Scuba Scene, Egypt

The luxury Red Sea liveaboard that sets the standard.

*** WINNER ***
‘BEST OVERALL AND QUALITY LIVEABOARD OF THE YEAR’ 2023

As voted for by readers of www.scubadiving.com

M/Y Scuba Scene was launched in April 2023 and is the ultimate luxury steel-hulled liveaboard located in the Red Sea. She is 48 m long, fitted to rigorous safety standards, and makes a great home away from home to enjoy some of the world’s most spectacular dive sites.

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!

This boat comes highly recommended for shark and pelagic lovers, Tech divers, and fans of coral reefs and wrecks – a luxury yacht, friendly crew, knowledgeable guides, and delicious food.



What makes Scuba Scene the best Liveaboard in the Red Sea?

On the dive deck level, find our spacious dining area with a drinks bar. The upper decks offer a comfortable salon/lounge area with a big TV, as well as 3 sundecks. Two of the sundecks are fitted with a bar and icemakers each, and are providing both shaded and sunny spaces galore to chill and relax between the dives.

  • 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

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WHAT MAKES SCUBA SCENE THE BEST LIVEABOARD IN THE RED SEA?

Expertly run by Ahmed Fadel & Elke Bojanowski, the layout of M/Y Scuba Scene shows their combined work experience on Egyptian liveaboards. The kitchen and spacious dining area are in the lower deck (hull). All guest cabins are on the main or upper deck, so large windows and plenty of distance to the engine room make for comfortable, quiet and light accommodation.

Camera preparation and charging areas are very spacious, a washing machine & dryers are available to the guests, and a saltwater swimming pool & jacuzzi offer relaxation opportunities to all. Our large salon as well as the TV room offer inside chilling areas, both fitted with large screens. A number of sundecks with both shaded and sunny sections give the guests a choice of where and how to enjoy the surface intervals.

Scuba Scene runs special trips including shark weeks, tec weeks and photography-focussed itineraries.

All of the popular Red Sea itineraries including Brothers, Daedulus and Elphinstone, North, North & Tiran, as well as the Deep South are available.

The boat embarks/disembarks from either Marriott Marina in Hurghada or Port Ghalib, depending on season and itinerary

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Wrecks, Tec and Photography

As well as itineraries such as Northern Red Sea, Southern Red Sea and Shark Weeks, Scuba Scene is also well known for it’s Photography Workshops and Tec Weeks. Tec diving can also be taught on board.

Itineraries

Beautifully laid-out across her four decks, she has 6 twin/double cabins downstairs, 4 twin/double cabins on the main deck, 2 cabins on the top deck and 2 honeymoon suites – each 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. The 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 sundecks provide a choice of shaded and open areas to relax in and on our third sundeck, there are soft drinks and alcohol in the  fridges to keep you nice and cool! The team managing the boat consists of two people with years of experience in the Red Sea diving industry, especially liveaboards, Ahmed Fadel and Dr. Elke Bojanowski. Ahmed is a tech instructor, that has worked in different areas of diving over the last 20 years, mostly on liveaboards. He is the current operations manager of TDI/SDI Middleast and one of the most well known and respected Tec divers in the Red Sea. Elke 'aka The Shark Lady' is famous amongst the dive community and is a divemaster, guide and biologist specialising on the study of Red Sea shark populations, and the founder of the Red Sea Sharks Trust, a registered charity for shark awareness and conservation. She has worked on Egyptian liveaboards for over 16 years and is probably the Red Sea's number shark expert! During our Shark Weeks she will do several interesting talks that are fascinating and educational. Their combined experience and different specialities make them ideal organizers and hosts of your Red Sea diving liveaboards.

Beautifully laid-out across her four decks, she has 6 twin/double cabins downstairs, 4 twin/double cabins on the main deck, 2 cabins on the top deck and 2 honeymoon suites – each 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. The 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 sundecks provide a choice of shaded and open areas to relax in and on our third sundeck, there are soft drinks and alcohol in the  fridges to keep you nice and cool! The team managing the boat consists of two people with years of experience in the Red Sea diving industry, especially liveaboards, Ahmed Fadel and Dr. Elke Bojanowski. Ahmed is a tech instructor, that has worked in different areas of diving over the last 20 years, mostly on liveaboards. He is the current operations manager of TDI/SDI Middleast and one of the most well known and respected Tec divers in the Red Sea. Elke 'aka The Shark Lady' is famous amongst the dive community and is a divemaster, guide and biologist specialising on the study of Red Sea shark populations, and the founder of the Red Sea Sharks Trust, a registered charity for shark awareness and conservation. She has worked on Egyptian liveaboards for over 16 years and is probably the Red Sea's number shark expert! During our Shark Weeks she will do several interesting talks that are fascinating and educational. Their combined experience and different specialities make them ideal organizers and hosts of your Red Sea diving liveaboards.

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

Intinerary

Daedulus & St. Johns

This itinerary combines two of the most beautiful areas in the Central & Southern Egyptian Red Sea: 1st: Daedalus Reef: Marine Park with sheer reef walls, gorgeous coral formations & marine life, and the chance for pelagic action, especially hammerhead sharks… 2nd: St. John’s plateau: a variety of beautiful reefs, drop-offs, coral gardens and swim-throughs & caverns… Because of distances to travel to the Deep South (= St. John’s), this itinerary starts and finishes in Port Ghalib. Weather permitting, we will try to split the time between the two areas, and might get a chance to visit Elphinstone as well… Daedalus Reef (‘Abu Kizan’) Located about 90 km from Marsa Alam, this is probably the most bizarre Egyptian Marine Park. A weird-oval shaped reef, its reeftop only breaks the surface at extremely low tide. As on Big Brother, a minimum of 4-5 people are manning the lighthouse and military station on this massive reef in the middle of the Red Sea. Currents can be strong, but the size of the reef offers a variety of dive options for different conditions. Highlights: Steep walls drop to way below recreational dive limits, covered in a healthy mix of hard and soft corals. The size of some of Daedalus’ hard coral formations are legendary; to appreciate their dimensions, it is best to place a diver (or divers!) next to them for perspective. Resident Scalloped hammerheads can be seen here year-round, with the best chances seeing them schooling usually from May to August, depending e.g. on water temperatures and the depths f thermoclines. Other potential pelagic encounters include e.g. Oceanic manta rays, Oceanic whitetip and Silky sharks.

Brothers, Daedulus & Elphinstone

Daedalus Reef (‘Abu Kizan’) Located about 90 km from Marsa Alam, this is probably the most bizarre Egyptian Marine Park. A weird-oval shaped reef, its reeftop only breaks the surface at extremely low tide. As on Big Brother, a minimum of 4-5 people are manning the lighthouse and military station on this massive reef in the middle of the Red Sea. Currents can be strong, but the size of the reef offers a variety of dive options for different conditions. Highlights: Steep walls drop to way below recreational dive limits, covered in a healthy mix of hard and soft corals. The size of some of Daedalus’ hard coral formations are legendary; to appreciate their dimensions, it is best to place a diver (or divers!) next to them for perspective. Resident Scalloped hammerheads can be seen here year-round, with the best chances seeing them schooling usually from May to August, depending e.g. on water temperatures and the depths f thermoclines. Other potential pelagic encounters include e.g. Oceanic manta rays, Oceanic whitetip and Silky sharks. Elphinstone Reef (‘Abu Hamra’) Located ~ 10 km offshore about halfway between Port Ghalib and Marsa Alam, this is the most famous reef in this area. A long, narrow reef with extensive plateaus on its Northern and Southern tips, and sheer walls dropping off along its Eastern and Western side, it is teeming with life. It is also very exposed to the elements; the prevailing northerly winds and resulting waves, plus potentially strong currents can make mooring – and diving – at this site quite challenging at times. Highlights: Soft corals of any imaginable colour, large sea fans, and black coral bushes all the way into the shallow overhangs attract a huge variety of reef fish and other critters… and the predators that feed on them, including barracudas, jacks, trevallies and tunas. With a bit of luck, sharks and the odd manta can be seen, and – normally from October to November – a very special pelagic predator may be encountered: the Oceanic whitetip shark! Weather permitting – and depending on departure & arrival ports (Hurghada or Port Ghalib), we will spend anything between a couple of dives to a full two days at the different sites. Be aware that since March 2019, local regulations prohibit overnight mooring at the Brothers! This trip is ideal for divers with a bit of experience under their belts, all the way up to tech diving. We recommend a minimum of 50 dives, and a certification of Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) or higher, as well as Nitrox & Deep Diver Specialities. These qualification will allow you to make the most of the dives at these three sites, while staying well within the recreational dive and no decompression limits. Some of our Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone trips are dedicated ‘SHARK WEEKS’, meaning you will have the option, to join informative presentations on shark biology, behaviour, conservation and research in the afternoons/evenings. These presentations will be given by biologist Dr Elke Bojanowski, who has been working as a guide and shark researcher on Egyptian liveaboards since 2004.

North & Tiran

Starting in Hurghada, you will visit some the best dive sites around the Sinai Peninsula in the Northern Red Sea: Ras Mohamed, the Strait of Tiran & the iconic wreck of the Thistlegorm. You 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. 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, Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas and Gordon reef (from North to South). 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. Currents can be strong, but the size of the reef offers a variety of dive options for different conditions. 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 & Yolanda Reef with the wreckage of the Yolanda (sank in 1980) and its cargo of bathroom ceramics. 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 in about 18 m. The stern is separated from the bow by a debris field, and has tilted to the portside. Large schools of marine life gather around the wreck, and amidst the coral growth on the superstructure and hull, lots of marine life can be found, such as scorpionfish, crocodile fish, 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. Gubal Island – The Barge, Bluff Point & the Ulysses All that is left of THE BARGE is some wreckage of the hull, but it attracts a huge variety of marine life: massive moray eels, scorpionfish & crocodile fish, fusiliers, cardinal & soldierfish… plus shrimps, crabs, nudibranchs, flatworms – to name just a few. BLUFF POINT is a drop-off alone the Eastern tip of the island, with beautiful coral formations and overhangs. And finally on the exposed Northern side, we have the wreck of the ULYSSES. Since her sinking in 1887, she has become embedded into a stunning hard coral garden, and her hull and remaining deck structures are covered in marine life. Abu Nuhas – Carnatic, Giannis D, Chrisoula K & Kimon M Just to the North of Shadwan Island the reef of Abu Nuhas (‘Father of Copper’) has become the final resting place for at least four ships, and a premier attraction point for wreck divers. Lined up along its Northern reef wall from west to east are: Giannis D (or “Wood Wreck), Carnatic (or ‘Wine Wreck’), Chrisoula K (or ‘Tile Wreck’), and Kimon M (or ‘Lentil Wreck’). A pod of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins can be spotted fairly regularly, and besides the wrecks and the marine life on and around them, there are some weird and wonderful critters to be found on night dives alone the South of the reef. This trip is suitable for a wide range of divers, from fairly inexperienced Open Water Divers to tech divers. We recommend a minimum of 30 dives, and a certification of Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) or higher, as well as Nitrox & Deep Diver Specialities. These qualification will allow you to make the most of the dives at these sites, but less experienced divers will definitely be able to enjoy their diving here and are welcome to do additional courses on board.

Cost includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • Marine park fees
  • tank and weights

Cost excludes

  • Alcohol
  • Crew tips
  • Nitrox and special tanks and mixed gases
  • Equipment hire
  • Courses if required
What are the fire safety precautions on board?

Here is some information on the emergency & firefighting systems in place on Scuba Scene.

1) There are emergency lights in all public areas which automatically come on when the generators/electricity are off.
2) There are smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in all cabins, public areas, the kitchen, and of course the engine room.
3) There are fire alarms (automatic and manual) on four of the five levels (except: the open air high deck)
4) There are fire hoses on four of the five levels (except: the open air high deck), plus a mobile water pump and hose working independently from the main pump in the engine room.
5) The engine room has additional fire fighting features: a sprinkler system, heat & smoke detectors, additional and larger fire extinguishers, a CO cartridge protecting the main electrical panel, chemical (powder) fire extinguishing system on top of each of the two engines.
6) Scuba Scene carries 3 liferafts (25 people each) and 2 large speedboats, offering plenty of flotation devices in case of having to evacuate the boat.
7) Life jackets are provided for each person on board (guests & crew), plus spares at the bow assembly point.
8) There is a night watchman who has a scanning system to ensure he carries out regular checks around the boat throughout the night

To avoid fire from breaking out, there are rules about where and when to charge which items on board, and a night watch is patroling the public areas every night.All public areas are also monitored by cameras.

Where do we get our lift from the airport or hotel?

Once you book your holiday with us, we will pass on your flight and/or hotel details to Scuba Scene. If they are meeting you at the airport look out for the representative in the arrivals hall with ‘Scuba Scene’ written on the sign.

If you are staying at a hotel before the liveaboard then we will arrange a collection time from your reception area.

What do we do on the last day if we have a late flight?

The boat usually needs to be cleared by 11am so they can prepare for the next guests. Scuba Scene have an arrangement with the Marriott Hotel next to their mooring where you can pay $25 to use their facilities for the day e.g. pool, showers, access to restaurants etc.

Food and drinks are extra, we can also get you a day room if you wanted to have a lie-down or chill out (subject to availability).

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