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While some batteries may be available to purchase on board, please bring extras if your personal dive equipment may require a unique size. Because of the remote locations in which our vessels operate, there is limited or no access to battery recycling facilities. To help us with responsible tourism we kindly request you bring home your own spent batteries to be recycled or disposed of properly. Alternatively, consider using rechargeable batteries as there are plenty of sockets to plug in a charger on board.
Check In: Between 16:00 and 18:00 on the day of embarkation. The boat will remain in port overnight and depart from the marina the following morning at approximately 08:00.
Check Out: Upon return into the marina during the afternoon of the last full day on board, our representatives will advise you of your precise departure arrangements for the following day. Normally, you will be expected to vacate the vessel between 09:00 and 10:00 the following morning.
On leaving the liveaboard, and depending on your return flight departure time, you will be provided with local day use facilities. This does not include the use of a hotel room although these may be available to book at an additional cost. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a hotel room for your last night or for day use. Please note that, after breakfast on board the boat, no additional meals or snacks are provided so, for late flights, a lunch provision may be necessary.
If you decide to upgrade to a hotel room on the final night of your trip, check in will be available from 14:00 and check out will be at 12:00 noon.
For details about our on board child policy please see our Terms and Conditions page.
For full information on maximum depths in the Red Sea for recreational activities and for different activities please link to the PDF HERE.
In an effort to preserve the natural environment for the Oceanic Whitetips, the CDWS (Chamber of Diving and Watersports) in Egypt have brought in new regulations for diving this site. We are now not allowed to stay overnight and the number of dive boats are now limited.
We are able to offer a full range of equipment hire. Although we stock a range of spare equipment on-board, our main storage is located in port, so we ask that you pre-book all your diving equipment before you travel to ensure we can meet your requirements. If you haven’t pre-booked, please inform us immediately upon your arrival to the vessel and we will do our best to accommodate for your requests. NOTE: We require all divers to use a computer and DSMB & reel for all diving conducted throughout our safaris. A full range and price list of our equipment is available on our website.
The official CDWS statement with regards to wearing gloves and carrying dive knives in the Red Sea can be found HERE.
On a seven day safari, there will be five ‘full’ days of diving – this means up to four dives per day, depending on itinerary and weather conditions. On day six there will be two dives in the morning before the vessel re-fuels and returns to port in the afternoon. This ensures plenty ‘on surface’ time before flying on day seven.
PLEASE NOTE: It is important that you DO NOT DIVE FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE TRAVELLING BY AIR. Doing so may invalidate your travel insurance in the event of illness during your journey home.
We offer a wide range of exciting diving itineraries from the far north to the deep south of the Egyptian Red Sea.
Dive sites visited include the stunning marine parks of Ras Mohamed on the Sinai, the Brother Islands and Daedalus Reef, incredible reef formations of Safaga, Strait of Tiran, St Johns, Fury Shoal, Zabargad and Elphinstone and some of the best wreck diving in the world, including the ‘ships graveyard’ of Abu Nuhas and the famous SS. Thistlegorm.
We also offer speciality itineraries including marine conservation and Project Shark safaris.
The Muck Stick, Pointer Stick or Lobster Tickle Stick is usually made of solid stainless steel or aluminum and is 12 to 18 inches long. Recent reports claim this device is being used – mostly by UW photographers – on coral reefs to stabilize themselves when close to the reef.
CDWS investigation concluded the following:
“The use of such rods to touch corals and marine organisms in order to stabilize photographers or divers negatively impacts the reefs, especially if widely used. Therefore, CDWS strongly forbids scuba divers and photographers to use these sticks in an attempt to promote an eco-friendly marine environment in the Red Sea.”
The penalty list for environmental violations will apply. The official CDWS statement can be found HERE.
Due to a number of factors, which may include weather or currents, it may be necessary to use a RIB to access and leave some dive sites. If you require any special assistance to enter a RIB, please contact us prior to departure via email – email@example.com or telephone – 01752 480808.
You can use the following as a guide to the average water temperatures for the time of year that you will be visiting the Red Sea: JAN – 20 oC FEB – 22 oC MAR – 22 oC APR – 23 oC MAY – 24 oC JUN – 25 oC JUL – 26 oC AUG – 28 oC SEPT – 27 oC OCT – 25 oC NOV – 24 oC DEC – 22 oC
In an effort to preserve the majestic wreck of the SS. Thistlegorm, the CDWS (Chamber of Diving and Watersports) in Egypt have brought in new guidelines for diving this site. In order to abide by these new regulations, we ask that all divers who wish to dive the SS. Thistlegorm wreck have a minimum of 20 logged dives. Any diver with less than 20 logged dives will still be able to join an itinerary which visits the SS. Thistlegorm on its route but will unfortunately be unable to take part in any dives on this wreck. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused but ask for your understanding to aid the preservation of this world-famous wreck for years to come.
The full equipment hire consists of: BCD, regulator, mask and snorkel, 5mm full wetsuit, pair of booties, pair of fins, weight belt and weights and an SMB and reel. Torches and computers are not included in the full equipment hire, but can be booked separately. Please let us know upon booking what your requirements and sizes are and we will arrange it for you.
Please see suggested wetsuit thicknesses below…
JAN: Full 5mm (2 pieces) to a dry suit
FEB: Full 5mm (2 pieces) to a dry suit
MAR: Full 5mm (1 or 2 pieces) to a 7mm
APR: Full 5mm to a 7mm (1 piece)
MAY: Full 3mm to a 5mm (1 piece)
JUN: 5mm shorty to a full 5mm (1 piece)
JUL: Shorty or a full 3mm (1 piece)
AUG: Shorty or a full 3mm (1 piece)
SEPT: Shorty or a full 5mm (1 piece)
OCT: Full 3mm to a 7mm (1 piece)
NOV: Full 5mm (1 or pieces)
DEC: Full 5mm (2 pieces) to a dry suit
Passengers are not allowed to enter Egypt until 31 March 2020.
Please let us know if you will be affected by this and bear these restrictions in mind when making your travel arrangements.
Blue O Two provides a pre-arranged Visa Meet & Greet service, available at the Hurghada HRG, RMF Marsa Alam and Cairo CAI airports. In Hurghada and Marsa Alam, it is a flat fee (depending on exchange rates) and we have a Blue O Two representative at a booth in the immigration hall. In Cairo, the fee depends on the number of passengers booking the service together and there will be a representative with a Blue O Two sign before you reach the immigration counters.
Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt.
We are able to pre-arrange for most nationalities including UK, EU and USA. Please visit the following website of the Egyptian Consulate for current visa eligibility including visa upon arrival: http://www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk/visas.php
We require all passengers arriving into Hurghada on the same day as embarkation to use our pre-arranged visa service in order to avoid lengthy delays that may affect your transfer and other passengers. If you have booked our pre-arranged Visa Meet & Greet service please do not purchase another visa on arrival from a local agent – if you are harassed by a local agent, report the incident to the tourist police in the airport terminal.
New guidelines issued in March 2017 state that phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, keyboards and external hard drives larger than length: 16.0cm by width: 9.3cm by depth 1.5cm may no longer be carried in the cabin of the aircraft and must be packed as hold luggage. This includes power cables and their transformers, spare batteries and power banks. The measures also mean that spare power sources or batteries can no longer be carried in either the hold or as hand baggage on the aircraft and any such items will be confiscated at check-in. These guidelines also apply to any items purchased at duty free in the airport. Please note that this only affects inbound flights from Egypt back to the UK.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
The U.S. Department of State website, www.travel.state.gov/content/travel.html also has essential travel advice and tips for North Americans.
Introduced as a new security measure, Hurghada airport now require that batteries be removed from items such as torches and dive computers etc if they are being carried as hand luggage. If you travel with such items in your hand luggage and batteries are not removed there is a chance that they will be removed by airport security and disposed of. We therefore recommend that you pack battery operated items or their batteries in your hold luggage.
CDWS strongly recommends that certified or student divers carry an insurance policy against dive injuries and related costs. Certified and/or student divers have to be aware that some standard health policies or travel insurance policies contain exclusions for diving related accidents, including chamber treatment and medical evacuation. Diving without a valid insurance is at the client’s own risk.
Upon your return into the marina on Thursday afternoon, our representatives will advise you on your options for Thursday evening and make arrangements on your behalf. Although you are very welcome to stay on board the vessel for dinner, many guests choose to enjoy an evening in town sampling some of the numerous restaurants and bars. If you haven’t been able to find what you want in our on-board store, then this is also an ideal time to purchase some gifts for loved ones back at home and try your hand at a bit of haggling. We will be happy to recommend some lovely spots and make reservations for you. Dining outside of the vessel is not covered in your package price. However, don’t let this put you off as the cost of a meal ranges between only £5 – £30 for a 3 course meal and is of an extremely high standard.
If you fancy adding that extra bit of luxury to your last night, we are able to offer you an upgrade to a hotel for your last night’s stay, prices vary depending on the time of year. You can book a last night upgrade before your trip or if you decide during your holiday, our ground team can make arrangements for you.
You are able to select your favourite cabin on one of our Blue O Two fleet vessels ahead of departure, subject to availability, for a small charge. Contact your dive travel consultant to check availability. Current charges can be found on the vessel pages.
Cabins: M/Y Blue Horizon
Every cabin boasts a mini bar, en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with a hard drive containing movies and TV series’. In addition the saloon is equipped with a large plasma screen with a HDMI lead to enable you to connect devices. Bath towels and dressing gowns are provided for every guest so don’t feel you need to bring these.
Cabins: M/Y Blue Melody & M/Y Blue Adventurer
Every cabin boasts an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with a hard drive containing movies and TV series’. In addition the saloon is equipped with a large plasma screen with a HDMI lead, to enable you to connect devices. Bath towels and dressing gowns are provided for every guest so don’t feel you need to bring these.
We have a hot water system on board all of our vessels, which provide an ample amount of hot water for all guests to shower. Please note you should be prepared for a drop in water pressure or a breakdown in supplies, particularly when everybody is trying to shower at the same time. You should also be aware that the plumbing & water heating systems on-board vessels are not as efficient & sophisticated as those which we are used to in hotels or at home.
Footwear is not allowed on board Blue O Two vessels. This is a safety rule implemented to minimise accidents on board – some shoes are not suitable for gripping on wet surfaces and having shoes left around the vessel can cause tripping hazards.
The electricity supply onboard all four of our Egyptian Red Sea fleet vessels is European two-pin 220V/50Hz.
We have designated charging points for charging camera and torch batteries on-board the vessel. We ask that you do not charge batteries in your cabin or any other device, whilst not present for fire safety reasons.
Each of our Red Sea vessels has a central fire detection system, with smoke detectors located in every single room, and all public areas on the boat that are connected to a central panel in the captain’s cabin, which shows where a fire may be in the event of smoke being detected. Each cabin is also equipped with a 1kg powder fire extinguisher and all public areas around the boat have a mixture of extinguisher types and sizes depending on the location and potential cause of a fire.
On the first morning, the Cruise Director / Guides will conduct a full Muster Drill to give guests a chance to locate their life jackets and gather in the designated meeting point on the boat.
All three Blue O Two fleet vessels, M/Y Blue Horizon, M/Y Blue Melody and M/Y Blue Adventurer have been kitted out with wireless internet access.
The Wi-Fi can be used on board FREE OF CHARGE and will be available where there is a signal for email and web browsing. Please note that Egyptian internet is not of European standard and access will be limited (mainly available when closer to land).
On board the Blue O Two fleet, lunch and evening meals usually consist of lots of fresh vegetables, rice, chicken, beef and fish. Breakfast is usually eggs cooked to your choice (omelette, fried, poached, boiled or scrambled), pancakes, toast, fresh fruit, cereal. Snacks are available between dives. If you have any individual dietary requirements, please ensure that you notify your Blue O Two representative at the point of booking. Please note that specific brands of foods and soft drinks are often unavailable in the Red Sea. It can be very difficult for us to find: gluten free, low-fat or soy products that are common elsewhere. While we always do our best to accommodate your requests, please be realistic and consider bringing some of your own foods if the lack thereof may constitute a health risk or seriously compromise your enjoyment of your holiday.
Mobile phones can be used on board the vessels but please note that there may not be mobile phone reception at certain dive sites on certain itineraries. There is more reception in the North and there is no reception in the Marine Parks.
TVs in the communal areas are equipped with an Apple TV and a hard drive containing movies and TV series. The Apple TV is a digital media player allowing you to wirelessly stream your own digital library (photos, music, movies, etc…) onto the main TV or watch content from our library on your own device. If you have an IOS device, ensure that it is up-to-date and has AirPlay capabilities. No further setups will be needed. If you have an Android device, you can download an appropriate application (such as All Cast) to make both devices communicate.
Yes – all of our fleet vessels are equipped with a Nitrox Membrane System to offer fills up to 32%. Unlimited Nitrox (single cylinder) is £70 for the week, alternatively you can pay £5 per fill. We offer a weekly unlimited package for guests who would like to dive on Nitrox for the majority or full week. Nitrox is also available on a per fill basis. We ask that you inform the dive guide prior to the tanks being filled so that they can ensure your tank is filled with the correct gas in time for your dive.
Due to the nature of staying on a liveaboard vessel, a certain degree of noise should be expected. Many liveaboard vessels are built using wood which by nature is subject to movement and creaking noises which may at times be heard. As a liveaboard vessel will spend the majority of a safari trip at sea, water noise may also be heard from cabins. Some itineraries may include long crossings which may take place overnight so as not to limit the amount of diving that can take place during the day. Guests will be informed before an overnight sail takes place but engine noise should be expected during any times when the boat is moving.
You can use UK debit cards (no surcharge) or credit cards to pay for amounts over £20 on board our fleet vessels. All credit cards incur a £3.00 surcharge for transactions up to £100 and a 3% charge is applicable for transactions over £100. Unfortunately we are unable to accept non-UK debit cards and American Express. You can also use cash to pay on board. All prices are in sterling (Bank of England only – sorry no Scottish/Jersey/Guernsey etc notes), therefore this is the easiest cash currency to use. We can however also accept Egyptian pounds, Euros and US dollars.
The standard plugs on board are European 2-pin. We provide multi socket extensions with 2-pin and UK 3-pin options. Lastly, we also have USB socket chargers available in your cabins and communal areas.
We ask that you do not charge any device in your cabin whilst you are not present, for fire safety reasons.
Smoking is permitted in the outdoor areas on the vessel with the exception of the dive deck. Wind proof ash trays will be provided for your use. There is a No Smoking policy on board our vessels during the dive site briefings, for the comfort of all our guests. Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere inside on the vessel.
We are unable to provide hairdryers, but a range of toiletries are available on board our fleet vessels for sale should you run out before the end of your stay.
Fresh bath towels will be provided for your use on board our fleet vessels as well as a fresh toweling dressing gown. Facecloths are not available. Towels will be changed mid-week or upon request’.
Liveaboards provide scuba facilities and living accommodations for divers. The boat becomes your home and you eat, sleep and dive on it! Liveaboards stay at sea for the duration of the tour and therefore can explore more remote sites. This type of diving opens up a whole new world of top class scuba holidays that would simply not be available on regular day trip boats.
A visa is required to visit Egypt. It is the individual traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have organised the relevant visa for a holiday booked with Blue O Two. If you are in any doubt we recommend you contact the visa section of your local Egyptian embassy. In some cases it is necessary to acquire your visa in advance.
We are able to pre-arrange a visa upon arrival for most nationals. Please visit the following website of the Egyptian Consulate for current visa eligibility including visa upon arrival: www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk/visas.php
Yellow fever certificate requirements – check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s HealthTravelPro website
Evidence of a previous visit to Israel like an Israeli entry/exit stamp in your passport does not normally cause any difficulties when entering Egypt. It is, however, for the Egyptian authorities to determine the right of entry into the country. If you have any concerns, you should contact the Egyptian consulate.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt.
Please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements for the most up to date advice.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have had the required vaccines for the countries you are visiting. Please contact your health adviser or pharmacy, at least 8 weeks prior to departure, for advice if you are unsure which vaccinations you require. We are unable to give specific advice on vaccines or other medical precautions as this information should be provided by a medical professional. Further travel health advice can be found at:
Take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos and other insects, see www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/38/insect-and-tick-bite-avoidance.
If you have a severe allergy, please inform us before you travel.
Hyperbaric facilities are located in:
– El Gouna
– Marsa Alam
– Sharm el Sheikh
Please note that this list is subject to unannounced changes.
For up to date information please contact the CDWS (Chamber of Diving and Watersports)
BSAC recreational decompression divers are NOT permitted to conduct decompression diving under CDWS regulations. In order to conduct decompression dives, BSAC divers must hold the ‘Accelerated Decompression Procedure’ qualification or higher and this will be classified as technical diving.
We can cater for Buddy Inspiration, Buddy Evolution and Drager systems. We can provide prices for SofnoLime, oxygen and helium as soon as we know your requirements. Please ensure that you inform us about this upon booking.
We are now able to offer technical courses in the Red Sea, for more information please see our Technical Diving page.
Before travelling, check that blue o two offers the correct grade scrubber for your unit. We recommend you provide us with the model and brand of rebreather you use, so that we can ensure the cylinders will fit and that there is enough oxygen on board to fill them. If you decide to rent from blue o two, we will cater for all your needs; however, if you decide to travel with your own cylinders and scrubber, please ensure you follow the current airlines regulations on transport.
While packing, make sure that you have spare cells, batteries and o-rings for your unit as these are virtually impossible to find in Egypt. Pack your unit carefully so that it will withstand harsh luggage handling and, if possible, we recommend that all electronic components go into your hand luggage.
Check with your airline about their weight allowance. All airlines have different rules and it is often better paying for any extra luggage in advance to save money. If you have paid for extra luggage, make sure you print your confirmation and all the terms and conditions relating to the extra weight to take to check in with your diving license.
This should simplify your travel and you will be able to enjoy your time in the Red Sea.
Technical Diving – The Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS) requires that we have a suitably qualified technical dive guide on board for the duration of the trip when any passengers are planning on technical diving. The dive guide must have the same, or greater, level of diving qualification (depth limit and gas mix). If you do not have your own dive buddy with the same technical qualifications booking on the trip with you, you will need to pay for a private technical dive guide.
If you are planning on making any decompression dives, or any dive deeper than 40 meters, you must notify us prior to the point of booking your liveaboard to ensure we are able to accommodate your request. The CDWS considers technical diving to include any decompression dives or any dive deeper than 40 meters, regardless of gasses used or your certification agency.
Please submit the appropriate form for Open Circuit Technical Diver or Rebreather Technical Diver, found here (https://www.blueotwo.com/Forms-to-download), as soon as possible. If you fail to notify us in advance and/or fail to provide the completed technical diving form as requested, you may not be able to engage in any technical diving.
You will find advice about the transfer timings for your particular trip on your Blue O Two booking confirmation. However, if you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to ask your Blue O Two dive travel consultant prior to your departure.
The following should be used as a guide:
– Hurghada Airport – Hurghada Marina (vessel departing from Hurghada) = 15 mins
– Hurghada Airport – Port Ghalib (vessel departing from Port Ghalib) = 4 hours
On longer transfers, snacks and water will be provided. The times quoted are direct travelling times and do not take into account stops en-route to allow guests to stretch their legs. You will be transferred from the airport/ hotel to the vessel on arrival day and from your vessel back to the airport or hotel on your departure.
Wherever possible, a Blue O Two representative will accompany you. Please note that, due to the nature of the roads in holiday resorts, it is not always possible for our coaches to drive all the way to the docking point of our vessels within the marina. For the marinas which are set back from the main road, the coaches will drop passengers off at the nearest point on the main road and passengers will disembark and walk the remainder of the way to the vessel. Blue O Two crews will take care of your luggage and ensure that it is safely delivered to the vessel.
Please note that, if you are making your own travel arrangements, you will be able to check in on the vessel after 18:00. We will always try our best to welcome you beforehand whenever possible but, the vessels need time to be properly restocked and cleaned before your arrival.
Upon arrival, a Blue O Two representative will meet you inside the airport and present you with your Egyptian Entry Visa (if this has been prepaid). After collecting your luggage and passing through customs, a second representative will meet you outside of the airport and they will show you to the transport (usually a coach or mini bus) taking you to your chosen liveaboard vessel.
When packing for a diving holiday, we all know how important it is to keep your weight down, so here are some handy hints on useful things you might want to consider packing and others that are not necessary!
What to pack (apart from the obvious!)…
– A warm top – it can get a bit windy and chilly out at sea in the evenings.
– There are no hairdryers on board and so bring one if this is something you want.
– SUNCREAM!!! – protect your skin! The Egyptian sun is very strong – don’t get burnt!
– SUNGLASSES!!! – protect your eyes! It is sunny almost all year in Egypt and as the boats are white, it can be very bright!
– Any medication you may need – there are well stocked medical kits on board, but if you know you are prone to ear problems or sea sickness, it is best to come prepared!
What not to pack…
– Towels – shower towels and a large beach towel are provided for every guest as well as a flannel robe which can be very useful on deck after a night dive!
– Adapters – although plugs are European 2 pin, there are plenty of extension leads with UK sockets on deck for guest use.
– Smart clothes – liveaboards are informal places and you will almost certainly find yourself wearing the same pair of shorts and t-shirt all week!
– Shoes – it is not permitted to wear shoes on board for safety reasons and so you really only need the pair you travel in.
You can leave feedback about your holiday on our tablets that are supplied on board our Red Sea vessels at the end of your trip.
For itineraries that include marine park dives, you must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives.
For itineraries that do not include marine park dives, we recommend a minimum 30 logged dives for your enjoyment. On some occasions we do accept divers with less than 30 dives, however for safety reasons they must understand that depending on conditions, the dive guide may ask them to sit some dives out.