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VIP ONE liveaboard

VIP One

Operated by the Red Sea Diving College, VIP One is a 16-berth, purposed built, luxury motor yacht which has been crafted and built by lovers of the Red Sea.

With over 20 years’ experience in tourism and water sporting activities the designers of the boat have constructed the vessel with the sole aim of showing its passengers the most beautiful areas of Sinai and the Red Sea.

 

VIP One cabin

VIP One is specifically designed to offer you the best in both comfort and safety whilst also maintaining exceptional levels of service. Air conditioned and spacious throughout, the interior boasts large double cabins with private bathrooms, a generous saloon and dining room and a fully stocked bar area. Externally you will find sizeable sundecks on a number of levels perfect for sunbathing, reading or even an on-deck barbecue and a top deck bar offers a perfect location for enjoying the Sinai’s spectacular sunsets. The boat is fully air-conditioned.

 

Why choose this liveaboard?

Thistlegorm stern and gun1.     Peace. Daily boat operators from Naama Bay tend to depart from and return to the Naama Bay jetty at the same time, meaning that there can be a high number of daily boats on the most popular sites in Ras Mohamed (Shark Reef, Yolanda, Anemone City, Shark Observatory, etc.) and Tiran (Jackson reef especially). Liveaboards are allowed to overnight in Ras Mohamed Marine Park, meaning that you can dive the best sites before the daily boats arrive around 09:30 and after they leave at 16:00. It is not uncommon to be the only group on the best sites, even in July.

 

 

Carnatic dolphin

 

2.     Wrecks. Weather permitting, VIP One starts by cruising over to Abu Nuhas, across the Straits of Gubal and the Gulf of Suez. The first two days’ diving are spent diving the splendid wrecks of thee Giannis D, the Carnatic, the Chrisoula K, the Kimon M, and the Kingston. If dolphins haven’t already been encountered, the boat will go looking for them. After that, you should cross back over the straits and arrive on the Thistlegorm just as everyone else has left their moorings and get in two afternoon dives and a night dive. The night dive can be quite busy, but I have experienced afternoon dives here where the only other person I have seen for most of the dive is my buddy. 

Turlte Shag Rock

 

3.     The guides. The lead guide, Paul (aka Hooch), has been diving here for 10 years, and has logged more than 400 dives on the Thistlegorm. Not only is he a very pleasant chap and an excellent dive guide (and instructor), he really knows these sites inside out and understands how to help you get the most out of your trip. In consultation with the skipper, he works out the best itinerary in relation to the weather forecast, rather than sticking to a set schedule that could give you a rough crossing or not so ideal diving conditions. 

 

 

 

The diving

The Thistlegorm

Thistlgorm

Discovered during one of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s first expeditions aboard the Calypso during early months of 1956, the S.S.Thistlegorm was bombed and sunk by the Germans on the night of October 5th 1941. The ill fated warship sank with its cargo full of war supplies and divers are now able to swim around tanks, jeeps, motorcycles and guns (to list a fraction of the items of interest). Lying to the North West of Ras Mohamed at a depth of 17 – 35metres the SS Thistlegorm has become one of the most sought after wreck dives in the entire world. To explore it all takes four dives. 

The Dunraven

The wreck of this British Steam Ship sits on the Southern edge of Sha’ab Mahmoud, known locally as Beacon Rock as because of the presence of the South Cardinal beacon. The Dunraven was built in 1873 in Newcastle and was on its way to Bombay when it hit the reef in 1876. Sinking to a depth of 30 metres she sank right next to the reef wall and lies upside down, broken into two sections. Prior to sinking the ship caught on fire and destroyed its cargo of cotton and timber. The origin of this 85 metre long, 10 metre wide ship was the cause of a great speculation amongst divers and historians, be sure to listen to your expert guide as they reveal the secrets of the Dunraven.

Carnatic, Giannis D., Chrisoula K., Kimon M, Kingston

The Carnatic sank in 1879 and has almost become a reef in itself. It’s a popular site, along with the nearby wrecks of two Greek cargo ships, the Giannis D. and the Chrisoula K. which both sank in the early 1980s. The three wrecks are about 1 hour 30 minutes by boat from the Southern point of Ras Mohamed. Kimon M is also nearby and has some great swim-throughs, and the Kingston over on Shag Rock is another picturesque wreck.

Giannis D
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ras Mohamed and Tiran Straits

Ras Mohamed is home to some world-reknowned dives sites, such as Jackfish alley, Shark Reef, and the wreck of the Yolanda. Between Jume and August large shools of snapper and barracuda hang around in the blue just off Shark Reef and have given it a repuration as being one of the best dive sites in the world. Friendly Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often encountered, as are giant morays. There are fans and some swim-throughs, hard and soft corals. At sites like Temple and Fiesta, keep an eye on the blue for mantas and whale sharks. To the east, the Tiran reefs of Gordon. Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson have good hard and soft coral coverage, plenty of fish, and more fans. Jackson reef can be like swimming in fish soup on occasions. 

Shark ReefGorgonian fan Jackson Reef

 

 

 

 

 

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Thistlegorm bow

7 nights' full board accomodation, 6 days' diving (up to 25 dives)

From €800 per person sharing

+20% for a master cabin, +50% for a single cabin

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