RED SEA TRIP
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Itinerary: Strait of Tiran & Brothers
Dates: 27th Oct - 3rd Nov 2017
Aboard: M/Y blue Melody
M/Y blue Melody is the third vessel in the blue o two fleet and underwent a complete interior re-fit in 2008, followed by an update in early 2016. She is 38m in length and takes a maximum of 26 divers on each trip. M/Y blue Melody is everything you would expect from a 5* diving vessel with large dining area, separate sky lounge with state of the art entertainment system and double and twin cabins all benefiting from en-suite facilities, air conditioning and personal entertainment systems. A spacious dive deck also makes kitting up and getting in the water a stress free experience!
M/Y blue Melody is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and is rebreather friendly. M/Y blue Melody currently holds the DIVER 2012 award for 'Liveaboard of the Year' AND the Sport Diver 2013 'Best Liveaboard award!
Featuring two of the finest marine parks in the Red Sea, this thrilling itinerary of spectacular drop offs gives adventurous divers the chance to spend time exploring both the Brothers Islands and the Strait of Tiran.
The northernmost part of Egypt's offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60km away from the coast and 140km south from Hurghada.
The larger island is 400 meters long with a spectacular plateau on the south east corner which is dotted with coral mountains and famous for thresher and grey reef shark sightings. The western side of the island has two impressive wrecks which both lie almost vertical on the side of the reef. The most spectacular is the Numidia, a large cargo steamer which sank in 1901 and now lies on the tip of the island between 10 and 80 meters covered in soft corals and frequented by large pelagic predators. The smaller wreck of the Aida (sitting between 30 and 65 meters) was a lighthouse authority supply vessel which sank in bad weather in 1957.
The smaller island (Little Brother), whilst only a little over 200 meters long, hosts an incredible concentration and variety of marine life. There is a pristine fan coral forest, a massive collection of hard and soft corals and compelling overhangs to explore. The highlight is the fish life; with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead, thresher, grey reef and oceanic whitetip sharks.
Strait of Tiran
Only accessible by boat, this dive area is found in the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba and is made up of four main reefs that form the top of an underwater bridge. These reefs, named after British cartographers (Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas, Gordon), are world-famous for their extraordinary diversity of corals and strong south westerly currents make them home to many large pelagic fish.
The most northerly reef and on its northern edge lays the wreck of a freighter serving as a stark warning to ships in the narrow straights. Dives are usually conducted from the moorings on the south side which is sheltered from the main swell and currents. Moving northwards you will come across a forest of spectacular gorgonian fan coral at about 20 to 30 meters as well as many different kinds of reef fish. This site can also be done as a drift dive heading from the mooring towards the East with the reef on the left where it is mostly wall diving with excellent corals. Diving the back of Jackson in late summer can give you the chance to see the resident hammerhead sharks.
The longest reef of the four in the Strait of Tiran. Home to reef sharks and eagle rays, it is dived as a drift dive usually from south to north. Jumping at the southern part of the reef is a wall to about 30m covered with coral from the surface all the way down. There is a canyon going along the reef at about 25m which spreads out into a coral garden with sand alleys.
This is the smallest reef in the Strait and diving here is governed by conditions as there are potential strong currents. The ends are vertical walls with a large plateau at about 25m on the south eastern side. This plateau is covered in colorful coral has a fence of gorgonian fans where you can find longnose hawk fish.
This is the most southerly reef of the four and has a different topography from the others offering both a shallow plateau area and drop offs. A huge variety of reef fish and big schools of groupers can be seen here and on the sandy bottom at 4 to 5 meters there is an eel garden area along with coral encrusted drums. The top of the reef, with its lighthouse, is also home to the wreck Lovilla which sits almost parallel to the wreck on Jackson Reef.
All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
ONLY £1149 per person
+ £25 VISA
+ £82 Manchester supplement*
Includes: Return flights MAN-HRG, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.
*Manchester flight supplement may apply - TBC at point of booking
For more information or to book on to this Red Sea Liveaboard trip, please contact us at The Scuba Shack - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01902 563709.