MY Golden Dolphin is a 34m wooden hulled motor yacht purpose-built for Red Sea diving safaris. Operating chiefly out of Hurghada and Marsa Ghalib, this is a boat that can undertakes liveaboard cruises to the Sinai Peninsula and the southern Red Sea, particularly the Brothers region.
20 guests can be accommodated in 10 cabins which are either double bed or twin share and all enjoy air conditioning and en-suite bathroom facilities. The interior of the boat is wood panelled, and yacht facilities include a spacious air conditioned saloon with complete electronic entertainment systems including free Wi-Fi internet. If you prefer the open air, there is plenty of relaxation space on deck, both under shaded cover and open to the warm Egyptian sun.
There is a large and well-organised diving deck complete with showers and toilets to allow you to refresh quickly after each dive. Free nitrox plus camera table and plenty of charging areas around the boat, including the deck, will keep underwater photographers happy. The yacht is also rebreather and technical diver-friendly.
Dive experience: Required on Egypt liveaboards: Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone/Red Sea South - Open water diver license and 50 logged dives (advanced diver license also recommended), North & Wrecks/St. John's - Open Water diver license and 30 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, port fees, dives (as detailed in the 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.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 142 per week) (ordered in advance), diving insurance, dive computer (US$ 36 per week), safari package (includes: Egypt entrance visa, meet and assist service, fuel surcharge, scuba permissions, Red Sea marine park and port fees and taxes) - 7 nights US$ 208, 10+ nights US$ 297, SS Turkia trip surcharge US$ 30.
Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, 15 litre tank (US$ 36 per week), torch (US$ 36 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: M/Y Golden Dolphin departs on its Red Sea dive safaris primarily from Hurghada and Port Ghalib; return transfers are included from nearby hotels and from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports to the departure port. Check-in time is 6 pm (boat departs next morning). Last check-out on the morning of the last day at 10 am (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 early arrival or late departure (additional charge).
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 additional details see our Red Sea travel information section.
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) for their own cabin.
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’re interested in ancient history, we recommend some of the amazing antiquities tours of Egypt which can add an extra dimension to your trip. Cairo museum's royal mummies, the pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, a voyage down the River Nile staying in a on a luxury cruiser, the Valley of the Kings - all of these and more can be added to you custom-made travel plans. Other adventure activities include 4x4 safaris and camel tours.
Nitrox - 27m² Dive deck with 2 hot showers and a toilet - Camera table and charging points for electrical scuba equipment - 21m² Dive platform with rinse tank - 2 x 25 HP motorised dinghies - Air-conditioned 60m² saloon and dining area with bar and TV, DVD and music players - Water dispenser - Internet facility (free of charge) - Satellite telephone (for customer use) - Library with movies, magazines, fiction and fish ID books - Open air shaded dining area - Sundecks with sun mats
You can enjoy your meals in the air-conditioned saloon/dining area or the open air shaded area on the upper deck, cooled by sea breezes. On board the Golden Dolphin you can expect a range of cuisine including International, BBQs, Italian food and of course, Egyptian and Gulf specialties, with 4 or 5 different dishes on offer at each sitting. There are also plenty of nibbles free of charge throughout the day, such as biscuits, candy bars and toast.
International cuisine is served along with Italian specialties, BBQs and local delicacies.
Waiter served main meals comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and are buffet style.
Snacks consist of candy bars, biscuits, toast and fruit are available all day, free of charge.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh drinking water are all complimentary.
Beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.
Vegetarian and other special dietary needs can be catered for with advanced notice.
Catering begins with dinner on the first day of the safari.
" All crew and especially divemasters Renate and Medhat were fantastic. Communication for everything including dive briefings and airport transfers was very clear. Brand new wetsuit and booties were provided for rental and other gear was all in good condition." - Meaghan Stolk, Canada, 14 May 2017 ...
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