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

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 2013

The Brothers, Elphinstone reef
and possibly - the Salem Express !!
And better still this will aboard the Blue Fin

It is about three years since we visited the Brothers and it is high time we made a return trip aboard one of the best boats in the Blue O'Two Fleet.

This is a very colourful and varied trip - Experience two of the finest sites in the Red Sea. As part of the Marine Park, the Brother islands offer breath-taking underwater scenery, wall diving, and even a couple of excellent wrecks. The colour and variety of wildlife makes it a must for wreckies and photographers.

Elphinstone Reef is a legend in the Red Sea. Covered in hard and soft corals and visiting pelagics (sharks & giant mantas), this truly is an awesome reef.

Built in 2005, M/Y blue Fin is the first vessel in the blue o two Egyptian liveaboard fleet. She is 39m in length and takes a maximum of 24 divers on each trip. All cabins benefit from en suite facilities, air conditioning, mini refrigerators and personal entertainment systems and the 3 king suites also offer large double beds and bigger plasma screens. These king suites which dominate the bow on the lower and middle decks, spreading the whole width of the vessel - the perfect treat for couples. M/Y blue Fin is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and can also cater for re breather divers.

The Top Deck creates a small 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. A small outdoor bar situated on the sundeck is well-stocked with refreshments. The Upper Deck also hosts the well-equipped bridge.

The middle deck forms the main saloon and dining area, along with 2 of the master king-size suites - boasting a king-size bed, A/C, en-suite, mini bar, 21" TV, AV In/Out and DVD player. In the saloon, a large dining table and a 42" Plasma Screen provide a luxurious dining and entertainment area.

The Lower Deck is the main cabin area, holding the 3rd master king-size suite and 8 twin cabins, all well equipped with A/C, en-suite, mini bar and a personal entertainment system including LCD Screen, AV In/Out & DVD Player

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
The kitchen
The sun deck standard twin rooms
Toilet and shower
The dive platform kitting up area
The dive deck
Two views of the main deck
The front of the boat with quiet area
The upper sun deck

The Itinerary

The trip starts on Friday 18th October from Gatwick Airport.   We will be sailing on one of the Blue OTwo Fleet - The Blue Fin.  As you can see, this is an excellent boat.  It is now 7 years old and is well fitted out.  There are three decks, and a superb lounge and restaurant area.  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.

Sample Itinerary:**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the discretion of the captain and dive guides.
- Day 1 - Gota Abu Ramada x 3 - Sail overnight to Brothers
- Day 2 - Big Brother
- Day 3 - Small Brother
- Day 4 - Small Brother - Sail overnight
- Day 5 - Elphinstone, Marsa Shouna
- Day 6 - Salem Express/Panorama, Abu Hashish

While we are at the Brothers it is sometimes possible to land on the very barren and tiny island to explore the lighthouse and share a cup of tea and a hubbly bubbly pipe with the lighthouse keepers - this is quite an experience as the island is incredibly barren and most be a lonely place to live.On the last day of the trip we may be able to dive the Salem Express but this is not always possible and subject to weather and tides. This is the wreck of a passenger ferry that sank about 20 years ago. It is still intact and is an excellent dive that must be dived with respect, but it is well worth seeing and diving.

As with all liveaboards we will arrive at the boat sometime on the Friday evening and unpack and have a meal on the boat.  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.  We then have Thursday evening/night on the boat.  (This usually allows time for some shopping in town and several 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 2005
    Length 39 Metres
    Beam 8.5 Metres
    No. of Guests 24 (22 for Marine Park itineraries)
    Deck Teak
    Cabins 3 x Suites (King-size Bed/En-Suite/Air-Conditioning/Personal Entertainment System - 21' TV/DVD/CD/AV in-out/Mini Bar).
    10 x Twin Cabins (En-Suite/Air Conditioning/Personal Entertainment System - 15' flat screen/DVD/CD/AV in-out/Mini Bar).
    Saloon Spacious air conditioned room offering entertainment system (42' Plasma Flat screen 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
    Nitrox DMX LP280 low pressure screw compressor in silent housing with external filtration unit
    Sundecks 2 x Sundecks
    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

If you would like to see deck plans please 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

The total cost of the holiday will be £1199. A deposit of £300 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
18th - 25th October 2013 Only 6 places left £1199
Please contact us if you have any questions.


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