EBS route: “Elphinstone, Brothers & Salem”

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With the broad experience acquired week after week in the Red Sea by the Blue Force team, we offer the “ELPHINSTONE, BROTHERS & SALEM EXPRESS” DIVE ROUTE. ( aka EBS)
An intense week of liveaboard safari in a super complete and varied route full of world-famous and best of Red Sea. On this route, we will visit the astonishing walls of Elphinstone to later focus on the Brothers Islands (Small Brother or Big Brother), with its vast walls where there is higher possibility to find pelagic fish, thresher sharks, oceanic sharks, hammerheads, gray sharks as well as gorgonian woods. Then, the obliged visit to Numidia wreck, completely colonized by soft coral. In the area of Safaga we will enjoy the reefs in Panorama Reef, Abu Kifan & the dreadful and awesome wreck Salem Express.

A great opportunity to live a fascinating and entertaining Great Dive Trip.

Day 1 (Saturday) Hurghada: Arrival and assistance at the airport of Hurghada. Luggage pick-up. At the indicated time, transfer to the port of Hurghada or Port Ghaleb. Board in the RED SEA BLUE FORCE 3, welcome cocktail and presentation of the boat and crew. Distribution of cabins. Overnight on board.

Day 2º to 7º (Sunday to Friday) DIVING CRUISE “ELPHINSTONE, BROTHERS & SALEM EXPRESS” ROUTE: diving cruise on a full board basis (including water. 3 meals) and daily plan of dives. The most prominent diving points will be Elphinstone, Big Brother, Small Brother and Salem Express. (Due to the outer islands regulation night dives are forbidden).
Friday afternoon/evening, arrival at port. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 8 (Saturday) HURGHADA OR PORT GHALEB: Disembark in Port Ghaleb or Hurghada. Transfer to the hotel in Hurghada. Day of rest to remove residual nitrogen. Free time to enjoy the local environment, shopping and/or optional tours in the area. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 9 (Sunday) Hurghada: at the scheduled time, transfer to the airport.

The smaller of the Brothers islands, just 100 meters in length, offers some of the best dives in the Red Sea. The north western corner, swept by strong currents, is a kaleidoscope of corals of all kinds in addition to being the meeting area of hammerhead sharks, thresher and large tuna. Drifting along the impressive vertical walls of this reef is a feeling that is difficult to forget. On the eastern wall, you will find a spectacular gorgonian forest starting at 25 meters, sinking into the abyss. Under the mooring of the boats, in the southern area of the island, we can have a surprise visit with the curious oceanic white tip sharks (Carcharinus Longimanus).

The largest of the Brothers, crowned by a light house of the victorian era (1880), offers an excellent wall diving and wrecks. The Numidia’s wreck is located on the north wall of the island between 12 and 75 meters depth. Sunk in 1901, it is constantly swept by currents, which has made it completely covered with corals. It is quite common to find grey reef sharks patrolling around the wreck and groups of large tuna hunting in the area. On the other side of the island, we find the Aida’s wreck, sunk in 1956, although it is of little interest to recreational divers due to its depth.

Very close to Marsa Alam we will find this well-known reef, famous for its currents, the quality of the corals that cover their spectacular walls and by the encounters with all kinds of pelagic fauna. It extends from north to south, parallel to the coast and its walls go down to more than 90 meters of depth. In its upper part, large heads of hard coral house an abundance of small anthias that we appreciate during the safety stops. In the platform of the northern tip, where the currents can be very strong, the sea will have always some surprise. Next to huge resident napoleon wrasses and giant gorgonians, we shall wait for the possible visits of hammerhead sharks, mantas, grey reef sharks, barracudas, tunas and maybe some more surprises. But the best part of Elphinstone is to be able to enjoy its spectacular multi-colored walls, drifting along with the currents while enjoying one of the best coral reefs of the Red Sea.

This giant wreck of 105 meters length rests, from December 16, 1.991, next to the reef of Hyndman Reef, in front of the city of Safaga. After sailing almost all the way from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to Safaga, around midnight on December 15, it collided with a coral patch sinking and in a few minutes it took more than 600 lives in one of the biggest marine catastrophes of the history. The wreck now rests on a sandy bottom 25 meters deep, lying on its starboard side in very clear water area where there are hardly any currents, which makes a unique experience the exploration of this wreck. Immerse yourself in the dining room, explore the garage, where some vehicles still rest or investigate the bridge. These are some different dives in the Salem Express. Life is not too abundant in the wreck though the whole hull is full of small fishes and some large mice swim around it. From time to time it is visited by dolphin families.

Included

  • Assistance in the Hurghada Airport.
  • Diving Cruise (Double Cabin to share) in full board, water, coffee and tea and planned route to board the RED SEA BLUE FORCE 3.
  • Diving Program, air, S80 tank and weights.
  • Dive guide from BLUE FORCE team.
  • Travel insurance, scuba diving and cancellation policy (see conditions www.blueforcefleet.com)
  • night at hotel 5* in Hurghada in half board.
  • Transfers indicated in the program in accordance with scheduled planning.

Not included

    • Flight to Egypt
    • Touristic visa in Egypt.
    • Route and port taxes: 140 € (payment onboard). From January 1, 2020 taxes will be 160 € per person
    • Service Tax: 60 € (payment onboard). From January 1, 2020 taxes will be 70 € per person
    • Internet connection (It is possible to buy a data card at the airport)
    • Drinks and lunch at the hotel in Hurghada and soft drinks and alcoholic drinks onboard.

  • Optional price per week:
      • NITROX:
      • For S80 tanks: 30 € (previous booking), 50 € (payment onboard) From January 1, 2020 40€ and 60€
      • For S100 tanks: 40 € (previous booking), 60 € (payment onboard)
      • Rental equipment:
      • Tank S100: 30€
      • Extra tank S80: 30 €
      • 2 tanks S80 with opposed valves for Sidemount: 60€ (necessary to book in advance in order to ensure the availability)

    * Extraordinary possible increases of fuel, taxes or local taxes.

 

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