Join us and our friend, Nerville aka 'Malta Nev' on this epic holiday around some of Red Sea's best dive sites.

“Nev on Tour” – New Year 2024/25 Red Sea Liveaboard

Red Sea Itinerary: North and Tiran

30th December to 6th January 2025

Paradise Comes to the Red Sea

Not only will you be on the best Liveaboard in the Red Sea but you will be with one of the nicest guys in diving!

Famous amongst divers that have visited him in Malta (or recently seen him on CH5), he is going on tour to explore the stunning reefs and wrecks of the Red Sea.

His chosen itinerary combines some of the best dive sites for stunning reefs that attract an abundance of colourful marine line, and historical wrecks such as the world-famous thistlegorm.

You’ll discover deep drop-offs, wall dives, and the chance to see turtles, clown fish, crocodile fish and possibly even a dolphin or two.

For those who can wait to open the beer fridge, we will even try and arrange a midnight dive to see the new year in.

The week will offer the opportunity to: – Enjoy fantastic diving on some of the most unique Red Sea reefs. experience pristine coral reefs, stunning marine life and famous wrecks. You must be a minimum of Open Water but we to make the most of the diving holiday we recommend being Advanced Open Water which you could do on the trip. Non-divers are welcome and can make use of the pool, jacuzzi, cinema & video games room.

DATES AND PRICES

30th December to 6th January 2025

The price based on a twin / double shared cabin including 7 nights accommodation, all meals, and soft drinks, snacks, chats with Neville, 6 days guided diving with approx 17 dives, tank, and weights is £995 per person.


Overview

Hosted by our friend, the hilarious Neville McLellan who runs the fantastic Paradise Diving in Malta.  As well as taking you to see the stunning reefs and marine life, there will also be the chance to dive on some world-famous wrecks such as the Thistlegorm, Yolanda and Giannis D.

Scuba Scene is renowned for being the best liveaboard in the Red Sea. Large cabins, outdoor pool, jacuzzi, attentive staff, experienced dive guides, rigorous safety standards, top quality restaurant style food for all tastes, makes this liveaboard the one to experience the Red Sea.

THE BOAT: SCUBA SCENE

Scuba Scene is renowned for being the best liveaboard in the Red Sea. Large cabins, outdoor pool, jacuzzi, attentive staff, experienced dive guides, rigorous safety standards, top quality restaurant style food for all tastes, makes this liveaboard the one to experience the Red Sea.

Her 40m steel hull means she is steady in the water and can cruise around the Red Sea all year round.

THE BOAT: SCUBA SCENE

She is spacious, comfortable, and beautifully laid out, with a maximum capacity for 28 diving guests. Two large speedboats fitted with tank racks and dive ladders make life easier for divers – no more being hauled into a rib and face-planting on the dive gear. With no bedrooms on the lower deck, it means engine noise won’t spoil your sleep!

  • Swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Cinema room
  • Bar deck
  • Spacious cabins
  • Friendly and experienced staff
  • 2 x RIBS with ladders and equipment racks
  • The authentic Shark Week, in association with the Red Sea Shark Trust
  • 48m long steel hull for stability

On top of this you will be looked after by at least one of the 2 top cruise directors and guides in the Red Sea who specialise in either sharks, wrecks and tec diving.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Year of Building: 2019
Boat Design Category: Motor Yacht
Port of Registry: Safaga, Egypt.
Dimensions: Length 42 m, Width 9.75 m
Hull Material: Steel
Superstructures Material: Wood
Crew: 12 Persons: Captain, Mechanical Engineer, 2 Chief Cook, 2 Waiters, And 6 Sailors.
Engines: 2 x Doosan, each one 1000 HP
Speed: 14 knots
Generators: 3 (1 x 175 KW – 1 x 140 KW – 1 x 60 KW Super silent)
Compressors: 3 x Coltri 315 lt.
Nitrox: Nitrox membrane filling system
Zodiac: Two Speed boat 6.5 m, 2 outboard motors 40 HP each.
Safety Equipment: Warning and fire extinguishing system; fire extinguishers; life jackets in each Cabin; two safety rafts for 25 persons each.
Fresh Water: Desalination unit’s for 22000 lt. fresh water. + 2 water maker 8000 lt per day
Navigation and Communications: VHF radio, DSC, GPS, radar, echo depth-sounder. Epirb
Number of Decks: 4
Number of Passengers: 32
Accommodation: 16 x twin cabins with A/C and en-suite bathrooms. (8 cabins downstairs, 4 cabins main deck, 2 cabins top deck with and 2 Honeymoon Suites)
Saloon Facilities: Separate lounge, A/C, Bar, Cooler, TV, Music sound system, DVD
Dining area: Separate Restaurant, A/C

Itinerary

Day 1 :

Sample itinerary:

**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.

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

Scuba Scene’s North and Tiran itinerary in the Red Sea offers a rich diving experience, featuring the renowned SS Thistlegorm wreck, vibrant reefs in Ras Mohamed National Park, wrecks around Abu Nuhas, and the remote pinnacles of the Strait of Tiran. Whether you prefer exploring reefs or wrecks, this area has something for everyone.

The SS Thistlegorm, a 400-foot wreck at the Gulf of Suez’s entrance, is a highlight. Divers with Advanced certification can explore the entire wreck, which is within recreational limits. Despite occasional strong currents, the dive crew ensures safety and provides detailed briefings. The wreck is not only a haven for marine life but also a sunken museum with World War II artifacts.

Ras Mohammed National Park offers breathtaking soft coral reefs and abundant marine life. Shark and Yolanda Reef showcase a vibrant underwater world, with the Yolanda wreck featuring an unusual cargo of toilet seats, hosting diverse marine species.

The Strait of Tiran boasts beautiful coral reefs and mesmerizing fish life. The four pinnacle reefs, including Jackson Reef and Thomas Reef, offer drift dive opportunities with chances of encountering large pelagic creatures. Thomas Reef is particularly exciting for tech divers with the unique Thomas Canyon.

Abu Nuhas is a haven for wreck enthusiasts, hosting four wrecks with dramatic marine life and haunting structures. Night dives provide an eerie yet captivating experience.

Dolphinhouse Reef offers rare opportunities to dive with wild dolphins. Playful interactions with the dolphins make this dive site extraordinary. Gubal Island features the beloved Barge at Bluff Point, known for its diverse marine life, including the famous giant moray named George. The wreck of the SS Ulysses at Small Gubal Island provides an easier penetration dive for less experienced divers.

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

  • Flights
  • Tourist visa (to be paid on arrival at the airport or in advance)
  • Nitrox fills (can be prepaid)
  • Rental equipment (can be prepaid)
  • Diving Courses (can be prepaid)
  • Onboard merchandising
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for crew & guides

FAQs

What sort of people will be going on the trip?

There is generally a real mix of people from different backgrounds and dive experience. Our customers tend to be good fun, are not ‘diving geeks’, can be any age (as long as they are fit enough to dive) and have a sense of adventure. There is normally a fairly even split between men and women.

What are the other costs?

Your trip includes flights, accommodation, transfers, guides, tanks, weights, all meals and soft drinks. The only additional costs are alcohol, Nitrox (optional at £90 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?

It is highly unlikely that any sharks will take an interst in you. 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. There are more people killed by vending machines then by sharks each year!

As part of Elke’s talks is how to dive safely and responsibly with sharks.

What if I haven’t done 35 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 31. If you do 4 dives in a weekend then it will only take about 8 weeks. You will also need to have completed your Advanced course which includes 5 dives and can be done with us before the trip.

Will there be any other single people there?

The majority of people on the trip will be travelling alone. We will happily put you in a cabin to share with someone of the same sex and similar age/mindset.

What do we do when we’re not diving?

There is a great sun deck, a cinema room with 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 chat and a few cold Sakara’s or a Sprite.

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 24 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. You can now apply for a visa online (https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/) or for people with EU passports the visa can be collected at the airport in Hurghada (currently $25).

Qualifications required

You must be a PADI Advanced diver or equivalent with a minimum of 35 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 required to have your own dive computer, SMB and reel and know how to use them.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

“Nev on Tour” – New Year 2024/25 Red Sea Liveaboard