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Red Sea 2019 Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone

DIVE THE INCREDIBLE RED SEA!

Oceanic White tip shark

Red Sea Adventure 2019

September 7-14, 2019

$1685 p/p Single Occupancy Rate Lower Cabin 

$1800 p/p Double Occupancy Rate ($3600 per cabin) Upper Cabin Deluxe Suite 

Price includes:

7 night’s accommodation with up to 3 to 4 dives per day as allowed by law and weather

3 meals a day, plus snacks

12L tanks (AL 80)

Weights

Nitrox – yay!  Other boats charge for Nitrox

All marina/port fees – this is an extra charge on other boats and quite high

Gas surcharge – this is an extra charge on other boats

Taxes

To and from boat transfers (3-hour ride from Hurghada airport)

Guides

Price does not include:

Tips: Budget at least 15 to 20 dollars per day (as you see fit of course)

30 L (AL100)  tanks/week: $50 pp

Nespresso coffee drinks

Alcoholic Drinks:  Beer and Wine available – OTA TIP:  Bring your own! Egypt allows up to four Liters per person.  Also duty-free in country (Cairo and HRG) you can purchase liquor and other duty-free goods within 48 hours of arrival).  See….Morad and Jeanne are already looking out for us!

 

Diving insurance is mandatory. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised.

The Boat

THE BOAT

The MY Galaxy is straight out of the top drawer for luxury liveaboard diving in the Red Sea

 

Superlatives are inadequate to describe this boat of truly cosmic proportions and one of the top vessels in the Red Sea catalogue.

Built in 2009, this liveaboard boat makes use of the latest in marine technology, with twin 1400 HP MTU engines and super Silent generators.  At over 42 meters in length, Galaxy oozes space and elegance. The stylish Saloon is huge and beautifully fitted with large sea view windows and swish sofa seating to relax with a drink from the bar or espresso machine or catch a movie on the 42" plasma screen TV. Galaxy also allows guests to stay connected with complimentary onboard internet access. There is a dedicated air-conditioned Restaurant towards the bow of the Main Deck.  The Galaxy can accommodate 24 guests in 12 Cabins. Standard cabins on the Lower and Upper Decks are all bright and spacious with personal unit air-conditioning and private bathrooms.There are 2 more King-size Suites on the Upper Deck with large windows.  Like most Scuba Divers in the Red Sea, you'll want to make the most of your available time underwater. The Galaxy provides free Nitrox for all qualified Divers to enable you to do this. MY Galaxy also takes its guest safety seriously too. That's why everyone gets free use of the ENOS satellite location and rescue system. This means you don't need to be concerned about getting lost at sea - Galaxy look after you!  The Galaxy's Dive Deck and Platform will not disappoint you either. There are toilets, hot water showers, and charging points for batteries. 2 large motorized dinghies with experienced Guides will whisk you away to all the top Red Sea dive spots.  The MY Galaxy is master of the universe when it comes to Red Sea liveaboard diving

MY Galaxy Menu, Cuisine Type...

International cuisine and local delicacies are 'flavor of the day' onboard Galaxy, served buffet style in the air-conditioned restaurant. Pizzas are made as afternoon snacks, with ice-cream sometimes offered as dessert after meals. Beer, wine, spirits and espresso are available for purchase onboard. Vegetarian and other special diets can be catered for with prior notice.

  • King Suite on upper deck- There are only 2 King Suites!
  • M/Y Galaxy is our home on the Red Sea! 42 meters long and 9 meters wide, it boasts 3 spacious decks with 9 lower cabins and 4 upper cabins.
  • Step in shower in King Suite on the upper deck
  • Single bed cabin with en-suite bathroom
  • Sky Deck perfect for stargazing!
  • Spacious Salon area
  • Salon and bar view
  • Forward Dive Deck
  • Dive Deck with extra room for each diver
  • Separate Dining room just off the Salon
  • Relax on one of the many deck areas
  • Lots of comfortable seating in the covered deck area

M/Y Galaxy has a length of 42 meters and oozes space and elegance. The stylish salon you will find a 42" plasma screen TV. 
Galaxy also allows guests to stay connected with on-board internet access (for a small charge). 
There is a dedicated air-conditioned restaurant towards the bow of the main deck. 

The Standard cabins on the lower and upper decks are all bright and spacious with personal unit air-conditioning and private bathrooms.  There are 2 king-size Suites on the upper deck with large windows.

The Galaxy's dive deck and platform will not disappoint you either. There are toilets, hot water showers, and charging points for batteries. 
2 large motorized dive dinghies with experienced dive guides will whisk you away to all the top Red Sea dive spots.

Example of Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival and transfer
from the airport to the boat
and check-in.

Day 2: Leaving after
approval by the coast guard
approx. 09:00 am, check
dive and 1 or 2 dives at
other diving spots, crossing
to Big Brother overnight.

Day 3: 3 dives in Big Brother

Day 4: 3 dives in Little
Brother, crossing to
Daedalus Reef overnight.

Day 5 and 6: 3 dives in
Daedalus reef, crossing to
Elphinstone Reef overnight.

Day 7: 2 dives in
Elphinstone Reef (or other
diving sites), entrance in the
harbor approx. 04:00 pm.

Day 8: Departure, check-out
and transfer to the Airport.

Night dives can’t be
organized on this itinerary

Cancellation policy:

Any cancellation within 120 days gets a 75% refund (if already paid in full)

From 119 to 90 days a 50% refund

From 80 to 30 days a 25% refund

Anything less than 30 days gets no refund

Keep in mind that since this is a half-charter booking so refunds are only applicable if the entire boat cancels.  For individual cancellations, you will have to resell your spot, or you will have to pay for your cabin.

GETTING THERE:

Airport:  We will be flying into Hurghada International Airport (HRG) to begin our trip.  OTA prefers Turkish Airlines because they offer direct flights to most of the Egyptian tourism destinations, which is good if you are adding on a tour.  For example, if you wanted to see the Pyramids, you can fly into Cairo (CAI) with Turkish Airlines.  Then, when ready, do an EgyptAir flight to HRG and get the transfer to the boat (3-hour drive to the boat).  OTA can help guide you through all your choices and hold your hand if need be to make sure you book the correct dates.  OTA will even make the arrangements to have our passports sent to Houston, so they can obtain our Egyptian Visas before leaving the US.  That is just an option and makes life 100% easier when we land in Egypt.

Join Outside The Asylum Diving & Travel on an exciting adventure to explore some of the most thrilling diving in the Red Sea!  

Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone Reef

This route takes us to some of the most spectacular offshore reefs aimed at giving us some heart-pounding, big pelagic action!  

The Brother Islands are a world famous scuba diving destination. It offers some of the best diving in Egypt and in Red Sea. These 2 small Islands (Little Brother and Big Brother) are famous for their wonderful pristine coral as well as being one of the best places in Egypt to dive with Sharks!

Here you can encounter the Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Schooling Hammerhead Sharks as well as Grey Reef Sharks and Silver tip Sharks! The Thresher Shark can also sometimes be spotted.

In addition, the Brothers Islands are home to  fantastic reef life with myriads of colorful reef fishes, pelagic fishes such as Barracudas, Giant trevally, Tunas and even the magnificent Manta Ray!

Diving with sharks is just one of the mind-blowing fish encounters you can experience while diving at Brother Islands in the Red Sea. With amazing vertical walls covered with corals and spectacular fish population, diving at the Islands is definitely unforgettable!

Little Brother Island

Little Brother Island is really great for amazing walls covered by unspoiled hard and soft Coral. The underwater scenery is really breathtaking and diving there is just mind-blowing. Hammerhead Sharks, Grey Reef and Silvertip Sharks are often spotted there. The sandy bottom is at 47m and the top of the reef is quite shallow and makes a great spot for your safety stop!

Big Brother Island

Little Brother Island is the best for Coral but for the big fish action, it is best to dive around Big Brother Island. It is a great spot to encounter the very curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark! Other shark species like Hammerhead, Grey, Silvertip and even the very rare Thresher Shark can be spotted too!

Daedalus Reef

Daedalus is a remote outpost of a reef, less than a kilometer wide and marked by a lighthouse, some 80 km offshore from Marsa Alam. Its isolation means it is only visited by liveaboard and this, together with its marine park status, means its reefs are in top condition and it's one of the best loved scuba dives in the Red Sea.

Dive with jacks in the Southern Red Sea - photo copyright of Egypt Tourism [photographer: CHICUREL Arnaud/hemis.fr]

As with the comparable Brothers, strong currents tend to run from north to south along the steep walls of this outcrop and winds can cause surface swells and waves to lash the reef. However, the incredible action below the surface can make the challenging conditions seem all seem worth it.

Diving at the north point of Daedalus can be the toughest when strong currents are running since the currents tend to split here. But it's these same conditions that almost guarantee you some predator action, so find yourself an eddy in the currents, hide out and wait. Schooling hammerhead sharks frequent the area, particularly in the summer months, as do silky sharks and other large pelagic fish such as manta rays, trevally and tuna.

 it's best to dive the eastern wall in the morning and the western wall in the afternoon. Again, both walls make drift dives to the southern point and are thickly overgrown with fans and soft corals but its the western wall that has more variety. A ledge at 10m provides home to countless anemones and their residents, endemic Red Sea Anemonefish and Dottybacks. There are some huge Porites hard coral formations on the wall and the crevices provide homes to moray eels. Cleaning stations are plentiful, where wrasse attend to queues of Bluespine Unicornfish and Groupers.

At the southern point of Daedalus Reef, keep an eye out for a special appearance from resident Thresher Sharks.

Elphinstone Reef

This is a cigar-shaped reef running north-south and over 400 meters in length, located in the southern Red Sea, close to Marsa Alam. It was named after Admiral George Elphinstone, a British naval commander who served in Egypt in the Napoleonic wars at the beginning of the 19th century. Marked at the sea's surface by just a few small breakers, its healthy marine life and underwater landscapes make it one of the best Red Sea diving sites.

Diving in the Red Sea with oceanic white tip sharks - photo copyright of Oasis, Marsa Alam

The northern and southern tips of Elphinstone have 100m wide plateaus between 20-40m deep, covered with soft corals, huge gorgonians, sponges and sea whips. Diving at the Northern Plateau, it's best to drop in further to the north and drift onto the finger-shaped plateau. Here you'll find purple Dendronephthya, brown soft corals and crowds of Redtooth Triggerfish, fluttering in the current. Giant trevally and great barracuda often hunt here and reef sharks are common. This is also location where you are most likely to spot hammerhead sharks at Elphinstone, although they remain a very elusive sighting.

As you swim closer to the shallows you'll join up with the wall covered in gorgonian fans and intricately carved with overhangs and cracks. This majestic underwater tapestry of Elphinstone is brightly colored by purple and orange Anthias, Angelfish and Emperors go about their daily business, and Flutemouths move stealthily through the shallows.

No strangers to Elphinstone's Southern Plateau and frequently spotted are Oceanic White Tip Sharks, seemingly always accompanied by pilot fish. These sharks seem curious of scuba divers and often return for a surprise second look. Oceanic Whitetips are rare sightings elsewhere in the world so this fish, perhaps more than any other, has come to represent what's so special about diving in the southern Red Sea. Best time for an encounter: September until the end of December. 

Wreck of the Numidia

The Numidia’s maiden voyage was on 28 February 1901 departing from Glasgow under the command of Captain John Craig and sailing to Calcutta, making the return trip soon afterwards. The voyage, by all accounts was uneventful. The second voyage of the ship would, however, prove to be her last.

At 0210 on 20th July 1901 the Captain was rudely awakened in his cabin below by the sound of his ship running aground on the northern plateau of Big Brothers! Rushing to the Bridge, he found that not only had the ship run aground on Big Brothers, but that his ship was lying almost directly below the lighthouse!

After spending 7 weeks having her cargo salvaged she finally slipped off the reef and sank. The bow now lies at 8-meters, with the rest of the ship descending at a steep angle to a depth of approximately 80-meters making it suitable for divers of all certification levels.

This 75m long Egyptian ship was build in France and launched in 1911. It sunk September 15th, 1957. Her bow is at 25m and her stern at 60m.  
  
In a big storm in September 1957 a captain decided to ignore all warnings and bring the Aida to Big Brother. Back then she was a supply ship for the Egyptian Army. The captain tried to moore her on the south east cost of Big Brother. The storm took her against the reef and she began to sink rather quickly. She looks like somebody put her down like that on purpose. If it wouldn't be for the hole from the impact with the reef she is in very good condition. A lot of corals and exposed to currents, like all of the dives at brother island.

Optional Excursions* 

Please call 855 OTA DIVE/682-3483 for more details and the most current pricing.

*(Hotel and prices are subject to change based upon availability. If the hotel mentioned is not available a comparable or better hotel will be substituted)

Cairo Tour $350 per person/double occupancy/Nile Fairmont Hotel

Includes  Airport Transfer and Hotel - Sept 5 & 6

  • Itinerary:
    • Day 1:Arrival Cairo
      • Welcome to Cairo, Egypt (Around The Clock)
        Your tour manager will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport (Arrival procedures) and then he will escort you to the hotel by exclusive air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. At hotel, the tour manager will assist with a smooth check-in and review your holiday itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour. Overnight in Cairo.
        Meals: Welcome Drink
    • Day 2:Pyramids / Cairo Tour
      • Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo and then met by your personal guide who will accompany you to Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus, famous Sphinx and Valley temple facing the great statue. Lunch will be served at a good quality local restaurant. Then transfer to enjoy the Egyptian Museum, Treasure room of the child king Tutankhamen. Continue to Old Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Continue driving to Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore the 14th century market, Khan El Khalili, in Cairo’s old town. In the evening transfer to Cairo International Airport for departure to Hurghada. 
        Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Included
    • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports 
    • Assistance of our guest relations during your stay
    • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
    • Accommodation in Cairo for 1 nights including bed and breakfast
    • All sightseeing tours are strictly private tours
    • Private English speaking guide
    • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
    • All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle
    • Meals as indicated in the above itinerary
    • Bottled water during the trips
    • Portage when needed
    • All service charges and taxes
  • Excluded:
    • Entry visa to Egypt  (This is handled by OTA Diving at a cost of $40 per person about 1 month prior to departure)
    • Personal spending
    • Optional activities
    • Tipping for local guides - $10 per person is recommended
    • Intra- country flight to Hurghada – about $100 each way 
    • One Night in hotel in Hurghada – about $60-$90 per night at the Marriott Beach Resort

         Luxor Tour Sept 14-15  $300 per person dbl occupancy/Sonesta Nile Hotel

  • Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
  • Type: Private Tour
  • Pick-up Time: 05:30 am from boat
  • Itinerary:
  • Day 1: Boat /Luxor Sightseeing Tours
    • Tour representative will pick you up from your hotel in Hurghada by air-conditioned modern vehicle to Luxor, where you will be accompanied by your own Egyptologist to visit the famous Karnak temple the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name Ipet-isut means “the most sacred of places.” The temple, or, more correctly, the complex of temples, was built over more than two thousand years by generation after generation of pharaohs. Within the complex, the great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars.
    • On the way you will enjoy lunch at quality restaurant and then you will be accompanied by your tour guide to visit the majestic Luxor temple which was built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II for ritual and festivals and dedicated to the god Amun with some free time for shopping in Luxor.
    • From there will be driven to your hotel for check in, leisurely free time in Luxor with optional evening tour to attend the fabulous sound and light show at Karnak temple in Luxor.
    • Overnight in your hotel.
  • Day 2: Luxor Sightseeing Tours/ Hurghada
    • Early morning, enjoy a relaxing breakfast in your hotel in Luxor and then you will enjoy visiting  the West Bank of The Nile River you will be visiting the two colossal statues of Amenhotep III (Colossi of Memnon), and then visit the Valley of the Kings, where the magnificent tombs discovered, those tombs were carved deep into the desert rock, richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife of the pharaohs, you will visit 3 tombs Continue the tour to visit the Hatshepsut temple at El Deir El Bahary, this impressive temple dedicated to the Queen Hatshepsut the only female pharaoh rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces and merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, and then you will be transferred to your hotel/airport in Hurghada.