Deep South Red Sea LiveAboard : MV BiG BLUE

26th Feb – 6th March 2021 : £1595

The vessel…
New Build (2020) Red Sea LiveAboard *** MV BiG BLUE *** is set to become a Scubaholics Dive Club favourite… She is 34m in length and takes a maximum of 26 divers on each trip. All cabins are spacious & benefit from ensuite facilities, air conditioning and large comfy TWIN beds.
BiG BLUE is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and can also cater for Technical & CCR Rebreather divers.

The itinerary…
Out from / back to Marsa Alam visiting the world famous Deep South Red Sea reefs.
This is a great all-round tour for divers of all experience levels; this dive-safari offers beautiful coral dives, impressive caverns & canyons, stunning walls & drop-offs and plenty of large fish. There is so much to see you are spoilt for choice, but don’t forget to keep an eye out to the blue… you never know what you might see!

Trip Highlights…

Fury Shoal
This large cluster of reefs offers unforgettable and easy dives. From the northern site of Small Abu Galawa to its most-southern site of Sataya, Fury Shoal can prove to be surprising and diverse. Each dive site has its particularity: from dolphins, to stunning hard coral formations and not forgetting the two little wrecks “Tug Boat” and the “Yacht”.

St. Johns Reef
Located on the Tropic of Cancer, this chain of reefs boasts stunning dive sites, most of which are very close to each other allowing you to move quickly and easily from one place to another. This adds a lot of variety to your dives; drop-offs, tunnels and stunning hard-coral formations. One of these dives (St Johns Caves or Umm Kharalim) is truly unique and is a photographer’s heaven with rays of light filtering through into the beautiful tunnels. The reef formation is not the only thing that will stun you at St Johns; the marine life and colours of the soft corals are some of the best in the Red Sea. With any luck, dolphins or Mantas will join you on your dives and St Johns will forever have a place in your heart.

Elphinstone Reef
A Red Sea legend; a finger shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals, unpredictable and exciting this truly is an awesome reef where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and Oceanic Whitetip Sharks often congregate.

All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

This is a perfect trip for Underwater Photographers – and anyone with a Go-Pro style mini video camera…
The water will be 22*C – so 5mm Full Suit is the order of the day : and with 50m+ viz… it’s relaxed & easy diving.
By the end of the week everybody will be well settled into the dive skills necessary to take on the challenge at Elphinstone – with potentially great currents for drifting (flying sometimes) along the walls…

This is an ideal trip for everyone : min Qualification PADI Advanced Diver with 20 logged dives.
Certified Open Water divers are welcome to join – but must sign up to complete the PADI Advanced course in the first days of the trip.
For those with little or no experience diving in the Red Sea, The OCEAN PACK of specialty courses is an ideal way to gain supervised experience – Diving with an instructor for 8 dives coverign all aspects of BOAT & DRIFT diving, MULTI-LEVEL computer profiles and the use of an SMB (Surface Marker buoy) – all core skills to dive competently, confidently & safely in the Ocean.
For those enthusiastic marine biologists out there, the WILDLIFE PACK of specilties is a great way to get a detailed insight into the bio-diversity of the marine ecosystem. CORAL REEF CONSERVATION covers the inter-relationships of corals as the foundation of the food chain. FISH IDENTIFICATION explains fish families, preadtor-prey and symbiotic relationships. Underwater NATURALIST examines plants & animals : with an in-depth analysis of marine invertebrates…. WEIRD CRITTERS !

MV BiG BLUE – DEEP SOUTH LIVEABOARD 26 FEB – 6 MAR 2021

Trip price £1575 : Flights-Transfers-Twin Cabin Accom-All Meals & Soft Drinks
*** INCLUDES FREE NITROX FOR THE WEEK ***

This is an 8 night holiday : starting with a night in chalets at Roots El-Quesir to settle and get a moring check-dive before boarding BiG BLUE on Saturday afternoon…
Flights are scheduled Heathrow-Hurghada with Egypt-Air including in-flight drinks & meal AND 2 x 23Kg bags plus 8Kg hand luggage.

Deep South itinerary – up to 20 dives possible in the week
£350 initial deposit to secure space on the trip –  £350 due by 26 May [ 9 months pre-departure ]
£350 due by 26th Aug [ 6 months pre-departure ]  –  Final balance due 26th Nov [ 3 months pre-departure ]
Extras : Egyptian visa on arrival – Harbour & Marine park fees (100 euro payable on board)
Cylinder upgrades – Alcoholic drinks
All payments are non-refundable / non-transferable : Holiday insurance from time of booking is recommended in case of cancellation

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