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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

Route Options

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.

The Great Island Tour is a 2 weeks safari taking you to the best dive sites in the Red Sea! Departing from Hurghada, the boat will sail south and visit the sites around the Brother Islands, Daedalus Reef, Rocky Island and Zabargad. The Brother Islands are two undersea mountain pinnacles rising from the depths of the abyss located about 60 miles offshore from El Quesir. 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 pelagic. Large tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can sometimes be found there. Sightings of the grey reef sharks are almost guaranteed on the north and south plateau of Small Brother.

The Daedalus Reef is a huge reef formation that lying at about 180 km south of Brother Islands. The reef is surrounded by a sheer wall all around, featuring a plateau in its southern side that goes from 30 metres beside the reef to 40 metres on the edge of the drop-off. When the weather is good a drift dive along one of reef side is possible. Reef and hammerhead sharks are regular encounters along with other marine life.

Rocky Island is a fringing reef that circles the entire perimeter of the island and drops steeply to an amazing depth. The constant currents flowing year round favour the growth of all different kinds of life in a continuous struggle for a place on the reef. The walls are absolutely covered with the most beautiful soft corals as well as gorgonias, fans, sponges and black coral trees.

The Island of Zabargad is a superb dive spot. Here you can dive along walls, hover over drop offs or dive slowly in the shallow area, watching the fish and admire the coral garden.

M/Y Golden Dolphin offers a mixture of reef and wall diving around the southern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the Deep South - St John’s itinerary. She departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and visits the main attraction of this itinerary St John’s Reef. The reef is near Rocky Island which is deep south in the Red Sea allowing for long overnight sailings. 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 gorgonias 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.

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 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.

The tour descriptions (dive sites) are samples. Depending on the weather conditions and the quality of the divers other dive sites can be choosen.

The SS Thistlegorm is probably the most famous wreck in the Red Sea. The British cargo ship was on its way to bring military equipment of all kinds for the British troops in North Africa. But then on the 6th of October 1941 a German bomber attacked the Thistlegorm. The wreck is lying upright on the sea-bottom at 32m depth. Especially interesting is the cargo: Tanks, trucks, motorcycles, weapons, railway carriage and two railway engines.

The Reef at Abu Nuhas is famous for wrecks. There are 4 wrecks, which are today an attraction point for divers all around the world. For example the Greek cargo ship GIANNIS D, which ran aground the reef on 19 th April 1984 and sank a short time afterwards. It is now lying in a maximum depth of 27m and is overgrown with hard- and softcorals. The ship cracked down in the middle. The better part of the two halves is the stern section. Here it is easy to dive inside the wreck, because there are a lot of entry and exit points. Because the wreck is leaning on a 45° angle you will find yourself swimming up a stairwell which your mind tells you are heading down. This effect is very special. The steamship CARNATIC struck the reef in September 1869. She sank the following day as the weather worsened. She lies in about 26m depths. She has broken up amidships, leaving her bow and stern intact. The decking has fallen away to be replaced by a thick growth of tube sponges, alcyonarians and occasional table corals, making her very photogenic. She is also laid open to light from above and is easily penetrated.

The Dunraven, a steam and sail-powered vessel used to transport spices and timber, ran aground the reef Shaab Mahmoud in April 1876 during a voyage from Bombay to Newcastle and sank quickly. The ship broke in two, and her two halves came to rest on the sea floor. The wreck lies upside down with the stern at a depth of 28m and the bow at 18m. At the stern you find the propeller and the rudder, which are overgrown with corals. Inside the wreck you see thousands of glassfish.

The marine park Ras Mohammed offers dreamlike diving spots. For example SHARK REEF and JOLANDA REEF. Both reefs are standing on a plateau, which is between 10m to 20m deep. The edges of the plateau fall down to more than 200m. At the reef you will find nice hard and soft corals, plenty of fish in all kind of sizes. With luck you can see sharks during your early morning dive. At Jolanda Reef you can see the cargo of a Cypriot freighter JOLANDA which ran aground in 1980: a large quantity of household pottery such as toilets, bath and shower tubes, bidets…

The Brother Islands one of the best diving spots in the world. The Islands – the Big Brother and the Little Brother – are two small exposed promontories that just come out of the water in the middle of the sea at around 60km from the Egyptian coast line. The Little Brother has a very high concentration of life in a much reduced area. The walls are covered literally with sponges, anemones and all sorts of hard and soft corals in an astonishing variety of colors and shapes. Of course you will find here plenty of fish. It is not unusual to see sharks: hammerheads, thresher sharks, grey reef sharks, silvertip and whitetip reef sharks. About one km north of the Little Brother lays the Big Brother. Situated, in the middle of the island, is a lighthouse. When it is not too windy, you can proceed to dive the wreck NUMIDIA which lies upon the reef on the northern side of the island between 5m and 80m. This 150m long ship sunk in 1901 and is now completely covered with both hard and soft corals and gorgonias. At the NW side of the island you will find the other wreck: the AIDA. This 82m long steam ship sunk 1957. The remaining pieces of the wreck are scattered all over the reef and just the back side of the hull can be found between 34m and 60m. It is nicely overgrown and worth to visit. Because of strong current and may be high waves it is not easy to dive at the Brother’s. This safari is only for experienced divers.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 2003 and refurbished in 2007
Guest Numbers 20
Length & Width 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
Communication & Navigation 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
Emergency Equipment Oxygen system and Medic First Aid Kit available aboard
Air Compressors 2 x mariner bauer
Equipment Rental Equipment rental available
Dive Deck Spacious dive deck with hot water showers, charging station & camera table
Equipment Rental 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
Full Equipment Rental EUR120
Wetsuits EUR30
BCD EUR30
Regulator EUR30
Torch EUR30
Dive Computer EUR30
Mask, Fins & Snorkel EUR6
Mask, Fins & Snorkel Mask only: EUR12
Mask, Fins & Snorkel EUR12
Boots EUR12

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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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Gota Shab El Erg

Hurghada, Red Sea

Nearby is a little known site but well worth a visit. The whole area teems with life, unicorns, scorpion fish, groupers, morays, emperor angel fish, blue spotted rays and underneath the table corals look out for white tips resting in the sand. In the sandy channel between the main reef and the gota you will find cone shells, and flatfish.

  • 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:

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:

Thistlegorm

Sharm El Sheikh, 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 propeller 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: 9
  • Dive Type: Drift Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 31m

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:
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
6 Jun 2019
13 Jun 2019
7 Nights Deep South - St. John's Double Cabin £938
13 Jun 2019
20 Jun 2019
7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £938
20 Jun 2019
4 Jul 2019
14 Nights The Great Island Tour Double Cabin £1616
4 Jul 2019
11 Jul 2019
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £973
11 Jul 2019
18 Jul 2019
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £973
18 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
7 Nights Brother Islands-Straits of Tiran-Ras Mohamed-Thistlegorm Double Cabin £832
18 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
7 Nights Brother Islands-Straits of Tiran-Ras Mohamed-Thistlegorm Double Cabin £790
19 Sep 2019
26 Sep 2019
9 Nights Brother Islands-Straits of Tiran-Ras Mohamed-Thistlegorm Double Cabin £878
26 Sep 2019
3 Oct 2019
9 Nights South Safari Double Cabin £942
3 Oct 2019
10 Oct 2019
7 Nights Deep South - St. John's Double Cabin £938
17 Oct 2019
24 Oct 2019
7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £987
7 Nov 2019
14 Nov 2019
7 Nights Brother Islands-Straits of Tiran-Ras Mohamed-Thistlegorm Double Cabin £878