Ghazala Explorer Red Sea Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Ghazala Explorer Red Sea Liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests 24 guests
  • Rooms 12 cabins comprised of 8 x Twin Cabins, 1 lower deck King & 2 upper deck Twin/Double Suites
  • 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

Ghazala Explorer is one of the newest liveaboard yachts in the Red Sea and we are excited to work with this modern boat and her hardworking crew. Departing from Hurghada the Ghazala Explorer offers both Northern and Southern itineraries. Combined with Scuba Travels ATOL bonding and the possibility of regional UK departures, it really is a superb choice.

Ghazala has 12 cabins, including three suites. On the lower deck there are 5 twin bed cabins and the majestic king suite stretches across the width of the boat. Make your way up to the upper deck and you'll find 4 upper deck twin cabins and new for 2023 two lovely twin or double suites. All cabins are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms, all are furnished with a towel and dressing gowns 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. If you want to request a cabin just request it at the time of booking.

One of the first thing you will notice walking onboard the Ghazala explorer is how wide she is. This width give you extra space not just inside the boat but most importantly it gives you a lot of space on the dive deck and the dive platform.

Inside the Ghazala Explorer is bright and airy with a modern decor. The saloon and dining area are very spacious and a natural place to hang out between dives. If sitting inside is not your style then there is a bar area with music on the upper deck, and if you head further up to the top deck you find enough seating and tables for outdoor lunches and dinners. At the back end of the top deck there are sun loungers and beanbags.

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 (free of charge for 2023). 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

Lower deck Suite

A spacious cabin on the lower deck with a double bed, en-suite bathroom, and air conditioning. There is a supplement of £150 per person for the suite.

Lower deck twin cabins

Cabins on the lower deck with 2 single beds, portholes, air conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms.

Upper deck twin cabins

Cabins on the upper deck with 2 single beds, air conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms. There is a supplement of £100 per person for the upper deck cabins

Upper deck junior suite

A cabin on the upper deck with a double bed, air conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms. There is a supplement of £150 per person for this cabin

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Covid Information for Ghazala Explorer

Updated 29 JUN
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

  • Liz

    2022-08-29 09:46:00

    I can't fault anything about our week on Ghazala, I will definitely be coming back!

    Ian

    2022-08-29 09:46:00

    Excellent week, I loved every minute of it. Thank you to everyone

    Andy

    2022-08-28 09:46:00

    A most enjoyable holiday, loved the cabin and communal areas. Food excellent and crew/guides were excellent

    Ian

    2022-06-29 09:46:00

    Well managed trip. Good variety of dive sites. Guides very patient and knowledgeable, for both inexperienced and experienced divers.

    Niina G

    2022-06-12 09:46:00

    Boat is top spec, the lounge area really spacious. Food was amazing. Crew couldnít have been more friendly, happy, and always there with a smile. Would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of going. We were on the 10 day itinerary and the captain and crew done their utmost to make the plan as varied as possible. Look forward to doing the 2 week tour with you soon! Thank you from our entire group!

    Sophie

    2022-05-29 09:46:00

    Great trip thanks. Very helpful staff and awesome atmosphere

    Wendy

    2022-05-28 09:46:00

    Great holiday thank you so much!
    Lovely communal areas and my son thought the dive facilities were really great, amazing guides, deck hands, hospitality and captain all great!

    Bob S

    2022-05-24 09:46:00

    Good Morning Alison, Melissa and Martin, just quick note to thank you for an amazing holiday. The boat was excellent and we could not have been looked after any better by all concerned. The cherry on the cake was the last day in Swiss Inn, all inclusive. A great wind down day. I will certainly be using you again and more than happy to be a reference for you and Ghazala Explorer plus Swiss Inn.

    Josh

    2022-04-12 09:24:55

    Had a great week, crew, dive guides and chefs were all hardworking and gave us all a fantastic holiday. Very nice cabins. It's a very new boat and it shows.

    Michael L

    2022-04-08 12:00:48

    Big boat with a lot of space, very nice and tidy. Lovely crew and guides.

    Stefan

    2022-03-29 16:08:16

    Brand new boat! Loved my week onboard the Ghazala, everything was superb, from the food to the dive guides and the hard working crew. Very wide and stable.

    Cat

    2022-03-26 23:25:01

    Felt very looked after, great food, nice cabins. Everything was kept in great condition by the hardworking crew. Felt very well looked after. The diving was great too.

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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 have a working card machine. Cash is preferred.

    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.

    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. 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

    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! 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

    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

    Marine Park fees, Port fees

    Excluded

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

    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

    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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