The schedule includes northern Red Sea diving trips around the famous wrecks, as well as safaris to the southern areas. Up to 20 guests can be accommodated in 10 double or twin air-conditioned cabins all with en-suite bathrooms. The cabins, as with all of the interiors, feature well-maintained wooden flooring and wall panelling.
Guests can relax in the large air-conditioned saloon, complete with TV, DVD, music system and complimentary wifi internet, or in the open air on the top sun deck, or on the 2nd sun deck where there are many cooler, shaded areas. The spacious theme on board the Golden Dolphin II is continued on the dive deck which is a well-organised space, including individual gearing up areas as well as a charging station for your electronics.
Other points of interest include a well stocked marine library in a range of languages, piped music and a mini bar in the cabins. Nitrox is free of charge but must be ordered in advance. So whether relaxing on board on this spacious and comfortable Egyptian liveaboard, or maximising your bottom time in some of the Red Sea's finest dive sites, the MY Golden Dolphin II can deliver it all.
Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.
Notes: Prices quoted for 'Egypt Red Sea - Route open' dive trips are the prices for the 'North & Wrecks' itinerary. Other higher priced itineraries available include Brothers, 'Brothers, Daedalus, & Elphinstone' ; St. John's; and Brothers, Daedalus, Zabargad, & Rocky. Please check with us.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (except on day of departure and arrival), snacks, water, 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) (10 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for certified enriched air divers (must be ordered 1 week in advance).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 148 per trip) (must be ordered one week in advance), dive computer, diving insurance, torches, fuel surcharge US$ 55, national park and other 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: Alcoholic drinks, torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The M/Y Golden Dolphin II liveaboard departs from Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Port Ghalib and Hamata; return transfers are included from nearby hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports to the departure point. Check-in time is 18:00 hrs (boat departs next morning). Check-out is the morning of the last day at 10:00 (last night may be spent on board in the harbour or at a hotel depending on the itinerary). A day room can be arranged for arrival or departure day at an additional charge.
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 details see our travel information section for the Red Sea.
The first and last nights of the trip 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 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: 25% 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 25% of the published price in low season and 40% in high and peak season.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and receive 10 % discount per person.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): North and Wrecks - US$ 2,031. For alternative trip prices, please check with us.
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 - 48mē Dive deck with 2 hot showers and a toilet - Camera table and charging points for electrical scuba equipment - 36mē Diving platform with rinse tank - 2 x 25 HP motorised dinghies - 63mē Air-conditioned saloon on main deck with TV, DVD and music players - Free wi-fi internet - Air-conditioned dining area on main deck with bar - Satellite telephone for customer use - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - Open air shaded dining area - 2 x Sundecks with sun matresses - Water dispenser
Note: divers must have a minimum of 30 logged dives to join these liveaboard safaris, and 50 to join the trips that visit the Red Sea's marine parks.
Dining on the Golden Dolphin II begins with dinner on the day of check in, and throughout your trip you can be confident that fresh ingredients and a varied menu will keep you well fed and watered. The cuisine is a mix of international cookery and local Egyptian and Gulf specialties.
International cuisine is served along with Italian, BBQs and local Red Sea delicacies.
Main meals are buffet style with waitress assistance and comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Meals are served in the indoor dining area or on open-air shaded upper deck.
Snacks consisting of candy bars, biscuits, bread, toast and fruit are available all day, free of charge.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and drinking water are all complimentary.
Beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.
Vegetarian and other special dietary needs can be catered for with prior notice.
Catering starts with dinner on the first day of the trip.