Red Sea Liveaboard | Cyclone | Scuba Travel

Red Sea Liveaboard | Cyclone - Red Sea

  • Guests 20
  • Rooms 10 cabins- 2 main deck & 8 lower deck
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • FacilitiesGenerous dive deck, saloon and sun deck
  • Diving Boat & zodiac with 2 dive guides, 3-4 dives a day
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Free WiFi, although we cannot guarantee availability and coverage depends on boat location

Red Sea Liveaboard | Cyclone

Cyclone has long been a favourite with UK divers. She's the ideal choice for the price conscious diver, looking to "dive, eat, sleep" in the Northern Red Sea. Cyclone's experienced crew will give you a warm welcome, as well as taking you to the best dive sites. This is what makes her a popular choice with many of our divers.

Cyclone is 32m from bow to stern and her sturdy wood hull is a stable home away from home. 20 divers can be easily accommodated over 10 twin cabins. All of the cabins are en suite, have individual air con and plenty of space to stow your belongings for the week. There are 2 twin cabins on the main deck, 6 twin cabins below decks and 2 bow cabins which have bunks. Cabins are pre-allocated at the time of booking, so please remember to check if you have a specific request.

Cyclone features the tried and tested lay out of all Tornado Marine Fleet vessels. The dive deck is spaciously laid out so everyone can kit up without fighting for space. The dining room is on the main deck, and you will find tasty meals prepared freshly each day. The upstairs saloon is complete with bar and TV, perfect for relaxing at the end of the day or during surface intervals. Or escape from it all on sun deck. Cyclone is a classic Red Sea liveaboard that knows the Northern Red Sea's wrecks and reefs intimately. This is world class destination with a crew that know how to make your diving a success from start to finish.

Main deck twin cabin

Cyclone has two 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 Cyclone have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe. There is no surcharge for the main deck cabins.

Lower deck twin cabin

Cyclone has eight lower deck cabins, they share their layout with the main deck cabins but have a port whole window. All cabins onboard Cyclone have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe.

Dive deck

Dining room

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Covid Information for Cyclone

Information provided by Tornado Marine - following the Egyptian Ministry Regulations

Updated 29 JUNE

Although Egypt does not have any covid testing or vaccination requirements for any travellers, please be respectful of your fellow passengers and do not travel if you are ill. You should make sure you have travel insurance that covers all eventualities (including cancellation due to illness)
  • If you have been unwell with suspected or confirmed COVID, get a medical professional to confirm you are fit to dive and bring this with you.
  • Egypt has now removed all local covid requirements and protocols
  • Tornado Marine Fleet crew have all been vaccinated
    IMPORTANT: It must be stressed again that many of these are provisional procedures that we reserve the right to add to or relax depending on the best possible information and national regulations at the time of sailing.

    Country Covid Travel Information

    View entry requirements here

    Entry requirements for Egypt are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

    You do not need to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry to Egypt.

    From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
    do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
    do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
    do not need to quarantine when you arrive
    This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

    It includes people who are transiting through England.
    Updated 21 JUN 2022

  • Sara

    2018-09-22 10:12:51

    The guide Mousa and our Captain were also excellent and we had some of the best dive briefings we have had. I cannot thank Scuba Travel (Sam) and the rest of the team for helping and providing a great week. As the organizer it is always difficult to please all, however this trip did not fail to please with a constant boat full of happy divers chatting and sharing photos and stories. This is definitely the best wreck and reefs itinerary with the inclusion of Tiran. Itís a real winner.

    Andrew Gibbins

    2018-09-19 13:17:21

    Very good boat, I have pretty much done the fleet bar 1 now and can't rate the boats and staff enough from booking until final farewell. Guides were fab and a pleasure to dive with. Getting out the water the boat staff helped with every step. Thank you for a great trip and see you next year.


    2018-07-17 09:13:57

    Great week Diving. Outside lounge area seating youíve put proper seats in since last time I went on it two years ago much better. Thank you to the crew captain guides and the chef for the great food. Great week. Will go again.


    2018-02-24 11:17:51

    First liveaboard experience - better than I ever could have expected! Sensational crew provided warm and welcoming atmosphere. Special thanks to captain Mahmoud whose knowledge and expertise saw us as the only divers on the Thistlegorm for 5 dives! Our instructor Adel was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and we ended up doing Nitrox and AOW courses under his guidance. The only negative things I would say were the hired BCDs and regulators seemed a bit worse for wear. Luckily Adel was able to fix and exchange pieces to make it work. Also, the WiFi connection was not fantastic, and the tv used for briefings stopped working half way through the week. However, overall - fantastic experience!!

    Zoe Jones

    2018-02-24 10:32:07

    After nearly 10 liveaboards I was persuaded to do one in the winter, I really wasnt sure what to expect. As normal the booking process was nice and easy. When we arrived at Hurghada we were greeted by the very friendly Mohie as normal who got us to port. As we got to the boat and all guests arrived we were shock to find out there was only 5 of us on the boat! We all felt at home straight away. Adel was on top form as normal and the crew were incredible. We spent the whole week in glorious hot weather diving the amazing wrecks and reefs in perfect conditions and to top it off a nice Manta came to visit! Was lovely to dive all together and as a bonus we only saw one other group of divers on one dive on the whole trip!! The trip was filled with laughter from morning to night! The captain Mahmoud best in the red sea! I have to say this was the best trip i have done over the years.Thank you all for making our holiday the best and looking forward to the next one in May :-)

    Katy and Darren

    2018-02-04 11:52:30

    The guides were incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and extremely good fun. The crew could not do enough for us all week and we are incredibly thankful that they were so attentive.


    2018-02-04 11:52:30

    Tasty choice of dishes for each meal. Good quality food.


    2018-02-03 11:52:30

    The crew were excellent! Very friendly and extremely helpful. Also the guides were excellent too. They were knowledgeable, informative and fun!


    2018-02-03 11:52:30

    Good catering for vegetarian (only one on board?). Thanks a lot!


    2017-05-23 09:52:31

    Cyclone was the right size for the amount of people we had the crew were lovely and went out of the way to help. The dive guides were super helpful too. The food was amazing I really enjoyed it.


    2017-05-23 09:41:50

    The boat was better than I was expecting in terms of space and standard and the crew and guides were really good and very helpful.


    2017-05-23 08:17:57

    Cyclone was great, clean and organised. The dive team were great setting up the lines. Nothing was too much trouble for anyone. Everyone was friendly and approachable.

    Tim and Pauline

    2017-02-28 08:17:57

    Hello Caroline; I just thought I'd drop you a line, to let you know the trip was brilliant. The weather was kind ; and the crew were excellent food also. The guide Ahmed was also excellent. Just the right balance!! †The newbies in our group are firmly hooked. They'll be back. Thanks again for all your help and efforts.

    Vicki and Neil

    2017-02-17 12:17:36

    The dive guide Ahmed was fantastic, he gave detailed dive briefs. Ahmed made sure that we dived great dive sites and looked after us very well. The crew were fantastic, always making sure we were looked after. The guide and crew were incredibly hardworking and had a great sense of humour! We loved the food which included meals and snacks. All food was very well presented and tasted great.

    Martyn Boxall

    2017-02-16 21:11:07

    This was my first time on Cyclone, it was a well run boat with a good layout. The crew were great. Ahmed Gomaa was a great guide who managed dive operations as well as I have seen anyone do it.

    Jean-Phillipe Quiniere

    2017-02-15 16:21:16

    Outstanding level for both crew and guide. They really kind, helpful and nice. Special mention to Ahmed: swimming with wild dolphins was really amazing and great. Many thanks to all.

    David Berry

    2017-02-13 21:19:31

    Only the second live-aboard ever in the red sea, Keeps getting better and better! When i had to stop diving due to toothache the crew were amasing. Kept asking if i was ok and friendly. Ahmed is a legend!

    Mark & Claire and Steve

    2017-02-09 19:09:03

    The crew were just as they were on every trip weíve been on. Theyíre helpful and fun and really help make the week memorable. Chef is a legend. The food is top notch which is an amazing accomplishment in such a tiny kitchen. The boat was really well laid out for the trip and the rooms were very comfortable. Adel provides very professional briefs for each dive and really sets your mind at ease if you have any worries.


    2017-02-09 08:17:32

    Well Laid out and maintained. I have been on Cyclone before and it retains its high standard. With the small amount of guests the boat never felt crowded. The crew were great, even greater than my buddy things he is... they were truly great. They couldnít help enough and where always on hand. Adel to was always ready to help out. The food was Excellent, with no complaints. The fried fish was stunning.


    2017-02-06 10:48:21

    Great liveaboard boat, well organised and camera friendly. Very impressed with professionalism of all crew members. Well done and thank you. Thoughtful touches, like hot drinks after morning and evening dives highly appreciated. All crew were friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Excellent food in abundance. Diet starts next week!

    Martin Vallance

    2017-01-24 16:27:46

    First liveaboard Iíve done, boat is very nice an homely nice to relax after dives Nice an clean eating area, very nice lounge, plenty of space on dive deck, Cabins very nice with on suite more than adequate.

    Have really enjoyed myself this wk, having a great crew an fantastic guide has made this possible they have done their best to make my first time on a liveaboard the best it could be, big thanks to the crew and ahmed

    C Christofis

    2017-01-24 13:25:46

    Boat was good, my first proper livaboard, comfortable cabin. Only thing was safe did not work, cabin safe is essential really, that said, no problems and I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to gain excellent diving experience.

    Everything about my week on this boat has been very good, everyone has been friendly, helpful. Dive briefings were excellent with video display and site history. Dive guide Ahmad Halmoush has been excellent, very helpful all the crew have worked tirelessly to help divers


    2016-02-18 09:49:39

    The crew were extremely friendly and helpful. They made the trip really comfortable and pleasurable. The food was excellent and the room service very good. The guides were both friendly and helpful making the whole week very enjoyable


    2016-02-18 09:48:33

    The chef made me special food and a cake for my 65th birthday which was great!

    Dave McBride

    2016-02-18 09:47:24

    Exceptional is the only word for this crew, absolutely awesome care consideration and in a fun manner, top marks.


    2016-02-18 09:31:07

    Very spacious boat, nice hot showers and nice sized lounge, Ideal


    2016-02-18 09:28:42

    The crew and dive guide were superb on the cyclone. Redas breifings were informative, safety conscious, and full of information regarding the points of interest on the dive sites, very knowledgable. And this shows. The dive guides and crew were superb and were helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. Thank you to the crew and guides of cyclone for an amazing trip on your amazing vessel

    Gav Ireland

    2016-02-18 09:27:50

    For my first Liveaboard this has been a great facility to use and I havenít wanted for anything. Seen Dolphin, Turtle, Shark, Eagle they know how to get you to the good sites!

    H Stephenson

    2016-02-18 09:26:55

    Cyclone is great! The cabins are clean and comfortable, and there is plenty of space for relaxing between dives, either in the sun, or in the shade.

    Karen Nixon

    2016-02-18 09:25:38

    I have dived Thistlegorm many times before. However, Redaís briefing was excellent. Very informative. I love this dive site and especially as we were the only boat for our first morning dive. It was excellent.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    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.

    Covid Travel Information

    View entry requirements here

    Entry requirements for Egypt are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

    You do not need to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry to Egypt.

    From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
    do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
    do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
    do not need to quarantine when you arrive
    This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

    It includes people who are transiting through England.
    Updated 21 JUN 2022

    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 to 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.


    Flight options

    Our holiday packages are inclusive of flights from London Gatwick for a fully ATOL bonded holiday. A supplement may apply for regional departures if possible. 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. Our advertised liveaboard packages with Emperor and Aggressor fleets exclude flights. Please ask for a quote to add these to your booking. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can arrange transfers as required. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your boat space is confirmed by us.


    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.Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Or you can now apply online by clicking here 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


    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


    Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other travel immunisations: click here

    Preparing to fly


    Flights to Egypt are charter flights with TUI or EasyJet. TUI seating is allocated at check in and you cannot check in online. For EasyJet flights you will be able to manage your booking online with the airline directly and select any payable seating/baggage extras.

    Check in

    Egypt does not permit digital boarding passes. You must print your boarding passes/flight coupons for both flights. TUI do not enable online check EasyJet allow online check in via their website


    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


    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.


    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


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



    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.


    All onboard prices are in Euro, but Sterling, US Dollars are accepted (subject to onboard exchange rate).The boat does not always have a working card machine.

    Phone coverage

    Mobile coverage is itinerary dependent. Most of itineraries will have phone coverage when close to shore. WiFi is limited for browsing and connecting to communication applications only when a mobile signal is present normally nearby or in port. Signal strength can vary which may result in intermittent and/or slow connections. This service is provided as a courtesy but is dependent on the local mobile provider. Laptops/computers or other devices for using internet are not supplied on-board, you should bring your own computer to use the internet service

    Plugs and electricity

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


    Hire equipment

    You can book a wide range of rental equipment for use on board. A 15lt tank is £45 when prebooked and prepaid. Cyclone is not rebreather or tek fill friendly


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


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


    We recommend all divers to dive with Nitrox when suitable. A 6 day nitrox package costs £70 when prebooked and prepaid as part of your holiday. It can be paid for on a dive by dive basis onboard the boat - prices are in euro locally.


    Deposits and Balances

    Over 180 days prior to departure a £250 deposit is required, within 180 days a £500 deposit is required, with full balance due 90 days before departure.

    Ways to pay

    We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. We do not take AMEX. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £8 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

    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


    Repeat Guests

    Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
    Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

    And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction on your ATOL bonded Red Sea package.

    5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
    If you have travelled with Scuba Travel with 12 months ask about free cabin upgrades (subject to availability)
    Repeat discounts are not cumulative with other discounts and cannot be applied to special offer prices


    Airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation on full board basis in a twin share cabin

    12ltr tank, air fills, weights and all diving - the number of dives offered will depend on your chosen itinerary

    Depending on your package, flights are included from London Gatwick with Easyjet

    At the end of the week you will have day use of a hotel room (twin share as per your cabin arrangement) and buffet lunch while you wait for your flight home.


    The boat will run an honesty tab for on board drinks, to pay at the end of the trip - current costs (May 2022) stella/sakara beet 4 euro, red or white wine 15 euro, tonic 1 euro, ice cream 3 euro.

    Rental kit hire, Nitrox.
    These can be requested onboard however it is preferable to pre book.

    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.

    Egyptian entry visa - £30 pre paid service with our airport rep or USD cash at the visa windows on arrival at your entry point to Egypt

    Cyclone Specifications

    32m length 7m breadth

    2 x 450 HP engines

    3 x 75 KW generators

    Construction Wood

    Safety Equipment

    2 x 25 Man Life Rafts
    Life Jackets

    Full Fire Fighting and Alarm System
    Smoke Alarms and Extinguishers in cabins and at strategic points

    1 x Oxygen unit plus O2 J tanks

    Fully stocked First Aid Kit

    Navigation Equipment

    GPS Plotter, Radar 48 miles, Echo Sounder, SSB and EPIRB
    2 x VHF Radio and MFHF SDC

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    Totally Wrecked

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