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Red Sea Relaxed

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Red Sea Relaxed
Red Sea - Egypt
From £1095 inc. flights*
    
  • Dive the Red Sea at your own pace
  • Suitable for all experience levels
  • Up to 21 dives over the week
  • Longer dives and solo dive options available
  • Try our new relaxed open deck diving!
A very rewarding, but more relaxing and slower paced alternative to the more usual wrecks and reefs itinerary. With the same amount of dives available but at fewer locations, allowing you to see the best sites at different times of the day, this works brilliantly for photographers but is also proving to be a big hit with people that prefer to take things easier and with less rushing about.

Duxy will be onboard to help and advise with not only the photography but also interesting things to spot, and ways to dive the sites that will give you great variety.

The Northern Red Sea in May ramps up the fish count, particularly in the areas of Ras Mohammed and Tiran, with large schools of fish from the Batfish and Snappers at Shark Reef and clouds of Anthias and smaller schooling fish up in Tiran, but you will see more abundance of marine life everywhere in the summer with wrecks like the Thistlegorm covered in swarms of Fusiliers being chased by Trevallies with languid Batfish hanging out in the blue. Which is why it becomes a bit of a mecca for underwater photographers, but a lot of us want the same thing cameras or not, which is to see lots of fish.

Some sites during the week will be "Open Deck" like The Barge and also at the Thistlegorm. Once you're initially briefed we stay for the day or longer and you can dive whenever you want. So from about 0530 until 1930 in the evening you have the usual four dives, but the timings are up to you and your buddy.
This means that if you time things cleverly you may well end up getting the dive site to yourself, or at least not be in the same places as the other divers.

In certain circumstances, and as long as you have the relevant Solo or Self Reliant qualifications and kit, Tornado Marine will even allow you to dive alone at these sites. This of course has been very popular with photographers, but is lovely if you just want a bit of peace and quiet to get your head together.

You can also choose to dive longer than the usual 60 mins bearing in mind that you'll need to tell the guides what you're planning, and that you might miss a meal and will need to keep an eye on your surface intervals if you're going to use all your four dives.
A lot of people opt for two lazy long shallow day dives rather than the usual three and then just do a night or dusk dive. It's up to you. You may want to take a guided dive rather than go it alone,and this is also possible at any time, you just need to ask.

Meal times will be written on the board, and it's up to you if you decide to dive and miss one, its not fair on the galley crew to chop and change the mealtimes for each and every individual.


Quick Facts

  • Average Water Temp: 19 - 28 C
  • Average Air Temp: 19 - 35 C
  • Average Visability: 15 - 25m
  • Good for: Wrecks, Reefs, Big Fish
  • Suitable for beginners: Yes

Highlights

  • A new type of dive trip aimed at slowing things down and taking things at your own pace.

Testimonials

  • This is a great trip if you like freedom and slow relaxed diving, it just so happens that photographers like this too, if you have a camera and you'd like some help and advice, then Duxy will be there to help you.

This is a typical example of the Red Sea Relaxed itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and is only given as a example of what you would usually encounter during your holiday.


Scuba Travel have weekly departures of the Wrecks & Reefs itinerary so there is always a date to suit!

Embarkation
In April this itinerary will depart from Hurghada

Trip Duration
All of our Wrecks & Reefs trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 4 dives a day (3 day dives + 1 night dive) apart from on your first and last day. There are around 21 dives on an average week but this can vary depending on local weather conditions.

Arrival
Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.

After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.

A normal Red Sea Relaxed itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.

Day One Departing from Hurghada and after the check dive we will go straight to the Barge at Gubal Island, for dive two and then the night dive.
If we can't make the crossing we have a special dive at the Alternatives and not in the books, used previously for filming by the BBC, that only a few of us do. And then a night dive here.

Day Two This is when we start with our "Open Deck" policy which will give you the freedom to dive when you want across the day. So no rigid dive times, and from 0530 until 1930 you'll have four dives to use, all you need to do is make sure you know the mealtimes, observe safe diving practices, co-ordinate with your buddy, put your names on the board and go diving.
If you wan't to stay longer than an hour that's ok just let the guides know.
The Barge is the perfect dive site for this, and on our Winter Warmer trips we often stay here three days. See why we love The Barge so much and why it's worth more than a passing glance and please click here.
The night dive here is considered one of the best you'll do in the Red Sea.

Day Three Our first dive will be at the 19th century wreck of the Ulysses around the corner from The Barge, but as we will be moored until after breakfast, if you don't want to dive her you can always get in and dive the Barge for a last time, this time is a great time for seeing dolphins and we regularly see them here and at the Ulysses at this time of the day. Our second dive we will try and dive the Kingston, another crowd pleasing wreck but weather dependant. For both lovers of historical rust and reef lovers, it's always a win win for both groups, as she's covered with fish, coral and marine life set against a back drop of stately wreckage.
If the wind and waves are against us then we will head straight to the Thistlegorm for this dive, our third dive and the night dive. Another place where we can give you the freedom to dive when you want for the dives here, once you've orientated yourself.

Day Four We will either start with an early morning Thistlegorm, or head directly to Shark Reef and hope for some schooling fish action, with the Snappers, Batfish and Barracudas.
If it's happening here we will stay for the day picking our dive times to avoid the other dive boats where possible.
If the schools aren't playing then I will show you a dive site not in the guide books but between Anemone City and Shark Observatory, with caves and very pretty overhangs packed with fish, and then Ras Zatar for more of the same.
After dive three we will head straight up to Tiran and get settled for the evening at Gordon Reef. In the summer this should allow us to choose to do a dusk dive, and for the photographers is a great opportunity to do sunset split shots. Alternatively you'll be able to dive a regular night dive here.

Day Five We will either start the day diving Ras Ghamilla, rarely dived from liveaboards but an awesome first dive with huge fan corals. Or alternatively Thomas Reef drifting around the east side, with more fan coral and soft coral action.
Our second dive could either be the back side of Woodhouse normally off limits to daily boats, as usually its only accessible by rib, very dramatic and not a bad place to see sharks, or straight to Jackson, and dive when the daily boats are lunching.
Then we will wait for the daily boats to leave and visit Jackson and the incredible coral garden famous for turtles and just chocker with all kinds of fish, a truly beautiful place.
And then a night dive and chill out at Laguna. The video below was shot at Jackson a couple of years ago now, if anything the fish life has increased since then!

Last Day Our first dive will be an early morning dive at Jackson Reef so that you can witness it in completely different light, or there will also be the option to dive the back side by rib,as early morning in the summer is a great time to see Hammerheads. Your choice.
Our second dive heading back I'd like to show you some of my favourite local sites.
These will be two out of either Ras Nusrani, or a special half drift in the Gardens, and finishing with a drift at Ras Um Sid, or Temple for those that want to drop in off the back of the boat.


If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.

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