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Learn to dive in Sussex, Kent & Surrey with Sussex Scuba diving courses
Learn to dive in Sussex, Kent & Surrey with Sussex Scuba diving courses

Red Sea Liveaboard October 2012

Wrecks & Reefs

After two years of exploring the Southern reefs we are going back North to explore the best wrecks and reefs.

We will be sailing abouard m/y Blue Voyager - the newest boat in the Blue OTwo fleet

This trip is a mixture of what the Red Sea is famous for - superb wrecks and colourful reefs. The trip will include dives on all the well known wrecks as follows:

SS. Thistlegorm – Shaab Ali
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941.  Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. The cargo includes a trucks, and motorbikes lined up ready for action. In addition you will also be able to inspect the cargo of rifles and waders (yes waders for the desert). In addition she is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.
Abu Nuhas
Also known as the ‘Ships Graveyard’, this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez.  This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area.  On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef. Giannus D – Abu Nuhas
In 26m of water and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish.
Carnatic – Abu Nuhas
A British P&O steamer which struck the reef in 1869. She lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicoloured soft corals. The wreck is home to glass fish, octopus, morays, jacks and tuna cruise overhead.
Tile Wreck – Abu Nuhas
There is much discussion over the true identity of this wreck. Sunk in 1978 fully laden with stone floor tiles, she now lies from 4m to 30m.
Lentil Wreck – Abu Nuhas
A cargo vessel which sank in 1978 whilst carrying a heavy load of lentils. She rests at 30m on her starboard side. The bow area is completely destroyed but the main section and propeller areas are good to explore.
Gubal Island
At the gate of the Straits of Gubal is 'Bluff Point', which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the 'Ulysses' lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. 'The Barge' wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures

As well as these wrecks will will also explore the best reefs including Ras Mohammed

m/y Blue Voyager

Built in 2006, the Red Sea vessel M/Y blue Voyager is the most recent addition to blue o two and underwent a 10 week refurbishment to ensure that she was sparkling in time for her first sailing at the beginning of April 2011.

M/Y blue Voyager is a 37 metre, steel hulled vessel with the capacity to sleep 24 divers in spacious twin and double cabins. She features a separate dining area and sky lounge, much like M/Y blue Horizon and a large dive deck.

M/Y blue Voyager is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and can also cater for rebreather divers.

The Top Deck is a large open sundeck area. Perfect for catching a few rays in between dives, or hiding away with your favourite book.

The Upper Deck forms the main sundeck on board M/Y blue Fin. Comfy seats and a shaded area create the perfect relaxation area - this the social centre of the boat !!. In addition there is also an additional large indoor and air conditioned lounge. Two of the bedrooms are alsol on thihs level

The middle deck forms the main saloon and dining area, two large dining table and a 42" Plasma Screen provide a luxurious dining and entertainment area. The dive deck where oour kit is organised is also on this level

The Lower Deck is the main cabin area, with the remaining 8 twin cabins, all well equipped with A/C.

 

If that doesn't convince you then look at the pictures below

Two pictures of the lounge and dining area
One of the large bedrooms
Small Lounge
Standard twin bedroom
Toilet and shower
The dive platform kitting up area
The dive deck
Top Deck
Main Deck

The Itinerary

The trip starts on Friday 12th October from Gatwick Airport.   We will be sailing on one of the Blue OTwo Fleet - The Blue Melody.  As you can see, this is an excellent boat.  It is only 4 years old and is well fitted out.  There are three decks, containing a large lounge and restaurant area, a separate lounge, a m iddle shaded deck, and a top deck fully open to the sun.  As with all these boats bedrooms are usually comfortable but a bit on the small side.  All meals are provided, that is three meals a day. In addition all soft drinks, water, tea and coffee are included. The only expense on the boat is the cost of any beer you may drink in the evening, or Nitrox if you use it (at £4.50 per fill or £60 for the whole week). Again ask anyone one who has been with us, the food is very good and plentiful.

The full details of the route cannot be confirmed until we are on the boat, though it will start in the North where will probably dive the Thistlegorm, Carnatic, Ghainnis G, The tile wreck, and the Lentil wreck. There will also be some of the most colourful reefs in the Red Sea around Abu Nahas.

Depending on the flight time we will arrive at Hurghada around tea time on 12th October. After a short trip to the boat (around 30mins) we will board the boat and unpack and have a meal on the boat. We will usually also have a short briefing and collect forms etc.  Early Saturday we will set sail and have a check out dive later in the day, with at least one more dive on the first day.  We will then have three dives a day (4 if you do a night dive) until Thursday,  when we arrive back into the harbour at Hurghada.  We then have Thursday evening/night on the boat.  (This usually allows time for some shopping in town and a fewl beers !!!)  Dinner is provided on the boat though  some people may prefer to eat in town.  Flight times have not been confirmed yet,  but hopefully we may have time to have another wander around town on Friday before flying home.

Boat Specification:

    Type 5* Super Class Cruiser
    Built 2006
    Length 37 Metres
    Beam 8 Metres
    No. of Guests 24
    Deck Teak
    Hull Steel
    Cabins 2 x Suites (King-size Bed/En-Suite/Air-Conditioning)
    10 x Twin Cabins (En-Suite/Air Conditioning)
    Saloon Spacious air conditioned room offering entertainment system (42' Plasma Flatscreen TV/DVD/video/surround sound home cinema system/AV Output Adapter) & bar facilities
    Water 2 x Desalination Unit
    Engines 2 x 764HP Caterpillar Engines
    Generators 3 x Independent Generator Sets
    Compressors German Custom Divemix 265Ltr Double Filtration Compressors
    Zodiacs 2 x Zodiac; 1 x 30HP, 1x 40HP Outboard Engines
    Tanks 32 x 12 ltr aluminium tanks DIN/INT
    Safety 2 x Life Rafts/Life Jackets/Life Aids/First Aid & Oxygen Delivery System. Simple Safety "tag & dive" system recording divers in & out of water/Diver logging system. Captain & crew fully trained in internationally recognised search & rescue techniques. Breathing Air Purity testing equipment. Zodiacs - 2 x Portable DAN Oxygen Delivery Systems/International Diver Below Flag/Flares/Tools/Basic Dive Equipment Spares/First Aid Kit/Personal Hand Held Radios for 2-way communication with main vessel
    Marine Electronics Satellite EPIRB, Radar, Depth Sounder, GPS Chart Plotter, DSC VHF Radio, Hand Held VHF Radio, SSB radio

If you would like to see a few pictures of what you can expect to see underwater please look at the gallery pages from previous trips or follow this link

 

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Holiday Details
Holiday duration: 7 days with 6 diving days
What is included in the price:
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in twin cabins
  • 6 days diving
  • Tanks 12L Steel. Some 15L tanks are available at additional cost
  • Weights & weight Belts
  • Nitrox is available at additional cost (£60 for the week)
What you need to take:

You really won't need many clothes. Shorts and T-shirts are the norm. Tanks, weights and weight belts are all supplied on the boat. All other diving equipment must be brought with you.

Water Quality & Temperature: At that time of year the water temperature ranges from 24-28 degrees. Thermal protection is a matter of choice but normally 3mm to 5mm wet suits are recommended. Air temperature is likely to be over 30 degrees though there will be some light breeze off shore.
Passports & Visas: A full ten year passport is required and an Egyptian visa must be obtained when you arrive in Hurghada at a cost of £15.(This cost has already been added to the cost of the holiday so there is no more to pay). Passports must be valid for at least 6 months
Currency: The Egyptian pound is the local currency, Euros, US Dollars, and the UK pound are widely accepted
Health & Inoculations: Inoculations are not compulsory but advisable. Please consult your GP for further details
Flight Information: More details will be provided nearer the time
Additional information: All divers must have their own dive insurance. A copy must be given to Sussex Scuba before departure
Cost

The total cost of the holiday will be £1149. A deposit of £275 is required at time of booking to secure a place. Please also note that if you subsequently cancel the trip for any reason we will be charged a fee by the airline to change tickets. We will need to withhold this from any deposits. Please note all marine park fees have been included in the price

How to book: Call into the centre and speak to Denise, or call on 01342 312622
Insurance Insurance will required for all overseas trips. It is possible that you may already have holiday insurance. However most standard policies do not provide enough coverage for divers, and may even limit the depth quite substantially. In addition most specialist companies also insist on a an annual contract which can be too expensive. We have negotiated a special package with a leading insure that can provide insurance suitable for dive trips and also for one week only which significantly reduces the cost. Please follow this link for more information or go straight to the site to get a quotation
 

Holiday Dates
Departure Date Availability Cost
12th -19th October 2012 Trip Full £1149
Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

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