Mistral liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Mistral liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests 20 (22 on request)
  • Rooms 11 Cabins - 4 main deck double & 7 lower deck twin
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • FacilitiesSpacious dive deck, camera room and sun deck
  • Diving 3-4 dives a day, Open deck on Red Sea Relaxed
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Free WiFi, capacity is depending on boat location

Mistral liveaboard

Mistral is the latest liveaboard in a long line of award winning vessels from Tornado Marine Fleet She has been thoughtfully laid out to optimise space on board. Her steel hull complements her speed and she's incredibly stable in the water... ideal if you have not found you sea legs! In 2019 Mistral is available on request for group charters in the Northern Red Sea. If you are a dive club or centre looking for a larger vessel to run as your own, talk to us today!

Mistral has 4 double cabins located on the upper deck and 8 twin cabins on the lower deck. Each generously sized cabin has an en-suite bathroom, individual controlled A/C and safety deposit. The upper cabins have one large double bed and the lower cabins have four large twin cabins and four with a large double lower bunk with an additional single upper bunk bed. All cabins have ample storage space and vanity unit. If you have a cabin preference, just remember to ask at the time of booking. Please note: there are no ladders to the bunks.

The spacious feel onboard extends to the communal areas. The saloon leads out onto the outdoor decks. The lower sun deck has seating and a bar area. The upper deck is vast and has plenty of space for everyone to lounge out. Recreational nitrox is available on board. Photographers will love the dedicated camera room on the dive deck with rinse tanks and air gun. Technical diving can be accommodated on board, but do chat to your consultant to prebook guiding, kit and gasses in advance.

Main deck cabin

Mistral has four main deck double cabins, located on the upper deck. These cabins have lovely big rectangular windows facing the ocean. All cabins onboard Mistral have en suite, air con and safe. There is no surcharge for the main deck cabins.

Lower deck twin

Mistral has four lower deck twin cabins. With port hole style windows, two beds, en suite, air con and safe.

Lower Deck Bunk

Mistral has four lower deck bunk cabins. The lower bed is 3/4 size and top bunk is standard size, en suite, air con and safe.

Camera room

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Covid Information for Mistral

Information provided by Tornado Marine - following the Egyptian Ministry Regulations

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

  • Steve and Angela

    2018-06-27 09:53:58

    I had a great trip and will definitely be coming back next year, we hope to bring 22 other divers with us so may need a bigger boat? You have a very special sea and you must do everything you can to protect this, your staff are very friendly and helpful and respect this sea and for that reason I will be back with you many times again in the future and I will be doing my part to encourage as many divers as I can to experience the wonders that the red sea and the tornado fleet offer! Thank you for showing us this amazing under water world and see you again next year with 22 of my friends!


    2018-05-01 13:23:58

    I had an amazing holiday and I am already planning my next liveaboard trip with you guys!


    2018-02-03 17:23:11

    Great boat, very comfy. The cabins are well fitted and the rest of the boat is well maintained and very tidy.

    Happy Diver

    2018-02-03 11:52:30

    The Mistral was advertised as a top of the line liveboard craft, and I found that it matches up favorably with my previous experience on similar excursions. The hull is impressively large, with room to accomodate many guests comfortably and provide recreational space on multiple decks. The lodgings are cozy, perfectly proportioned for someone over six-feet tall (I've banged my head on many a shower nozzle). The craft seemed to lack for very little, which pleased all the guests.


    2018-02-03 11:52:30

    Very comfortable, the steel hull made all the difference during those crossings!!


    2017-07-24 17:23:11

    I recently went on a trip to the red sea from Hurghada with Dave Challiss group on the Mistral, 8th - 15th July.I just felt I wanted to tell you that I was really impressed with the service of the team who met me from the airport and then made sure that I was delivered back to the airport safe and sound and in plenty of time for my flight. The staff aboard the Mistral were excellent as always, making sure that we all had a great time.


    2017-06-19 16:39:21

    Boat is very stable in rough seas. It is the best boat in the fleet for photography with the dedicated camera room. It is always kept very clean. Crew were fantastic from Abdel in the galley through to the engineer and all the boat men. They were always there to help us kitting up, dekitting, getting in the rib safely and up the ladders. It was Ramadan but they were all very helpful and did everything with a smile. Crew gave excellent briefings. My dietary requirements are difficult for the chef, but they did their best to feed me well. Thank you

    John Kent

    2017-06-19 11:32:29

    This was my first ever Liveaboard and I loved it. The crew were amazing,personable, caring and always helpful. I did my Deep dive here, made almost easy by a cool, calm instructor(Adel). Very impressed by the cheerful way all the crew went about their work.

    Happy customer

    2017-06-18 09:56:25

    First time on the Tornado Fleet, and it more than met my expectations. The boat is very well set up for diving, with good facilities for camera work. Comfortable cabins, kept very clean by the team. Nice and stable, even in rough seas.

    Happy Diver

    2017-06-17 12:19:47

    An excellent sea boat and a great platform for diving. In a rough passage across the gulf of Suez it was more stable than a wooden boat. The rooms were a good size for a live-aboard and the air con was effective if a little fierce at times. The boat is well provided with a camera room and air line.


    2017-06-04 09:21:09

    Very well laid out and comfortable. Was very good for my sea sickness. Guides and Crew were very helpful and professional. Felt we were in very good hands. Mikes presentations and enthusiasm were a real bonus. Plus the best liveaboard food we have experienced


    2017-06-01 10:03:07

    Lovely boat and still very well cared for by her crew as always, nothing is too much trouble. They all work so hard and are a real credit to Tornado Marine.


    2017-05-31 09:47:52

    REALLY AWESOME Still top notch. Tornado boats are the best in the Red Sea. Boat is in good condition and well furnished. Crew and guides were a great set of lads as ever. Always helpful before and after each dive. Excellent! Hope to see you all again sooner rather than later!

    John and Laura

    2017-04-18 11:41:19

    Very nice boat, well equipped and well looked after. Both guides were very friendly and helpful and made our dives much more enjoyable. The crew were also very polite and courteous. There was a good selection and variety of food and always to a high standard.


    2017-04-18 11:28:02

    Boat is lovely, cabin is a really nice size with good storage. Guides have been incredible, have made every dive interesting and have been really helpful before, during and after the dive. The food was absolutely wonderful, the soups were great and Thursday's cake was fabulous!

    Sophie, Rick and Kyle

    2017-04-18 09:57:22

    Absolutely wonderful boat, always clean and tidy. Cabins are a nice size, with lots of little extras like lovely soft dressing gowns. Couldn't fault the guides or crew, been excellent during the whole holiday fromstart to finish. Always going out of their way to help They are also nice and easy to get along with.


    2017-04-16 09:37:59

    Both guides were excellent. Extremely friendly, nice and funny people to be around and dive with. The crew were also very helpful and friendly such as helping with kitting up and generally helping out. The Mistral is a very nice boat and I have enjoyed my stay very much.

    Joe, Lorraine and James

    2017-04-15 14:51:19

    Great boat, kept to a good standard, comfortable accommodation. Very attentive guides, knowledgeable and accommodating, nothing ever seems too much trouble. Really helpful and personable. Make you feel very welcome, couldn’t ask for a better crew and captains. Food was excellent, plenty of it, always piping hot, good variety and an excellent standard. Could not fault it at all. Great chef and the dining area crew were fantastic too.

    Adrian Davies

    2016-11-22 12:02:16

    The Captain made sure we were the only boat on the Thistlegorm, the crew couldn’t be any more helpful and friendly. The dive guides briefings were extremely comprehensive and he had the enthusiasm of a new diver, always smiling!


    2016-11-22 12:00:19

    An excellently run boat. Plenty of room and loads of seating in both sun and shade. All the crew were friendly and really helpful throughout. I will not hesitate to recommend this boat to all my friends.

    Ida and David

    2016-11-22 11:59:36

    The boat is really nice and clean, perfect for this trip. It has everything you could need for a nice and relaxed holiday.

    Mike and Martin

    2016-11-22 11:58:00

    Cant fault the guides or crew, excellent service at all points of the week. Very friendly and always most helpful


    2016-11-22 11:57:32

    My first liveaboard Surprised by the space. Impressive communal area. The boat in general was really well organised and made diving a pleasure.

    Dione and Kevin

    2016-11-22 11:56:33

    Clean and spacious boat. Well looked after. Easy access to the cabins and sun deck. Dive deck well laid out and not to crowded. Rooms are big enough, but the mattress is very hard

    Will Morris

    2016-11-22 11:55:19

    Spacious comfortable cabins. Nice food. Easy access to the dive deck from where the dive equipment was stored. Generally a very nice boat.

    Joanna Morris

    2016-11-22 11:54:38

    The dive guides were really knowledgeable, especially with fish recognition (Reda). They made the dives fun and really interesting. The crew were really helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Any problems were sorted out quickly, and they were really helpful when I was getting ready to dive. They are also friendly and a little mischevious.

    Ali wills

    2016-09-24 22:59:24

    Our first ever liveaboard. With the wonderful and very patient Duxy. Couldn't have asked for more. The crew were superb, other guests great company and a lovely very stable boat. So good we booked anothér trip within a month of our return. If yòu have ny concerns about a liveaboard forget them and book a Duxy one with Suba travel.


    2016-07-19 10:08:05

    Stunning, very comfortable beautifully clean and very well looked after. The staff especially work so very hard to ensure that everything is perfect.


    2016-06-21 11:43:12

    The crew were flawless. These guys work so hard and they are ALWAYS in good spirits. They get involved and enjoy a good bit of banter, which is always fun 10/10. The guides were excellent. Great knowledge of the sites, Great English and the Reda's briefings were above and beyond. Top marks. I felt in safe hands the whole trip


    2016-06-21 11:42:20

    Mistral is the best boat I have been on and it is noticeably more stable in the water than the others. Great crew as always, and very willing to help.

    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. 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.


    Hire equipment

    You can book a wide range of rental equipment for use on board. A 15lt tank is £45 when prebooked and prepaid. Mistral 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.


    Mistral 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


    12l tanks and weights, Nitrox and all diving.

    Airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation on full board basis,

    Depending on your package, flights are usually included from London Gatwick

    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.

    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

    Mistral Specifications


    2 x 1150 CAT

    2 x 85 Kw

    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

    Oxygen Unit, O2 J tanks

    Fully stocked First Aid Kit

    Navigation Equipment

    GPS Plotter, Radar 48 miles, Echo Sounder, SSB, Sat Phone and EPIRB
    VHF Radio and MFHF DSC

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