MY Golden Dolphin III is a sleek, white Egypt liveaboard built in 2008 measuring 37m purpose built for Red Sea dive tours. Up to 20 guests can be accommodated comfortably on board yet it is always possible to find a quite space such is the boat's roominess and intelligent layout.
Examples of the space on board include the large dive deck, shaded relaxation areas on the main and upper deck and the exposed sun deck. There is a dedicated air-conditioned restaurant on the main deck and, for those who prefer to relax indoors, there is a large air-conditioned lounge complete with TV, DVD, free internet and music system. There is also a library of marine and general books in a variety of languages, mostly English and German.
There are a number of features which reveal Golden Dolphin III to be a real scuba divers' liveaboard: the large dive deck boasts a camera table and charging station, hot showers and toilet plus nitrox is available free of charge. Space, comfort and good service are all elements of a Red Sea diving trip emphasised by the Golden Dolphin's Egypt liveaboards.
Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.
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 liveaboard 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$ 147 per trip) (must be ordered one week in advance), computer, diving insurance, fuel surcharge US$ 54, national park and other tour 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: MY Golden Dolphin III departs primarily from Hurghada and Marsa Ghalib; return transfers are included from nearby hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam Airports to the departure point. Check-in time is 18:00 (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 night of each diving tour are spent in the harbour. Guests arrive and board on the first day. The liveaboard 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 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: None.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 2,203.
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 - 41mē Dive deck with 2 hot showers and a toilet - Camera table and charging points for electrical equipment - 30mē Dive platform with rinse tank - 2 x 25 HP diving tenders - Air-conditioned 63mē saloon on main deck and TV, DVD and music players - 42mē Dedicated air-conditioned restaurant with bar on main deck - Free internet wi-fi - 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: Every diver must have 30 logged dives minimum to join these liveaboard trips, and a minimum of 50 to join tours that visit the marine parks.
You can expect to be well-fed on board Golden Dolphin III since meals start with a pre-breakfast before your first dive and are followed by a cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are served buffet style with waitress assistance. There is a mix of international cuisine and Middle-Eastern specialties, with 4 or 5 different dishes served per sitting. There is always tea, coffee, biscuits and toast available in between meals.
International cuisine is served along with Italian, BBQs and Egyptian delicacies.
Main meals are buffet style and comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Meals are served in the air-conditioned restaurant or beneath the shade of the main deck.
Snacks consist of candy bars, biscuits, bread, toast and fruit, and are available all day free of charge.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and drinking water are also complimentary.
Beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.
Vegetarian and other special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Catering starts with dinner on the first day of check in.
"Everything on the trip was fantastic - the equipment was great, the dive guides were awesome and the boat crew were incredible! The crew could not do enough - they were always there to help, they work very hard on these tours!" - Hayley Drake, South Africa ...