Whirlwind - Red Sea

  • Guests 20, (22 on request)
  • Rooms 11 Twin Bed Cabins. 4 main deck & 7 lower deck
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • Facilities Spacious dive deck, camera table with air guns, sun deck
  • Diving 3-4 dives a day, Open deck on Red Sea Relaxed
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Free WiFi, capacity is depending on boat location

About Whirlwind

Whirlwind has to be one of our favourite Red Sea liveaboards - and as the award winning Liveaboard of the Year 2011 clearly fellow divers share our affection for her. This is 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices... just one of the reasons UK divers keep coming back to this superior liveaboard. She has a well deserved reputation for the quality of finish on board, her long standing crew are the definition of attentive and she has all the award winning hallmarks of Tornado Marine fleet (from the decor to the tasty food)! Discover today how effortless diving can be when your liveaboard has been designed by divers for divers.

Whirlwind is a generous 36m from bow to stern and at 8m across, there is ample space for all 20 guests. There are 10 cabins in total, all with twin beds, en suite, air con and safe. The storage is plentiful and the showers are some of the most powerful you will find on a boat! There are 4 cabins on the main deck which are preallocated at the time of booking with no additional surcharge.

Whirlwind has everything the modern diver could want on board. The dive deck is one of the most impressive aspects - no more kitting up in a crowd on this boat! There is a camera table, 2 rinse tanks and plenty of space for all your dive kit. Whirlwind is also rebreather friendly and can pump oxygene and helium mixes (please just let us know at the time of booking). And for your relaxation between dives, there are 2 sundecks and the jacuzzi. Catch some rays, relax with a book or enjoy the hot tub. The saloon is kitted out with a modern entertainment system and a well stocked bar. Quite simply no element of this liveaboard has been overlooked. From sun up to sun down, Whirlwind is the perfect home away from home in the Egyptian Red Sea.

Main deck cabin

Whirlwind has four main deck twin cabins, located in the front half of the main deck. These cabins have lovely big rectangular windows facing the ocean. All cabins onboard Whirlwind have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe. There is no surcharge for the main deck cabins.

Lower deck cabin

Whirlwind has seven lower deck cabins, they are slightly larger than the main deck cabins and have a port whole window. All cabins onboard Whirlwind have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe.

Spacious dive deck

Separate dining area

Jon

2016-12-14 10:00:42

I had a great time on the 'Relaxed' trip to the Red Sea. Reda, Adel and the crew were great and Duxy and Emma were stars ensuring we all enjoyed ourselves

Lou and J

2016-11-22 11:52:02

All crew were fabulous, friendly and helpful. Hot chocolate after a dive was lovely and post dive snacks were very gratefully received. The dive briefings were the best quality we have ever had, thank you Reda

Amy and Vicky

2016-11-22 11:50:42

Lovely cabins and communal areas, plenty of room and sun bathing areas. The hot tub was a nice addition

Anne and Alan

2016-11-22 11:49:05

Food wonderful as always - Osama works magic in that little galley. We like the fact that its not all European food and the taste of Egypt was welcome

Steph and Simon

2016-09-19 11:38:38

The guides were brilliant giving excellent briefings and being completely attentive to all the diver’s needs which we were very mixed this week. The Crew as always on tornado boats were awesome. The saloon guys were excellent the cabin was always spotless.

Torieka and Dean

2016-09-19 11:37:25

The boat was lovely! Absolutely more than what was expected. It has a very refined yet home like feel. The rooms are spacious and very well stocked and cleaned by the crew...Want to be diving again with this company and hopefully this boat and crew!

Tom

2016-08-24 10:07:08

The boat was fantastic and had everything we needed.

Danny and Zena

2016-08-24 10:06:16

We have a lovely time in the boat. The crews are very nice and helpful . The food is very good and very tasty. I will recommend the this boat to my friends who would like to go to Eygpt for scuba diving. THANK VERY MUCH TO ALL THE CREW OF THIS BOAT

Linda and Steve

2016-08-24 10:05:25

Cannnot fault the guide or the crew. Very good briefings, good dive leader, very helpful. The crew were amazing, very helpful before and after the dives, good housekeeping, great cooking and great service!

Stuart McFarlane

2016-08-03 09:35:36

This was the most relaxed of the 6 liveaboards I've been on. Matt, Adel and the crew effortlessly got it so right plus the boat was comfortable and spacious. The hammerheads off Jackson were the icing on the cake. Stuart.

Steve and Jacob

2016-08-01 10:17:53

Dive guides Matt & Adel were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble at all and they were always happy to accommodate anything extra we wanted to do. I really hope we get to dive with them again.

Jennifer

2016-08-01 10:16:37

The food was delicious, varied and constantly supplied. Fresh salads and fruit were available everyday as well as freshly made cakes and pastries. A week of excellent meals thank you.

Christie

2016-08-01 10:14:24

The boat is awesome, really spacious with plenty of places to sit back and enjoy the sun. Wifi was sometimes available which was a nice bonus. Rooms were a good size and had everything you would need for a comfortable stay.

Penny

2016-08-01 10:13:08

Fantastic boat. First impressions were very positive and remained that for the holiday. The crew were absolutely amazing and really made the holiday special. They all individually went out their way to create a unique experience and very friendly. First holiday to experience such professionalism with friendliness

Terry

2016-07-19 10:07:00

Great crew as always. Special mention for great dive briefings, thorough and informative. Also, clearly understood requirements of photographers

Joss

2016-07-19 10:06:24

The crew, as ever, could not be more friendly and helpful. Some of them are old faces and have worked on the boat for many years. The dive briefings were excellent and, although i have been here many times, for once I learnt something new about some of the sites.

Alan

2016-07-19 10:03:30

The guides and crew were excellent as always. Friendly and helpful with great briefings. They were excellent in giving the less experienced in the group and alternative dive if they did want to dive a particular dive site.

Kiri

2016-07-19 10:02:58

The food was delicious every day, had variety and was never repetitive which was really nice. The chef was kind enough to make us a cake to celebrate people passing their courses which was a lovely thing to do for us.

Paul C

2016-07-19 10:01:23

Whirlwind is a really good boat – lots of space, and nice cabins, good sun area. The staff worked really hard to keep it clean and tidy, including the bedrooms.

Steve Burgess

2016-07-19 10:00:21

This was my first liveaboard holiday and I was impressed by everything, the boat looks amazing and had plenty of space, the cabins were kept lovely and clean, no bad smells and more fresh towels than i could use! I would definitely be happy to come again.

Recent Guest

2016-06-21 14:52:13

As i've come to expect from the Tornado fleet the crew and guide were all superb. Very friendly and professional and always there to help. Guiding from Yasser was as usual first class and his attention to safety and protecting the environment was excellent.

11th June Guest

2016-06-21 14:51:12

The boat was excellent everything seemed in good order. Room was clean and air con was effective. Very impressed.

Lindsey

2016-06-01 11:35:48

It would be impossible to find any fault with the crew, guides and or briefings.

Paul

2016-06-01 11:33:07

Great to be back on Whirlwind, Crew were just fantastic looking after us as always, she is well laid out with lots of places to relax. My room was always cleaned very well and I can say the same for the rest of the boat.

Nigel Bryant

2016-04-14 09:35:35

I am writing to say how impressed I was with the liveaboard I have just returned from. From the minute we boarded Whirlwind the service was nothing short of exemplary. Every member of the crew worked their socks off to ensure the whole week was absolutely world class. I could honestly not fault any part of the liveaboard and everyone involved in looking after us divers on the boat should be recognised for their professionalism and excellent attitude. To single out any member of the team for extra praise would be near impossible due to the fact there was not one member who didn't contribute their share to making this a superb trip.

Craig Bruce

2016-04-12 12:23:15

Outstanding!! Every member of the crew where professional and helpful at all times; we could not ask for anything more from them. Yassar & Wahid were excellent guides. Informative, well spoken and made every diver (of whatever level) feel at ease at all times. Thanks

Carl

2016-04-12 12:21:04

The Whirlwind was a great boat for my first liveaboard experience i was impressed from the beginning to the end. The boat was clean & tidy and spacious

Paul B

2016-04-12 12:19:55

Excellent introduction into liveaboard dive-boating holidays. Staff were friendly, helpful & professional. All needs and requirements were covered with no fuss. Would recommend this boat/crew to others without hesitation. We have benefitted considerably from their assistance.

John Sewell

2016-04-12 12:18:29

Overall the crew and guides were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and always willing to help. The help given pre and post dive was first class. Dive briefings were very good and the guides were very knowledgeable of the sites

Costi and Dimitri

2016-04-12 12:17:06

The Whirlwind far exceeded our expectations. Good boat, very well kitted out with plenty of space to sit. Didn’t feel crowded ever and the dive facilities were excellent. The food was very good indeed, and the chefs did whatever they could to accommodate our dietary requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Red Sea is between 4-5 hours flying time direct from the UK. Scuba Travel have over 20 year's experience in the Red Sea and have carefully selected a fleet of luxury liveaboards and superb hotels that meet our exacting standards. Explore the sheer beauty of the Red Sea on a Red Sea liveaboard from North to South. Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and El Gouna are popular resort locations, whilst Marsa Alam, El Quesir and Hamata are perfect for those looking for quiet escapism.

Weather and Climate

Fine weather is the order of the day pretty much throughout the year, with rainfall quite rare and short lived. The hottest time of the year is July – August with air temperatures over 30°C. Even in Egypt’s so called ‘winter’ the average rarely falls below 20°C. Water temperature varies from 20°C in February to 29°C in September. Please choose your exposure suit accordingly, depending on your personal preferences.

Travel

Flight options

As standard our holiday packages are based on flights from London Gatwick, direct to your Red Sea hub - Sharm el Shekh, Hurghada or Marsa Alam. Where possible, we are happy to offer regional departures, in particular Manchester. A supplement may apply for regional departures.  Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.  Unfortunately, not all regional flight routings are compatible with liveaboard schedules. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.  

Stopovers

As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

All UK visitors to Egypt need an entry visa (valid for a 30 days). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Save time and prebook your visa with Scuba Travel's prepaid visa service. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance.  Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.   We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance.  It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations:  click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

Most flights to Egypt are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.

Check in

Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights to Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort.  Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money!  If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel.  These aren’t as expensive as you might think.   click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in Egypt, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. Our representative will be waiting either airside around the baggage carousel or in the arrivals hall. They will be holding a board with either Scuba Travel, your destination or your name on it. If you have prepaid for our visa service, you will be given your visa on arrival. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK.  Call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.  

Transfers

Airport transfers are always included in your liveaboard or resort holiday package when using our flights. Our representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. We try to keep transfer times as short as possible, with most being no more than 30mins travel time from the airport to the boat/hotel. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Egypt, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.

Info

Included in your holiday

Flights, transfers, accommodation on full board basis, 12l tanks and weights.

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, nitrox or on board souvenirs. Soft drinks, speciality coffees and alcohol are all available on board - the boat will run an honesty tab to pay at the end of the trip. Please see the on board extras tab for a more comprehensive list of local charges.  

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.  

Currency

All onboard prices are in Euro, but Sterling, US Dollars are accepted (subject to onboard exchange rate). The boat has a card machine.

Phone coverage

Itinerary dependent. Most of Whirlwinds Itineraries will have phone coverage when close to shore.

Plugs and electricity

2 pin European sockets. Plugs are located on dive deck, saloon and in cabins.

Extras

Hire equipment

We offer a very wide range of rental equipment onboard Whirlwind including side mount and technical equipment. Whirlwind is rebreather friendly and have tanks, softnolime, helium and oxygen upon request.

Extras

Whirlwind offers a wide range of courses on board. Please speak to your travel consultant for current course prices and options.

Souvenirs

There is an on board boutique selling t-shirts. All stock items are subject to availability.

Nitrox/Gas

We recommend all divers to dive with Nitrox when suitable. Nitrox can be prebooked up to 3 days before departure or paid for on a dive by dive basis onboard the boat.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

Normally £250 deposit with full balance paid 90 days before departure.

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees.  We are not able to accept PayPal transactions. 

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

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