GOLDEN DOLPHIN III I ST JOHNS I RED SEA

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GOLDEN DOLPHIN III I ST JOHNS I RED SEA
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GOLDEN DOLPHIN III 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.



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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Languages spoken - English. German. Spanish. Arabic. Italian. Russian.
  • St Johns Reef ,Big Habili, Small Habili, St Johns cave, Umm Hararim
  • Sataya, Shaab Claudia, Shaab Sharm
  • 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, Rosalie Muller, Salem Express
  • Rebreather friendly.
  • Non Divers / snorkellers welcome
  • Free Wi-Fi, Internet available when in range
  • Nitrox available
  • Spacious saloon and sun decks
  • Excellent food and open bar
  • Rental equipment and dive courses available

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from tenders
  • Tanks With Din Valves. Din/Int Adapters. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($). Courses ($)
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck. 
  • Wi-Fi (Free). Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area.Movies.
  • 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 Port Ghalib and ends at Port Ghalib 
  • The nearest airport is 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.

DEPARTURE AND EMBARKING DAY

  •  The best-known and easiest airport to reach is the one in the city of Hurghada (HRG). The nearest airport to Port Ghalib is Marsa Alam Intl. (RMF).
  • 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 or Port Ghalib, the transfer from the airport Hurghada or Port Ghalib 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 DISEMBARKING DAY

  • 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. 18 – 21 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 needs to be pre booked.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • We require you have a minimum of 30 logged dives and Open Water for cruises that visit ST JOHNS.
  • 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 Port Ghaleb depending the route. 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, remember that the rental equipment, nitrox, other payments are made before the ship leaves port, the payments are cash. If you want to buy beers or wine for your trip on the boat you will have to tell the Cruise Director before the departure of the ship, buy and pay it at once, you can store the drinks in your cabin or in the boat's refrigerators.
  • DAYS 2nd to 6th  18-21 are the nº of dives in this trip -DIVING CRUISE "ST JOHNS": 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 PORT GHALEB: Disembark in Port Ghaleb. Transfer to the hotel or airports

DIVE ROUTE

ST JOHNS

St Johns is a vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving in the Red Sea. This incredibly beautiful reef lies a short distance north of the Sudanese border. The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands. Habili Ali offers giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side. Habili Gafaar is a mass of soft corals teeming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can often be seen in the blue.

The farthest south route is one of the routes with the greatest variety of environments and greatest diversity in the Red Sea. With long navigation distances between the points, it is a route that can be easily adapted to different levels of diving and where we can see unique and exclusive places that only liveaboard ships can access. South stands out for the reef life, coral formations and home to sharks, snorkel with wild dolphins.We will visit the island of Zabargad with its mysterious Russian wreck, its spectacular coral garden and the impressive soft coral walls of Rocky Island where there are great possibilities to find pelagics.

In addition, we will visit the submerged Habilis, with its exuberant life and where so many pelagic come to feed, the pinnacle forest of Umm Arouk, the incredible caves of Umm Hararim and the incredible reefs of Claudius, Malahi and Shaab Maksour. We will visit the labyrinth of caves of "Shaa Claudia" in Fury Shoal and we will be dazzled by the play of lights that form underwater, a paradise for the underwater photographer and if the conditions allow it we will explore the reef of Habili Ali in search of the Longimanus. Back to port we will dive in the Marsa Alam area and we will go in search of the Dugongs that inhabit the sand meadows.

Diving spots

Rocky Island, Drop Sogheira, HabiliAli, Umm Hararim, St. Johns, Fury Shoals, Zabargad

The highlight on the dives

Wrecks, shark is (oceanic white tip, grey reef shark, white tip reef shark, whale sharks), 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 (depending on the schedule of the boat)
  • Local hotel (around departure/arrival harbour) transfer to/from the boat
  • Airport transfer to/from the boat
  • Harbour fees

NOT INCLUDED

  • National park fees and Egypt Visa (100 - 200 EUR per trip) depending on route
  • 15 liter tanks (30 EUR per trip)
  • Nitrox (50 EUR per week)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Rental equipment full set (EUR 120 per trip)
  • 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:

  • 15% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 70 days prior to arrival
  • 20% will be charged if you cancel between 70 and 56 days prior to arrival
  • 30% will be charged if you cancel between 56 and 30 days prior to arrival
  • 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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