BLUE PLANET I I 27 FEB - 05 MAR 2020 I NORTH ROUTE WRECKS I RED SEA

BLUE PLANET I I 27 FEB - 05 MAR 2020 I NORTH ROUTE WRECKS I RED SEA
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MY BLUE PLANET I is a small but luxury boat. She accommodates up to 15 guests. Comfortable living and dining area. TV and entertainment center. Two spacious partially shaded sun decks. Free WIFI. Nitrox available.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 19 - 21 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English. German. Arabic.
  • Ras Mohamed National Park, Abu Nuhas, Gubal Straits
  • Incredible visibility, brilliant vertical walls with schools of fish and large pelagics
  • Mantas, sharks, dolphins and lots of beautiful coloured fish species 
  • World-class wreck diving on Thistlegorm, Carnatic, Ghiannis D, Chrisoula K, Kimon M, Yolanda, Ulysses
  • Non divers welcome
  • Rebreather-Friendly.
  • Free internet
  • Nautilus lifeline
  • Rental equipment, nitrox and courses available
  • Perfect for small groups
  • Luxury service

SERVICES  ON BOARD

  • Dives from zodiac
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves. Tanks With Din Valves. Din/Int Adapters. 15L Tanks Available. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($).
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Library
  • Spacious Dive Deck. Separate 
  • Wi-Fi (Free). Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area. Heating. Movies.
  • Snorkelling
  • Buffet, Vegetarian and Halal food, alcohol available to purchase on board
  • Payments on board: Cash 
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher.
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts.
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed.) First Aid Kits.
  • Vhf Radio. Nautilus Lifeline. Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.

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OUR BOAT

The modern and comfortable liveaboard Blue Planet 1 is 89 feet (27m) long and has an experienced crew of 6 whose main language is English. On our liveaboard dive safaris to the Red Sea, our main priorities on our boats are your safety and comfort. We cater for a wide range of diets needs including Vegetarian and any other special needs you require - just ask.

OUR CABINS

This yacht was especially designed with Divers in mind and accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 elegantly designed cabins. The air-conditioned cabins are available in the following styles: Upper Deck Double bed cabin with lots of light and Lower Deck Twin bed cabins. Every cabin is beautifully furnished and wood trimmed with port holes on the Lower Deck and windows on the Upper Deck. All cabins have a private bathroom, hot showers, cabinet for storage and bedding. It is the perfect place for privacy, napping and sleeping to the gentle rocking of the ocean waves.

AMENITIES

Between dives, guests can enjoy a variety of leisure time activities. Take a nap in the comfort of the cabins or congregate in the air-conditioned main lounge with large-screen TV and DVD player for watching movies or listening to music. The Blue Planet 1 has free Wi-Fi so guests can stay connected with family and friends during the vacation. After diving, visit the Bar with your dive buddy and enjoy your favourite drink while recapping the day’s dives. During the day guests can spend their spare time relaxing on the cushioned lounge chairs on the shaded Sundeck. If working on your tan is what you desire, there is plenty of room on deck to soak up the sun and enjoy the warm tropical breezes and incredible seascapes. Snorkelling or fishing are also options between dives on the liveaboard Blue Planet 1.

FOOD ON BOARD

The crew understands that excellent and abundant food should be a given for any excellent dive safari vacation. Guests will be filled and satisfied with an extensive range of culinary delights served buffet-style three times a day. Speciality diets can be accommodated with advanced notice and there is a selection of Vegetarian and Halal options. Snacks will be provided between meals as well as bottled soft drinks, mineral water, tea and coffee. Local wines, beers, mixers and diet drinks are available for purchase.

DIVING WITH US

In the Blue Planet liveaboard fleet you will find our Dive Team to be professional, friendly, helpful and ready to take care of you.

All of our diving equipment, tanks and diving gear are manufactured by trusted professional brand name scuba diving manufacturers. Our gear is meticulously maintained to ensure your comfort and safety.

The liveaboard Blue Planet I offers Dive Safari Adventurers a more personalized experience while exploring the Red Sea’s best dive sites. The outstanding diving in Hurghada is renowned for its great visibility and macro life and is truly an underwater photographer’s heaven. Between the abundant marine life, the diversity of Wrecks, Reefs and Muck Diving, the Red Sea will be the Dive Safari of a lifetime. With itineraries for all levels of experience and visits to World class sites such as the Brother Islands, Elphinstone Reef, Thistlegorm, and Daedalus Reef, the dive vacation aboard Blue Planet 1 will meet and exceed all expectations.

BUNK BED CABIN

These cabins are located in the upper deck cabins with bunk beds, full bathroom, and AC. These cabins are great place to relax after diving.

  • Size: 11 m²
  • Beds: 2 Bunk Bed
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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TWIN BED CABIN

Twin bed cabins are located on the lower deck with full bathroom and AC, great cabins to relax after long day diving.

  • Size: 11 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Hurghada and ends in Hurghada
  • The closest airport is Hurghada Intl (HRG)
  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights.
  • Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • The tour guide from Blue Planet Liveaboards will be at the airport with a Blue Planet Liveaboard sign in his hand

DEPARTURE AND EMBARKATION

  • You can check in on the boat as of 15:00
  • The boat departs Hurghada in the morning on the following day
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash USD. EUR, EGP
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Hurghada in the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 09:00 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Equipment rental has to be ordered latest 1 week before the safari starts

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 19 – 21 dives
  • Up to 4 dives per day 
  • Level required: Open Water
  • 50+ dives recommended, 
  • The last dive should not be done longer than one year before.
  • The dive guide has the right to prevent guest from diving if they do not have enough experience for certain dive site
  • The pulsating splendor of the coral reefs, the wide profusion of fish and the numerous wrecks enveloped with mysteries of war, tragedies and heroism are the reasons why Red Sea presents a special underwater adventure to all.
  • Dive some fantastic wreck, including the Thistlegorm which is currently number two in the list of the world's best wreck dives.
  • Barracudas, giant trevallies, shoals of tuna and sometimes a manta ray along with loads of colourful corals and reef fish.
  • Wreck diving, coral reefs, wall dives and pelagic.
  • Enjoy both day and night dives at the same site, as different creatures come out once the sun goes down.
  • The visibility is fantastic but the currents can be strong
  • Expert dive guides on board

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage.
  • At the indicated time, transfer to the port in Hurghada.
  • Boarding the boat, welcome drink and presentation briefing of the boat and crew (depending on the schedule of flights will be the first day or the next day early morning).
  • Distribution of cabins.
  • Overnight on board.
  • You can take some time this day to prepare your diving equipment. 

DAYS 2 - 6

  • North and Wrecks Itinerary 19 -21 Dives
  • Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan.
  • You will dive he most important dive sites of this route.

DAY 7

  • 2 dives in the morning.
  • Afternoon / night, arrival at port.
  • Dinner and accommodation on board.
  • Free time to enjoy the local atmosphere, shopping and / or optional excursions in the area.

DAY 8

  • Breakfast
  • Disembark in Hurghada.
  • Transfer to the hotel or airport

The North Route from Hurghada

  • This safari allows you to take in some of the most iconic wrecks that the Red Sea has to offer. An ideal itinerary for those new to scuba diving or the Red Sea, allowing you to experience world-famous wrecks and pristine reefs.
  • 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.
  • Small Crack – Shaab Mahmoud: This is a small split in the middle of Shaab Mahmoud’s barrier. Drift along the outside wall next to beautiful corals and colorful fish. Look for a sand slope that leads you up and through the crack. When the current is right you can fly through the 5m deep channel and be thrown out across the sandy lagoon!
  • Shag Rock: This large circular reef is often overlooked but offers excellent diving on pristine coral from any location on its perimeter.
  • Abu Nuhas: 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. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef.
  • Gubal Island: At the gate of the Straits of Gubal is ‘Bluff Point’, which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the ‘Ulysses’ lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. ‘The Barge’ wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures.
  • Marine Life: Wrecks, rays, sharks, octopus, lionfish, nudibranchs, frogfish, huge schools of fish, bright colorful reef.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Weight belt
  • Wifi
  • Transfer from/to airport in Hurghada (if departure and arrival port is Hurghada)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Fuel tax 50 EUR per trip
  • Local charges: 100 EUR per trip
  • Local hotel transfer to/from the boat: EUR 10 per trip
  • 15 liter tanks: 30 EUR per trip
  • Nitrox: 65 EUR per trip
  • Rental equipment - full set (BCD, regulator, wetsuit and ABC): 135 EUR per trip
  • Tips for the crew (Recommended)
  • Courses
  • Local beer & wine

CANCELLATION POLICY

What happens if I have to cancel my reservation?Your reservation request is free and you can cancel it at any time within the first 72 hours. During this time, you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservation team for any other questions you may have. Once you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation, the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or PayPal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the requirements corresponding to your nationality and the entry in the country you are visiting
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to leave the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to take out travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays booked
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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