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Ancient Egypt & the Red Sea North Route Await - Blue Force 2 Liveaboard

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Ancient Egypt & the Red Sea North Route Await - Blue Force 2 Liveaboard

Your liveaboard safari on the Red Sea awaits. This trip embarks and disembarks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and includes 7 nights on the Blue Force 2 liveaboard with 5 days of intensive diving. The North Route is one of the most popular routes on the Red Sea. It is considered the best route to discover Red Sea diving. It is a complete and simple route for diving, matching all diving levels, although we recommend advanced open water level or equivalent. The sailing on this route is very short and pleasant, reaching the furthest dive sites in about two hours. The wide range of dive sites will give you the opportunity of diving amazing reefs like those found in Ras Mohammed National Park and the Straits of Tiran, visiting a living WWII museum at the wreck of SS Thistlegorm, explore spectacular wrecks like the Dunraven and the Kingston and enjoy all the underwater wonders of the Red Sea reefs in pristine dive sites like Small Crack and Shag Rock and the possibility of snorkeling with dolphins. On this route we offer 7 days on the liveaboard, with 5 full days of diving. The last day is to desaturate nitrogen and do a bit of shopping and clubbing in Sharm el Sheikh. Our trip includes shared accommodations in a lower deck cabin.

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Your liveaboard safari on the Red Sea awaits. This trip embarks and disembarks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and includes 7 nights on the Blue Force 2 liveaboard with 5 days of intensive diving. The North Route is one of the most popular routes on the Red Sea. It is considered the best route to discover Red Sea diving. It is a complete and simple route for diving, matching all diving levels, although we recommend advanced open water level or equivalent. The sailing on this route is very short and pleasant, reaching the furthest dive sites in about two hours. The wide range of dive sites will give you the opportunity of diving amazing reefs like those found in Ras Mohammed National Park and the Straits of Tiran, visiting a living WWII museum at the wreck of SS Thistlegorm, explore spectacular wrecks like the Dunraven and the Kingston and enjoy all the underwater wonders of the Red Sea reefs in pristine dive sites like Small Crack and Shag Rock and the possibility of snorkeling with dolphins. On this route we offer 7 days on the liveaboard, with 5 full days of diving. The last day is to desaturate nitrogen and do a bit of shopping and clubbing in Sharm el Sheikh. Our trip includes shared accommodations in a lower deck cabin.

Itinerary

Day 1

All Aboard!

Your liveaboard crew will be ready to welcome you on your arrival at the airport. They will then transfer you to the jetty and you will board the ship. Spend some time unpacking before meeting the crew with a welcome cocktail and delicious dinner.

Welcome to ancient Egypt, land of the Pharaohs. Your liveaboard safari on the Red Sea awaits

Activities

  • Airport Transfers
  • Welcome Drink & Dinner

Accommodation

7 nights Deluxe Lower Deck Double Cabin on board the Blue Force 2.

Day 2-3

Red Sea Tiran Strait

Let the underwater exploration begin. Today we will explore the Northern Route which takes us to the Tiran Strait.

GORDON REEF A circular reef where there is a large sandy plateau and remains of a shipwreck. The wreck of the Lullia, lays right atop the reef (since 1983) making her a superb landmark. Very suitable for check dives on the South Plateau and also some super nice drift dives along the east and west walls. Night dives are spectacular although we can only sleep here when the weather permits.

THOMAS REEF Thomas is the smallest of the four reefs of Tiran, and if conditions are calm, it is possible to circle around the entire reef. There are no moorings on Thomas reef, so all dives are made as drift dives. On the South Plateau we find the Thomas Canyon, an amazing dive for technical divers, a rift starts at 35 meters and goes down to 96. The walls of Thomas Reef are completely covered with soft corals and a lot of Gorgonian Fan Corals and trees of black coral. In the blue there is always the possibility of finding large pelagic fish cruising by and even hammerhead sharks are sometimes seen.

WOODHOUSE REEF Is the longest reef of Tiran long and narrow, ideal for easy drift dives. It is an almost vertical wall which plummets into the deep. It also has an underwater canyon and a couple of caves suitable only for technical divers. In the canyon area, we can see one of the few red anemones in the area.

JACKSON REEF It is considered the best reef in the area due to the quality of the corals, abundance of wildlife and encounters with pelagic life. It is a round reef with vertical walls and a shallow coral garden on the west side. Continually swept by strong currents, sometimes extremely strong, it´s great for wild drift dives, large fish life encounters and beautiful coral sightings. During the summer months, small groups of hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna Lewini) reside in the northern area. Also, on the North side we find remains of the Lara wreck, a cargo ship grounded on Jackson Reef in 1983.

Stunning soft coral gardens

Activities

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayak
Day 4-5

Crossing over to Ras Mohammed National Park

Today we cross over to Ras Mohammed National Park for some incredible dives and sightings.

ANEMONE CITY, SHARK REEF & YOLANDA REEF The most famous dive in Red Sea and considered one of the best sites in the world. We start off at Anemone city, where dozens of huge anemones (Magnificent Heteractis) hosting a multitude of clownfish and damsels are to be found. From here we leap into the blue, crossing over the depths below, to the walls of shark reef.

Along the way possible sightings include, sharks, tuna, red snapper and other large pelagic marine animals. From there, the dive continues on to shallower water between the two reefs. Here, you’ll be able to see parts of the freighter ship: Yolanda, who struck the reef and gave it its name. Among the debris, you’ll find a large collection of toilets and the remains of the captain’s BMW. The area around the wreck often houses lionfish, blue-spotted stingrays and moray eels. The entire stretch between the two reefs is strewn with rocks overgrown with coral, as well as lots of coral on the sides of the reef, which contrast nicely with the white, sandy bottom. The shallow water, the light reflecting off from the bottom and colourful reefs make this a photographer’s paradise.

JACKFISH ALLEY The traditional dive starts off with a cave at 5 meters which is a swim through coming out at a depth of 9 meters. The cave is covered with small gorgonian fans and a crack on the roof allows the rays of sun through. From here we swim on to a long Sandy Alley that gives the name to this site; it was originally named Fisherman's Bank, due to the large amount of jack fish found here. You can see barracuda, tuna and all the usual Red Sea residents here. The dive finishes at the end of the sandy alley where most people are on 50 bar.

RAS GHOZLANI Ras Ghozlani is a beautiful dive site with lots of interesting things to see and discover. You start off on a sandy slope at a depth of around 6 meters which slowly descends to the drop-off found at around 25 meters. Tons of pinnacles in different shapes and sizes distract us with their fauna and coral during the whole dive. The pinnacles are covered with Table corals, big Gorgonian fans and healthy soft corals in many different colours. The pinnacles are teeming Anthias and other colourful reef fish. Another part of dive site houses a small anemone city of Magnificent Hecteractis anemones.

Some of the best dive sites in the world
Day 6-7

Experience the SS Thistlegorm wreck dive

Today we travel to the S.S Thistlegorm site, the world's most famous wreck. Lots to see and explore here.

S.S. THISTLEGORM The world's most famous wreck, it is located in Shaab Ali, about 30 miles from Sharm El Sheikh. It was sunk by German aircrafts in October of 1941 and later discovered by Jacques Cousteau. It offers some of the most spectacular dives in the world, with its sunken cargo of trucks, cars, motorcycles, locomotives, weapons, ammunitions, wagons, aircraft wings, boots…. Normally a minimum of two dives are made on the wreck, one outside, visiting the propeller, anti-aircraft gun and locomotives and another one going through all its decks and holds. It is highly recommended to use Nitrox on this dive. If possible, we can make a spectacular night dive on the wreck, and perhaps even get to see the skiddish lantern fish!

KINGSTON On the 22nd of February 1881, she hit against the reef at full steam, transporting her cargo of coal. This dive is very simple, being that only the stern of this ship remains intact. Yet the amazing table corals and amount of surgeon fish that reside on her, make it an amazing dive.

SMALL CRACK One of the best reef dives of the area. The entrance to a quiet lagoon, we leave the boat inside the protective reef and journey out thru this slim passageway on the rib, using the tidal current to push us back to our vessel at the end of the dive. The corridor is quite shallow but it´s like diving through a small aquarium. Hundreds of acroporas (Table corals) grape corals, soft corals, stag corals and sponges, line the passage. In the corridor there are permanent residents like an enormous Hatchet fish family, different sorts of yellow tail barracudas and a big variety of reef fish.

You have heard of the Thistlegorm, now you can see it

Activities

  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking & Swimming
  • Snorkelling
Day 7-8

Relax & enjoy the amazing Egyptian culture around Sharm el-Sheikh

Disembark the ship in Sharm El Sheikh. This is a day off to desaturate residual nitrogen before your flight out of Egypt. Free time to enjoy the local nightlife, shopping and clubbing. Dinner and night on board.

Bid a fond farewell to your new dive buddies and the great ship crew. Disembark before 10:00 hrs. Transfer to the airport. Check in assisted by our staff at the airport.

Immerse yourself in local Egyptian culture

What's Included

Excluded

Park fees, taxes, alcoholic beverages, Egypt Visa

Flights

Arrival and Departure Airport Sharm El-Sheikh

Meals

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks

Accommodation

Lower Deck Double Cabin onboard the Blue Force 2 Liveaboard Upper deck cabins are available for 940 Euro PPDO

Ground Transport

Return airport transfers

Diving package

Air and nitrox fills

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Greg Carter

Owner, Greg Carter, grew up on the California coast where surfing was THE sport, Beachboys THE music, and scuba diving was an adventure for those few brave souls. Greg's hero was Mike Nelson, played by Lloyd Bridges, on the TV show "Sea Hunt." Some 40 plus years later, scuba diving has made great advances in equipment and safety, but the same passion for adventure still lives in our hearts.

Fast forward 20 years from the days of "Sea Hunt" and Greg found himself at Jack's Diving Locker, Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, signing up for an open water scuba class. Diving became a real life adventure and a Rescue Diver card. After 10 years of diving the Hawaiian waters, Greg returned to San Francisco and founded the Oceanic Resource Foundation to pursue marine conservation and education.

With some 25 years of scuba diving under his weight belt, Greg continues the adventure with Liquid Diving Adventures, to share exotic destinations near and far and meet creatures large and small. From tiny lettuce slugs to whale sharks, gentle giants of the sea, we are amazed by every dive and the variety of life in the oceans.

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