M/Y Golden Dolphin II is a 36 metre long wooden motor yacht, built in 2006, with a top speed of 12 knots, specifically as an Egypt liveaboard.
The schedule includes northern Red Sea diving trips around the famous wrecks, as well as safaris to the southern areas. Up to 20 guests can be accommodated in 10 double or twin air-conditioned cabins all with en-suite bathrooms. The cabins, as with all of the interiors, feature well-maintained wooden flooring and wall panelling.
Guests can relax in the large air-conditioned saloon, complete with TV, DVD, music system and complimentary Wi-Fi internet, or in the open air on the top sun deck, or on the 2nd sun deck where there are many cooler, shaded areas. The spacious theme on board the Golden Dolphin II is continued on the dive deck which is a well-organised space, including individual gearing up areas as well as a charging station for your electronics.
Other points of interest include a well stocked marine library in a range of languages, piped music, and a mini bar in the cabins. So whether relaxing on board on this spacious and comfortable Egyptian liveaboard, or maximising your bottom time in some of the Red Sea's finest dive sites, the MY Golden Dolphin II can deliver it all.
Dive experience: Required: for North & Wrecks/St. Johns Reefs - Open Water diver license and 30 logged dives; for Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone/Red Sea South - Open Water diver license and 50 logged dives (Advanced Open Water diver license recommended).
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, soft drinks, hot drinks, return transfers from local airport to boat, marina fees, dives (as detailed in the trips above), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (10 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, 15 litre tank for return guests.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 142 per week) (must be ordered 1 week in advance), diving computer (US$ 36 per week), dive insurance, safari package (includes: Egypt entrance visa, meet and assist service, fuel surcharge, harbour fees, dive permissions, marine park fees and taxes) - 7 nights US$ 208, 10+ nights US$ 297, surcharge for SS Turkia trips US$ 30. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, torch (US$ 36 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 36 per week).
How to get there: The M/Y Golden Dolphin II liveaboard departs from Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Port Ghalib and Hamata. Return transfers are provided from local hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports to the departure point. Check-in time is 18:00 hrs (boat departs next morning). Final check-out time is the morning of the last day at 10:00 hrs (last night may be spent on board in the harbour or at a hotel depending on the itinerary). A day room can be arranged for arrival or departure day at an additional charge.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 noon on the penultimate day of the tour. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more travel details visit our travel information section for the Red Sea.
Non-diver rate: 25% 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 25% of the published price in low season and 50% in high season (1 Apr-13 Jul and 19 Sep-30 Nov).
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and receive 10% discount per person.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Ask us for details.
Add-on package: If you want to make the most of your Red Sea dive trip, we recommend the superb antiquities tours of historical Egypt. The museums of Cairo, the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, Nile River cruises, all of these and more can be added to your holiday plans.
Nitrox - 48m² Dive deck with 2 hot showers and a toilet - Camera table and charging points for electronic equipment - 36m² Diving platform with rinse tank - 2 x 25 HP motorised dinghies - 63m² Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD and music players - Free wi-fi internet - Air-conditioned dining area on main deck with bar - Satellite telephone for customer use - Library with movies, magazines, novels and fish ID books - Open air shaded dining area - 2 x Sundecks with sun matresses - Water dispenser
Dining on the Golden Dolphin II begins with dinner on the day of check in, and throughout your trip you can be confident that fresh ingredients and a varied menu will keep you well fed and watered. The cuisine is a mix of international cookery and local Egyptian and Gulf specialties.
International cuisine, togehter with Italian, BBQs and local Red Sea delicacies.
Vegetarian and other special dietary needs can be catered for with prior notice.
Main meals are buffet style with waitress assistance and comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Meals are served in the indoor dining area or on open-air shaded upper deck.
Free of charge snacks are available all day - candy bars, biscuits, bread, toast and fruit.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and drinking water are all complimentary.
Beer and wine are available to purchase onboard the yacht.
Catering starts with dinner on the first day of the trip.