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... Itinerary: North and Brothers Dates:     12th - 19th January 2018 Aboard:   M/Y blue Melody

The Vessel... M/Y blue Melody is the third vessel in the blue o two fleet and underwent a complete interior re-fit in 2008. She is 38m in length and takes a maximum of 26 divers on each trip. M/Y blue Melody is everything you would expect from a 5* diving vessel with large dining area, separate sky lounge with state of the art entertainment system and double and twin cabins all benefiting from en-suite facilities, air conditioning and personal entertainment systems. A spacious dive deck also makes kitting up and getting in the water a stress free experience! M/Y blue Melody is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and is rebreather friendly.

M/Y blue Melody currently holds the DIVER 2012 award for 'Liveaboard of the Year' AND the Sport Diver 2013 'Best Liveaboard award!.

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The Itinerary...

Experience two of the finest areas in the Red Sea. A part of the marine park, the Brother Islands offer breath-taking underwater scenery, wall diving, wreck diving and an abundance of marine wildlife. The northern part of this itinerary will allow you to explore some of the best wrecks that the Red Sea has to offer.

An ideal itinerary for those wanting a taste of variety, allowing you to experience world famous wrecks and pristine reefs. Sample Itinerary...

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. -

Day 1 - Shaab El Erg, Abu Nuhas -

Day 2 - Abu Nuhas, Ulysses, Gobal Barge -

Day 3 - Rosalie Moller*, Thistlegorm - overnight sail to Brothers -

Day 4 - Big Brother -

Day 5 - Small Brother -

Day 6 - Panorama, Abu Hashish *PLEASE NOTE: The Egyptian Navy currently has a diving restriction on the Rosalie Moller, which can be lifted/reinforced at any time and therefore cannot be guaranteed on this itinerary.

Itinerary Highlights... SS. Thistlegorm - Shaab Ali Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.

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Abu Nuhas Also known as the 'Ships Graveyard', this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef. Ghiannus D - Abu Nuhas In 26m of water and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish. Carnatic - Abu Nuhas A British P&O steamer which struck the reef in 1869. She lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicoloured soft corals. The wreck is home to glass fish, octopus, morays, jacks and tuna cruise overhead. Big Brother Island A 400 metre long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 metres. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. Every section of this reef is covered with corals and life. Small Brother Island From its name, you can guess that it is a little smaller than Big Brother Island! It is surrounded by walls, covered in soft corals. The dives can be challenging, but are definitely rewarding. Sightings of large pelagics are very common and the beautiful Gorgonia Fan coral forest is an awe inspiring sight overhead. Small Crack This is a small split in the middle of Shaab Mahmoud's barrier. Drift along the outside wall next to beautiful corals and colourful fish. Look for a sand slope that leads you up and through the crack. When the current is right you can fly through the 5m deep channel and be thrown out across the sandy lagoon! Gubal Island At the gate of the Straits of Gubal is 'Bluff Point', which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the 'Ulysses' lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. 'The Barge' wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

£799 per person + £55 VISA Includes: Return flights LGW-HRG (Manchester flights available for a supplement), transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights. BOOK NOW! Please contact Richard Lafferty at Aquaholics on 02870 832584 or email info@aquaholics.co.uk for more information or to book on this Red Sea safari!