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INTRODUCTION

Diving in the Red Sea is one of the best scuba diving experiences you will ever have. The Red Sea is famous for its warm and crystal clear waters, and the abundance of underwater life is simply incredible.

Travelling there and back is super easy. When we did the trip we departed from Johannesburg at 8pm, and by 3pm the next day we were already doing our first dive!

The Red Sea is one of those destinations that, once you’ve been there, you will keep on going back for more.
When you go to the South of the Red Sea, you take “the path less travelled” – less divers dive here than in the north, which means that you have an underwater environment in pristine condition!

Because of its close proximity to the deep sea you tend to see a wider variety of sea life than what you would doing normal shore dives.  This includes species like the White Tip shark, which is one of the lesser spotted species out there. Other very large pelagic fish can also be spotted here.
We also dive on the Brother Islands on this trip. These Islands offer stunning wall dives, and the underwater scenery is simply breathtaking. The walls are completely overgrown with soft corals and huge forests of gorgonians.

Diving off a liveaboard is the easiest and most comfortable way that you will ever dive. The Contessa Mia is one of the most luxurious and best equipped liveaboards out there, and with a friendly and helpful crew this makes for a real 5 star experience!

RED SEA SOUTH SCUBA SAFARI DETAILS

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Add on return flights to Johannesburg if required
  • Airport Taxes: R2400 (subject to change without notice)
  • Travel Insurance: R25 per day (group policy - minimum 10 pax)
  • Hire of dive equipment other than tanks and weights (15L Cylinder – €40)
  • Visa Processing cost:  R200
  • Liveaboard Service Charge (50 Euros – divided amongst crew)
  • Cairo Gratuity ($5 per pax)

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

Flights:

  • Return International Flights - Johannesburg/Cairo
  • Return Domestic Flights – Cairo/Hurghada Alam
  • Scheduled Transfers

Liveaboard:

  • 7 Nights’ Accommodation on luxurious Liveaboard Safari (5½ days diving)
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Free Beer or Glass of wine with dinner
  • All tea, coffee, bottled water, snacks & soft drinks
  • Unlimited diving.
  • Hire of 12L Aluminium Tanks & Weights
  • Marine Park Fee

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Wednesday, 8 August

Check in at 18h00 at Johannesburg International airport for flight MS840 to Cairo. Flight departs Johannesburg at 21h45. Flying time is approximately 8 hours. Dinner and breakfast is served on board the plane.

Day 2: Thursday, 9 August

Arrive in Cairo airport at 05h40, and transfer to catch flight MS331 to Hurghada. On arrival at 08h20 transfer to the Marsa Alam port, approximately 4 hour drive. On arrival, check into the Liveaboard and overnight.

Day 2 – 7: Thursday, 9 August – Wednesday, 14 August

6 Nights on board a premium class luxury live-aboard. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served daily and tea, coffee, soft drinks and bottled water are freely available on board.

Diving: St. Johns National Park

St. Johns National Park is situated in the Deep South on the border of Sudan. It is a remote spectacular virgin wilderness where reefs rise up from an enormous undersea plateau, sheer walls plunge away sharply teaming with shoals of fish and masses of soft corals. Sharks are commonly encountered including hammerheads, threshers and oceanic white tips.

Day 8: Thursday, 15 August

2 Morning dives before arriving back in port. Spend afternoon at leisure. Overnight on Liveaboard.

Day 9: Friday, 16 August

Check out after breakfast and transfer to Hurghada for flight to Cairo. Remain in transit for flight to Johannesburg departing at 23h00.

Day 11: Saturday, 17 August

Arrival time in Johannesburg is approximately 07h05.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Bedouin Dinner R1 500

  • CAIRO Day
  • Transfers
  • Day use room
  • Pyramid & Sphinx Tour

HURGHADA Shopping Extension incl. Bedouin Dinner R2 400

  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in a
    4* hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Scheduled transfers

 

HOW TO BOOK

Non-Refundable Deposit of R5000 per person is required to secure your booking.

Standard Bank
Account Holder: Into the Blue
Account number: 07 049 2476
Branch Code: 020009
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

 

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What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017

 

Amy Musto

Had the best diving experience with Into the Blue, first...

dive was a ship wreck followed by doing yoga moves with the seals. Would highly recommend diving with these guys, very professional and fun! I sadly lost my go pro whilst diving with the seals but I'll always have the memories!

Chad Faurie

Always good to dive with...

people who are professional and know what they are doing