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This itinerary focuses on the stunning reefs of St. Johns and Fury Shoal. On this safari divers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of truly unique dive sites home to some very interesting and unusual reef formations.

QUALIFICATION NEEDED: You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to join this safari.

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Common sightings: Large fish and plentiful marine life
Reefs: Deep drop-offs and stunning reef systems
Wrecks: Limited - two small wrecks in Fury Shoal
Night dives: Normally three or four during the week but not guaranteed
Experience required: Suitable for all divers
Amount of travelling: Normally two overnight sailings

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Sample Itinerary:

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.

This itinerary departs and returns to Port Ghalib. Please note that ports are subject to change.

Day 1 - Visit a dive site local to Port Ghalib for a check dive before heading south for your afternoon dive on the way to St Johns.

Days 2 - St Johns

Day 3 - Morning in St Johns before traveling north to dive in the area of Cave Reef before continuing towards Fury Shoal.

Day 4 - A relaxing day of alluring reef diving in Fury Shoal.

Day 5 - Travel north from Fury Shoal taking in the beautiful dive sites of the Wadi Gamal area.

Day 6 - After an early morning dive at Elphinstone, enjoy a relaxed dive local to Port Ghalib allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

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Itinerary Highlights:

St. Johns
Located on the Tropic of Cancer, this chain of reefs boasts stunning dive sites, most of which are very close to each other allowing you to move quickly and easily from one place to another. This adds a lot of variety to your dives; drop-offs, tunnels and stunning hard-coral formations. One of these dives (St John's Caves or Umm Kharalim) is truly unique and is a photographer's heaven with rays of light filtering through into the beautiful tunnels. The reef formation is not the only thing that will stun you at St John's; the marine life and colours of the soft corals are some of the best in the Red Sea. With any luck, dolphins or pelagics will join you on your dives and St John's will forever have a place in your heart.

Fury Shoal
This large cluster of reefs offers unforgettable and easy dives. From the northern site of Small Abu Galawa to its most-southern site of Sataya, Fury Shoal can prove to be surprising and diverse. Each dive site has its particularity: from dolphins, to stunning hard coral formations and not forgetting the two little wrecks "Tug Boat" and the "Yacht".

Elphinstone Reef
A Red Sea legend; a finger shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals, unpredictable and exciting this truly is an awesome reef where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn.

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Private Guides:

If you are not too comfortable diving independently in a buddy team, or this will be your first liveaboard and you're not a super-experienced diver; why not give yourself peace of mind and book an expert blue o two private guide for the trip? They will be there every step of the way to make sure you get the best out of your diving!

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See how these beautiful dive sites come to life at night by completing your PADI Night Diver speciality course onboard. Or why not make lasting memories of your trip by doing your PADI Digital Underwater Photographer speciality course? Contact our expert travel team today for more information.

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Thanks to Dray Van Beeck for providing the featured underwater images.

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