DAHAB: 6 NIGHTS ONBOARD M/Y BRINA+ 5 NIGHTS AT the the 5* Le Méridien Dahab

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TOUR PRICE

 

Per person sharing in double accommodation

 

 

Single supplements

 

Tour price excluding all flights

 

Tour price excluding international flights only

 

R27 950,00

R8 250,00 – hotel only

R18 500,00 – boat & hotel (boat single supplement only applies for pax specifically requesting a single cabin onboard and does not apply to full charter bookings)

 

R23 950,00

 

R25 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

·    6 nights’ accommodation onboard the M/YBrina boat for a Northern Red Sea safari on a full board basis including all non-alcoholic beverages (tea/coffee/mineral water/soft-drinks/tonic water/soda water)

·    All diving onboard the liveaboard including 12 litre aluminium tanks, weights/weight-belts & dive guide

·    One night accommodation at the Novotel hotel  , in Sharm on all inclusive basis

·    05 nights at the 5* Le Méridien Dahab ON B/B

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

·    NITROX 32%

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

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

·          All alcoholic beverages:  Wine/spirits are not available onboard and must be brought from home country

·          Ras Mohammed National Park entrance fees:  EURO 50 /person payable in cash onboard the liveaboard

·          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 70,00/person payable in cash onboard the liveaboard on 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

·          PCR TEST € 65

Travel insurance ±R1000, highly recommended, in case of tested positive will cover up to R60 000.00 in cancelation fees.

SPECIFIC BOOKING CONDITIONS

·    The maximum numbers of pax onboard is 20 sharing in 4x suites with double beds;  6x double cabins with twin beds;

·    The above tour price is subject to a minimum of 18 full-paying pax onboard the liveaboard.  Should there be less than the required minimum number of pax onboard, we reserve the right either to fill the remaining spaces, or, if we are not able to do so, cancel the tour, or increase the tour price according to the actual number of pax onboard;

·    Please note that the minimum of 18 full-paying pax does not constitute a full charter and we reserve the right to fill the remaining places available.  Full charter of the liveaboard is based on 18 full-paying pax;

·    The dive itinerary is an example of a standard Southern Red Sea itinerary, however, the final decision on the selection of dive sites is at the discretion of the divemaster and/or skipper onboard the liveaboard, and all dive sites listed are subject to weather conditions permitting;

·    Hotel accommodation is quoted per person sharing and the above single supplements will apply to single rooms.  Please note that no triple rooms are available in the hotels;

·    The above tour prices are subject to change according to unexpected airfare, airport tax and land arrangement increases;

·    The above is a quote only – no bookings have been made.  On confirmation of availability of flights, liveaboard and hotels, bookings must be confirmed with a 25% booking deposit per passenger.  The booking deposit must be received within 14 working days of acceptance of the quote;

·    Cancellation policy:  The 25% booking deposit is non-refundable.  Balance of payment, together with the completed Booking Form to be supplied with the trip invoice is required not less than 60 days prior to departure, as the airline policy for groups requires that the airline tickets are issued 45 days prior to departure.  Cancellation within 60-0 days of departure will incur 100% cancellation fees.

·    All payments must be made by cash, cheque or electronic transfer to our bank account details on the invoice of the booking – regret that no credit card payments are accepted;

·    Please see our full general booking conditions which apply to this quote contained in this document.

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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2 Dives

 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 transferred to onboard the M/Y Brina  boat diving and safety briefing, depart for a check dive at Ras Katy dive site, a local dive site ideal for doing a weight & equipment check prior to departure on the safari.  The check dive is followed by a night dive at Ras Katy, or if time permits, we will depart for a night dive at Beacon Rock.  Located westward of Ras Mohammed, Beacon Rock is the farthest tip of the reef system of Sha’ab Mahmoud, a large coral reef that extends to the northwest, almost touching the coast of western Sinai.  There are humphead (Napoleon) wrasses, a great many burrfish and tropical groupers.  It is not uncommon to sight sea turtles and eagle rays, as well as white-tip reef sharks.

 

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Sunday,

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4 dives

 

Before breakfast there is an early morning dive to the wreck of the Dunraven.  Located at Beacon Rock, the wreck was an English steamer which sank in April, 1876 on its way back from India with a cargo of cotton and wool.  The wreck’s stern is at 28m, with the huge screw and rudder pointing towards the surface, decked with soft corals.  The ship’s entire keel is practically intact and is thoroughly covered with coral.  A few large Malabar groupers have chosen the wreck as their home.  After the first dive, if weather permits, the liveaboard will cross the Straits of Gubal.  The Straits of Gubal are found at that point where the North-west Red Sea begins to narrow as it becomes the Gulf of Suez.  The island of Gobal Seghir (little Gobal) lies at the very end of the busy shipping lane which takes its name from the island’s big brother.  The second dive is on the wreck of the Ulysses which sank in the early hours of the 16th August 1887 after striking the island of Gobal Seghir.  The Ulysses lies right side up on the reef with her stern at 27m and bows in very shallow water.  The main body of the wreck is now on it’s port side and most of the decking has rotted away revealing a framework of iron girders.  Currents can be quite severe making it best to get down into the shelter afforded by the wreck.  The third dive is to Bluff Point, situated at the Northeast end of Gubal Seghira island, extending like a pointing finger into the Straits of Gubal.  The dive is along the island’s East coast, near the light-house which warns ships of the sheer bluffs or cliffs.  Fish and other marine animals abound here, and the site is famous for turtles, while bottlenose dolphins are also frequent visitors.  The night dive is on the barge.  The barge is the small remains of a vessel which lies in the bay below Bluff Point.  There have been many opinions about the original identity of this ship – including an Egyptian Naval vessel sunk during the 6 day war, a barge in tow lost during a storm, a diving boat and a cruising yacht.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

Monday,

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3 dives

 

In the early morning the liveaboard proceeds to Sha’ab Abu Nuhas.  The first dive is on the wreck of the Giannis D, located at the north-west corner of Sha’ab Abu Nahas, with an average depth of 18m, a maximum depth of 27m and an average visibility of 20m.  The wreck was a Greek-registered freighter wrecked in 1983.  The ship’s engine room is well preserved and the bridge and superstructure offer lots of scope for exploration, while the cavernous interior of the wreck is extremely atmospheric.  For atmosphere and ease of diving this is a remarkable site, especially as much of the wreck lies in relatively shallow water.  The second dive is on the wreck of the Carnatic, located at the centre of Sha’ab Abu Nahas north reef face, with an average depth of 18m, a maximum depth of 25m and an average visibility of 20m.  This wreck, lying in the middle of Abu Nahas’ infamous north face, is one of the most fascinating in the Red Sea.  The hull is broken into three sections, all of which can be penetrated.  The engine and boiler rooms are of particular interest and it is worth noting that of the ship’s 40 000 English Pounds’ worth of cargo of gold, only 32 000 Pounds was ever salvaged.  Coral growth on the hull is profuse and much of the ship is completely blanketed in soft coral.  There is a fairly dense population of resident reef fishes, including grouper and lionfish, while jacks and other schooling fish often cruise by in the open water.  The third dive is on the wreck of the Marcus, located at the north-east corner of Sha’ab Abu Nahas, with an average depth of 18m, a maximum depth of 25m and an average visibility of 20m.  This wreck lies at the north-eastern corner of the reef which allows a combination of wreck and reef dive.  The bow section was almost completely destroyed in the collision with the reef, and the forward sections are a mess, but the state of preservation improves as one travels toward the stern, where the hull and superstructure are virtually unscathed.  Much of this area can be penetrated.  The sloping reef to the south is very steep, cliff-like in places, with a fine array of hard and soft corals and a wide range of cracks, canyons and cavelets.  Fish life includes species such as grouper, wrasse, snapper and many others competing with the pelagic species drawn by the sheer profile and big currents.  Jacks are very common here, and barracuda are also a possibility, while sharks can occasionally be seen.  Tonight there is no night dive as the liveaboard proceeds to moor on the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Tuesday,

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4 dives

 

Before breakfast there is 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.  After breakfast, a second dive is undertaken to the wreck, with a third dive after lunch.  The wreck is best dived in three dives to enable divers to see the whole of the wreck.  There is a possibility of a night dive on the SS Thistlegorm if conditions permit.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

Wednesday,

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4 dives

Before breakfast, there is 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.  During the lunch break, the liveaboard moves on to the Straits of Tiran and a night dive is performed at South Lagoon reef.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

 Thursday,

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3 dives

Before breakfast, there is an early 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.  During the lunch break the liveaboard moves back towards Sharm-el-Sheikh.  A night dive is performed either at the Temple dive site at Ras Umm Sidd, or on Ras Katy.

OVERNIGHT ONBOARD THE LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT

 

Friday,

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Return to the port of Sharm-el-Sheikh and check-out after breakfast

 

Return to the port of Sharm-el-Sheikh & transferred to Dahab to check-in for 05 nights at the 5* Le Méridien Dahab Hotel in standard double rooms on B/B

Dahab is situated on the eastern coast of the Sinai Peninsula, only 90km north of the international resort and airport of Sharm-el-Sheikh.  With its spectacular mountain ranges and golden palm-fringed bays, Dahab is one of the most beautiful and romantic locations in all Sinai.  A breathtaking coastline of sun-drenched beaches, crystal-clear sea and an abundance of flora and fauna make it a favorite among divers and travelers alike.  Dahab has an atmosphere and character all of its own, as can be experienced while walking along its beach front promenade, lined with coffee houses and bazaars, a radiant jumble of colour, noise and aroma.

The Hilton Dahab Hotel has its own private sandy beach and on-site scuba diving facilities.  Soak up the sun at the sleek outdoor pool, get a beachside massage, try Italian cuisine under the stars at the Portofino Restaurant, or alfresco seafood at Neptune’s Restaurant and sip cocktails as you sunbathe on the beach at the Beach Bar where you can also enjoy Bedouin tea or an Egyptian shisha waterpipe.

Enjoy fabulous views of the Sinai mountains and the sparkling Red Sea from under a Coconut Bar parasol overlooking a natural lagoon and sheltered by a sandbar, it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset or sip a cocktail under the stars.

Guided dives can be undertaken to any of the many sites along a 20km stretch of pristine Sinai coastline, such as:

The Bells/Blue Hole:  This spectacularly beautiful drop-off is considered on of Dahab’s most memorable sites.  A drift dive begins north of the Blue Hole at the “Bells”, entering a crack in the reef and descending through the “bells” out into the blue at 27m.  Jack fish, tuna and napoleon wrasse cruise the clear waters along the vertical wall which drops to breathtaking depths.  A vast colony of black coral at 30m and prolific coral growth in shallower water provides interest for both advanced and novice divers.  Approaching the Blue Hole, clouds of anthias dart among multi-hued soft corals and the entry into the Blue Hole at 8m is an amazing sensation.  An occasional barracuda passes during the safety stop time at the end of the dive.

The Canyon:  The Canyon is the essential dive for underwater cave fanatics!  The entry (and exit) is through a shallow lagoon emerging onto the reef leading to the canyon.  A crevice resembling the opening of a giant oyster appears in the reef.  This canyon, the result of a natural occurrence, plunges to the depths from 16m.  Entering at between 20-30m, the quality of light creates a mysterious atmosphere for exploration.  On your return spend some time spotting nudibranches, blue-spotted rays and scorpion fish in the prolific coral gardens.

The Islands:  The islands are in fact a spectacular labyrinth of coral formations, renowned for the huge variety of multi-hued coral colonies and the richness of marine life found there.  Weave among the coral palaces, swim with barracuda schools, frolic with turtles and a host of other marine species to be found in this diver’s heaven.

Eel Garden:  Eel Garden is a gently sloping reef suitable for divers with all levels of experience.  A shallow lagoon, home to lion and sweeper fish, provides easy entry and from 3m depth the downward sandy slope is dotted with undulating garden eels, puffer fish, thornback box fish, rays and turtles are commonly seen.  You then enter a superb garden rich in colorful hard and soft corals, sheltering an interesting variety of marine fauna, and home to moray eels.  Follow the shallow reef back toward the lagoon, through a shimmering kaleidoscope of coral and darting fish.

Rick’s Reef:  Rick’s Reef is a pleasant drift dive following the meanders of a drop-off covered by an extensive variety of corals.  The entry down a shallow slope of land leads to a rich coral garden, stretching from 3-30m in depth.

Ras Abu Helal:  This site is named after a crescent-shaped reef surrounding a lagoon at around 12m.  At the southern end is a gentle drop-off rich in hard corals, whilst to the north, one of the most spectacularly beautiful coral gardens in the Dahab area.

Ras Abu Gallum:  Ras Abu Gallum is a nature reserve for both marine and wild life, offering easy access to virgin reefs for divers of all levels of experience.

Gabr el Bint:  Located in the Nabq nature reserve, this spectacular dive site can only be reached by camel or boat.  Moving along the shore in the shadow of the majestic mountains of Sinai, you will visit virgin reefs rich in diverse marine life which offer varied dives along a wall covered with gorgonian fans, vividly multi-hued coral gardens and soft sandy slopes.

OVERNIGHT AT THE 5*HOTEL, DAHAB

Saturday,

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OVERNIGHT AT THE 5*HOTEL, DAHAB

 

Sunday,

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Day at leisure on own arrangements.

OVERNIGHT AT THE 5*  HOTEL, DAHAB

 

Monday, 

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Day at leisure on own arrangements

OVERNIGHT AT THE 5*  HOTEL, DAHAB

Tuesday,

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OVERNIGHT AT THE 5*  HOTEL, DAHAB