Safaris

The Sunshine Divers Safaris are always something special. On two safaris that we offer, Klaus and Mary join themselves and guide the dives personally. If you can’t join at the proposed dates, we can still offer you a great diving safari at a suitable date. Just inquire by email, and you will get all the info.

For 2019 we sceduled already the trips and we have some nice destinations to offer,
as every year, we are looking for the best diving boats in the Red Sea – you can be excited!

dates and routes 2019:

  •  20. – 27. july 2019
    Sharm Sinai wreck-tour
    with safari-boat „Love“
    price: 999 Euro
  • 22. – 29. august 2019
    Southroute Brothers / Daedalus / Elphinstone
    with safariboat „MY Blue“
    price: 1480 Euro
  • Length 37 m / width 9 m
  • Engine: 2 x 460 HP G.M.
  • 2 silent generators x 100 KW, 220 V
  • 2 desalination plants, each 1t / day
  • 4 Water tanks and treatment system
  • Navigation / Communication: GPS plotter, echo sounder, VHF, radar
  • Free WIFI on board ( for private Internet-enabled mobile phone or laptop)
  • The complete boat is air-conditioned
  • 7 twin cabins with private bathroom
  • 2 double bed cabin (upper deck), private bathroom, minibar
  • 1 master suite, double bed (main deck), private bathroom, minibar
  • all cabins with self-controlled air conditioning, central music system, international telephone, electronic safe
  • Spacious salon and living area on the main deck, restaurant
  • Lounge at the upper deck, another large, air conditioned salon with fully equipped bar with
  • ice cube maker
  • Entertainment: Flat screen TV / CD / MP3 / DVD / Central Music system
  • 3 impressive sun decks on different levels, partly with shadow
  • 2 Bauer Mariner Compressor with Nitrox membrane system
  • 32 – 36% nitrox
  • 44 x 12 L Alloy Tanks DIN / INT
  • 7 x 15 L Alloy Tanks DIN / INT
  • Safety: Fire Alarm, CO2 Fire Fighting, Fire Extinguisher, EPRIB
  • 2 rescue / 25 passengers each
  • Fire extinguishers and life buoys in each cabin
  • Zodiac (s) with 25 HP outboard
  • Min 12 – max. 20 passengers

This one-week diving cruise starts and ends in Sharm El Sheikh. Visit the best dive sites that the Northern Red Sea has to offer. The area offers a variety of fish species and corals and rightly claims to be among the best in the world. Breathtaking reefs, fascinating wrecks, magnificent drift dives dive in an underwater world that is unique in its diversity !

Day 1 Afternoon / Evening:
Transfer to the port of Travco Marina or to the International Harbor and check in. Welcome on board, cabins distribution, boat briefing, request for permission to leave the port authorities, leaving in the early morning of the next day.

2.- 7. Day:
After obtaining permission to leave the port in the early morning,  sail to nearby Temple or Ras Katy for a check dive. The week-long safari will cover the area from the Strait of Tiran, Ras Mohamed National Park to the Gulf of Suez which is usual visited first.

The National Park begins at the small bay of Marsa Ghazlani followed by the larger and deeper bay of Marsa Bareika. Continuing along the coast to Ras Za’atar, Jackfish Alley, Eel Garden and Shark Observatory, to the southern end of the peninsula with Anemone City, Shark and Yolanda Reef and ending at the Quay. Because of the geographic position this is a privileged area prone to strong currents that transport large quantities of plankton and other food that permit an extraordinary growth of stony and soft corals and attract large schools of both reef and pelagic marine fauna, over a thousand species in all. Schooling barracuda, jackfish, tuna and many kinds of shark’s swim in these deep blue waters and can be observed, especially in summer from June to August.

The safari will as well take you to famous sites like the wrecks of Dunraven and Thistlegorm, Shag Rock with the wreck of the Kingston, sail to Sha’ab Ali where pods of dolphins are common, explore several spots at Sha’ab Mahmouds or may be cross to Abu Nuhas.

Don’t miss the four famous reefs rising from great depths in the Strait of Tiran: Jackson, Thomas, Woodhouse and Gordon Reef, probably the most interesting and richest in marine life. You can choose from several dive sites with superb wall and drift diving. In the late afternoon of the 7th day the boat will return to the Sharm area.

8. Day:
Depending on the departure time, a dive or snorkeling is offered. Return to port Travco Marina or International Harbor and check out. Transfer to the airport or hotel depending on the package.
To participate on this safari, you should be a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent and have logged at least 15 dives. A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent certification is required for wreck or more demanding dives. The last dive should not be more than 12 months ago and must be confirmed in the logbook, a scuba review can be carried out on board.

PADI OWD’s can participate in night dives as long as their logbook shows proof of previous night dives. On this safari non-divers are welcome to join, snorkeling is possible.

The route is an example, if you have special wishes, just let your dive guide know. All safari routes are subject to unpredictable changes, including weather conditions. Participation in all dives depends on the diving qualification and the experience of each individual guest. All routes are subject to approval by the Egyptian authorities, the coast guard and the port police. The last decision is made by the captain and dive guide, safety is always a priority!

This one-week diving cruise starts and ends in Sharm El Sheikh. Visit the world’s most famous wrecks such as the Dunraven, the Thistlegorm and the ship cemetery of Abu Nuhas with the four wrecks of Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M. Near the island of Gubal are the Ulysses, the Rosalie Moller and numerous still unidentified shipwrecks.

Transfer to the port of Travco Marina or to the International Harbor and check in. Welcome on board, cabin distribution, boat briefing, application for the permit at the port authorities, departure in the early morning of the next day.

2.- 7. Day:
After obtaining permission to leave the port in the early morning,  sail to nearby Temple or Ras Katy for a check dive. We continue southwards through the Gulf of Suez past Yolanda reef, which is named after the 74 m Cypriot freighter, which ran on the reef on 1 April 1980. Since then, the remains of the cargo have given divers lots of joy, the cargo consisted of bathtubs, sinks and toilets. The historical wreck of the Dunraven, which was rediscovered in 1970, is well preserved today, after more than 125 years. The hull decorated with coral and reef creatures as well as the inside are easy to dive.

The most famous wreck in the Red Sea by far is the Thistlegorm. The discovery of the wreck by Jacques Cousteau in 1956 was a sensation, but he kept silent over the exact position; the wreck was only rediscovered in 1992. It lies in an upright position at 33 m depth and is very impressive with its 127 m length and 18 m width.

Near Sha’ab Ali, the 78-meter Kingston stranded on 22 February 1881 on the northern edge of the reef of Shag Rock. Crossing the Gulf of Suez, you come to Abu Nuhas, a paradise for wreck lovers. The area is known for historical and modern wrecks like the Giannis D, the Carnatic, the Chrisoula K. and the Kimon M. The region always haunted by wind and waves, bears the name of the oldest wrecked ship, which transported copper (copper = Nuhas in Arabic). All wrecks are located on the reef’s northern side mostly on sandy ground, the steeply sloping reef plateau is covered with large table corals.

In front of the island of Gubal you find the small wreck of the barge. A dive by day shows the wreck in its soft coral diversity and is particularly impressive at night. If the weather permits, the Ulysses or the Rosalie Moller can be dived. Only two days after the sinking of the Thistlegorm, the Rosalie Moller, who was lying at anchor here, was hit. The dive is extremely wind, wave and current dependent, deep, the bottom time very short and the visibility often bad, so only suitable for very experienced divers.

The reefs of Sha’ab Mahmoud and Ras Mohamed National Park are visited between the wreck dives. In the late afternoon of the 7th day, the ship returns to the Sharm El Sheikh area.

8. Day:
Depending on the departure time, a dive or snorkeling is offered. Return to port Travco Marina or International Harbor and check out. Transfer to the airport or hotel depending on the package.

To participate on this safari, you should be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent and have logged at least 30 dives. Participation in all dives, especially the wreck dives, depends on the diving skills and the experience of each individual guest. The last dive should not be more than 12 months ago and must be confirmed in the logbook, a scuba review can be carried out on board

The route is an example, if you have special wishes, just let your dive guide know. All safari routes are subject to unpredictable changes, including weather conditions. Participation in all dives depends on the diving qualification and the experience of each individual guest. All routes are subject to approval by the Egyptian authorities, the coast guard and the port police. The last decision is made by the captain and dive guide, safety is always a priority!

This one-week diving cruise starts and ends in Sharm El Sheikh. Visit the best dive sites in the Northern Red Sea, along with the Brother Islands in the South. The distances traveled on this safari are quite long and are partly done at night.

Day 1 Afternoon / Evening:
Transfer to New Marina (El Wataneya) and check in. Welcome on board, cabin distribution, boat briefing, application for the permit at the port authorities, departure in the early morning hours of the next day.

2nd – 7th Day morning:
After obtaining permission to leave the port in the early morning check dive at Alternatives or Beacon Rock. Continue southwards through the Gulf of Suez to Abu Nuhas, a paradise for wreckage lovers. The area is known for historical and modern wrecks like the Giannis D., the Carnatic, the Chrisoula K. and the Kimon M. The next dive is in Gota Abu Ramada, a very popular, fish-rich dive site in the area of Hurghada.

We continue to the Brother Islands, about 150 km south-east of Hurghada far off the coast. The two islands Big Brother and Little Brother are the tops of two massive rock elevations which protrude from a depth of 1000 m. Little Brother (length about 200 m) is uninhabited and features in the north on approximately 40 m a plateau with a cleaning station for gray reef sharks. The south, west and east sides fall steeply into the blue, the steep walls are luxuriantly covered with huge gorgonian fans and soft corals in all colors.

The landmark of the Big Brother, 400 m long, is the 36 m high lighthouse. The big brother is similar to the small one, but the plateau is in the south and there are two beautiful shipwrecks, the Numidia – a 150 m long steamship vessel, which was sunk in 1901 and the Aida – a steamship, which sank in 1957 and was 82 meters long. The Brothers – a wonderful coral landscape, fish swarms and large fish, the diver gets it all. In the open water one can see hammerhead or oceanic white tip sharks. Night dives are not allowed on the Brothers Islands.

On the way back to Safaga, a dive at the wreck of the Salem Express is provided. It lies in a depth of 12 m up to 30 m, the fish range reaches from different surgeon fishes, mackerel, snappers, barbels to barracudas. Another highlight is the panorama reef, discover the steep wall with its caves. Ras Abu Soma is the headland that borders the northern end of Safaga bay. The reef is just off the coast and drops off the shore to 15 to 30 meters. As the reef is large there are a number of diving spots. The northern dive sites have a strong current. Therefore, divers are rewarded here with the chance to see big fish.

Further north we reach Abu Nuhas. Back in the Sharm El Sheikh area, the Thistlegorm or the world-famous Shark and Jolanda Reef in the Ras Mohamed National Park are another highlight on this safari.

Info (as of 2012): dive sites at Gubal island cannot be dived due to an administrative order. This includes the wrecks of Ulysses, Barge, Malak and Rosalie Moller. It is not known how long the restriction will last!

7.-8. Day:
Depending on the departure time, a dive or snorkeling is offered. Return to New Marina (El Wataneya) and check out. Transfer to the airport or hotel depending on the package.

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