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DAHAB AND MINI LIVEABOARD Dahab & Live aboard

Dahab & Liveaboard

8 - 17 July 2022

- 4 days Dahab (Sat - Wed)

- 5 days Liveaboard (Wed - Sun)

 

Dahab

Freedom III liveaboard

 

Trip Highlights

The Town of Dahab

 

Dahab

Dahab is a small Egyptian town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, approximately 80 km (50 mi) northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh. Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, Dahab is now considered to be one of Egypt's most treasured diving destinations.

Low-key, laid-back and low-rise, Dahab is the Middle East’s Hippy town and many travellers who booked for a few days, end up staying for weeks!

Dahab Diving

Dahab Reefs 

 Blue hole

One of the premier dives sites here in Dahab is the Bells, a spectacular wall dive of amazing beauty. The Bells is a large vein of rock that has eroded out leaving a deep gash in the reef that drops to 45 meters formed where a deep groove cuts into the reef top just north of the Blue Hole. The groove of the Bells breaches the reef table and a clear blue pool is formed; this is where the dive is started. As you drop through this pool, you will emerge on the reef wall at about 12 meters. The groove disappears to re-emerge deeper at 28 meters. The open water here is some of the clearest, deepest blue you will see. The wall itself descends down into the blue to over 200m which only adds to the anticipation experienced when emerging through the chimney. It is vertical and in parts overhanging, with a rich growth of black corals and sea fans.

The dive ends as you cross over a shallow saddle into the blue hole.

The Dahab Canyon is the classic canyon, an essential dive for all fanatics of caves and cavern diving. The Canyon is itself quite a phenomenon. Up to 10 meters high and virtually closed over at the top, it snakes its way up from the depths, to emerge in a large glassfish filled coral dome. The Canyon dive site offers an easy entry and exit point through a shallow, sandy lagoon. This leads out to beautiful coral gardens inhabited by Butterfly fishes, Unicorn fishes, Octopus, Puffer fish and of course Red Sea Anthias, which can only be fully explored after several visits. The Canyon itself is positioned about five minutes north-east from the exit of the lagoon. The entry to the Canyon is done through it largest point at about 20 meters. The progression through the Canyon is easy and the light effect caused by the sun rays is fantastic.

  • Coral Gardens

is located next to the Canyon with the same entry and exit. Instead of heading north as you exit the lagoon you will go south towards this beautiful rounded wall. You will make your way south along the wall with the clear blue water to one side where you may see one of our large Napoleon fish swim by. As you shallow up you will swim through a sandy maze with hard and soft corals. This site is great for underwater photography.

  • Eel garden

A truly spectacular site for coral, this site is very exposed and can only be dived on calm days. Entry is via a small winding lagoon that leads out onto a vast sand bank which is covered in garden eels. As we cross the sand bank the eels retreat into their holes and pop back up again behind us. As we come back along the reef edge you’ll see some of the brightest and most colourful coral in Dahab.

Situated at the Northern end of the bay of Dahab, is home to the confined water training area due to its large sandy slopes and gentle drop off. The Lighthouse offers a number of different dives depending on the route chosen, and the sprawling coral gardens offer an abundance of marine life and vividly colourful corals, extending far from the shore. The Lighthouse is made up of a large rocky wall that wraps around the point whilst heading north to the EelGarden. The wall and the sprawling coral gardens, which extend far from the shore, offer varying depth ranges down to 60M plus making it suitable for all. Larger aquatic creatures, alongside a spectacular variety of corals, make it a very popular dive site. The Lighthouse is perfect for beginners, this easy to enter site still has a fantastic range of coral and fish life and also makes an ideal first technical dive in Dahab to brush up on buoyancy and equipment configuration.

  • Islands 

This site is a favorite among guides and guests alike. A coral maze which truly shows the Red Sea coral at its best. Three giant pinnacles have grown together over the ages to create a playground of valleys and lagoons full of every reef fish you can imagine. One of the lagoons is home to thousands of juvenile barracuda, with trevally and large snapper always in attendance guarding their larder! An earthquake 10 years ago collapsed huge sections of the reef exposing holes and cracks that are rapidly filling up with renewed coral growth. This dive site never disappoints and as one of the shallower dives it is accessible to all certification levels.

  • Um Sid 

One of the sites in the Southern Oasis and is a dive guide favorite. The reef here juts out quite a way and drops down to a sandy slope covered in Garden Eels, the best dive is to enter on the right hand side of the reef and keep the reef to your left shoulder, looking out for blue spotted rays, Nudibranchs and don’t forget to look out into the blue for eagle rays!

4 Day Mini Liveaboard

Freedom III

Stay and Dive in luxury on the Freedom III. Package includes 3 meals per day with snacks and soft drinks/tea/coffee in between. 

Freedom III

Freedom III

Freedom III

Dives include Jackfish Alley where you can easily enter the small caves there. One of the dives will be the Alternatives, a chain of seven pinnacles with numerous sand patches and resident leopard sharks. Night Diving is very popular here.

The next day will take you to the historical wreck of the Dunraven. Next dive is Shark and Yolanda Reef, the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula with an endless wall unique in the Red Sea. Sails into the Strait of Tiran for third dive will take you to Jackson Reef the most northern in the Strait of Tiran. Night dive at the South Lagoon.

The next dive is usually at Thomas Reef, the smallest of the four Tiran reefs but probably the most interesting and richest in marine life. Next dive is Gordon Reef! 

 

 


 

Prices:

R 27 399.00 per person sharing (double cabin)

The trip includes:

  • Flights (JHB – Cairo – Sharm el Sheikh – Cairo – JHB)
  • Visa
  • Dive guides
  • 4-night full board Live-aboard accommodation
  • 4 nights Dahab accommodation
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • Tanks & weights
  • Local transfers

  

It excludes:

  • Meals & Beverages in Dahab
  • Staff Gratuities
  • Marine conservation fees
  • Diving Equipment rental
  • Enriched Air (Nitrox)
 
Price
R 8 000.00
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Half Day Pyramid tour - Cairo

Pyramids

Spend a day (or even a half day!) in Cairo to see the Pyramids and/or the Egyptian Museum and if time, go on a falucca ride in the Nile! Although, Cairo is lots of hustle and busle, you will not regret seeing one of the seven wonders of the world! (You can't come to Egypt and NOT see the Pyramids!!) We have our own private driver that will be your personal chauffeur for the day.

 


Combine these Red Sea trips and save! 

(While you're there!)
  1. Hurghada 7 nights Live-aboard: R29 999.00 (23 - 30 June)
  2. Dahab 9 days land based: R17 900.00 (freediving) (30 June - 10 July)
  3. Dahab 9 days land based: R19 500.00 (Scuba)  (30 June - 10 July)
  4. Dahab 5 days / Liveaboard Mini Safari 5 days : R27 400.00 (9 - 17 July)

 

Combo's

  1. Hurghada + Dahab (Freediving) 23 June - 10 July: R 36 988.00
  2. Hurghada + Dahab (Scuba) 23 June - 10 July: R 38 499.00
  3. Hurghada + Dahab (Freediving) + Dahab 5 days / Liveaboard : 23 June - 17 July: R 50 190.00
  4. Hurghada + Dahab (Scuba) + Dahab 5 days / Liveaboard : 23 June - 17 July: R 51 690.00
  5. Dahab (Freediving) + Dahab 5 days / Liveaboard  1 - 17 July: R 33 150.00
  6. Dahab (Scuba) + Dahab 5 days / Liveaboard  1 - 17 July: R34 750.00