The M/Y Discovery II (ex-Samira) is a large 37m long wooden hull motor yacht that operates value liveaboard diving safaris throughout the Egyptian Red Sea. It is the sistership and more luxurious relation of the Amelia Discovery.
Discovery II accommodates 22 guests in 11 twin/double air-conditioned suites and cabins, each with a private bathroom. It has a spacious saloon with a separate dining area where amazing food is served, and a lounge area with bar, A/C, DVD/TV/video and a music system.
There are 2 large sundecks, one with a bar and shaded social area with table and chairs, the other with sofa seating and sun mattresses. There is plenty of space for all guests to relax and enjoy their time in the sunshine between dives.
There are 2 x 6m Zodiacs with 40 HP outboard engines that run scuba divers out to the sites, where they can use the free enriched air nitrox supplied by the onboard membrane system to extend their time underwater. The dive platform has freshwater showers to rinse off after each dive, and rinse tanks to soak salt-sensitive equipment once you're back onboard after you finish. Discovery II has professional dive guides, as well as a friendly and hard working crew.
The Red Sea boasts world class diving, excellent visibility all year round, and incredible value for money. What better way to spend a week than waking up at undisturbed sites to dive the world famous wrecks and marine parks of Egypt! You can make 3-4 dives per day and reach spots that few others get to visit. The Discovery II offers great value and the appeal of its Red Sea liveaboard diving tours are obvious.
Dive experience: Recommendation for all trips: Advanced Open Water Diver license and a minimum of 20 logged dives; except for any cruises that include the southern marine parks (Brothers, Daedalus Reef, Zabargad or Rocky) - Advanced Open Water Diver and 30 logged dives. Guests may be requested to sit out a dive if the guides assess that it is beyond their experience level.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, soft drinks, drinking water, hot drinks (e.g. instant coffee, tea), transfers from/to Hurghada or Marsa Alam airports, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 32% nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, 2 experienced CWDS English-speaking divemasters, tanks, weights, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 191 per week), dive computer (US$ 42 per week), diving insurance, port/park/environmental fees (route dependent: from US$ 122 to US$ 201). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only - EUR, USD, GBP, EGP).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, torch (US$ 42 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 37 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Discovery II liveaboard tours depart from either Hurghada or Port Ghalib. Return transfers from Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports are provided. The transfer between Hurghada and Port Ghalib takes about 4 hours. Check in starts at 4 pm on the first day (boat departs the next morning and late arrivals can still board until 5 am). For more details visit our Red Sea travel information section.
The last dive of the trip is at 10 am on the second last day of the trip and the yacht returns to port around 3:30 pm. Check out is at 10 am on the final day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 25% discount (cannot be combined with any other special offers).
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 50% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a lower deck cabin free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 17% discount on total price of 20 individuals.
Add-on package: We strongly recommend to our Egypt clients that they consider some of the wonderful antiquities tours which can be added to your Red Sea liveaboard diving holiday. Cairo museum's pharaohs and royal mummies, the pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, a glorious cruise down the Nile to the Valley of the Kings … all the world famous attractions of ancient Egypt are here to give you the trip of a lifetime.
Discovery II has 11 guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms. There are 8 cabins with twin beds - 6 on the lower deck and 2 on the upper deck. There are also 3 Honeymoon Suites with large double beds, 2 on the upper deck and 1 on the lower deck. All the Honeymoon Suites are fitted with a mini bar/fridge, A/C, separate fitted shower cubicle, and TV entertainment system.
All the cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin
"Everything was great. The boat and crew were excellent. Vic was also super helpful with answering questions and communicating information between myself and the boat, as this was our first one. The boat captain was safe and conscientious. The crew were helpful both on our boat and others to help preserve safety of the reef, the divers and the boat. The dive masters were safety oriented and helpful.
There was a bit of misinformation regarding the final day on the boat. The description provided says that you leave the boat at 12pm on the final day. We came to find out that checkout was actually 10am and that we could have left the boat as early as the prior afternoon/evening. If I had known that we could have departed the boat earlier than 12pm (as described in the itinerary) and I would have booked more convenient flights home. Also, we got Salmonella on day 3 of the trip due to the food on the boat (10/13 divers got sick). Luckily there were additional antibiotics on the boat.
" - Rebecca Good, United States, 24 July 2022 ...
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