TAL Scuba | Egypt / Red Sea ~ September 2023

TAL SCUBA GROUP TRIP

CUSTOM RED SEA NORTHERN WRECKS & REEFS SAFARI WITH ROOTS RED SEA OPTION

7 or 14 night itinerary
Saturday 16 or 23 September 2023 departure

TRIP SUMMARY

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Hurghada on Egypt Air with 2x23kg baggage allowance
  • 7 or 14 nights on Big Blue with Pharaoh Dive
    Custom built itinerary scheduled to include Abu Nuhas Wrecks, the SS Thistlegorm, and then the fabulous reefs at Ras Mohamed including Shark Reef. Then over to Tiran to dive Gordon, Jackson, Thomas and Woodhouse reefs.
    subject to weather and Captain’s decision
  • NITROX, Port fee and Marine Park fee included
  • Option to add 7 nights at Roots Red Sea
    Stay in a deluxe chalet on a soft all inclusive basis and enjoy unlimited, unguided house reef diving.
  • All transfers

PRICING

7 night itinerary : £1679 per person based on double occupancy

14 night itinerary : £2449 per person based on double occupancy

Roots Red Sea 7 night add on : £725 per person based on double occupancy

£150 non-refundable deposit per person

FLIGHT DETAILS

For reference only - flights will confirmed at time of booking

  • Saturday 16/23 September 2023 : Egypt Air
    departing : London Heathrow at 15:00
    arriving : Cairo at 20:40 (GMT+2)
    departing : Cairo at 22:30 (GMT+2)
    arriving : Hurghada at 23:30 (GMT+2)
  • Saturday 23/30 September 2023 : Egypt Air
    departing : Hurghada at 13:40 (GMT+2)
    arriving : Cairo at 14:40 (GMT+2)
    departing : Cairo at 16:25 (GMT+2)
    arriving : London Heathrow at 21:05

Details: economy seating, 2x 23kg checked baggage and 7kg hand baggage allowance

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

  • M/Y Big Blue: Hurghada, Egypt
    check in : Saturday 23/30 September 2023
    check out : Saturday 30 September or 7 October 2023
    details : twin cabin, full board basis (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner) NITROX included
  • ROOTS RED SEA ADD ON ACCOMMODATION DETAILS
    Roots Red Sea : El Quseir, Egypt
    check in : date of choice
    check out : 7 nights
    details : deluxe chalet, soft all inclusive board basis with unlimited unguided house reef diving, one night dive and beach bbq

UPGRADES / EXTRAS

Airline upgrades: we can arrange for higher class seating and/or extra baggage, please contact us for up to date pricing

  • VISA : Visa should be purchased on arrival in Cairo for £25 or 25 USD/Euro
  • Liveaboard extras : alcoholic beverages, 15ltr tanks or side mount tanks, Environmental tax of €65/Euro to be paid in cash on board, tips
  • Resort extras : alcoholic beverages, extra snacks

BOOKING DETAILS

To book this trip please contact Karen at dive@talscuba.co.uk or 01202 473030

Any change in pricing due to flight availability or other circumstances will be disclosed and discussed at time of booking.

Tickets and full travel documentation for group travel will be issued to all passengers 2 weeks prior to departure. All passengers will receive confirmation of their booking and receipt for deposit or any payment immediately after processing along with an ATOL certificate.

Passenger names as listed on passport, together with passport number and expiry date, date of birth and nationality is required for each passenger travelling before final documents can be distributed.

This page is intended for marketing purposes only. You will have been alerted to the conditions of your booking at the time of booking and as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice, a contract will exist between you and Major Travel Plc. Please check your confirmation invoice carefully and contact us immediately if any details are not correct. The contract is made on the terms of our booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts.

Travel and Diving Insurance are mandatory.


M/Y BIG BLUE

M/Y Big Blue has been designed and built to provide divers with all the important requirements of a liveaboard. The emphasis is truly on your comfort and safety, and after all, it is all about the diving!

The first consideration is space, space to eat, space to sleep, space to shower and of course space to dive. And Big Blue offers all these in spades. She is a massive 38m long and 7m wide which would normally mean you could expect groups of 30 to 40 divers.

And the diving……take an expert guide with you if you wish, or jump in with your buddy and bumble at your leisure. The ‘pool is open’ is the attitude on Big Blue.

Diving at a relaxed pace, divers are split into groups of up to six and sent out at intervals. Of course if you are a larger group and want to dive together that works too. Take your time and enjoy the uncrowded dives!

When you are not diving there is space to relax in the sun on the upper deck, socialise on the lounge deck either inside with movies and music or outside on the shaded deck with hot or cold drinks and snacks; or back in the spacious cabins.

Meals on board are served in the restaurant on the main deck. Three buffet style meals are served daily and most dietary needs can be catered to.

Each cabin has a large modern en suite bathroom with walk in shower, basin and toilet. The cabin is fully air conditioned with independently controlled individual units.

The lower deck cabins are accessed through the restaurant and at the opposite end of the corridor M/Y Big Blue has a full size emergency door with access to the bow deck with emergency lighting.

In addition to the luxury standard cabins, M/Y Big Blue has two disability cabins on the main deck with full wheelchair access around the deck and in the cabin. Ramped access, widen passageways, sliding doors, larger floor space all provide easier access to wheelchair users.

NORTHERN WRECKS & REEFS

Departing from the bustling port of Hurghada, a mere 15 minutes away from the airport, this is one of the most polar safari routes, blending the fabulous Red Sea reefs and amazing wrecks, including the SS Thistlegorm, into one spectacular week. It’s no wonder why this is probably the most popular itinerary.

The difference between our itineraries and others? Well, we go where people want to go – if you want to stay in one place and dive, dive and dive again, then that is easy! See dolphin and want to jump in – well you can! We issue all itineraries as a guide – where we actually go is down to you and the boat Captain! After all, it is all about the diving!

After shaking off the cobwebs with a check dive you’ll head to Bluff Point for a night dive on the Barge. Then, it is off to probably the most famous wreck in the oceans, the SS Thistlegorm – at least three dives here, plus a night dive and/or sunrise dive too!

You’ll visit any number of other wrecks including the beautiful Carnatic and the wrecks of the Giannis D, the Chrisoula K and the Marcus, all at Abu Nuhas. And you can’t miss the Rosalie Moeller and the Dunraven!

But this trip isn’t just about wrecks – far from it! Ras Mohammed, the protected marine reserve of the Red Sea, delivers schooling fish, spectacular corals, and we drop in numerous times on the best sites before heading over to Tiran to dive the immense reefs of Gordon, Jackson and Woodhouse.

Giftun Island is also on the map, and we dive the reefs at both Big and Little on the way back South, and we don’t forget the amazing dolphin encounters at Sha’ab El Urg or Panorama Reef either.

What are you going to see? The most stunning corals, abundant marine life, and exceptional wrecks. Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Morays, Dolphins, maybe a manta, and perhaps even whalesharks. Hammerheads off the back of Jackson Reef are a possibility, and don’t forget the little critters either! This trip delivers, time and time again.

Proposed Itinerary:

Subject to weather conditions, alternative wrecks and sites maybe substituted.

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to the boat and check-in.
  • Day 2: After receiving approval by the coast guard, head to a suitable check dive site then up to Bluff Point for a night dive on the Barge.
  • Day 3: This morning starts with a dive on the Rosalie Moeller before heading to the spectacular SS Thistlegorm for four dives including a night dive.
  • Day 4: Today we dive Ras Mohammed and dive Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef then up to Tiran to dive the Kormoran Wreck and a night dive at Gordon Reef.
  • Day 5: Moored on Gordon Reef you’ll dive a newly discovered wreck as well as dive on Thomas and Woodhouse Reefs
  • Day 6: The day starts with a dive on the Dunraven before morning at Abu Nuhaus to explore the Giannis D, Carnatic and Marcus.
  • Day 7: ON the last day dive at Dolphin House and a final dive outside the Hurghada Marina at the T45 Minesweeper Wreck.
  • Day 8: Departure, check-out and transfer to the airport

ROOTS RED SEA

Roots Red Sea is situated in Africa on the edge of the Eastern Desert next to the Red Sea, 80 kilometres south of Safaga and 14 kilometres north of El Quseir. Roots Red Sea is managed by British owned and operated Pharaoh Dive Club who have an unsurpassed reputation for friendly helpful staff delivering great personal service. Owners Steve and Clare have vast experience in the Red Sea having been working in the region for over 25 years.

The guest rooms at Roots Red Sea are designed to suit all visitors, from the basic Eco Hut with the minimum of private facilities; through the Deluxe Chalets on the hillside offering a modest size room with ensuite toilet and shower, independent air conditioning and heating; to the stone built Boutique Rooms at the top the camp offering family sized rooms with full facilities. Meals are served at either the restaurant or at the beach. The chill out lounge and bar providing a quiet haven for relaxing and additionally serves refreshments to the freshwater pool just outside.

Just a short walk away is the Roots private beach on Abu Sauatir Bay. Here you will find all you need: sun loungers; parasols, toilets, showers and the Beach Bistro where lunch is served each day.


RED SEA WRECKS

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