Red Sea – Famous 5 – Diving Liveaboard Holiday Aboard Emperor Asmaa
Yes, we are going back to the Red Sea in 2022 for an amazing Famous 5 liveaboard!
- 17th June – 24th June 2022. 7 Days/7 Nights
(18 dives taking in all the popular Red Sea dive sites)
- £1,795 + £30 visa – per person (based on 2 people sharing)
- £800 deposit to hold your place
- 15 places available
Dive Trip Details
M/Y Emperor Asmaa, Egypt is a 30m custom-built liveaboard and member of the Emperor Fleet which underwent a complete refurb. With an emphasis on comfort and build with divers needs in mind, Emperor Asmaa offers 10 deluxe cabins equipped with en suite bathroom, minibar and towels. She can accommodate up to 20 guests with a crew of 8 on hand to ensure their satisfaction. Emperor Asmaa features an air-conditioned salon with a bar and TV/Video/DVD/CD and a large sundeck for relaxing.
Your diving holiday aboard Emperor Asmaa Egypt includes a shared cabin, 7 nights onboard, buffet-style meals, soft drinks, 6 days of diving, local transfers, guide, tanks, weights, environmental tax, Marine Park fees, port departure fees and 2 free Nitrox fills per day. Two dive guides are available to assist divers with a minimum of 2 dives per day on the Red Sea.
An Emperor Asmaa Egypt liveaboard diving holiday is a fantastic adventure. Book today.
Starting from Hurghada, we sail north towards Gubal Island and on to Abu Nuhas and its four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the ‘Lentil Wreck’ and the ‘Tile Wreck’, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. Explore the Rosalie Moller (the sister ship of the slightly more famous Thistlegorm), which lies from 30 to 50 metres deep and is in excellent condition. Although the visibility is not always good the wreck is covered in glassfish from bow to stern and hunting them are masses of lionfish. Around the wreck are the usual pelagics such as tuna, trevallies, Emperor fish and many more.
A short ride across the Straits of Gubal and you visit the most famous wreck of the Red Sea, the SS Thistlegorm! An awe-inspiring World War II British vessel with a cargo full of armaments, Bedford trucks and BSA motorbikes, which were all destined for the British troops in North Africa. She was sunk by the German Luftwaffe and now lies in 30 metres of water. Depending on divers’ experience, along with weather and current conditions, we try to offer a night dive here. Nearby is the Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning dive at the renowned ‘Shark and Yolanda’ reefs. Ras Mohamed National Park is the furthest Sinai destination before heading south towards the Brothers.
The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore from El Quseir. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Big tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can sometimes be found there. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.
For the wreck diver, the Aida II, an Egyptian supply vessel, and the Numidia, a cargo ship, lie on the walls of the Big Brother. Both are covered in a rich growth of soft and hard corals. Marine life includes a family of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.
The boat will then sail back to Hurghada via Safaga where you can dive at Panorama Reef or the famous wreck of Salem Express for a memorable finale!
*Subject to current Egyptian Navy restrictions
Itinerary Highlights…SS. Thistlegorm – Shaab Ali
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.
Also known as the ‘Ships Graveyard’, this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. Wrecks here include the Ghiannis D, Carnatic, Tile and Lentil Wrecks. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef.
Ghiannus D – Abu Nuhas
In 26m of water and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish.
Carnatic – Abu Nuhas
A British P&O steamer which struck the reef in 1869. She lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicoloured soft corals. The wreck is home to glass fish, octopus, morays, jacks and tuna cruise overhead.
Tile Wreck – Abu Nuhas
There is much discussion over the true identity of this wreck. Sunk in 1978 fully laden with stone floor tiles, she now lies from 4m to 30m.
Lentil Wreck – Abu Nuhas
A cargo vessel which sank in 1978 whilst carrying a heavy load of lentils. She rests at 30m on her starboard side. The bow area is completely destroyed but the main section and propeller areas are good to explore.
Accommodation – Full board – (liveaboard)
Dive Boat Fees
All Air Fills
Cylinder (12L) & Weight Hire
Tea/coffee and water throughout the week
Marine Park Fees
Port departure fees
Not Included in Price
Dive guide and dive crew gratuities
Meet & Greet visa
Pictures from our previous Red Sea liveaboard holidays: