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M/Y Emperor Asmaa

Good value for money and very comfortable.

Join the Emperor Asmaa for a week of thrills. A choice of diving around southern locations like St Johns and Daedalus. Do a Nitrox course for only £99 whilst on your trip including books and cert.

M/Y Emperor Asmaa is a 28 metre custom built boat designed with divers in mind offering charters around the Red Sea. She offers 7 night itineraries departing from Marsa Ghalib Port with a choice of 6 routes to choose from visiting Sha’ab Claudio, Wadi Lahmi, Thistlegorm and Dunraven Wreck. . 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 Emperor Asmaa comfortably accommodates 20 guests in 10 twin bed cabins all with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, plenty of storage and two towels per guest. The food aboard is a variety of European and local cuisine suiting the needs of most customers, any dietary requirements must be stated at time of booking so the chef can adhere to any guests needs.

The dining area is furnished with tables and chairs comfortably accommodating all 20 guests for all meals with the large salon offering you the perfect place to relax with a film or a book at the end of the day. The large lower sundeck is partially shaded and complete with tables, chairs and bar making for a good place to take in the views of the open water. The large dive deck provides ample space for divers to gear up with the dive deck just a few steps down with 2 steel ladders into the water.

Standard Twin Stateroom

The Emperor Asmaa accomodates 20 guests in 10 twin bedded cabins (4 of which are on the upper deck). The cabins all have private bathrooms with some bathroom amenities and plenty of storage.

  • Twin beds
  • Individual air conditioning controls
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Two towels provided per guest
  • Storage

Upper Deck Twin Stateroom

There are 4 cabins on the upper deck, the rest are on the loweer deck. The cabins all have private bathrooms with some bathroom amenities and plenty of storage.

  • Twin beds
  • Individual air conditioning controls
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Two towels provided per guest
  • Storage

Route Options

Simply the Best offers divers the chance to explore the 'Best Top 3' sites in this area: Big and Little Brothers, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone. A fabulous mixture of reef and wreck diving

This route departs from Marsa Ghalib Port and requires long overnight sailings so all sites can be visited. The cruise will give you the opportunity to dive the Brother Islands, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone which are the best 3 top sites in the southern Red Sea.

The Brother Islands offers 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.

Daedalus Reef is the furthest offshore reef in the Red Sea with it being recognized by a lighthouse on top of the oval reef. Hammerheads and grey reef sharks are a common sight to be seen cruising these waters.

Please Note:

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

South & St.Johns guarantees some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer, the diving is less arduous so it's a trip for those who want to see the best but have a more relaxed time while doing so.

Emperor offers 7 night itineraries on the South & St Johns route offering a week full of reef diving departing from Marsa Ghalib Port. This trip is for those who want to see the best but with a more relaxed approach to diving with the boat sailing to the most southern reefs in the Red Sea including the Shaag Sharm, Wadi Lahmi and Habili Ali. A dive at Abu Dabab will be done on the first or the last day with the guides picking the best sites for you depending on the weather.

This route gives divers a chance to get up close and personnel with an array of fish life including white tip reef sharks, turtles, silky sharks, rays, nudibranchs, large napoleon wrasse and glass fish, sweepers, grey reef sharks, silvertip sharks and hammerhead sharks

Please Note:

You must be a PADI Open Water diver to be able to take part in this trip however to get the most out of this trip we advised you to be PADI Advanced Open Water qualified.

Red Sea Sharks offers divers the chance to explore the majestic Red Sea during the warm summer months of May to August speically for some shark action.

Red Sea Sharks itinerary covers, St Johns, Rocky, Daedalus and Elphinstone so if you are looking for some shark action, this is the itinerary for you!

Guides select the best possible action sites to visit based on their immense local knowledge and on insider-data on recent activity including a variety of Red Sea sharks, dolphins and anything else that chooses to join the party.

As you may be visiting some of the remote offshore Red Sea reef systems many of these may have deep drop offs and be exposed to strong currents so be prepared to spend some time waiting 'in the blue' or in the shallows looking for those unmistakable shapes and shadows.

There are no guarantees in life but one thing is for sure, this itinerary will give you the best chance of close encounters of the 'sharky' kind.

Please note: You need a minimum number of 30 dives for this trip and should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone route encompasses some great diving, some of the best being the offshore reefs of Panorama Reef, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan.

The area around Safaga has some great diving, the best being the offshore reefs of Panorama Reef, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan. Some divers say this area equals the great sites of Ras Mohamed. The diving offers a combination of shallow reef dives and drop-offs, wall diving, as well as the famous wreck of the Salem Express, Brother Islands and Elphinstone.

Panorama Reef - Middle Reef - Abu Kafan - Salem Express - Brother Islands - Abu Dabab - Elphinstone

(from Hurghada to Marsa Ghalib or Marsa Ghalib to Hurghada)

Please note: Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. These are challenging dives with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. Adverse weather can affect this route.

The Daedalus & Elphinstone route offers some of the best and most iconic diving in the Red Sea and includes other fantastic dive sites on route to and from Port Ghalib.

Daedalus Reef, also part of the Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads and grey reef sharks.

Elphinstone, with its sheer walls covered in soft corals, offers a likely encounter with oceanic white tip sharks.

Please note: Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks and you are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. The guides may not enter the water and remain onboard as surface support for some dives. No night dives are allowed in the Marine Parks. These are challenging dives with strong currents so not for inexperienced divers. Adverse weather can affect this route.

Daedalus, Fury Shoals and Elphinstone offers some of the best diving in the Red Sea. With less distance to travel than some routes, you have more time to dive these iconic sites and there is less chance of seasickness with shorter sailings and secure moorings.

The first stop is the Fury Shoals, with dives around the Marsa Alam area or perhaps the Sha'ab Sharm with its wall dives and white tip reef sharks. Oceanic white tips and silky sharks can sometimes be found in the blue and turtles with more time to explore the vast reef system than other itineraries afford. Dive the classics such as Sha'ab Claude (a.k.a. Claudio) with its famous swim-throughs and huge porites corals, Malahi with its mazes and friendly turtles and Abu Galawa Soraya with its fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat smothered with glass fish.

Daedalus Reef, a part of the Red Sea offshore Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads, especially from May to November, and grey reef sharks.

Of course no trip to the South would be complete without stopping at world famous Elphinstone, with its sheer walls covered in soft corals, and likely encounters with oceanic white tip sharks. Depending on the experience of the group and the weather, you may even get the chance to dive it at the beginning and end of your amazing trip!

Vessel Details

Year Built 2003
Total refit 2015
Length 30.0m
Beam 7.0m
Engines 2 x 630 HP MAN
Generators 1 x 38 KW perkins and 1 x 84 KW perkins
Navigation and Communication GPS/Echo Sounder/VHF Marina Radio/Satellite Phone
Water capacity 1 x Aquaset desalination system 5500 litres per day
Entertainment TV/DVD/CD/video media player
Air Compressors 2 x 215 L / hour, 1 x 190 L / hour
Nitrox diving EAB's Membrane filling station
Emergency Equipment Oxygen system and Medic First Aid Kit available
Dive Deck Equipped with 12 litre Aluminium tanks as standard and 15 litre Steel or Aluminium tanks on request. 7m x 7m dive platform.
Dive Computer EUR25
Wetsuits EUR10
BCD EUR10
Regulator EUR10
Torch EUR7
Dive Computer EUR10
Mask EUR2
Boots EUR4

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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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Emperor Asmaa - Red Sea Diving!

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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

Abu Dabab

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

A collection of 7 reefs. Offers sheltered diving in rough weather conditions. Popular overnight location due to close proximity to the famous Elphinstone reef with a very good chance to see Spanish dancers on the night dive. Many swim caves. Often sightings of reef sharks on the southern outer reefs.

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

Elphinstone Reef

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

The sheer walls of this great reef plunge steeply into the blue, richly decorated with soft corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks often swim by the spot to feed on the abundant reef fish population. The northern plateau is home to schooling hammerheads with frequent sightings of oceanic white tip sharks.

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

Daedalus Reef

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

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:

Abu Galawa Soraya

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

The northern edge of the 'Fury Shoal' group, this reef has a fantastic hard coral garden, and a wreck of a private sailing boat on the western side which is packed with glassfish.

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

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:

Salem Express

Hurghada, Red Sea

A Ferry carrying pilgrims returning from Mecca, sank in 1991 after hitting the reef at night. 600 victims perished in one of the greatest marine tragedies of all time. Divers are asked to dive the wreck considerately with respect for the great loss of life and penetration of the wreck is forbidden.
The propellers make an impressive sight and the covering of hard corals now colonising the wreck show the power of the ocean to make new life out of this tragedy. Fish life is now abundant and the funnels of the wreck with large "S" and the name on the bow are clearly visible. The site is reasonably sheltered and is not exposed to strong current and can be dived at all levels from 12m to 30m.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Brother Islands

Hurghada, Red Sea

The offshore islands in this area have recently been reopened for diving after a long closure by the Egyptian Government and have been designated as a Marine Park. Now suitable moorings are installed for dive boats visiting this area. The Brothers are really the tops of two undersea mountains these islands rise from the depths, the coral clad walls do offer outstanding diving with plenty of big fish action due to there remote location some 80km offshore.

  • 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:

Shaab Sharm

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

Shaab Sharm is a large and kidney shaped reef with a vertical sloping wall at its south and east sides and plateaus at both ends. The plateau is said to be the top of a huge undersea volcano. There is also a cave system at more than 50 meters of depth, but this is for technical divers only. Currents can be strong so pay attention to the place where you will be picked up. The best places to dive are the southern and south-eastern sections of the reef, where the plateau is overgrown with hard and soft corals. Here divers will see shoals of barracuda, snappers and groupers. It has beautiful soft corals, forests of black coral and huge gorgonian fans. Snappers, unicorns, morays and turtles are not uncommon as well. Enjoy this fantastic dive site where a lot can still be explored.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Drift Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 40m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
8 Aug 2019
15 Aug 2019
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £896
15 Aug 2019
22 Aug 2019
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £939
22 Aug 2019
29 Aug 2019
7 Nights Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £854
19 Oct 2019
19 Oct 2019
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £982
1 Nov 2019
8 Nov 2019
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £854
14 Nov 2019
21 Nov 2019
7 Nights Daedalus & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £896
5 Mar 2020
12 Mar 2020
7 Nights Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £854
12 Mar 2020
19 Mar 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
19 Mar 2020
26 Mar 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
26 Mar 2020
2 Apr 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
2 Apr 2020
9 Apr 2020
7 Nights Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £854
9 Apr 2020
16 Apr 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
16 Apr 2020
23 Apr 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
23 Apr 2020
30 Apr 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
30 Apr 2020
7 May 2020
7 Nights Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £854
7 May 2020
14 May 2020
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £1007
21 May 2020
28 May 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £965
28 May 2020
4 Jun 2020
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £1007
4 Jun 2020
11 Jun 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £965
11 Jun 2020
18 Jun 2020
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £1007
18 Jun 2020
25 Jun 2020
7 Nights Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £922
9 Jul 2020
16 Jul 2020
7 Nights Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £854
16 Jul 2020
23 Jul 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
23 Jul 2020
30 Jul 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £896
30 Jul 2020
6 Aug 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
6 Aug 2020
13 Aug 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £896
13 Aug 2020
20 Aug 2020
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £939
20 Aug 2020
27 Aug 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
27 Aug 2020
3 Sep 2020
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £939
3 Sep 2020
10 Sep 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £939
10 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
7 Nights Daedalus & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £866
16 Sep 2020
23 Sep 2020
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £949
24 Sep 2020
1 Oct 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £939
1 Oct 2020
8 Oct 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £896
8 Oct 2020
15 Oct 2020
7 Nights Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £982
15 Oct 2020
22 Oct 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £896
22 Oct 2020
29 Oct 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £896
29 Oct 2020
5 Nov 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £896
5 Nov 2020
12 Nov 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £896
12 Nov 2020
19 Nov 2020
7 Nights Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £982
19 Nov 2020
26 Nov 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £896
3 Dec 2020
10 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
10 Dec 2020
17 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
17 Dec 2020
24 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £768
24 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £896