Hurricane Liveaboard of the Year - 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 Marsa Alam
  • Diving 3-4 dives a day
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Free WiFi, capacity is depending on boat location

About Hurricane

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 4 times (including 2016) and in 2013 she has had a complete refit, including new air conditioning throughout, new plumbing and new teak decks. Fans of Hurricane often cite the superb diver comfort, thoughtful layout and highly experienced crew as the reasons they keep coming back year after year.

At 36m there is bags of space on board Hurricane. No detail was over looked when she was built and she is continually renovated to maintain the highest standards. There are 11 cabins in total spilt over the main and lower deck. The 4 main deck cabins are a mix of twin or double beds (with an additional single bed). The lower deck cabins are all twins apart from the bow cabins, which have a double bed and additional single bed. Cabins are allocated at the time of booking so do ask your travel consultant if you have a specific request. All have individual air con, en suite bathrooms, a fridge and safe box.

You will instantly recognise what has become the Tornado Marine Fleet signature design. The dining and saloon areas are divided to provide optimum comfort at all stages of the trip. Upstairs opens up into the AC saloon with the bar, flat screen and seating area. Outside there is a seated deck (ideal for your post dive tales), the upper sun deck and loungers and jacuzzi. Down on the dive deck extras include an air gun for cameras, high pressure gas bending facilities (including trimix), nitrox compressor and gear storage. The steel hull and low dive platform make Hurricane a stable ride in even the bumpiest of weather and entry and exits are easy. Hurricane has it all - and it is easy to see just why divers fall in love with her.

Main deck twin/double cabin

Hurricane has two main deck cabins that can be both twin or double bed. They are located in the front half of the main deck. These cabins have lovely big rectangular windows facing the ocean. All cabins onboard Hurricane have en suite, air con and safe. There is no surcharge for the main deck cabins.

Main deck twin cabin

Hurricane 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 Hurricane have en suite, air con and safe. There is no surcharge for the main deck cabins.

Lower deck twin cabin

Hurricane has seven lower deck cabins, they are similar size to the main deck cabins and have a port whole window. All cabins onboard Hurricane have en suite, air con and safe.

Lower deck twin/double cabin

Hurricane has seven lower deck cabins that can be both twin or double bed, they are similar size to the main deck cabins and have a port whole window. All cabins onboard Hurricane have en suite, air con and safe.

Stuart and Ryan

2017-06-26 10:07:07

Just like to tell everybody at your office what a fantastic time my son and myself had on hurricane last week the trip was fantastic crew were amazing from the sailors to the cooks and everybody that works on the ship also the transfer was spot-on and the choice of hotel that we stayed in on our final day was the best I've stayed in on the last day of a Liveaboard trip. The guy that picked us up from the airport and took us to the hotel was very good as well. Many thanks again and I am sure to be booking with you the next time thanks.

Matt Westgate

2017-06-19 16:19:02

The boat is solid as a rock, which is needed when some of the swells start to kick up. It's clean and tidy and just what is needed when you are away diving for a week. Elphinstone was the highlight of the trip with regards to dive sites. We finished our trip with 2 dives here and were lucky enough to see a hammerhead, grey reef shark, white tip reef shark and 2 oceanic's which came to say hello under the boat. The reef was alive with soft and hard corals with lots of small animals to find hiding in the holes and overhangs. A fantastic way to finish an excellent week of diving. Again; a big thanks to the crew and sailors for helping us get ready and safely to the dive sites. The sea conditions were very challenging and they do a fantastic job!!

Derek Emersion

2017-06-19 10:37:12

This is my fourth trip with the Tornado fleet and as always they have exceeded my expectations in their professionalism and levels of courtesy. All the staff on board are very prpfessional, very friendly and approachable. Cant wait to book my next trip.

Emer McDonagh

2017-06-18 15:01:12

This is my third liveaboard trip where I had the pleasure of Yasser as dive guide, the first with Mousa. I would be very pleased for them to be my dive guides on the next Red Sea trip I take, due to their excellent dive briefings, safety consciousness and general good humour. In particular, they did their best to find us the 'big stuff' whilst simultaneously trying to keep a large and varied group safe out in the blue at depths with occasionally very strong current.

Gary King

2017-06-17 13:02:28

The diving was good as it always is I could not wish more from the crew very helpful and very informative been on this trip several times now and always go home happy.

Daniel Westgate

2017-06-17 09:09:17

This was my second trip on the hurricane, and we returned solely because of the dive guides and crew. I don’t think you realise what a total asset the team are that you have working on the hurricane. To have numerous guests wanting to return to the same boat with the same crew, says only one thing. They have a number one team that staff the hurricane. We are already looking to book our next trip on the Hurricane.

Debbie Edmonds

2017-06-16 14:51:07

My husband And I had numerous problems with our kit I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Yasser and the engineer for all the effort they put into rectifying the problems without them we could not have dived and our holiday would have been spoilt We stayed on the boat last week and went to the resta grande on the last day. This hotel is beautiful so much better than the marina lodge where you previously put us up. The food and the facilities were excellent.

Costi Perricos:

2017-06-16 08:15:32

Trip was an absolute pleasure. Great guides, a very attentive crew and any minor problems (eg cabin smells) were addressed quickly. The food was unbelievable give the size of the kitchen. Better meals than I have had in top London restaurants!

MT

2017-06-14 18:22:31

As ever living on the hurricane was a pleasure and privilege to enjoy, the diving is complemented by the ever helpful and attentive crew, one and all - I will return. The crew were exceptional. Every element of the trip met my expectations and the crew worked tirelessly to be sure the safari was enjoyed by all.

Zoe Jones

2017-06-06 09:21:04

Just wanted to say thank you so much for organising the trip for us. We have just got back from Deadalus, Rocky and St. John's and it was the best liveaboard I have ever done. We saw sharks on lots of the dives, hammer heads, oceanics, great reef sharks all on one dive ! The crew were amazing and made our trip so pleasurable. The dive guides Adel and Wahid were fantastic so knowledgable and attentive to all of us. Can't wait to come back in November so thank you to you all.

Avril and John

2017-05-25 09:42:24

The boat was spotless, well kept and comfortable. The crew were amazing, they surprised me with a wonderful cake on my birthday which was a fantastic touch to the day. They were incredibly welcoming and the hardest working people I have ever met! The guides led amazing dives and I can't fault them, from finding Hammerheads to lending personal gear, they were incredible.

Angela Todd

2017-05-25 09:36:07

The boat is cleaned every day and is spotless the crew work hard to keep it this way the rooms have air con as well as the rest of the boat. Tea coffee biscuits and snacks are always there for you 24/7. The guides are excellent the best we have had very knowledgeable of the areas we went to and passionate about their work want to please you by seeing everything that's in the sea. Allways on hand for advice. The crew are friendly and again on hand to help your stay a good stay talk to you very polite.

Chris

2017-05-25 09:19:01

Excellent boat, very clean and kept to a high standard. Excellent facilities and air conditioning in rooms great. Well stocked bar was a nice touch too. Cant rate dive guides more highly, excellent knowledge of sites and all work extremely hard to make the trip enjoyable. Great sense of humour and laughs enjoyed all round. Crew work non stop on the boat.

Chris Chamberlain

2017-05-17 10:42:27

Floating palace clean tidy & looked after. Crew very helpful & very interactive. Guides were exceptional as usual as they are normally. On this occasion they exceeded my expectations. Well done Adel.

Mary Harris

2017-05-17 10:17:24

As always Tornado Fleet and Scuba Travel do everything possible to ensure all guests have enjoyable, safe time. Hurricane is a stable, ideal boat for this itinerary, and I cannot fault anything. Crew were always exceptionally helpful, and our guide Adel is the best guide in the Red Sea without exception. Lovely food, with a great choice for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. No complaints at all. I will be very happy to bring another group out very soon.

Chris Webb

2017-05-17 09:55:04

Lovely boat, clean, and in good condition. Brilliant crew, guides were brilliant as always. Special thanks to Adel the shark hunter ;-), The food was excellent as always.

Stuart

2017-05-10 14:21:09

The crew were helpful, attentive and most of all great fun. The food was excellent it never ceases to amaze me how they turn out such brilliant food in the small kitchen.

Gill

2017-05-10 09:09:04

Hurricane was very comfortable, lovely hot showers. The guides and crew were extremely attentive - I wasn't allowed to do anything for myself!

Andy

2017-05-09 17:23:04

The crew were always on hand on the dive deck and around the boat. Always with a smile. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Thoroughly enjoyed the guides attention to detail on the briefings and in the water keen to impart their knowledge of the marine life to be seen at the various dive sites. I have been on several Liveaboards and I can honestly say that the food on Hurricane was the best I have ever experienced. I was served with pride and was always of a very high standard.

Tim and Carole

2016-12-01 15:21:15

What a terrific trip we were spoilt with the weather, the sea conditions were very kind to us, the long crossings were very pleasant. Hurricane had clearly had a hard season but was still good, lovely low dive deck and good ladders. Cabin was good, even the air conditioning was reasonably quiet and always plenty of hot water. The food was plentiful and often really very good. The crew and guides were excellent, very helpful, couldn't do enough for you. As for the diving, that didn't disappoint, plenty of hammer head and and oceanic shark encounters, turtles and all the usual reef life. The scenic dives were lovely.

James Bertram

2016-11-22 12:12:25

The chefs do an excellent job with a tiny kitchen. They catered very well for members of the group with special food requirements and always had a great choice available.

LQ

2016-11-22 12:11:45

Excellent crew and dive guides. All the time as helpful as possible and really good fun. Kareem and Adel made the dives and briefings easy and fun. The crew was incredibly helpful not just diving but during the whole trip at any time. Always friendly and smiley. Couldn’t ask for nothing better

PG

2016-11-22 12:10:02

Really great boat – loved it as much as two years ago. Clean, comfortable and run with exceptional proficiency and professionalism. An amazing crew

Lesley

2016-11-22 12:09:15

Great boat – steady in the water and fast crossings. Plenty of hot water, comfortable beds. This was the best liveaboard trip I have had. Really great bunch of people and good fun. I would choose this liveaboard above my previous trips with Blue O Two because of the quality of food and guides, but mostly because this trip has been so much fun. A good mix

Keith and Polly

2016-11-22 12:07:00

Having worked as guides for years this trip has been great, the briefings are nice a clear and very clear. They have been very attentive and interactive with the whole boat. Top marks for both guides this trip.

Jo Bray

2016-11-22 12:05:59

The food was really good – with lots of choice and I was particularly impressed by the special effort made to accommodate veggies and others with specialist dietary requirements

Jessica Cox

2016-11-22 12:04:26

The guides and crew are absolutely fantastic. I liked their approach and found them both different personalities that worked well. Nasser was fab at finding the marine life. The crew were particularly helpful. The best crew that I have had in years, and I do lots of trips every yea

Glyn Hawes

2016-11-17 12:42:29

Absolutely the best ever weeks diving onboard hurricane (09/11/16) simply the best itinerary.. thanks to all crew and guides kareem and Annette Everaers and that other fella who was hanging around and generally getting in the way Adel M. El Beialy ... and all the other guests as well !! Same time next year .... thank you all !!!

Gary Barnes

2016-10-06 14:29:44

the group have had a great holiday, great diving with turtles, hammer heads and oceanic white tip sharks, dolphins, some rays, and great reefs. The food was great and the crew were really good entering into the madness that my group brings to the week. All such good fun. The guides (Kareem and Mohammed) were also very good both in terms of their guiding skills but again also entering into the groups antics and always interacting with us, eating with us and spending time with us during breaks in diving and in the evenings.

Matt Westgate

2016-09-06 12:31:27

The boat is superbly equipped and the steal hull makes the ride more relaxing when the seas get up. I can't praise the crew and dive guides enough. From superb and informative dive briefings, to the crew helping you in and out of the boat with your kit, to the hot chocolates at the end of your night dives. You will be hard pushed to find better service and support than we received. I look forward to seeing them all again next year

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.

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

As standard our holiday packages are based on flights from London Gatwick, direct to your Red Sea hub - Sharm el Shekh, Hurghada or Marsa Alam. Where possible, we are happy to offer regional departures, in particular Manchester. A supplement may apply for regional departures. 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. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday 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). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. 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

Most flights to Egypt are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.

Check in

Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights to Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.

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.

Info

Included in your holiday

Flights, transfers, accommodation on full board basis, 12l tanks and weights.

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, nitrox or on board souvenirs. 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. Please see the on board extras tab for a more comprehensive list of local charges.

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 has a card machine.

Phone coverage

Itinerary dependent. Most of Hurricanes Itineraries will have phone coverage when close to shore but not when she is out at sea.

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 Hurricane including side mount and technical equipment. Hurricane is rebreather friendly and have tanks, softnolime, helium and oxygen upon request.

Extras

Hurricane 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

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

Payments

Deposits and Balances

Normally £250 deposit with full balance paid 90 days before departure.

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas 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

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