MY Saphir is a 35m long motor yacht belonging to the 'Diamond Class' - the pinnacle of the Heaven diving fleet. So it is no surprise that the professionalism and comfort that typifies the Heaven fleet is added to by fine little touches on board the Saphir.
With a maximum of just 16 guests, you can be assured of more space and personal attention from the crew than on most other Southern Red Sea liveaboards. The interior is tastefully furnished and well-maintained with the focal point being the large air-conditioned saloon and dining area on the main deck. You can enjoy the complimentary internet feature or music and movies on the entertainment system here.
In addition to the lounge, you can socialise on one of the 3 separate sundeck areas where there is always plenty of room to seek shade or soak up the sun rays. The dive deck and platform are spacious and well organised, with a camera table, fresh water showers, and personal storage spaces, hooks and hangers.
So if you are seeking a high quality Southern Red Sea liveaboard cruise in comfort, style and plenty of personal service then Saphir, so good for you!
Notes: Diving experience required: for North & Wrecks safaris - Open Water diver license and 20 logged dives; for St. Johns Reefs safaris - Open Water diver license and 30 logged dives; for Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone safaris - Advanced Open Water diver license and 50 logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking 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.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 165 per trip), dive insurance, fuel surcharge US$ 61, national park and harbour fees and diving permissions (to be paid in advance): Brothers/Daedalus: US$ 134, St. John's: US$ 61, Marine Parks South: US$ 134. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, nitrox fills for certified divers (US$ 49, dive computer, torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The M/Y Saphir liveaboard trips depart from Hurghada and Port Ghalib and return transfers are included from nearby hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports to the departure point. Check-in time starts on the afternoon of the first day before dinner. Check out the morning of the last day (last night usually on the boat in the harbour). Late arrivals or early departures can be arranged.
There are direct flights from Cairo to Hurghada (1 hour) and Marsa Alam (1.5 hours) via Egypt Air. From some 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 tour 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 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 13:00 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 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: None.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Prices are available, 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.
Saphir accommodates 16 divers in 8 cabins. There are 2 Honeymoon cabins with double beds and windows on the upper deck, and 6 Standard twin bed and twin bunk bed cabins with portholes on the lower deck. All cabins have private en-suite bathroom facilities and minibar.
All the cabins have:
Individual controlled air-conditioning
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower cubicle and hand basin
Nitrox - 2 x 25 HP motorised dinghies - 75m² dive deck and platform with access ladder, hot water shower, toilet, camera table, rinse tanks, storage shelves - 50m² air-conditioned saloon/dining area with bar, TV, DVD, free internet, music player and satellite telephone - Library with magazines, fish books, novels and games - 100m² or 3 sundecks & large shaded area with sun matresses - Water & juice dispenser
The Heaven Fleet prides itself in the quality of its cuisine and you can expect some carefully prepared and creative dishes on board MY Saphir during your Red Sea liveaboard cruise. Each day you can look forward to a breakfast after dive 1, then a 2 course lunch and a 4 course dinner. You will be served all your meals by steward at your table.
International and local cuisine are served on board.
The menus are fixed and meals are waiter-served in the air-conditioned saloon on the main deck.
Complimentary main meals consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Fruit, tea & coffee, drinking water and juice are all complimentary.
Soft drinks, beer and wine are available at extra charge.
The gastronomic delights get underway with dinner on your first evening.