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Brothers & Elphinstone Northern Wrecks & Reefs
Simply the Best Straights of Tiran and North Deep South & Borderlands Daedalus & Elphinstone
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M/Y blue Voyager
Built in 2006, the Red Sea vessel M/Y blue Voyager is the most recent addition to the BlueOTwo fleet and underwent a 10 week refurbishment to ensure that she was sparkling in time for her first sailing at the beginning of April 2011. She is a 37 metre, steel hulled vessel with the capacity to sleep 24 divers in spacious twin and double cabins. She features a separate dining area and sky lounge, much like M/Y blue Horizon and a large dive deck. M/Y blue Voyager is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and can also cater for re-breather divers.
The itinerary… Experience two of the finest sites in the Red Sea. A part of the Marine Park, the Brother Islands offer breath-taking underwater scenery, wall diving, wreck diving and an abundance of marine wildlife.
Elphinstone Reef is a legend in the Red Sea. Covered in hard and soft corals and visiting pelagics, this truly is an awesome reef.
Sample Itinerary: **PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. This sample route is based on the vessel departing from and arriving back to HURGHADA however this itinerary can also be run from and to Port Ghalib and so therefore the order of sites can vary.
– Day 1 – Gota Abu Ramada x 3 – Sail overnight to Brothers
– Day 2 – Big Brother
– Day 3 – Small Brother
– Day 4 – Small Brother – then sail overnight
– Day 5 – Elphinstone, Marsa Shouna
– Day 6 – Salem Express/Panorama, Abu Hashish
Itinerary Highlights: Big Brother is a 400 metre long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 metres. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. On every section of this reef the wall is covered with corals and marine life. Little Brother Boasts a very high concentration of life within a very small area. Fan coral forests, overhangs, hard and soft corals in a variety of astonishing colours… and of course there are plenty of fish! With regular sightings of hammerheads, thresher sharks, grey sharks and white tip reef sharks, at the right time of year. Elphinstone Reef is a Red Sea legend. One of the most beautiful reefs in this area, with its north and south plateau’s covered in hard and soft corals and visiting pelagics, this truly is an awesome reef. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed. approx £1099 per person and includes: Return flights LGW-HRG, visa, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada/Port Galib, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.
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Red Sea Northern Wrecks & Reefs Live-aboard on Blue Voyagerred-sea-scuba-diving-sunset
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Itinerary: Northern Wrecks and Reefs
Aboard: M/Y blue Voyager. The Vessel was built in 2006, M/Y blue Voyager is the most recent addition to blue o two and underwent a 10 week refurbishment to ensure that she was sparkling in time for her first sailing at the beginning of April 2011. She is a 37 metre, steel hulled vessel with the capacity to sleep 24 divers in spacious twin and double cabins. She features a separate dining area and sky lounge, much like M/Y blue Horizon and a large dive deck. M/Y blue Voyager is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and can also cater for re-breather divers. The Itinerary… This safari allows you to take in some of the most iconic wrecks that the Red Sea has to offer. An ideal itinerary for those new to SCUBA diving or the Red Sea, allowing you to experience world famous wrecks and pristine reefs. Sample Itinerary: **PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. – Day 1 – Shaab El Erg, Abu Nuhas Lagoon – Day 2 – Abu Nuhas Wreck, Dunraven, Beacon Rock – Day 3 – Thistlegorm – Day 4 – Shag Rock/Kingston, Ulysses, Bluff Point, Barge – Day 5 – Rosalie Moller, Umm Usk, Siyul – Day 6 – Poseidon Reef, El Miniya Itinerary Highlights: SS. Thistlegorm – Shaab Ali Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m Max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish. Small Crack – Shaab Mahmoud This is a small split in the middle of Shaab Mahmoud’s barrier. Drift along the outside wall next to beautiful corals and colourful fish. Look for a sand slope that leads you up and through the crack. When the current is right you can fly through the 5m deep channel and be thrown out across the sandy lagoon! Gubal Island At the gate of the Straits of Gubal is ‘Bluff Point’, which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the ‘Ulysses’ lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. ‘The Barge’ wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures. Abu Nuhas Also known as the ‘Ships Graveyard’, this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy sea-floor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. Wrecks here include the Ghiannis D, Carnatic, Tile and Lentil Wrecks. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef. Shag Rock This large circular reef is often overlooked but offers excellent diving on pristine coral from any location on its perimeter. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed. £1199 per person + £25 for ‘VISA Meet, greet & assist’ service* Includes: Return flights LGW-HRG, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights. *EU passports only. Book now!
Please contact Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or email weborders@divemachine.co.uk for more information or to book on this Red Sea safari!
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Aboard: M/Y blue Horizon The vessel… Built by blue o two in 2006, award winning M/Y blue Horizon is BlueOTwo’s flagship vessel and the benchmark for all other blue o two vessels to follow her. With a contemporary and stylish feel, M/Y blue Horizon takes live-aboard luxury to a whole new level and is truly deserving of the title ‘Live-aboard of the Year’ awarded by DIVE and DIVER magazine in their recent industry awards.
The itinerary includes visiting the Brothers Island’s, Daedalus and Elphinstone, this itinerary is a great all-round tour for divers with slightly more experience; offering challenging dives, big drop off’s, beautiful coral walls and plenty of large fish.
This sample itinerary is just an example of the route taken and the order of dive sites which are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. This sample route is based on the vessel departing from and arriving back to HURGHADA however this itinerary can also be run from and to Port Ghalib and so therefore the order of sites can vary.
– Day 1 – Gota Abu Ramada x 3
– Day 2 – Big Brother
– Day 3 – Little Brother
– Day 4 – Daedalus
– Day 5 – Elphinstone
– Day 6 – Salem Express/Panorama/Abu Kaffan, Abu Hashish Itinerary Highlights: Big Brother A 400 metre long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 metres. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. On every section of this reef the wall is covered with corals and life. Little Brother Boasts a very high concentration of life within a very small area. Fan coral forests, overhangs, hard and soft corals in a variety of astonishing colours and of course there are plenty of fish! With regular sightings of hammerheads, thresher sharks, grey sharks and white tip reef sharks, at the right time of year. Daedalus Reef This huge reef rises from the sea bed in the middle of the Red Sea. Easily recognised by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this massive reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open on the blue! Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen… oceanic white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, a lonesome hammerhead shark or schools of them. The excitement and the sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives and not get bored! Elphinstone Reef A Red Sea legend. One of the most beautiful reefs, with north and south plateau’s covered in hard and soft corals. This is a truly awesome reef. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed. £1199 per person Includes: Return flights LGW-HRG, visa, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.
Please contact Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or email weborders@divemachine.co.uk for more information or to book on this Red Sea safari!
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Straights of Tiran & the North Red Sea trips
Aboard: M/Y Blue Melody
The vessel was built in 2007, M/Y blue Melody is the third vessel in the blue o two fleet and underwent a complete interior re-fit in 2008. She is 38m in length and takes a maximum of 26 divers on each trip. M/Y blue Melody is everything you would expect from a 5Star diving vessel with large dining area, separate sky lounge with state of the art entertainment system and double and twin cabins all benefiting from en-suite facilities, air conditioning and personal entertainment systems. A spacious dive deck also makes kitting up and getting in the water a stress free experience! M/Y blue Melody is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and is re-breather friendly. The itinerary… The Strait of Tiran & North cruise allows you to take in some of the most notorious wrecks and reefs the Red Sea has to offer as well as the pristine coral reefs of Tiran. The Tiran dive area is found in the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba and is made up of four main reefs that form the top of an underwater bridge. These reefs, named after British cartographers (Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas, Gordon), are world famous for their extraordinary diversity of corals and strong south westerly currents make them home to many large pelagic fish.
Our sample itinerary is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
– Day 1 – Shaab El Erg, “Ghiannis D” at Abu Nuhas and Abu Nuhas Reef
– Day 2 – “Carnatic” at Abu Nuhas, “Dunraven” at Shaab Mahmoud, Beacon Rock
– Day 3 – Shark & Yolanda Reefs at Ras Mohammed National Park and Tiran dive sites (Woodhouse, Gordon, Thomas or Jackson) and Laguna Reef
– Day 4 – Tiran dive sites (Woodhouse, Gordon, Thomas or Jackson) and Small Crack at Shaab Mahmoud
– Day 5 – Thistlegorm, Umm Usk and Siyul
– Day 6 – Poseidon & El Mina
Itinerary Highlights: SS. Thistlegorm at Shaab Ali is the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m Max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish. Abu Nuhas Also known as the ‘Ships Graveyard’, this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy sea-floor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef. Ras Mohamed Reef is a world renowned dive site, situated at the tip of the Sinai. Two small ergs are joined by a vertical wall dropping into the abyss. At Shark Reef the current allows you to drift along the wall, rich with colourful corals. Moving towards Yolanda Reef you reach a plateau scattered with small ergs and coral outcrops. Continuing around the reef you will come upon the scattered remains of the wreck ‘Yolanda’ complete with its cargo of toilets and baths. The whole of this area is big fish territory so keep an eye on the blue! Jackson Reef in Tiran is the most northerly reef in this area and on its northern edge lays the wreck of a freighter (the Louilla) serving as a stark warning to ships in the narrow straights. Dives are usually conducted from the moorings on the south side which is sheltered from the main swell and currents. Moving northwards you will come across a forest of spectacular gorgonia fan corals at about 20 to 30 metres as well as many different kinds of reef fish. This site can also be done as a drift dive heading from the mooring towards the East with the reef on the left where it is mostly wall diving with excellent corals. Woodhouse Reef in Tiran is the longest reef of the four. Home to reef sharks and eagle rays, it is dived as a drift dive usually from South to North. Jumping at the southern part of the reef is a wall to about 30m covered with coral from the surface all the way down. There is a canyon going along the reef at about 25m which spreads out into a coral garden with sand alleys. Thomas Reef in Tiran is the smallest reef in the Strait and diving here is governed by the weather as there are extremely strong currents. The ends of the reef are vertical walls with a large plateau at about 25m on the south eastern side. This plateau often has sleeping sharks on the sand patches and the colourful coral has a fence of Gorgonia fans at the end. Gordon Reef in Tiran is is the most southerly reef of the four and has a different topography from the others offering both a shallow plateau area and drop off. A huge variety of reef fish and big schools of groupers can be seen here and on the sandy bottom at 4 to 5 metres there is an eel garden area along with coral encrusted drums. The top of the reef, with its lighthouse, is also home to the wreck “Louilla” which sits almost parallel to the wreck on Jackson Reef. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
Approx £1149 per person and includes: Return flights LGW-HRG, visa, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.
Please contact Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or email weborders@divemachine.co.uk for more information or to book on this Red Sea safari!

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Deep South & Borderlands Itinerary
Deep south & Borderlands RED SEA Live-aboard on Blue melody Dates: TBA.
QUALIFICATION NEEDED: You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent with a minimum of 30 logged dives to join this safari. This itinerary takes you further south than ever before in the Egyptian Red Sea! Travelling south of St. Johns reef, this itinerary offers the opportunity to explore the quiet and pristine dive sites on the Egypt/Sudan border. Live-aboard’s rarely visit this region and with no day boats you will be left to explore the area in virtual solitude. This itinerary is perfect for those who have dived the Red Sea many times and are for something a little different. **PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is a sample and no dive sites are guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Day 1 – Shaab Marsa Alam, Shaab Sharm and Dahra Wadi Gimal. Day 2 – Shaab Abu Fandera and Ohrob Reef. Day 3 – Kabrit Wreck, Shaab Kabrit, Shaab Shallal and Ohrob Reef. Day 4 – Habilli Ohrob, Habilli Abu Fandera and Dangerous Reef (St. Johns). Day 5 – St. Johns and Fury Shoal. Day 6 – Shaab Sharm and Shaab Marsa Alam. Itinerary highlights: Wreck of Shoab Kabrit The main section of the Kabrit wreck including propeller, lies between 11 and 30 metres in a beautiful coral garden. The wreck is broken in two and the front end lies in a vertical position off the wall from 30 metres. This dive allows the opportunity to explore this large wreck and also the surrounding coral garden. Habilli Ohrob This cluster of pinnacles is covered in beautiful soft corals of all colours and also a few large fan corals around the bottoms. Pinnacles start at around 6 metres and go down to around 25 metres. Large numbers of schooling fish such as barracuda, tuna and jacks can been seen between the pillars and in the deeper areas there is the possibility to see sharks. The reef tops are covered in yellow soft coral and anthias making for an absolutely stunning safety stop! Gota Kabrit This is a small reef next to the main reef of Kabrit. The dive often starts on the south side of the reef where two pinnacles drop down to a depth of 30 metres and there is a good chance of seeing sharks. After exploring the pinnacles you can make your way along the reef wall where you will see a beautiful variety of soft corals. Plus other superb reefs. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed. Note there will be limited night diving on this itinerary due to currents on some dive sites. Price to include: return flights LGW-HRG, 7 nights full board accommodation on vessel, Marine Park Fees, Egyptian Entry Visa, Transfer from/to Hurghada airport, then down to Port Ghalib, diving, single 12 ltr cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Dive Machine can also supply very competitive quotes for your Diving/Holiday Insurance. BOOK NOW! (22 Spaces ) Call Robert at Dive Machine today on 01732 773553 for more info or to book on this Red Sea safari.
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Daedalus & Elphinstone Itinerary
Red Sea Daedalus & Elphinstone on Blue Fin
QUALIFICATION NEEDED: You must be a PADI Advanced diver or equivalent with a minimum of 50 logged dives to join this safari.
Itinerary Highlights: Daedalus, this huge reef rises from the sea bed in the middle of the Red Sea. Easily recognized by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this massive reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open on the blue! Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen… oceanic sharks, white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, a lonesome hammerhead shark or schools of them. The excitement and the sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives and not get bored!
Elphinstone Reef is a Red Sea legend. Elphinstone is a beautiful long reef with its walls, north and south covered in hard and soft corals. It offers colourful scenery and a very good variety of reef fish… the occasional visiting pelagic can make this dive site very interesting.
Fury Shoal. This large cluster of reefs offers unforgettable and easy dives. From the northern site of Small Abu Galawa to its most-southern site of Sataya, Fury Shoal can prove to be surprising and diverse. Each dive site has its particularity: from dolphins, to stunning hard coral formations and not forgetting the two little wrecks, “Tug Boat” and the “Yacht”. Often overlooked, its beauty and easy diving will be welcomed after currents and wall diving!
St. John’s Reef. Located on the Tropic of Cancer, this chain of reefs is the furthest south you will get! All its dive sites are very close to each other which means that you can easily move from one place to another. It therefore adds a lot of variety to your dives: drop-offs, tunnels and stunning hard-coral formations. One of these dives (St John’s Caves or Umm Kharalim) is truly unique and is a photographers heaven with rays of light filtering through into the beautiful tunnels. The reef formation is not the only thing that will stun you at St John’s… the marine life and the colours of the soft corals are one of the best in the Red Sea. With any luck, dolphins or pelagics will join you on the dives and St John’s will forever have a place in your heart. All dive sites visited are subject to weather conditions and is at the discretion of your dive guides and vessel captain. Due to the locations of the dive sites visited on this itinerary there will be a substantial amount of travelling during the safari. This may mean that it is only possible to complete 3 dives on certain days.  Note there will be limited night diving on this itinerary due to currents on some dive sites.
Price to include: return flights LGW-HRG, 7 nights full board accommodation on vessel, Marine Park Fees, Egyptian Entry Visa, Transfer from/to Hurghada airport, then down to Port Ghalib, diving, single 12 ltr cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Please contact Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or email weborders@divemachine.co.uk for more information or to book on this Red Sea safari!