Rocky, Zabargad & Saint Johns 29 JULY 2023

We are busy planning a number of trips, this onewill be to Rocky, Zabarged and Saint Johns in the deep south. This trip is scheduled for: July 29 to August 5 from Port Ghalib (near Marsa Alam).

This trip is organized in cooperation with VooDoo Divers, Red Sea, Egypt.

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Rocky, Zabargad & Saint Johns

Egypt’s Red Sea offers some of the best diving in the world. On this tour we descend as deep as possible to the south and do a few dives along the way on the first day. On day two we visit Rocky and Zabargad, two islands far out at sea that are known for their deep sloping walls that are completely overgrown with beautiful hard and soft corals. Because this is deeper water and in general hardly any ships come here, diving here is fantastic. The current not only brings food for the reef, but also brings fantastic life. Turtles, Napoleons, Baracuda and if we are lucky a Gray reef shark or maybe even a Silky or Hammerhead. After a day of diving on these islands (including a night dive) we head for Saint Johns. This is the southern most diving area in the Egyptian Red Sea and is known for a variety of reef structures. From a forest of pillars on Umm Aruk, caves and lagoons on Paradise and the beautiful caves of Saint Johns Caves. All caves are at a maximum depth of 10-12 meters and they are open at the top, so that beautiful beams of the sun dance under the water. No special certification is needed to dive these caves.

As we leave Saint Johns we will pass throughFury Shoals, also known as Sataya. Sataya is a large reef that is known as a dolphin house for spinner dolphins. Once we are there we will go snorkelling with them as these dolphins do not like divers. Other beautiful places in this area are Malahi, Maksoer, Claudio, Stairway-to-heaven and many more super places to make a dive. Because there are so many beautiful spots, unfortunately we cannot do them all, but we will plan our dives depending on the current, wind and whatever other boats are doing, as we try to avoid the crowds. 
Near Marsa Alam we have the opportunity to dive on the world famous reef of Elphinstone and we can make a stop at Marsa Shouna to dive with large turtles.

This trip offers up to 4 dives per day, including night diving. And most dives go to a maximum of 30 meters and we recommend that you are an Advanced diver or that you take this course on board.

  • Dates: 29 Juli – August 5 2023, from 16:00 on arrival day until 10:00 on departure day.
  • Duration: 8 days/7 nights, including 6 days of diving
  • Port: Port Ghalib (Marsa Alam)
  • Travel area: Zabargad Island, Rocky Island, Saint Johns with Paradise, Big Gota, Saint Johns Caves, Sataya, Elphinstone and Marsa Shouna
  • Number of dives: 18
  • Maximum diving depth: 30 meters
  • Current: Depending on the current we can make drift dives. As a rule, the current during the dives on this trip is not too bad, although it is useful if you are comfortable in a current.
  • Dive equipment: You will need full equipment, including a suit, dive computer for each diver, Torch for night diving and an SMB. Rental equipment is available at request.

starting from

€ 1.295,-

OUR HOME for the week: M/V Marselia star

The Marselia Star safari boat was built in Alexandria in 2015. A comfortable steel ship with a length of 40 meters and a width of 8.5 meters ensures the comfort of traveling, diving and living. Because she is a steel ship she is heavy and travelling much more comfortable in comparison to most liveaboards who are wooden build.

The boat offers space for 28 divers in 14 cabins, all of which are equipped with a private bathroom, air conditioning and a refrigerator. There are no cabins next to the engine room, assuring for a good night sleep. As the dining room and galley are below deck, there are 10 cabins on the main and upper decks with large windows for more light. Two lounges and two sun decks invite you to relax between dives, all equipped with couches and sun loungers.

There are 15 cabins on the boat, spread over 3 decks. Including 4 on the lower deck (not next to the engine room), 8 on the main deck and 2 on the sun deck. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom, air conditioning and a refrigerator.

The perfect place to relax between dives are two sun decks, equipped with deckchairs, poufs and benches. There is also a bar with cold drinks and a coffee machine. The high deck provides shelter from the wind, even on windy days.

The crew consists of ten people. They are skilled professional sailors who have spent most of their lives working at sea. Thanks to them, we can ensure an optimal level of comfort and safety. The crew consists of: captain, cook, assistant cook, 2 stewards, mechanic, deputy mechanic and 3 sailors. During each safari you are accompanied by dive guides

Technical data:

  • Boat Rating: ★★★★
  • Year built 2015
  • Number of people: 28 guests+ 3-4 guides
  • Capacity Up to 30 divers at 11 double rooms and 4 suites. All cabins contain the bathroom, air-condition, mini-bar, towels and warm blanket 3 covered areas, 2 saloons and 1 restaurant at sea level
  • Length: 40 m, width 8.5 m

TOUR SPECS: Rocky & Zabargad (Deep South)

Duration8D / 7N > 6 days of diving
PortPort Ghalib
AreaRocky Island, Zabargad, Saint Johns, Sataya
Overnight travelTo Saint John and on the way back to port
Beste travelledMarch – November
Dive sitesRocky Island, Zabargad South, Dangerous, Umm Aruk, Saint Johns Caves, Sataya-East, Malahi, Maksour, Claudio, Stairway to heaven, Abu Dabab, Elphinstone, plus local reefs depending on the Port
Number of dives18
Type of divingWall diving with blue water, reef diving and night diving and an occasional cavern and drift
Maximum diving depths30-40 meter
CurrentsNone to small is regular, an occasional medium to strong on Rocky or one of the habilies.
Expected marine lifeLongimanus, Grey reef, dolphins, turtles, morays, tuna, trevally, batfish, lion fish, stone fish, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, clownfish, octopus,
Advised certificationAOWD with 30 dives

* The executed route and dive sites are chosen depending on the wind and sea conditions where safety and comfort on board are key. The sea is not a zoo and the expected marine life is a realistic expectation based upon years of experience.

MAKE A BOOKING

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Start dateSat. 29 July, Arrival on board after 4 PM.
End DateSat. 5 August 23, departure before 10 AM.
Duration 8D / 7N
PortPort Ghalib / Red Sea
Yacht M/Y Marsilia Star
Spaces28
Price Euro 1.295,-

Included: VAT, fuel surcharge, harbor fees, National Park fee, airport or hotel group transfer (within Hurghada on arrival or departure day), drinking water, soft drinks, tea & coffee, full board (All meals), snacks, special dinner, diving package, extra dives, nitrox 12 L, cabin towels , deck towels, WiFi internet

Extras: Diving insurance, travel insurance, visa and  tips/tips (100 Euro per guest)

Optional Extras: flights, alcoholic drinks, courses, private dive guide, rental equipment, private or additional transfer, day-use in a hotel.

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