At 25 metres and with a capacity of 16 divers, the MY Ghazala I is one of the smaller Sharm El Sheikh liveaboards. It is one of the old school boats of Egypt and was totally rebuilt in 2004. Now it operates dive charters around the Sinai Peninsula to sites such as the Thistlegorm and the Straits of Tiran.
At a max speed of 14 knots she is no slouch and remains a popular choice among divers due to the free nitrox, and the spacious 30mē dive deck which has 10 equipment spaces so you need not be on top of each other as the pre-dive excitement mounts. There are also hot fresh water showers on the deck for your comfort.
There are 4 triple and 2 double cabins all with portholes and ensuite bathrooms, located on the lower deck. The Ghazala I never feels too crowded with normally between 12 and 16 guests on board even when all are in the spacious saloon enjoying the music or video systems.
Notes: Divers need at least 25 logged dives or at least an Advanced Diver certified.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, hot drinks, return transfers from Sharm airport/hotel to boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) for every 10 divers, tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox, all permissions and harbour fees (except those listed in excludes).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 27 per day), dive insurance, fuel surcharge US$ 55, national park fees and permissions US$ 5 for charter trips including Ras Mohamed, US$ 3 for Ras Abu Galum, donations to Hyperbaric Medical Centre at US$ 1 per person per day. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MY Ghazala I liveaboard departs from Sharm El Mina and return transfers from Sharm El Sheikh airport to the departure point are included. There are direct flights from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh (1 hour) via Egypt Air. From certain destinations in the UK and Europe it is possible to fly into Sharm El Sheikh direct. For more information see our Red Sea travel information section.
The first and last nights of the cruise may be spent in the harbour depending on the time of guests' arrival on the first day. The boat may leave the harbour on the morning of the second day. Full tourist visas for Egypt 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 12 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: None.
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 100% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 1,522.
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.
Complimentary nitrox - 2 diving dinghies - 30mē dive deck with hot, freshwater showers and toilets - Camera table - Air-conditioned saloon with well-stocked bar and big-screen TV, DVD and music players - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - Games - 20mē sun deck with sun mattresses - Water dispenser