A favorite of European divers,
the Red Sea is considered one of the best scuba destinations in the world. Thousands of kilometres of coastline are blessed with extensive reef formations and islands. The underwater scenery is rich with coral-covered walls and beautiful "gardens". Over 400 varieties of coral and 1500 species of fish, turtles, and sharks inhabit the Red Sea.
Jacques Cousteau once said "The Red Sea is a corridor of marvels. The happiest hours of my diving experience have been spent there". That statement is as true today as it was when Jacques Cousteau explored here. Surrounded by desert, there is no runoff to cloud the crystal-clear waters.
Join trip host Greg Hamman to travel by liveaboard and dive a southern Egyptian Red Sea itinerary that takes in the best of both exciting Daedalus as well as the beautiful, less-visited reefs of St. John's.
Southern/St. John and Daedalus
Note: 30 logged dives required
Attention: At many dive sites, diving takes place from skiffs, requiring a backward roll to enter the water, occasionally with a negative entry. Red Sea Aggressor skiffs are equipped with a ladder for ease of re-entry.
Daedalus: A large reef topped by a lighthouse, 80 km out from Marsa Alam. The far offshore location surrounded by deep water makes it a beacon for sharks and other pelagics, and the reef itself is covered in healthy coral as well as home to the incredible "Anemone City".
Elphinstone Reef: A Red Sea legend. One of the most beautiful reefs, with both a north and south plateau covered in hard and soft corals attached to a wall for multi-level diving. This is a truly awesome reef, often visited by oceanic whitetip sharks in fall.
Fury Shoal: An immense chain of reefs creating a host of outstanding dive sites including Abu Galawa in the north to Sataya in the south. Have fun exploring wrecks, caves, tunnels, coral gardens, plateaus and drop offs! Abu Galawa is located within Fury Shoal - where you can explore the wreck of 'Tug Boat'. The reef also has good coral dives on the west side.
St. John's Reef: Exciting drop-offs overgrown with huge gorgonians and colourful soft corals, stunning coral gardens and safe anchorages for night diving. Barracudas, Tuna and Mackerel are often sighted here and on rarer occasions Manta Rays and Dolphins. Hammerheads, Grey sharks, Silvertip Sharks and White tip Reef Sharks can often be spotted out in the blue.
St. John's Reef North: Located one hour north of the main St.John's area. Explore tunnels and pinnacles that form shallow water mazes.
**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary is an example of the planned route, 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.
Not included: airfare to Hurghada (see air info below), visa on arrival (currently US$25), Port Fee ($39), Egyptian Marine Park fees ($105), Friday night dinner in port, Nitrox ($100 for week), equipment rental if needed, beer and wine, crew gratuity, and trip insurance (required for this vacation).
European divers have air connections directly to Hurghada (HRG) or Marsa Alam (RMS) from multiple gateways. Please arrive at either airport on the morning of October 27 or earlier for a noon transfer to Marsa Ghalib.
North American divers can fly to Cairo (CAI) non-stop from JFK or via connections in Europe. Plan to arrive in Cairo on October 20 to join our Nile Cruise and Land Tour, or on the morning of October 27 or earlier for liveaboard only.
Due to Port Authority regulations, late arrivals cannot be boarded after our 6 am departure on Sunday, October 21. Please purchase travel insurance to cover you in case of delay or cancellation.
Group transfer to Hurghada scheduled for 8 am on November 3, allowing for onward travel with a flight time of 1:30 pm or later.
Deposit: $700; second deposit of $500 due at 180 days; final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
How to reserve your space:
We'll place a space on courtesy hold for you and send you a confirmation e-mail.
Complete and return the trip application and waiver from the letter with your deposit by check or credit card.
After your space is confirmed with application and deposit, make your airline reservations. We're happy to help you find the best flights.