Dive experience: All routes require advanced open water diver certification, but guests can take their advanced course onboard if necessary (need to book before the trip). When having logged less than sufficient dives, guests can also join the trip by hiring a private dive guide for the week (US$ 410 per dive guide).
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, hot drinks, scheduled return transfers from Hurghada or Marsa Alam Airport to the boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 2 experienced English-speaking divemasters, tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 176 per trip), dive insurance (and standard medical insurance), port fees US$ 29 per week, environmental tax US$ 82 per week. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for certified enriched air divers (US$ 82 per tour), 15 litre tank (US$ 41 per tour), dive computer (US$ 49 per week), torch (US$ 35 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Diamond Explorer liveaboard diving safaris depart from Safaga or Port Ghalib, and return transfers are included from Hurghada hotels (main city only), and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports. Safaga is 30 km from Hurghada. Scheduled transfers from Hurghada to Port Ghalib run from 2-6 pm, and it takes approximately 4 hours. There is also a pick up at Marsa Alam Airport at 5 pm. Boarding takes place at 5 pm. The first and last night of each tour are spent in port/marina. Disembarkation is at 10 am, when there is a transfer service to the local airport. Transfers from Port Ghalib to Hurghada depart between 8-10 am.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 noon on the penultimate day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more details visit our Red Sea travel information section.
Non-diver rate: None.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a 100% supplement of the normal published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: 5% discount for groups of 5 and more in the summer weeks from June to August.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): On request only.
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.