Red Sea Live Aboards
I want to dive the Red Sea on a live aboard and need some recommendations.
Blue O Two = very good experience with them in 2010.
There are multiple itineraries available in the Red Sea = depends on whether you want wrecks, reefs, pelagic action....
Good point. I am looking more for reefs and other dives closer to shore. I prefer having a WiFi connection.
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into them.
One comment about Wifi - I've done 3 trips to the Red Sea, 1 liveaboard and 2 land-based. The Liveaboard was a "Deep South" Itinerary on Blue O Two, which as the title suggests, heads to the southern Egyptian Red Sea from Port Ghalib (a few hours drive south of Hurghada airport). I had my Blackberry on this trip and had solid connectivity when we were further north. During the most southern part of the trip the connectivity was much more spotty. I would be able to send/receive e-mails daily, but not on demand (e.g., e-mails would sometimes sit in my outbox for a few hours until a connection was made). FWIW, this was 3 years ago. Don't know if boats have better success maintaining internet connections.
That said, IMHO, the further south you go, the better the diving. Beautiful reefs down in the St. John's area and no dayboats down there, since there really aren't many resorts down close to the Sudan border. Many folks like the "Simply the Best" itinerary, which tends to include a slightly more northern trip vs. Deep South = to the Brothers, Daedelus Reef and Elphinstone. Elphinstone is a cool site but is BUSY, with both liveaboards and dayboats out there. Brothers and Daedelus are further from shore and tend to have some of the better Pelagic action. These first 2 are well offshore...but closer to on-shore civilization vs. Deep South...don't know how this would affect connectivity.
Hope this helps. You definitely can't go wrong with BO2 - spacious boats, great crew and DMs.
Here's my trip report from 2010:
Last edited by large_diver; 10-29-2013 at 05:44 AM.
LARGE DIVER TYPED "SEND" and answered my question seconds before it was posted. Can't beat that for service! Thanks!
I'm told that a southern itinerary will show you nicer reefs, apparently most especially if you go into the Sudan. I should know for myself in about 6 months ;-)
WiFi was an interesting question. For those with relatively recent experience:
A southern itinerary to Fury shoals, St. Johns, Zabargad too relatively close to shore but very remote. Can one expect to have Wi-Fi in these sites? What about at Daedalus & the Brothers?
Last edited by FinnLady; 10-29-2013 at 05:43 AM.
I second Blue o Two +
Originally Posted by warm water diver
We traveled 4 years ago and the Blue Melody was top notch. Their fleet is impressive and service about the best I have experienced. Our itinerary was Brothers and Elphinstone. Brothers is far from shore, so no wi-fi. Elphinstone is accessible by day trip. I'd resist the temptation to try the new Red Sea Aggressor. I have first hand experience of diving one of their new destinations and they were far from delivering an acceptable dive experience on many levels.
I have learned that the South has some connectivity. When you get out to the Marine Parks, there is no WiFi.