Blue Planet I may bear the name of the fleet of which it is part, but it is not their most luxurious Sinai liveaboard boat. However, due to the lower number of guests on board, there is enough space and thanks to a regime of annual restorations and refurbishment, she is fully equipped and serviceable.
A maximum of only 15 scuba divers means fewer other guests to share the space and crew's attention with as you cruise around all the best dive sites that the northern Red Sea has to offer. The boat has a very good staff retention record which has enabled them to provide a consistently high level of service over the past years.
Guests stay in 8 twin cabins, each with a private bathroom and hot water shower. A rinse tank, toilet and hot water shower are all available on the dive deck, which is roomy and works well, even with a full complement of divers. Meals are served in the air-conditioned saloon and there are always plenty of snacks between meals.
Due to its size, this boat is very popular for group charters and dive clubs. And for those who deeply appreciate our blue planet and want to witness its natural wonders around the Sinai Peninsula without breaking the bank, the MY Blue Planet I could be the boat for you.
Dive experience: Required: 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 Marsa Ghalib departures, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (number of DMs depends on route), tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 132 per trip), national park and harbour fees and dive permissions:
North & Wrecks: US$ 156,
Tiran: US$ 156,
St John's: US$ 166,
(North &) Brothers (start/end Hurghada): US$ 171,
(North &) Brothers (start/end Port Ghalib): US$ 190,
Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone/Red Sea South: US$ 220,
Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
How to get there: MY Blue Planet I Sinai Peninsula trips depart from Hurghada and return transfers are provided from Hurghada airport/nearby hotels to the departure point. For more details visit our Red Sea travel information section.
The first and last nights 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 10:00 am on the penultimate day. 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): Add 80% to the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: None.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Approximately equivalent to pay for 12 guests and 4 extra persons can join free of charge. Please note: There is an additional charge of US$ 654 for 2 dive guides on all whole boat charters.
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.
Blue Planet is equipped with 8 Standard twin cabins capable of accommodating 16 divers. 6 larger cabins are located on the lower deck with 2 smaller cabins on the upper deck. All feature private en-suite bathroom facilities.
All the cabins have:
Private bathroom with hot water shower, hand basin, shower gel and mirror
Portholes on lower deck, small windows on upper deck
24m² dive deck and platform - Nitrox - Yamaha dive dinghy - 2 freshwater showers (1 hot) and 1 toilet on the deck - Rinse tank - Electrical charging points for cameras/torches - 38m² air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD and music players - Library with movies, magazines, novels & fish ID book - 30m² sun deck with matresses - 25m² outside shaded area - Water dispenser
"The trip was an amazing experience! The boat was well kept with a very friendly and hospitable crew. All the sites were great and the dive guide Ashraf Hassin was knowledgable, friendly, helpful and definitely very experienced. A very memorable Red Sea trip and I recommend to anybody interested in a liveaboard dive adventure!!" - Peter Dawes, Australia, 7 June 2010 ...
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