RED SEA TEC LIVEABOARD: BEST OF THE WRECKS JAN 18-25 2019

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Blue O Two Tec Liveaboard

Aimed at tec divers of all levels on OC or CCR this is a liveaboard which takes in the best wrecks of the Red Sea from the Thistlegorm to the Rosalie Moller, the wrecks at Abu Nuhas and the Brothers too! On the boat we’ll be running workshops on dive planning and helping everyone who needs it with their dive plans. The idea is that if you’re new to tec diving or haven’t done a lot of fun tec diving since your course this will be a great trip to get you into the swing of doing it. We’ll have a week of great extended dives mainly within the 40m range but with the opportunity for a bit more depth on some of the sites for anyone that would like it. For example, we’ll be able to have a long dive on the Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moller and complete 2 wrecks in one dive at Abu Nuhas!

We’ll be flying into Hurghada (all good for travel according to the FCO, so travel insurance will be fine) and then staying on the boat for the duration of the trip. Blue O Two will meet us at the airport in Hurghada and transfer us to the boat and then back again at the end of the trip.

Minimum cert level required for the trip will be Tec 40 but the best dives will be done on a Tec 45 or 50 ticket which will be completable on the boat.

The cost is £1049 per person which includes flights, and full  board accommodation.

Extras are equipment hire (twinsets, stages etc are extra although a single ali80 is included in the price), gases (nitrox and trimix), alcohol and any diving courses.

There’ll be the opportunity to complete the following courses on the boat:

Tec 45

Tec 50

Sidemount either separate or in conjunction with a tec course.

Special prices are as follows, Tec 45 or 50 for £400 instead of £450, complete Tec 45 and 50 for £750. Sidemount can be completed for a special price of only £200 or added onto an existing Tec course for only £150.  Other courses like Tec Instructor Programs will also be possible to run on the boat.

Full details are as follows:

 

Itinerary: Best of Wrecks

Dates:     18th January – 25th January 2019

Aboard:   M/Y Red Sea Adventurer

 

The Vessel…

At 32 metres long with 12 cabins divided over three decks, M/Y Red Sea Adventurer is an ideal choice for smaller full charter groups. There are ten comfortably appointed twin cabins and two double cabins providing accommodation for 24 guests. All cabins benefit from en-suite facilities, air conditioning and in-cabin entertainment.

 

The Itinerary…

This itinerary follows a North and Brothers route where divers will experience the excitement of diving famous wrecks of the Red Sea, including the SS Thistlegorm, Carnatic, Ulysses, Ghiannis D and the Dunraven, so anyone who has an active interest in wreck diving will love this itinerary. However, it is also interesting to bear in mind that many of these Red Sea wrecks have been underwater for a very long time and have formed what you might call ‘artificial reefs’, teeming with life. This itinerary would therefore be enjoyed by all divers, not just the wreckies amongst us!

 

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. This itinerary will normally depart from and return to Hurghada.

 

Day 1 – Start the week with a check dive before heading north for an afternoon wreck dive at Abu Nuhas followed by a night dive.

Days 2-3 – The next two days are spent cruising the wrecks of the northern Red Sea. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three day dives and a night dive each day.

Day 4 – Visit the Salem Express and Al Kafain, two large ferry wrecks close to Sha’ab Sheer in Safaga.

Day 5 – A day at the Big Brother Island where the wrecks of Aida and Numidia are located.

Day 6 – Enjoy two final morning wreck dives at El Minya (a minesweeper) and Mohamed Hassabella (a fishing trawler) close to the port of Hurghada 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…

 

Thistlegorm- Shaab Ali

Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.

Abu Nuhas

Also known as the ‘Ships Graveyard’, this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. Wrecks here include the Ghiannis D, Carnatic, Tile and Lentil Wrecks.

Ghiannus D – Abu Nuhas

In 26m of water and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish.

Carnatic – Abu Nuhas

A British P&O steamer which struck the reef in 1869. She lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicoloured soft corals. The wreck is home to glass fish, octopus, morays, jacks and tuna cruise overhead.

Big Brother

A 400 metre long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 metres. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. Every section of this reef is covered with corals and life.

 

All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

 

£1,049 per person + £29 Visa

Includes: Return flights LGW-HRG, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.

Terms: All divers must have a minimum of 30 logged dives to take part in this itinerary and have completed Tec 40 or equivalent