Holiday Reference: TRP 37507

Holiday information

  • WINNER - liveaboard of the year 2018 and 2017 Diver Awards
  • Stable steel hulled vessel with fast engines
  • Double & twin cabin options on lower and main deck
  • Direct London to Marsa Alam flights - no long transfers!
  • Flights from London Gatwick with Thomson direct to Marsa Alam
  • Airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation on full board basis in a twin share cabin
  • 12ltr tank, weights and NITROX - the number of dives offered will depend on your chosen itinerary
  • At the end of the week you will have day use of a hotel room (twin share as per your cabin arrangement) and buffet lunch while you wait for your flight home.
  • Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, please pre book any requirements at least 2 weeks prior to departure
  • Soft drinks, speciality coffees and alcohol are all available on board - the boat will run an honesty tab to pay at the end of the trip
  • Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
  • Egyptian entry visa (£25 pre paid service or $25 locally)

Liveaboard Details

Hurricane stands out in the Egyptian Red Sea - and not just because she is one of the few steel hulled vessels. Many Red Sea liveaboards are compared to Hurricane, but few are as enduringly popular. She has won the prestigious "Liveaboard of the Yea ...

Hurricane stands out in the Egyptian Red Sea - and not just because she is one of the few steel hulled vessels. Many Red Sea liveaboards are compared to Hurricane, but few are as enduringly popular. She has won the prestigious "Liveaboard of the Year" award no less than 6 times (including 2018, 2017 & 2016). This is a testament to the superb crew and guides on board that make diving the southern Red Sea such a pleasure. This is no mean feat and can only be achieved with a vast amount of hard work all around.

At 36m there is bags of space on board Hurricane. There are 11 cabins in total spilt over the main and lower deck. The 4 main deck cabins are a mix of twin or double beds (with an additional single bed). The lower deck cabins are all twins apart from the bow cabins, which have a double bed and additional single bed. Cabins are allocated at the time of booking so do ask your travel consultant if you have a specific request. All have individual air con and en suite bathrooms.

You will instantly recognise what has become the Tornado Marine Fleet signature design.The dining and saloon areas are separate. Meals are served buffet style in the main deck dining area. Upstairs opens up into the saloon with the bar, TV and seating area. Outside there is a seated deck (ideal for your post dive tales), the upper sun deck and loungers. Down on the dive deck extras include an air gun for cameras, high pressure gas bending facilities (please prebook), nitrox compressor and gear storage. The low dive platform makes entry and exits easy.

With longer journeys and more open seas in the southern Red Sea, Hurricane works hard and from time to time, this is reflected in the exterior of a steel hulled vessel. But her superb design means that beneath this cosmetic wear and tear, you are on board one of the most stable liveaboards in the Egypt, with a Captain that has been at her helm for years. Hurricane under goes a major refit each winter - inside and out - to ensure this Grand Dame of the diving world will carry on sailing the South for years to come.

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Itinerary Details

Photo pro Alex Mustard is heading to the deep walls of Egypt - join him to photograph oceanic white tips, dolphins, reef fish portraits on a unique photographic itinerary.

Whitetips and Wonders with Mustard Description

Photo pro Alex Mustard is heading on the hunt for pelagics - join him to learn the secrets of his distinctive style as you sail to the big walls of Egypt's Southern Red Sea. From adrenalin racing oceanic white tip and dolphin encounters to the rich Red Sea corals of the deep south, you will have repeat dives at each site to maximise your chances of taking that cover worthy shot. This itinerary has been custom built and timed for the underwater photo opps. Long relaxed dives in the warm waters with no end of photo subjects and Alex' professional tuition... what more could a budding underwater photographer want?

Goals of the trip


One of the main goals of this trip is to photograph oceanic white tips. These are charismatic and inquisitive sharks that roam the seas but there are few places in the world where you reliably find them. In Egypt oceanics appear seasonally on deep wall sites (possibly for mating - the females bear large mating scars). Each year they migrate towards Brothers, Daedalus or Elphinstone and can be found in large numbers, usually between the surface and 10m. Their distinctive rounded fins tips and curiosity make them ideal photographic subjects.

Dolphins are another subject on this trip. The boat will usually stop at a lagoon, with the chance to snorkel with a pod of spinners or bottlenose. This is fast moving action and Alex will give a specific briefing on how to get the best results when snorkeling in the middle of a pod.

Alex will also be giving daily lectures on board covering reef wide angle photography, shark photography, making the most of covering caverns and caves and reef fish portraits. In the evenings there will be group review sessions.

Diving highlights


As well as the oceanics and dolphins, there are many diving highlights to look forward to snapping.

Fury Shoal and St Johns are further areas of the Red Sea that is packed with must see dive sites for photographers. Here the hard corals steal the show. There are numerous macro subjects so you can switch out your wide angle lens and focus on fish portraiture. Several of the reefs in this region have shallow cave systems where you can experiment with light. The splendid anemones are usually very popular subjects!

Want to know more about Whitetips and Wonders with Mustard?

Whitetips and Wonders with Mustard 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

Dive the fabled Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone with the most experienced team on board the stable steel hulled Hurricane. Avoid long transfers with our direct flight to Marsa Alam. Night diving is prohibited on the Brothers and Daedalus so expect around 18 dives in total. All fees, 12 L tank & weights and FREE NITROX are included in your package - please prebook additional kit and tank hire. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Flights are with Thomson 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


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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