North & Brothers Itinerary (M/Y Blue Adventurer)
20th – 27th October 2023
We invite you to join us and experience some of the best diving in the Egyptian Red Sea. This special itinerary is designed and facilitated by Blue O Two to allow you to visit world-renowned sites that are not easily accessible through normal day boat trips. You will be able to do 16 – 18 dives during the trip.
Welcome aboard M/Y Blue Adventurer!
The fourth addition to the Blue O Two Fleet, M/Y Blue Adventurer offers outstanding value for money.
Refurbished in 2013, followed by an update in early 2016, M/Y Blue Adventurer is a traditional Egyptian style liveaboard designed specifically for divers to make your diving holiday as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
At 32 metres long with 12 cabins divided over three decks, M/Y Blue Adventurer is an ideal choice for smaller groups. There are eight comfortably appointed twin cabins, two double cabins and two single cabins providing accommodation for 22 guests (24 in special circumstances). All cabins benefit from en-suite facilities, air conditioning and in-cabin entertainment.
The vessel boasts a large communal dining and saloon area with an entertainment system, complimentary Wi-Fi, shaded deck area and two sun decks; there is always space to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Red Sea.
M/Y Blue Adventurer is equipped with a nitrox membrane and can also cater for rebreather and technical divers (extra charges may apply).
Itinerary (7 nights)
- Meeting point for embarkation: Marriott Resort Marina, Hurghada OR Port Ghalib Marina
- Hurghada/Port Ghalib embarkation: 18:00
- Disembarkation: Marriott Resort Marina, Hurghada OR Port Ghalib Marina between 09:00 – 10:00
Transfers from and to Hurghada Airport (HRG) or Marsa Alam Airport (RMF) on embarkation and disembarkation days are included in the cruise price. Transfer times from/to Hurghada Airport:
- Hurghada Marriott Marina: 15 mins
- Port Ghalib: 4 – 4.5 hours
The following is an example of the day-to-day itinerary.
- Day 1: Embarkation at 18:00 followed by dinner and briefings
- Day 2: Visit a local dive site for a check dive before heading north for an afternoon and night dive.
- Day 3-5: Spend two days cruising the northern Red Sea. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three day dives and a night dive each day. The exact itinerary and order of dive sites will vary depending on the conditions but you can expect to visit plenty of wrecks including the Thistlegorm. There is also some fantastic reef diving including the Ras Mohamed marine park.
- Day 6: We normally plan to spend one day at the Brothers. A typical diving day is scheduled as follows:
• Light Breakfast, followed by a briefing & Dive 1
• Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 2
• Lunch, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 3
• Snack, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 4, (no snorkelling or night dives allowed in the Brothers Marine Park)
- Day 7: Enjoy two relaxed morning dives close to your disembarkation point (either Hurghada or Port Ghalib) allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt’s famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.
- Day 8: Following breakfast on board, disembarkation is scheduled for between 09:00 and 10:00.
*We kindly request that guests check their flight departure times to ensure that they leave a minimum of 24 hours between their final dive and the departure of their flight.
Ras Mohamed – Shark & Yolanda Reefs
This is a world renowned dive site, situated at the tip of the Sinai. Two small ergs are joined by a vertical wall dropping into the abyss. At Shark Reef the current allows you to drift along the wall, rich with colourful corals. Moving towards Yolanda Reef you reach a plateau scattered with small ergs and coral outcrops. Continuing around the reef you will come upon the scattered remains of the wreck ‘Yolanda’ complete with its cargo of toilets and baths. The whole of this area is big fish territory so keep an eye on the blue!
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 126.5m English freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6 October 1941. Nowadays, she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.
Filled with a variety of stunning drop offs, shallow coral gardens and interesting wrecks, Safaga offers something for everyone. The most famous wreck is ‘Salem Express’; a large ferry, which sank in 1991 with massive loss of life. There are also the large ferry wrecks of El Arish El Tor and Al Kafain, which both sank without any lives lost. The famous finger shaped reefs of Abu Kafan and Panorama offer stunning drop-offs with plentiful fan corals and incredible plateaus encrusted with soft and hard corals. Shallower reefs (such as Torbia
Arbaa) are full of critters and make a perfect afternoon or night dive.
The northernmost part of Egypt’s offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60 km away from the coast and 140 km south from Hurghada. Big Brother, the larger island (complete with a lighthouse from 1883) is 400 m 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 wreck is the Numidia, a large cargo steamer which sank in 1901 and now lies on the tip of the island between 10 and 80 m covered in soft corals and frequented by large pelagic predators. The smaller wreck of the Aida (sitting between 30 and 65 metres) was a lighthouse authority supply vessel which sank in bad weather in 1957. Small Brother Island is only a little over 200 m long, but 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. Main attraction is the abundant pelagic life; with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead, thresher, grey reef and oceanic whitetip sharks.
Images courtesy, blueotwo.com
Minimum Certification and Experience
Divers wishing to join this itinerary are required to be certified as minimum Open Water Diver and are required to have a minimum of 30 logged dives. Some of the areas we visit are not suitable for inexperienced divers due to strong currents.
It is a mandatory requirement for all divers to have their own insurance which covers scuba diving activities, including emergency evacuation and recompression chamber costs. Participation in this liveaboard itinerary is subject to acceptance of both Scuba 2000 and Blue O Two Terms & Conditions.
The following is a description of areas which we may visit during your Red Sea liveaboard. We wish to show you the very best diving possible, however, a number of factors determine which route the Cruise Director and Captain will choose and which dive sites we visit; weather, tides, currents and the number of other dive vessels at a particular site all play a part in where the boat is heading to. While we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed. Due to the nature of this itinerary, there will be one or two overnight sailings.
Prices & Booking
October is prime time for Red Sea diving, due to the warmer waters and pleasant daytime temperatures. The price of this trip includes the following:
- 7-Nights full board accommodation in Classic Cabin (based on double occupancy)
- 6 Days of diving with up to 4 dives per day
- Transfers between local airport and liveaboard on days of embarkation and disembarkation
- Water/coffee/tea/soft drinks
- 12 Litre cylinder with air fills
- Local dive guides
- A Scuba 2000 team to take care of you during your trip.
Reserve your space now from £189 until 31/05/2022.
An interim payment is due in April 2023 and final balances must be paid in July 2023.
- Exclusions apply (e.g. international flights) – see details below.
- Prices are based on two people sharing
- The trip is run and facilitated by Blue O Two.
Flights and Transfers
Please note that the price excludes international flights. For those who wish to travel from London, we will book together as a group next year, once numbers are confirmed and will aim for the best price available at the time.
For flights from other airports, we will work with you to ensure we time arrivals / departures appropriately.
The following items are not included in the price.
- International flights (see above)
- Marine & Port Fees – Governmental Reef Tax is 80 USD per person (7-nights)
- Visa to enter Egypt (available on arrival)
- Personal holiday insurance – must include diving as a permitted activity or you must have separate dive insurance cover.
- Spending money to cover alcohol / some soft drinks and other incidentals.
- Kit hire – if you need anything in addition to the tank / weights provided, contact us to discuss
- Deep and wreck diving speciality training (available at a special discounted rate)
- Tips for the local dive crew (optional but customary; payable locally).