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M/Y Emperor Asmaa is a 28 metre custom built boat designed with divers in mind offering charters around the Red Sea. She offers 7 night itineraries departing from Marsa Ghalib Port with a choice of 6 routes to choose from visiting Sha’ab Claudio, Wadi Lahmi, Thistlegorm and Dunraven Wreck. . The experienced captain, 8 friendly crew and 2 guides will lead you through the trip whilst helping with any questions or queries you may have regarding the boat or the itinerary.
M/Y Emperor Asmaa comfortably accommodates 20 guests in 10 twin bed cabins all with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, plenty of storage and two towels per guest. The food aboard is a variety of European and local cuisine suiting the needs of most customers, any dietary requirements must be stated at time of booking so the chef can adhere to any guests needs.
The dining area is furnished with tables and chairs comfortably accommodating all 20 guests for all meals with the large salon offering you the perfect place to relax with a film or a book at the end of the day. The large lower sundeck is partially shaded and complete with tables, chairs and bar making for a good place to take in the views of the open water. The large dive deck provides ample space for divers to gear up with the dive deck just a few steps down with 2 steel ladders into the water.
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The Emperor Asmaa accomodates 20 guests in 10 twin bedded cabins (4 of which are on the upper deck). The cabins all have private bathrooms with some bathroom amenities and plenty of storage.
There are 4 cabins on the upper deck, the rest are on the loweer deck. The cabins all have private bathrooms with some bathroom amenities and plenty of storage.
Route Description - Red Sea Sharks
Red Sea Sharks offers divers the chance to explore the majestic Red Sea during the warm summer months of May to August speically for some shark action.
Red Sea Sharks itinerary covers, St Johns, Rocky, Daedalus and Elphinstone so if you are looking for some shark action, this is the itinerary for you!
Guides select the best possible action sites to visit based on their immense local knowledge and on insider-data on recent activity including a variety of Red Sea sharks, dolphins and anything else that chooses to join the party.
As you may be visiting some of the remote offshore Red Sea reef systems many of these may have deep drop offs and be exposed to strong currents so be prepared to spend some time waiting 'in the blue' or in the shallows looking for those unmistakable shapes and shadows.
There are no guarantees in life but one thing is for sure, this itinerary will give you the best chance of close encounters of the 'sharky' kind.
Please note: You need a minimum number of 30 dives for this trip and should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.
Route Description - Simply the Best
Simply the Best offers divers the chance to explore the 'Best Top 3' sites in this area: Big and Little Brothers, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone. A fabulous mixture of reef and wreck diving
This route departs from Marsa Ghalib Port and requires long overnight sailings so all sites can be visited. The cruise will give you the opportunity to dive the Brother Islands, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone which are the best 3 top sites in the southern Red Sea.
The Brother Islands offers tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue waters accompanied by the occasional white tip sharks, mantas and hammerheads.
The Aida II and the Numidia lie on the walls of the Big Brother and are perfect for divers who want to explore more wrecks than reefs. Both wrecks are covered in a rich growth of hard and soft corals attracting families of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.
Daedalus Reef is the furthest offshore reef in the Red Sea with it being recognized by a lighthouse on top of the oval reef. Hammerheads and grey reef sharks are a common sight to be seen cruising these waters.
You must be a PADI Open Water diver to be able to take part in this trip.
Route Description - Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone
Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone route encompasses some great diving, some of the best being the offshore reefs of Panorama Reef, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan.
The area around Safaga has some great diving, the best being the offshore reefs of Panorama Reef, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan. Some divers say this area equals the great sites of Ras Mohamed. The diving offers a combination of shallow reef dives and drop-offs, wall diving, as well as the famous wreck of the Salem Express, Brother Islands and Elphinstone.
Panorama Reef - Middle Reef - Abu Kafan - Salem Express - Brother Islands - Abu Dabab - Elphinstone
(from Hurghada to Marsa Ghalib or Marsa Ghalib to Hurghada)
Please note: Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. These are challenging dives with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. Adverse weather can affect this route.
Route Description - South & St.Johns
South & St.Johns guarantees some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer, the diving is less arduous so it's a trip for those who want to see the best but have a more relaxed time while doing so.
Emperor offers 7 night itineraries on the South & St Johns route offering a week full of reef diving departing from Marsa Ghalib Port. This trip is for those who want to see the best but with a more relaxed approach to diving with the boat sailing to the most southern reefs in the Red Sea including the Shaag Sharm, Wadi Lahmi and Habili Ali. A dive at Abu Dabab will be done on the first or the last day with the guides picking the best sites for you depending on the weather.
This route gives divers a chance to get up close and personnel with an array of fish life including white tip reef sharks, turtles, silky sharks, rays, nudibranchs, large napoleon wrasse and glass fish, sweepers, grey reef sharks, silvertip sharks and hammerhead sharks
You must be a PADI Open Water diver to be able to take part in this trip however to get the most out of this trip we advised you to be PADI Advanced Open Water qualified.
Route Description - Daedalus & Elphinstone
The Daedalus & Elphinstone route offers some of the best and most iconic diving in the Red Sea and includes other fantastic dive sites on route to and from Port Ghalib.
Daedalus Reef, also part of the Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads and grey reef sharks.
Elphinstone, with its sheer walls covered in soft corals, offers a likely encounter with oceanic white tip sharks.
Please note: Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. The guides may not enter the water and remain onboard as surface support for some dives. No night dives are allowed in the Marine Parks. These are challenging dives with strong currents so not for inexperienced divers. Adverse weather can affect this route.
Route Description - Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone
Daedalus, Fury Shoals and Elphinstone offers some of the best diving in the Red Sea. With less distance to travel than some routes, you have more time to dive these iconic sites and there is less chance of seasickness with shorter sailings and secure moorings.
The first stop is the Fury Shoals, with dives around the Marsa Alam area or perhaps the Sha'ab Sharm with its wall dives and white tip reef sharks. Oceanic white tips and silky sharks can sometimes be found in the blue and turtles with more time to explore the vast reef system than other itineraries afford. Dive the classics such as Sha'ab Claude (a.k.a. Claudio) with its famous swim-throughs and huge porites corals, Malahi with its mazes and friendly turtles and Abu Galawa Soraya with its fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat smothered with glass fish.
Daedalus Reef, a part of the Red Sea offshore Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads, especially from May to November, and grey reef sharks.
Of course no trip to the South would be complete without stopping at world famous Elphinstone, with its sheer walls covered in soft corals, and likely encounters with oceanic white tip sharks. Depending on the experience of the group and the weather, you may even get the chance to dive it at the beginning and end of your amazing trip!