Ghazala Explorer is a stunning and large 37m long steel hull motor yacht that operates diving safaris to the best sites in Egypt's Red Sea, including the Thistlegorm wreck, Brothers, Ras Mohammed, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone and St. John’s. This modern and bright liveaboard was completed in 2021 and, with its double 1,150 HP MAN Marine engines, can cruise at 12 knots.
The boat can accommodate 24 guests in spacious cabins across 2 decks, including upper deck seaview cabins, attended by an experienced boat crew. Each cabin has its own private bathroom. The lower deck also includes a large double. The yacht operates an all-inclusive pricing policy with no hidden extras.
Tasty meals are well-planned and served using fresh and the finest ingredients in the dining section of the air-conditioned saloon. The lounge section of the saloon has a TV, where guests can relax and watch a movie from the onboard selection, or play board games. The upper deck has a shaded, open air social area and a bar where guests can enjoy a drink or two after each day of diving. The spacious sun deck is open to the Egyptian sunshine, and is equipped with plenty of sun loungers, bean bags and lounge seating.
Most of the diving is done on Ghazala Explorer cruises from the 2 motorised RIB dinghies that are used to transport divers to the sites. Nitrox is provided free of charge by the membrane system. The 3 experienced guides are passionate about diving, very well trained, and know the various routes very well. The scuba activities are well planned and executed to ensure of making the best out of the cruise itinerary and the sea conditions.
Dive experience: For diving trips in the marine parks, you must hold an Advanced Open Water Diver license or equivalent and have at least 50 logged dives. For safaris elsewhere in Egypt, a minimum of 25 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), port and park fees, nitrox fills for certified enriched air divers, 3 experienced English-speaking divemasters, tanks, weightbelt and weights, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. dive computer and torch: US$ 205 per week), diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash preferred - EUR/GBP/USD, or credit/debit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (wine and beer), 15 litre tank (US$ 43 per week), transfers from Hurghada to Port Ghalib. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Ghazala Explorer Red Sea liveaboard trips use either Hurghada or Port Ghalib as the ports of departure. The local airport is either Hurghada (HRG) or Marsa Alam (RMF) airport. Minibus transfers are provided from the local airport and from hotels within a 20 km range of the port. For more details visit our Egypt travel information section.
The first and last nights of the trip are spent in port. Guests board on the first day after 6 pm. The last dive of the tour will be about 11 am on the penultimate day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Guests depart latest at 10 am on the final day.
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 supplement of 60% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: None.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): None.
Add-on package: We recommend some of the wonderful antiquities tours in Egypt to add an extra dimension to your Red Sea diving 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 added to your travel itinerary to make it a once-in-a-lifetime Egyptian adventure. Other activities such as 4x4 desert safaris, birding tours, and camel rides are also available.
There are 12 cabins onboard the Ghazala Explorer, each with its own private en-suite bathroom: There are 5 twin bed cabins and 1 double bed suite on the lower deck, and on the upper deck - 4 cabins with twin beds and 2 suites twin/double convertible beds.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Private bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin