Dive into a technicolor world. The Red Sea in Egypt is one of the planet’s most exotic and captivating natural environments. There are few places in the world where you'll find such a diverse array of radiant corals, schooling pelagics, and plentiful marine life. This custom ten-day journey brings the best of Grand Sea Explorer’s North and Brothers-Daedelus-Elphinstone itineraries.
Project Focus: The purpose of this trip is to conduct fish surveys to support REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Click here to learn more about participating in fish surveys on a REEF Field Survey Trip!
Best Suited For: Divers. Some current is present in the Red Sea, so it is suggested that divers are comfortable diving in a current.
Accommodations: The Grand Sea Explorer takes a maximum of 22 divers. Staterooms on the lower deck and sun deck have either 1 double or 2 twin (side by side) beds. Staterooms will be assigned based on the availability of bedding setups for each reservation. All staterooms have a private ensuite bathroom and shower, window/porthole, and individual climate controls. Two suites are available, Suite I (main deck - King bed) and Suite II (upper deck - King bed).
Diving: Up to four dives are offered each day, weather permitting. Nitrox is included in the package; please be prepared to present your nitrox certification card. It is mandatory that each diver has the following equipment: dive computer, surface signaling device (SMB), snorkel, regulator with alternate air source, light (for night dives), weight belt or integrated weights, dive certification cards, and dive accident insurance. Water temperature is around the mid to low 80s a 3 or 5mm wetsuit is recommended.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Other Fees
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*Please inquire, based on availability.
Your Package Includes: The trip package includes 10 nights of double occupancy accommodation onboard the Grand Sea Explorer, up to 4 dives daily (weather permitting), nitrox, all meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine, same-day transfers in Hurghada.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $350 will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and REEF survey materials. The REEF Program Fee applies to all divers and any attendee age 18 or older.
Additional Fees - Not Included: $300 per person route supplement/visa fee, and a port fee, both to be paid onboard and subject to change until 30 days prior to travel, all flights and associated travel to and from Egypt, hotels in transit, optional rental gear. Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion. As of January 2022, there is not a fuel surcharge associated with this itinerary, however, this is subject to change until 30 days prior to departure.
To reserve your space, email trips@REEF.org or call 305-588-5869. A $1,000 per person deposit will be due to confirm your reservation. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
Egypt Travel Info
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.
How to Get There: Participants will want to make arrangements to fly Hurghada International Airport (HRG) arriving in time for boarding at 5pm, on July 6. Return flights should be booked departing on July 16. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.
Transfers: Two transfers within Hurghada (between the airport or hotel and boat) are included. For those arriving before the boat departure day or departing after the final day, airport transfers to/from a local hotel can be arranged for a fee.
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 for approximately $30 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.
COVID-19 Considerations: It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that they understand and comply with all local requirements (for entry and visit as a tourist) of the host destination, and for exit and entry requirements for their home country. Be prepared for your plans to change. Be sure your travel insurance covers COVID-related issues. No travel is risk-free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Please be aware that REEF is not a travel agent. We are doing our best to interpret the information provided by our trip vendor and the host country’s government COVID-19 webpages. We encourage everyone to do their own research, interpretation, and due diligence. Please see REEF’s COVID-19 Considerations and Vaccine Policies section in our REEF Field Survey Trips Policies page for more information.