The Red Sea- Best of Both
14th – 22nd June 2019
And once again we are going to Red Sea, BUT THIS TIME, we’re diving THE BEST OF BOTH!
We will be diving the Northern Wrecks and Reefs as well as Big Brother in the South to dive the Salem Express!
For the Wreck Enthusiasts, Reef Lovers and of course the Adventurous Night Divers!
This is the ULTIMATE trip for the First time Red Sea Divers!
With up to 4 dives a day including Dolphinhouse (Shaab el Erg), Abu Rhamada as well as the wrecks of SS Dunraven, SS Thistlegorm, Ulysses and the Barge. The National Parks we will dive include the beautiful Ras Mohamed and Ras Mahmoud!
You will dive some of the BEST reefs of the Red Sea.
These coral gardens offer the picturesque beauty of the Red Sea underwater with truly endless visibility! The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise, with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins. On the sands, blue spotted rays hide themselves, garden eels stretch out, Gobies protect their homes while the blind shrimp shovels about in the sand. Shallower reefs offer a shelter for the Dolphins to play – the last trip in 2016and 2017, had the most incredible interaction with the dolphins!
The Sea is a hub of activity from candy coloured anthems, carpeted soft corals, large majestic gorgonians and glowing anemones are stretched all along the reef. Large Napoleon wrasse and turtles are a great treat and often spotted moving effortlessly looking for food and shelter.
Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. Wrecks offer a unique look into history. At Abu Nuhas the 4 wrecks are located right next to each other in a Shipwreck Graveyard.
There is absolutely NO REASON to be nervous about these wrecks as you get so caught up in the sheer beauty of the wrecks themselves!
Red Sea Jol prepares you for each and every one and you have time in a well informed briefing to familiarise yourself with the wreck before the dive. The Penetrations you start off with are HUGE with easy Entry and Exit points and you work your way up in confidence before embarking on the gorgeous Thistlegorm Wreck!
You will be a Wreck diving pro after this trip!
These ancient wrecks still hold the Cargo and artefacts they were carrying, that never made it to their final destination. Open holds and structural breakages, allow us a glimpse inside allowing light into these large vessels. These shipwrecks have become artificial reefs over the years housing many species of Moray, octopus, trigger fish, crocodile fish, scorpion fish and SO MUCH MORE!
Night dives can be superb as Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 meters makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel as well as the wreck of the Ulysses and the Rosalie Moller. Next onto the Kingston lying at Shag Rock; the Carina lying close to Sha’ab Ali and the Dunraven at Beacon Rock in Ras Mohamed National Park. And finally the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm, at Sha’ab Ali.
The SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941 after being bombed by the German Luftwaffe while on a mission to deliver a cargo of ammunition and other war materials to the British troops in North Africa. The Rosalie Moller, carrying a cargo of coal, suffered the same fate just two days later.
Whilst in Ras Mohamed, you may have the chance to do a dive at Shark Reef; a sheer wall falling into the blue. From here the boat heads back towards Hurghada.
In between wreck dives you will also visit the reefs of the Straits of Gubal, Gulf of Suez and those to the north of Hurghada. A variety of deep walls and hard coral gardens with an abundance of reef fish make them well worth a visit.
Along the walls of Ras Mohammed and Tiran, there are startling deep drop offs where tuna, jackfish and trevafllies move in schools along the edge, batfish remain still and curious in the midwater and occasionally a pair of Eagle Rays or Manta Rays pass by. Peeking through his camouflaged hole – a black cheek moray, with shrimp frantically cleaning in and out of its mouth.
WHERE WILL WE BE DIVING?
Big Brother Island
A 400-meter-long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 meters. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. Every section of this reef is covered with corals and life.
Small Brother Island: From its name, you can guess that it is a little smaller than Big Brother Island! It is surrounded by walls, covered in soft corals. The dives can be challenging but are rewarding. Sightings of large pelagic are a very common and the beautiful Gorgonia Fan coral forest is an awe-inspiring sight.
The Salem Express Wreck is very special dive site of the Red Sea. The Salem Express is a former 100m long car and ferry passenger. She was finishing the trip from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to Safaga full of pilgrims returning from the Mecca when she sunk December 17, 1991 in the middle of the night.
She hit the Hyndman Reef and sunk very rapidly with the official death toll at 470 passengers, but the number expected to be more around 1000. Only 180 of the passengers survived, making it one of the biggest marine tragedies.
The Salem Express is quite shallow. The wreck starts at 12m and the seabed is at 30m deep. This is a huge wreck and you will need at least 2 dives to explore it all. Even after two decades in the water, there is still little fauna around the wreck. There is also now a bit of coral growing on the shipwreck.
We will depart from Johannesburg at 10pm on the Night of the 14th June 2019, and the Luggage allowance is 46kgs – 2 Bags.
We arrive in Cairo around 5:30am and then we will have a 1 hour Flight to Hurghada.
Once in Hurghada, we get straight onto the Boat on the Saturday and then we are off!
From Saturday to Friday, we will dive and eat ourselves silly aboard the Boat!
Water Temperature around this time is 27 degrees and the visibility is often recorded at 100m+.
Friday the 20th, after the second dive, we will be dropped off at The White Sands Hotel. Saturday the 21st, we have two options:
1) Go and see the pyramids
2) Stay at the Hotel and spend the Last Day relaxing
On the night of the 21st, we are dropped at the airport and come home arriving in JHB on the morning of the 22nd June 2019.
Red Sea 2019 Costs: R30, 499
– Airport Taxes
– 6 Nights aboard and 7 days of Diving
– All Meals and Snacks aboard the Blue Pearl
– Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks
– ALL BEERS!
– Cylinder and Weightbelt Rental as well as Nitrox Fills
– FREE WIFI!
– All Local Transfers and of course the Guides
– The accommodation and meals at the White Beach Resort for the Night of the 3rd August 2018.
–60 Euro Tip Fees to be paid on Boat
– 50 Euro Fuel Surcharge to be paid on Boat
– 45 Euro Marine/Port Charge
– Visas can be arranged for R500 – South African passports ONLY
– 15L Cylinder Rental
All we require now to book the space is a R5000 Deposit, Final amount needs to be paid 20 days prior to the Trip.
The spaces are limited as we can only take 20 people.
We will going with the www.redseajol.co.za
Please contact us for further information on the Red Sea Trip for 2018!
Call us on 011 791 1095 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org