Blue Pearl is the second generation of the Blue Planet fleet of Egypt liveaboard dive vessels. It sports a modern, sleek-looking hydrodynamic hull designed for lower water displacement leading to faster speeds and better fuel efficiency. Built specifically for diving charters in Egypt's Red Sea, Blue Pearl is 36 metres long and effortlessly accommodates up to 20 guests in liveaboard comfort.
The communal areas of Blue Pearl are perhaps its best feature. The interior uses wood finishings giving the liveaboard a classy and warm feel. The saloon on the main deck leads into the dining section, both of which are spacious and plush, making for comfortable surface intervals and meal times. The upper deck has a well designed shaded chill out area with large loungers and a music system, ideal to unwind after a day's diving in the Red Sea.
The ensuite cabin interiors are also up to standard in terms of size and condition. The upper deck has double bed cabins with windows, whilst the lower deck twin cabins have 2 portholes each for extra daylight. Unusually on the lower deck, all the cabins are some distance from the engine room, making sleeping more peaceful and less fitful.
The diving deck is not the largest, though it is equipped with nitrox, hot water showers and toilets. It also has 2 motorised dive dinghies and each Red Sea cruise utilises 2 divemasters for a more personal liveaboard service. Catering to photo aficionados, it's also equipped with a separate rinse tank for cameras as well as a camera table and plenty of battery charging points.
Notes: Some schedules may appear to overlap, where this is case the last night of the trip is spent at a hotel instead of onboard the liveaboard.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, bottled soft drinks and hot drinks, return transfers from Hurghada airport to boat for Hurghada departures and from Marsa Alam airport for Port Ghalib departures, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (number depends on route), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for certified enriched air divers.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 147 per trip), dive insurance, fuel surcharge US$ 54, national park and other charter fees:
Brothers (incl dive permission): US$ 60,
North & Wrecks (incl dive permission): US$ 20,
Marine Park (incl dive permission): US$ 93,
St Johns: US$ 20,
St Johns/DZR: US$ 93,
Port Ghalib (to or from) port fee: US$ 27,
Dive permission: US$ 20.
Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Return transfers Hurghada to Port Ghalib (US$ 22), alcoholic drinks, dive computer, torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MY Blue Pearl departs from Hurghada and Port Ghalib and return transfers are included from nearby hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports to the departure point. There are direct flights from Cairo to Hurghada (1 hour) and Marsa Alam (1.5 hours) via Egypt Air. From certain destinations in the UK and Europe it is possible to fly into Hurghada and Marsa Alam direct. For more information see our travel information section for the Red Sea.
The first and last nights of the itinerary are spent in the harbour. Guests arrive and board on the first day. The boat leaves the harbour on the morning of the second day. Full tourist visas are available only at the airport for citizens of certain countries, unless obtained in advance. Please ensure you understand the tourist visa requirements that apply to you. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10.00 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below. Approximately equivalent to pay for 16 guests and receive 4 extra spaces free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 2,671. There is an additional charge of US$ 729 for 2 dive guides on all whole boat charters in the Red Sea.
Add-on package: If you have time, we strongly recommend that you consider some of the wonderful antiquities tours in Egypt which can add a whole new dimension to your holiday. Cairo museum's royal mummies, the pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, a glorious cruise down the Nile staying in a luxury cabin, The Valley of the Kings, all of these and more can be seen in packages starting at 6 nights' duration. Other activities such as 4x4 safaris and camel tours are also available as are custom-made packages to suit your needs.
Nitrox - 2x 25 HP motorised dinghies - 36mē dive deck and platform with hot water showers and toilets - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table & charging points for electrical scuba equipment - 60mē air-conditioned saloon with dining section, large flat screen TV, DVD and music players - Library with movies, magazines, novels, fish ID books & games - 40mē open-plan flybridge & 20mē sun deck with matresses - 30mē outdoor shaded relaxation area area with sun loungers & music - Water dispenser