Whirlwind Red Sea Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Whirlwind Red Sea Liveaboard - Red Sea

  • Guests Whirlwind can comfortably accommodate up to 22 guests
  • Rooms 7 lower deck twins, 4 main deck twins & 1 upper deck single (surcharges apply)
  • Restaurants Separate dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian cuisine
  • FacilitiesSpacious dive deck, camera table with air guns, sun deck
  • Diving 3-4 dives a day, Open deck on Red Sea Relaxed
  • Diving Extras Nitrox is available
  • Internet Access Free WiFi, although we cannot guarantee availability and coverage can be intermittent depending on boat location

Whirlwind Red Sea Liveaboard

Whirlwind has to be one of our favourite Red Sea liveaboards, from the award winning Tornado Marine Fleet. This is 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices, with weekly departures in 2022 from April to November. She is one of the most popular boats in the fleet, and it's easy to see why. From the moment you step on board you can tell this liveaboard has been designed by divers for divers. Her long standing crew are the definition of attentive and make the diving effortless.

Whirlwind is a generous 36m from bow to stern and at 8m across, there is ample space for all 20 guests. There are 10 cabins in total, all with twin beds, en suite, air con and safe. Fancy a view as you sail? There are 4 cabins on the main deck, which are pre-allocated at the time of booking and cost £75pp as an additional surcharge. On request for full charter bookings, an additional 11th twin cabin can be opened up.

Whirlwind has everything you could want on board. The dive deck is one of the most impressive aspects - no more kitting up in a crowd on this boat! There is a camera table, 2 rinse tanks and plenty of space for all your dive kit. Relax between dives on one of the large sundecks. The saloon welcomes you with comfy sofas, an entertainment system and a well stocked bar. Meals are served in a dining room, and the cafe style table layout creates a friendly ambience. From sun up to sun down, Whirlwind is the perfect home away from home in the Egyptian Red Sea.

It's no wonder so many of our specialist itinerary leaders ask for Whirlwind year after year. Whirlwind runs photography workshops, escorted wreck weeks, dedicated freediving trips and our custom Red Sea Relaxed itinerary throughout the year. Rebreather divers can be accommodated, but please speak to your consultant at the time of booking to discuss any specific guiding, kit hire and fill requirements. AIS on navigation equipment on board.

Main deck cabin

Whirlwind has four 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 Whirlwind have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe. These cabins cost £75pp as an additional surcharge

Lower deck cabin

Whirlwind has seven lower deck cabins, they are slightly larger than the main deck cabins and have a porthole window. All cabins onboard Whirlwind have twin beds, en suite, air con and safe.

Single cabins

Whirlwind has 12 cabins and so can hold 24 guests. However we prefer to have a maximum of 22 and therefore 2 cabins are available for single occupancy on request

Separate dining area

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Covid Information for Whirlwind

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

  • Bill Miller

    2022-07-19 19:48:11

    Everything went smoothly from the initial phone call to yourselves through the booking process and on to the trip. Your office staff were brilliant. Polite, knowledgeable and patient as my wife and I asked a lot of questions about the boat and itinerary. Once at Sharm we were met and assisted through the arrivals process before being taken to the boat. Arrival on the boat was well organised and the initial briefing was very thorough. The crew were extremely helpful all week, helping divers before and after each dive and preparing excellent meals. The guides, Sameh & Val, were professional, safety oriented and gave excellent briefings before each dive. The groups were organised by preference and ability and at no time did we feel unsafe. At the end of the week the day room facilities at the hotel were more than adequate. All in all, a great trip and we will surely make another.

    John & Kathleen

    2022-05-23 12:25:11

    Nice boat very clean and well kept. Very helpful crew, nothing to much trouble and went the extra mile to ensure all guests were happy. Very good food and lots of choice. Cannot wait to come back

    John Fowles

    2022-05-23 12:25:11

    A welcome and very enjoyable return to the Red Sea. Helpful and attentive staff. Mikes talks were fascinating and added to the enjoyment of the dive.

    Jerome Patras

    2022-05-23 12:25:11

    First time on a live aboard and can say would 100% do it again. The crew was fantastic and friendly. The food was great too.

    Ron

    2022-03-14 14:25:11

    Well what to say great crew, great food GREAT TIME!! All the staff are so willing to help and work so hard to give us a great service and a wonderful time..I have and will be back!

    Jackie

    2022-03-14 14:25:11

    First time on a liveaboard and the boat is lovely..very clean and comfortable. Nothing seems too much trouble for the crew

    Martin

    2022-03-14 14:25:11

    The boat is even better than the last time I was on it pre-pandemic. You can smell the fresh paint and varnish. It is obviously well maintained and the crew worked tirelessly to keep it in good shape.

    Andrew Goodburn

    2022-03-11 12:45:11

    Me and my buddy Martin Lowe are sat on the sun deck on the Whirlwind. Great diving. Lovely crew. And an exceptional dive guide,Yasser. Top time.

    Michael Franks

    2022-02-14 12:45:11

    Thanks for an amazing week- we all really enjoyed our first livaboard and are already planning the next!

    Joss Woolf

    2021-12-06 11:25:11

    I just wanted to say that everyone seemed to have a very good time and thank you for all your help

    Kate Colquhon

    2021-11-09 11:25:11

    Had a wonderful holiday Thank you very much for delivering on every dimension. Nadr, at airport was brilliant, on route out but especially so on route back. He is a very welcoming and very reassuring presence. Boat was lovely Crew was lovely Dive pros were LOVELY (even Yasser! - rough diamond) Food - fantastic Other guests -SUCH a lovely bunch, some have become lifelong friends - we laughed and laughed and laughed Cabins comfortable and much appreciated Diving - was off the scale out of this world - dolphins, reef sharks, hammerhead, turtle, octopus and more fish, eel, nudibranch, rays and other stuff than you could hope for. How did you organise all of that? Why weren’t the Whale Sharks there too? Haha Coral was jaw dropping Just loved loved loved every moment Thank you

    Phil Thrower

    2021-10-21 11:25:11

    My first liveaboard ever. Amazing experience. From the very early stages of this trip both scuba travel and the whirlwind boatd were just excellent. i think we were thw first trip back out to egypt so it was good to see big smiles on the whirlwind boat knowing that divers were coming back to the red sea. loved it and will definitely use scuba travel again. so helpful .thanks guys

    Jay

    2020-03-06 11:25:11

    First liveaboard very impress first on the organisation of timing & the crew organisation, which kept the schedule of the intinery of the diving in my a opinion to a high standard.I was a bit scared, but now really happy . Thank you & will return again

    Martin

    2020-03-06 11:25:11

    This is my third trip on Whirlwind. A great week with an amazing crew, nothing is too much trouble for them.This boat is like a floating hotel.

    Allison and John

    2020-03-06 11:25:11

    WOW, first ever time on a liveaboard and given what experience we have had this will not be our last! We didn't know what to expect but this has far exceeded our expectations

    Bob

    2019-10-27 14:30:11

    Crew excellent as always and maintain boat well. Everything consistent, cabins clean, salon clean, dive deck areas clean and organised. No issues.

    Mark

    2019-10-27 14:15:11

    Very Clean and well organised. Cabin of high standard and bathroom always immaculate. Dive deck and ribs in good condition. First hire regulator was of poor standard and needed a good service but the dive guides responded quickly and replaced immediately.

    Mark

    2019-10-27 14:10:11

    GREAT BOAT.great crew and great food

    David L

    2019-10-27 14:03:11

    Excellent variety, quality and quantity. Freshly prepared, plenty of healthy food options and gave us lots of energy for our dives.

    David

    2019-10-27 14:01:11

    Both dive guides have given excellent service. Dive briefs have been complete and comprehensive so no one was in any doubt about what woild be expected on the dive. Initial briefing on the boat and general dive conduct and expectations was very good, setting the tone for the rest of the week. With a boat full of experienced divers, the guides could take time to make sure the little things were covered but allowed the divers the freedom to do their own dives. All in all , supportive and helpful all week. Crew members were all happy, helpful and on hand when needed. Kitting up, getting into and out of Zodiacs, climbing ladders back onto the dive deck was always made as effortless as possible. Zodiac drivers especially need a mention for the support given when divers returned to the zodiac, especially us older divers. crew in the dining room again( meonmdouh especially) upheld the high standards I have come to expect from Tornado Marine. Having been on Mistral, Cyclone and Hurricane, I

    David

    2019-10-26 14:25:11

    Excellent, well up to the standards I have come to expect from Tornado Marine. As usual the cabins are well laid out and kept spotlessly clean all week, dining room is comfortable for meals but chairs are quite low for dining. Endless supplies to tea, coffee and soft drinks are always a good feature; Dive deck is well laid out and fits 20 divers easily. All in all a boat that is a credit to tornado marine.

    Roger

    2019-10-26 14:20:11

    As always great trip, great crew .cabins good and clean. Food very high standard plenty of extra nibbles as required

    Phil and Eve

    2019-10-04 10:35:11

    Guides were outstanding, helpful and considerate throughout the week. Briefings were thorough, well detailed and the supporting media presentations were well prepared. Only comment would be that I felt awkward and disrespectful diving the Salem Express and would be happier having missed that dive. Boat/dive crew were also exceptionally good, nothing was too much trouble. They went out of their way to make sure that they offered the maximum assistance both at the beginning and end of each dive. The hot chocolate after the dives was particularly welcome.

    Jack

    2019-10-04 10:30:11

    The boat is super sick! Really clean and surprisingly non-slippy!
    Couldn't have asked for better staff they were super helpful and friendly! The guides were super good too! They're knowledge is impeccable, especially on the different types of fish and tips on how to find them…specifically the octopus! =)
    The food was great! Real tasty and filling!....really good snacks too! The chocolate rolls were banging! =)

    Cam

    2019-10-04 09:30:11

    The boat is ace. Great facilities, great snacks and is always well stocked. Need opening windows in the bathrooms
    Guides are great, always welcoming and willing to give you the time that is needed. The crew cannot do enough to help and are a real compliment to the company. All round great experience.
    The food cannot be faulted. Always willing to help with dietary requirements and every meal is as tasty as the next

    Nealesh

    2019-10-04 09:21:11

    The boat is very nice, well maintained and spacious. The decoration is very elegant. The boat is well stocked with amenities and supplies.
    NealeshThe food is very good quality: Tailored to the needs of the guests. If you may miss a meal, someone will come and inform you. The food is fresh daily, well cooked and plentiful.
    The guides and crew provide an outstanding level of service: The dive briefings are detailed, and well supported. The supporting crew are very helpful and efficient. They are very approachable and resolve any issues rapidly.

    Suzanne

    2019-08-05 13:21:11

    This is my third trip and it feels like home and the staff are so lovely as always. The barbecue at Gobul island was amazing

    Mark

    2019-07-22 14:25:11

    Great first experience on a liveaboard. I have nothing to compare it to but speaking to others they said it was a superb all round experience

    Jim

    2019-07-13 14:25:11

    A great week - I've followed this itinerary twice before & it doesn't disappoint. The boat crew were very attentive, always on hand to assist (particularly on the dive deck) and the guides were both knowledgeable & helpful.

    Radek

    2019-06-22 13:21:11

    The best boat I have ever been on.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Location

    The Red Sea is between 4-5 hours flying time direct from the UK. Scuba Travel have over 20 year's experience in the Red Sea and have carefully selected a fleet of luxury liveaboards and superb hotels that meet our exacting standards. Explore the sheer beauty of the Red Sea on a Red Sea liveaboard from North to South. Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and El Gouna are popular resort locations, whilst Marsa Alam, El Quesir and Hamata are perfect for those looking for quiet escapism.

    Covid Travel Information

    View entry requirements here

    Entry requirements for Egypt are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

    You do not need to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry to Egypt.

    From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
    do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
    do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
    do not need to quarantine when you arrive
    This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

    It includes people who are transiting through England.
    Updated 21 JUN 2022

    Weather and Climate

    Fine weather is the order of the day pretty much throughout the year, with rainfall quite rare and short lived. The hottest time of the year is July to August with air temperatures over 30°C. Even in Egypt's so called 'winter' the average rarely falls below 20°C. Water temperature varies from 20°C in February to 29°C in September. Please choose your exposure suit accordingly, depending on your personal preferences.

    Travel

    Flight options

    Our holiday packages with Tornado Marine Fleet are inclusive of flights from London Gatwick for a fully ATOL bonded holiday. A supplement may apply for regional departures if possible. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. Unfortunately, not all regional flight routings are compatible with liveaboard schedules. Our advertised liveaboard packages with Emperor and Aggressor fleets exclude flights. Please ask for a quote to add these to your booking. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can arrange transfers as required. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your boat space is confirmed by us.

    Stopovers

    As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.

    Arrange before you go

    Visa requirements

    All UK visitors to Egypt need an entry visa (valid for a 30 days.Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Or you can now apply online by clicking here Save time and prebook your visa with Scuba Travel's prepaid visa service. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

    Insurance

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

    Immunisations

    Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other travel immunisations: click here

    Preparing to fly

    Seating

    Flights to Egypt are charter flights with TUI or EasyJet. TUI seating is allocated at check in and you cannot check in online. For EasyJet flights you will be able to manage your booking online with the airline directly and select any payable seating/baggage extras.

    Check in

    Egypt does not permit digital boarding passes. You must print your boarding passes/flight coupons for both flights. TUI do not enable online check EasyJet allow online check in via their website

    Lounge

    An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

    Parking

    Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

    What happens when I arrive?

    On arrival in Egypt, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. Our representative will be waiting either airside around the baggage carousel or in the arrivals hall. They will be holding a board with either Scuba Travel, your destination or your name on it. If you have prepaid for our visa service, you will be given your visa on arrival. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

    Transfers

    Airport transfers are always included in your liveaboard or resort holiday package when using our flights. Our representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. We try to keep transfer times as short as possible, with most being no more than 30mins travel time from the airport to the boat/hotel. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Egypt, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost

    Departures

    At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.

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    Tipping

    Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

    Currency

    All onboard prices are in Euro, but Sterling, US Dollars are accepted (subject to onboard exchange rate). The boat does not 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.

    Extras

    Hire equipment

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

    Extras

    Whirlwind 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. 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.

    Payments

    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. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. We do not take AMEX. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

    Group Payments

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

    Discounts

    Repeat Guests

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

    And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction on your ATOL bonded Red Sea package.

    5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
    If you have travelled with Scuba Travel with 12 months ask about free cabin upgrades (subject to availability)
    Repeat discounts are not cumulative with other discounts and cannot be applied to special offer prices

    Included

    Airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation on full board basis in a twin share cabin lower deck cabin. Single and main deck cabins available for a surcharge.

    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 Easyjet or TUI

    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

    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.

    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 - £30 pre paid service with our airport rep or USD cash at the visa windows on arrival at your entry point to Egypt

    Whirlwind Specifications

    36m length and 8m breadth

    2 x MAN 1100 Hp

    2 x 95 KVA Cummins

    Construction - Wood



    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, Sano Sub Unit, O2 J tanks

    Fully stocked First Aid Kit

    Navigation Equipment

    GPS Plotter, Radar 36 miles, Echo Sounder, SSB and EPIRB VHF Radio and MFHF SDC

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