Fed up with Red Sea Northern Wrecks and Reefs or Deep South, we are, so how about joining us on a St Johns Trip.
This trip includes some of the best liveaboard and Red Sea diving there is. Here the diving is less arduous so it's a trip for those who want to see the best but have a more relaxed time while doing so.
We depart from Marsa Ghalib Port and dive the sites at Fury Shoals en-route to the vast reef system of St John's. When leaving Marsa Ghalib the route can sometimes take in a dive at Abu Dabab on the first or last day. Often spoilt for choice, your guides will pick sites that they know to be the best for the time of the year and can find excellent alternatives should the weather affect the normal route. Where possible you travel overnight so, as a 21 plus route, the aim is to get as many dives in as possible at some of the most impressive reefs. Below are some of the highlights.
On the way to Fury shoals, dive Shaab Sharm with its wall dives and white tip reef sharks. Oceanic white tips and silky sharks can sometimes be found in the blue and turtles often visit the south side before heading further south. At Fury Shoals, dive Shaab Claudia with its famous swim-throughs and huge porite corals. White tip reef sharks and an anemone and clownfish settlement can be seen a little off the reef to the South. Abu Galawa Soraya has a fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat populated with glass fish.
St John's is a vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving in the Red Sea. This incredibly beautiful reef lies a short distance north of the Sudanese border. The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands. Habili Ali offers giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side. Habili Gafaar is a mass of soft corals teaming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can often be seen in the blue.
Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas swim and the occasional manta. The tunnels are an ideal for novice cave divers.
Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers as well as an abundance of corals, grey reef, silvertips and hammerhead sharks.
You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to do this trip however to get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 meters and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent.
We fly from Gatwick on the morning of Friday 15th March 2019 into Hurgada then transfers are provided to the Boat.
Included are 7 Nights Full Board and 6 Days diving on Nitrox, Free Red Wine with your evening meal, transfers in Egypt and a free T-Shirt. Cabins are Twin with en-suite.
We arrive back at Gatwick at approximately 21:15 on Friday 22nd March 2019
We have secured this trip on board the Emperor Elite for £1225.00, but your entry VISA is an extra, (Currently at £27.00.).
Once we know who is coming we usually arrange a Coach Transport Transfer to and from Gatwick as an extra.
In March the average Air Temperature is expected to be 24 degrees and the Water 21 Degrees.
Come and get some early sun and some great diving, spaces are limited so call the Dive Centre to reserve you space on 01202 666118.