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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
  • Air Conditioning

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.

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 chosen.

The Daedalus reef is a huge reef formation that lies at about 180 km south of Brother Islands. The reef is surrounded by a sheer wall all around, featuring a plateau on its southern side that goes from 28 m beside the reef to 40m on the edge of the drop off. If the weather is good, try to get as far north as possible and drift along one of the sides of the reef. Reef and hammerhead sharks are often spotted here. UW marine life is here more abundant than anywhere else, with schools of surgeons, fusiliers, carangids. Fury Shoals is in southern Egyptian part of the Red Sea and a Mecca for dolphins. Here are tons of beautiful reefs with thousands of colorful fishes. The biological diversity on corals, both hard and soft, is astonishing. Diving varies from easy to quite challenging depending where one dives such as Sha’ab Maksour with drop off and drift dives, Sha’ab Claudio with caves and his local Napoleon that greets our guests most of the time. Sha’ab Sharm offers a good observation point for viewing passing sharks. Photogenic wrecks can be found at Abu Galawa and not to forget the main spot at the Fury Shoal, Sataya, the dolphin reef with it’s easy dives and snorkeling possibility.

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

The Daedalus reef is a huge reef formation that lies at about 180 km south of Brother Islands. The reef is surrounded by a sheer wall all around, featuring a plateau on its southern side that goes from 28 m beside the reef to 40m on the edge of the drop off. If the weather is good, try to get as far north as possible and drift along one of the sides of the reef. Reef and hammerhead sharks are often spotted here. Marine life is here more abundant than anywhere else, with schools of surgeons, fusiliers, carangids. Rocky Island is a mysthical site that represents a diver’s dream. The indented reef that circles the entire perimeter of the island drops deeply to an astonished depth and the constant currents that flow all along the year favor the growth of different kinds of colorful marine 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.. Reef sharks, especially grey and silvertips, you can watch in the blue and may be manta rays, turtles and dolphins. 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 big amount of reef fishes or inhabitants and admire the beautiful coral garden.

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

In the deep south of the Red Sea we find the St.Johns reefs. Big Habili and Small Habili with their fantastic drop offs overgrown with big gorginias and colorful bright soft corals promise you to be a fantastic dive. You find a lot of marine life at the reef itself and as well in the blue you may see barracudas, different sharks, sometimes dolphins or manta passing by. Umm Erug seems to be the place of unusual coral blocks. Next to the main reef in a depth of 12m to 30m you find many different block formations who remind you of everyday life`s figures. Schools of small reef fishes, camouflage artists and small critters you can explore. Around two hours drive to the north there is the area of St. Johns Cave. The name cave is program and Umm Hararim impresses of its unique cave and canyon system. The main reef surrounded by a beautiful hard coral garden is on its south-west side full of holes like a Swiss cheese. In shallow water you can dive through the open passages to see the light show of the sun and the nice soft corals growing. On the way up to the north you pass by Sataya, Hamata and Marsa Alam area. Different divesides invite the divers to have great dives. Shaab Claudio makes fun! There you have caves, canyons, openings and passages in 5m to 16m depth. It´s easy to dive and full of marine life. Close to Shaab Claudio there is El Malahi, the children’s playground. The single coral towers stay close to each other overgrown with hard corals and invite to cruise around to discover the small overhangs and passages. In Abu Galawa Soraya there is a small wreck, a sailing boat sank in the 80th and it´s full of soft corals and the home of many glass fishes. In the south of Marsa Alam, (Wadi Gimal area) is Shaab Sharm. A huge reef with colorful overgrown drop offs and a gorgonian wall between 17 and 22m in the east direction. The plateau on the east side, starting from 18m to 32m depth, with its coral block formations is the home of a lot of marine life. Doctor fishes, napoleons, small critters and turtles eating and resting. The plateau continues small along the south side of the main reef. Dolphins, sharks and mantas patrol along the reef in the blue. South of the St. Johns area there is the 6 km reef line from west to east of Abu Fandera. Between the six long reefs you find passages which have different topographies full of coral blocks between 15m and 20m depth. Amazing soft corals in all kind of colors, reef fishes and small critters are common. Often you see a small reef sharks and napoleons and the highlight is the hump head parrotfish which is passing by in big schools of 30 or more.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 2003 and refurbished in 2007
Length 36 metres
Beam 7.5 metres
Speed 10 Knots
Engines 2 x 650 HP Cummins K19, new in 2014
Generators 2 x 65 kw (230 V) Perkins
Compressors 2 x Coltri MCH; 1 LP 280
Connectivity VHF, DSC (Area I), Satellite EPIRB, Satellite phone, WIFI
Emergency Equipment Oxygen system and Medic First Aid Kit available aboard
Tanks 12l aluminum-tanks DIN/INT, 15l tanks on request
Air Compressors 2 x mariner bauer
Zodiac 2 zodiacs with outboard engine (25 HP / 40 HP)
Dive Deck Spacious dive deck with hot water showers, charging station & camera table
Safety life jackets and 2 life rafts, oxygen and first aid, fire extinguishers in every cabin and in salon, fire fighting and alarm system, smoke detectors
Full Equipment Rental EUR120
Wetsuits EUR30
BCD EUR30
Regulator EUR30
Torch EUR30
Dive Computer EUR30
Snorkel EUR6
Mask EUR12
Fins EUR12
Boots EUR12
Equipment Rental The equipment rental prices listed above are per person per week and will need to pre booked and pay at the time of booking.

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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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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:
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
5 Dec 2019
12 Dec 2019
7 Nights St.Johns – Abu Fendera Double Cabin £905
27 Feb 2020
5 Mar 2020
7 Nights St.Johns – Abu Fendera Double Cabin £815
5 Mar 2020
12 Mar 2020
9 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
12 Mar 2020
19 Mar 2020
9 Nights St.Johns – Abu Fendera Double Cabin £815
19 Mar 2020
26 Mar 2020
9 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
26 Mar 2020
2 Apr 2020
9 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
9 Apr 2020
16 Apr 2020
9 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
16 Apr 2020
23 Apr 2020
9 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
23 Apr 2020
30 Apr 2020
9 Nights St.Johns – Abu Fendera Double Cabin £889
30 Apr 2020
7 May 2020
9 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
7 May 2020
17 May 2020
9 Nights Daedalus – Rocky – Zabargad Double Cabin £1275
21 May 2020
28 May 2020
7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £987
28 May 2020
4 Jun 2020
7 Nights Daedalus – Rocky – Zabargad Double Cabin £987
11 Jun 2020
18 Jun 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
18 Jun 2020
25 Jun 2020
7 Nights St.Johns – Abu Fendera Double Cabin £889
25 Jun 2020
2 Jul 2020
7 Nights Daedalus – Fury Shoals Double Cabin £889
2 Jul 2020
9 Jul 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
9 Jul 2020
19 Jul 2020
9 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1218
19 Jul 2020
26 Jul 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
23 Jul 2020
30 Jul 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
30 Jul 2020
6 Aug 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £971
6 Aug 2020
13 Aug 2020
12 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £922
13 Aug 2020
20 Aug 2020
12 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1264
20 Aug 2020
27 Aug 2020
12 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1264
27 Aug 2020
3 Sep 2020
12 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1264
10 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £922
19 Nov 2020
26 Nov 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £922
26 Nov 2020
3 Dec 2020
7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £922