Red Sea Project Shark Trip
Watch the egyptian sands melt into the quintessential aquamarine hues of the Red Sea from the sky lounge of your yacht as you set sail to explore the ‘Garden of Eden’ with twenty-six shark-loving ninjas. Surrounded by desert with essentially no runoff, the clear turquoise waters of the long deep gulf is full of rich nutrients creating a literal paradise for both divers and animals alike making it one of the 7 wonders of the underwater world. The unique conditions here are home to more than 1,000 types of fish, 1,000 species of invertebrates, and more than 400 species of hard and soft corals- 10% of which are endemic!
On October 14-21 2021, we are teaming up with the Dr. Elke Bojanowski & the Red Sea Sharks Trust for a special project to dive the spectacular drop offs at the world-famous marine parks during the peak shark season! Get ready for a week of hammerheads, grey reefs, oceanic white tips, and thresher sharks. This 7 night trip aboard Blue O Two’s beautiful Blue Melody liveaboard is a diving holiday with a purpose. Not only will we experience the incredible sharks that inhabit these waters, but in doing so, help contribute to essential population data to preserve these top predators and their marine habitats. Diverse coral forests swarming with life in crystal clear water with pelagic species hunting in the blue, you don’t want to miss this diver’s paradise! Sign up now or read on for more info!
Trip Quick Facts
- Includes Special Ninja Discount!
- Special Project Shark trip!
- Oceanic White Tips, Hammerheads, & More
- Itinerary: Project Shark Simply the Best
- 7 nights/ 8 Days Liveaboard
Built in 2015, and updated in 2016, the Blue Melody is 38 m long, 8.3 m wide and has both double and twin cabins with en suite facilities, air conditioning and personal entertainment systems . Fuel up for the day with the some of the best food on the high seas from not one, but two chefs. Grab your camera gear from the charging station, set up on the camera table, and get ready to go diving on the spacious dive deck. The crew will assist you into the two state of the art tenders as get ready to dive the Red Sea’s best marine parks, then shower off in the fresh water showers on the back deck and enjoy the robes and deck towels before heading up to the lounge area to take in that warm Egyptian sun on the rooftop loungers. During the surface intervals, enjoy a cool drink or a snack on the covered sun deck and take in the gorgeous views. Join Dr Elke Bojanowski in the salon on the plasma screen for her seminars throughout the week on shark behavior and biology, as well as her ongoing research in the area. Come find out why Sport Diver awarded this yacht the title of “Best Liveaboard!”
Step off the yacht for your first taste of the salty Red Sea into clouds of orange anthias and swirls of blue fusiliers swarming the healthy corals of the reef ecosystem for your first check out dives of the trip. Look for crocodile fish, dolphins, pipefish, huge turtles, and even the resident manatees that call these crystal clear waters home all year around as we make our way off the beaten track into the Southern Red Sea. 140 km south of Hurghada, lies the Brother Islands, where we will make three dives a day in this pristine marine park. The 12 dive sites around the islands including two enormous wrecks, are the best places to see and dive with sharks including: hammerheads, silvertips, reef, thresher sharks, and oceanic whitetips! Not to mention the unspoiled, breath-taking coral mountains home to a myriad of colorful reef fish, as well as jaw-dropping walls with pelagic fish such as trevally, mackerel, and tuna hunting by the dozens. More than 80 km offshore, lies an enormous teardrop-shaped reef called Daedulus, famous for schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks off in the blue as well as its stunning walls overgrown with hard coral formations teeming with fish life, turtles, huge napoleon wrasse, and hopefully a few thresher sharks on the drift dives here. The legendary, Elphinstone, a finger-shaped reef, was made famous by Oceanic whitetip sharks that congregate here from October to December. However, dolphins, tiger sharks, hammerheads, and reef sharks are also spotted on these abundant coral covered plateaus. After a week of wrecks, drops offs, walls, caverns, and drift dives, enjoy two relaxing dives near Hurghada before cruising into port in the early afternoon. Throughout the week, your Ninja guide, Jay Clue, will be offering talks on conservation and customized photography workshops. Representatives from the Red Sea Shark Trust, will be teaching us all about their research with the marine life there, their findings, and the global threats facing sharks worldwide.
What’s the Cost?
For only $1500 USD per person, you could be diving the most remote and pristine reefs in the entirety of the Red Sea aboard a luxury yacht, eating 3 meals a day, including ample snacks, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and fresh towels and robes on the deck as well as in your room. The price includes all diving and activities, transfers to and from the airport, 7 nights accommodation (on a shared basis in twin or double room with ensuite), weights/ weighbelt, 12L aluminum din tank. In addition, seminars, presentations, and workshops from Red Sea Shark trust representatives including Dr. Elke Bojanowski, will occur throughout the week between dives or after dinner.
What’s not Included
Rental dive equipment hire (please note that all divers are required to dive with a dive computer and SMB), alcohol, on-board merchandise, dive courses, crew and dive guide gratuities (at your discretion), Port and Marine Park fees ($80 per person, which can be paid in advance by contacting our team, or onboard by cash or credit card at the end of the trip).
Why Project Shark and The Red Sea Shark Trust?
This trip is not only a once-in a lifetime chance to experience endangered pelagic species in their natural habitat, but a chance to play a part in adding to valuable research efforts by the ‘Red Sea Sharks Trust’ who work towards the conservation of sharks. Elke Bojanowski, Ph.D, began the Longimanus Project in October 2004, actively collecting underwater photographs and video-clips of Oceanic Whitetip Sharks for catalogue, review, and analysis. Since 2012, the project has expanded to become Red Sea Sharks (www.redseasharks.org) and has increased its scope to include Grey Reef, Silky, and many other shark species. During this diving holiday with a purpose, we can learn about globally endangered marine species and what we can do as divers to protect their future, whilst experiencing them in a marine protected area.
Flights and Pre-Trip Info
The closest international airport, Hurghada (HRG), is only a 12 minute drive from the Marriott Resort Marina where the adventure begins! Being the second busiest airport in Egypt, there are direct flights to and from Hurghada on a regular basis from many domestic and international airlines. Your complimentary transfer will bring you to your new home for the next 7 nights. Boarding begins promptly at 6 pm. We will return to the same marina at 10 am on the final day of the charter. Depending on your return flight times, you will have access to local day use facilities, or you may choose to get a hotel room and extend your stay in Egypt a little bit longer. We can arrange hotels and short excursions before or after the diving. Egypt is home to some of the best historical treasures in the world such as the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo Museum, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings, and Luxor Temple to name a few.
Prerequisites: Open Water Diver certification or equivalent and at least 30 logged dives is required. If you have questions about your experience or qualifications, please contact our team!
Expedition Quick Facts:
Ship: M/Y Blue Melody
Board: Oct 14, 2021 at 4 pm
Disembark: Oct 21, 2021 between 9-10 am.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Dive Days: 6 days, 16-21 dives
Nearest Airport: Hurghada (HRG)
Trip Cost: $1,500.00 USD
Min Deposit to Reserve: 30%