Trip now full- Red Sea - Live Aboard, Egypt

Fri 11th June 2010 - Fri 18th June 2010

Trip Report

1 Luxury boat, 24 divers, 1 shark expert, 2 other dive guides, great egyptian crew, hammerhead, reef, thresher and silky sharks. Wall to wall sunshine and superb diving, it doesn't get much better. Disapointments - egyptian beer ! no real ales in sight! A flooded camera.

It started off with a day of travelling, with flights from Gatwick and then a 3 hour coach trip to get to Port Ghalib, but excellent service from the Blue O2 staff saw us smoothly through the airport and eventually to the boat. Up bright and early, 6am call for the first dive, the first ring of the bell saw everyone ready to go, a chill out first dive, turtle sightings on the eel grass and an abundance of reef fish.

That bell call was to be our time clock for the rest of the week, well for 23 of the 24 of us, Popstar was in a different time zone, but eventually got the hang of it.
We moved on to the famous outer reefs of Daedelus, Elphinstone, Big and Little Brother. The quest on for the first shark and they didn't disappoint. Regular close sightings of silky sharks especially around the boat checking out the divers. Sightings of thresher and reef sharks on the reefs. An alleged sighting of a school of 11 hammerheads by Sue and Lucy with their guide Mo Mo, but we would have expected a photo to prove it, only kidding of course we believe you!

A strangely somber last day diving the wreck of the Salem Express, where several hundred religious pilgrims lost their lives in 1991. And my camera sprung a leak and flooded, luckily all the photos of the week downloaded daily, so just a big clean up bill to come and the insurance to check.

A daily talk from Elke the shark specialist, brilliant talks but proved a bit too much for some, with the rocking of the boat sending a few to sleep after a hard days diving.
Some great photos and videos have been taken and will soon be on display, just need to gather them in.

A restful last day at the Marriott Hotel pool in Hurghada before a quick trip to the airport, a flight back to the rain of the UK.

18 dives in all in some fantastic locations with a great bunch of people, many thanks to everyone.
The next Shark Special is already in hand for 2011, I think this trip will be keenly sought after so watch out for the email, details will be out soon.

A Northern Wrecks and Reef trip is already set for December this year and is advertised on Somerset Divers website, ... aboard.htm

Fact of the trip from the quiz night - did you know that women speak 7000 words per day, for those who know Sue from this trip, do you think that is the correct answer, any replies on this question and your thoughts on the trip can be added on the forum.

Trip Details

As you know the I organised a trip for a small group in April 2009 for a week with Blue O2 on the motor yacht Horizon, diving sites in the Southern Red Sea.
Some of the encounters we had with sharks were amazing. Pictures can be seen on the gallery page. For those of you who have been to the Red Sea before and been put off by the conveyor belts of daytrip divers pouring off the boats, this trip was different. No day trip boats in sight, the dive sights are too far out for them to reach.

As this trip was so good I have already put together details for a similar, but improved trip for 2010. We spoke to the dive guide on the boat, who is Dr Elke Bojanowski a biologist who initiated the study of sharks in the Red Sea, to find out the best time to visit to see sharks, mantas and whale sharks. She advised us to organise a trip for early June and to use an even better boat in the fleet, Blue Melody. The itinerary is similar but with a greater emphasis on education on the sharks

The link to the Blue O2 itinerary.

The link for Blue Melody is

The trip is from Friday 11th June 2010 – Friday 18th June 2010 at a cost of £999. This price can be reduced if we have 10 places we receive 1 free place, or 20 places we receive 2 free places. By putting these places back in to the price it can be reduced by £100 per person. There are places for 24 on the boat. I am a booking agent for Blue O2 and if we fill the boat I am entitled to a further 3% if I fill the boat, which can be further used to reduce the price. So fill the boat and the end price could be about £900 for a week all in, except for alcohol and suggested tips on a luxury motor yacht.
You have to be an PADI advanced diver, or equivalent with 50 logged dives.

Please email me to book a place. If you are not a PADI advanced diver or want any further training I can arrange this for you.

Last Modified: 19-06-2010 13:38:19
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