Hurricane Red Sea Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Hurricane Red Sea Liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests 22
  • Rooms 4 main deck cabins, 7 lower deck
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • FacilitiesSteel boat departing from Hurghada and Marsa Alam
  • Diving 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 can be intermittent.

Hurricane Red Sea Liveaboard

Hurricane stands out in the Egyptian Red Sea - and not just because she is one of the few steel hulled vessels. Many Red Sea liveaboards are compared to Hurricane, but few are as enduringly popular. She has won the prestigious "Liveaboard of the Year" award no less than 6 times (including 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016). This is a testament to the superb crew and guides on board that make diving the southern Red Sea such a pleasure. This is no mean feat and can only be achieved with a vast amount of hard work all around.

At 36m there is bags of space on board Hurricane. There are 11 cabins in total spilt over the main and lower deck, all of which are twin bed. Cabins are allocated at the time of booking so do ask your travel consultant if you have a specific request. The 4 cabins on the main deck are pre-allocated at the time of booking and cost £75pp as an additional surcharge. All have individual air con and en suite bathrooms. Hurricanes cabins have been restyled and updated in 2021.

You will instantly recognise what has become the Tornado Marine Fleet signature design. The dining and saloon areas are separate. Meals are served buffet style in the main deck dining area. Upstairs opens up into the saloon with the bar, TV and seating area. Outside there is a seated deck (ideal for your post dive tales), the upper sun deck and loungers. Down on the dive deck extras include an air gun for cameras, high pressure gas bending facilities (please prebook), nitrox compressor and gear storage. The low dive platform makes entry and exits easy.

With longer journeys and more open seas in the southern Red Sea, Hurricane works hard and from time to time, this is reflected in the exterior of a steel hulled vessel (AIS on navigation equipment). But her superb design means that beneath this cosmetic wear and tear, you are on board one of the most stable liveaboards in the Egypt. Hurricane under goes a major refit each winter - inside and out - to ensure this Grand Dame of the diving world will carry on sailing the South for years to come.

Martin Nordin - Goes on Hurricane at least once a year!

I really like the southern Red sea, it's one of my favourite places to dive. Brothers, Daedalus and st Johns are areas that I really love coming back to time after time. Over the years I have been diving there on a few different liveaboards and to me the steel hulled Hurricane stands out from the crowd. Her crew and guides work really hard and to me it's no surprise that she has won "liveaboard of the year" so many times.
My personal favourite time to go is May/June when you can encounter hammerheads and whitetips without going too deep. Whilst I really like Daedalus, Elphinstone and st Johns it's the Brothers islands that is on top of my list. Ascending down on the northern tip of Big Brother and then slowly drift along the wall all the way to the boat is in my opinion one of the best dives you can do in the Red Sea.
If you interested in going Hurricane don't hesitate to give me a call 01483 411590 or email me at

Main deck bow cabin

All cabins onboard Hurricane have en suite, air con and safe. These cabins cost £75pp as an additional surcharge

Main deck twin cabin

All cabins onboard Hurricane have en suite, air con and safe. These cabins cost £75pp as an additional surcharge

Lower deck twin cabin

The lower deck cabins are similar size to the main deck cabins and have a porthole window. All cabins onboard Hurricane have en suite, air con and safe.

Lower deck box cabin

The lower deck cabins are similar size to the main deck cabins and have a porthole window. All cabins onboard Hurricane have en suite, air con and safe.

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Covid Information for Hurricane

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

  • Mark Taylor

    2022-07-25 11:47:12

    This was a simply an outstanding week from beginning to end; the crew were excellent to a fault, attentive and helpful every minute and hour of the day. The boat was very comfortable and the facilities all in great order post the refit. The food in particular was highly commendable, I have nothing but praise for the week overall.

    Karen B

    2022-07-25 11:40:12

    First time on Hurricane and was pleasantly surprised. Appears to be well maintained. Very good decor and very clean and tidy. Nice lounge for après dive and soicialising. Excellent crew working well together and interacting with the guests. Very helpful. Guide are very knowledgeable and are happy to share with the guests. Lots of interaction during the day

    John Gibbison

    2022-07-25 10:47:12

    Refurb is great. Everything very functional. Guides excellent and served us very well. Crew could not have been more helpful

    Mark and Sarah Plaxton

    2022-05-23 12:14:12

    Clean, tidy, well supplied cabins. Always hot water. Dive platform: spacious enough for dive party. Dining area: comfortable seating, clean and tidy. Air conditioned. Upper outdoor decks: very comfortable sociable area, with good supply of drinks. Warm and welcoming staff. Nothing is too much bother. Friendly and engaging and willing to give time to chat and help with equipment issues etc. Good selection of different foods. Always well-presented and of high quality. Something different every day. Snacks are always welcomed by all, along with additional smoothies.

    Fay James

    2022-05-23 12:14:12

    Very comfortable boat. Well laid out. Good facilities. Comfortable cabins and plenty of room on the dive deck. Dining room also good. Plenty of areas to chill out after a dive. Great crew. Very helpful and attentive. Could not be better. Dive guides also very good. Good dive briefings Excellent food. Good variety and well cooked. Snacks are very welcome.

    Sean Dixie

    2022-05-23 12:14:12

    Great boat, always clean and tidy, plenty of hot water. Good social areas and plenty of space. Brilliant crew all round. Great knowledge and experience from our dive guides and to help out and generally excellent service from the boat crew. Always happy to help in any way they can. Great and tasty food every day and catering for all our different tastes. The chef and kitchen staff must work tirelessly to keep guests and crew well fed.

    Penelope Granycome

    2022-05-18 10:47:12

    Thanks so much for arranging this trip - it was absolutely amazing. A really great group and I would love to do this itinerary again. It was spectacular down there

    Barbara Stockwell

    2021-12-09 09:14:12

    Hi there. Just wanted to say thank you for getting my two weeks of photography lessons sorted. Learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed. The group all bonded and we had a laugh as well as learning loads. The diving was good and we had really perfect conditions. I am hoping to join Mario for the trip to the Philippines next year. I may even get Lightroom by then!


    2019-09-27 09:14:12

    Excellent food. Thank you chefs. Really appreciated the fruit after the afternoon dive and the great salads. Also, this is the first liveaboard where there was not too much food. Very little seemed wasted which is a great thing.
    The guides were very accommodating and happy to try and flex the plan to meet everyone's preferences. The crew were fantastic and really helpful.


    2019-09-27 09:14:12

    Great boat very happy with room 2...
    Great crew and guides big shout out to Emo and Isam they were brilliant


    2019-09-27 09:12:12

    Boat was amazing, loved the steel hull in the choppy weather. Crew were great , always there when you need something, exceptional. Guides are great and full of laughter when off duty and professional when working.


    2019-09-27 09:12:12

    Boat was great. Very good boat, well maintained. Very good on the sea. Yasser and Gomaa could not have been better. Rest of the crew were perfect too. Really super food very tasty, great variety and very generous


    2019-09-27 09:11:12

    Excellent boat. I had a great week. The dive guides were both very good and knowledgeable. The crew were all very helpful.


    2019-09-27 09:11:12

    Excellent food. Thank you chefs. Really appreciated the fruit after the afternoon dive and the great salads. Also, this is the first liveaboard where there was not too much food. Very little seemed wasted which is a great thing.


    2019-09-27 09:10:12

    Yasser and Gomaa are diving guide gods.
    Excellent boat. No problems.Maybe new ladders
    Excellent food and plenty of it. Well done chiefs!


    2019-08-05 09:10:12

    Fantastic experience , so glad i did the trip ,the crew and guides ware amazing looking forward to another trip !


    2019-06-27 09:10:12

    All of seven us had a great trip,think we were some of the luckiest divers in the water (hammerheads, silky, dolphins, turtles. Only missed out on the manta!) As ever, really impressed with the crew, the dive guides, their courtesy to us and each other. Very relaxing and exciting trip simultaneously.


    2019-06-24 08:55:36

    Just got back from a week in the Red Sea yesterday, everything was as expected - absolutely wonderful. Great organisation on scuba travels side and everything went smoothly, and the diving was top quality, with a great boat to do it off of.

    Just wanted to to give some feedback on the crew and the guides - they 100% made the week more memorable and made the trip for all of us in our group. Their friendliness, helpfulness and dedication was superb. Not only are we going to book scuba travel again, we are going to go back to Hurricane! They made every effort to make us feel welcome and comfortable on board, the food was excellent, they helped fix any personal gear issues we had, they were well in tuned to the diving operations, and most of all very friendly people. Can't recommend all of them enough!


    2019-06-20 09:10:12

    This was the most amazing holiday I have ever had, I will be back next year and can not wait.
    Your staff are just amazing.
    The boat is in creditable.
    The dive sites are just beautiful.
    Thank you so much


    2019-06-18 09:10:12

    I cannot complement this holiday enough, I have a knee problem and I was looked after so well, I was able to dive with the help of the guides and crew, I have no negative comments, very professional , I had a fab holiday, thankyou so much .


    2019-06-06 09:10:12

    Great trip as always. The guides, Ahmed & Ahmed & crew were just brilliant fun - knowledable & always ready to help!


    2019-05-30 09:10:12

    I was on Hurricane back in September 2018 5th. sept. Itinerary Shark Quest the standard of this trip was equally as good excellent all round. I think this itinerary Daedalus Rocky & St. Johns is the best all round it takes in the very best the red sea has to offer.
    I have been on 23 Liveaboard trips now and Hurricane is the best boat, except for ROYAL EVOLUTION SUDAN TRIP. I like steel hull liveaboards the best. I will be back again on HURRICANE with Captain Hamada.


    2019-05-16 09:55:36

    I had a fantastic week on the Hurricane with amazing staff. The food was definately better than last year not that there was anything wrong with the food on the last trip. Cabins were kept immaculately clean. The guys were just fantastic


    2019-05-16 08:55:36

    I've just returned from a lovely trip on the Hurricane. Food, cleanliness and so forth were of a high standard. The crew and guides were compassionate, caring while being professional at the same time


    2019-04-25 08:55:36

    We had a great week on Hurricane. The guides and crew were fantastic and we did some amazing dives. One of the highlights was the dolphins at Dolphin House where we were lucky enough to snorkel with them for an hour. Cabins were comfortable, showers were hot and the sun deck was lovely. Lots of food and the chef was great at catering for individual requests

    Alex M

    2018-11-06 12:27:13

    Amazing crew boat please pass on how fantastic it was for all


    2018-10-26 13:04:21

    Fabulous trip! The skipper and guides ensured that we were given the absolute best opportunities to access dive sites when they were least busy. As a result we saw far more than other boats. Food, as always, was excellent. As usual the TMF staff were excellent in all aspects and I will definitely sign up for another trip with them. I could not imagine using any other boats/fleet


    2018-09-26 09:07:13

    First ever trip with you had never done a liverboard before well and truly enjoyed it thanks to the guides and the friendly staff top people


    2018-09-22 11:04:13

    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. It's a real winner.


    2018-08-22 10:14:12

    As usual the I couldn't find any fault with the dive guides, the crew, the boat, the food... Yasser's 3D dive briefings were great (not something I've seen before) and his willingness to help guests (both above and underwater) goes beyond what I would expect from a guide. I'd be very happy to dive with him again. The rest of the crew was also super helpful, and always with a smile on their faces. My cabin mate and dive buddy had a blast, rarely have I had so much fun with someone who was a total stranger before the trip.

    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 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.


    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. 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. Tornado Marine Fleet sell local sim cards on bard (Whirlwind Vodafone (15 EURO for SIM card 12GB - 25 EURO for SIM card 20GB) Hurricane Orange (15 EURO for SIM card 16GB). 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. Hurricane is rebreather friendly. Please request sidemount, technical manifolds, stage tanks, softnolime, helium and oxygen well in advance to ensure they are on board for your trip - prepaid or local charges apply.


    Hurricane 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.


    Nitrox is Free onboard Hurricane. We recommend all divers to dive with Nitrox when suitable.


    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


    Depending on your package, flights are included from UK regional airports with Easyjet or TUI

    7 nights accommodation on full board basis in a twin share cabin lower deck cabin. Main deck cabins available for a surcharge.

    12ltr tank, weights and NITROX - the number of dives offered will depend on your chosen itinerary

    Marine Park fees, Port fees


    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 beer 4 euro, red or white wine 15 euro, tonic 1 euro, ice cream 3 euro.

    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

    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

    Hurricane Specifications

    36m length 8m breadth

    2 x 764 HP engines

    2 x 85 KW generators

    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

    DAN O2 Kit, O2 J tanks

    Fully stocked First Aid Kit

    Navigation Equipment

    GPS Plotter, Radar 36 miles, Echo Sounder and EPIRB
    VHF Radio, Sat phone, SSB and MFHF DSC

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