Holiday Reference: TRP 32529

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: Wrecks, Reefs, Big Fish
  • Suitable for beginners: Yes
  • A new type of dive trip aimed at slowing things down and taking things at your own pace.

Your Holiday Information

Sail away on the ever popular, award winning Whirlwind. Departing from Hurghada, you will spend 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin share cabin). This is a new more relaxed itinerary in the Northern Red Sea with up to 22 dives over the week. All marine park fees, 12lt tank and weights are included in your package. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Flights are with Thomson from Gatwick and transfers are also included. At the end of the week you will have day use of a hotel and buffet lunch until your flight home. Excluded are the Egyptian entry visa, alcohol, additional kit hire, nitrox and any on board souvenirs. Please let us know if you would like to prebook any PADI courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

 

Your Personal Information


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

Find your inner peace with Scuba Travel's unique Red Sea Relaxed itinerary. Combine diving, snorkelling, yoga and freediving with our on board expert Emma Farrell - do as much or as little as you like!

Red Sea Relaxed Description

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!


Want to know more about Red Sea Relaxed?

Red Sea Relaxed contains all the detailed information you need, a full day by day itinerary, pictures, videos, reviews, and other practical information. Or call one of our diving holiday experts on 0800 072 8221 or +44(0)1483 411590.

 

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

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Please DO NOT book any connecting flights, insurance, or additional parts to this holiday as your trip is subject to availability and will NOT be confirmed until you have spoken with our operators. If you have any requests beyond our normal itineraries please note them in the comments and we will discuss these with you when we call to arrange your holiday.