FAQ about Red Sea liveaboard, diving safari and kite safari
Is the Red Sea a good place for diving safari?
The Red Sea is home to more than a thousand species of fish and corals! It is an underwater paradise waiting to be explored, where a vibrant niche of spectacular living creatures and stunning reefs and coral formations abound! Boosting with excellent water visibility, the Red Sea attracts divers from all over the world. The Red Sea is home to some of the world’s most popular shipwrecks such as the Dunraven and SS Thistlegorm to name a few. If you want to have the opportunity of a lifetime to awed by the jaw-dropping smorgasbord of some the world-renowned wrecks then there is no better to dive the Red Sea but through liveaboard diving!
Does Red Sea offer good scuba diving conditions?
The Red Sea offers excellent scuba diving conditions all year round. The visibility is just amazing. However, the water temperature varies greatly throughout the year. Air temperature: 20°C to 45°C depending on the season. The winter is warm and the summer is hot to VERY HOT! Nights tend to be cold.
Average Water temperature: ranges from 21°C to 28°C year round. If you prefer warm water, around 28°C, it is best to visit Egypt during the Summer, August being the hottest month. If you come in winter, the water is cooler, around 21°C. February is the coldest month. If you come during Spring or Autumn the water temperature is around 25°C.
Average Visibility: You can expect 20 to 50 meters all year round!
When is the best time to dive in Red Sea?
If you don’t like “cold” water, avoid coming in December, January and February! If you don’t like very hot weather, try to avoid June, July and August.
For the creatures of the sea, the seasons are: Oceanic Whitetip Sharks (Longimanus) are best visible from October to January however it is possible to spot them year round in places like Elphinstone reef. The best season for Hammerhead Sharks runs from June to September. Your best chances to spot a Whale Shark run from May to the end of July and mostly in North Red Sea. The Thresher Shark can be best spotted in Autumn and Winter mostly on offshore reefs like the Brothers or Daedalus reef.
What are the interesting dive sites in Red Sea?
Check our map with 10 top dive sites in Red Sea - part of Scuba Scene liveaboard routes.
Are there any legal regulation I should know about?
According to Egyptian law:
- Night diving is strictly prohibited in the four offshore Marine Parks of The Brothers, Zarbagad, Daedalus and Rocky. One must have a minimum of 50 logged dives to dive these sites as well.
- Diver should use a dive computer and carry a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB). In cases of buddy pairs, at least one torch should be brought even on morning dives.
- Divers should possess medical certification of fitness to dive aside from diving accident insurance. Medical certificate should have been issued less than one year before the start of the trip.
What should I bring with me?
Definitely you should take a sun cream and sunglasses. Egyptian sun is really strong. But from the other site it is very windy on the board so a wind jacket or warm sweater are recommended as well.
The information from the passports should be sent to the office of Scuba Scene Yacht, two weeks before departure at the latest. The following declarations are required: family name, first name, nationality, passport number, flight number, time of arrival and departure. Make sure that the passport is valid for at least 6 months. In unexpected cases such as delays of departures and arrivals, Scuba Scene Yacht cannot be held responsible or liable. Please bring with you a copy of the passport and the voucher from your travel agency to your safari tour as well.
What about safety on the yacht?
Life-jackets are in each cabin. The inflating life rafts are located on the upper deck. We have fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in all cabins, the salon and the engine room. Each boat is also equipped with a fire extinguishing-hose. We have minimum one 50l oxygen tank with mask for diving emergency. Of course a first aid kit with quite safe medicine for diving and an infusion kit are on Scuba Scene Yacht. The satellite phone is basic equipment on Scuba Scene Yacht.
What kind of food is served?
We serve you three meals and one snack with fresh juice per day onboard Scuba Scene Yacht. Breakfast is usually eggs cooked to your choice (omelets, fried, or scrambled), pancakes, toast, bred, fresh fruit and veggies, cereal, cheese and sausages. Lunch and evening meals usually consist of lots of fresh vegetables, rice, noodles, chicken, beef and fish. Snacks (cookies and fruits) are available all time. In the afternoon we offer a snack with fruits, pastry and fresh juice. If you have any individual dietary requirements, please ensure that you notify your travel agency at the point of booking. Please note that specific brands of foods and soft drinks are often unavailable in Egypt, and that it can be very difficult for us to find low-fat or soy products that are common elsewhere. While we always do our best to accommodate your requests, please we would like to ask you to bring some of your own foods along with you if the lack thereof may constitute a health risk or seriously compromise your enjoyment of your holiday. Soft drinks, water, coffee, several teas and juices are for free on Scuba Scene Yacht. Alcoholic drinks such as beer and wine have to be paid at the end of the trip.
Do I need cash on board?
On board we do not accept credit cards or cheques. Please take sufficient cash money with you. You can pay in Euro, US$ or in Egyptian pound.
A „Bakschisch“ also known as tips is more expected than in some other countries. We recommend 30 – 40 Euro tip for the crew per person and week.
Is there phone reception/email on board?
WIFI can be used onboard and is free of charge. It will be available wherever is a signal for mobile phones. Please note that the Egyptian internet and mobile phone connection is not like European standard and the access will be limited (mainly available when the boat is closer to land).