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Itinerary: Best of the northern wrecks and Brothers
Date: 25th May - 1st June 2012
Aboard: M/Y blue Melody

£949 per person - incl. flights from LGW or MAN
£35 per person marine park fees (North & Brothers).
Includes: Return flights LGW-HRG or MAN-HRG (no flights
extra charges, Egyptian visa, internal transfers, 7 nights full
board accommodation on vessel, 6 days diving, single 12lt
cylinder, weights, tea/coffee /water/soft drinks.

Call Liz at Blue o Two direct on 01752 480808 quoting reference
BALSAC 6606 to book straight on to this fantastic Red Sea safari!
A £300 deposit secures your place.

Blue O Two is ATOL Protected and their ATOL number is 6589.

This Itinerary is a unique to BALSAC who are running this trip

BALSAC are a non-profit organisation that runs non-profit dive
trips. BALSAC are based in Chesterfield and have
secured an extremely good price for this trip. This is based
upon the fact that the significant group discount that BALSAC
have achieved, has been shared equally amongst all the
divers. This is in accordance with the ‘BALSAC philosophy’ – there
are no free travellers on any BALSAC trip and everybody pays
exactly the same price. This has ensured that we get the best
possible price for everybody on the trip. BALSAC has been running
these trips since 2001. Details at : index

Itinerary Dive Site 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.

Rosalie Moller
Lying on a sandy, muddy bottom the Rosalie Moller has
her bow down into the sand, port anchor up and starboard
down. Her forepeak, complete with winch gears and
deckhouses, can be easily explored. The bridge is alive
with glass fish and it is easy to swim from room to room
or down the corridors. A truly fantastic wreck to explore.

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.

Giannus 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.

Tile Wreck – Abu Nuhas
There is much discussion over the true identity of this
wreck. Sunk in 1978 fully laden with stone floor tiles, she
now lies from 4m to 30m.

Lentil Wreck – Abu Nuhas
A cargo vessel which sank in 1978 whilst carrying a heavy
load of lentils. She rests at 30m on her starboard side.
The bow area is completely destroyed but the main
section and propeller areas are good to explore.

Big Brother
A 400m long island offering fabulous wreck diving and
wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern
tip between 10m and 80m. The north-west side of the
island houses the wreck of the Aida. Every section of this
reef is covered with corals and life.

Little Brother
Boasts a very high concentration of life within a very small
area. Fan coral forests, overhangs, hard and soft corals in
a variety of astonishing colours… and of course there are
plenty of fish! With regular sightings of hammerheads,
thresher sharks, grey sharks and white tip reef sharks, at
the right time of year.

All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be
guaranteed.
 

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Had a look on the Blue O Two site the full price for this trip is £1149 making it (£949 + £35) £165 cheaper by my reckoning, there is no difference to the itinerary that I can see. There is a note on the saying:-

"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. (06/02/12)"

Which I read as, forget diving the Rosalie Moller one of the attractions for me having never dived it.
 

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For us it is unique as we have never done the Northern wrecks and The Brothers in one trip. It is usually one or the other.
 

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Thanks for this.

We are based in the North of England and Flight supplements are normally added when flying from Manchester. There are no flight supplements on this trip if you fly from Manchester.

There is the intention to dive the Rosalie Moller on this trip and in past trips we have always managed it. Every effort will be made to dive it again on this trip.
 

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I've been on 8 blue o 2 trips now with balsac they are excellent, I also organised one and confirm every bit if discount gets distributed to all who go.
 
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