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NORTH & BROTHERS

2nd - 9th March 2020

THE TRIP

We're heading out for the liveaboard of a lifetime with our friends from Red Sea Explorers. Sailing on the luxurious MV Tala, we'll head out North from Hurghada for 7 nights of amazing diving. The Red Sea is famous for its flourishing coral reefs, historic wrecks and abundance of marine life.

Our route is the perfect combination of wrecks and reefs. We'll stop at the best of the Northern Wrecks including probably the most famous wreck in the world - the SS Thistlegorm. We'll also be swinging by the Brothers Islands which are exclusive to liveaboards and part of a National Park. Hopefully we'll get to see some sharks!

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

 

On the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, this national park offers some of the best diving worldwide. Due to its location and the varying salinity of the water, a remarkable array of marine life and plush sea walls are found there. Standout reefs include Shark and Yolanda, and whether you are new to diving or you are an experienced technical diver, Ras Mohamed promises a spectacular experience for all.

The four wrecks of Abu Nuhas - Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M - are all suitable for recreational diving. At a depth range of 5-30m, their proximity to each other is  what makes Abu Nuhas an especially notable wreck diving site. Covered in both soft and hard corals, the wrecks are an underwater dream for the avid photographer. Easy access to the machine rooms and engine room on both the Chrisoula K and Giannas D make it a perfect site for the explorer as well. Abu Nuhas is not only known for its wonderful wreck diving though, there is also a good chance of encountering dolphins.

 

The SS Thistlegorm is one of the most renowned wrecks in the world, regarded as a giant underwater museum and a special piece of history. Having sunk in 1941 after a bomb attack, today the Thistlegorm lies at 15-30m and offers a playground for divers that includes military trucks and motorcycles as well as boots, ammunition and parts of a train as well.

 

A sister ship of the SS Thistlegorm - and bombed just the day after - Rosalie Moller is located at 35-55m, making it suitable for experienced divers only. Covered in hard and soft coral, the wreck also attracts a range of species, including barracudas, tuna, jackfish and trevallies; meanwhile glass fish, lion fish and groupers can be spotted inside the wreck.

Both Brothers offer incredible wall diving, ones covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians. The islands attract a wide variety of species including large tuna, jackfish and snappers, not to mention the hammerheads, oceanic white tips, silky sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark is commonly spotted around these stunning islands. There are two wrecks on the Big Brother; Aida, an Egyptian supply vessel, and the Numidia, a cargo ship that lies against the wall of the Big Brother. Both wrecks are covered in soft and hard corals.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

The itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. 

Day 1 - Visit a local site for a check dive before heading north to Abu Nuhas for the afternoon and night dives.
Day 2 - Morning dive at Abu Nuhas before sailing further north to Thistlegorm for the afternoon and night dives.
Day 3 – Morning dive at Thistlegorm, sail to Ras Mohamed/Gubal and then Ulysses.
Day 4 - Dive Panorama and Salem express before overnight sail to the Brothers Islands to spend the next day.
Day 5 – Full day of diving the Brother, then an overnight sail to Safaga.
Day 6 – Two dives in Safaga.

THE VESSEL

The MV Tala is a 37m steel-hulled vessel with spacious air-conditioned lounges, outdoor relaxation areas and 11 cabins with en-suite bathrooms. She's beautiful! There's room for 22 guests on board.

The talented crew are on hand to look after us both in and out of the water. Our underwater exploration will be led by experienced Divemasters who will show us the best spots on every dive site. We'll also be joined by our friend Crosby who works for Red Sea Explorers. He's an awesome Tec Instructor and will jump at the chance to do some extended dives! On board we'll be fed by awesome chefs with meals prepared from scratch three times a day plus plenty of snacks and soft drinks.

EUR 1,070.00

30% DEPOSIT TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

DETAILS

Start Date: 02 Mar 2020

Duration: 7 nights

Number of dives: 3-4 per day

Available spaces: 22

Min diving cert: Open Water

INCLUDES

  • Full board accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tanks and weights
  • Dive guides
  • Loca transfers

EXCLUDES

  • Equipment rental
  • Surcharges (EUR80.00)
  • Gases other than air
  • Crew gratuities
  • Flights and Visa

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Payments for the liveaboard are handled by Red Sea Explorers. Fill in your details below and they will be in touch.

Well, we were all set to fly with Thomas Cook! We're waiting to see if a new airline takes over the Newcastle to Hurghada route. If it doesn't materialise then we'll most likely be flying from Stansted. Watch this space!

As we got our fingers burnt with Thomas Cook, we highly recommend you take out holiday insurance to cover you! We've used Divemaster Insurance - they have single trip and annual cover available. You can also add on diving accident insurance to these policies.

We strongly recommend that you take out insurance to cover you for any diving accidents or emergencies. Divemaster Insurance and DAN Europe are really good providers. Please get in touch if you need any help choosing your policy.

We also recommend that you take out holiday insurance. Divemaster Insurance provide single trip and annual cover and you can also add on diving accident insurance to these policies.

Our Diver Subscription members will recieve full kit hire for the duration of the trip including:

  • Wing
  • Regulators
  • Wetsuit
  • Booties
  • Fins

All divers must also have:

  • Torch
  • SMB and reel
  • Computer

Give us a shout if you need help with any of these! We'll have some good prices for those booked onto our trip.