Blue Pearl is the second generation of the Blue Planet fleet of Egypt liveaboard dive vessels. It sports a modern, sleek-looking hydrodynamic hull designed for lower water displacement leading to faster speeds and better fuel efficiency. Built specifically for diving charters in Egypt's Red Sea, Blue Pearl is 36 metres long and effortlessly accommodates up to 20 guests in liveaboard comfort.
The communal areas of Blue Pearl are perhaps its best feature. The interior uses wood finishings giving the liveaboard a classy and warm feel. The saloon on the main deck leads into the dining section, both of which are spacious and plush, making for comfortable surface intervals and meal times. The upper deck has a well designed shaded chill out area with large loungers and a music system, ideal to unwind after a day's diving in the Red Sea.
The ensuite cabin interiors are also up to standard in terms of size and condition. The upper deck has double bed cabins with windows, whilst the lower deck twin cabins have 2 portholes each for extra daylight. Unusually on the lower deck, all the cabins are some distance from the engine room, making sleeping more peaceful and less fitful.
The diving deck is not the largest, though it is equipped with nitrox, hot water showers and toilets. It also has 2 motorised dive dinghies and each Red Sea cruise utilises 2 divemasters for a more personal liveaboard service. Catering to photo aficionados, it's also equipped with a separate rinse tank for cameras as well as a camera table and plenty of battery charging points.
Dive experience: Requirement: for North & Wrecks, Tiran, St. John's Reefs safaris - Open Water diver license and 30 logged dives; for Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone, Red Sea South safaris - Advanced Open Water diver license and 50 logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, bottled soft drinks and hot drinks, return transfers from Hurghada airport to boat for Hurghada departures and from Marsa Alam and Hurghada airports for Port Ghalib departures, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (number depends on route), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for certified enriched air divers, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 143 per trip), dive computer (US$ 37 per week), SMB, dive insurance, national park and other charter fees:
North & Wrecks: US$ 169,
Tiran: US$ 169,
St John's: US$ 180,
(North &) Brothers (start/end Hurghada): US$ 185,
(North &) Brothers (start/end Port Ghalib): US$ 207,
Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone/Red Sea South: US$ 238,
Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - EUR, USD, GBP, or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, torch. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MY Blue Pearl departs from Hurghada and Port Ghalib and collective return transfers are provided from nearby hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports to the departure point. For more details visit our Red Sea travel information section.
The first and last night of the diving tour are spent in the harbour. Guests arrive and board on the first day after 3 pm. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10 am on the penultimate day and the yacht returns to port at 4 pm. Guests depart latest at noon on the final day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 10% 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 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 additional diver can join the cruise in a lower deck cabin free of charge (except during high season).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Approximately equivalent to pay for 16 guests and 4 additional divers can join the cruise free of charge (total 20 guests).
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.
Nitrox - 2x 25 HP motorised dinghies - 36m² dive deck and platform with hot water showers and toilets - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table & charging points for electrical scuba equipment - 60m² air-conditioned saloon with dining section, large flat screen TV, DVD and music players - Library with movies, magazines, novels, fish ID books & games - 40m² open-plan flybridge & 20m² sun deck with matresses - 30m² outdoor shaded relaxation area area with sun loungers & music - Water dispenser