7 Nights - Novatel Palm Sharm
5/5

ToUR ITINERARY

TOUR PRICE

 

Per person sharing in double accommodation

 

 

Single supplements

 

Tour price excluding all flights

 

Tour price excluding international flights only

 

R17 950,00

R4250,00

 

 

R13 950,00

 

R15 950,00

INCLUDING

EXCLUDING

·    Return flights on EgyptAir Economy Class from Johannesburg/Cairo excluding airport taxes

·    Return domestic flights within Egypt on EgyptAir Economy Class from Cairo/Sharm-el-Sheikh excluding airport taxes

·    8 Dives including 12 litre aluminium tanks, weights/weight-belts & dive guide

·    7 Night accommodation at the Novotel hotel  , in Sharm on all inclusive basis

·    Meet & assist at all airports within Egypt & all transfers to fit the programme

 

·    Airport taxes:  Currently  ±R 5500 subject to change prior to the issuing of airline tickets including R200 issue fee

·    Lunches, dinners & drinks in Sharm or Dahab and Cairo

·    Ras Mohammed National Park entrance fees:  EURO 7,00/person payable in cash onboard

·    Equipment rental other than 12 litre aluminium tanks/weights/weight-belts:  EURO 30,00/day – full equipment;  EURO 20,00/day – BC/reg only;  EURO 15,00/day – dive computer (compulsory);  EURO 12,00/day – reg only;  EURO 8,00/day – dive torch (including batteries);  EURO 60,00/week – 15 litre tank (if required)

·    Service charge:  EURO 60,00/person payable in cash to the ground operators in Sharm in the last day

·    Cost of processing Egyptian visa:  R500,00/passport

·    Half-day tour to Pyramids & Sphinx, Cairo:  R1500,00/person to be booked and pre-paid in home country

·    Day use hotel in Cairo R1400 including return transfers airport/hotel/airport

·    Full-day tour to Pyramids/Sphinx/Egyptian Museum/Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar:  R2200,00/person to be booked and pre-paid in home country

·    Nile cruise dinner:  R1200,00/person to be booked and pre-paid in home country

·    2 Dives in Dahab Canyon and the blue hole R1000  pre-paid in home country when staying in Dahab or plus transfer

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Friday,

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Check-in at OR Tambo International Airport at 19h00 for your Egypt Air flight departing for Cairo at 21h45.  Dinner & breakfast served onboard the aircraft.  Flying time is approximately 8½ hours.

 

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

 

Saturday,

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 Arrival in Cairo at approximately 06h45.  Met on arrival and assisted through customs formalities & transferred to check-in for flight to Sharm-el-Sheikh departing at 09h00.  Arrival in Sharm-el-Sheikh at approximately 10h00.  Met and assisted on arrival and to check-in the  Novotel Palm  Hotel in central Na’ama Bay, Sharm-el-Sheikh for one night accommodation on all inclusive basis.  Rest of day at leisure on own arrangements.

The  Novotel Palm Hotel is conveniently situated centrally in picturesque and peaceful Na’ama Bay, the main tourist centre of Sharm-el-Sheikh.  The hotel is located directly on the beach and has its own private beach.  It is within easy walking distance of the main tourist promenades in Na’ama Bay which abound with restaurants, shops and bazaars which sell food and goods of all description.  Its 197 rooms are tastefully furnished in a modern style.  All rooms are air-conditioned, with safe deposit boxes, mini-bar fridge, satellite TV, a high-speed transmission line, hair-dryers, showers and separate bathtubs.  The hotel boasts two bars, two restaurants and a heated swimming pool.

 

OVERNIGHT AT NOVOTEL PALM  HOTEL IN SHARM-EL-SHEIKH

Sunday,

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2 dives

 

An early morning 2 dives at a local area., Ras Katy and Ras umsid

 

OVERNIGHT HOTEL

Monday,

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2 dives

 

An early morning dive on the SS Thistlegorm.  This wreck site has legendary status in the world-wide diving community.  Located north-east of Shag Rock, off Sha’ab Ali to the south-west of Ras Mohammed, with an average depth of 24m, a maximum depth of 30m and an average visibility of 20m.  The SS Thistlegorm was an army supply ship sunk by the German army in 1941.  The wreck lies at 30m, her largely intact forward section sitting almost upright on the sandy bottom.  The midsection was the epicentre of the blast which sunk her and is badly damaged.  The stern section, its huge propeller clearly visible, boasts the crew quarters, the main anti-aircraft gun and a 3.5 inch gun on deck.  Off the port side of the ship, a railway locomotive lies at 33m, thrown from its place on the deck as the ship sank.  The wreck is like a gigantic, submerged army surplus store with motor-cycles, jeeps, tanks, and even boots still on the wreck.  You can even visit the captain’s bathroom, where tubeworms grow from the silt-filled bathtub.  There are large schools of jacks, snapper, bannerfish and huge grouper as well as soft coral growth throughout. 

 

OVERNIGHT HOTEL

Tuesday,

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2 dives

An early morning dive at Shark Reef and the wreck of the Jolanda.  Located at the south end of the Ras Mohammed National Park, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 50m plus, and an average visibility of 20m.  These two reefs are the twin peaks of a single coral sea-mount rising just off the Ras Mohammed coast, separated from the mainland by a shallow channel.  Shark reef has a sheer wall dropping to well past 50m giving way to a steep reef slope as the reef proceeds south-west towards the wreck of the Jolanda.  The Jolanda was a freighter wrecked in 1986 after a severe storm, and its cargo of handbasins and toilets can be seen strewn along the reef.  Coral is excellent and big pelagics and schooling fish swarm this reef in their thousands.  Off the wall of Shark reef, hammerheads, grey and black-tip reef sharks can be seen in the blue.  There are also many reef fish, moray eels as well as blue-spotted and black-spotted stingrays.  After breakfast, the second dive is at Ras Za’atir.  Located in Ras Mohammed National Park, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 30m plus, and an average visibility of 20m. This reef has many cracks and fissures, some forming small caves which can be entered.  There is a reasonable range of coral species, both hard and soft and a large-scale growth of soft corals. Fish life is excellent with a dense and diverse fish population.  The third dive is at Jackfish Alley.  Located in Ras Mohammed National Park, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 40m plus and an average visibility of 20m.  The site begins on a sheer wall with small cracks, crevices and penetrable caves, each featuring separate exit and entrance holes.  Proceeding southward, the wall gives way to a sandy plateau at around 20m well covered with coral heads and outcrops.  After widening out considerably, this plateau narrows at its southern end to form a small channel or alley.  Coral growth is good overall and the fish population is excellent with plenty of the jacks and stingrays and all the usual reef fish. 

OVERNIGHT HOTEL

 

Wednesday,

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2 dives

Morning dive to Thomas Canyon on Thomas Reef.  Thomas Reef is the second from the south in the Straits of Tiran reef chain, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 50m and an average visibility of 20m.  This is the smallest of the four reefs in the Straits of Tiran, and its position in the chain leaves it exposed to some fairly vigorous currents.  The reef’s upper section is a riot of colour, encompassing some of the finest soft coral growth in the Sinai region.  The only reason to go much deeper than 20m at Thomas Reef is to explore the canyon, an option for only very experienced deep divers as the entrance to the canyon begins at 38m and extends down to depths of 90m and greater.  You should not even consider this hazardous option without consulting your dive guide.  After breakfast, the second dive is to Woodhouse Reef, the second from the north in the Straits of Tiran reef chain, with an average depth of 15m, a maximum depth of 40m plus, and an average visibility of 20m.  Lying between Jackson and Gordon reefs, Woodhouse is a long, narrow reef running at an angle from north-east to south-west.  It is generally dived as a drift dive along its eastern side.  Pelagic fish include big tuna and schools of trevally or jacks.  Fusiliers, snapper, surgeons and unicorns also school here, along with thousands of other reef fish.  The third dive is at Jackson Reef, the northernmost of four reefs extending down the centre of the Straits of Tiran, with an average depth of 20m, a maximum depth of 40m plus, and an average visibility of 20m.  On the northern edge of the reef, the wreck of a grounded freighter stands as a warning to shipping in the busy straits; most of its hull has been salvaged for scrap, leaving only a skeletal hulk.  A fixed mooring exists at the southern end of the reef and dives generally begin from this point and proceed generally northward along the east side of the reef.  The steep-sided walls of Jackson reef are among the finest in the Sinai region and have a dense profusion of hard and soft corals.  Luxuriant gorgonian fans are especially prevalent as well as sea whips, black corals and vivid growths of soft coral.  Fish life, not surprisingly, is excellent and large schools of barracuda, jacks as well as larger predators, including several species of shark, are common here.   

 

OVERNIGHT HOTEL

Thursday,

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Day at leisure on own arrangements.

Check-out from the hotel at 1200 and transfer to Sharm airport  for flight to Cairo to connect with Johannesburg flight

Flight departs Cairo at approximately 23h30

 

Friday,

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ARRIVAL IN JOHANNESBURG AT APPROXIMATELY 07H40