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Liveaboard Cruises in Red Sea South

Dive Tour Options and Travel Information

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From the Sinai Peninsula in the north through to St. John's pristine reefs at the Sudanese border in the south, the Red Sea shimmers as an example of dedicated environmental conservation. The success of the region's sea life is largely thanks to conservation efforts implemented in the early 1990s. The Egyptian government is planning further expansion of their conservation effort, which is good news for scuba divers, like you!

On liveaboard diving safaris in the Red Sea from Hurghada and further south, the weather plays a slightly more prominent role but rewards scuba divers with awesome visibility, sheer walls, lots of wrecks and pelagic action in droves. Characteristic of the region are sheltered reefs and towering pinnacles, a favourite habitat of a diverse shark populations. Dark clouds of schooling reef fish, swarming snappers and heaps of surgeons also abound. Divers speak in hushed tones of sites such as The Brothers, Elphinstone, Daedalus, St John's and Sudan. Show more


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Diving Cruise Options


There is a great deal of cross-over between these routes, with some itineraries encompassing sections of 2 or more of the above-mentioned routes. Indeed, many of the boats from our 'North and Wrecks' section also make liveaboard tours of the Southern Red Sea.

Trips tend to feature 3 dives a day. Conditions can be more variable in the south with more exposed reefs experiencing less calm seas and occasionally strong current. For these reasons, the Southern Red Sea charters appeal to more experienced divers and those who have previously visited the northern regions. Indeed according to Egyptian law, it is necessary to show proof of 50 logged dives before you can dive in its marine parks located in the south.

For the ultimate adventure of a lifetime, you can combine your Red Sea diving safari with a tour to discover the historical sights of Egypt. Take an overland tour of Cairo to visit the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the national museums, or a Nile River cruise through the Valley of the Kings: Egypt antiquity tours.

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MY Emperor Elite
From US$ 137 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

38m / 125 ft
Max 26
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • Winner of our 'Liveaboard of the...
  • All cabins ensuite with media pl...
  • Dedicated restaurant, free dinne...
  • Large boat
MY Felo
From US$ 119 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

39m / 129 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • ENOS satellite diver location sy...
  • Large boat
MY Golden Dolphin
From US$ 115 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Spacious air-conditioned saloon
Red Sea Aggressor
From US$ 146 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

36m / 119 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Visits Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Free local wine and beer, lost d...
  • Photo/video center
  • Sun deck with Jacuzzi, masseuse
  • Large boat with steel hull
MS Royal Evolution
From US$ 141 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

39m / 129 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
  • Visits Red Sea North and South, ...
  • All cabins with ensuite bathroom...
  • In-cabin morning coffee/tea serv...
  • 4 decks, sun deck with hot tub a...
  • 10, 12 and 15 litre tanks, nitro...
  • Large boat
MY Blue Seas
From US$ 119 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

37m / 122 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Huge Honeymoon Suite
  • Large boat
MY Emperor Superior
From US$ 95 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

37m / 122 ft
Max 25
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Dedicated restaurant
  • Large boat with many relaxation ...
MY Golden Dolphin III
From US$ 135 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

37m / 122 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dedicated restaurant room with b...
  • Large boat
MY Sea Serpent
From US$ 119 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

33m / 109 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dedicated restaurant with bar
  • Helium/oxygen blending station
MY Seawolf Soul
From US$ 139 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

36m / 119 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Technical diving facilities
  • ENOS satellite location and resc...
  • Large boat
MY Blue
From US$ 160 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

43m / 142 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • Spacious bright cabins with priv...
  • Rebreather facilities
  • Large boat
MY Blue Pearl
From US$ 124 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

36m / 119 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Spacious comfortable communal ar...
  • Large boat
MY Contessa Mia
From US$ 119 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

34m / 112 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea South
  • Cabins with private bathrooms
  • Dedicated restaurant
  • Large boat
MY Emperor Asmaa
From US$ 104 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

30m / 99 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dive computers available
  • Computer available for internet ...
MY Miss Nouran
From US$ 104 per day

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30m / 99 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dedicated indoor restaurant with...
  • Large boat
MY Saphir
From US$ 167 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

35m / 116 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • 3 sundecks & large shaded area
  • 12 & 15 litre tanks available
  • Large boat



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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

The Southern Red Sea of Egypt is a little warmer than the north. Water temperatures rise to 28-30°C from July to September. In October and November the temperatures drop to 27-28°C and then from December to February to 26-23°C. After this, temperatures warm up again from 25-28°C between March and June.

Summer winds can blow between May and September, with stronger winter winds from October to April. On rare occasions, dive cruises will be re-routed if winds are too strong for the original routes.

Oceanic whitetip sharks can be encountered In St John's around May and June, and at Elphinstone and the rest of southern Egypt from October to December. Thresher shark season is from September to December around the offshore islands, Brothers and Daedalus. Hammerheads can be seen at Daedalus in the summer months when big numbers of females are attracted there. Manta ray and whale shark season at St. John's, Daedalus and Brothers is around April and May.

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Ports of Departure and How to Get There

Red Sea South liveaboard cruises depart from Hurghada, Safaga or Port Ghalib (at Marsa Alam). Often they will begin at one port and end at another. St. John's Reef trips are the exception, in that they use only Port Ghalib as their departure and return port. In some cases the boats are moored at port and depart the day after the trip begins. This means you can arrive quite late on the first day of the tour and still board the boat before it sets sail the following morning.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from the local airport or hotels (if you overnight beforehand). We will send you full departure details during the booking process.

Most people fly into Cairo International Airport. It is well serviced by over 70 international airlines from Europe, the US, Africa and Asia. Hurghada, Safaga and Marsa Alam are accessible via domestic flights or direct via a few international airports. More information on: How to get to Egypt.

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in Egypt before or after your diving safari, you can find a large range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to ask questions, then simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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Useful References for Red Sea South


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