M/Y Golden Dolphin

The first own boat the Fleet of Golden Dolphin Safari World.

The Golden Dolphin fleet offer a range of trips across the Red Sea. Departing Hurghada for the southern Red Sea reefs it will give you a week to remember.

M/Y Golden Dolphin is a 34 metre boat and was the first liveaboard built for Golden Dolphin Safari World. She offers 7 night itineraries around the Red Sea departing from Hurghada or Port Ghaleb with a choice of 5 routes to choose from visiting various sites including the Brother Islands, Abu Nuhas, Ras Mohamed, Abu Galawa, Rocky Island and the Island of Zabargad. The experienced captain, 8 friendly crew and 2 guides will lead you through the trip whilst helping with any questions or queries you may have regarding the boat or the itinerary.

M/Y Golden Dolphin comfortably accommodates 20 guests in 8 twin cabins located on the lower deck and 2 double cabins located on the upper deck. All cabins come with en-suite bathrooms, mini bar, storage, fresh bedding a mirror and an air conditioning unit with individual climate controls for your convenience. The food aboard is a variety of international, Italian and local cuisine with the occasional BBQ suiting the needs of most customers. Any dietary requirements must be stated at the time of booking so the chef can adhere to any guests needs.

She has an air conditioned salon furnished with tables, chairs, a well-stocked bar and a TV/DVD providing the perfect place for you to relax in. The adjoining dining area is air conditioned, has 2 large tables and comfortable seating for guests to gather and enjoy 3 meals throughout the day. The exposed sun deck located on the top deck is furnished with sun mattresses with the large shaded sun deck below providing tables, chairs and ample space for all guests. The large dive deck has hot water showers, charging station and a camera table with the dive platform a few steps down with 2 steel ladders into the water.

Double Cabin

10 x double cabins, air-con, minibar, private bathroom; 8 twin cabins on the lower deck; 2 cabins with queen-size bed on the upper deck

  • Twin or Double Bed
  • Minibar
  • Private Bathroom

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M/Y Golden Dolphin offers a mixture of wall and wreck diving around the northern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the Brothers Islands itinerary. She departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and visits sites like the Aida II and the Salem Express all located in The Brothers area. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

Top Dive Sites

The Brother Islands are one of the best diving spots in the world and are identified by two undersea mountain pinnacles rising from the depths of the abyss located 60 miles offshore from El Quseir. The Big Brother and the Little Brother Islands offer wall diving that is covered in soft corals and gorgonians attracting a diverse array of marine species. Tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue waters accompanied by the occasional white tip sharks, mantas and hammerheads.

The Aida II and the Numidia lie on the walls of the Big Brother and are perfect for divers who want to explore more wrecks than reefs. Both wrecks are covered in a rich growth of hard and soft corals attracting families of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.

The Salem Express is a 100 metre ferryboat sunk in December 1991 when it hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly without giving passengers and crew the opportunity to board the lifeboats. She is one of the largest wrecks in the Red Sea and roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm. The ferry boat is now covered in hard and soft coral that attracts thriving underwater life including frogfish, blue spotted rays, angel and butterfly fish.

Please Note:

You must be a PADI Open Water diver to be able to take part in this trip.

M/Y Golden Dolphin offers a mixture of reef and wreck diving around the northern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the North Safari itinerary. She departs from Hurghada and visits sites like Abu Nuhas, Ras Mohamed, Thistlegorm and Dunraven. The area of Abu Nuhas has 4 well known wrecks offering specular dives with sightings of a variety of fish life. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

Top Dive Sites

Abu Nuhas Area

The Abu Nuhas area offers some of the best wreck diving in the northern Red Sea where at least 7 wrecks have sunk. The four main wrecks are the Carnatic, Chrisoula K, Giannis D and the Kimon M that attract an array of great marine life and many types of hard and soft coral.

The Carnatic is a former 90 metre long British cargo ship that sunk in 1869 and is the oldest wreck in the Abu Nuhas area. When the ship sunk she was carrying wine and gold hence some people knowing it as the Wine Wreck. The wreck now lies in 22 metres of water with soft coral covering the entire wooden hull offering great picture opportunities.

The Chrisoula K is a former 98 metre long Greek cargo vessel that was transporting tiles to Italy and is the reason it is known as the Tile Wreck. She sunk in 1981 after hitting the Abu Nuhas Reef fortunately with no losses of life. The wreck is broken into 2 parts with the stern 28 metres down on the sandy bottom and the bow in the shallow waters at around 4 metres.

The Giannis D is a former 100 metre long Japanese freighter that sunk in 1983 while transporting wood. The wreck is broken into 3 parts with the bow and stern in good shape however the middle is in bad condition. The main entrance to the wreck is at the stern where you can reach a pocket of trapped air followed by the engine room.

The Kimon M is a former 120 metre long cargo vessel carrying lentils when it sunk hence the reason it is known as Lentil Wreck. She sunk in 1978 after hitting the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef and now lies 32 metres down.

Ras Mohamed Area Ras Mohamed was declared a national park in 1983 and is located off the southern coast of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea. This are is known for its steep wall diving that is covered in bright colored corals descending up to 100 metres down.

Dives at the Shark and Yolanda reefs at Ras Mohamed National Park will be done before moving to the next dive site. The corals here are fed by nutrient rich water attracting many species of fish from turtles to red mouthed grouper.

The Dunraven Wreck was a British steam sail ship was on route from Bombay to Liverpool when she struck a reef in 1976. She came to rest upside down just outside Ras Mohamed National Park and years later she is covered in coral that attracts many yellow goatfish, baby barracuda and stonefish. Seeing old hessian ropes, remains of wooden cargo boxes and enormous boilers bring the once magnificent steam ship reality back to life.

The Thistlegorm Wreck is an iconic dive site and is a ‘must dive’ on many diver’s lists. It is the most well-known wreck in the Red Sea and one of the most spectacular wrecks in the world. Diving here is like diving an underwater museum with its locomotives, Bedford trucks, triumph motorbikes and variety of ammunition. As this site has a maximum depth of 32 metres it is advised for advanced divers only. Depending on the weather and current conditions a night dive may be done here.

M/Y Golden Dolphin offers mainly reef diving with the occasional wreck dive around the southern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the South Safari itinerary. She departs from Port Ghalib and sails south to visit sites like Elphinstone, Shaab Sharm, Shaab Maksur and Abu Galawa. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

Top Dive Sites

The reef at Elphinstone is sheer walls covered in soft corals with the north and south plateaus worth a visit when at the site. Due to the remote location of the reef you will encounter big fish like hammerheads, white tip sharks and dolphins.

Shaab Sharm has very steep walls that provide possible encounters with sharks and other big fish. On the east side of the reef there is a plateau 30 metres down that is overgrown with soft corals attracting schools of barracudas, snappers and groupers.

The Sha’ab Maksur is a varied reef most commonly compared to Elphinstone. This site has strong currents and steep drop offs making it a no go area for novice divers. The north and south plateaus start at 20 metres and extend to 40 metres where pinnacles can be enjoyed on the ascent, you will encounter hammerheads, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks on the east wall.

The Abu Galawa Kebir is the smaller sister dive site of the Abu Galawa Soraya. This site is most famous for its tunnels, south plateau and the Tien Hsing a Chinease tugboat wreck. The wreck is covered in hard and sort coral bouquets with the large reef providing plenty of walls, pinnacles and caves for divers to explore.

M/Y Golden Dolphin II offers a mixture of reef and wall diving around the southern Red Sea for 7 night charters on The Best of the Res Sea itinerary. She departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and visits St John’s Reef, Rocky Island, Elphinstone and the Island of Zabargad. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

Top Dive Sites

St John’s Reef system is located in the southern Red Sea and offers exciting drop offs and pelagic action. The wall of ones of the reefs is covered in giant gorgonians and another overgrown with a number of colorful soft corals. You will see a lot of fish cruising in the blue waters with the occasional sightings of hammerheads, grey sharks, white tip reef sharks and silvertips.

Rocky Island is a fringing reef that circles the island and drops steeply into the blue waters, it is covered in beautiful soft corals, gorgonians, fans, sponges and black coral trees. Due to its isolated location sightings of reef sharks, grey sharks and silvertip sharks are a certainty with the occasional sightings of manta rays, sailfish and dolphins.

The reef at Elphinstone is sheer walls covered in soft corals with the north and south plateaus worth a visit when at the site. Due to the remote location of the reef you will encounter big fish like hammerheads, white tip sharks and dolphins.

The Island of Zabargad is an amazing dive spot as you get to dive along the walls, hover over drops offs and dive in the shallows admiring the coral garden and the fish. For wreck divers there is a nameless 70 metre long wreck at the north side of the island that lies upside down 24 metres down with the stern section still intact.

The Daedalus Reef lies south of the Brother Islands and is a huge reef formation that is surrounded by a sheer wall featuring a plateau on the southern side that has a 40 metre drop off. The best way to do this dive is to get as far north as possible and drift along the side of the reef to encounter reef sharks, hammerheads, surgeons, fusiliers and carangids.

M/Y Golden Dolphin offers a mixture of reef and wall diving around the southern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the Rocky, Zabargad and St John’s itinerary. She departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and visits St John’s Reef, Rocky Island and the Island of Zabargad. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

Top Dive Sites

St John’s Reef system is located in the southern Red Sea and offers exciting drop offs and pelagic action. The wall of ones of the reefs is covered in giant gorgonians and another overgrown with a number of colorful soft corals. You will see a lot of fish cruising in the blue waters with the occasional sightings of hammerheads, grey sharks, white tip reef sharks and silvertips.

Rocky Island is a fringing reef that circles the island and drops steeply into the blue waters, it is covered in beautiful soft corals, gorgonians, fans, sponges and black coral trees. Due to its isolated location sightings of reef sharks, grey sharks and silvertip sharks are a certainty with the occasional sightings of manta rays, sailfish and dolphins.

The Island of Zabargad is an amazing dive spot as you get to dive along the walls, hover over drops offs and dive in the shallows admiring the coral garden and the fish. For wreck divers there is a nameless 70 metre long wreck at the north side of the island that lies upside down 24 metres down with the stern section still intact.

Vessel Details

Year Built 2003 and refurbished in 2007
Guest Numbers 20
Length & Beam 34 metres long and a 7.5 metre beam
Speed 10 Knots
Engines 2 x 650 HP MAN
Generators 2 x 65 KW, 230 V
Number of Cabins 8 twin cabins and 2 double cabins all air conditioned
Navigation & Communication Systems GPS, VHF radio, satellite phone, life jackets, life rafts, fire extinguishers and smoke alarms
Salon & Dining Area Spacious air conditioned dining area and salon
Entertainment TV/Video/DVD/CD media player, games and a library of books
Single Supplement 40% in High Season and 25% in Low Season
Air Compressors 2 x mariner bauer
NITROX Available to all NITROX qualified divers free of charge
Equipment Rental Equipment rental available
Medical Oxygen & First Aid Oxygen system and Medic First Aid Kit available aboard
Dive Deck Spacious dive deck with hot water showers, charging station & camera table
Full Equipment Rental EUR120
Wetsuit EUR30
BCD EUR30
Regulator EUR30
Torch EUR30
Computer EUR30
Snorkel EUR6
Mask EUR12
Fins EUR12
Boots EUR12
Please Note The equipment rental prices listed above are per person per week and will need to pre booked and paid for at the time of booking

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Ras Mohammed

Sharm El Sheikh, Red Sea

Ras Mohammed peninsula separates the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba. Currents flow out of both gulfs and bathe Ras Mohammed in rich nutrients, which assure plentiful and varied marine life. At Shark Reef and Yolanda wreck, many fish species can be found: groupers, barracuda, batfish, Napoleon wrasses, blue-spot stingrays and a special treat, crocodile fish. It's an amusing and memorable site to see groupers swimming around a huge mountain of toilets at the bottom of the sea.
Really several dive sites, Ras Mohammed has earned itself a reputation as one of the top diving areas in the world, here at the tip of the Sinai where the vast bodies of water, the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba meet has created an ecosystem like no other and wall diving is at its very best.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Drift Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18m

Shark and Yolanda Reefs

Sharm El Sheikh, Red Sea

When divers think of Sinai, they think of Shark Reef and Yolanda. The two reefs are actually the twin peaks of a single coral seamount rising just off the Ras Muhammad coast, separated from the mainland by a shallow channel.
Shark Reef, the easternmost of the two, boasts a sheer wall dropping to well past 50m (164ft) along its northeast and eastern sides, giving way to a steep reef slope as the reef proceeds southwest toward Yolanda. A shallow saddle lies between the two reefs at 18 to 20m (60-65ft). A second shallow patch lies south of Yolanda. This second flat patch is the site of what remains of the Yolanda, a wrecked freighter. The ship itself slipped into the deep in 1986 after a severe storm, but much of its cargo remains, incongruously strewn across the reef.
Coral is excellent, with good if sparse growth on the wall sections and dense coral gardens on the shallower flat areas. Big pelagics and schooling fish swarm these reefs in the thousands. The Most impressive concentration is on the wall at Shark Reef. On the reef, hundreds of different reef fishes can be spotted as can moray eels of a meter (3ft) and bluespotted and blackspotted stingrays.

  • Min Dives:
  • Dive Type: Drift Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 27m

Shaab Claude

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

Famous for its large labyrinths of swim throughs. Huge porite corals and a resident napoleon. Often white tip reef sharks and a very nice anemone and clownfish settlement on a small pinnacle a little off the reef to the south.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Rocky Island

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

Tiny rock emerging a few feet out of the water, it offers one of the most incredible underwater scenarios of the whole Red Sea. Steep walls falling into the deep blue, currents, soft corals and a great abundance of pelagics and all kinds of fish.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

St Johns Reef

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

This incredibly beautiful reef lies Approx. 40km North of the Sudanese border and 20km south of Zabargad . The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands that make up this extensive area.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Abu Nuhas

Hurghada, Red Sea

Abu Nuhas is a large triangular shapped reef. Shaab Abu Nuhas means father of brass and it got the name because of all the brass that went down with the shipwrecks.

The reef is located just to the north of Shadwan Island and this area is covered with wrecks. The wrecks are located on the north side of the reef with the main ones being the Giannis D, the Carnatic, the Chrisoula K and the Kimon M.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25m

SS Thistlegorm

Hurghada, Red Sea

The Thistlegorm was discovered in 1956 by Jacques Cousteau and is probably the most famous wreck in the world. It sank in 1941 when it was hit by a German bomb that blew a hole in the port side, igniting tank ammunition that was in the hold. The explosion ripped the roof of the ship backwards, rather like opening a tin of sardines.
The stern section of the wreck lies almost horizontal to the sea bed; the remainder of the wreck is nearly upright. Inside the wreckage, tyres, tanks, motorbikes, Bedford trucks, waders and Wellington boots can be seen. Penetration is possible around the bridge and blast area. The large prop is still in position and the guns on the stern are in excellent condition.
Artillery litters the blast area. A bath tub can be seen towards the bow and a toilet near the stern. The sea life is impressive with possibility of seeing tuna overhead the resident turtle. Expect this to be very busy, especially once the day boats have reached it; it is likely to be chaos both on the surface and under the water.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Fury Shoals Reef System

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

Fury Shoals is a group of dive sites offering a variety of coral pinnacles, lagoons, drop offs and fast drifts.

Here you will have the opportunity to see hammerhead sharks, silvertip sharks, white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, bumphead parrotfish, turtles, spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, surgeonfish, jacks, tuna, reef fish, colourful coral and sponges.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Giannis D

Hurghada, Red Sea

This Greek freighter hit the reef in April 1983 and over the course of two weeks slowly broke into two parts and sank. She is the most dived wreck in the area, laying in 24 metres and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish.

The bow is very interesting too but is a long swim out. She is a great wreck for penetration but beware of disorientation due to the angle at which she lays. Be wary of the many lion fish and scorpion fish that call this wreck home and watch out for the strong surges in and around the wreck in rough weather.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 24m

Carnatic

Hurghada, Red Sea

The Carnatic is a British P & O steamer which struck the reef in 1869 and sank the next day as the weather worsened. She was a passenger and mail ship and is sometimes known as the ‘wine’ wreck for the numerous bottles once found in the holds; sadly not many now remain to be seen. Rumour has it that she sank with forty thousand pounds sterling of gold bullion, much of which was never recovered. The wreck lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicoloured soft corals and the inner areas are full of glass fish complete with red mouthed grouper sentinel. One davit supports a beautiful table coral. The wreck is now home to large grouper, octopus and morays and jacks and tuna cruise overhead.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 29m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
27 Sep 2018
4 Oct 2018
7 Nights North Safari Double Cabin £860
11 Oct 2018
18 Oct 2018
7 Nights South Safari Double Cabin £975
10 Nov 2018
17 Nov 2018
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1,060
29 Nov 2018
6 Dec 2018
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £960
14 Feb 2019
21 Feb 2019
7 Nights The Best of the Red Sea Safari Double Cabin £990
28 Feb 2019
7 Mar 2019
7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £927
28 Mar 2019
4 Apr 2019
7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £891
4 Apr 2019
11 Apr 2019
7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £972
18 Apr 2019
25 Apr 2019
7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £972
9 May 2019
16 May 2019
7 Nights North Safari Double Cabin £864
18 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1,008
3 Oct 2019
10 Oct 2019
7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £972