What is so special about Red Sea scuba diving?
The Red Sea is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the underwater world, harboring more than 1,000 species of invertebrates and over 200 species of soft and hard coral. This forms the basis of a marine eco-system which includes 1,100 species of fish, of which just under 20% are endemic to the Red Sea, i.e. these fish species can only been found here. The high level of endemism is what makes Egypt scuba diving so interesting.
The Red Sea dive sites offer you unobstructed opportunities to spot tropical marine life in crystal clear waters, ranging from sharks and dolphins to gorgonian fans and feather-stars. Variety is in no short supply either, depending on where you choose to dive.
Your diving holiday can include shallow patch reefs, drift dives and walls, or a collection of some of the most interesting wrecks you are likely to find anywhere. In other places, vibrant reefs stretch out far into the sea and form intricate labyrinths of plateaus, lagoons, caves, and gardens.
Where: Egypt Live-a-Board and a Live-a-Board on The Red Sea.
When: November 3-14, 2024 (8 Days)
What: The Aswan-Luxor Nile River cruise. This is 3 nights/4 days on board an all-inclusive luxury vessel full of fun and surreal Egyptian sightseeing. On the Heaven Saphir, 7 nights/ 8 days on the Red Sea, traveling to and diving some of the best locations in the world.
Fly Into: Cairo International Airport (CAI)
Cost: $3,700 (does not include airfare)
Reservations: Space is limited. Deposit is necessary to reserve a spot.
The 36m M/V Heaven Saphir caters to up to 19 divers in 9 spacious cabins. Guests have a choice of 6 Standard cabins located on the lower deck, 2 Honeymoon Suites located on the upper deck, or the Executive Suite located on the middle deck. Each cabin has a small fridge, ample closet space, AC, en-suite bathroom, and daily housekeeping service. Social areas include the large salon with entertainment system and bar, outdoor shaded lounge area, and sun deck. Meals are European cuisine with a touch of Middle East flavouring created by the onboard chef and crew. Unlimited water, tea, coffee, and snacks are included and soft drinks, beers, and wines can be purchased on board.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
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GOOD TO KNOW
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date you plan to return home from your trip
It is your responsibility to review and meet the vaccination requirements and visa/immigration requirements for the countries you’re visiting
Dive accident insurance (to include medical evacuation) is mandatory for everyone who dives: it’s your responsibility to have adequate coverage in place and to bring your certificate as proof. Speak to our staff for information. DAN is what we use, but the choice of insurer, is up to you.
Your proof of certification and logbook will be checked during check-in at the dive center to clarify level and experience: it is your responsibility to ensure you bring these with you and your diving could be at risk if you do not bring these.
Please remember it’s your responsibility to ensure you are fit to dive and meet the medical standards outlined by PADI.
Dive times can change or be cancelled due to unavoidable local weather conditions and it is your responsibility to check in with your dive center after you arrive to confirm the timing of your dives: late check-in could lead to missed dives.
If you choose to change a dive time (for instance from Morning dives to afternoon dives) and don’t give the dive shop 24 hour notice, you have a strong chance of loosing your potential to change without additional cost.
Your package price does not include surcharges for national parks, marine park, Harbor fees, fuel fees, night dives, special trip supplements or dive gear beyond tanks, weights and weight belt unless indicated otherwise.
Supplements, government taxes, marine park fees, fuel surcharges, harbor fees, rental equipment and other upgrades are subject to change at very short notice, driven by local conditions, extreme weather, changes to government policy, operator decisions, oil prices etc.
We STRONGLY recommend you buy travel and trip cancellation insurance (to include storm coverage where appropriate). This isn’t through the airlines, but rather through an entity like DAN. Speak to our staff for information.
It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with the latest Covid-19 measures requested and/or required by the authorities in your home location, in the locations you intend to travel to and any locations you will visit in transit. PADI Travel cannot be held responsible for losses incurred due to your non-compliance with these measures.
Travelers are responsible to be aware of Covid travel guidelines, local rules, and procedures for the country they are travelling to and to maintain up to date knowledge of any changes regarding entry requirements or local guidelines.
A pool checkout dive is mandatory through us if it has been more than a year without diving and formal PADI ReActivate after more than 2 years (additional cost). Therefore, arrange this well before you go on the trip.