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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 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

The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.

For the wreck diver, the Aida II, an Egyptian supply vessel, and the Numidia, a cargo ship, lie on the walls of the Big Brother. Both are covered in a rich growth of soft and hard corals. Marine life includes a family of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.

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.

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.

This trip takes you to some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer. Here 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. Sailing to the southernmost reefs, you'll depart from Marsa Ghalib Port and dive some sites to the South before sailing overnight to your southernmost point in the St. John's area. Depending on weather, government approval and marine life sightings in recent weeks, we may sail to the southernmost islands of Rocky and Zabargad, or we'll moor instead in the vast reef system of St John's to begin the adventure in the South.

When leaving Marsa Ghalib the route can sometimes take in a dive at Abu Dabab on the first or last day. Often spoilt for choice, your guides will pick sites that they know to be the best for the time of the year and can find excellent alternatives should the weather affect the normal route. Although the distances are long, where possible we travel overnight so, as a 21 plus route, our aim is to get as many dives in as possible at some of the most impressive reefs. Below are some of the highlights.

On the way to Fury shoals, dive 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 often visit the south side before heading further south. At Fury Shoals, dive Sha'ab Claude with its famous swim-throughs and huge porite corals. White tip reef sharks and an anemone and clownfish settlement can be seen a little off the reef to the South. Abu Galawa Soraya has a fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat populated with glass fish.

St Johns is a vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving in the Red Sea. This incredibly beautiful reef lies a short distance north of the Sudanese border. The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands. Habili Ali offers giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side. Habili Gafaar is a mass of soft corals teaming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can often be seen in the blue.

Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas can be seen and the occasional manta. The tunnels are ideal for novice cave divers.

Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers and an abundance of corals, Grey Reef, Silvertips and Hammerhead sharks.

On the last day as we head back to port, we will try to take in a dive or two on the world famous Elphinstone Reef if weather and diver experience permits us, or we will finish in the Abu Dabab area perhaps with another dive or two closer to Port Ghalib to relax and unwind before your final night in port.

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.

Looking for some shark action? We know the best time to have the best chance to see those sharks in action! Explore the majestic Red Sea during the warm summer months of May to August with our much anticipated Red Sea Sharks itinerary offering flexibility and focus for 'action' dives. These months are best-known for the variety of sharks visiting some of the remote offshore reefs. But be prepared to change diving plans at the last minute because we go where the action is.

Our 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.

Some of the sites we might visit are St John's, Rocky, Daedalus and Elphinstone. However, please remember that the focus of this trip is not about where we go but about what we want to see...sharks! To that end, if we've had better shark sightings at, say, The Brother's Islands, then we'll head off there to catch the action! As always reefs we can visit may be restricted by weather conditions.

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, as well as the famous wreck of the Salem Express.

The Salem Express is a dramatic dive. Around 500 people perished in one of the worst marine tragedies of all times. The 100-metre ferryboat was on its way back from Mecca to Safaga after the annual Muslim pilgrimage in December 1991 when it hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly without giving the crew and passengers the chance to board the lifeboats. It is now home to a thriving underwater life, including a famous resident frogfish, blue-spotted stingrays, angel and butterfly fish. The ship itself is covered in a large quantity of hard and soft corals. It is one of the largest wrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea, roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm.

There is superb wall diving at Panorama, on the south-east of the plateau is a gorgonian and glassfish corner with the whole plateau covered in soft corals and on the south side is an anemone city.

Hal Hal (Middle Reef) is a rarely chosen dive site due to its distance from the coast, which makes it a virgin spot. The north side is a drop off going down to 80 metres and is a perfect location to spot tunas, barracudas, turtles and sharks. The southern side has colourful coral gardens along with some caves and canyons.

Abu Kafan is a 300-metre long, narrow reef offering a plateau at both north and south tips. We normally jump in the water on the north plateau and glide with the frequent strong current southwards along the impressive walls covered with soft and black coral, giant fans and gorgonians.

The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.

Abu Dabab is six reefs commonly known as "Fathers Steps" or "Fathers Stepping Stones" and as the name suggests a set of fairly shallow reefs ranging from depths of 25 metres to the seafloor. In between Abu Dabab II and III at approximately 15 metres is the wreckage of a small ship sunk after a fire in 2004. The reefs themselves offer colourful coral gardens and an underwater cave system to explore. Pods of dolphins have been known to frequent the area as well as blue spotted rays, Napoleons, giant puffers, box fish, sweetlips, batfish, nudibranchs and more.

Elphinstone is approximately 30km from Port Ghalib; Elphinstone reef is 300 metres long with sheer walls richly covered in colourful pink and red soft corals and elegant red gorgonians descending to around 40 metres. Other areas of the reef have near vertical cliffs, overhangs, small caves and drop offs of up to 100 metres. Elphinstone is known to experience some strong currents attracting many diverse species such as barracuda, angel fish, groupers, Napoleons, morays, reef sharks and great shoals of dogtooth tuna and jacks. Occasional sightings include dolphins, turtles, oceanic white tip and hammerheads sharks.

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.

This trip offers you some of the best diving in the Red Sea and includes Daedalus, Fury Shoals and Elphinstone. 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. Depending on prevailing weather conditions your guides will pick sites suitable for night dives outside the Marine Park.

Heading first to Fury Shoals, we may dive around the Marsa Alam area or perhaps dive 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 often visit the south side before heading further south. At Fury Shoals, we have more time to explore the vast reef system than other itineraries afford. Of course we will 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. Sataya with its resident spinner dolphin population is a must for snorkelling between dives, as well as having some good underwater offerings, and on top of that we can spend time exploring less dived sites such as Sha'ab Hamam (Stairway to Heaven), Abu Galawa Kebir with the Tien Hsing wreck, Gota Sataya and if the weather is kind there are some submerged reefs that can be moored on such as Habili Sameh that will blow you away!

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
5 Mar 2020
12 Mar 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £777
12 Mar 2020
19 Mar 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £777
19 Mar 2020
26 Mar 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £777
2 Apr 2020
9 Apr 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £777
9 Apr 2020
16 Apr 2020
7 Nights Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £777
16 Apr 2020
23 Apr 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £777
23 Apr 2020
30 Apr 2020
7 Nights Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £906
21 May 2020
28 May 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £975
28 May 2020
4 Jun 2020
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £950
18 Jun 2020
25 Jun 2020
7 Nights Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £932
9 Jul 2020
16 Jul 2020
7 Nights Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone Standard Twin Stateroom £863
16 Jul 2020
23 Jul 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £777
23 Jul 2020
30 Jul 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £906
30 Jul 2020
6 Aug 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £777
6 Aug 2020
13 Aug 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £906
20 Aug 2020
27 Aug 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £777
27 Aug 2020
3 Sep 2020
7 Nights Simply the Best Standard Twin Stateroom £950
3 Sep 2020
10 Sep 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £863
24 Sep 2020
1 Oct 2020
7 Nights Red Sea Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £950
1 Oct 2020
8 Oct 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £906
29 Oct 2020
5 Nov 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £906
5 Nov 2020
12 Nov 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £906
19 Nov 2020
26 Nov 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £906
26 Nov 2020
3 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £846
3 Dec 2020
10 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £846
10 Dec 2020
17 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £846
17 Dec 2020
24 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £846
24 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2020
7 Nights South & St.Johns Standard Twin Stateroom £906