GOLDEN DOLPHIN III I 04 - 11 JUN 2020 I NORTH RED SEA

GOLDEN DOLPHIN III I 04 - 11 JUN 2020 I NORTH RED SEA
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 This vessel prides itself on comfort, space and excellent service. Mouth watering cuisine and roomy cabins. Free WIFI, Nitrox available. Dive Deck has Charging facility. Dives from powerful zodiacs. 2 Dive Professionals.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 17 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English. German. Spanish. Arabic. Italian. Russian.
  • Ras Mohamed National Park, Abu Nuhas, Strait of Gubal. 
  • Incredible visibility, brilliant vertical walls and arrays of reefs and soft corals
  • Hammerheads, whale shark, oceanic white-tips, mantas, thresher sharks and dugongs 
  • World-class wreck diving on Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Carnatic, Ghiannis D
  • Rebreather friendly.
  • Non Divers / snorkellers welcome
  • Free Wi-Fi, Internet available when in range
  • Nitrox available (complimentary if trip booked before 31 December 2019)
  • Spacious saloon and sun decks
  • Excellent food and open bar
  • Rental equipment and dive courses available
  • Cruise starts Thursday and finishes Thursday

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from tenders
  • Tanks With Din Valves. Din/Int Adapters. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($). Courses ($)
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. 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 - Cash
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher. Life Jackets. Life Rafts. Emergency Oxygen Kit. First Aid Kits. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed). Vhf Radio. Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.
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OUR BOAT

A Diver’s dream, the luxurious Golden Dolphin III is 131 feet (40m) long and features 10 attentive multi-lingual crew members waiting to meet and exceed every need of their guests.

OUR CABINS

This dive safari liveaboard yacht will comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests in 10 double cabins, 6 Twin cabins on the Main Deck and 2 Twins on the Upper Deck, and 2 Cabins with King-size beds on the Upper Deck. All cabins feature Ocean view windows, private bathrooms, individual temperature controls, hand basins, bedding and towels, cabinet, shelves and mirror, reading lamp, music, mini bar, 220v electricity supply, and European round pin plug-in points.

FOOD ON BOARD

All meals are made with only the freshest ingredients. Meals will be diverse, mouth-watering and plentiful. The menus will be created from the finest International recipes, local Egyptian and Gulf specialities,  Italian fare, BBQs and local Red Sea delicacies. Guests have their choice to dine in either the indoor air conditioned dining area or eat with the breath taking views on the open-air shaded upper deck. Breakfast is served buffet style while the pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are served by the attentive waiting staff.  Have your second breakfast with eggs, pancakes, toast, bread, fresh fruit and veggies, cereal, cheese and sausages. The amazing lunches and dinners will feature an array of fresh vegetables, rice, noodles, chicken, beef and fish. Snacks will be available between meals and will include candy bars, biscuits, bread, toast and fruit - available all day long. Beverages such as tea, coffee, soft drinks and drinking water are complimentary. For the adults, beer and wine may be purchased onboard this full-service liveaboard.

AMENITIES

Guests have the freedom to wander the decks and find the perfect place to enjoy the freedom of being on the open sea while relaxing in the luxurious accommodation. This modern and spacious liveaboard yacht features a flat screen TV/DVD and music system in the air-conditioned salon, as well as free Wi-Fi. The fully stocked bar is great for unwinding after a fantastic day of diving. For those who love to read, there is a library filled with magazines, novels, fish ID books and games. Guests looking to relax between dives may recline on the cushioned sun loungers located on the shaded open-air deck. Prefer to work on your tan? There is a choice of 2 Sundecks to lounge in the brilliant sunshine while enjoying the spectacular Ocean views.

DIVING WITH US

The Golden Dolphin III liveaboard is a yacht that will make any Diver’s heart beat a bit faster. Designed purposely for dive safaris in the Red Sea with an emphasis on luxury, Divers will be delivered in style to diverse underwater landscapes, Drift Dives, Sheer Walls, Caverns, Wrecks, Vibrant Reefs, large pelagics and a vast array of fish species. This liveaboard takes Dive Safari Adventurers to explore the North Red Sea, Brother Islands, Daedalus, Elphinstone and the Straits of Tiran.

DIVING IN THE AREA

Diving in Egypt is available all year round. The best season is from March to the middle of December. All of these months diving is amazing in this region with water temperatures from 25º-28º. Winter water temperatures (Middle of December to February) are still 23º. There are great discount offers on boats and a minimum number of boats in the area, the dive sites are exclusive to you.

KING-SIZE BED CABINS - UPPER DECK

2 cabins with king-size bed on the upper deck, cabins with AC, minibar, private bathroom, these cabins are big and a perfect place to rest after a long day diving.

  • Size:  12 m².
  • Beds:  1 King.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  No.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes. 

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TWIN CABINS - UPPER DECK

2 cabins with twin beds on the upper deck with AC, minibar, private bathroom, great light inside cabin, perfect place to relax after a long day diving.

  • Size:  10 m².
  • Beds:  2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  Yes.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes. 

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TWIN CABINS -MAIN DECK

6 twin cabins on the main deck, cabins with AC, minibar, private bathroom, these cabins are great for two people, great place to relax after diving.

  • Size:  10 m².
  • Beds:  2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  Yes.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes.

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The boat leaves from Hurghada and ends at Hurghada.
  • 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.

DEPARTURE AND EMBARKATION

  • The nearest airport is Hurghada (HRG) 
  • The transfer from the airport to the boat and from the boat to the airport on the first and last day is included in the price.
  • If the boat leaves from Hurghada the transfer from the airport Hurghada to the boat is 10 minutes.
  • Transfers from hotels  to the boat are included as well. The exact pickup times will be announced around 2 weeks before the trip starts. If you want to make your own way to the boat please announce this before.
  • 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 GOLDEN DOLPHIN 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).
  • The boat has European 2 pin plugs
  • Towels and soap are included
  • The embarkation is the first day indicated on the date the cruise begins and the boarding time is in the afternoon from 6 pm until the early morning - maximum 6 am.
  • The boat leaves port in the morning around 8 am to go to the first diving point where a shallow dive to test the diving equipment, surface buoy, adjust each divers' group will take place.

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.
  • Check out and disembarkation is 10:00 on the last day.
  • Hotel drop-off time is in the morning
  • Airport drop-off time is in the morning
  • 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 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
  • Approx. 17 – 19 dives. 50+ dives recommended Advanced Open Water
  • Advanced Open Water Diver + Deep Diver speciality are highly recommended for insurance reason (certification can be obtained for a moderate fee on board )
  • It is mandatory that each diver has the following equipment and papers:  Dive computer, surface signalling device (SMB), snorkel, diving certificate, a regulator with alternate air source, torch (for night dives), a weight belt or integrated weight jackets. 
  • We also suggest that you should have the most important spare parts with you like mask and fin straps and the repair kit for your type of regulator. Please think as well about batteries, seals and bulbs for your torch.
  • Rental equipment needs to be pre booked.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • We require you have a minimum of 20 logged dives to visit Thistlegorm and 50 logged dives and Advanced Open Water for cruises that visit the marine parks (Brothers, Zabargad, Daedalus & Rocky).
  • 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 to 21 dives.
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.
  • No night dives in Marine parks such BDE

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  17 - 19 are the nº of dives in this trip -DIVING CRUISE "NORTH": 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

DIVE ROUTE

The North Route from Hurghada

  • The route ‘Wrecks and Reefs’ is the most complete and varied. During the week of cruise life on board, embarking and disembarking in Hurghada. This route is ideal both for those who want to discover the famous Red Sea and for those who are going for the first time on a diving cruise Liveaboard. It is suitable for all levels of diving, from novice divers to the most experienced TEC divers, although we recommend a minimum level of Advanced or similar.
  • The navigation is very short and pleasant, the diving points being further away after about two hours sailing. Its diversity allows you to enjoy dives in spectacular walls, incredible schools of fish and majestic reefs in the Ras Mohamed National Park, you can enjoy quiet nights and dreamlike landscapes like the Sinai Peninsula, or the multiple islands with its magnificent lagoons and reefs.
  • We will visit the Strait of Gubal and all the wrecks in this area where we will remember part of modern history visiting, probably the most famous wreck in the world - the SS Thistlegorm, sunk in World War II and discovered by Jacques Cousteau in the ‘50s. We will explore the spectacular reef of Abu Nuhas with wrecks Giannis D and Carnatic. And enjoy an amalgam of colours and corals in dives such as Small Crack or Shag Rock, even with a bit of luck, do snorkelling with dolphins.

Dive sites

  • Ras Mohammed National Park, Anemone City, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef, Jackfish Alley, Ras Ghozlani, Gubal Strait, SS Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Giannis D, Kingston, Ras Umm Sid and Small Crack
  • The SS Thistlegorm is probably the most famous wreck in the Red Sea. The British cargo ship was on its way to bring military equipment of all kinds for the British troops in North Africa. But then on the 6th of October 1941 a German bomber attacked the Thistlegorm. The wreck is lying upright on the sea-bottom at 32m depth. Especially interesting is the cargo: Tanks, trucks, motorcycles, weapons, railway carriage and two railway engines.
  • The reef at Abu Nuhas is famous for wrecks. There are 4 wrecks, which are today an attraction point for divers all around the world. For example the Greek cargo ship GIANNIS D, which ran a ground the reef on 19th April 1984 and sank a short time afterwards. It is now lying in a maximum depth of 27 m and is overgrown with hard- and soft corals. The ship cracked down in the middle. The better part of the two halves is the stern section. Here it is easy to dive inside the wreck, because there are a lot of entry and exit points. Because the wreck is leaning on a 45° angle you will find yourself swimming up a stairwell which your mind tells you are heading down. This effect is very special. The steamship CARNATIC struck the reef in September 1869. She sank the following day as the weather worsened. She lies in about 26m depths. She has broken up amidships, leaving her bow and stern intact. The decking has fallen away to be replaced by a thick growth of tube sponges, alcyonarians and occasional table corals, making her very photogenic. She is also laid open to light from above and is easily penetrated.
  • The Dunraven, a steam and sail-powered vessel used to transport spices and timber, ran aground the reef Shaab Mahmoud in April 1876 during a voyage from Bombay to Newcastle and sank quickly. The ship broke in two, and her two halves came to rest on the sea floor. The wreck lies upside down with the stern at a depth of 28m and the bow at 18m. At the stern you find the propeller and the rudder, which are overgrown with corals. Inside the wreck you see thousands of glassfish.
  • The marine park Ras Mohammed offers dreamlike diving spots that include SHARK REEF and JOLANDA REEF. Both reefs are standing on a plateau, which is between 10m to 20m deep. The edges of the plateau fall down to more than 200m. At the reef you will find nice hard and soft corals, plenty of fish in all kind of sizes. With luck you can see sharks during your early morning dive. At Jolanda Reef you can see the cargo of a Cypriot freighter JOLANDA which ran aground in 1980: a large quantity of household pottery such as toilets,copper tubes and bidets.

The highlight on the dives

  • Historical wrecks, Sharks (whale, hammerheads, white reef fin), Dolphins, Turtles, Mantas.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Dive guides
  • Wifi
  • Last night on board or in a 3 stars hotel (depending on the schedule of the boat)
  • Transfers from local hotel (around departure/arrival harbour) to/from the boat
  • Airport transfer to/from the boat
  • Harbour fees

NOT INCLUDED

  • National park fees and Egypt Visa (100 EUR per trip)
  • 15 liter tanks (30 EUR per trip)
  • Nitrox (50 EUR per week)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Rental equipment full set (EUR 180 per trip incl. torch and dive computer)
  • Courses 
  • Local beer & wine

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% deposit will not be refunded
  • 75% will be charged if you cancel between 30 and 15 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 15 days prior to arrival

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

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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