MV TALA I 10% DISCOUNT I 21 - 28 MAY 2020 I NORTH - DAHAB I RED SEA I EGYPT

MV TALA I 10% DISCOUNT I 21 - 28 MAY 2020 I NORTH - DAHAB I RED SEA I EGYPT
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TALA. Fabulous vessel classed as a floating Dive Centre. 22 guests in en-suite cabins with A/C. Egyptian and International buffet cuisine. Free WIFI. Underwater scooters. Nitrox available. Separate camera rinse tank. Perfectly set up for TEC divers with a range of mixes and tanks available. Re-breather, Tec and Non Divers welcome.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 18 - 21 Dives
  • Languages on board - English, German and Arabic
  • Dahab, Tiran, Ras Mohammed National Park, Abu Nuhas
  • Blue Hole, Canyon, Jackson, Woodhouse, Gordon, Thomas, Shark and Yolanda, Dolphin House
  • Dive world class wrecks - Rosie Moeller, Thistlegorm, Carnatic, Ghiannis D, Chrisoula K, Kimon M
  • Mantas, sharks and Dolphins
  • Tech divers welcome on Egypt trips
  • Families / Snorkellers welcome on Egypt trips
  • Free internet
  • Equipped with 'high-end' underwater photo and video gear
  • Nitrox, rental equipment and dive courses available
  • Floating dive centre with a full array of dive equipment and underwater scooters. 

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from zodiac
  • Tanks With Din Valves, Din/Int Adapters,  15L Tanks Available,
  • Nitrox ($), Rental Equipment ($),  Rebreather-Friendly, Courses ($)
  • Battery Charging Station, Spacious Dive Deck,  
  • Wi-Fi (Free,) Air-Conditioning, Lounge/TV Area, Movies. Library
  • Snorkelling
  • Buffet Vegetarian Food Halal Food
  • Alcohol available on board to purchase
  • Payments on board - Visa Mastercard Cash 
  • Fire Extinguisher, Life Jackets, Life Rafts, Emergency Oxygen Kit, Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon, 
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OUR BOAT

Far beyond the mainland, diving down into the depths of the Red Sea, we offer not only unforgettable Dive Adventures, but also a first class service on our dive cruise ship MV Tala. Let our crew spoil you and dive into one of the most fascinating Dive Regions in the World. The steel hulled vessel offers different itineraries both on the Egyptian and Sudanese side of the sea.

OUR CABINS

MV Tala has 11 Cabins that can accommodate 22 Divers and their fellow travellers. On the Lower Deck there are six twin Staterooms that can be shared with another Diver, there is also an opportunity to be accommodated in a Triple Cabin- suitable for a family. Other Cabins are situated on the Main Deck. You can choose Double or Twin bed, well appointed Cabins. All are en-suite. During your trip The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets. DIN/INT adaptors are available on board. Towels and hand soap are included (no shower soap)

FOOD ON BOARD

When sailing and diving around the Red Sea, there's no reason to compromise on the quality of the food. On the MV Tala, you can choose from a buffet of delicious dishes especially prepared by our Chef. Full board includes 3 main meals per day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Between your dives the crew serves snacks, water, soft drinks, tea , coffee and fruit assortments for free.

Alcoholic beverages are not included and will be charged at the end of the tour Tala Liveaboard social areas are perfect to spend time in between and after dives. The guests can watch TV in the boats Salon or lay on the Sundeck, that has a shaded area with cushioned sun-beds.

DIVING WITH US

MV Tala specialise in Technical Diving on the liveaboard and have supported Technical Diving, Research and Exploration projects all over the Red Sea. Yet, we still cater for and welcome Recreational Divers and provide unique opportunities for them to improve their skills and interface with Technical Diving operations happening onboard. Known for their diving expertise, our team offers Divers the chance to conduct unique dives whether it is a recreational 4 Wreck Scooter dive on Abu Nuhas, or a deep Trimix dive on the Elphinstone Arch. All this takes place in the comfort and safety of our liveaboard, the MV Tala. The spacious Dive Deck on Tala has a full range of diving equipment that can be rented. the boat has Rebreather facilities and all equipment required for Tech Diving.

MAIN DECK TWIN OR DOUBLE BED CABIN

Cabins placed on the main deck. You can choose double or twin bed rooms. All are en-suite with A/C.

  • Size: 7 m².
  • Beds: 2 Twin or 1 Double.
  • Max occupancy: 2.
  • Shareable: Yes.
  • Private bathroom: Yes.
  • Air Conditioning: Yes.

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LOWER DECK TWIN CABIN

On the lower deck there are six twin staterooms that can be shared with another diver, also there is an opportunity to be accommodated in a triple cabin that is good for a family, All are en-suite with A/C.

  • Size: 6 m².
  • Beds: 2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy: 2.
  • Shareable: Yes.
  • Private bathroom: Yes.
  • Air Conditioning: Yes.

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION 

  • For this route the boat leaves from Hurghada and ends at Hurghada 
  • the nearest airport is Hurghada (HRG)
  • Attention! The departure/arrival at the marina can change due to the internal logistics of the boat, the bad weather conditions of the previous week or the bad weather forecast.

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE 

  • The nearest airport is  Hurghada o Marsa Alam . The best-known and easiest airport to reach is the one in the city of Hurghada.
  • The transfer from either of the two airports to the ship and from the ship to the airport on the first and last day is included in the price. 
  • If you arrive in Hurghada and the boat leaves from Port Ghalib, the transfer by land is included and takes around 3 hours.
  • If the boat leaves from Hurghada and you flight to Hurghada, the transfer from the airport to the boat is 10 minutes
  • Transfers from hotels to the boat are included as well
  • Only two transfers are included, one on boarding day and the other on disembarkation day
  • Transfers other days that are not specified here are extras, they cost money and it is not guaranteed that the boat can do them since it is not in the program.
  • At the airport or at the hotel, a person carrying a boat sign will pick you up (transfers are shared group, there may be a waiting time at the airport, depending on the flights of other passengers, transfer might need to go pick up others clients from hotels)

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • The boat arrives at port in the afternoon, this day only 2 dives are done in the morning.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that you are respected 24 hours before flight time after your last dive
  • Once the boat arrives at port, you can get off and visit the area if you want to, dinner will be served on the boat, and the night of this day you will sleep on the boat.
  • Transfers to the airport will be according to the time of your flights, the maximum time to disembark is 10:00 am.
  • In case of need the boat could give advance notice and of necessity to provide the last night in a 4 * HB hotel, if it was the case, the hotel is paid by the boat and any extra transfer is offered free of charge

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • On the Deep South area is located the Navy base of the naval forces of the Army of Egypt.  
  • The dive operator routine is to request permission on Monday and receive a response on Thursday, 2 days before the trip. In the case of a ban on navigation in the areas of Zabargad and Rocky, as well as the areas of St Johns and Abu Fendira, the route will be changed to a similar accessible one. Trip compensation and cancellation are not possible.
  • Port departure/arrival can be changed due to internal boat logistic, bad weather conditions on previous week or bad weather forecast. In case of changes all transfers are provided to the new marina, cannot be issue of refund or compensations.

PORTS OF DEPARTURE AND HOW TO GET THERE

  • Egypt trips Most visitors will arrive in Cairo and take a 1 hour Domestic flight with Egypt Air to their Port of departure, although some of the more popular ports such as Marsa Alam, Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh have direct International flights too.
  • Ports are detailed for every trip in the itinerary section The departure and return Ports can vary depending on the dates chosen. In some cases the boats are moored at Port and depart the day after the trip begins, so you can arrive quite late on the first day of the tour and still board the boat before it departs the following morning. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • This itinerary requires that you have the Advanced Open Water certification and 50 registered dives
  • We require you have a minimum of Advanced Open Water certification for this route.
  • To dive with a dive buddy, you must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following your guide. On some dives the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
  • Many of the dives in the Red Sea are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected anytime and anywhere. Inexperienced divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience
  • Number of planned dives depending on the weather conditions and the route are around 18 - 21 dives.
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.
  • The route includes some of the best wrecks in the Red Sea, including the underwater museum: SS Thistlegorm.
  • Dive some fantastic wreck, simply breathtaking! The ships are fully preserved, amazing stuff to see, great visibility 
  • Wreck diving, coral reefs, wall dives and pelagic.
  • It crosses over to the stunning protected area of Ras Mohamed.
  • The trip visits renowned sites such as the Blue Hole and the Canyon in Dahab.
  • The underwater scenery is ever changing and guaranteed to leave you breathless. 
  • Barracudas, giant trevallies, shoals of tuna and sometimes a manta ray along with loads of colourful corals and reef fish.
  • Chance to swim and dive with countless dolphins.

PROGRAM

  • DAY 1  Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage. At the indicated time, transfer to the port in Hurghada. Boarding the boat, welcome drink and presentation briefing of the boat and crew (depending on the schedule of flights will be the first day or the next day early morning). Distribution of cabins. Overnight on board. You can take some time this day to prepare your diving equipment. The Cruise Director will tell you if you have to make any payment, 
  • DAYS 2nd to 6th 18 - 21  are the nº of dives in this trip -DIVING CRUISE "NORTH AND DAHAB": Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan. You will dive the most important dive sites of this route. 
  • DAY 7TH  2 dives in the morning.  afternoon / night, arrival at port. Dinner and accommodation on board. Free time to enjoy the local atmosphere, shopping and / or optional excursions in the area.
  • DAY 8 HURGHADA Disembark in Hurghada. Transfer to the hotel or airports

North + Dahab

DAY 2 - 6

Dahab

  • The Bells & The Blue Hole, dropped by zodiac near the Bell, this is essentially a drift dive that moves southward until you reach the Blue Hole. You enter the hole through a break in the reef at around 7-5m; you will have time for a little swim in the Blue Hole before heading back over the reef wall to end your dive.
  • The Canyon, also a drift dive, the boat’s zodiac will drop you near one of the entrances to the Canyon, where you begin to move along the coral wall in a southward direction. Expect to see big colonies of star coral, gorgonians, as well as soft and black corals. You may also come across butterfly fish, angelfish and clownfish.

Ras Mohamed

  • On the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, this national park offers some of the best diving worldwide. Due to its location and the varying salinity of the water, a remarkable array of marine life and plush sea walls are found there. Standout reefs include Shark and Yolanda, and whether you are new to diving or you are an experienced technical diver, Ras Mohamed promises a spectacular experience for all.

Rosalie Moller

  • A sister ship of the SS Thistlegorm (and bombed just the day after) Rosalie Moller is located at 35-55m, making it suitable for experienced divers only. Covered in hard and soft coral, the wreck also attracts a range of species, including barracudas, tuna, jackfish and trevallies; meanwhile glass fish, lion fish and groupers can be spotted inside the wreck.

SS Thistlegorm

  • The SS Thistlegorm is one of the most renowned wrecks in the world, regarded as a giant underwater museum and a special piece of history. Having sunk in 1941 after a bomb attack, today the Thistlegorm lies at 15-30m and offers a playground for divers that includes military trucks and motorcycles as well as boots, ammunition and a lot more.

Tiran

  • Visible on the surface and named after British cartographers, the four coral reefs of Gordon, Woodhouse, Thomas and Jackson are lined up in a row and renowned for their extraordinarily diverse corals. Sightings of sharks, turtles and other big fish are also possible there, so always keep an eye out into the blue.

Wrecks of Abu Nuhas

  • The four wrecks of Abu Nuhas - Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M - are all suitable for recreational diving. At a depth range of 5-30m, their proximity to each other is what makes Abu Nuhas an especially notable wreck diving site. Covered in both soft and hard corals, the wrecks are an underwater dream for the avid photographer. Easy access to the machine rooms and engine room on both the Chrisoula K and Giannas D make it a perfect site for the explorer as well. 

Dolphin House

  • A reef shaped like a horseshoe, the Dolphin House is an easy, lighthearted dive site that is ideal for recreational diving. As its nickname suggests, dolphins tend to fluctuate there and it is usually quite possible to encounter them and spending a bit of time swimming together.

DAY 7

  • 2 dives in the morning depending on guest flight schedules 

DAY 8

  • After breakfast check out and transfer to the airport

Dive sites

  • Blue Hole, Canyon, Dolphin House, Jackson, Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse, Ras Ghozlani, Ras Mohammed Shark and Yolanda, Gubal straits, Abu Nuhas
  • SS Thistlegorm, Rosie Moeller, Giannis D, Kimon M, Carnatic, Chrisoula K

The highlight on the dives

  • Historic shipwrecks, Sharks (whale, hammer, white tip, reef), Turtles
  • Barracudas, giant trevally, school of tuna and sometimes a manta ray along with lots of colorful corals and reef fish.
  • Possibility of swimming and diving with countless dolphins.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Dive guides
  • Wifi 
  • Airport and local hotel transfer to/from the boat

NOT INCLUDED

  • Surcharge (port fees, taxes, fuel ), Harbour fee: EUR 110 per person per trip
  • Environmental tax 37 EUR per person per trip
  • 15 liter tanks 8 EUR per day
  • Nitrox (6 EUR per day)
  • Underwater scooter
  • Tips for the crew (recommended) 
  • Full set rental equipment (Computer, BCD, Regulator, Wet Suit and ABC) EUR 25 per day
  • Courses
  • Local beer & wine, alcohol

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies: 

  • 30 % is non-refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before the trip = 70 % is refundable
  • 90 days before the trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 working days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the requirements for your nationality and entry into the country you are visiting,
  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you plan to leave the country
  • Dive insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to take out a travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of dive vacation booked
  • Check the electrical standards (such as what plugs are used) in your destination country before you travel and bring the appropriate adapter if necessary.
  • Itinerary and number of dives are indicative and subject to weather and conditions: safety always comes first
  • The operator of the vessel is not responsible for civil unrest, terrorism, strikes, illness, epidemics, accidents, injuries, damage, loss and theft, quarantine, customs regulations, changes to flight schedules, delays, deportation or refusal of entry by immigration authorities and other circumstances beyond our control.
  • In the event of a change in the cruise itinerary due to a major cause there is no refund, if there would be a refund if the duration of a cruise were to change, the affected passengers will be offered a credit or refund of the cruise fare pro-rated for the number of days of reduction of the cruise itinerary that was scheduled.
  • In the event that a cruise is cancelled, the ship will make every effort to provide a suitable alternative including, the option to participate in another available ship.
  • If no alternative offered is accepted by the affected cruise passengers, the ship reserves the right to provide a refund of the amount of the cruise fare paid or not.
  • All divers must provide their dive certification card
  • Dive computers are mandatory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in oil prices, etc. Changes are beyond our control and increases must be paid upon request. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not give you the right to cancel the trip.

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