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Red Sea Dive Liveaboards

Depart Hurgada or Port Ghalib, Egypt   |   Shipwrecks, 7 Species of Sharks, Colorful Corals, Kitesurfing

The Red Sea is considered one of the world’s top dive destinations. With over 1,000 species of fish, vibrant soft corals, unique topographies, world-class wreck diving and sharks, the Red Sea is at the top of most divers’ bucket lists. Divers joining a liveaboard in Egypt can experience the SS Thistlegorm, one of the most famous wreck dives in the world. Trips to Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone reefs produce close encounters with a variety of sharks including oceanic whitetips, grey reef and hammerhead sharks. Tiran and Ras Mohamed National Park in the Northern Red Sea, is where you will find Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef which are teeming with fish life, covered with coral and home to its namesake wreckage Yolanda. 

About the Red Sea
Situated below the Suez Canal, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and the Gulf of Aqaba. Hurghada, known as the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, is the departure point for northern dive trips. Dive liveaboards for the southern itineraries use the Port of Ghalib near Marsa Alam on the East Coast, to access dive destinations.

Dive itineraries explore the northern and central-southern Red Sea which encompasses 50,000 square miles (130,000 square km). A year-round dive destination, the Red Sea is known for its clear visibility and intense sky blue waters which contrast perfectly against the sandy terrain. The Red Sea is home to over 100 dive sites, shipwrecks and islands.

According to Egypt Tourism, due to currents flowing out of the Gulf of Aqaba, the underwater inhabitants of the area are simply exceptional, and a lot of fish come here from the open seas in search of food and shelter. Divers may observe an abundance of hard and soft corals, as well as big schools of tunas, barracudas, jackfish and even sharks.

With close proximity to mainland Europe, Egypt’s Red Sea is a popular getaway for tourists from the EU. Dive resorts in Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh and Marsa Alam can get quite crowded and are limited to diving the waters right off their coasts. Traveling by liveaboard allows divers to escape some of the crowds and combine multiple regions into the same dive trip, like our BDE itinerary to Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone.

How to Get To Red Sea
Depending on your itinerary, All Star Scuba Scene will either depart from Hurghada or Port Ghalib. Some direct flights can be found to Hurghada International Airport (HRG), typically with a layover over in Istanbul, Turkey; Doha, Qatar; or Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Port Ghalib’s nearest airport is Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF). Flying into Marsa Alam typically requires a connection through Cairo (CAI). 

If you are planning on arriving into Egypt early or extending your stay, All Star Liveaboards can assist with planning a Cairo tour to see the Pyramids of Giza, a Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor or a side trip to Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea.

  • One of the largest dive liveaboards on the Red Sea
  • 141 feet (43m) long and 30 feet (9m) wide
  • Vessel extensively renovated in 2021
  • Accommodates up to 26 guests plus crew members
  • Twin bed cabins with private bathrooms
  • Suites with large picture windows and private bathrooms
  • Dive deck with personal gear station and camera tables
  • Up to four (4) dives per day including night dives* 
  • Hard bottom tenders with individual tank racks
  • Includes all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • World cuisine dining
  • Ground transfer to/from airport and vessel/hotel
  • Multilingual crew; English, Arabic, German spoken; translators available with advance notice
  • Kitesurfing and Shark Week trips
  • Managed and regulated by the Egypt Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS)

From $1,100 all-inclusive

*Night dives vary by itinerary

Best Red Sea Wreck Dives

  • Straits of Gubal and Gubal Island – SS Thistlegorm
  • Abu Nuhas Reef – The Carnatic, Giannis D, Chrisoula K, Kimon M
  • Brothers Islands Marine Park – Numidia and Aida

 

Best Places to See Sharks in Red Sea

  • Straits of Tiran – Shark and Yolanda Reefs
  • Brothers Islands Marine Park – Numidia and Aida (shipwrecks)
  • Daedalus Reef Marine Park
  • Elphinstone Reef Marine Park
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