Sudan Liveaboard Scuba Diving Safaris

Suddenly feeling the urge to get away from it all? Get away to Sudan for some winter sun and some of the best scuba diving to be found in the World. Get far enough south in the Red Sea and you won’t see other safari boats, or overdived reefs – just marine life, and lots of it!

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WE ARE TURNING 10 YEARS OLD!

The time has come in our company’s life when we can celebrate a milestone! A lot has changed since the beginnings… Red Sea Boats Holidays started its journey down a path in the first years of the 2000s as the vision of a young and relentless small team, that we believe it is still journeying on.

It all started in 2003 with an Egyptian diving tour… Read more about Red Sea Boats Holidays...

 

The Brother Islands

Location: middle of the Red Sea
Description: reef/steep vertical walls
Depth: 25-40m

The Brother Islands are two small islands in the middle of the Red Sea. The Big Brother can be easily identified by its lighthouse that was built by the British in 1880. A big military ship wreck, the Aida II, rests on the Northern side of the island. She sank in 1957. The western side of the island provides home to large schools of barracudas, surgeonfish, mackerels, snapper fish and of course sharks, sometimes even tiger sharks. An abundance of colourful soft corals and gorgonian fans and the rich diversity of marine life and large pelagics make the dives at Brothers Islands an unforgettable experience.

Big Brother Island - Egypt

The Small Brother has a nearly round shape, lake a rain drop, falling from the north west to south east. It’s walls, packed with soft and hard corals and gorgonias show a vibrant marine life and are famous for their shark population. The northern plateau is one of the best places in the Red Sea for diving with sharks. Silvertips and grey reef sharks frequent the area and great hammerheads sometimes rise from the deep for a quick inspection before descending into the deep blue once again.

Small Brother Island - Egypt

To dive at the Brothers, and other Egyptian marine parks, you need to have: logged at least 50 dives, have valid insurance, have a surface marker buoy and a torch.

2012 Super Saver!

Some of you asked us to post special offers for 2012. Well, your wish is our command!

1) Our SUPER SPECIAL offer for the week of 25.02.2012 in SUDAN

Book your places now for our February 25 – March 3, 2012 Sudan-North tour and we offer you a 15% discount from our regular boat rate.

2) The ULTIMATE 2 WEEKS in Sudan: Book your places now for our 14 – 28 April, 2012 Sudan North + South tour!

We provide all-encompassing services onboard and off. We take care of the Sudanese visas for the guests and provide assistance and arrangements in Cairo as well.

And if there is anything else we can help you with our you wish to make a booking, please contact us!

Play and Win – Announcing the results

There was an amazing race for “likes” on our Facebook group page this past week. The prize was an Egyptian diving safari for 2. A tremendous number of “likes” were given to the pictures as we were witnesses to a serious head-to-head race. Only a few hours before the end of the race, it still seemed like the dice may turn…

Let’s start with the most important – the esteemed winner of our game is Stepan Shulga, collecting a total of 654 “likes”. Once again congratulations to Stepan and his substantial voting group of friends :-) . We wish you a great safari filled with lots of things to see! We have already contacted the winner and he can be on his way with a friend to their well-deserved prize of Egyptian safari!

The Winner:

Just to recap:

We called on all our diver and non-diver members between June 8 and 14 to upload pictures onto our Facebook group site with the writing “Andromeda safari” displayed, preferably in the most creative ways. After that things got simple as all was to be done was to collect enough “Likes” to reward the owner of the most enduring and lasting picture with the most “Likes” with an Egyptian safari for 2.

We can say with certainty that our game has reached its purpose – we were able to make a player happy and at the same time we were able to liven up our Facebook community in a usual but effective way. We thank for this all the ones who had posted the pictures and all those who had voted! Of course we are curious to hear about your experiences, suggestions and what you thought of the game.

Did you like it?

PLAY AND WIN!!!

PLAY AND WIN a St Johns diving safari for 2 to Egypt onboard M/Y Andromeda between July 6 and 13, 2011! What do you have to do? Show off your creativity! Write the words “Andromeda Safari” onto any surface with any tools, take a picture of it and post it onto our Cassiopeiasafari Facebook page. The owner of the picture with the most “likes” and a companion will be off to Egypt for the prize trip!

The game process: We would like to see the words “Andromeda Safari” displayed in the most creative ways! Write it onto a dusty car, put it together from various objects, cut it into the grass or your hair, for that matter, spray it onto the belly of your girlfriend with whipped cream, and so on. The possibilities are endless. You can post your pictures onto our Cassiopeiasafari Facebook page for 7 days after this message is posted. Then one full day will be available to vote. The prize for the owner of the picture with the most “likes” will be an Egyptian diving safari onboard M/Y Andromeda for 2 people (including transfers between Hurghada airport and boat, 7 nights fullboard accomodation onboard, diving, taxes and sisha/waterpipe onboard).

The game rules:
- Only registered members can post pictures, so first “like” the page then upload the picture.
- The “Andromeda Safari” must be clearly visible and legible in the picture.
- One registered member can upload only 1 picture.

Posting and deadline: Upload your picture onto our Cassiopeiasafari Facebook page from the time this message is posted until no later than June 14, 2011, 22:00.

Voting and deadline: You can vote for the uploaded pictures by clicking the ”like” button starting from the date this message is posted until no later than June, 15, 2011, 14:00

Winner announcement: On June 15, 2011 at 14:00. The winner will be notified by e-mail.

Important!
- The prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for money.
- The already booked guests on this safari are not eligible to take part in the game.

Red Sea and Safety

Flights to the popular Red Sea resort towns will resume in 1-2 weeks

Since Sunday, the economic life in Egypt has been returning back to normal. The banks have opened, people have returned to work and usual traffic has started again throughout Egypt.

In Hurghada there has never been danger to the tourists or the locals.

Thanks to the return of the Internet, Facebook and mobile services, our office is operating again smoothly and communicating with our representatives in Egypt.

Andromeda is soon departing for Sudan, laden with 70 tons of diesel, 5 tons of food and thousands of bottles of soft drinks, which is not a small feat, though filling up the boat with supplies did not cause any problems. This also goes to show that there is no food supply problem in Hurghada.

The still ongoing demonstrations in the larger towns of Upper Egypt are far from the Red Sea resort towns, about 600km from Hurghada and about 900km from Marsa Alam.

The Red Sea is not only far from the demonstrations but there are also strict safety regulations in place there. There is high employment rate and very low crime rate in these areas. Holidays planned along the Red Sea in the resort towns are not subject to any danger, they are safe and they are far from the unrest.

As it is well known now, in the last week of January demonstrations were planned throughout Egypt with the help of online community pages such as Facebook and Twitter. After this quick “social network” revolution, the organisers lost control of the events and as it usually happens, it all ended up in looting, fighting and settings things on fire.

Most airlines suspended flights to Egypt and asked their citizens to leave Cairo, Suez, Alexandria and Luxor. Although these restrictions did not affect the Red Sea resort towns (Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Sharm el Sheikh), it did influence the way tourists and people think. We cannot tell exactly how much longer before the restrictions will be lifted but we can confirm that the Budapest-Cairo Egypt Air flight will resume on 11.02.2011 and the charter flights on 19.02.2011.

As far as we know, the British and Russian charters are still flying to the resort towns and the French charters will start again within the next 10 days.

Dive Egypt!

Last spaces, best period, best price! Cassiopeia goes to North!
One of the most popular liveaboard diving itinerary in the Red Sea is again part of our diving program in March. Places are available right now to book onboard M/Y Cassiopeia! Amazingly beautiful wrecks, reefs, turtles and dolphins have made these diving spots deservingly popular.

Date: March 12-19. 2011
Route: South + North Safari (Elphinstone/Salem Express/Abu Nuhas)
Boat: M/Y Cassiopeia – Safety and luxury in one place!

Don’t delay, book now!

New Year’s Eve Lottery

Win a free diving safari for 2 people (plus their companions) from 26 December, 2010 until 02 January, 2011!!!

How to enter the game?

Upload any diving related Xmas Card or Photo into our Facebook Cassiopeiasafari Group and win a free stay onboard Andromeda from 26th December, 2010 until 02nd January, 2011 (including transfers between Hurghada airport and boat, 7 nights fullboard accomodation onboard, New Year’s Eve dinner, diving, taxes and sisha/waterpipe onboard).

The winner can be anyone who uploads any diving related Xmas Card or Photo. You can upload more than one, but it will count as one participant in the game.

The winner will be notified by e-mail until 19th of December.
The deadline for submitting your photos is 19th of December 2010 20:00 pm

Important:
· The prize is not transferable to a person other than the bidder and it cannot be exchanged for money.
· Guests already registered and booked for the same safari are not eligible to enter the game.
· Additional expenses apply: Egyptian visa (USD15 / person); Ras Mohamed Marine Park fee (EUR10 / person); alcoholic beverages, Nitrox, equipment rental, Satellite phone use, T-shirt purchases onboard and other expenses not included in the price.

The story of Cassiopeia

The end of this year is approaching and we all looked at each other thinking that it is time again. It is time again to send our boats to the dry dock for the necessary maintenance and renovation works and to pretty up the ladies for their next season.

So, of course all the old stories came to life again about the construction of the boats and so did the photos hiding on disks that forever will keep the memories of dreams coming true. The photos tell a story of boat construction, about the birth of these majestic ladies and about their colourful career, spiced with some challenges on the way. This time we would like to share with you some photos that bring back some nice and interesting memories.

Here is for example one of the interesting stories – the story of Cassiopeia’s birth. Naturally the whole process was documented as she was our first-born and we wanted to remember and to see every step of her coming to life. And of course, because she –as her sister, Andromeda- was born in the land of the Pharaohs.

But how did exactly Cassiopeia become this 5-star motor yacht that so many of you know and love already, sailing the Red Sea for nearly 5 years now? Well, these photos will tell the story…

1. The name…
Cassiopeia got her name after a small Palm PC. Then actually finding out that this installation is made up of 5 stars, we were especially happy since we wanted to build a five-star boat.

2. Cassiopeia from the front
We used several coatings on the wood before painting it. By coatings we mean several layers of putty under which lies the fiberglass coating because the front of the boat is often drenched by tall waves and it needed to be protected from the water. The small sun deck in the front was made comfortable with the cozy and soft mattresses and cushions. The ropes also found their home here in the front.

3. The Captain’ bridge from the front
The windows were installed, the teak wood was laid, the seats for the front sun deck were constructed from wood and then all of it was painted. This is a place for comfortable relaxation and to breathe in the salty sea air while the skin turns into a nice shade of golden brown by the end of the week.

4. The Captain’s bridge from the inside
The cabinets were designed, the carpet was cut to size and installed, the electronics and the wheel were installed and finally the navigation and safety equipment were also installed. The wheel and the other navigation and safety equipment on the bridge are directly connected to the engine room.

5. Upper sun deck
While the bridge was being constructed, the upper sun deck was also in a fury of hammering. Under the paint a fiberglass coating protects the wood of the deck from the constant humidity and sea water. The place for the radar and the GPS was also finished. When designing the unique wave-shaped seats and tables, we kept in kind the needs of sun lovers. There is a place for the lonely wolf and for those who enjoy having a good time in groups.

6. Dive deck
When designing the dive deck, we mainly focused on comfort, safety and for the placement of photography equipment as we must handle 26 divers’ dives 4 times a day. So, the benches were placed in an H shape for optimal space utilisation.

7. Diving platform
The main concern here was the size as it is important for example with drift dives how many divers can gear up and jump into the water at the same time. There are 2 types of ladders on the 2 ends of the platform. One for climbing out of the water with fins on and one for climbing out in booties.

We also chose Cassiopeia’s future colour as well. We decided it to be a claret colour like one of the Azimut’s super yachts that came out in 2006. The surfaces under water were painted with an algae repellent.

8. Hallways
No need to turn sideways when walking in the hallways on the boat. All traffic areas were covered with teak wood of course. The bollards were also put in their places and their weight capacity was tested when the boat was water-born.

9. Charging/storage station
The units have 220v charges for lights, cameras, batteries and mobile phones. There is also place for smaller items such as sunglasses, logbooks or other items.

10. Stairs
When designing the stairs leading to the lower-deck cabins, our main concern was safety. So the steps were designed to be wide enough and were covered with carpet.

11. Dining area
We decided not to follow the traditional safari boat dining room design and created a dining area with a real “restaurant” look with round and separate tables and chairs. Good food deserves the appropriate setting and the tables are also great for poker parties!

12. Double-bed cabins
We wanted to cater to couples travelling with us as well, so we designed 5 cabins with queen-size beds to fit their needs. There is plenty of space for packing and the cabins are equipped with private bathrooms including shower, sink and toilet.

13. Salon
Behind the substantial bar counter 6-8 guests can make their morning coffee at the same time, not to mention the late-night cocktail parties. The salon also provides ample place for lying back to watch DVDs, for holding briefings and for nice conversation.

14. The salon and the bar in their shining glory
This is a European style room with comfortable cushioned seats, pleasant air-conditioning and an LCD TV, video, Hi-Fi, CD and DVD players to make time more pleasant during the day and at night.

15. Arabian café – for the gourmands…
The style, design, waterpipes, coffee and tea specialties all provide the essential Egyptian mood and feeling in the room.

16. The heart of the boat
The unique mashrabeya (wooden motifs), carpets and furniture all bring to life the well-known Arabian cafes’ atmosphere. The mashrabeya was carved by hand by a local artisan. Glue was boiling in the middle of the room during construction which he used to glue the paper-thin designs together and finally he painted them with varnish.

17. Twin-bed cabins
These cabins, just like the double-bed cabins, have lots of storage space, private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet and ample room for moving around in the spacious cabins.

18. Lower-deck hallway and cabin furniture

19. Dining
The weekly menu is assembled by the chef every week and it includes a variety of salads, fish specialties, chicken, beef, side dishes, pizza and other delicious meals along with sweet treats for the ones with a sweet tooth. For breakfast eggs are prepared in every possible way, toast, Fench toast, sausages, cold cuts, jams, joghurt and fresh vegetables are served.

20. Shisha room – the final touches
The hand-woven camel-hair carpets found their place on the walls, the traditional Egyptian seats were also put in their places and all missing were the belly dancers.

21. The bows
The bows were made for the wave lovers. All is needed is to exchange agreeing glances with the Captain to navigate the boat towards bigger waves when travelling from reef to reef. The winch helps the crew to bring up the anchor into the bows.

Haven’t you been onboard Cassiopeia yet?
Would you like to try? Get in touch with your diving instructor or contact us directly!