Saudi Explorer | Red Sea Liveaboard | Saudi Arabia | Scuba Travel

Saudi Explorer | Red Sea Liveaboard | Saudi Arabia - Red Sea

  • Guests 20 in comfort
  • Rooms Main deck: 5 twin cabins & 1 suite. 4 upper deck, double cabins which can be converted to twins.
  • Restaurants Dining area on lower deck
  • Food and Drinks Tasty buffet of international and Saudi cuisine. Soft drinks, water, Nescafe and tea are included. In Saudi Arabia the consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Facilities Spacious dive deck, camera table with air guns, sun deck
  • Diving 2-3 dives a day
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access We cannot guarantee cell phone coverage once you leave the port. There is a satellite phone onboard

Saudi Explorer | Red Sea Liveaboard | Saudi Arabia

Designed and built by the Award-Winning Tornado Marine Fleet, the steel hulled M/V Typhoon is set to become the flagship of the fleet boasting a stylish modern interior and exterior. This ship has the ability to sail in all sea conditions due it its steel hull, which also gives it excellent stability.

We are delighted that Typhoon will be exploring Saudi Arabia from December 2021. Whilst in Saudi she will be known as the Saudi Explorer. Enjoy some world class diving in the southern Red Sea Saudi Arabia. Hammerheads, whalesharks, turtles and so much more await on picture perfect reefs..

Throughout the interior of the ship the tones are neutral and the style modern with an 'L' shaped hotel style restaurant on the lower deck equipped with a sound system and large HD screen.

None of the cabins on the Saudi Explorer are below deck affording guests a sea view from every room. The main deck comprises of 5 en-suite twin cabins and a double suite. The suite situated at the very front of the main deck offers clients spectacular views across the sea and coast. The upper deck has 4 cabins with double beds convertible into twin beds. All cabins are air conditioned.

The outdoor common areas and the diving area have been designed to meet the expectations of the most demanding divers. The Fly bridge has a bar area with photo-video equipment and charging bench. The Sun deck is equipped with sunbathing area, deck chairs and jacuzzi.

Main deck twin cabin

Saudi Explorer has five main deck twin cabins with sea views. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, individual controlled A/C and bedside controlled music and lighting, all cabins are designed for luxury and comfort.

Upper deck double/twin cabins

Typhoon has 4 upper deck cabin, which can be twin or doubles and far reaching sea views. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, individual controlled A/C and bedside controlled music and lighting.

Main deck Suite

Typhoon has one large main deck suite with commanding sea views. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, individual controlled A/C and bedside controlled music and lighting, all cabins are designed for luxury and comfort.

Dining area

The restaurant and saloon area is situated on the lower deck, With a Simple modern decor; the restaurant provides a warm welcoming ambience to enjoy the dining experience.

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Covid Information for Saudi Explorer



Country Covid Travel Information

Approved travel with Saudi Arabia has resumed

View the up to date list here

View entry requirements here

All visitors arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of one the six vaccines currently recognized: two doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines, or a single dose of the vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson.Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has launched a web portal at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home for visitors to register their vaccination status. The site is available in Arabic and English.

Travellers arriving in Saudi Arabia are also required to provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and an approved paper vaccination certificate, certified by the official health authorities in the issuing country.

There is no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travellers to Saudi.

Until the end of October, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 PCR test on your return in the UK. From the end of October this will be replaced with a lateral flow.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5

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

Updated 18th Sept 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Saudi Arabia is around 6 hours flying time from the UK when flying direct from London to Jedda. All the diving will take place in the Red sea on the Saudi Arabian east coast, opposite Egypt/Sudan and Eritrea.

Covid Travel Information

Approved travel with Saudi Arabia has resumed

View the up to date list here

View entry requirements here

All visitors arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of one the six vaccines currently recognized: two doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines, or a single dose of the vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson.Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has launched a web portal at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home for visitors to register their vaccination status. The site is available in Arabic and English.

Travellers arriving in Saudi Arabia are also required to provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and an approved paper vaccination certificate, certified by the official health authorities in the issuing country.

There is no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travellers to Saudi.

Until the end of October, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 PCR test on your return in the UK. From the end of October this will be replaced with a lateral flow.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5

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

Updated 18th Sept 2021

Weather and Climate

Saudi Arabia is very warm. The hottest time of the year is July to August with air temperatures around 40°C. Even in the n '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

We mainly use BA or Saudia , but other options are available.

Stopovers

No

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

Compulsory EUR 150 your entry visa is not included in the trip. Around the time of the Hajj, the Directorate of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia have previously imposed restrictions on Muslim visitors flying to Jeddah, Madinah and Taif for reasons other than the Hajj pilgrimage. During this time, Muslim visitors may only be allowed to board flights to Jeddah, Madinah and Taif if they have a valid Hajj visa.

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.

Immunisations

There is no risk of yellow fever in Saudi Arabia, however, there is a certificate requirement. Under International Health Regulations, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and from travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please look at the airlines website for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

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 Saudi Arabia, you must provide your contact details and travel information. You may be refused entry to Saudi Arabia if your passport contains evidence of previous travel to Israel or indicates Israel as your birthplace.

Transfers

All transfers to and from Jedda to the marina and to and from the hoitel are included.

Departures

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

Info

Tipping

Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, nitrox (70 euro per week 12lt, 80 euro per week 15lt) or on board souvenirs.

Currency

All onboard prices are in Euro,

Phone coverage

No. Phone coverage is only available on land. Satelitephone is available for 5 EUR / Minute

Plugs and electricity

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

Extras

Hire equipment

A wide range of rental equipment onboard Typhoon including side mount and technical equipment can be prebooked

Extras

Espresso coffee 2 euro each

Souvenirs

Satellite phone is charged on board at 5euro per minute

Nitrox/Gas

We recommend all divers to dive with Nitrox when suitable. Nitrox can be prebooked or paid for on a dive by dive basis onboard the boat.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

Over 90 days prior to departure a £600 deposit is required, with full balance due 90 days before departure.

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

6 nights accommodation on full board basis and 1 hotel night on B&B basis.

12l tanks, air fill and weights

Airport transfers from Jeddah to the boat

On your final afternoon you will have a tour of the Old Jeddah market

Excluded

Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your liveaboard package.

Entry visa and dive permit 150 euro per person and 10 EUR per dayay service fee per person

Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, nitrox (70 euro per week 12lt, 80 euro per week 15lt) or on board souvenirs.

Espresso

Saudi Explorer Specifications

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Safety Equipment

10

20

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Yes

Navigation Equipment

Yes

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