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From USD 106 per day
102 ft
Max 16
At a glance...
  • Southern Red Sea liveaboard cruises
  • ENOS lost diver tracking
  • Max. capacity of just 16
  • Special kids cruises
  • Rebreather friendly
  • All cabins with private bathrooms

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Thunderbird is a 31m long wooden hull motor yacht. With a maximum of just 16 guests onboard, it is an ideal choice for clubs and groups searching for a Red Sea liveaboard diving safari with a family atmosphere. Furthermore, Thunderbird regularly schedules special cruises for kids, so it is also a great option for families.

The liveaboard operator has gained many years of experience with safari dive boats and the knowledge acquired has been consistently implemented in every detail to offer guests the maximum in comfort and relaxation. Thunderbird was built in 2001 but underwent a major renovation in 2016.

Each spacious cabin has a private bathroom and individually controlled air-conditioning. 7 of the cabins have twin side-by-side beds and 1 cabin has a queen size double bed. For the kids safaris, Thunderbird can accommodate a maximum of 18 guests, as an extra bed can be added in 2 of the cabins.

The onboard chef is hotel-experienced and serves up culinary delights of Egyptian and European origin. Guests often comment that they are spoiled by the high standards of cuisine. The boat crew is also highly experienced and the dive guides are always onhand to help and advise scuba divers with all their needs.

Public areas onboard include an indoor saloon where meals are served, and also with a seated lounge area with TV, DVD, internet and Bluetooth box. There are also 3 partially shaded sun decks where guests can make the most of the Red Sea's glorious sunshine

The dive deck includes a charging station for scuba divers to recharge their underwater camera and torch batteries, a nitrox membrane system that delivers free fills for enriched air-certified divers, ENOS lost diver tracking system, extra large 15 litre tanks for those that consume a lot of air, and 2 Zodiacs for easy access to the sites.

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster Atakalam Alarabiya

Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster Atakalam Alarabiya

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Notes: Kids safaris: child 12-16 years old: US$ 721 (sharing parents' cabin or kids' cabin), 1st. child 6-11 years old: free of charge (sharing parents' cabin), 2nd child 6-11 years US$ 507 (sharing parents' cabin or kids' cabin), parents: standard price. Port and park fees US$ 134. The capacity of Thunderbird is 18 on these safaris because 2 of the cabins can be adapted to accommodate an extra bunk bed for a child. Minimum age: 6 years old. All participants must be able to swim. Try dives are available to children 8 years and older.
Family safaris: child 12-16 years old: 25% discount (sharing parents' cabin or kids' cabin, parents: standard price. Port and park fees US$ 155 per week. Minimum age: 12 years old. Try dives are not available.

Dive experience: To dive at Brothers, Daedalus Reef, Zabargad and Rocky islands, you must be a certified diver and have a minimum of 50 logged dives, elsewhere: a minumum of 30 logged dives.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, soft drinks, drinking water, hot drinks (e.g. coffee, tea), return transfers from local airport for Hurghada departures, dives (as detailed in the trips above), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, ENOS diver location safety system, 2 experienced English-speaking divemasters (3 on Kids' Cruises), tanks, weightbelt, weights, all taxes.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (per week - Regulators/BCD/dive computer US$ 51 per piece, wetsuit US$ 51), SMB, diving insurance, port and park fees: Safaga & Hurghada/Fury Shoals & Elphinstone US$ 187, St. John's US$ 208, Red Sea Northern Wrecks & Brothers US$ 160, Red Sea South US$ 240. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - EUR, USD, EGP - or credit card).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (beer and wine), torch (US$ 6 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 38 per week), return transfers from local airport for Port Ghalib departures (see below), hotel day room/pool use. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Note: prices of items purchased onboard are subject to change.

How to get there: Thunderbird liveaboard diving safaris depart from either Hurghada or Port Ghalib. A tour representative will be waiting for you in the Hurghada or Marsa Alam arrivals hall. For more details, including airlines, see our Red Sea travel information section. Check in time starts at 3 pm on the first day (boat departs port the next morning). Please bring 2 copies of your passport.
Hurghada departures - collective return transfers from Hurghada Airport to the marina (approx. 20 mins) are provided free of charge.
Port Ghalib departures - collective transfers from Marsa Alam Airport to the port (approx. 10 mins) are provided at a cost of US$ 11 per person per way. Collective transfers from Hurghada Airport to the port (approx. 3 hours) are provided at a cost of US$ 27 per person per way.
The last dive of the trip will be finished by noon on the second last day of the trip. Check out is at 10 am on the final day (last night is spent in the harbour). Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 10%.

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 the own private cabin.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise free of charge.

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 Red Sea diving trip.
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.

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster Atakalam Alarabiya

Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 8 lower deck guest cabins on Thunderbird - 7 with twin beds and 1 with a double queen-sized bed. All cabins have private en-suite bathrooms.

All the cabins have:
  • Individual control air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin
  • Towels and bathrobes
  • Portholes
  • Cabinet & shelves
  • Reading lights
  • Mirror
  • Bedding
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply
  • European-style 2-pin plugs
  • Life jackets and fire extinguishers
No. of bathrooms / showers - 10 / 10 - hot water

 English spoken by divemasters  Deutschsprachige Divemaster  Divemaster Atakalam Alarabiya


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