Ideal for families with children aged 13 years and above. The chance to dive pristine reefs and mingle with some beautiful and amazing marine life

Family Week Red Sea Liveaboard | October 2022 - 7 Days

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Red Sea Liveaboard for Families October 2021

Join us for a family friendly week to the Red Sea. We will be guided by Dr. Elke Bojanowski who will give talks on marine conservation and how we can help maintain healthy oceans for future generations. This itinerary combines some of the prettiest reefs where you can spot rays, turtles, colourful fish and even possibly sharks and dolphins.

As well as pristine reefs there will also be the chance to dive historical wrecks such as the Carnatic and Thistlegorm.

Dr Elke Bojanowski (the Shark Lady) has been in the Egyptian Red Sea since 2004 also heads up the fantastic charity www.redseasharks.org. As well as attempting to find a few sharks, she will do regular talks throughout the week on the different shark species in the Red Sea, how to dive with sharks safely, why sharks are so important to the health of our oceans, the plight of sharks and how you can help her research and general marine biology.

The week will offer the opportunity to:– Enjoy fantastic diving on some of the most unique Red Sea reefs – Experience potential close encounters with a huge variety of marine life, hopefully dolphins and fingers crossed, some friendly sharks.

For this trip we will be aboard the luxurious yacht Scuba Scene. M/Y Scuba Scene is a steel-hulled liveaboard, 43 m long and 9 m wide., fitted to rigorous safety standards. She is spacious, comfortable and beautifully laid out, with a maximum capacity for 26 diving guests. Two large speedboats fitted with tank racks and dive ladders are supporting the diving activities.

You will need to be a minimum of Open Water, 13 years old and 15 logged dives. To do some of the dives you will need to be Advanced open water. Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by adults full-time. If the guides feel that a dive site is beyond the capabilities of a diver then that person must sit the dive out.

Dates

23-30th October 2021.

Exact flight times tbc.

You are welcome to extend your stay and we would be happy to provide a quote for an extension in a Red Sea hotel or even a couple of nights in Cairo to visit the pyramids.

Price

Price: £1,230 + flights and £30 VISA. 

Price includes transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation in a twin room, all meals and soft drinks (with the exception of Schweppes tonic, soda and lemon), tea and coffee, 12 ltr cylinder and weights.   Not included in the price – flights, crew and dive guide gratuities, on-board merchandise, alcoholic drinks, diving equipment hire. Divers will also need a torch (for 1-2 night dives), dive computer and SMB. We will be renting out regs, BCD, shortie wetsuit, fins and boots at £125/week if you take it from the UK. A double suite is available for an additional fee of £100pp.

How to Book Your Place

There are only 22 spaces available and they will be awarded on a first come first serve basis! To book your place we require a £100 deposit. The balance of payment is due by end of September 2021. Minimum age 18 unless accompanied by an adult.

To pay by card call 0808 253 3455

To pay by bank transfer send an e-mail to info@oysterdiving.com confirming that you wish to come on the trip and we will then send you an invoice.

To pay by cheque send an e-mail to info@oysterdiving.com with your details and we will send you an invoice with our details.

 43m Length, 9m Beam  15kts (2 x 1,400HP)  26 Guests, 13 Cabins
 Double & Twin Cabins  Full En-Suite  Warm Water Showers
 In Cabin Mini-Bar  Individual Air-Con  Stocked Bar
 WIFI  Daily Cabin Service  NITROX
 2 Tenders (85HP)  Radar, GPS, VHF, Sounder  Fire Alarm
 Fire Extinguishers  Life Vests, Flares  O2, First Aid Kit

THE BOAT: SCUBA SCENE

Scuba SceneBeautifully laid-out across her four decks, the lower deck holds 8 of our 9 twin cabins, fitted – like all the other cabins – with a private bathroom, small fridge, and adjustable A/C unit.

On the main deck are a spacious dive deck and platform, with plenty of room for all diving equipment, and a camera table and charging points. From the dive deck, enter our well designed dining area/salon, where all our meals are served throughout your trip.

Further towards the bow, find our four suites – again fitted with private bathrooms, small fridges and adjustable A/C units, as well as the kitchen.

Scuba SceneThe upper deck holds one of our three sundecks, our spacious and comfortable salon, another twin as well as the dive guide cabin, plus the captain’s cabin and second sundeck.

The top deck provides lots of shaded areas to relax in and our third sundeck, all ready with cooled drinks in the two upstairs fridges, as well as the flybridge.

Suite upgrades are available and all cabins benefit from air conditioning, ensuite facilities, mini refrigerators and personal entertainment systems.

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Sample itinerary:

Scuba Scene**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.

This itinerary will depart from and arrive to Hurghada. Please note that ports are subject to change.

Day 1 – Visit dive sites local to your departure port for three dives (a check dive, practice zodiac dive and night dive) before heading out to the marine parks.

Days 2-5 – We normally plan to spend a day each at Tiran, Ras Mohamed and Thistlegorm.

Day 6 – After a week of drop-offs, enjoy two relaxed morning dives local to your arrival port allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt’s famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

elke-thistlegormVisit some the best dive sites in the Northern Red Sea: Ras Mohamed, the Strait of Tiran & the iconic wreck of the Thistlegorm…
Crossing back from the Sinai peninsula, we will also be diving some of the highlights on the mainland side, such as Gubal Island or Abu Nuhas…
Details of the itinerary will be decided depending on weather conditions…

WRECK OF THE SS THISTLEGORM

The SS Thistlegorm is one of the most iconic wrecks in the world. A British cargo vessel carrying war supplies for the Allied Forces in North Africa, she was sunk by German fighter planes on 6. October 1941. 9 crew members lost their lives when a bomb hit the cargo hold carrying most of the ammunition, causing a massive explosion.

Her bow section sits on an even keel on the seabed (about 30 m deep), while the deck level is in about 18 m. The stern is separated from the bow by a debris field, and has tilted to the portside.

Most of her cargo is still in place, so divers can explore a variety of trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, as well as other war-related equipment.

Large schools of fish often gather around the wreck, and amidst the coral growth on the superstructure and hull, lots of marine life can be found, such as lionfish, scorpionfish, crocodile fish, various nudibranchs and other critters.

The currents on the Thistlegorm can be very strong, so the use of shotlines is usually necessary to dive safely here.

SOUTHERN SINAI – STRAIT OF TIRAN & RAS MOHAMED

At the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba in the narrow Strait of Tiran lies a chain of four beautiful reefs, from the North: Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas and Gordon.

Colourful reef-walls and healthy coral gardens teeming with life are the main attractions here, while tech divers are drawn to the canyons of Thomas Reef.

Shark lovers can hope for hammerhead action off the back of Jackson Reef.

Situated on the Southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohamed is the first Egyptian National Park, established in 1983. It offers a variety of dive sites, the main attractions being Shark & Yolanda Reef, and Jackfish Alley.

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • The spectacular steep coral walls of Shark Reef, with stunning coral growth surrounded by schooling fish, such as bohar snappers, batfish, jacks, trevallies and barracudas.
  • The saddle between Shark and Yolanda Reef with the wreckage of the  Yolanda (sank in 1980) and its cargo of bathroom ceramics.

Cost includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • 7-night accommodation on board
  • Meals & snacks on board
  • Water, soft drinks, tea & coffee
  • Standard 12l cylinder (DIN/INT) & air fills
  • Weights (& weight belts, if required)
  • Marine Park & Port Fees

Cost excludes

  • Tourist visa (to be paid on arrival at the airport)
  • Nitrox fills (can be prepaid)
  • Rental equipment (can be prepaid)
  • Diving Courses (can be prepaid)
  • Onboard merchandising
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for crew & guides
What sort of people will be going on the trip?

There will be people of different sexes, ages and dive experience. This trip is designed specifically for families so there will be children of all ages from 13+.

What are the other costs?

Your trip includes accommodation, transfers, guides, tanks, weights, all meals and soft drinks. The only additional costs are flights, alcohol, Nitrox (optional at £70 per week) and sometimes we go out for dinner on the last night but you can eat on the boat if you prefer.

Will I get eaten by a Shark?

No*. There are very few shark attacks in the world. In fact the most dangerous part of the holiday is travelling on the M25 to the airport! If you are scared of Sharks then feel free to hide behind one of our instructors.

What if I haven’t done 15 logged dives?

No problem. Just join us for a few of our weekends away. Lets say you have only done 4 open water dives and therefore need another 11. If you do 4 dives in a weekend then it will only take about 3 weeks

Will there be any other people on there?

We are hoping to charter the full boat for families. If we are unable to fill every space then the boat owner has the right to open it up to the general public.

What do we do when we’re not diving?

There is a great sun deck, a TV, DVD’s and plenty of books to enjoy. There is also plenty of room if you wish to escape for a while and sit and listen to your i-pod. Most people hang out on deck and enjoy the banter.

What if a friend/partner wishes to come but they don’t dive?

No problem but there is no price reduction unfortunately.

When do I need to book by?

As soon as possible. There are only 22 places and they are on a first come first serve basis!

Do I need a VISA?

It is your responsibility to check that you have the correct visa. For people with EU passports, they can obtain a temporary visa at the airport.

How Qualified do I need to be?

You must be a PADI Open Water but it is recommended that you are an advanced open water diver or equivalent with a minimum of 15 logged dives to join this safari. If you are not at this level yet – don’t worry, you can complete your Advanced course in one weekend with us, and with a few more weekends of pleasure diving you’ll have plenty of dives too! Many of the dives will be from a RIB.

You will be require to have your own dive computer, SMB and reel which you can rent or purchase from us.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Family Week Red Sea Liveaboard | October 2022