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Longimanus

A multiple award-winning safari boat designed to meet the needs of true divers.

Far beyond the mainland, diving down into the depths of the Red Sea, this liveaboard offers not only unforgettable dive adventures, but also a first class service on the beautiful dive cruise ship M/Y Longimanus.

The 36m long luxurious wooden yacht is equipped with state-of-the-art diving and safety equipment. Exclusive design, excellent cuisine and experienced dive guides will make your stay on board an unforgettable experience.

Two powerful engines bring you to the most remote dive sites in no time at all. Width and layout allow a smooth and comfortable trip even in rough waters. Our boat, the kitchen crews’ service, and the freshly prepared meals do not have to fear being compared to a luxury hotel.

The Longimanus Crew along side captain Ahmed are at least 10 and is among the best crews in the Red Sea. Languages on board are English and Arabic. Our guides are happy to help with possible language difficulties and are always there for you in case you have any questions.

Let yourself be pampered by our professional crew, who will do their best to make your holiday a very special experience.
The Longimanus was built in Suez and completed in October 2003 in Safaga. With the construction of this ship it met Mahmoud Abd El Hady (owner of the Barakuda dive centers in Safaga and Lahami Bay) childhood dream.

Deluxe Double Cabin

8 spacious air conditioned en-suite double cabins on the lower deck with complimentary towels and robes.

  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite
  • Towels and robes

Suite

2 air conditioned suites with queen size beds and en-suites on the upper deck. Complimentary towels and bath robes.

  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite
  • Towels and robes
  • Mini bar
  • Queen size bed

Route Options

North of Hurghada the Red Sea is divided into two arms, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez. The entrance to the Gulf of Suez is the Gubal Strait where numerous wrecks lie.

A few of the tours dive sites are:

Abu Nuhas which offers 4 wrecks. The F.E Giannis D, a Greek cargo ship, Kimon M, Chrisoula K the tile transporter and the Carnatic an old post ship.

The Rosalie Möller an English ship that was sunk by German airplanes. However, this wreck is very rarely visited because of its location.

The Thistlegorm maybe the wreck highlight of the Red Sea. An English war supply ship that sunk while it was at anchor with all its freight. You can see trucks, motorcycles and locomotives.

Our opinion: this is a safari with a focus on wrecks, but nevertheless, a lot of coral gardens.

Due to their remote location the dive sites around the two Brother Islands are some of the best and most difficult dive sites of the Red Sea. For this tour it is required that you have at least 50 logged dives.

Please note: Night dives are not offered on ths route as the currents are sometimes very strong. The wrecks of the Aida and Numidia are overgrown with stunning soft corals and are the highlight of this tour.

BIG BROTHER
North; parts of the Aidia and the Numidia are well preserved and overgrown with fascinating soft corals
East; with drift dives along a wall you can see tuna, mackerels, barracudas, turtles and sometimes sharks and dolphins
South; numerous mackerels, Napoleon wrasse and good macro shots
LITTLE BROTHER
North Plateau; descends on a 45° angle and you can see Hammerheads, grey reef sharks and sometimes a white-tip oceanic shark (Longimanus).
South; a place for grey reef sharks, Whiptail shark, Silky shark.
Our opinion: Strong currents, swell and reefs that drop away steeply offer a cruise with a lot of high lights.

The Daedalus Reef, Zabergad and Rocky Island are part of the national Marine Park South. The park offers reefs along breathtaking walls covered with stunning soft coral and beautiful plateaus.

Daedalus Reef (south of the Brother Islands); in the north the reef drops down from a wall into the depth. Very strong currents. Meeting point for Hammerheads and Longimanus.

Rocky Island it is surrounded by a narrow closed fringing reef. Fascinating reefs along beautiful walls. The major highlight are the sharks.

Zabargad here you have the possibility to hover over drop offs or simply enjoy the impressing coral towers while swimming by. Turtles use the island as a nesting place.

Our opinion: Very strong currents and steep reefs offer challenging, exciting and unforgettable dives. Night dives are not allowed in the Marine Park South.

Vessel Details

Year Built 2003
Length & Width 36m x 8m
Engines 2x764 PS Caterpillar
Generators 2x80 kW 1x30kW 220V
Navigation GPS, radar, sonar, compass
Water Desalination plant 6t / day 15t reserve
Equipment Rental Scuba diving equipment rental available on-board
Air compressors 2 Coltri Sub 265L/min./ Nitrox membrane system
Dive Deck A spacious dive deck with steel ladders from the dive platform
Emergency Equipment Life raft, life vests, fire extinguisher, oxygen, first aid equipment, VHF transmitter, AED, EPIRB, ENOS
Tanks 12 l aluminum DIN, 15L steel on request
Zodiacs 2 Zodiacs with 40hp outboards
Full Equipment €22
Mask, Fins & Snorkel €3
Wetsuits €7
Regulator €7
BCD €7
Dive Computer €7
Equipment Rental Equipment Rental prices above are per day and when pre-booking

Available Experiences

ITINERARIES AVAILABLE IN THIS DESTINATION

Marcelina

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Sunrise Marina Resort & Emperor Divers in Marsa Alam

The overall holiday was excellent value for money. Emperor Divers provided an outstanding dive experience on day boat trips to provide some of the most relax dives I have ever encountered at reasonable depths.

Sunrise Marina Resort & Emperor Divers in Marsa Alam

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Daedalus Reef

Marsa Alam, Red Sea Diving Holidays

A huge round reef with a lighthouse more than 40 miles away from the coast, features an excellent opportunity for spotting big pelagics including manta rays. All around its steep walls you will see an extreme variety of fish and coral. Good chance to see schooling hammerheads on the northern point. Strong currents possible.

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

Rocky Island

Marsa Alam, Red Sea Diving Holidays

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:

Abu Nuhas

Hurghada , Red Sea Diving Holidays

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 Diving Holidays

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:

Rosalie Moeller

Hurghada , Red Sea Diving Holidays

Rosalie Moller sank in the 1940's. She was hit by a bomb. Penetration is accessible as the cracks are huge, but it is not necessary as the significant parts of the wreck are visible from the outside.
The prop and rudder are still in good condition. The deck is in good condition and very clean. The sea life is amazing, with glassfish that can be seen by the deck and reef sharks that can be spotted.

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

Giannis D

Hurghada , Red Sea Diving Holidays

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 Diving Holidays

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
3 Dec 2020
10 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands (Marine Park North) Deluxe Double Cabin £465
3 Dec 2020
10 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands (Marine Park North) Suite £465
10 Dec 2020
17 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands (Marine Park North) Suite £465
10 Dec 2020
17 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands (Marine Park North) Deluxe Double Cabin £465
17 Dec 2020
24 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands (Marine Park North) Deluxe Double Cabin £465
17 Dec 2020
24 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands (Marine Park North) Suite £465
24 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands (Marine Park North) Suite £465
24 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands (Marine Park North) Deluxe Double Cabin £465