DEPARTING FROM PORT GHALIB
Qualification needed: You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives to join this liveaboard trip
As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive.
This itinerary combines the spectacular drop-offs and big pelagics of Daedalus with the stunning reefs and coral gardens of Fury Shoals. This is a great opportunity to dive some of the most famous sites in the Red Sea.
Please note that night diving and snorkelling will only be allowed on some parts of this itinerary as it includes marine parks where this is prohibited. To get the most out of these superb dive sites, several dives will be from a RIB.
**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 is 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 departs and returns to Port Ghalib.
Day 1 – Visit a dive site local to Port Ghalib for a check dive before heading south for your afternoon and night dive on the way to Fury Shoals.
Days 2-3 – The boat normally plans to spend two days at Fury Shoals where the aim is to make four dives each day.
Days 4-5 – Two days at the famous Daedalus reef hoping to encounter some large pelagics.
Day 6 – After an early morning dive at Elphinstone, enjoy a relaxed dive local to Port Ghalib allowing you to cruise into the 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.
Daedalus – This huge tear-drop shaped reef rises from the sea bed in the middle of the Red Sea, 80km offshore and more than 300km south of Hurghada. Easily recognised by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open on the blue! Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen… oceanic white tip, grey reef and thresher sharks are often sighted, but Daedalus is most famous for its scalloped hammerhead sharks which can often be seen in large schools out in the blue during the summer months. The sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives here and never get bored!
Fury Shoals – This large cluster of reefs offers unforgettable and easy dives. From the northern site of Small Abu Galawa to its most-southern site of Sataya, Fury Shoals can prove to be surprising and diverse. Each dive site has its particularity: from dolphins to stunning hard coral formations and not forgetting the two little wrecks “Tug Boat” and the “Yacht“.
Elphinstone Reef – A Red Sea legend; a finger-shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals, unpredictable and exciting this truly is an awesome reef where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn