GRAND SEA SERPENT I MAR - MAY 2020 I BROTHERS DAEDALUS ELPHINSTONE I RED SEA

GRAND SEA SERPENT I MAR - MAY 2020 I BROTHERS DAEDALUS ELPHINSTONE I RED SEA
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GRAND SEA SERPENT. This vessel strives to be the perfect dive vacation above water and below. Re-breathers and Tech divers welcome. Trimix and Heliox on demand. Spacious, superior en-suite cabins. Free WIFI and Nitrox.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 17 - 18 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English. German. Spanish. Arabic. French. Italian. Russian.
  • Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinstone
  • World-class wreck diving on Aida and Numidia
  • Incredible visibility, brilliant vertical walls, soft corals with schools of fish and large pelagics
  • Whale sharks Hammerheads, Reef sharks, Mantas, Dolphins, Turtles
  • Rebreathers and Tec divers welcome
  • Large size cabins, spacious saloon and 2 sun decks with bar to enjoy your free time
  • Free nitrox and internet

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from tenders
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves. Tanks With Din Valves. Din/Int Adapters. 15L Tanks Available. Nitrox (Free). Rental Equipment ($).
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck. 
  • Wi-Fi (Free). Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area. Equipment For Kids. Rebreather-Friendly.
  • Movies. Library. Games.
  • Snorkelling
  • Payments - Visa Mastercard Cash
  • Buffet. Vegetarian Food. Halal Food.
  • Local beer and wine available to purchase on board
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher. Life Jackets. Life Rafts. Emergency Oxygen Kit. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed). First Aid Kits. Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.
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Departure: 02/04/2020
Arrival: 09/04/2020
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 16
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Port Ghalib - Hurghada
Departure: 09/04/2020
Arrival: 16/04/2020
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 16
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Hurghada - Hurghada
Departure: 16/04/2020
Arrival: 23/04/2020
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 16
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Hurghada - Port Ghalib
Departure: 23/04/2020
Arrival: 30/04/2020
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 16
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Port Ghalib - Port Ghalib
Departure Arrival Duration Spaces available Harbors (Departure - Arrival)
02/04/2020 09/04/2020 7 nights 16 Port Ghalib - Hurghada
09/04/2020 16/04/2020 7 nights 16 Hurghada - Hurghada
16/04/2020 23/04/2020 7 nights 16 Hurghada - Port Ghalib
23/04/2020 30/04/2020 7 nights 16 Port Ghalib - Port Ghalib

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  • 250 char. max

OUR BOAT

The spacious liveaboard, Grand Sea Serpent, is 135 feet (41m) long and has a crew of 10 English and multi-lingual speaking staff members. These welcoming and experienced crew members strive to provide a quality service to ensure the perfect dive vacation, above and below the water. This dive safari liveaboard yacht will accommodate up to 28 guests in 14 roomy, air conditioned cabins.

OUR CABINS

UPPER DECK 

  • 4 Twin bed cabins
  • 1 Suite

MAIN DECK

  • 1 Suite

LOWER DECK

  • 2 Double bed cabins
  • 6 Twin bed cabins

Portholes are featured in the cabins on the Lower Deck, and ocean view windows in the Main Deck and Upper Deck cabins. Each liveaboard cabin is equipped with a minibar, individual temperature controls, private bathrooms with hot water shower with multi-jets, mini bar, towels and bathrobes, music, cabinet and shelves, mirror, reading lights, 24-hour 220v electricity supply and European-style 2-pin plugs.

FOOD ON BOARD

The food will be plentiful and appeal to every appetite in order to fuel the action packed dives. Meals on the Grand Sea Serpent liveaboard charters are served in the air conditioned main salon or in the open air dining area on deck, and will consist of International dishes 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. Three main meals will be served each day, along with snacks of fruit, biscuits, tea, coffee and water, to ensure no Diver goes hungry. Soft drinks, beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. Special diets such as vegetarian and halal, can be accommodated with advance notice.

AMENITIES

These begin with the spacious air-conditioned Salon featuring a state-of-the-art Audio/Visual entertainment system complete with movies. Share your amazing photos with friends and family with the free onboard Wi-Fi. For avid readers, try the library with novels, magazines, fish ID books and games. What better way to end a perfect day of diving than hanging at the Bar with your buddy and recapping the day’s adventures. Outside, guests may wander the large open areas which provide the opportunity for soaking up the sun, or enjoying views of the Red Sea from a shaded area. These areas feature ample and comfortable seating and sun mattresses for cat naps or tanning. For guests looking for more action between dives, they are welcome to try their hand at fishing or go snorkelling!

DIVING WITH US

When you dive with the Sea Serpent Fleet, you have the freedom to choose from a variety of the highest quality liveaboard boats in the Red Sea. Let our experienced Captains and Dive Guides escort you to explore the remote and unspoiled reefs of the Red Sea.

Grand Sea Serpent spares no expense in creating the perfect Dive Safari adventure amidst the biodiversity and incredible landscapes of the Red Sea. This roomy and luxurious liveaboard unveils the treasures of the Red Sea as it transports Divers to amazing Drift Dives, Sheer Drop-offs, Caverns, Wrecks, Vibrant Reefs, large Pelagics and a vast array of fish species. The Dive Safaris featured on the Grand Sea Serpent liveaboard travels to the best sites such as Brothers, Fury Shoal, and Daedalus, inviting you to discover their underwater secrets.

SEA SERPENT FLEET

Sea Serpent Fleet Management Red Sea, profiting from many years of experience in liveaboard operation, has developed and manages liveaboards of only the highest standards of quality, safety, comfort, luxury and convenience. You can choose from a selection of our outstanding liveaboards under the expert guidance of our Captains, Safari Dive Guides and helpful Crew members.

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

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

DOUBLE SUITE CABIN - MAIN DECK

1 Double bed Suites, located on the main deck. All have the facilities you would expect when travelling on a top-class liveaboard; music, fridge and en-suite bathroom are standard in all cabins. The large bathrooms all feature multiple jet showers.

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

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DOUBLE SUITE CABIN - UPPER DECK

1 Double bed Suite, located on the upper deck. All cabins have the facilities you would expect when traveling on a top-class liveaboard; music, fridge and en suite bathroom are standard in all cabins. The large bathrooms all feature multiple jet showers.

  • Size:  8 m².
  • Beds:  1 Double.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  No.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes.

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TWIN CABIN - UPPER DECK

4 Twin Cabins on the Upper Deck with all the facilities you would expect when travelling on a top-class liveaboard; music, fridge and en-suite bathroom are standard in all cabins. The large bathrooms all feature multiple jet showers.

  • Size:  8 m².
  • Beds:  2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  Yes.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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TWIN CABIN - LOWER DECK

6 Twin Cabins with all the facilities you would expect when travelling on a top-class liveaboard; music, fridge and en-suite bathroom are standard in all cabins. The large bathrooms all feature multiple jet showers. 

  • Size:  8 m².
  • Beds:  2 Twin.
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  Yes.
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes.

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DOUBLE BED CABIN - LOWER DECK

2 double bed cabins with all the facilities you would expect when travelling on a top-class liveaboard; music, fridge and en-suite bathroom are standard in all cabins. The large bathrooms all feature multiple jet showers. 

  • Size:  8 m².
  • Beds:  1 Double
  • Max occupancy:  2.
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes.
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes.

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The boat leaves from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and ends at Hurghada or Port Ghalib.
  • 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 (HRG) or Marsa Alam (RMF). The best-known and easiest airport to reach is the one in the city of Hurghada (HRG).
  • The transfer from either of the two airports to the boat and from the boat 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, the transfer from the airport Hurghada 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 Sea Serpent 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).
  • 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 5 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 between 08:00 and 12:00 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 accesible 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 – 18 dives. 30+ dives recommended 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 is not normally available onboard and need to be pre booked

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 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

PROGRAM

  • DAY 1: Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage. At the indicated time, transfer to the port in Hurghada or Port Ghalib. 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 to 21 are the nº of dives in this trip -DIVING CRUISE "BDE": 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 OR PORT GHALIB: Disembark in Hurghada or Port Ghalib. Transfer to the hotel or airports

RED SEA DIVE ROUTES

BDE - Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinstone Route

  • The golden triangle includes the famous Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone Reef. It is a route with a long navigation distance, since all the dive sites are far from the coast.
  • The Brothers Islands is the highlight of this route. These two islands are located in the middle of the Red Sea and are a refuge of thousands of species, and the encounter with large pelagic is usually common. Their walls are full of coral, the great currents and the spectacular nature of life, are the great references of these islands, not forgetting the sightings of oceanic whitetip, threshers and grey sharks amongst others. We will also dive in the Numidia wreck that with its almost vertical position and the visibility of the Red Sea, makes this wreck a unique visual spectacle. In this area is also the Aida wreck.
  • Our second dive destination will be Daedalus Reef, famous for sightings of hammerhead sharks and large coral formations. Large banks of hammerhead sharks live in the area of the reef and come frequently to feed.
  • Finally, we will visit the Elphinstone Reef, which stands a few meters above the surface and whose life surprises and amazes even the most experienced divers. All kinds of pelagics visit the cleaning stations on this reef where their walls are lost in the depth of this sea.

The highlight on the dives

  • Oceanic whitetip shark "Longimanus" A very curious shark that approaches divers and that is usually a few meters deep. Giant manta rays come to the island for the cleaning stations.
  • Thresher sharks, with their characteristic long fins in the form of a whip, patrol the islands. Banks of hammerhead sharks, sometimes reaching up to 20 specimens. Grey and silky sharks are seen often in the reefs. Whale sharks and tigers sharks are another spectacle you can find. H.H. Numidia - British ship of 107m of length sunk in 1901

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Dive guides
  • Tanks and weights
  • Nitrox
  • Wifi
  • 7 nights onboard or 6 nights onboard and last night in a 4* hotel on land
  • Meet and assist at the airport, Transfers 
  • Route fees, Reef Tax, Fuel Surcharge, Port fees

NOT INCLUDED

  • Visa fees (25 USD per trip) paid at the airport on arrival
  • Flights, insurance
  • 15 liter tanks (40 EUR per trip)
  • Tips for the crew (100 EUR recommended)
  • Rental equipment with torch or computer 175 EUR
  • 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 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 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 business 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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