MV Sunlight is a 34m long Egyptian liveaboard boat that offers economy diving cruises throughout the Southern Red Sea. It was completely renovated in 2019 and now takes 20 scuba divers to such places as the beautiful and vibrant reefs of St. John’s , Abu Fendera and Fury Shoals, and the Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef and other marine parks in the south, where pelagic sharks and manta rays are among the chief attractions.
The cabins each have a private bathroom, single and double twin beds with daily housekeeping, and air-conditioning. Toiletries are complimentary, and cabin, deck and beach towels are all provided.
The air-conditioned indoor saloon has both a lounge area with sofa seating, TV and audio entertainment with a large selection of films, a book library, and dining section. Wifi is available onboard too. The upper deck has a partially covered outdoor area, ideal for enjoying the sea breezes and Egyptian sunshine. There is also an open-air bar where guests can recount their dive adventures of the day and enjoy a sundowner or two: Sunlight is known for its fun atmosphere onboard and there is a JBL Bar Studio Speaker with Bluetooth on the sundeck to help with the party atmosphere.
Diving activities are conducted from the 2 accompanying zodiacs or straight from the deep dive platform, depending on access to the site. The dive deck features personal storage crates, wetsuit drying rails, gear rinse tanks, camera table and a charging station, and of course a dive platform with egress ladder for access to/from the sea. There will be an opportunity yo visit the lightouses on Brothers and Daedalus, and sometimes the captain will arrange zodiac rides during surface intervals. Guests can also use a SUP-board to explore the sea.
Dive experience: Recommended: St. John's, Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone liveaboard safaris - Open Water diver license and 50 logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Return transfers from local airport to boat, cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, soft drinks, drinking water, hot drinks (e.g. instant coffee, tea), dives (as detailed in the trips above), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, 2 experienced English-speaking divemasters, tanks, weights.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Port fees (US$ 52 per week), park fees (US$ 62 per week), scuba equipment (US$ 16 per day), diving insurance, Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (beer and wine, should be pre-booked), dive computer (US$ 10 per day), torch (US$ 1 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 47 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The MV Sunlight uses the ports of Hurghada and Port Ghalib. Check in time starts at 7 pm on the first day (boat departs the next morning), For Hurghada departures, return transfers from the local airport are provided once boarding begins. If you are staying in a hotel in Hurghada, you will be collected early morning on the second day and transferred to the boat For Port Ghalib departures, return transfers from the local airport are provided once boarding begins. There is also a shuttle service at 8 pm to transfer guests from Hurghada. For more details see our travel information section for the Red Sea..
The last dive of the trip will be at around 10 am on the second last day of the trip. Check out before 10 am on the final day (last night is usually spent on the boat in the harbour). Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 20%.
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 75% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise free of charge, pay for 13 guests and 2 additional persons can join .
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Please ask us for details.
Add-on package: Visitors can reserve the wonderful antiquities tours to create a holiday of a lifetime. You can see the pharaohs and royal mummies at Cairo Muesum, the pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, a fantastic cruise along the River Nile to the Valley of the Kings … all the world famous attractions of ancient Egypt and much more can be added on to your Red Sea liveaboard diving cruise.
There are 10 cabins on Sunlight, all have private bathrooms. 8 of the cabins are on the lower deck and have twin single and double bunk beds. There are also 2 double bed suites at the front of the upper deck.
All the cabins have:
Individually controlled air-conditioning
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin
Towels and toiletries
Wardrobe and shelves
Bedding and luggage space
24-hour, 220v electricity supply
European-style 2-pin plugs
Life jackets and fire extinguishers
No. of bathrooms / showers - 12 / 12 - hot water
Note: hot water and air-con are not available on the final night in the tourist harbour on cruises that end in Hurghada.