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Hello there...

I'm looking to go on holiday in the second/third week of September. Having thought about it a bit more, I thought I'd try a liveaboard - the true initiation?? I've never done one before and wanted a bit of advice before I hand over my hard earned cash.

I'm a relatively novice diver (around 55 dives), but very comfortable in the water. Having done a bit of research, I think southern Egypt is out as that requires a bit more experience (although I quite fancy it as I’ve never been) I really don't want to put myself in a situation where I'm struggling or holding other divers back through lack of experience. I like to enjoy my holidays - I get enough stress at work!!! :teeth:

I travel alone and am a keen photographer and would like to develop my skills - ideally, I'd like to be lucky and be paired by with a patient buddy / be on a boat where the guides are accommodating towards photographers or have the opportunity to dive slowly!!

My contingency plan is Marsa Shagra Eco Village where there is unlimited diving on the house reef... looks cool and will cost around the same... I'm a bit undecided at the mo...

Although I travel alone, I like to be social and hang out with others, hence why I thought about a liveaboard.

Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated.


Many thanks, MJ x
 

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I would recommend a Northern Red Sea Liveaboard which will probably tick most if not all your boxes.

Most of the dives have a bottom at 30m or so, so make for a slightly safer environment than the 1000m+ in the South. Although this itinerary includes wrecks as well as reefs the wrecks are pretty good ones with plenty of photo opportunities.

Although every successful company has their detractors, I would recommend a look at the Tony Backhurst trips Tony Backhurst Scuba, Specialists in Red Sea Liveaboards.

HTH
Mal

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I would recommend a Northern Red Sea Liveaboard which will probably tick most if not all your boxes.

Most of the dives have a bottom at 30m or so, so make for a slightly safer environment than the 1000m+ in the South. Although this itinerary includes wrecks as well as reefs the wrecks are pretty good ones with plenty of photo opportunities.

Although every successful company has their detractors, I would recommend a look at the Tony Backhurst trips Tony Backhurst Scuba, Specialists in Red Sea Liveaboards.

HTH
Mal

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I've heard nothing but praise for Tony Backhurst.

The Mrs and I are out in Sharm between the 11th-26th. We're diving with Emperor however we'll just be doing boat diving and not liveaboard*


*unless of course the hotel is crap then we'll go Liveaboard
 

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I would recommend a Northern Red Sea Liveaboard which will probably tick most if not all your boxes.

Most of the dives have a bottom at 30m or so, so make for a slightly safer environment than the 1000m+ in the South. Although this itinerary includes wrecks as well as reefs the wrecks are pretty good ones with plenty of photo opportunities.

Although every successful company has their detractors, I would recommend a look at the Tony Backhurst trips Tony Backhurst Scuba, Specialists in Red Sea Liveaboards.

HTH
Mal

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Seconded for Tony Backhurst, I have done 3 trips with them and they were all fantastic. you can chose from just doing reefs, wrecks and reef or just wrecks.

They don't have a problem with single divers as they will pair you up and if you find that you are different on air or anything else you can dive with other people.
 

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HI,
I have used Tony Blackhurst & agree with other posts in that the boats
crew guides are all spot on you will not be disappointed. Just one note
some of the liveboards your diving qualification has to be Padi ADOW
or similair. Hope you have a great time.
Andy
 

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I did southern itinerary with only 50 dives (this was supposed to be the minimum requirement), there were a few on the boat with less (one had half the required amount:eek: ). If you feel comfortable in the water, are AOW or above, then I can't see any reason not to at least talk to TBS about this possibility. As for being a photographer, there are bound to be others on the boat, some even run photographer only trips, so why not see if you can get on one of these, just think about how many tips you would pick up in a week!

Whatever you decide to do, I'm sure you will enjoy it!

HTH

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For the first time I am going to disagree with Mal, the northern itinerary is very focussed on wrecks and often they are fairly deep at around 30 m although very photogenic, in the south as most of the dives are reefs you have the choice of how deep you go, Yes the walls can have big drop offs but if that doesn't worry you then I'd go south, even the brothers and elphinstone can be dived very happily in the 10 to 20m zone and the light is better for photography at that depth. The deep south has the best coral I've ever seen around Zagarbad and Rocky and much of that is fairly shallow. Depends really whether wrecks turn you on (so to speak). I do think TB is a good organisation but Blue O2 has a good rep as well and lots of people rave about Grand Sea Serpent.
As for liveaboards in general, they are great, far better for a single person than shore based, particularly if you are female. Marsa Shagra sounds very good although I haven't been yet as each time i consider it a good deal comes up on a liveaboard. We found that if we just wanted to spend the whole dive on 1 six foot section of the reef then the guides were happy to let us do our thing, particularly as both my buddy and I had ponys.

Good luck whatever you decide, the whole of the Red Sea is great if you have never dived there before. Let us see the pics when you get back.
 

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For the first time I am going to disagree with Mal, the northern itinerary is very focussed on wrecks and often they are fairly deep at around 30 m although very photogenic
I will have to agree with Mal on this one ;)
I recently did a TB northern wrecks & reefs trip & although we did all the usual wrecks, we also did plenty of reefs.
Several on the boat were only OW qualified too with around 25 dives and it wasn't an issue. They dived with a guide & some did their deep dive/adventure diver/AOW/Nitrox qualifications as well.
If travelling alone this is definitely by far the best way to go.
 

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I've done it!!!

I've booked a week in September on MY Blue Horizon (Northern wrecks and reefs) - spent more than I should have but hope that it will pay off.

All reviews seem very positive about this charter.

Thanks for all the advice.

MJ
 

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Hello

Hello

Me and my partner stayed on MY Blue Fin liveaboard (the sister ship of MY Horizon). There were many singles and it made for a great holiday!! We also went on the Northern Wrecks and Reefs and saw everything we wanted to see. It was a great trip and you will have a great time!!

Sarah
 
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