Red Sea Relaxed - Red Sea

  • Water temp 19 - 28 C
  • Air Temp 19 - 35 C
  • Visibility 15 - 25m
  • Good for... Hand picked sites with open deck diving
  • Suitable for beginners Yes
  • Highlights Run by our hugely experienced Red Sea dive guides, the Red Sea Relaxed offers hand picked sites for the ultimate Northern Red Sea sites and an open dive deck for a relaxing dive experience.

About Red Sea Relaxed

Not all dive holidays are restful! That's why we created the Red Sea Relaxed™ itinerary, a very rewarding, but more relaxing alternative to the more usual scuba diving schedule. Do as much or as little as you like! Run by our hugely experienced Red Sea dive guides, this is the itinerary they would do! Take advantage of the open dive deck policy, visiting fewer locations over the week, for a Red Sea liveaboard with less rushing about. Dive more, travel less. It's that simple really!

Open dive deck
Where possible - and at least once a day - the back dive deck opens up. Time for total dive freedom. Opt for two lazy long shallow day dives or the full 4. It's up to you. We simply ask that you follow the site briefings, stick to the safe diving practices and procedures and follow the boat's system for buddying up and co-ordinating divers.

The day is usually split into a morning and/or afternoon session. This mean we can make sure you still get a tasty (and warm) breakfast, lunch and dinner. Morning sessions typically run from 05:30 - 12:00 and afternoon sessions from 13:00-19:00.

Diving highlights
The sites chosen for the open deck have been selected carefully, to offer a stunning range of marine life and wreck dives. Think of this as the creme de la creme of northern Red Sea dive sites!

The Northern Red Sea fish count is huge! Ask any experienced Red Sea diver where the most colourful reefs are and they will say Tiran! The reef diving will not disappoint. From large schools of snappers, unicorns and bat fish to the smallest macro life, Jackson and Woodhouse have it all. Hunt out camouflage fish at Beacon Rock or be amazed by the sheer size of the morays at the Barge.

To compliment the reef diving are the wrecks. These have each been chosen for not only their dive enjoyment, but also historic value. The famous Thistelgorm needs little introduction. She's packed with goodies on both the decks and in the holds. Swim though the moody Dunraven and atmospheric Giannis D. Or simply admire the beauty of the older ladies, the Ulysses and Carnatic. No two dives are ever the same.

Want total dive freedom? With the relevant Solo or Self Reliant qualifications and kit, Tornado Marine will allow you to dive alone at these sites. Simply speak to your travel consultant for more info and prices.

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Scuba Travel have departures throughout the year of the Red Sea Relaxed itinerary, so there is always a date to suit!

Embarkation
In April this itinerary will depart from Hurghada

Trip Duration
All of our Red Sea Relaxed trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

The open dive deck policy on this trip means that the exact number of dives will vary depending on each diver!

All liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and changes in local Government approval. Whilst our boat operators make every effort, we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. In adverse weather conditions, the guides and captain of the boat will have the final decision about which dive sites to visit to ensure that the safety of guests, staff and boats is not compromised in any way.

Arrival
Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.

After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.

A normal Red Sea Relaxed itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.

Gubal Island - Ulysses, Bluff Point and the Barge
Gubal Island is home to no less than 3 distinct dive sites, and you can even dive each of these a number of ways. This is just one of the reason 2 sessions are planned here.

Jump off the back of the boat and you find the sloping reef, home to all manner of morays, stone fish and small schooling fish. Look for the famous George, a vast and wizened old giant moray. A resident pod of dolphins buzz past, often as the afternoon heads towards sunset. The Barge wreck has broken up over the years, but remains a focal point for divers and fish life alike. The night dive here is considered one of the best you'll do in the Red Sea.

Jump in the RIB and head to Bluff Point of the Ulysses. Bluff Point is usually a drift dive, with long whip coral, unicorn fish and snappers hanging out in the current. The Ulysses is a gorgeous 19thC, with light steaming through her beams and hatchet fish hiding in dark corners. Turtles frequent the hard coral reef she lies on.

Tiran - Jackson, Woodhouse and Thomas
Few coral gardens can compete with the glorious coral gardens of Jackson. This is clown fish city! Keep your eyes peeled for the rare red anemone. Large sea fans cling to the walls, with their long nosed hawk fish inhabitants. Thomas is famous for the deep canyon but there are also some large sea fans to admire. Woodhouse is always a lovely drift dive, with plenty of nooks and crannies along the wall where you can find macro life. Gordon is distinctive for the tar barrels that are slowly becoming part of the reef - a vast school of banner fish live on the drop off.

A full day is planned here.

Shaab Mahmoud - Dunraven and Beacon Rock
The Dunraven is the most fmaous reason many divers stop at Shaab Mahmound. This is an easy wreck dive, and the penetration is always fun. Swim through the over turned hull, but remember to take your torch! As you come along the reef, the bat fish steal the show. The resident bat fish here are usually quite curious. The reef itself at Beacon Rock is packed with macro life. Be sure to look closely for the stone fish in particular.

A full day is planned here.

Thistlegorm
The Thistlegorm needs little introduction to UK divers - sunk during the 2nd World War, she was laden with munitions and with several dives (including a night dive) to explore the holds, decks and environs, you will discover just why this ranks as one of Egypt's top dives. You can easily spend several dives exploring the inside and outside of this wreck and still not see all her treasures.

Abu Nuhas
Wreck divers love Abu Nuhas and with reason. The Giannis D and Carnatic are the youngest and oldest wrecks respectively. The Giannis D is always a popular dive with a brilliant (and easy!) engine room penetration. You can swim easily through the corridors and into the rooms as they have been cleared without entanglement risk. Head to the Carnatic for the oldest wreck - the iron ribs are iconic and the wreck is smothered in marine life.

A full morning session is planned her.

Transit sites
To make the most efficient use of your dive time, there will a handful of dives offered at sites whilst en route to your next open deck location. On this itinerary, this may include Ras Mohamed and Shark and Yolanda, or Shaab el Urg, which is an amazing check dive or final dive on any liveaboard!

Disembarkation
Once the diving is done and your kit all washed and packed, it will be time to disembark. On the final day (your flight day) you will have an early breakfast on board before your transfer arrives. You will have day use at a local hotel with a buffet lunch and limited soft drinks included. You will be advised locally of your final pick up time for your airport transfer.