Red Sea Deep South Live Aboard
October 13 - 20, 2018
Single bed $1685
Upper Deck Suite: $1835 per person (double occupancy- one bed)
Join your hosts, Morad & Jeanne, on an unforgettable adventure to the Southern Red Sea! We'll sail on the M/Y Galaxy, our private yacht that we'll call home for the week! Excellent food and comfortable, air conditioned cabins with private baths await us. All we need to do is Eat, Sleep & Dive!
7 day round trip Red Sea Cruise from Port Ghalib to St. Johns Reef
3-4 dives a day including night dives
3 meals and snacks each day- Check out the menu
About the Itinerary
Oceanic White tip predator was once thought to be one of the most dangerous fish in the sea and
prefers oceanic waters, far away from coral reefs. However, The Southern Red Sea reefs' close
proximity to deep waters provides an ideal environment to bring divers close up to this Oceanic
whitetip and other pelagic sharks.
Abu Dabbab is one of the most famous dive sites in the Red Sea and of all of Egypt. It is one of the
few places in the world where you can dive with the very rare and endangered Dugong aka the Sea
Cow. In fact, there are two resident Dugongs in the Abu Dabbab bay named Dennis and Dougal. This
dive site also features friendly giant Green Sea Turtles that you can swim with up close and personal.
In the shallow water, it is not rare to spot the bizarre looking but completely harmless Guitar Shark. In
addition to the big stuff, there are also superb macro subjects such as the ornate Ghost Pipefish, the
rare thorny seahorse and the delicate Hairy Pygmy Pipehorse!
The site offers crystal clear waters, coral and gorgonia just meters under the surface as well as a host of beautiful tropical fish. As for the bigger aquatic life, down on the plateaus at either end of the reef you
can encounter oceanic whitetips and hammerheads in the winter months. Mantas and the fierce tiger sharks are more common in the warmer season. Whatever the season though, Elphinstone is teeming
with life and makes a fantastic dive.
St. John's Reef
The reefs of St. John's are varied in depth, topography and wildlife. Habili Ali to the East end of St. John's is a submerged shallow plateau with huge drop-offs on all sides. The walls are spectacular for gorgonias and black coral and anemone as well as grey reef sharks, barracuda and napoleon wrasse.
There are also passing visitors with the occasional manta, oceanic whitetips and even occasional hammerheads. There is also a chance to see pods of dolphins which can appear from nowhere and takeover the reef. The visibility can be up to 35 meters on a good day.
In addition to reefs with all-round walls like Habili Ali and Habili Gafaar there are also slightly more
relaxed dives like the strangely named Dangerous Reef. Here the current is much less and Dangerous
Reef benefits from a flat bottom at 20 meters instead of a deep drop-off. There are some easy swim
throughs and lots of squid and eels, perfect for a night dive.
Caverns and swim thru's are also a big attraction with St. John's Caves being one of the best. Coral encrusted swim
throughs and chimneys are everywhere along with beautifully lit caverns. Unsurprisingly, eels and
huge shoals of cardinal fish are a common sight here along with soft and hard corrals and all kinds of
The Fury Shoals make up several reefs along the Southwest Red Sea coast, offering amazing scuba
diving opportunities with some of the most pristine reefs in Egypt. The hard and soft coral are
unspoiled and are a highlight of many dive sites such as the Fury Shoal Garden. The marine life is also
really great with all the usual reef fishes of the Red Sea and various species of reef Sharks (Whitetip,
Grey) and even sometimes the curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark. Pelagic fishes such Barracudas, Giant
Trevallies, Dogtooth Tunas are also common in the area.
Various kinds of dive sites are available depending on what you fancy (or what gets your heart rate
going!): fringing reefs, lagoons, drop-offs or wrecks are some of the options so you certainly won’t get
bored here diving amongst these magnificent coral formations. A very famous dive site in The Fury
Shoals is called the Dolphin Reef (Sha’ab Sataya). A pod of Dolphins is living there and can be often
spotted while scuba diving or even Snorkelling.Abu Dabbab is one of the most famous and of all of Egypt. It is one of the few places in the world where you can dive with the very rare and endangered Dugong aka the Sea Cow. In fact, there are two resident Dugongs in the Abu Dabbab bay named Dennis and Dougal. This dive site also features friendly giant Green Sea Turtles water that you can swim with up close. and personal. In the shallow, it is not rare to spot the bizarre looking but completely harmless Guitar Shark.
Airfare - Contact 855-682-3483 or stop by the shop for suggestions and tips booking airfare
Dive and Trip Insurance
If you would like to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt and The Egyptian Museum or visit Luxor and the Valley of the Kings we can make easy arrangements to extend your trip.
There is also fantastic Kite-Surfing, Day boat Diving, Bedouin Desert Excursions, and shopping from our port city of Hurghada. Come by or Call 855-OTA-DIVE (682-3483) for all the details.