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Safaris... good to know...

To prevent any unpleasant surprises during the safari, we have listed the most important information and rules for a diving safari below. If you have any questions or problems during your safari, our dive guides and the crew will help you with words and deeds.

ADDITIONAL DIVING EQUIPMENT

In addition to the normal equipment, the following things are absolutely necessary for each diver:

diving computer (its not allowed to dive without computer)

one safety buoy per diver

snorkel

medical statement maximum 1 year old (according to the Egyptians law)

logbook

valid diving brevet

regulator with octopus

one torch per person at night dives

diving accident insurance (can be concluded on board, safaris starting from
       Hurghada 6,- Euro, starting from Port Ghalib 7,- Euro)

Please bring 2 copies of your passport!

Without a proof of a valid diving certification, we reserve the right to exclude the guest from diving.

BATHROOMS AND TOILETS

Please reduce soap consumption because the waste water goes directly into the sea. Please respect the environment, so buy toiletries for holidays on biodegradable products. Please don’t throw anything into the toilets (even paper). You will find special containers for it. This helps prevent blocked pipes which are almost impossible to fix during safari and also helps to preserve the natural environment. In addition, the repair during the safari may be cause strong dirt and odor nuisance.

BEVERAGES

During the safari you will find tea, coffee, bottled soft drinks (Cola, Sprite, Cola Zero) as well water for free the whole time. Further soft drinks in cans, beer and wine you can buy on board (please check pricelists).

It is forbidden to drink alcohol between the dives!

BOW AREA

The bow area of the boats is reserved for the crew, where they eat and pray. We kindly ask you to respect this. In addition, there are many ropes and anchors that can lead to injury.

CABINS

Each cabin has portholes that can be open. We recommend opening them as often as possible in order to renew the air in the cabin. The air condition only uses the available air, so there will be no fresh air change. Please make sure that each porthole is closed during sailing.

CHANGE OF BOAT / MINIMUM NUMBER OF GUESTS

If your booked boat can not go for the trip because of logistical or technical reasons, we will inform you about the boat change as soon as possible.
The minimum number of guests for our safaris is usually 8 people. If this number is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the safari 14 days before departure.

CHECK DIVE

There will be a check dive during the first dive. The dive guides will ask you to show them how you clean your mask, regulator recovery and at the end of the dive how you set your SMB

CLIMATE AND CLOTHES

A dry desert climate is normal for the region of the Red Sea. Especially during the summer months you can expect around 35 degrees during the day. During wintertime it becomes cold in the evenings and even during the day it is sometimes useful to have a warm sweater. Don’t forget something to protect your ears against the wind.

CONTRIBUTION TO NATURE RESERVE

Abstract from the law of environment:

hunting, fishing, collecting of corals, shells and other marine life is strictly forbidden

throwing of any waste into the sea (rubbish, oil, fat) is forbidden

it is generally forbidden to anchor in protected areas

feeding fish and birds is forbidden

it is forbidden to walk on the reefs and over corals

using gloves for divers is only allowed for protection

Any violation can lead to fines and/or prison sentences. Also, the authorities reserve the right to ban the respective captain and dive guide from their profession, as well as to confiscate the boat license for a certain period of time.

The maximum dive depth for diving with compressed air is 40 m! (by sight of the corresponding brevet). For any technical diving the rules from CDWS obtain (Chamber of Diving and Watersports, http://www.cdws.travel/diving/rules-regulations).

CONDITION OF PARTICIPATION FOR DIVING SAFARIS

To join one of our diving safaris you must be a certified diver with at least 30 logged dives. For all the Marine Park routes (Brothers, Daedalus, Rocky, Zabargad) you need 50 logged dives. Your last dive should have been within one year.

In case of unqualified divers, our dive guides reserve the right to forbid certain dives or change the routing for everyone to one which is adjusted to their experience and training.

DIVING ACCIDENT 

In case of emergencies, we carry on board two 50 liter oxygen tanks with mask and a first aid kit. Furthermore, there is a transportable oxygen case. This oxygen case is stored in the captains or dive guide cabin. A first aid kit with general medicine is also on board. To bring back an injured diver to a hospital/deco chamber can take around 8 hours or more. So always keep in mind, not to take any risks in diving.

ELECTRICITY

You will have 24 hours 220 Volt alternating current on board. On the diving deck there is a charging station for torches and cameras. To charge cameras etc. in the cabins is strictly forbidden - fire hazard! Caution: Because of the variation in the voltage, automatic chargers are not optimal.

FASHION

During the safari you have the opportunity to buy jackets with hood (each 35,- Euro), T-Shirts in different colors (each 15,- Euro) and various other things. Payment is made on board. Upon request your name can be embroidered on the jackets or T-shirts. The extra charge for this service is 5,- Euro per item. Simply preorder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will receive your personal Deep Blue Cruises jacket/shirt at the beginning of your safari. The embroidery is free of charge for groups of more than 10 persons.

HEALTH

On board there are only small supplies of medication. Please bring with you your own medical supplies. It is your responsibility before you come on the safari to check that these medicines are compatible with diving.

INTERNET

WLAN is available free of charge on both boats. The internet connection and quality varied from route to route and cannot be guaranteed by us. Basically, WLAN is only available as long as we are within range of the mobile network and is not intended for larger data exchange.

LANGUAGES

Each safari is accompanied by a German-speaking dive guide. Our Egyptian dive guides speak English and partly German. The crew on board speaks Egyptian Arabic and some English.

MARINE PARKS

Night diving, swimming or snorkeling is forbidden in the Marine Park areas. It is also forbidden to enter any island.

NITROX

Nitrox membrane systems are available on all our boats. If the compressor gets broken and we can not fill Nitrox anymore, there will be no recovery of damages. Nitrox is free of charge for all certified divers.
If you would like to dive with Rebreather please inform us 14 days prior to arrival via email. The payment is made on board.

Also courses like Nitrox-, Specialties- or AOWD are to be registered in advance, otherwise we cannot guarantee availability.

PAYMENTS ON BOARD

All prices on board are shown in Euro. Foreign currencies exchange rates on board might not be in your favour. We accept €, $ and Egyptian Pound. It is also possible to pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). For this we have to convert the amount into Egyptian Pounds and we charge a fee of 2,5%.

RENTAL EQUIPMENT AND SPARE PARTS

Normally we do not carry rental equipment on board. We recommend, if you need rental equipment or individual pieces of equipment, to register them in writing at least 14 days in advance. Payment is made on board. You should have with you the most important spare parts for your equipment like strips for mask and fins. Also, don’t forget batteries and light bulbs for your torches.

RESCUE FACILITIES

On board we have lifejackets for all guests and the crew. At the sundeck we have two life rafts (self-inflating system) on every boat. In all cabins, in the corridor, salon, kitchen and in the engine room there are fire extinguishers for use in case of an emergency. Furthermore, the boats have a fire hose (water). You will have an introduction to the safety systems when you arrive onboard.

SALON

Please don’t wear wet diving or swimming clothes in the salon as the seat cushion takes a long time to dry due to the high humidity.

SATELLITE PHONE

Every boat has a satellite phone. In case of emergency we can contact someone at the shore at any time. These phones are not all the time on, so its not for the guests for incoming calls. If any guest needs to make an important call, we can offer the satellite phone and the guest have to pay for the call charge.

SHOES

Wearing shoes is forbidden in the salon and the cabins. Outside it is allowed to wear light sailing or beach shoes.

SLEEPING ON DECK

It is not allowed to take pillows, blankets or mattresses out of the cabin. If you like to sleep outside on deck please bring your own sleeping bag and use the sun mattresses.

SMOKING ON BOARD

In all closed rooms smoking is strictly forbidden. For your safety there are on board fire alarm systems, which are very sensitive to any smoke. Outside please use the ashtrays and don’t throw the butts into the sea.

TIP

Especially in Egypt the people expect "Baksheesh". We recommend 50,- Euro per week per guest. Tipping is of course a voluntary gift to say thank you for the service from the crew and guides during your safari.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

On the day of arrival, you can check-in around 3 pm on the boat, the departure from the harbor will be the following morning. 6 days on the sea with 2-4 dives per day and 2 dives at the last day. We will be back in the harbor one day before departure day before nightfall.

Please notice, that the booked full board accommodation starts with check-in on the boat and ends with check-out from the boat.

To proceed a safari also depends from the weather conditions (wind, waves, current) and local regulations. A guarantee to reach all the dive sides from a planned trip is not given.

Transfer to the airport is arranged on departure day but check out from the boat is at 10 am after breakfast. Depending on the time of your flight home, you may choose to stay in a hotel on a day room basis or make a pool use. The cost of around 20,- Euro is not included in the price of the safari and will need to be covered by you.
We reserve the right to accommodate our guests on their first/last night in a hotel, due to organisational or technical reasons.

TOWELS

On board we provide for each guest one bath towel and one normal towel, and as well one bathrobe. The towels will be change in the middle of the week.

TRANSFER

Your assigned tour leader - easy to identify with a sign of the name's boat you booked - is waiting for you in the entrance hall at the airport. There you will get the visa, which you already paid in advanced and the tour leader is there to help you in word and deed. Outside the airport there will be an other tour leader, also with a sign of the boat's name, who will show you the right bus. Transfers are collective ones.

The transfer from the Hurghada airport to the marina in Hurghada and from the Marsa Alam airport to the marina in Port Ghalib is included in the selling price of the tour.
For the transfer from the Hurghada airport to the marina in Port Ghalib and back will be charged with 10,- Euro per person and way.

It can happen that you will have waiting time in Hurghada! In this case, you can deposit your luggage in our office on arrival and departure in Hurghada. We can also organize a daily hotel room or only pool use for extra charge. For those, who don't want to have the longer waiting times we gladly organize special transfers which is to be paid aboard:

Hurghada to Port Ghalib 1-8 pax ca. 70,- Euro
Hurghada to Port Ghalib 9-16 pax ca. 90,- Euro

The price for the special transfer depends on the exchange rate of the day.

WHAT WE NEED BEFORE BOOKING

For the safari permission we require the following data from each guest at least 8 days before departure:
Family name, name, date of birth, nationality, number of passport, flight details, diving licences, numbers of dives, month/year from the last dive, eventually required rent equipment like 15 liter tanks or diving gear, and specials like allergies etc.

JUST IN CASE

If you have any questions or problems on your diving safari please inform the dive guide or the crew. They will be happy to assist you.

YOUR TRAVEL AGENCY

Deep Blue Cruises
Hurghada / Red Sea
Tel. +20 (0)100 171 2005 
      +20 (0)100 171 2004
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