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From the Sinai Peninsula in the north through to St. John's pristine reefs at the Sudanese border in the south, the Red Sea shimmers as an example of dedicated environmental conservation. The success of the region's sea life is largely thanks to conservation efforts implemented in the early 1990s. The Egyptian government is planning further expansion of their conservation effort, which is good news for scuba divers, like you!

On liveaboard diving safaris in the Red Sea from Hurghada and further south, the weather plays a slightly more prominent role but rewards scuba divers with awesome visibility, sheer walls, lots of wrecks and pelagic action in droves. Characteristic of the region are sheltered reefs and towering pinnacles, a favourite habitat of a diverse shark populations. Dark clouds of schooling reef fish, swarming snappers and heaps of surgeons also abound. Divers speak in hushed tones of sites such as The Brothers, Elphinstone, Daedalus, St John's and Sudan. Show more


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Liveaboard Diving Safari Options in Red Sea South


There is a great deal of cross-over between these routes, with some itineraries encompassing sections of 2 or more of the above-mentioned routes. Indeed, many of the boats from our 'North and Wrecks' section also make liveaboard tours of the Southern Red Sea.

Trips tend to feature 3 dives a day. Conditions can be more variable in the south with more exposed reefs experiencing less calm seas and occasionally strong current. For these reasons, the Southern Red Sea charters appeal to more experienced divers and those who have previously visited the northern regions. Indeed according to Egyptian law, it is necessary to show proof of 50 logged dives before you can dive in its marine parks located in the south.

For the ultimate adventure of a lifetime, you can combine your Red Sea diving safari with a tour to discover the historical sights of Egypt. Take an overland tour of Cairo to visit the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the national museums, or a Nile River cruise through the Valley of the Kings: Egypt antiquity tours.

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MY Andromeda MY Andromeda
From USD 102 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

39m / 129 ft
Max 26
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • 7 and 14 night trips in Egypt an...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Shisha room
  • Diver locator devices
  • Large boat with steel hull
MY Blue Planet I MY Blue Planet I
From USD 93 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

27m / 89 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Popular for group charters and d...
  • 12 and 15 litre tanks
MY Felo MY Felo
From USD 138 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

39m / 129 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • ENOS satellite diver location sy...
  • Large boat
MY Golden Dolphin MY Golden Dolphin
From USD 115 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Spacious air-conditioned saloon
  • 2 week safaris available
Red Sea Aggressor I Red Sea Aggressor I
From USD 181 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

36m / 119 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Visits Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Free local wine and beer, lost d...
  • Photo/video center
  • Sun deck with Jacuzzi, masseuse
  • Large boat with steel hull
MS Royal Evolution MS Royal Evolution
From USD 149 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

39m / 129 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
  • Visits Red Sea North and South, ...
  • All cabins with ensuite bathroom...
  • In-cabin morning coffee/tea serv...
  • 4 decks, sun deck with hot tub a...
  • 10, 12 and 15 litre tanks, nitro...
  • Large boat
MY Blue Seas MY Blue Seas
From USD 123 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

37m / 122 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Huge Honeymoon Suite
  • Large boat
MY Emperor Elite MY Emperor Elite
From USD 146 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

38m / 125 ft
Max 26
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • Winner of our 'Liveaboard of the...
  • All cabins ensuite with media pl...
  • Dedicated restaurant, free dinne...
  • Large boat
MY Emperor Superior MY Emperor Superior
From USD 145 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

37m / 122 ft
Max 25
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Dedicated restaurant
  • Large boat with many relaxation ...
MY Golden Dolphin III MY Golden Dolphin III
From USD 133 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

37m / 122 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dedicated restaurant room with b...
  • Large boat
MY Miss Nouran MY Miss Nouran
From USD 104 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

30m / 99 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dedicated indoor restaurant with...
  • Large boat
MY Seawolf Soul MY Seawolf Soul
From USD 126 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

36m / 119 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Technical diving facilities
  • ENOS satellite location and resc...
  • Large boat
MV Emperor Echo MV Emperor Echo
From USD 135 per day

Customer rating: Good

31m / 102 ft
Max 25
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • Complimentary red wine with even...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Bar on sun deck
MY Blue MY Blue
From USD 146 per day

Customer rating: Good

43m / 142 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • Spacious bright cabins with priv...
  • Rebreather facilities
  • Large boat
MY Dreams MY Dreams
From USD 86 per day

Customer rating: Good

28m / 92 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Affordable option for 7 night tr...
  • 12 & 15 litre tanks available
MY Emperor Asmaa MY Emperor Asmaa
From USD 145 per day

Customer rating: Good

30m / 99 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dive computers available
  • Computer available for internet ...
MY Golden Dolphin II MY Golden Dolphin II
From USD 126 per day

Customer rating: Good

36m / 119 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dedicated dining room with bar
  • 12 and 15 litre tanks
  • Large boat with 2 sundecks
MY Grand Sea Serpent MY Grand Sea Serpent
From USD 138 per day

Customer rating: Good

41m / 135 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
  • Visits Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Spacious communal areas
  • Helium/oxygen blending station
  • Large boat
MY Sea Serpent MY Sea Serpent
From USD 124 per day

Customer rating: Good

33m / 109 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dedicated restaurant with bar
  • Helium/oxygen blending station
MY Blue Pearl MY Blue Pearl
From USD 113 per day

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36m / 119 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Red Sea North and South
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Spacious comfortable communal ar...
  • Large boat
MY Contessa Mia MY Contessa Mia
From USD 118 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

34m / 112 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea South
  • Cabins with private bathrooms
  • Dedicated restaurant
  • Large boat
MY Excellence MY Excellence
From USD 118 per day

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34m / 112 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Red Sea North and South, ...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Dedicated restaurant with bar
  • Rebreather facility



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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

The Southern Red Sea of Egypt is a little warmer than the north. Water temperatures rise to 28-30°C from July to September. In October and November the temperatures drop to 27-28°C and then from December to February to 26-23°C. After this, temperatures warm up again from 25-28°C between March and June.

Summer winds can blow between May and September, with stronger winter winds from October to April. On rare occasions, dive cruises will be re-routed if winds are too strong for the original routes.

Oceanic whitetip sharks can be encountered In St John's around May and June, and at Elphinstone and the rest of southern Egypt from October to December. Thresher shark season is from September to December around the offshore islands, Brothers and Daedalus. Hammerheads can be seen at Daedalus in the summer months when big numbers of females are attracted there. Manta ray and whale shark season at St. John's, Daedalus and Brothers is around April and May.

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Liveaboard Ports of Departure for Red Sea South and How to Get There

Red Sea South liveaboard cruises depart from Hurghada, Safaga or Port Ghalib (at Marsa Alam). Often they will begin at one port and end at another. St. John's Reef trips are the exception, in that they use only Port Ghalib as their departure and return port. In some cases the boats are moored at port and depart the day after the trip begins. This means you can arrive quite late on the first day of the tour and still board the boat before it sets sail the following morning.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from the local airport or hotels (if you overnight beforehand). We will send you full departure details during the booking process.

Most people fly into Cairo International Airport. It is well serviced by over 70 international airlines from Europe, the US, Africa and Asia. Hurghada, Safaga and Marsa Alam are accessible via domestic flights or direct via a few international airports. More information on: How to get to Egypt.

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in Egypt before or after your Red Sea liveaboard diving safari, you can find a large range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to ask questions, then simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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Useful References for Southern Red Sea Liveaboards


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