MY AMELIA I 19 - 26 DEC 2020 I NORTH - TIRAN ISLANDS I RED SEA

MY AMELIA I 19 - 26 DEC 2020 I NORTH - TIRAN ISLANDS I RED SEA
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AMELIA. This beautiful spacious yacht has climate controlled, en-suite cabins with a safe. Local and International cuisine. Bar. Large Dive Deck. Dive from Zodiacs. Camera table and charging station, separate rinse tank. Free Nitrox and WIFI



Please note that we now confirm any navigation when there is a period of 3 months from departure at the time of request, without a minimum number of persons (terms and conditions apply).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 22 Dives
  • Languages on board - English and Arabic.
  • Diving in Egypt is available all year round. Best time March to middle of December
  • Tiran Island, Ras Mohammed National Park, Straits of Gubal, Abu Nuhas
  • World class wrecks - Thistlegorm, Yolanda, Carnatic, Chrisoula K, Ghiannis D, Kimon M
  • Type of sharks (whaleshark, hammerhead, reef, grey, thresher, tiger, silky, silver tip, white tip oceanic) giant mantas, dolphins
  • Moderate currents, incredible visibility, vertical walls, colourful reefs, wrecks
  • Non divers welcome
  • Huge lounge, exterior solarium
  • International and local food
  • Free Wi-Fi, limited to areas where there is a signal
  • Free nitrox
  • Trips are from Saturday to Saturday

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Diving from diving platform and Zodiacs
  • Diving guides and night dives available
  • Diving area with showers, toilets, plugs, camera area and rinse equipment
  • Tanks with Int (Yoke) and Din valves, Din / Int adaptors, 15 liter tanks available
  • Diving courses, and rental equipment, you must reserve them in advance
  • Marine park fee and other extras cost in non included section of the boat
  • Centralised air conditioning, televisions, music, bookshop, games
  • Snorkel, barbecues, crew party
  • A la carte buffet, vegetarian food, halal food, snacks all day * let us know if you need any special food
  • Beer and wine available on the boat, bar services during the trip, payment last day
  • Payment on board are only cash, all payments need to be done last day of the trip
  • Alarm, fire extinguisher, life jackets, life rafts, radio positioning beacon
  • Emergency oxygen, first aid kit, crew trained for emergency
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OUR BOAT

Amelia liveaboard was designed specifically for Divers to provide every comfort and convenience needed for the ultimate Dive Safari Vacation. The beautifully decorated liveaboard Amelia is 32m long and has a crew of 8 experienced English and Arabic speaking staff members whose goal is to ensure guests have the ultimate dive safari vacation

This spacious and modern liveaboard unveils the breathtaking and diverse underwater landscapes of the Red Sea. Divers will marvel at the adrenalin pumping Drift Dives, Sheer Drop-offs, Caverns, Wrecks, Vibrant Reefs, large Pelagics and the vast array of Marine Life. 

CABINS

This liveaboard yacht will accommodate up to 20 guests in 10 comfortable air-conditioned cabins. The liveaboard cabins include: 8 Twin Cabins, and 2 Cabins with Double beds. Each liveaboard cabin comes complete with individual temperature controls, private bathrooms with hot water shower, and a safe for valuables. Cabins are perfect for sleeping and resting between dives.

AMENITIES

Amelia liveaboard yacht features a spacious air-conditioned salon with an audio and visual entertainment system complete with movies, as well as free onboard Wi-Fi Internet to stay in touch with family and friends. Enjoy your favorite drink at the Bar located in the second Salon and recap the amazing day of diving. For reading pleasure, there is a library filled with magazines, novels and fish ID books. Guests will find their happy place amidst the multiple levels of Decks featuring cushioned lounge chairs, open-air shaded Sundecks and vast Deck area to wander or work on their tan. For guests who want more time in the crystal clear waters between dives, they are welcomed to go snorkelling or swim with Dolphins

FOOD ON BOARD

The Chef knows that meals are designed to fuel the action packed dives and makes sure the food will be plentiful and appeal to every appetite. Meals on the Amelia liveaboard charters will consist of International cuisine and local delicacies. The Chef prepared, mouth watering meals are served buffet-style on the Main Deck in the dining section of air-conditioned Saloon. The main meals will include a pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner. Snacks such as chocolate bars, biscuits, cakes and fruit are available all day long. Beverages including tea, coffee, soft drinks, drinking water and juice are all complimentary. A selection of beer and wine are available for purchase and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.

DIVING WITH US

The dive platform of the boat is wide, well equipped with the necessary facilities, storage boxes, rinse tanks and fresh water shower. There is a separate tank for cameras and several charging points. The diving on this boat takes place mainly from the spacious dive platform located at the back of the boat. The boat has two zodiac-type boats to take divers to the different dive sites.

The boat visits the most spectacular diving areas in the Red Sea. The Sharks' routes Brothers - Daedalus - Elphinstone islands where you can encounter many different species from whale sharks, hammerheads, oceanic whitetip, tigers, grey, silver tip, silkies and fox sharks. The Deep South - St Johns, Sataya, Rocky and Zabargad all have endless reef walls full of life, dolphins and dugongs. On the Northern routes you will dive the famous wrecks of SS Thistlegorm, Dunraven, the wreck cemetery of Abu Nuhas, Ras Mohamed national park and Tiran Straits the land of whale sharks and giant mantas. Any route you choose, with Amelia you can be sure that you will be accompanied by professional and experienced guides who will make sure your trip in the Red Sea is memorable.

Safety is always important. The crew is trained to manage emergency situations and now first aid. There are life vests and emergency rafts on board, also firefighting equipment in each cabin.

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.

WE ARE A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND WANT TO CHARTER THE WHOLE BOAT, IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Of course this is possible, please contact DiversAround for options. Having the whole boat for a group of friends is ideal and way cheaper. DiversAround has Special Group and Full Charter discounts available.

TWIN CABIN - LOWER DECK

These 6 twin bedded cabins with portholes are located in the Lower Deck, all are great cabins to rest after dives. All cabins have A/C and en-suite bathrooms (WC/shower), towels and bathrobes.

  • Size: 9 m².
  • Beds: 2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy: 2.
  • Shareable: Yes.
  • Private bathroom: Yes.

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DOUBLE CABIN - UPPER DECK

These 2 cabins with double bed, with windows are located in the Upper Deck, the cabins in this boat are big and very comfortable, a great place to rest between dives with a big window. All cabins have A/C and en-suite bathrooms (WC/shower), towels and bathrobes.

  • Size: 9 m².
  • Beds: 1 Double.
  • Max occupancy: 2.
  • Shareable: No.
  • Private bathroom: Yes.
  • Air Conditioning: Yes.

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TWIN CABIN - UPPER DECK

These 2 cabins are located in the Upper Deck with side by side bed, and a big window. Upper deck cabins (standards price + 10% supplement) All cabins have A/C and en-suite bathrooms (WC/shower), towels and bathrobes.

  • Size: 9 m².
  • Beds: 2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy: 2.
  • Shareable: Yes.
  • Private bathroom: Yes.
  • Air Conditioning: Yes.

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Hurghada and ends in Hurghada
  • All the trips on this boat are from Saturday to Saturday, the first Saturday embarking, the last Saturday disembarking.
  • 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 closest airport is HURGHADA (HRG)
  • Transfer from your hotel or airport (both HRG or Marsa Alam) on departure day is included and you will be picked up by someone with a Discovery Divers sign
  • Check in on the boat is in the afternoon.
  • The boat departs early in the morning on the following day
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets, Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, EUR, USD, GBP, Local currency
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION 

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Hurghada in the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is in the morning on the last day.
  • Last night may be in a local hotel * you will be notified about this closer to the date

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • 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

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approximately 22 dives. Advanced Open Water
  • We require you have a minimum of 20 logged dives for cruises that visit the Wreck of the Thistlegorm and 30 logged dives 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
  • This cruise has something for everyone. Starting from Hurghada, sailing North for a check out dive before heading on to Gubal Island, Ras Mohamed
  • Thistlegorm World War II shipwreck, Gubal Island with at least 4 interesting wreck 
  • 4 reef systems that make up the Tiran area - Jackson Reef, Woodhouse Reef, Thomas Reef, Gordon Reef 
  • Hammerhead sharks, pelagic fish and occasional tiger sharks.
  • On Jackson Reef you are most likely to see hammerheads from July to September.
  • The visibility is fantastic but the currents can be strong
  • Between 3 or 4 dives per day, night dives almost everyday
  • Dive with dive guide or with your buddy

PROGRAM

  • DAY 1 (Saturday): Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage. At the indicated time, transfer to Hurghada port. Boarding the boat AMELIA DISCOVERY, 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.
  • DAYS 2nd to 6th (Sunday to Thursday) 18 to 22 are the nº of dives in this trip -DIVING CRUISE "North- Tiran Island": Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan. You will dive the most important dive sites of this route. 
  • DAY 7TH (Friday) 2 dives in the morning. Friday 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 (Saturday) PORT HURGHADA: Disembark in Hurghada. Transfer to the hotel or airports

ROUTE

The north route and Tiran Island

Abu Nuhas

  • Also known as the 'Ships Graveyard', this reef is positioned dangerously close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. 
  • Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life.

SS Thistlegorm

  • A short ride across the Straits of Gubal and you visit the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the SS Thistlegorm! An awe-inspiring World War II British vessel with a cargo full of armaments, Bedford trucks and BSA motorbikes, which were all destined for the British troops in North Africa.
  • She was sunk by the German Luftwaffe and now lies in 30 metres of water. Depending on divers’ experience along with weather and current conditions, we do where possible try to offer a night dive here. 

Ras Mohamed National Park

  • 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!
  • Ras Mohamed National Park is the furthest Sinai destination before heading south towards the Brother Islands.

Tiran Straits

  • Some of the best dive sites in Tiran Straits are; Jackson Reef Most northerly of the reefs of Tiran and the northern limit of day boats from Sharm El Sheikh.
  • The wreck of the “Lara” lies at the northern end. There is superb wall diving along its entire perimeter, with numerous buttresses and gullies. 
  • Sightings of sharks, turtles and other big fish are not uncommon and you will find a huge diversity of different corals and sponges as well as clouds of trigger fish, masked puffers and banner fish.
  • At the point you may be lucky and spot a Hammerhead in summer.
  • Thomas Reef Between Gordon and Woodhouse reefs, smaller round reef with walls plunging deep and fully covered with soft coral, gorgonians and colourful fish life. It is almost possible to circumnavigate this reef in one dive.
  • The east wall plunges dramatically to great depths with a mass of brightly coloured soft corals.
  • The west wall is darker with overhangs and caves but is a great drift dive with sightings of Trevally and Tuna in the blue and schooling reef fish close to the reef.
  • Ras Umm Sid The south side of the headland offers a superb gorgonian forest on the drop off. The plateau is bursting with life and swarms of reef fish.
  • The possibility of spotting whale shark or manta exists at the corner.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Dive guides
  • Wifi
  • Nitrox
  • Transfer from/to Hurghada or Marsa Alam airports

NOT INCLUDED

  • Visa fee  (25 EUR per trip)
  • Harbour fees: EUR 25 (per trip)
  • Fuel surcharges, environtal, and park fees: EUR 90 (per trip)
  • Double tanks: EUR 75 per week
  • 15 liter tanks (EUR 35 per week)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Nitrox in 15L tanks (30 EUR per trip)
  • Rental equipment full set (140 EUR per trip)
  • Courses 
  • Alcohol

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my reservation?

Your reservation request is non-binding and can be cancelled at any time within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our booking team to any other questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days y 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before 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 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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