Date(s) - 17/07/2019 - 24/07/2019
To create the Daedalus, Rocky and St Johns itinerary we have scoured the vast miles of Southern Red Sea and picked out the creme de la creme for your personal diving enjoyment. If you love reef diving then you are guaranteed to fall in love with the variety on this classic Egyptian liveaboard itinerary. Stretching south from Marsa Alam to within a breath of the Sudanese border, get face to face with the remarkable diversity that makes the deep south so rich and rewarding for divers. Walls, shallow caves, softly draped pinnacles are all on the menu alongside pelagic encounters. Marvel at the beauty and splendour on one of our favourite southern Red Sea liveaboard holidays.
Check dive under your belt, the boat sails south. Overnighting to Daedalus, the first of the big wall dive sites looms large. Daedalus is the place for exhilarating drift dives and the first shark sightings. Be it hammerheads at Daedalus or Rocky, grey reefs at Habili Jaffa (or small habilli, St Johns), there is plenty of reason to keep a watchful eye to the blue. Oceanic white tips cruise the shallows in the summer months, right through to the year-end. Rocky and Zabagad are mystical islands where ancient ancient Egyptians mined green gem stones from the dusty earth. Slender coral towers and plunging drop offs are the order of the day. Turtles mate on the southern shores of Zabagad. St Johns is only a short hop away where diving is a thrilling mixture of sunken reef tops, steep walls and shallow caves systems. Rare bumphead parrot fish are commonly seen chomping hard corals at Habili Kebr (or big habilil) and Dangerous. Abu Bassala boasts fine anemone gardens, stonefish and baby white tips. The shallow cave systems to the north of St Johns are a fun and unusual dive. Returning north does not mean the end of this itinerary. The succulent coral gardens of Fury Shoal and Wadi Gamal are just as spectacular and finish the week with an exclamation mark.
There are no longer any minimum dives for the Marine Parks but we would recommend around 40 dives. The diverse itinerary makes it ideal for anyone looking for more than just currents and wall diving though. The candy coloured reefs will suit photographers or those divers that just enjoy watching fish act out their daily lives. Night diving is permitted on the itinerary once outside the Marine Parks, where morays, feather stars and Spanish dancers all parade in the dark. No corner of the region, no matter how far-flung, is left out and there are walls, pinnacles and caves to keep even the most demanding diver happy. Sailing overnight and during the day, you get to every dive site at just the right moment. Daedalus, Rocky and St Johns is a splendid itinerary with diving to match.
17th July 2019 – 24th July 2019
£1,285.00 per person (a deposit of £250.00 each is required to secure your place)
HDC has also agreed free nitrox on this trip this would normally cost £60.00 per person
Water temp 19 – 28 C
Air Temp 19 – 35 C
Visibility 15 – 25m
Good for… Sharks, Walls, drift
Suitable for beginners – Ideally you should have at least 30 logged dives and gained an advanced open water certificate or equivalent.
Highlights Big drops offs and big fish at Daedalus make this an itinerary to remember. Combined with the unique coral formations at St Johns and Fury Shoal and you have an outstanding dive holiday, far from the crowds.
FULLY REFITTED FOR 2018: Images coming soon! Hurricane stands out in the Egyptian Red Sea – and not just because she is one of the few steel hulled vessels. Many Red Sea liveaboards are compared to Hurricane, but few are as enduringly popular. She has won the prestigious “Liveaboard of the Year” award no less than 5 times (including 2017 & 2016).
We are really pleased for the guides and crew of Hurricane for winning Liveaboard of the Year for the second year running. This is no mean feat and can only be achieved with a vast amount of hard work all around. The season diving wise down south has been an epic one. The food on board is fab, and we never have hungry divers. And she’s quick! These are the areas that beat other boats and why Hurricane has picked up such an accolade. Customers keep coming back to this boat for more, and more. And voted for her above all others
Hurricane is currently in Drydock (November to mid-February 2018) being completely refitted with new bathrooms, new air-conditioning, carpets, sofas and more. Follow Tornado Marine on Facebook for pictures!
At 36m there is bags of space on board Hurricane. No detail was overlooked when she was built and she is continually renovated to maintain the highest standards. There are 11 cabins in total split over the main and lower deck. The 4 main deck cabins are a mix of twin or double beds (with an additional single bed). The lower deck cabins are all twins apart from the bow cabins, which have a double bed and additional single bed. Cabins are allocated at the time of booking so do ask your travel consultant if you have a specific request. All have individual air-con, en-suite bathrooms, a fridge and safe box.
You will instantly recognise what has become the Tornado Marine Fleet signature design. The dining and saloon areas are divided to provide optimum comfort at all stages of the trip. Upstairs opens up into the AC saloon with the bar, flat screen and seating area. Outside there is a seated deck (ideal for your post dive tales), the upper sun deck and loungers and jacuzzi. Down on the dive deck extras include an air gun for cameras, high pressure gas bending facilities (including trimix), nitrox compressor and gear storage. The steel hull and low dive platform make Hurricane a stable ride in even the bumpiest of weather and entry and exits are easy. Hurricane has it all – and it is easy to see just why divers fall in love with her.