RED SEA LIVEABOARD PACKAGE - $2,898
THE AGGRESSOR IV LIVEABOARD PACKAGE INCLUDES:
The Red Sea Aggressor IV operates from the Port Ghalib yacht marina and resort area. It is a beautiful gated upscale resort community that is home to the 141 ft yacht. The Port includes lots of restaurants and shopping. All weekly trips run Saturday to Saturday.
- Diving begins Sunday morning and ends Friday when the Aggressor returns to port.
- Average of up to 20 to 23 dives on 7 night charters including several night dives
- Depth Range: 26 – 130 ft (8m – 40m)
- 3-5 mm wetsuit recommended for summer; 7 mm wetsuit recommended for winter
- Average water temperatures: 74 - 82F, 23 - 28C
Accomodation/Dive Upgrades available when booking!
- Master Suite on Liveaboard (King Bed)
- Nitrox Tank Rentals
Cairo / Pyramids Optional Tour
- 4 Days / 3 Nights - Cairo Land Tour
Cairo Packages include the following services:
- All transfers through out the program by A/C Coach (Optional Camel Tour)
- 3 Nights accommodation at Le Meridian Pyramids Hotel in Cairo
- Full day tour visiting the Giza plateau featuring the Great Pyramid and Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara
- Full Day tour visiting the Egyptian National Museum, Khan El Khalily Bazaars & El Moez Street
- ATV Desert Tour (optional upgrade)
RED SEA LIVEABOARD DIVE SITES
BIG BROTHER: The Brothers (Big Brother and Little Brother, or in Arabic, 'El Akhawein') are two small islands in The Red Sea. They are situated 67 km out to sea from Al Qusayr. Above water, Big Brother features a lighthouse which was built by the British in 1883 and is manned by the Egyptian military. Underwater, there are two wrecks: Numidia and Aida. The walls of Big Brother plunge down into the blue at an almost-vertical angle. Shallow swim-throughs are concealed in the wall on the west side of the site making them fun to discover. Hard and soft corals, including some Gorgonian Fans cover the reef and the ubiquitous Anthias are found in the thousands. Fish of all sizes and species live here, including large pelagic life such as Hawksbill Turtles, Grey Reef Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Longimanus (from October/November), and occasionally, Hammerhead Sharks.
LITTLE BROTHER: Little Brother is, as the name suggests, the smaller of the two islands and is located 1 km to the south of Big Brother. Much like Big Brother, the currents can be strong or not present at all and they often change at a moment's notice, adding to the adventure and excitement. Deep walls surround the island with a glorious plateau in the north. Here, it feels like diving in an aquarium with a huge variety of marine life including the larger Hawksbill Turtles, Grey Reef Sharks, Thresher Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks. The 'Gorgonian Forest' lies in the south east of the site. Longnose Hawkfish perch on the large Gorgonians, however, their shy temperament means they can be a challenge to photograph!
DAEDALUS: This large reef, also referred to as Abu El Kizan, is found 80 km offshore from Marsa Alam. A lighthouse which was built in 1861 by the British stands tall on the small artificial island in the centre of the reef. Today it is manned by the Egyptian military. Currents tend to be much more predictable here, and divers have an excellent opportunity to spot large pelagic life such as schooling Hammerhead Sharks, Thresher Sharks which are commonly seen in the north. Manta Rays can be found anywhere (from March - October), and Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Reef Sharks patrol the reef walls. Whale Sharks occasionally pass by in the summer months. Broccoli Corals in a range of candy colours grow out from the reef on all sides. There are pristine hard coral formations in the north and east especially, while overhangs are home to schools of Glass Sweepers. The south plateau is covered in yellow Litophyton Arboreum and Pulsing Xenia. The west has two spectacular sights... 'Anemone City' is a section of the reef wall which is covered in Magnificent Anemone. Further down to the south west is another section of the wall which is covered in Elephant Ear Coral. In terms of topography, the very north of the reef is concave. Many different fish such as Wrasse, Parrot Fish, Rabbit Fish, and Unicorn Fish congregate on top of the reef in the clear, shallow water.
ELPHINSTONE: Elphinstone is a very famous, cigar-shaped reef which sits 6 km out to sea from Marsa Alam. There is a long plateau in the north and south of Elphinstone with the rest of the reef being a steep, colourful wall rich in hard and soft corals. Currents are variable, and can be strong or not present at all. While shark sightings are not guaranteed, the Longimanus cruises in the shallows in the season, and every so often divers encounter Hammerhead Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Silky Sharks, and Manta Rays. Barracuda hang in the blue, and Cornet Fish use divers for cover while they hunt the Anthias.
MARSA SHOANA: (Local - Marsa Alam) Marsa Shoana is an awesome local dive site in Marsa Alam, and normally our first port of call on our itineraries. A white sandy bottom meets a gentle, sloping reef with coral heads small, medium and large dotted about. Divers will come across lots of different ecosystems here which, in turn, promise a wide variety of marine life both big and small. Green Turtles, various Rays and even Dolphins and Dugongs surprise those enjoying the underwater realm.
SHA'AB MAKSOUR: (Sataya) Sha'ab Maksour is a large reef with a wide plateau in the north and south and a wall on either side. There is plenty to see here including schools of Snapper, Dogtooth Tuna, Hawksbill Turtles and some of the healthiest hard corals your eyes have seen! These corals cover this reef with mounds of Porites, Dome, and Mountain Corals nestled in the shallower parts as well as untouched Table Corals jutting out perpendicularly. Some exciting macro life including the Nembrotha Megalocera has also been sighted here.
DXDIVERS RED SEA LIVEABOARD ITINERARY
- Saturday; Arrival Marsa Alam or Hurghada, boarding from 3:00 pm (May board anytime after 3 pm as the boat departs the dock Sunday morning unless all guests arrive before 5pm then the yacht will depart Saturday evening)
- Sunday; 8:00 am, Port Authority clearance and departure for 1st dive
- Sunday – Friday Afternoon; Red Sea; Eat, Sleep & Dive
- Friday Afternoon – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm return to Port Ghalib
- Friday Evening –Cocktail party 6:00 pm and dinner ashore at 7:00 pm
- (Friday night dinner is the only meal not included in the cruise)
- Saturday, Check out 8:00 am