AL THURAYA RED SEA
We really really love diving...
...but also to relax, enjoy, and not sleep through, all the surface time.
A dream of ours for a long time has been to create the same beautiful atmosphere as we have on our Sataya Retreats with a traditional diving Safari. But with a slightly more relaxed approach to the schedule. A program where we can give som room for all the beautiful conversations and relaxing with yoga, meditation and Reiki Healing.
Of course there is always room for an extra dive if you and your buddy feel like you just can't sit still if you don't get to breathe some more compressed air 😉.
We want to make your week as relaxing as we can, embracing the beautiful surroundings. Even if you are not in to yoga, just lying on to deck, listening to meditation music and letting your nervous system calm down. Doing some soft stretching and watching the amazing night sky is an amazing feeing. Or why not start the day with some mediation and breathing exercises to get your energy flowing.
And have you ever tried meditation before diving? If you are an instructor or dive master this can also be beautiful tools to pass on to your students when they feel anxious.
So what about the diving?
Our itinerary for the week is:
Marsa Alam - Daedelus - Sataya - Fury Shoels - Elphinstone - Marsa Alam
We have planned to have som action and we hope to be lucky with the sharks, but also some relaxing dives in one of the most beautiful dive sites in the Red Sea. We will stay one night in Sataya, to get a chance to swim with the amazing spinner dolphins.
Most of the dives on Daedalus are drift dives along amazing deep walls covered by beautiful coral. Here you can see various species of oceanic sharks like the curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Schooling Hammerhead, Manta Rayes as well as Grey Reef Sharks and even the very rare Depth: Deep diving, 25-40m Current: Strong. Minimum amount of dive you need to dive here is 30 logged dive.
Sha’ab Abu Hamra is one of the world’s most famous diving dive spots (op 10 dive sites of the world) and really exciting because of the location in the open sea and the current one of the more challenging ones. It has an amazing 700 m long reef wall with plateaus in the middle of the sea. The wall is covered with hard and soft corals and is famous for any kind of big fish (yes...sharks). Most divers visit here, not only for the action but for the sharks. Reef sharks, Hammerheads, Longimanus. It is also a view point for Manta, tuna, Napoleon and barracudas.
Depth : 0-40 m
Level: Not for beginners, minimum 50 logged dives and Advanced Open Water Diver certification
Dive Sites of Fury Shoals
Fury Shoals is famous for unspoiled and beautiful reefs with big table corals and colorful soft corals. The huge hard coral formations makes you feel like you have entered another planet. Anemones, Napoleon, Octopus, White Tip Reef Sharks, Barracudas, Giant Trevallies, Tuna and Dolphins are common among the wildlife and if we are lucky we get a visit by a Whale Sharks from time to time.
Sha'ab Caudia is a small reef with amazing swim-throughs. Conditions are usually good here and make for easy diving. Maximum depth of around 25m
Abu Galawa Soraya is a doughnut shaped reef with an amazing coral garden located in the middle. This is a great place to go critter hunting looking for Nudibranchs, Shrimp, Scorpionfish and Octopus. Once you venture outside of the coral garden keep and eye out for larger marine life like turtles and white tip reef sharks. Marie's absolute favorite dive spot in the south (or in the whole world she say ;) ) is Abu Galawa Kebir. A small Chinese tug boat is located here covered with corals. She say it looks like an aquarium boat. You can swim in to it if you like. Marin life you can find here is turtles, rays and octopus. Maybe begin with the wreck and ending up with some great swim-throughs at the end.
Sha'ab Sataya or Sataya Dolphin Reef is a beautiful under water lagoon and the playground for large pod of spinner dolphins. They are very curious and happy to play with us. Al Thuraya is very passionate about approaching them with gentleness and respect and we don't chase them. We try to feel their energy and mood and only go in the water when we feel like they are inviting us in.
Sataya is one of the best destinations not only for snorkeling but also explore the underwater by diving. You will have the chance to explore cavens, tunnels, coral gardens and even amazing drop-offs. The marine life in Sataya reef is excellent with schooling fishes of all types. Shark season has started and we hope we can go down and enjoy these amazing animals.
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The itinerary are subject to change at any time without prior notice due to weather conditions.
Sunset meditation/wake up yogaBreakfastMove back to Hurghada and Check out.
3 guided dives a day.
All-inclusive 7-night accommodation on the yacht
Three buffet meals a day (Tasty buffet of international and Egyptian
cuisine) and snacks between.
Healthy fresh squeezed juices every day from the seasonal fruits.
(The Mango in Egypt is heavenly in the summer)
Unlimited water, tea, coffee and soft drinks.
3 Guided dives per day
National Park Fees
Reiki Healing with Marie.
Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
One-on-one introduction to free-diving in Sataya
A goodiebag from the Al Thuraya team.
Experienced crew will give you a warm welcome ;)
What's not included:
Flight to and from Marsa Alam/Hurghada
Travel Visa (€28 euro cash can be bought on the airport in Egypt)
Tip for the crew (approximately €50 for the week)
Rental gear for scuba diving
Extra transfer cost and personal expenses outside our retreat.
Additional services for private booking on this week: