The calm, clear waters of the Red Sea are known to be a kaleidoscope of colorful fish and soft coral life. REEF's first Field Survey to this area will focus on diving in the southern Red Sea's coral gardens, walls, and lagoons, including sites like St. John's and Fury Shoal. First, we will spend several days on land at an all-inclusive resort while exploring the nearby reefs, easily accessed from Egypt's port town of Marsa Alam. Following the land-based portion, we will spend 7 nights on an Aggressor yacht, a spacious and comfortable liveaboard. Many of the fish species found in the Red Sea are endemic, which means that they are not found anywhere else in the world. Don't miss the chance to see these unique fish finds - join us for REEF's first Field Survey to the Red Sea!
Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!
Pricing: Deluxe Stateroom & Garden/Pool View Room: $2,930 per person.
Master Stateroom & Garden/Pool View Room: $3,030 per person.
Rates based on double occupancy.
June 10: Trip start date. Check into Sunrise Marina Hotel Port Ghalib.
June 11 3-tank boat dive. Overnight at Sunrise Marina Resort.
June 12: 3-tank boat dive. Overnight at Sunrise Marina Resort.
June 13: Check out of hotel, luggage held at hotel. 2-tank boat dive with Emperor Divers. Lunch on boat or hotel. Transfer to an Aggressor yacht for boarding at 3pm. The dive shop will assist with transporting the wet gear.
June 13 - June 20: Aboard an Aggressor yacht (We will be following the 7-night Southern/St. John & Daedalus itinerary)
June 20: Disembark the Aggressor yacht at Port Ghalib Marina at 8am. Disembark boat at 8am at Port Ghalib Marina. Transfer to airport for departure flights. Aggressor provides complimentary transfers to Marsa Alam Airport if departing on disembarkation day.
Accommodations: The liveaboard portion of this trip was originally scheduled to operate from the Red Sea Aggressor I. We are currently working with the Aggressor staff to determine a new yacht.
Diving: The Aggressor yacht offers up to 4-5 dives per day including night dives, depending on location throughout the charter. Most of the dives will be made from the mothership, however some may be made from skiffs, which carry up to 10 guests each. Nitrox will be included in the charter free of charge (normally $100). Please be prepared to present your nitrox certification card. The land-based portion of the trip includes 3 boat dives for 2 days, and 2 boat dives for the final day. Nitrox is also included in the land-based portion of the trip. Average water temperature in June is approximately 82 degrees F.
Price Includes: This trip includes both a liveaboard and land-based component. The liveaboard package includes 7 nights of accommodation aboard an Aggressor yacht, approximately 3-4 dives per day for 5.5 days, all meals (except dinner ashore on Friday, June 12), snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tanks, weights and weight belts. The land-based package is all-inclusive, and consists of 3 nights of accommodation at Sunrise Marina Resort, 3 days of diving with Emperor Divers (2 3-tank dives, 1 2-tank dive), Nitrox, daily breakfast, lunch (served on dive boat on 3-tank dive days), dinner, beverages, environmental taxes, port fee, and assistance transporting and storing dive gear.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials. The REEF Fee applies to all divers, as well as all attendees ages 18 and up.
Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights and associated travel to and from Port Ghalib, Visa or entry fee, $39 port fee (paid onboard), $105 marine park fee, (paid onboard, subject to change), dinner ashore on Friday, June 19, optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. After returning to port on the final day of the charter, guests may go ashore for dinner at one of the many restaurants located in the marina. Dinner on the final evening of the charter is the only meal not provided with the cruise.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
About the Trip Leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.
How to Sign Up: To reserve your space on this trip or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. If booking greater than 180 days prior to trip departure, a $1,000 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. If booking within 180 days of departure, the deposit and any other corresponding payments will be due at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Marsa Alam Airport, arriving by mid-afternoon on June 10. Because the first part of the trip is land-based, there is no strict arrival time. A suggested arrival window is during the morning or afternoon of June 10. The first organized group activity will be a brief meeting on the evening of June 10. Departure flights should be booked for June 20.
Visa, Passports, and Documentation: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your period of stay. All travelers must have adequate funds to support themselves, a return airline ticket, and the proper visa for travel. All visitors to Egypt need an entry Visa to enter the country. For many nationalities, this can be purchased upon arrival in Cairo or Hurghada for approximately $25 USD. However, please check with the appropriate consulate to ensure that you have proper documentation. US citizens may visit the US Department of State website for more information. Please note: Aggressor is unable to accept guests traveling on an Israeli passport due to Egyptian maritime regulations.
Transfers: After you have booked your travel, please provide flight information so that Emperor Divers can assist in organizing airport transfers to Sunrise Marina Hotel Port Ghalib. At the end of the trip, Aggressor provides complimentary airport transfers to Marsa Alam Airport if departing on June 20. If departing on a different day, transfers can be arranged and an additional fee may apply. Please contact REEF for assistance with transfers.