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The best of the Southern Red Sea – Daedalus, Rocky & Zabargad

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The best of the Southern Red Sea – Daedalus, Rocky & Zabargad

The best of the Southern Red Sea – Daedalus, Rocky & Zabargad

So, we’re really excited about this one! After the previous trips to the South, we’ve put together some of our favourite spots in to one trip, also known as ‘The best of the Southern Red Sea’. Departing on the 30th of August from Port Ghalib, we’ll once again be on board the luxurious 10 cabin, spacious, purpose-built dive boat to explore the Southern sites of Daedalus, Rocky and Zabargad. We’ve been lucky in the past to not only be joined by great groups of divers who have all been up for a fun, but safe time underwater and have been rewarded with some amazing sightings from hammerhead sharks, to dugong and more. We’ve all fingers and toes crossed for the same experience next year, so what else can you expect from coming along? Read on to find out….

deck chilling

Due to the location of the diving sites, we’ll be departing from the relatively new area known as Port Ghalib; as such we could fly in to either Marsa Alam or Hurghada airport, however we’re recommending Hurghada due to the higher availability and flexibility of dates and prices. Like last time, it may be that you arrive one day early which is no problem, we can help arrange accommodation in Hurghada before we all meet up on the 30th to be coached down to Port Ghalib with travel time approx. 2.5 hours in a large, air-conditioned coach. We’ll aim to board the boat by 9pm that day where dinner will be served, and those of you who were with us last time know what a treat the meals are each time!

double cabin

The first day, as always, will see us make some nice and easy local dives to allow everyone time to adjust weights and trim and get used to the water again before heading out to Daedalus reef. We’re hoping to spend 2 days in Daedalus as there is just so much to see and do there, of course we have some expectations of seeing hammerhead sharks again, but we can honestly say even if they aren’t there, the dives are breath taking anyway. Other common sightings at that time of year include white and grey reef shark, oceanic and the occasional manta ray also. 

Turtle attack

Heading down farther South after Daedalus, we’ll be stopping off at Rocky and Zabargad which complete the Southern marine parks. Rocky is a small island which pokes out from the surface of the sea but goes down to depths way beyond our limits, with some astonishingly beautiful wall dives. Due to the presence of current, the walls are covered in marine life with soft corals, gorgonias and fans all competing for space on the reef. Common sightings include reef shark, turtle, eagle ray and manta, and it’s not that uncommon to spot a passing tiger shark a little deeper down.

Much bigger in size in comparison to Rocky is Zabargad island with a reputation of offering something for everyone and some classic Red Sea stunning diving. Due to the size and shape of the island, there’s a variety of different types of dives from drop-offs, to shallow swims and even a wreck which no one is 100% sure how it came to be there. After finishing diving in the islands we’ll start to head back towards the jetty again, stopping off at Fury shoals which is made up of a variety of different reef systems, where we may be lucky enough to spot some friendly dolphins, you never know 😉


On the last full day (5th) there will be the chance to make a couple of dives depending on required surface intervals before flying, after which we’ll either spend the night on the boat checking out by 10am on the 6th, or in a 3 star hotel (HB) depending on the boat requirements. A coach will then take everyone back to Hurghada for departing flights home.

With the above itinerary we guarantee some seriously memorable diving. Combining the dives with the quality of the dive boat and crew, plus of course some friendly faces in the form of your Eagle Divers guide, we hope that we’ll give you one of the best dive trips you’ll ever make!

Golden dolphin III 37

Trip costs: €1025 per person + marine park & visa fees €170 + jetty fees for Port Ghaleb €25 = TOTAL €1220 (excl. flights)

If you’re flying from the UK Thomas Cook have flights matching the exact dates of the trip with good times available for £442. EasyJet flight schedule for August/September 2018 should be available from the end of this month.

For a full fact sheet about what is and isn’t included with the trip and more information about the boat, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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All underwater photographs have graciously been provided by the wonderful underwater photographer Renata Romeo, to view more of her images you can visit her website www.renataromeoart.com or read her blog here

Last updated: 04/01/2018          

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