Holiday Reference: TRP 37253

Holiday information

  • 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices
  • All cabins have twin beds, en suite & air con
  • Fabulous on board menu, all freshly prepared
  • Separate dining area and saloon
  • Average Water Temp: 19 - 28 C
  • Average Air Temp: 19 - 35 C
  • Average Visability: 15 - 25m
  • Good for: Hand picked sites with open deck diving
  • Suitable for beginners: Yes
  • 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.

Liveaboard Details

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. She is one of the most popular boats in ...

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. She is one of the most popular boats in the fleet, and it's easy to see why. From the moment you step on board you can tell this liveaboard has been designed by divers for divers. Her long standing crew are the definition of attentive and make the diving effortless.

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. Fancy a view as you sail? There are 4 cabins on the main deck which are pre-allocated at the time of booking with no additional surcharge. On request for full charter bookings, an additional 11th twin cabin can be opened up.

Whirlwind has everything you 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. Relax between dives on one of the large sundecks. The saloon welcomes you with comfy sofas, an entertainment system and a well stocked bar. Meals are served in a dining room, and the cafe style table layout creates a friendly ambience. From sun up to sun down, Whirlwind is the perfect home away from home in the Egyptian Red Sea.

It's no wonder so many of our specialist itinerary leaders ask for Whirlwind year after year. Whirlwind runs photography workshops, escorted wreck weeks, dedicated freediving trips and our custom Red Sea Relaxed itinerary throughout the year. Rebreather divers can be accommodated, but please speak to your consultant at the time of booking to discuss any specific guiding, kit hire and fill requrements.

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Itinerary Details

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.

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 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.

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.

 


Your holiday details

This is a new more relaxed itinerary in the Northern Red Sea for freedivers with Emma Farrell. Emma will be offering yoga morning and evening suitable for all levels even complete beginners. RAID courses will be available during the week for an additional charge . Level 1 is mandatory for novices. All marine park fees are included and freediving sessions will be run for certified divers - please prebook courses and kit hire before travel. Flights are with Thomas Cook from Gatwick and transfers are also included. At the end of the week you will have day use of a hotel and buffet lunch while you wait for your flight home. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides plus Emma Farrell onboard to help you get the most out of this holiday. Excluded are the Egyptian entry visa, alcohol, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

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


 

Your Personal Information


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.

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