Red Sea Relaxed Freediving - Red Sea

  • Water temp 19 - 28 C
  • Air Temp 19 - 35 C
  • Visibility 15 - 25m
  • Good for... Wrecks, Reefs, Big Fish
  • Suitable for beginners All levels of certified diver
  • Highlights A new type of dive trip aimed at slowing things down and taking things at your own pace.

About Red Sea Relaxed Freediving

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 itinerary. Do as much or as little as you like! Enjoy a mix of on board activities: diving, snorkelling, yoga and freediving. Achieve mindfulness in the sunshine and scenery in the stunning Red Sea. Take advantage of the open dive deck policy, visiting fewer locations over the week, for a Red Sea liveaboard with less rushing about. This is your holiday done your way.

On board yoga

Freediving and yoga guru Emma Farrell will be on hand throughout the trip, running yoga sessions and try freediving sessions for all! Take a break from the heavy kit and tanks to experience the deep relaxation practice of yoga nidra with Emma. It doesn't matter what age or size you are, if you can't touch your toes, smoke, or have no prior experience of yoga. The sessions are tailored for complete beginners as well as those more familiar with yoga poses. All yoga equipment is provided as well on board the boat so all you need to bring are some comfy clothes to wear such as a t-shirt and jogging bottoms or a pair of pyjamas.

The yoga that Emma teaches on board is perfect for scuba divers and freedivers as there are lots of stretches and exercises to help with breathing and gas consumption. Emma will take you through very gentle movements and poses and there are always modifications for those with injuries or limited mobility. The yoga takes place first thing in the morning before the first dive of the day and you can come to as much or as little of it as you want.

Yoga nidra is the easiest yoga to do and the most relaxed as it is done lying down, under the stars! Yoga nidra is Sanskrit for 'yoga sleep' and is a profound state of relaxation where one is in a state of conscious sleep. Half an hour of yoga nidra is said to be the equivalent of three hours sleep due to the changes in brain wave activity.

The session is done after dinner and the night dives. You take your duvet and pillows up to the top deck, lie down on the couches or a yoga mat and let Emma's voice send you to a place of deep relaxation. It's the most incredible way to wind down at the end of the day and we guarantee that you will never have experienced anything else this relaxing before in your life!

Diving highlights

The Northern Red Sea fish count is huge, particularly in the areas of Ras Mohammed and Tiran, with large schools of fish from the Batfish and Snappers at Shark Reef and clouds of Anthias and smaller schooling fish up in Tiran, but you will see more abundance of marine life everywhere with wrecks like the Thistlegorm covered in swarms of Fusiliers being chased by Trevallies with languid Batfish hanging out in the blue.

Some sites during the week will be "open deck". The Barge, Jackson and the Thistlegorm have been some of a favoe sites in 2016. Once you're initially briefed we stay for the day or longer and you can dive whenever you want. From about 0530 until 1930, the pool's open! The timings are up to you and your buddy. You can also choose to dive longer than the usual 60 mins bearing in mind that you'll need to tell the guides what you're planning so they can help your day run smoothly. Opt for two lazy long shallow day dives or the full 4. It's up to you. The guides are available throughout for guided dives. Or time things cleverly and you may well end up getting the dive site to yourself, or at least not be in the same places as the other divers.

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.

Daily presentations

Emma will be giving a range of presentations throughout the week covering a wide range of topics - all chosen to help you get into a more mindful place. Re-energise and learn from the pro tips and tricks to make your air consumption last longer, practice meditation or how to get closer to dolphins without needing scuba!


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 2019 from May to October. (April to November ... MORE

Scuba Travel have weekly departures of the Wrecks & Reefs itinerary so there is always a date to suit!

In April this itinerary will depart from Hurghada

Trip Duration
All of our Wrecks & Reefs trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 4 dives a day (3 day dives + 1 night dive) apart from on your first and last day. There are around 21 dives on an average week but this can vary depending on local weather conditions.

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.

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.

Day One Departing from Hurghada and after the check dive we will go straight to the Barge at Gubal Island, for dive two and then the night dive.
If we can't make the crossing we have a special dive at the Alternatives and not in the books, used previously for filming by the BBC, that only a few of us do. And then a night dive here.

Day Two This is when we start with our "Open Deck" policy which will give you the freedom to dive when you want across the day. So no rigid dive times, and from 0530 until 1930 you'll have four dives to use, all you need to do is make sure you know the mealtimes, observe safe diving practices, co-ordinate with your buddy, put your names on the board and go diving.
If you wan't to stay longer than an hour that's ok just let the guides know.
The Barge is the perfect dive site for this, and on our Winter Warmer trips we often stay here three days. See why we love The Barge so much and why it's worth more than a passing glance and please click here.
The night dive here is considered one of the best you'll do in the Red Sea.

Day Three Our first dive will be at the 19th century wreck of the Ulysses around the corner from The Barge, but as we will be moored until after breakfast, if you don't want to dive her you can always get in and dive the Barge for a last time, this time is a great time for seeing dolphins and we regularly see them here and at the Ulysses at this time of the day. Our second dive we will try and dive the Kingston, another crowd pleasing wreck but weather dependant. For both lovers of historical rust and reef lovers, it's always a win win for both groups, as she's covered with fish, coral and marine life set against a back drop of stately wreckage.
If the wind and waves are against us then we will head straight to the Thistlegorm for this dive, our third dive and the night dive. Another place where we can give you the freedom to dive when you want for the dives here, once you've orientated yourself.

Day Four We will either start with an early morning Thistlegorm, or head directly to Shark Reef and hope for some schooling fish action, with the Snappers, Batfish and Barracudas.
If it's happening here we will stay for the day picking our dive times to avoid the other dive boats where possible.
If the schools aren't playing then I will show you a dive site not in the guide books but between Anemone City and Shark Observatory, with caves and very pretty overhangs packed with fish, and then Ras Zatar for more of the same.
After dive three we will head straight up to Tiran and get settled for the evening at Gordon Reef. In the summer this should allow us to choose to do a dusk dive, and for the photographers is a great opportunity to do sunset split shots. Alternatively you'll be able to dive a regular night dive here.

Day Five We will either start the day diving Ras Ghamilla, rarely dived from liveaboards but an awesome first dive with huge fan corals. Or alternatively Thomas Reef drifting around the east side, with more fan coral and soft coral action.
Our second dive could either be the back side of Woodhouse normally off limits to daily boats, as usually its only accessible by rib, very dramatic and not a bad place to see sharks, or straight to Jackson, and dive when the daily boats are lunching.
Then we will wait for the daily boats to leave and visit Jackson and the incredible coral garden famous for turtles and just chocker with all kinds of fish, a truly beautiful place.
And then a night dive and chill out at Laguna. The video below was shot at Jackson a couple of years ago now, if anything the fish life has increased since then!

Last Day Our first dive will be an early morning dive at Jackson Reef so that you can witness it in completely different light, or there will also be the option to dive the back side by rib,as early morning in the summer is a great time to see Hammerheads. Your choice.
Our second dive heading back I'd like to show you some of my favourite local sites.
These will be two out of either Ras Nusrani, or a special half drift in the Gardens, and finishing with a drift at Ras Um Sid, or Temple for those that want to drop in off the back of the boat.