Ghazala Explorer Red Sea Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Ghazala Explorer Red Sea Liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests 24 guests
  • Rooms 12 cabins comprised of 9 x Twin Cabins, 1 King & 1 Junior Suite
  • Restaurants Open Buffett with tea,coffee and soft drinks included.
  • Food and Drinks International and Egyptian cuisine, please let us know if you have any food preferences before arrival.
  • FacilitiesSpacious dive deck
  • Diving 3-4 dives a day
  • Diving Extras Nitrox and open circuit gas fills available (additional charge)
  • Internet Access Free WiFi, although we cannot guarantee availability and coverage depends on boat location

Ghazala Explorer Red Sea Liveaboard

MY Ghazala Explorer was completed in 2020 and is one of the newest liveaboard yachts in the Red Sea. We are excited to work with this dive team in 2022 to offer our customers more choice, Northern and Southern Red Sea itineraries from Hurghada, including ATOL bonded holidays with regional UK departures.

Sleeping 24 divers over 2 decks, there are 12 cabins. There are 6 twin bed cabins on the lower deck and 3 on the upper deck, which are pre allocated at time of booking. The king suite stretches across the width of the boat on the on the lower deck and there is a double bed junior suite on the upper deck. All cabins are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms, and are furnished with a towel and dressing gown for your use on board. A refillable water bottle will be given to you to use during your stay and to keep when you go back home.

Ghazala Explorer is bright and airy with modern decor. There is a generous saloon and dining area on the main deck, with small library, board games and TV. Three tasty and well-planned meals served through the day, served buffet style. Most food allergies are taken into consideration in meal planning and preparation. Please inform us about any potential allergies you may have. You can find plenty of outdoor seating with 4 separate areas on the upper deck and fly deck for relaxing. It's time to switch off, relax catch some rays or enjoy the view out to sea .

The saloon leads onto a large, well appointed dive deck where everyone can gear up in comfort, with a charging station, camera table and rinse tanks too. There are typically 3 dive guides on board with a ratio of 1:8 divers in a group. Air and recreational nitrox (for an extra charge). Please book any specialist tanks, gas fills or PADI courses in advance. Rebreather diving is not available

The temperature in summer can be high; it is recommended to bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreens (environment-friendly products are advised). Nights could be cold during winter; beanies and warm clothes are highly recommended

Upper deck twin cabins

Lower deck twin cabins

Lower deck Suite

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Covid Information for Ghazala Explorer



Country Covid Travel Information

Travel to Egypt is approved by the UK government
View the up to date rules here

View entry requirements here

Clients travelling to Egypt will have to complete a health declaration form before boarding - please click here

We will be asking you to sign an updated self-declaration medical including COVID. Self declaration form click here

All passengers above 6 years old MUST come with either a negative PCR test (72hrs) with QR code or present a certificate of being fully vaccinated with QR code noting that arrival date must be after 14 days of receiving the full vaccine doses.

Vaccines approved by World Health Organization and The Egyptian Medicines Authority: Pfizer/AstraZeneca/Moderna/Sinopharm/Sinovac/Sputnik (2 doses) & Johnson & Johnson (1 dose only). Name of the vaccine must be clearly written on the vaccination certificate & QR code is mandatory.

Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a PCR/antigen test locally up to 3 days before their return to the UK

From October 24th, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 lateral flow test on your return in the UK.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5

Everyone has to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 25th Oct 2021

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.

Covid Travel Information

Travel to Egypt is approved by the UK government
View the up to date rules here

View entry requirements here

Clients travelling to Egypt will have to complete a health declaration form before boarding - please click here

We will be asking you to sign an updated self-declaration medical including COVID. Self declaration form click here

All passengers above 6 years old MUST come with either a negative PCR test (72hrs) with QR code or present a certificate of being fully vaccinated with QR code noting that arrival date must be after 14 days of receiving the full vaccine doses.

Vaccines approved by World Health Organization and The Egyptian Medicines Authority: Pfizer/AstraZeneca/Moderna/Sinopharm/Sinovac/Sputnik (2 doses) & Johnson & Johnson (1 dose only). Name of the vaccine must be clearly written on the vaccination certificate & QR code is mandatory.

Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a PCR/antigen test locally up to 3 days before their return to the UK

From October 24th, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 lateral flow test on your return in the UK.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5

Everyone has to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 25th Oct 2021

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.

Travel

Flight options

Our holiday packages with Tornado Marine Fleet 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.

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.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

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

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

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.

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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 does not always have a working card machine. Cash is preferred.

Phone coverage

Mobile coverage is itinerary dependent. Most of iineraries will have phone coverage when close to shore. Internet in intermittent and cannot be guaranteed.

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 Sea Gypsy please request pre holiday

Extras

Sea Gypsy 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

Over 180 days prior to departure 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. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank 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

Discounts

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! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Airport transfers, 7 or 10 nights (depending on itinerary) 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 UK regional airports with Easyjet or TUI

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.

Excluded

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

Egyptian entry visa (£25 pre paid service or $25 locally)

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.

alcohol is available on board - the boat will run an honesty tab to pay at the end of the trip

Ghazala Explorer Specifications

37m

2 x MAN 1100 Hp

2 x 95 KVA Cummins

Construction - Steel



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

Yes

Fully stocked First Aid Kit

Navigation Equipment

GPS Plotter, Radar 36 miles, Echo Sounder, SSB and EPIRB VHF Radio and MFHF SDC

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