four famous reefs - Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas, and Gordon are not far. Back to Sharm and dive the world famous Shark and Jolanda Reef in Ras Mohamed National Park.

Days 7 - 8.  Depending on your check out and flight time, the return to the New Marina port (El Wataneya) and the disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or to the hotel.

Ras Mohammed

Deep North Marine Parks

RAS MOHAMED National Park has 9 dive sites: Ras Ghozlani, Marsa Barieka, Ras Zatar, Jackfish Alley, Eel Garden, Shark Observatory, Anemone city, Shark & Yolanda Reefs. South of Sharm el Sheikh the coast is totally deserted, with no shelter for more than a mile, up to the small bay named MARSA GHOZLANI, where the RAS MOHAMMED NATIONAL PARK begins. This is followed by another bay, MARSA BAREIKA which is much
larger and deeper. It penetrates the land for 2.8 miles, forming the RAS MOHAMMED peninsula, which extends south-eastwards into the Red Sea for almost 5 miles and separates the Gulf of Aqaba from the Gulf of Suez. Because of its geographic position the Ras Mohammed peninsula is a privileged area that benefits from strong currents that transport large quantities of plankton and other food that give rise to an extraordinary growth of hard and soft corals and attract large schools of both reef and pelagic marine fauna. With the great abundance of food, barracuda, jackfish, tuna and sharks swarm in these waters, especially between June to August, offering divers the chance to make extremely interesting and exciting dives.

Woodhouse Reef

Deep North Marine Parks

Woodhouse Reef is narrow and long done only as a drift dive. Its northern part is the attractive and it has a canyon starting at 30 meters. Lots to see there from red anemones, great potential for Sea Turtles, Jackfish and Eagle Rays. Strong currents exists at the northern end and poor weather conditions upon surfacing the dive. Also referred to as the 'washing machine' due to powerful whirling currents and strong winds.

Gordon Reef

Deep North Marine Parks

Gordon Reef is easily identified by the wreck of the Panamanian cargo ship Loullia which crashed in 1981. Enjoy the various species of coral, small nudibranches hidden in the crevices and the soft corals, you can encounter as well White Tip Reef Sharks and Eagle rays. By the middle of the reef you will see some metal drums that homes Octopus and different types of eel such as Moray, Peppered and Gold edged morays. Divers need to be careful of strong current at the north and southern ends of this reef.

Shark & Yolanda Reefs

Deep North Marine Parks

A world ranked dive site formed of two little underwater islands, the Shark reef and the Yolanda reef. Shark Reef, is a vertical wall dropping to 700 meters, covered with fantastic corals. While the Yolanda Reef has a wide plateau with a coral garden and lots of of pinnacle corals. Between Yolanda reef and the Ras Mohamed reef lies the remains of the wreck of the Yolanda that is 74m long and was carrying bathroom supplies heading to the Gulf of Aqaba when she crashed in 1980. The presence of strong currents is often at this site. Diverse marine life to watch : scorpionfish, crocodilefish, groupers, turtles, tuna, big morays and napoleon fish, Red Snapper, batfish, unicornfish, barracudas and more which of course sometimes attracts the predators such as Grey reef or black tip Sharks.

Jackson Reef

Deep North Marine Parks

This is the northernmost reef in Tiran and is known for the wreck, partially demolished in 1996, of the Cypriot merchant ship Lara, which sank here in 1985. Diving here usually begins on the southern side, which is sheltered from the waves and wind and where there are a large metal buoy, a fixed mooriing - which is not far from the reef - and two other mooring points on the reef on water level: here the wall, cut through by some splits, descends steeply to the sandy floor (-45 meters). Going westwards (dive A), you will see some gorgonians and a splendid red anemone at a depth of 28 meters. This is followed by a plateau that is connected to Woodhouse Reef by a saddle. The south-western corner of Jackson Reef, where numerous fire corals (Millepora dichotoma) can be seen, is subject to the currents, which can be extremely violent. If conditions are right (especially when the tide is ebbing), it is possible to drift dive on the eastern part of the reef (dive B). Here, about 15 meters down, is a sandy ledge that sinks into the abyss to the north. It is quite easy to spot turtles (Eretmochelys sp.) and large pelagic fish in this zone. Among the latter are White-tip reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus), Grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) and Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini), which are especially numerous from July to September.

Thomas Reef

Deep North Marine Parks

This reef is one of the most spectacular diving sites in the northern Red Sea for both recreational and Technical Divers. The lack of mooring points makes drift diving necessary: The southern corner of the reef is the classic starting point for your underwater itinerary, which continues along the eastern side where the wall, rich in multicoloured coral, descends to a sandy plateau that begins at a depth of about 25 meters and has a slight incline. Here you can see large Alcyonarians (Dendronephthya sp.), impressive gorgonians and colonies of black coral , Antipatharians with their characteristic spiral shape. At a depth of 35 meters a splendid and extremely deep canyon opens out, running parallel to the reef and crossed by a series of impressive arches. At the north-eastern corner of the reef you may come upon a very strong counter-current. If you can get past this point and conditions are favourable, you can go around the entire reef. This will allow you to explore the northern wall, which has some nice shelters and splits, and the western one, where you will see many crevices and caves, lovely gorgonians and a wealth of fauna consisting of sea turtles, reef fish .

Dahab, Canyon

Deep North Marine Parks

The Canyon is one of the most popular dive sites in Dahab and an essential dive for all fanatics of caves and cavern diving. The Canyon is up to 10m deep and virtually closed over at the top. It snakes its way up from the depths, to emerge in a large glassfish-filled coral dome, the Fishbowl. After the shore entry, you cross a sandy lagoon that opens onto a gently sloping reef marked with coral heads. The amazing canyon soon comes into view. It has three main openings. At about 12m is the fishbowl. Below that is another large bowl, opening at about 20m. Deepest of all is a narrow exit at 52-54m. In between these openings the walls have grown together to virtually close over the top of the canyon, forming a tunnel. From the top it has the appearance of the fluted mouth of a clam shell. Note the light coming through the crack that forms the entry of the Canyon while you sit in semi-darkness, it is an amazing sight! Technical Divers can follow the Canyon all the way through to the exit where it spits you out at 54m, then continue dropping down to 'Neptune's Chair' - looks like a giant throne made of rock at 73m. Behind this there is a cave, it goes back around 15-20m, with a max depth of 75m. Take a torch! It's a dead end so no need to lay line or anything.

Dahab, Bells & Blue Hole

Deep North Marine Parks

The entry point “Bells” is a small crack in the reef-table that continues under water like a chimney down to 28 m and can be exited at any depth. There are corals to the left and right and nothing but blue in front of you. You will turn to the right as soon as you reach your maximum depth and then dive along a fantastic wall with loads of coral overhangs surrounded by the full variety of Red Sea fish, The dive will take you gradually shallower until you reach the beautiful coral saddle into the Blue Hole at about 7 m. As for Technical Divers The Blue Hole itself is literally a hole in the reef that is around 56 meters wide and its max depth is from 90 to 120 meters. The most important feature of the Blue Hole is the archway, which is located at 56 meters and exits into the bottomless open sea. Here's what you should take into consideration: first of all, you have to correctly locate the arch. The arch is not directly below the saddle. It is on the eastern side of the site not the southern one. You should drop down at the correct place because the reef curves around and you may not be able to see the arch. Searching for the arch at depth is not a brilliant idea. One way to locate the arch is to drop down to 30 meters at the western side of the Blue Hole where you'll find a sandy gully. Following this sandy gully will finally lead you to the arch. A blue glow becomes visible at 52 meters. This is not the proper depth to cross the arch at. You have to descend another 4 - 5 meters to seamlessly cross the arch because the roof is actually located at 55 meters. The arch itself is 26 meter long, 25 meter wide hole, its advised to have a torch with you. Note that occasionally there are strong downward currents that could be experienced at the exit of the arch. Make an “if – then” scenario and follow it.

Ras Mamlah

Deep North Marine Parks

The reef starts at about 12 m with a beautiful coral garden and goes on to a steep wall that bottoms out at 70 m plus. Beautiful fan and table corals covered with soft corals and the intensive blue of the Gulf of Aqaba create a fantastic picture. The variety of the underwater life opens a new world: barracudas, jackfish, groupers and much, much more. Two dives are not enough to see everything!

Ras Abu Galum

Deep North Marine Parks

Different and important ecosystems are present in the protected area of Ras Abu Galum, the corals are well developed, beautiful coastline is bordered by high mountains. The dives will give you the opportunity to see a fantastic underwater landscape. On the North part of the coast after entering in a pool with sandy bottom, swim over the small ridge of coral and at about 6 meters a huge madrepore tower with plenty of glassfish will be in front of you. Then a hard coral plateau starts with massive pore coral, beautiful table coral, broccoli coral where breams, parrotfish and angelfishes make their home.
On the south part of the dive site, the plateau gives place to a fantastic drop off with beautiful tower of coral on the top. Huge pufferfishes, school of trevallies, emperorfishes and snappers live here.

Eel Garden

Deep North Marine Parks

This dive site is named after the huge population of Garden Eels. These small creatures swaying in the gentle current stretching for food particles passing by and disappear gently when divers come close by. After swimming over the reef platform, a small channel leads to the main reef. The sandy bottom is home for the garden eels that come out and wave with the water and aslo for friendly batfishes. The reef slope has got an excellent selection of coral growth with both hard and soft species. This colorful and shallow reef boasts large numbers of lionfishes, damsels, parrots, groupers, scorpion fishes and plenty of sand gobies. The whole area presents a great photography.

The Islands

Deep North Marine Parks

The Islands dive site is a remarkable site for the richness and development of its hard coral reef which creates a real labyrinth to dive through. The landscape offers the opportunity to observe a large variety of porites and brain corals within the Island and acropora table corals over the sandy plateau. Box and crododile fish are part of the common representatives of reef fauna. It can be seen through the three pools and the sande road that leads to the small immerged hard coral island that gave the site its name. A resident school of juvenile barracudas and blue fin trevallies are frequently spotted.

Gabr El Bint

Deep North Marine Parks

Gabr el-Bint means "the Tomb of the girl" and it is the southern dive site of Dahab. The first dive is done to the north of a hard coral buttress that you can see from the shore. The underwater landscape is fantastic with a wall running around the north point of a curving bay and descending to more than 50 meters depth, it is decorated with many table corals and black corals. Within the bay, the wall begins at around depth of 8 to 20 meters and give shelter to life and small caves, it is of an outstanding beauty.
The second dive is done south of the hard coral buttress. A large sandy lagoon dotted with coral heads lies just next to a hard coral buttress. It is an excellent place to spot rays and numerous crocodile fishes. The upper reef slope widens with a true forest of soft corals. It is exceptional and teeming of life. Beautiful gorgonians and impressive cabbage corals lie down between 12 and 30 meters.
This is one of the most unusual sites along the Sinai coast.

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