MY HEAVEN SAPHIR I ALL ROUTES I RED SEA

MY HEAVEN SAPHIR I ALL ROUTES I RED SEA
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MY HEAVEN SAPHIR. An affordable dive yacht that does not compromise on comfort and style. Delicious Chef prepared meals. Free WIFI. Large dive deck with rinse area. Dedicated underwater camera rinse tank. Nitrox available.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Languages spoken - English. Arabic. Russian.
  • Join the professional and experienced crew of the MY Heaven Saphir
  • Ras Mohamed National Park, Tiran Straits, Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinstone, St Johns Reef
  • Incredible visibility, brilliant vertical walls, soft corals with schools of fish and large pelagics
  • Hammerheads, whalesharks, oceanic white-tips, mantas, thresher sharks and dugongs
  • World-class wreck diving on Thistlegorm, Rosalie Muller, Salem Express
  • Dives from tenders
  • Non diver welcome
  • Large size cabins, spacious saloon and 2 sun decks with bar to enjoy your free time
  • Large dive deck with rinse area, individual storage space
  • Dedicated underwater camera rinse tank
  • Free Wifi

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from platform and zodiac
  • Din/Int Adapters. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($).
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck.
  • Wi-Fi (Free). Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area. European (2 Pin) Power Sockets.Movies.
  • Snorkelling
  • Buffet.Vegetarian Food. Halal Food.
  • Alcohol - Beer and wine is available to purchase on board
  • Payments - Cash
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher. Life Jackets. Life Rafts. Emergency Oxygen Kit.
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OUR BOAT

MY Heaven Saphir is a 36 meters liveaboard cruising the beautiful Red Sea, in Egypt. The motor yacht’s itineraries are mostly focused on the southern portion of the Red Sea. It can accommodate a maximum of 19 diving guests, providing them with a high level of personal service and comfort, both onboard or underwater.

If you are seeking a high quality Southern Red Sea liveaboard cruise in comfort, style and plenty of personal service then Saphir, so good for you!. We have served European market for more than 14 years with exceptional history of success. With the competition of over 300 safari boats in the Red Sea, we have lots of happy, returning customers.

OUR CABINS

This boat has 9 cabins and also caters to newly-wed couples by providing 3 special dedicated honeymoon cabins. All cabins have a mini-bar and private en-suite bathroom facilities.

AMENITIES

The Heaven Saphir displays a spacious salon combined with the dining room area. Indeed, this is the main communal area on-board and it benefits from a fully stocked bar as well as a complete entertainment system. You will also find a library, comprising fish ID books, magazines, novels and games. She is equipped with 2 high pressure compressors and a membrane Nitrox compressor. We check the gases every time we mix them and we insist that you double check your mix as well. All our equipment is safe, is kept in good order and ready for your scuba dives. Our professional mechanic is capable of solving most of the problems that can happen with your scuba gear at sea.

The sundeck areas are sometimes partially covered, making it perfect to either enjoy a shaded spot or soak in the sun rays. Of course, the view of the surrounding Red Sea is best from the very top deck. Finally, the sun deck area is perfect for soaking up some beautiful sunshine and the saloon is a great area for socializing or relaxing in the evenings or afternoons between dives.

FOOD ON BOARD

Enjoy a sumptuous array of buffet meals consist of both local and international cuisine served in the saloon. All our meals are European cousin with a slight touch of Middle East. We have an exceptional chef in our crew that cooks anything from fish or BBQ meats to fresh bread and delicious deserts; we offer you unlimited water, snacks, high brand coffee and tea throughout your trip on board of Heaven Saphir, free of charge. You will find a variety of sodas, beers and vines in our saloon bar for additional charge. Between the dives you can enjoy the hot Egyptian sun on the sundeck, or you can hang out there in the evening with a drink, watching stars and listening to the sea.

DIVING WITH US

Where the water is the utmost pristine, corals are alive and colourful, fish is plenty and sharks are the regular visitors. You will enjoy diving there with your camera. And we have a large tank to rinse your underwater photo/video gear in the fresh water after each dive. If needed, our dive guides will help you with a choice of lens for a particular dive. We know very well the needs of underwater photographers. In other words, MY Heaven Saphir is owned and managed by Europeans. You can expect European level of service for Egyptian level of price. We are the divers who serve the divers. We’ve been there; we know what you need, we can meet your expectations.

UPPER DECK EXECUTIVE SUITE

1 large Suite located on the middle deck with Single and Double beds. Comes with A/C, bathroom, fridge, music and windows. Great for a family

  • Size: 19 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double and 1 Single
  • Max occupancy: 3
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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LOWER DECK STANDARD TWIN BUNK BEDS CABINS (5-6)

2 standard cabins with twin bunk beds. Located on the lower deck each with A / C, bathroom, fridge, music player.

  • Size: 10 m²
  • Beds: 2 Bunk Bed
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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UPPER DECK HONEYMOON SUITE

2 Honeymoon suites double bed located on the upper deck. Each with windows, A / C, bathroom, fridge, music.

  • Size: 13 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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LOWER DECK STANDARD TWIN CABIN (1 TO 4)

4 standard cabins with twin side-by-side beds. Located on the lower deck each with A / C, bathroom, fridge, music player.

  • Size: 10 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 OR Port Ghalib and ends at Hurghada OR Port Ghalib ( depending on your chosen date to travel).
  • The nearest airport is Hurghada (HRG) or Port Ghalib (RMF).
  • 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 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 you arrive in Hurghada and the boat leaves from Port Ghalib, the transfer by land is included and takes around 3 - 4  hours.
  • If the boat leaves from Hurghada or Port Ghalib, the transfer from the airport at Hurghada or Marsa Alam to the boat is 10 minutes
  • 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 your liveaboard 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 embarkation is the first day indicated on the date the cruise begins, the boarding time is in the afternoon from 6 pm until the early morning of Friday 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 on the penultimate day, 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 at 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

  • Please, note that Port Ghalib is 230 km south of Hurghada and it takes 3-3:30 hours of transfer from HRG to M/Y Heaven Saphir. So book your flight respectfully.
  • If you decide to arrive to HRG for our Southern itinerary, we strongly advise you to book your flight with arrival time to HRG no later than 3 pm. Later arrivals may be subject to additional transfer fees.
  • The group shared transfer will leave Hurghada to Port Ghalib around 5 pm on arrival day, and Port Ghalib to Hurghada at 10 am on departure day. Please, book your return flight from HRG on or after 4 pm.
  • If you arrive to HRG early in the morning, you will be placed on a nice beach with a bar, where you can relax after the long flight, waiting for the rest of the group to arrive.
  • Marsa Alam Airport is 10 minute drive to Port Ghalib; your transfer will be to match your flight.
  • 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 and receive a response 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.

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 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.
  • DAYS 2nd to 6th  --- are the nº of dives in this trip -DIVING CRUISE "---------------": Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan. You will dive he 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 GHALEB: Disembark in Port Ghaleb or Hurghada. 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

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, RasGhozlani, Gubal Strait, SS Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Giannis D, Kingston, Ras Umm Sid and Small Crack

The highlight on the dives

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

Daedalus, Sataya, Elphinstone Route

  • Located to the southwest of the Red Sea, this area is formed by a set of reefs. Sataya is the main reef and one of the most virgin in Egypt, with large gardens of hard and soft corals, reef sharks, turtles, clown fish, barracudas, etc. They form a horseshoe in the interior, we can concentrate the diving in Dolphin Reef (Sha'ab Sataya), where the sighting of dolphin families are common.
  • 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 pelagic 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 its 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 tiger sharks are another spectacle you can find.

Deep South Route - St Johns, Rocky, Zabargad or St Johns, Abu Fendira

  • The farthest Red Sea Deep South route is the one 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 get access to.
  • South stands out for the reef life, coral formations and a homing point for sharks, we can 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, Habili Ali, 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.

North + Brother's Islands Route

  • Super complete and varied route in which all the dive sites are the best of the Red Sea and world famous.
  • Dive in a week at places like the Ras Mohamed National Park, the Brothers Islands in search of pelagic, some of the best wrecks in the world- the SS Thistlegorm and the Salem Express and along the walls of Abu Kifan in Safaga.
  • The variety of dives make this route very special, with diving points very different from each other and where you can appreciate all varieties of life and environment that the Red Sea offers, such as reef and pelagic life, the spectacular historical wrecks or the incredible coral walls.
  • With a longer navigation than other routes, we visit the Ras Mohamed National Park to enjoy an authentic underwater paradise, we submerge in the SS Thistlegorm, a British wreck sunk during World War II to enjoy this impressive wreck and explore the spectacular Abu Nu'as reef, known as the wreck cemetery.
  • Sail to the remote Brothers islands, highlight of this route. These two islands are located in the middle of the Red Sea, are an oasis of life and food so the encounter with large pelagic is usually common. Its walls full of coral, the great currents and the spectacular nature of life are the great reference points of these islands, without forgetting the sightings of sharks. We will dive into the wrecks Numidia and Aida. Back to Hurghada if weather conditions are favourable, we visit the Salem Express.

Dive sites

  • Ras Mohammed National Park, Anemone City, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef, Jackfish Alley, Ras Ghozlani , Strait of Gubal , SS Thistlegorm , Dunraven , Giannis D, Kingston, Ras Umm Sid and Small Crack , Small Brother Island, Big Brother Island , Salem Express

The highlight on the dives

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

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, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Dive guides
  • Transfer from/to Hurghada airport when the boat departs from any Hurghada port
  • Group Airport shared transfer from Hurghada to Port Ghalib (with possible free time at local (hotel) beach until last guest's arrival)
  • Transfer from Marsa Alam airport to Port Ghalib

NOT INCLUDED

  • National park fees: (70 USD) per week)
  • Fuel surcharges (starting from 1st Jan 2019): USD 60
  • Visa fees (25 USD per trip)
  • 15 liter tanks (45 USD per week)
  • Nitrox (50 USD per week)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Rental equipment full kit - 110 USD per week
  • 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:

  • We will refund you 100% minus all bank charges, if you pull back at 60 days or more prior to the trip;
  • We will refund you 50% if you pull back within 30-59 days prior to the trip;
  • We will not refund you in less than 30 days prior to the trip
  • Sometimes there are storms in the Red Sea and all marinas are closed for departure by National Marine Guards. This case, a very rare but possible one, is non-refundable. We will do our best to entertain you while you wait for a better weather

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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