Tempest | Red Sea Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Tempest | Red Sea Liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests 8-12
  • Rooms 11 Twin Bed Cabins - all lower deck
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • FacilitiesSmall boat perfect for small groups and private parties.
  • 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 depends on boat location

About Tempest

Tempest is an exclusive Red Sea liveaboard run by the award winning Tornado Marine Fleet. She might be smaller than some of her sister ships, but she packs a big punch. She's perfect if you want a friendly atmosphere with the comfort of a larger vessel, and the ideal option if you are looking for your own private charter or are a small group of 8-12 divers. Pick and chose your dive sites - this is your cruise, done your way!

At 25m from bow to stern, Tempest sleeps only 12 guests. Ideal if you like lots of space on the dive deck or sun deck! The 6 cabins are are all en suite with shower, individual AC and ample storage for all your goodies. All the cabins are bright and airy with modern decor.

The saloon and dining area is well equipped with a bar, stereo system and a large TV to view the day's footage or to sit back and enjoy a movie. There are plenty of charging stations around the saloon as well as in each cabin. Both sun lovers and those who prefer the shade will find a spot to relax in. The dive deck is thoughtfully laid out with kiting up room for all. Nitrox is available on board. If you are looking for an exclusive liveaboard then make a beeline for Tempest.

Lower deck cabin

Tempest has six lower deck cabins. All have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe.

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Covid Information for Tempest

Information provided by Tornado Marine - following the Egyptian Ministry Regulations

Tempest is due to resume departures in September 2020

Before Travelling & Boarding:

  • Clients travelling to Egypt will have to complete a declaration found New Health declaration form click here before boarding.

  • 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.
  • Make sure you have enough of your own PPE such as face masks for the journey and sailing. We also advise bringing your own towels, reusable water bottle and cutlery. While we will have all these items available on the boat, having unique and easily identifiable items per traveller will make it safer for everyone.
  • Follow all guidance given travelling to, at the airport, handling luggage, on the plane and upon arrival. If there is a difference in guidance between departure and arrival destinations, use the most conservative guidance given where possible.
  • We reserve the right to make administration procedures before boarding the boat. As a minimum there will be a basic health questionnaire and temperature check before boarding.
  • We will be asking you to sign an updated self-declaration medical including COVID. Self declaration form click here Pens will be provided to you to keep, not shared.
  • Our liability release will be updated regularly, should you wish for a copy one can be sent to you a week before sailing.
  • Rental equipment will be sanitised after use and will be delivered to you with oral components sealed in a plastic bag.
  • New mouthpieces will be available to purchase for regulators should you prefer. Or we recommend you bring your own

  • Luggage will be collected and sanitised before coming onboard.

    Onboard:

    Tornado Marine Fleet Liveaboards have been officially certified by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Health and the Chamber of Diving and Watersports as licensed and confirming to the new regulations of operation during the Coronavirus pandemic. These certificates are available for inspection on request.

  • The safety briefing will be updated to include passenger and crew responsibilities and guidelines regarding COVID, which may also include updated pre-dive and diving procedures.
  • Approved antimicrobial soap, sanitiser and tissue paper will be available throughout the boat in many areas along with instructions of use to allow you to wash hands regularly and sanitise regularly used common surfaces such as door handles before use. We will install hands free solutions where practical.
  • We are limited in our capacity which at present is 50% of licensed guests, which will allow guests to very easily socially distance during briefings, meals, diving activities and relaxation.
  • Our diving staff and crew will complete all daily paperwork to prevent use of shared pens. Where signatures are required, we will ask you to use your own pen from check in at a convenient time.
  • Daily health checks will be required, recorded and actions taken in case of unwell passengers or crew. There is an isolation room onboard in case anyone should display COVID like symptoms and a clear Emergency Action Plan in place.
  • Meals will be served direct to plate from a set menu. Drinks will be available self-service and in individual containers.
  • Housekeeping of cabins will be reduced and can be declined if wanted.
  • Regular sanitation of communal areas, plates, cutlery, kitchen tools, railings will take place using approved chlorinated and/or alcohol-based chemicals. Disposable items will be available if needed.

    General:

  • The ship will be entirely disinfected between trips.
  • Our staff will be monitored for their health for 14 days before the trip starts and will have strict rules regarding their allowed movements and interactions between trips. They will work for 60-day blocks if their home is not in the Red Sea governorate. They will be offered full sick pay in case of illness.
  • Our catering and supplies will be stored untouched for 1 week at least where possible before being brought to the boat
  • Payments for onboard purchases will be only once, at the end of the week. Cashless/contactless options will be available for those who prefer to settle in that way.

    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

    For British nationals The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises against all but essential international travel to Egypt at the moment. We expect this to change soon.
    Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit Egypt.

    Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

    From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt.

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

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    If you're returning to the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

    Updated 01SEP2020

  • Mark

    2018-05-10 10:39:48

    Excellent trip Crew brilliant Great diving Company great Weather perfect Thank you halmoush and all crew

    Carol

    2016-06-21 14:39:48

    All the staff were very helpful and always cheerful. The dive crew showed an interest in our equipment & what we were doing, which was nice. The dive briefings were also very informative. Thank you all.

    Laura

    2016-06-21 14:37:38

    Such a great crew! Everyone was on-hand all the time, keeping us happy and so well looked after. The dive briefings were excellent Im a details freak and like to know about all the ins and outs of a dive site. In no time at all, the deck hands had worked out our individual idiosyncrasies and catered to those with fantastic spirit and humour.

    Stumpy and Simon

    2016-06-21 14:36:58

    A great relaxed feel and perfect for a small group. Good dive deck with plenty of room. Cabin 5 is comfortable and a nice amount of space.

    Alex

    2016-06-21 14:35:51

    Tempest is a very comfortable boat, well laid-out and spacious for her low guest capacity. The dive deck seems uncluttered in comparison with other liveaboards Ive been on in the Red Sea, which makes it great for moving around with underwater photography equipment

    Martin

    2015-12-03 14:04:44

    The crew were all very competent and helpful. The dive guides were particularly good the briefings were the best I have ever had very informative and useful.

    Stuart

    2015-12-03 14:04:04

    Both guides, Ahmed and Waheed were very competent and were a pleasure to dive with, always looking out for the guests throughout every dive. They are both very knowledgable and their presentations were very comprehensive and easy to understand.

    Ian

    2015-12-03 14:02:57

    Been on Tornado boats a few times now but this was my first time on Tempest. Found it perfectly adequate and really enjoyed the smaller group scenario that you get on Tempest.

    Alice and Alexander

    2015-12-03 14:01:29

    The crew and guides were so attentive, friendly and made us feel very safe and comfortable on the trip. Ahmed was a great dive instructor, and guided us really well under water. He is fun to have on board.

    Freddie and Selina

    2015-12-03 14:00:29

    Spacious & comfortable. Good relaxing areas e.g. on first floor deck & upstairs. Rooms were nice and cool in the evenings with the aircon.

    Paul Colley

    2015-06-19 13:12:26

    Exceptional. Help always on hand when needed I particularly liked the reasonable freedom that was given to divers according to experience levels it makes a big difference to the diving experience.

    Peter Tatton

    2015-06-19 13:12:07

    Exceedingly helpful. Diving off this M/V a pleasure.

    Gill

    2015-06-19 10:21:30

    Wonderful, thanks to Osama and Sayed. The crew are 100% perfect.

    Samantha Needle

    2015-06-19 10:20:55

    all the staff were excellent the food was excellent, the boat crew were very attentive whilst getting ready & when getting in & out of the water, The guide was excellent whilst showing us some of the dive sites all at a very good pace for us to use our cameras, all very good.

    Gosia

    2014-11-17 15:26:10

    Food was very tasty and lots of choice. Thank you for varied vegetarian options!

    ML

    2014-11-17 15:25:53

    Boat is very comfortable. Even with 14 people there's plenty of room although as we are all from the same club it makes life easier to mix. I like the set up on the dive deck with plenty of space for kitting up and also for the suits to dry.

    Dan

    2014-11-17 15:25:12

    Big thanks to Reda for his briefs, he gave clear instructions of how to dive a site and what to look out for as well as some nice history of the wrecks. His willingness to cater dives to suit divers with different abilities was a great help and ensured everyone on the trip had a good experience. Handy was great, always had a smile on his face.

    Richard

    2014-11-17 15:24:23

    Very pleased with Reda's thorough briefings, always going over the brief more than once in different ways to give a good understanding of the dives. Very controlled guided groups inspired confidence.

    Olly

    2014-11-03 15:29:32

    An excellent week with so many great dives, Reda is an excellent and very knowledgeable diver and the briefing were always detailed and excellent. The crew were brilliant and very hard working, great sense of humour I can't fault them. Food was excellent too

    Lucy & Nell

    2014-11-03 15:06:54

    This is our first live-aboard holiday, and we will be back for more. This well exceeded our expectations. We have been in very safe hands with Reda, and his excellent guiding, briefings are fantastic. Crew are helpful and friendly.

    Joe & Tanya

    2014-11-03 15:06:32

    It is our first time here and everything we've heard is true. Amazing dives, best we've done (beats the Great Barrier reef by far!). Reda gave brilliant briefings so we knew exactly what to expect. Also a really good guide so we never missed a thing. Hendy made sure we had all our needs met and was good fun to chat to. The food was excellent, far better than we could have expected. Crew helpful and mostly friendly. Made the dives much easier to get ready for.

    Pat

    2014-11-03 15:05:55

    We have been to the Red Sea for about 15 years (me) and this is the best guiding we have ever had. The briefings are brilliant Reda is so well informed and is a very professional presenter

    Alicia & Graham

    2014-10-23 10:27:49

    Great food, great service, great people. Menu is always lovely and tasty! Great chef!

    Iain & Angus

    2014-10-23 10:27:21

    Guide Yasser is very competent (safety first). Good communication skills and sense of fun. Crew is excellent. Always there when needed. Equipment is well-maintained and operated

    Dan

    2014-10-23 10:26:53

    As a first time liveaboarder I have been very impressed with the efficiency of the crew And the guide Yassar who made the diving easy for for us all. Great boat and tour. Sold on liveaboards now.

    Chris Hannam

    2014-10-23 10:26:31

    A brilliant trip yet again. This is the third time I have done the wrecks and reef tour and I am looking forward to booking again in the near future.

    Denise & Bob

    2014-10-23 10:26:09

    We thought it was lovely,very comfortable and a great crew. Would definitely book it again.

    Alan

    2014-10-20 11:27:21

    Ahmed our dive guide was brilliant, he knew the area very well and was very helpful and considered the divers safety and dive enjoyment. All of the crew were very friendly and helpful, especially with preparing the divers for their dive.

    Hannah & Nick

    2014-10-20 11:03:08

    The food was great every breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was never disappointed. It met lots of high standards including special requests like omelettes and fried eggs. The food was also served hot without delay and cooked thoroughly

    Colin, Tapani, Andy & john

    2014-10-20 11:02:47

    Friendly and helpful guides and crew, lots of fun to be with. Able to handle issues without any delay. Housekeeping staff exemplary, keeping an immaculate vessel and services. Dive deck staff, always attentive and ready to help with equipment, wetsuits and other needs.

    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

    For British nationals The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises against all but essential international travel to Egypt at the moment. We expect this to change soon.
    Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit Egypt.

    Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

    From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt.

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

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    If you're returning to the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

    Updated 01SEP2020

    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. Or you can npw apply online by clicking here Save time and prebook your visa with Scuba Travel's prepaid visa service. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

    Insurance

    Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

    Immunisations

    Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

    Preparing to fly

    Seating

    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 out of 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

    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). Cash is preferred

    Phone coverage

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

    Plugs and electricity

    2 pin European sockets. Plugs are located on dive deck, saloon and in cabins.

    Extras

    Hire equipment

    We offer a very wide range of rental equipment onboard Tempest including side mount and technical equipment. Tempest is not rebreather Friendly.

    Extras

    Tempest 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

    Normally £250 deposit with full balance paid 90 days before departure. Depending on your flight option an additional deposit to cover your flight may be required.

    Ways to pay

    We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

    Group Payments

    If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

    Discounts

    Repeat Guests

    Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
    Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

    And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

    5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
    10% off for repeat customers travelling within 12 months

    Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

    Included

    Airport transfers, 7 nights 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 London Gatwick with Thomas Cook or Easyjet

    At the end of the week you will have day use of a hotel room (twin share as per your cabin arrangement) and buffet lunch while you wait for your flight home.

    Excluded

    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

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

    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 (£25 pre paid service or $25 locally)

    Tempest Specifications

    25m length 7m breadth

    2 x 400 HP engines

    3 x 75 KW generators

    Construction - Wood



    Safety Equipment

    2 x 16 Man Life Rafts
    Life Jackets

    Full Fire Fighting and Alarm System
    Smoke Alarms and Extinguishers in cabins and at strategic points

    Sano Sub Unit, O2 J tanks

    Fully stocked First Aid Kit

    Navigation Equipment

    GPS Plotter, Radar 36 miles, Echo Sounder
    VHF Radio

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