Now this is SPECIAL!!! We are again going to the Red Sea for a week in June 2024
You will be staying on MY Neo, she is a state of the art vessel only built in 2020 and with “5 Star” luxury, sleeping 28 with loads of space! We will be departing from the new marina in Hurghada visiting all of the wrecks we possibly can while mixing it up journeying to the amazing Straits of Tiran diving some of the most breath taking reefs in the Red Sea.
Departing Hurghada on Saturday morning 22nd June & concluding back in Hurghada on Saturday 29th June.
Our great friend Ahmed H will be guiding you and looking after you throughout the trip, those of you who have dived with us over the years in Egypt will know we are in the best of hands.
We have negotiated the trip cost to be as low as possible; the fantastic price includes:
- Flights from Manchester Terminal 1
- One 23kg hold bag per traveller
- One small cabin bag per traveller (It can be a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20 cm (including any handles or wheels) weigh a maximum of 15kg and needs to fit under the seat in front of you.
- Airport Transfers in Egypt
- Up to 4 guided dives per day, 21 dives (over the week)
- Air & Weights
- Marine Park Fees (Currently 80 euros per person per week)
- Full Board package on Neo including:
- 3 Fantastic meals per day & theme nights such as “Steak” night
- Snacks; pizza, crisps & pastry delights
- Soft drinks, mixers, tea, coffee & water
The fantastic all in price is £1870, the deposit is £900 and a further two payments will follow before the holiday. Your place is only secured with a deposit.
The behind the scenes booking of flights and additions (extra baggage, extra leg room etc) will be handled by our brilliant travel agent Jules from Choice Holidays. Jules will not only add her experience to the trip she will also provide peace of mind financial protection for the entire package.
Once deposits have been paid to us we will add you to this trips WhatsApp group so you can chat with fellow travellers and Jules directly.
Nitrox & 15 Litre cylinders are both extras, currently £90 per week for Nitrox (highly recommended) & £45 per week for a 15 Litre Cylinder, full/part kit hire is available POA.
Please see below for the itinerary:
Please be aware that the itinerary is changeable due to weather.
Day 1 – We will start the week with a beautiful dive on Poseidon Reef followed by diving the iconic wreck of the Barge. We will stay here and do a night dive, George may even make an appearance for us.
Days 2 – Now we get to wreck heaven, day two will start with two dives on the Rosalie Moller. We will then leave and head for the most iconic wreck in the red sea the SS Thistlegorm, one dive here is never enough so we will stay for a mesmerising night dive.
Day 3 – You will wake for a fantastic first dive on the SS Thistlegorm, Then once we say goodbye to the Thistlegorm we head for the Sinai Peninsula & Ras Mohamed the stunning marine protected area. We will dive Gordon Reef, staying for an afternoon & night dive.
Day 4 – Staying around the Sinai Peninsula we will then visit the fantastic Thomas Reef & Jackson Reef. We will leave in the afternoon and head back to Ras Mohamed marine protect area and do a night dive at Beacon Rock famous for the wreck of the Dunraven.
Day 5 – We will start the day diving the very beautiful Dunraven wreck before heading off to the iconic “Wreck Graveyard” Abu Nahas home to the Ghiannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K & Kimon M.
Day 6 – We will do a morning dive at Abu Nahas before heading back to Hurghada and finishing the first week with a dive or two on the El-Mina the minesweeper.
Day 7 – A sad day today as you as you return home.
The map below with give you an idea of where the highlights are located, the route shown is not the route we will take.
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 126.5m 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. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.
The greenish water on this wreck offers a mystical ambiance rarely found on other Red Sea wrecks. With the main deck at 35m, the superstructure can be explored up to 30m and before you start your ascent.
Also known as the ‘Ships Graveyard’, this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez and 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. Wrecks here include the Ghiannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef.
Jackson Reef – Tiran
This is the most northerly reef and on its northern edge lays the wreck of a freighter serving as a stark warning to ships in the narrow straights. Dives are usually conducted from the moorings on the south side which is sheltered from the main swell and currents. Moving northwards you will come across a forest of spectacular Gorgonia fan coral at about 20 to 30 metres as well as many different kinds of reef fish. This site can also be done as a drift dive heading from the mooring towards the East with the reef on the left where it is mostly wall diving with excellent corals.
Woodhouse Reef – Tiran
This is the longest reef of the four in the Straits of Tiran. Home to reef sharks and Eagle Rays, it is dived as a drift dive usually from South to North. Jumping at the southern part of the reef is a wall to about 30m covered with coral from the surface all the way down. There is a canyon going along the reef at about 25m which spreads out into a coral garden with sand alleys.
Thomas Reef – Tiran
This is the smallest reef in the Straits and diving here is governed by the weather. The ends are vertical walls with a large plateau at about 25m on the south eastern side. This plateau often has sleeping sharks on the sand patches and the colourful coral has a fence of Gorgonia fans at the end, it is stunning.
Gordon Reef – Tiran
This is the most southerly reef of the four and has a different bottom topography from the others offering both a shallow plateau area and drop offs. A huge variety of reef fish and big schools of groupers can be seen here. On the bottom at 4 to 5 metres there is an eel garden area along with coral encrusted drums. The top of the reef, with its lighthouse, is also home to the wreck Lovilla which sits almost parallel to the wreck on Jackson Reef. This is also where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers.
To do this trip you need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water diver (or equivalent) with an Enriched Air speciality. Holding Night, Deep & a Wreck certification is a bonus but not essential, we will be your support & guides complimenting Ahmed & his team. If you need to gain experience and qualifications before the trip there is loads of time, we will be delighted to help you achieve what you need. Thinking on; you could always do a course such as Night or Deep on the trip, what a place to get these much sought after qualifications.
It is advisable to take your own kit, you can however hire anything you need as well as bigger cylinders should you need them, this can all be easily arranged.
I’m sure you are bristling with questions so give us a call or call in and see us, get booking, get enjoying!! Thanks Hotch.