Scuba Travel Holiday Details | TRP 39542

Holiday Reference: TRP 39542

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 2019, 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.

Martin Nordin - Goes on Hurricane at least once a year!

I really like the southern Red sea, it's one of my favourite places to dive. Brothers, Daedalus and st Johns are areas that I really love coming back to time after time. Over the years I have been diving there on a few different liveaboards and to me the steel hulled Hurricane stands out from the crowd. Her crew and guides work really hard and to me it's no surprise that she has won "liveaboard of the year" so many times.
My personal favourite time to go is May/June when you can encounter hammerheads and whitetips without going too deep. Whilst I really like Daedalus, Elphinstone and st Johns it's the Brothers islands that is on top of my list. Ascending down on the northern tip of Big Brother and then slowly drift along the wall all the way to the boat is in my opinion one of the best dives you can do in the Red Sea.
If you interested in going Hurricane don't hesitate to give me a call 01483 411590 or email me at

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Itinerary Details

Improve your photography with on board pros - Mario Vitalini and Martyn Guess. The corals, caves and critters itinerary dives carefully selected sites to help you build images that reflect the beauty of the Southern Red Sea.

Corals, caves & critters Description

Improve your photo skills in bite size chunks with on board photo pro - Mario Vitalini. Their corals, caves and critters itinerary takes in the very best of the Southern Red Sea and will suit a range of camera experiences. Build a stunning selection of classic Red Sea images. You will dive carefully selected sites, with clear photographic challenges. Be inspired and discover the Southern reefs through a photographer's eye.

Goals of the trip

Each of the on board photo pros will bring their own unique teaching method, and will focus on individual shots you can perfect.

Mario will work with divers to cover the elements of exposure and working with natural light, as well as wide angle and split shots. He will work with divers to cover shooting macro and fish portraits and how to compose these for real WOW factor. You will also learn about how to use strobes. Learn to craft key images from the southern Red Sea. Capture light beams in the caves, learn to light morays, freeze clown fish as they dart around their anemones. Take stunning splits shots of the pristine coral reef tops. Shoot dolphin as they play, whizzing in and out!

The atmosphere on board is light, fun and informal with a range of daily presentations plenty of chances to have a chat on a 1:1 basis. Completing the package, you will also learn how to start using photo editing software such as Adobe Lightroom.

Diving highlights

You will bring home a wide range of shots to chose from thanks to the sheer range of dive sites and light conditions. Fury Shoals is simply sublime, with vast hard corals and swim throughs galore. Get creative at Shaab Claude, Abu Galawa Soraya and Malahi. St Johns is no less ideal for photographers. While away the hours on the soft coral pinnacles of Dangerous Reef or Abu Bassala, swirling in marine life. Learn how to bring your fish portraits alive on these vibrant reefs. Go beyond fish ID with lighting techniques you can practise on the myriad of marine life. These are also prefect sunset split locations. Dive through schools of snapper and trevally as you work the wide angle shots of Habili Ali and Habili Jaffa.

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Your holiday details

Mario Vitalini will teach you to work with natural light and wide angle photography, as well as the secrets of amazing fish portraits and using strobes. He will help you build a stunning selection of classic Red Sea images, from the decks of the stable steel hulled Hurricane. There are 18-21 dives over the workshop, as well as including all park fees, 12 L tank & weights and FREE NITROX - please prebook additional kit and tank hire. There will be a range of evening presentation as well as small groups workshops and 1:1 tuition available throughout. All trips are fully guided. Flights are with Thomson from Gatwick direct to Marsa Alam. 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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