Holiday Reference: TRP 36394

Holiday information

  • 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices
  • All cabins have twin beds, en suite & air con
  • 2 sundecks and a jacuzzi!
  • Spacious! Separate dining area and saloon
  • Average Water Temp: 19 - 28 C
  • Average Air Temp: 19 - 35 C
  • Average Visability: 15 - 25m
  • Good for: Sharks, Walls, Drift
  • Suitable for beginners: Ideally you should have at least 30 logged dives and gained an advanced open water certificate or equivalent.
  • Big drops offs and big fish at Daedalus make this an itinerary to remember. Combined with the unique coral formations at St Johns and Fury Shoal and you have an outstanding dive holiday, far from the crowds.

Liveaboard Details

Whirlwind has to be one of our favourite Red Sea liveaboards - and as the award winning Liveaboard of the Year 2011 clearly fellow divers share our affection for her. This is 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices... just one of the reasons UK d ...

Whirlwind has to be one of our favourite Red Sea liveaboards - and as the award winning Liveaboard of the Year 2011 clearly fellow divers share our affection for her. This is 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices... just one of the reasons UK divers keep coming back to this superior liveaboard. She has a well deserved reputation for the quality of finish on board, her long standing crew are the definition of attentive and she has all the award winning hallmarks of Tornado Marine fleet (from the decor to the tasty food)! Discover today how effortless diving can be when your liveaboard has been designed by divers for divers.

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. The storage is plentiful and the showers are some of the most powerful you will find on a boat! There are 4 cabins on the main deck which are preallocated at the time of booking with no additional surcharge.

Whirlwind has everything the modern diver 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. Whirlwind is also rebreather friendly and can pump oxygene and helium mixes (please just let us know at the time of booking). And for your relaxation between dives, there are 2 sundecks and the jacuzzi. Catch some rays, relax with a book or enjoy the hot tub. The saloon is kitted out with a modern entertainment system and a well stocked bar. Quite simply no element of this liveaboard has been overlooked. From sun up to sun down, Whirlwind is the perfect home away from home in the Egyptian Red Sea.

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Itinerary Details

Daedalus, Rocky and St Johns is an week of diving that is as varied as it is enjoyable, with a new dive site just begging to be explored at every stop. Walls, shallow caves, softly draped pinnacles are all on the menu.

Daedalus Rocky St Johns Description

To create the Daedalus, Rocky and St Johns itinerary we have scoured the vast miles of Southern Red Sea and picked out the creme de la creme for your personal diving enjoyment. If you love reef diving then you are guaranteed to fall in love with the variety on this classic Egyptian liveaboard itinerary. Stretching south from Marsa Alam to within a breath of the Sudanese border, get face to face with the remarkable diversity that makes the deep south so rich and rewarding for divers. Walls, shallow caves, softly draped pinnacles are all on the menu alongside pelagic encounters. Marvel at the beauty and splendour on one of our favourite southern Red Sea liveaboard holidays.

Check dive under your belt, the boat sails south. Overnighting to Daedalus, the first of the big wall dive sites looms large. Daedalus is the place for exhilarating drift dives and the first shark sightings. Be it hammerheads at Daedalus or Rocky, grey reefs at Habili Jaffa (or small habilli, St Johns), there is plenty of reason to keep a watchful eye to the blue. Oceanic white tips cruise the shallows in the summer months, right through to the year end. Rocky and Zabagad are mystical islands where ancient ancient Egyptians mined green gem stones from the dusty earth. Slender coral towers and plunging drop offs are the order of the day. Turtles mate on the southern shores of Zabagad. St Johns is only a short hop away where diving is a thrilling mixture of sunken reef tops, steep walls and shallow caves systems. Rare bumphead parrot fish are commonly seen chomping hard corals at Habili Kebr (or big habilil) and Dangerous. Abu Bassala boasts fine anemone gardens, stonefish and baby white tips. The shallow cave systems to the north of St Johns are a fun and unusual dive. Returning north does not mean the end of this itinerary. The succulent coral gardens of Fury Shoal and Wadi Gamal are just as spectacular and finish the week with an exclamation mark.

There are no longer any minimum dives for the Marine Parks but we would recommend around 40 dives. The diverse itinerary makes it ideal for anyone looking for more than just currents and wall diving though. The candy coloured reefs will suit photographers or those divers that just enjoy watching fish act out their daily lives. Night diving is permitted on the itinerary once outside the Marine Parks, where morays, feather stars and Spanish dancers all parade in the dark. No corner of the region, no matter how far flung, is left out and there are walls, pinnacles and caves to keep even the most demanding diver happy. Sailing over night and during the day, you get to every dive site at just the right moment. Daedalus, Rocky and St Johns is a splendid itinerary with diving to match.

Royal Evolution
Royal Evolution will dive the above areas but in a slightly different order. Trips typically start at Elphinstone before heading to Daedalus. After a full day here you sail to Rocky where you spend a day diving Rocky and Zabagad. There are then further days at St Johns and Fury Shoal before the boat heads back to Elphinstone and Port Ghalib.

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Your holiday details

Sublime reef diving in the southern Red Sea with the most experienced team, on board the award winning Whirlwind. Avoid long transfers with our direct flight to Marsa Alam. Dive the famous Daedalus Reef, Rocky Island and St Johns - night diving is prohibited in some of these areas so expect around 18 -20 dives in total. All fees, Nitrox, 12 L tank & weights are included in your package - please pre-book additional kit and tank hire. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Flights are with Thomas Cook from Gatwick and transfers are included. At the end of the week we also include a day use room and lunch at a hotel while you wait for your flight home. The only costs not included are the Egyptian entry visa, alcohol, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. Please let us know if you would like to pre-book any PADI courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

Your Personal Information


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