MY Golden Dolphin III is a sleek, white Egypt liveaboard built in 2008 measuring 37m purpose built for Red Sea dive tours. Up to 20 guests can be accommodated comfortably on board yet it is always possible to find a quite space such is the boat's roominess and intelligent layout.
Examples of the space on board include the large dive deck, shaded relaxation areas on the main and upper deck and the exposed sun deck. There is a dedicated air-conditioned restaurant on the main deck and, for those who prefer to relax indoors, there is a large air-conditioned lounge complete with TV, DVD, free internet and music system. There is also a library of marine and general books in a variety of languages, mostly English and German.
There are a number of features which reveal Golden Dolphin III to be a real scuba divers' liveaboard: the large dive deck boasts a camera table and charging station, hot showers and toilet, plus free nitrox is available. Space, comfort and good service are all elements of a Red Sea diving trip emphasised by the Golden Dolphin's Egypt liveaboards.
Dive experience: Requirements: North & Wrecks/St. Johns Reefs liveaboard safaris - Open Water diver license and 30 logged dives; for Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone/Red Sea South safaris - Advanced Open Water diver license and at least 50 logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (except on day of departure and arrival), snacks, water, soft drinks and hot drinks, return transfers from local airport to boat, marina fees, dives (as detailed in the liveaboard trips above), nitrox fills for certified enriched air divers, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (10 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, 15 litre tank for return customers, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 148 per week) (must be ordered one week in advance), diving computer (US$ 38 per week), dive insurance, safari package (includes: Egypt entrance visa, meet and assist, fuel surcharge, dive permissions, port and park fees, and taxes) - 7 nights US$ 301, 10+ nights US$ 328, SS Turkia trip surcharge US$ 55.
Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills above 32%, torch (US$ 38 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 38 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MY Golden Dolphin III departs primarily from Hurghada and Marsa Ghalib; return transfers are included from nearby hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam Airports to the departure point. Check-in time is 18:00. Final check-out 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 first and last night of each diving tour are spent in the harbour. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 noon on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more details see 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% to 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 8 guests and receive 10% discount per person.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Ask us for details.
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 - 41m² Dive deck with 2 hot showers and a toilet - Camera table and charging points for electrical equipment - 30m² Dive platform with rinse tank - 2 x 25 HP diving tenders - Air-conditioned 63m² saloon on main deck and TV, DVD and music players - 42m² Dedicated air-conditioned restaurant with bar on main deck - Free internet wi-fi - 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
You can expect to be well-fed on board Golden Dolphin III since meals start with a pre-breakfast before your first dive and are followed by a cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are served buffet style with waitress assistance. There is a mix of international cuisine and Middle-Eastern specialties, with 4 or 5 different dishes served per sitting. There is always tea, coffee, biscuits and toast available in between meals.
International cuisine is served along with Italian, BBQs and Egyptian delicacies.
Main meals are buffet style and comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Meals are served in the air-conditioned restaurant or beneath the shade of the main deck.
Snacks consist of candy bars, biscuits, bread, toast and fruit, and are available all day free of charge.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and drinking water are also complimentary.
Beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.
Vegetarian and other special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Catering starts with dinner on the first day of check in.
"Everything on the trip was fantastic - the equipment was great, the dive guides were awesome and the boat crew were incredible! The crew could not do enough - they were always there to help, they work very hard on these tours!" - Hayley Drake, South Africa, 8 April 2013 ...
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