Launched in 2021, Alia is Dune's flagship liveaboard and is a huge and modern 44 x 9.5m steel hulled high class motor yacht. It can comfortably accommodate up to 26 divers on its cruises around both the northern and southern regions of Egypt's Red Sea.
Dune is a very experienced international company that operates liveaboards in 4 countries. They have both European and Egyptian dive guides who are passionate about diving, well trained, and know the different regions very well. They can choose the most appropriate dive sites for guest experience level and wishes, while creating a fun and friendly atmosphere onboard. Overall there are 14 crew members to attend to guest needs.
Unusually the lower deck is where you will find the restaurant. There is a head chef, as well as a pastry chef who will treat you to homemade delicacies at every meal. Lunches are buffet spreads, and dinners have table service. Vegetables and proteins are fresh and supplied locally every week. There are also 2 bars onboard, one of which is on the upper deck in the open-air area with sofas where you can enjoy your favourite drinks at sunset.
The quality of accommodation onboard Alia is exceptional, with all guest cabins being located on the main and upper decks, and all having large seaview windows, as well as private bathrooms. Each bathroom uses biodegradable hygiene products and toiletries, in-line with the yacht's sustainability strategy. Some of the cabins have adjoining doors, making them family-friendly.
Guests can relax in the upper deck lounge that features a flat screen (where guests are welcome to connect a USB to show photos or watch a movie), a sound system, and wide and comfortable sofas. Alternatively they can use the sun deck - the perfect spot to relax with wide sofas to lay in the sun or enjoy the sea breeze in the sunlight or shade.
There are 2 motorised 8-diver dinghies for onboard Alia that are used to transport scuba divers to the sites. The dive deck is especially wide and spacious, with plenty of space to don equipment, shelves for small gear, and bathrobes for chilly dive endings, and the dive platform has 2 ladders for easy egress. Enriched air nitrox is provided free of charge by a membrane system. On the final afternoon of each trip (normally a Friday), guests can go on a city tour or a quadbike excursion. What a terrific way to sign off on a memorable Red Sea liveaboard diving safari!
Notes: Age limit: young divers are welcome on all routes provided they have the dive experience required. Childcare services are not available and parents are responsible for their minors onboard, therefore a regular diving trip is not recommend for young non-diving children.
Dive experience: Scuba divers must have an Advanced Open Water Diver licence or equivalent to dive in the marine parks. Divers who have at least 50 logged dives and are willing to take the advanced course onboard may join these safaris too. For diving elsewhere in the Red Sea, a minimum of 20 logged dives is required.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, soft drinks, hot drinks, return transfers from local airport (see below), dives (as detailed in the trips above), nitrox fills for certified enriched air divers, 2 experienced English-speaking divemasters, tanks, weightbelt and weights.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 107 per week), dive computer (US$ 54 per week), SMB, park and port fees (US$ 54 per week), diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - EUR, or bank card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (wine and beer), espresso, torch (US$ 32 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 43 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Alia's liveaboard cruises in the Red Sea depart from Hurghada, Safaga or Port Ghalib. Once you arrive in Hurghada or Marsa Alam Airport, a yacht representative carrying a 'Dune' signboard will meet you outside the arrivals hall, after you have passed through luggage collection and customs. Private transfers are provided form the local airport, and a collective minibus is used to transport any guests that need a transfer from Hurghada Airport to Port Ghalib (200 km/3.5 hours). For more details visit our Egypt travel information section.
Guests board on the first day after 2 pm. The first and last night of the trip are spent in port. The last dive of the safari will be about 10 am on the penultimate day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Guests check-out and disembark at or before 10 am on the final day. If you plan to arrive early or depart late, it is recommended to use of a day-use hotel.
Non-diver rate: US$ 54 discount.
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 75% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: 5% discount for groups of 10+ guests.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 10% discount from the total cruise price.
Add-on package: We recommend some of the wonderful antiquities tours in Egypt to create a once-in-a-lifetime Red Sea diving vacation. Cairo museum's royal mummies, the pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, a glorious cruise down the River Nile, the Valley of the Kings, all of these and more can be added to your travel plans to make a perfect Egyptian adventure. Other activities such as 4x4 desert safaris, Bediouin visits, birding tours, and camel rides are also available.
There are 14 cabins onboard Alia (13 of which are used by guests on each trip), each with its own private bathroom: Every cabin has 2 large single beds of 1.4 x 2m, so each can be used as a twin bed or double bed occupancy. On the main deck there are 10 standard cabins (15 sqm), several of which can be used as adjoining family suites. On the upper deck there are 4 cabins - 2 x 18 sqm panoramic seaview cabins, and 2 x 14 sqm Superior cabins. The upper deck cabins have more privacy and, of course, you can open your cabin door and enjoy the sea breeze any time of day.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Private bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin