Red Sea liveaboard M.Y VIP One Diving
The reefs and wrecks of the Northern Red Sea are spectacular, during your week upon VIP One we will help you to explore as much of it as possible.
Our highly accomplished onboard guides have the in-depth knowledge of the area only attained by years of experience and a genuine interest in the marine environment. Our guides are primarily there for your safety but they are also there to ensure that you receive a first class service and have an outstanding week’s diving. Take advantage of our full nitrox facilities and maximize your allowed bottom times on some of the worlds best wreck dives. If you have yet to gain your nitrox qualification then our PADI certified instructor will be more than happy to run the course whilst at sea.
Our excellent facilities extend to re-breather divers and we have the facility to fill tanks with 100% O2. Inspiration 3lt tanks are also available for hire and will help save valuable kilo’s off your limited baggage allowance.
Divers looking at extending their diving education can take a whole host of specialty courses whilst enjoying the luxury surroundings of VIP One.
Our highly accomplished onboard guides have the in-depth knowledge of the area only attained by years of experience and a genuine interest in the marine environment. Our guides are primarily there for your safety but they are also there to ensure that you receive a first class service and have an outstanding week’s diving.
Northern Red Sea
The crystal clear blue waters of the area cover some of the Red Sea’s greatest treasures with soft coral encrusted reefs peppered with colourful fish and historical shipwrecks shrouded in mystery and intrigue. From the Straits of Gubal; gateway to Suez, right up to the Island of Tiran; the reefs of this area are as rich in historical significance as they are in natural beauty.
Besides the famous wrecks and reefs the area boasts enormous schools of pelagic fish and chances of an encounter with some of the solitary larger fish. This area also offers one of the best opportunities of encountering and diving with dolphins in the wild.
With over one thousand different species of fish, hundreds of varieties of both hard and soft corals and the thousands of reef dwelling invertebrates, the Red Sea is one of the world’s most outstanding diving destinations.
The selected sites offer something too excite every diver; with sheer drop-offs, meadows of sea grass, towering pinnacles, coral encrusted wrecks, pelagic encounters and tiny critters, whatever your diving preference, the Red Sea delivers.
Red Sea Wrecks
Discovered during one of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s first expeditions aboard the Calypso during early months of 1956, the S.S.Thistlegorm was bombed and sunk by the Germans on the night of October 5th 1941.
The ill fated warship sank with its cargo full of war supplies and divers are now able to swim around tanks, jeeps, motorcycles and guns (to list a fraction of the items of interest). Lying to the North West of Ras Mohamed at a depth of 17 – 35metres the SS Thistlegorm has become one of the most sought after wreck dives in the entire world.
The wreck of this British Steam Ship sits on the Southern edge of Sha’ab Mahmoud, known locally as Beacon Rock as because of the presence of the South Cardinal beacon.
The Dunraven was built in 1873 in Newcastle and was on its way to Bombay when it hit the reef in 1876. Sinking to a depth of 30 metres she sank right next to the reef wall and lies upside down, broken into two sections. Prior to sinking the ship caught on fire and destroyed its cargo of cotton and timber. The origin of this 85 metre long, 10 metre wide ship was the cause of a great speculation amongst divers and historians, be sure to listen to your expert guide as they reveal the secrets of the Dunraven.
Carnatic, Giannis D., Chrisoula K.
The Carnatic sank in 1879 and has almost become a reef in itself. It’s a popular site, along with the nearby wrecks of two Greek cargo ships, the Giannis D. and the Chrisoula K. which both sank in the early 1980s. The three wrecks are about 1 hour 30 minutes by boat from the Southern point of Ras Mohamed.