Holiday Reference: TRP 40062

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: Photographers of all levels!
  • Suitable for beginners: All levels of certified diver
  • Dive a host of incredible Red Sea dive sites with an open deck policy, chosen by our photo pro based on their reliability as top notch photo-worthy dive sites

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. (April to November in 2020) She is one ...

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. (April to November in 2020) 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

Dive a host of incredible Red Sea dive sites with an open deck policy, chosen by our photo pro based on their reliability as top notch photo-worthy dive sites and years of experience as a Red Sea guide

Red Sea Relaxed Photo FINish Description

Great photos cannot be rushed. Taking your time can make all the difference when it comes to great images. And that's the reason our pro photographers like to repeat dive sites. Photographers can go at their own pace on a photography itinerary that is as relaxing as it is productive. Welcome to the world of the Red Sea Relaxed PhotoFINish.

Open dive deck


Dive sites are carefully chosen not only for great subjects you will encounter underwater, but also for the chance to open up the dive deck. At least once a day, the usual schedule is thrown out the window! tTime for total freedom with your camera. 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.

Photo workshop and diving highlights


The photo workshop is open to divers of all experience levels with a camera. Underwater photography should be fun as well as rewarding. The workshop will help you improve your photos in a relaxing and non competitive environment. During the trip there will be a number of evening presentations, covering a varied range of topic, from the basics , such as camera settings and getting the correct exposure , composition and subject selection to different lighting techniques and even photo editing software and much more. Some evenings there are photo critiques - guests show some of their best images and the group can discuss - its' not compulsory but is a great way to improve your photography. There will also be opportunities throughout the trip to have some 1:1 help, either on the boat between dives or in the water.

The Red Sea has all manner of fabulous marine life to photograph and as such the workshop will cover both wide angle and macro techniques. You don't need to have separate lens options, but if you can add either a wide angle or macro lens, you will get a lot of use out of them.

If you like your photo subjects to be big, grab your camera and get ready for dolphins at Shaab el urg. Splend sea fans adorn the walls of Jackson, Gordon and Shark & Yolanda. Maybe improve your wreck photos at the Thislegorm,. World war 2 artefacts and atmospheric lighting make for powerful photos. Or photograph the wrecks of the Carnatic and Giannis D Fish portraits are the order of the day at the barge. Giant morays, cardinal fish and scorpion fish as well as Lemon Gobies and much more, Zoom in on the sea fans for cute long nose hawfish or can you get that picture perfect shot of the red anemone and clownfish at Jackson. How about capturing the sunrays or a diver silhouette at Jackfish Alley?

There will also be the opportunity to do some night dives during the trip. Don't miss out at the Barge, Gordon or on the Thistlegorm. For many in the know, these are the very best in the northern Red Sea

Want to dive alone? With the relevant Solo or Self Reliant qualifications and kit, Tornado Marine will allow you to dive alone at these sites. For the conscientious photographer this is an essential qualification. Simply speak to your travel consultant for more info and prices.

Scuba Travel have departures throughout the year of the Red Sea Relaxed itinerary, so there is always a date to suit!

Want to know more about Red Sea Relaxed Photo FINish?

Red Sea Relaxed Photo FINish 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

Join our onboard photo expert Martyn Guess for a week focused on getting more out of your camera! Departing from Hurghada, you will spend 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin share cabin). This based in Northern Red Sea with up to 21 dives over the week but the itinerary will vary, depending on the photo opportunities. All marine park fees, 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included in your package - please prebook nitrox and 15lt tanks before travel. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. There will be evening presentations and 1:1 sessions with our photo pro. Flights are with Easyjet or Thomas Cook from Gatwick or Bristol, 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. Excluded are the Egyptian entry visa, alcohol, additional kit hire 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. We can also assist with purchasing excess baggage from the airline prior to travel.

* 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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