Egypt 2022
Liveaboard Safari

Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone
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Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone

This itinerary covers some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer, from the wreck of the Saleem Express to the famous Brother Islands, searching for Pelagic’s, not forgetting the magical reef of Elphinstone. This 7 day liveaboard offers a huge variety even for the seasoned diver.

Cruise Highlights

The area around Safaga has some great diving, the best being the offshore reefs of Panorama Reef, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan. Some divers say this area equals the great sites of Ras Mohamed. The diving offers a combination of shallow reef dives and drop-offs, as well as the famous wreck of the Salem Express.

The Salem Express is a dramatic dive. Around 500 people perished in one of the worst marine tragedies of all times. The 100-metre ferryboat was on its way back from Mecca to Safaga after the annual Muslim pilgrimage in December 1991 when it hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly without giving the crew and passengers the chance to board the lifeboats. It is now home to a thriving underwater life, including a famous resident frogfish, blue-spotted stingrays, angel and butterfly fish. The ship itself is covered in a large quantity of hard and soft corals. It is one of the largest wrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea, roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm.

There is superb wall diving at Panorama, on the south-east of the plateau is a gorgonian and glassfish corner with the whole plateau covered in soft corals and on the south side is an anemone city.

Hal Hal (Middle Reef) is a rarely chosen dive site due to its distance from the coast, which makes it a virgin spot. The north side is a drop off going down to 80 metres and is a perfect location to spot tunas, barracudas, turtles and sharks. The southern side has colourful coral gardens along with some caves and canyons.

Abu Kafan is a 300-metre long, narrow reef offering a plateau at both north and south tips. We normally jump in the water on the north plateau and glide with the frequent strong current southwards along the impressive walls covered with soft and black coral, giant fans and gorgonians.

The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.

Abu Dabab is six reefs commonly known as “Fathers Steps” or “Fathers Stepping Stones” and as the name suggests a set of fairly shallow reefs ranging from depths of 25 metres to the seafloor. In between Abu Dabab II and III at approximately 15 metres is the wreckage of a small ship sunk after a fire in 2004. The reefs themselves offer colourful coral gardens and an underwater cave system to explore. Pods of dolphins have been known to frequent the area as well as blue spotted rays, Napoleons, giant puffers, box fish, sweetlips, batfish, nudibranchs and more.

Elphinstone is approximately 30km from Port Ghalib; Elphinstone reef is 300 metres long with sheer walls richly covered in colourful pink and red soft corals and elegant red gorgonians descending to around 40 metres. Other areas of the reef have near vertical cliffs, overhangs, small caves and drop offs of up to 100 metres. Elphinstone is known to experience some strong currents attracting many diverse species such as barracuda, angel fish, groupers, Napoleons, morays, reef sharks and great shoals of dogtooth tuna and jacks. Occasional sightings include dolphins, turtles, oceanic white tip and hammerheads sharks.

Emperor Elite

Emperor Elite heads the Emperor Fleet. From the moment you step onto Emperor Elite you realise that this is an outstanding Red Sea liveaboard designed by divers for divers. Everything is just where you would want it to be.

Emperor Elite is a 38 metre boat accommodating a maximum of 26 guests in 8 standard twin-berth cabins (lower deck), 3 premium twin cabins (choice of decks), a double Junior Suite (lower deck) and a new premium, upper deck Executive Suite, all with ensuite, independent air conditioning, flat screen TV, three towels and a bathrobe per guest. As part of your holiday package enjoy free wine with your evening meal.

The dive deck itself is wide and well spaced for everyone to enjoy kitting up with ease. There are two powerful ribs to zip you to your drop points and all manner of gas combos can be pumped quickly. Nitrox is free of charge on board. Move inside and you will find comfy sofas and a separate dining area. The upper deck boasts the saloon and a small seating area. Head upstairs to the covered fly deck and the sun loungers are waiting for you. And when in phone range, there is free wifi across all decks.

There is no slumming it on Emperor Elite! Combine your love of the diving in the Red Sea with supreme sailing comfort.

£1036

1st December – 8th December 2022

Included: Transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder weights & Nitrox.

Not Included: International flights.

***PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary shown 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 absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Prices are Based on 2 people sharing plus £34 visa

BOOK NOW! Please contact the team at Scuba Dive Adventures on 0113 4681100 or enquiries@scubadiveadventures.co.uk for more information or to book on this fabulous Scuba Adventure. 

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