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TRIP OVERVIEW

8 days
Liveaboard
4km/day
Moderate

Trip Dates

2022
19 Nov - 26 Nov, 2022
Full
26 Nov - 03 Dec, 2022
Full
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Tour Highlights

  • Discover the breathtaking underwater world of Egypt's world-famous Red Sea

  • Complete a stunning collection of coastal and reef swims over the course of your trip

  • Enjoy the spectacular underwater vistas and be amazed by the sheer quantity of marine life that exists in this corner of the world

  • Stay on-board a spacious motorised yacht for the duration of your trip, complete with a large deck area to relax between swims

Discover the remote islands, colourful reefs and abundant marine life of Egypt’s breathtaking Red Sea on this spectacular liveaboard swimming holiday. Based onboard a liveaboard motor yacht, this trip gives you the chance to explore some of the Red Sea’s most remote and isolated destinations from a truly unique perspective.

The Egyptian Red Sea is a world-renowned open water destination which is located just a short flight from Europe’s main international airports. Offering outstanding water clarity, year-round sunshine and an incredible variety of marine life, it is the perfect location to discover the magic that lives beneath the water’s surface.

The Red Sea is defined by the sheer volume of colourful coral and marine life which exists around the islands and reefs that make up this corner of the world. Divers and snorkelers from across the globe have long travelled to this region to take in more than 200 types of hard and soft coral and a stunning range of fish species, sponges and crustaceans. Combining this marine life with the spectacular underwater vistas, which include caves, drop-offs and the possibility of swimming over one of the Red Sea’s countless shipwrecks, makes this a unique and unforgettable swimming destination.

On top of the organised swims which are included in the trip itinerary, there is also plenty of time to take part in additional activities, such as snorkelling and scuba diving, over the course of the trip.


Group Bookings Only

For 2023, we are only accepting bespoke group bookings for Red Sea Liveaboard in Egypt

A group booking can be as small as 8 and as big as 16 swimmers (The trip prices will depend on the number within the group). If you are interested, please send a quick email to the team on groups@swimtrek.com with potential dates and the number of swimmers interested and SwimTrek will do the rest!


Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for swimmers who enjoy exploring islands, reefs and marine life and are looking for a little spring or winter sunshine.

Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and should be capable of completing the average swim distance of 2½km, prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 5km (split over a minimum of two swims).

We have given this trip a Moderate grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.


What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Egypt
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Seven nights' accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Meet and greet at the airport with transfer to our boat (for guests arriving on Day 1 only)
  • $US30 visa fee (for guests arriving on Day 1 only)
  • Transfer back to the airport on Day 8
  • Full ABTOT Financial Protection

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Alcoholic drinks which can be purchased on board our boat
  • Optional tipping for onboard crew

  • Snorkelling and diving (equipment hire at extra cost)



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Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Sindbad Hotel Marina

Start Time: 18:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Sindbad Hotel Marina

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 8

Day 1

Upon arrival at Hurghada International Airport, you will be met by one of our local representatives who will assist you through the immigration process before transferring you to your home for the week on board our motor yacht. If you are arriving in Egypt early, you can meet your SwimTrek group on the boat, which is conveniently moored at the Sindbad Hotel Marina , at 18:00. Once everyone is on board, we hold a welcome meeting and safety briefing in which we will outline our plans for the week ahead. Afterwards, we sit down to our first group dinner, which will be prepared by our very own onboard chef.

Day 2

For our first swim we head to Sha’ab el Erg, a horseshoe shaped reef, with plenty of sea life including blue spotted rays and Napoleon wrasse. We carry out a swim along the reef’s drop off. This is a fantastic first swim of the week.

After lunch on board, we head to Sha’ab Onghosh Reef, which is one of the reefs that surround Shadwan Island. The island is situated near a geological fault line which was at the epicentre of the 1969 earthquake which reshaped the islands and surrounding reefs. We carry out a shallow reef swim which offers varied underwater flora and fauna.

Day 3

The Siyul Islands, where we spend our morning, feature some of the most remote swimming locations that you will experience on this trip. Blue spotted rays and turtles can often be seen in this area. With currents often assisting with this reef swim, you’ll be free to leisurely swim along whilst marvelling at the flora and fauna below.

The afternoon swim is along the coast of Small Gubal island with its tall lighthouse, a constant marker during our journey. The combination of desert sands fringed with turquoise reef make for a swim of contrasts. The drop off here falls away sharply adding to the sense of remoteness.

After the day’s swimming we anchor just off the neighbouring Big Gubal Island, where the striking peak of Shadwan Island dominates the view.

Day 4

This morning we swim directly from the anchorage and follow the reef anti-clockwise around the southern section of Big Gubal Island. Our destination is the wreck of the British steamship Ulysses which sank in 1887. This swim features a multitude of Red Sea fish, such as antheas, bannerfish and hoards of butterflyfish which drift along. The coral reef here is also impressive with layer upon layer of stone corals, acropora table coral and raspberry coral.

Once everyone is on board, we head across the Straits of Gubal towards the Sinai Peninsula. Once we are anchored up, we have lunch followed by time to rest and relax. Later in the afternoon, we have the opportunity to swim around the barely submerged reef at Shag Rock. The wreck of the Sarah H is a bonus for swimmers as it sits just beneath the water’s surface. Dolphins are also known to proliferate in this area.

Day 5

This morning features one of the trip’s longest swims as we swim from the lighthouse at Beacon Rock down the reef of the same name to a naturally occurring crack which splits this reef into two. It’s an excellent swim location offering dense and diverse coral growth and a host of reef fish species. Both stony and soft corals abound in this area, while the wreck of the SS Dunraven, which sank in 1876, lies on the seafloor beneath us.

After the morning’s swim we head closer to the Sinai Peninsula and moor up at the unique site of the 7 Pinnacles, which are seven near perfectly circular reef heads. It’s a unique swim for SwimTrek as instead of island hopping, we actually reef hop between all of these miniature reefs. The swim is an interesting test of navigation for the swimmer but well worth it as each reef head is different from the last.

Day 6

After an early morning sail, we arrive at the Ras Mohammed National Park. The waters here are considered the jewel in the crown of the Red Sea. The National Park is characterised by vertical overhangs of over 100m deep. Yolanda Reef and Eel Gardens offer exceptional coastal swims, while most, if not all, of the Red Sea’s 1,000 species of fish can be seen in the park’s waters, including sought-after pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks.

Following lunch on board the boat, we go back across the Gulf of Gubal and arrive at Sha’ab Abu Nuhas; a triangular reef which sits northwest of Shadwan Island. The reef contains at least seven shipwrecks, some of which you can see from the surface, making it an ideal location for swimmers. This swim features a number of swim throughs as well.

Day 7

Today we swim in the western section of Sha’ab el Erg Reef. There is an abundance of marine fauna to view around these islands including wonderful fan corals.

After lunch, you have a chance to relax on board our yacht as we head to the isolated Sha’ab Rur um Gamar reef, formed by an underwater mountain. On the reef’s south-eastern side, there is a very steep wall where Eagle Rays are known to congregate. You may be lucky enough to come across coral heads and giant clams. Once all are onboard, we head back by boat towards the African mainland and our finish point in Hurghada. As we are moored in the local Marina, there is an opportunity to head ashore in the evening if you wish.

Day 8

After our final breakfast on board the yacht, we all say our goodbyes at the end of an unforgettable SwimTrek adventure. Disembarking the vessel, you can transfer onto Hurghada Airport or a local hotel.

Location Summary

Ras Mohammed National Park

Situated at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed literally means ‘Mohammed’s Head, and it is said that the name derives from the side view of the headland’s cliff, which resembles the features of Prophet Mohammed, who was believed to have visited the area in the 7th century. Its location at the juncture of the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba, has resulted in a spectacular array of diverse coral reefs, impressive sea walls and abundant marine life.

Strait of Gubal

This body of water separates the mainland part of northern Egypt from the Sinai Peninsula. Known for its beautiful islands and colourful reefs, the shallow strait is also home to some of the Red Sea’s most famous shipwrecks, which are often visible from the water’s surface.

Hurghada

Hurghada is our starting and finishing point for this trip and benefits from excellent transport links to a wide range of international destinations. It is ideally located close to some of the best swimming spots in the Red Sea, which helps to limit travel time at the start and end of your trip.

Trip Grading

We have given this trip a 'Moderate' grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.

Swimming Distances

Swim* Distance
Sha’ab el Erg - Dolphin Reef 2½ km
Sha’ab Onghosh 2 km
Siyul Island Coastal 2 km
Small Gubal Island 3 km
Big Gubal-Ulysses 2½ km
Shag Rock (Ras Mohamed) 1½ km
Beacon Rock Lighthouse 4 km
7 Pinnacles 1½ km
Yolanda Reef (Ras Mohamed) 3 km
Sha’ab Abu Nuhas 2 km
Sha’ab el Erg West 2 km
Sha’ab Rur um Gamar 2 km

*Please note that these swims are an example of what may take place during the course of your trip and should be used as a guide only. Actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions.

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience but you need to be aware that marine life is abundant in the coral waters of the Red Sea. Stonefish, scorpionfish, rays, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however, if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
April 22-24˚C /70-75˚F 23-25˚C / 73-77˚F
May 23-26˚C /73-79˚F 29-33˚C / 84-91˚F
November 23-28˚C / 75-82˚F 24-27˚C / 77-82˚F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only. The water temperatures in early March can feel colder than indicated due to the mixing of thermoclines and water, which reduces the surface water temperature. The Red Sea has a dry desert climate and is rarely humid.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Trip Information

Group Size

This trip has a maximum group size of 16. The trip will be split into a maximum of two groups based on speed, each of which is accompanied by own safety support vessel/escort.

Boat Support

Boat support on this trip includes two inflatable boats piloted by your SwimTrek guides and local boat crew. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Extra Activities

Throughout the course of your trip, you will have the opportunity to snorkel and/or take part in an introductory or a standard dive from our yacht, before or after our organised daily swims. Participation in these activities is optional and does not need to be booked in advance. However, if you are interested in participating in the following activities, we would require information prior to the trip, in order to reserve your equipment.

  • Snorkelling
  • Discover Scuba Dive (DSD)
  • Standard Diving for qualified

Equipment hire for standard dives is available (prices are indicative):

  • Mask, Snorkel and fins: €35 per week
  • Dive Suit: €35 per week
  • BCD: €35 per week
  • Regulator: €35 per week
  • Dive Computer: €35 per week
  • Surface marker buoy: €10 per week

To reserve your equipment, please contact our customer team with your EU shoe size (if snorkelling or diving) and Jacket size (S/M/L/XL) - (if diving), at least 28 days before departure via info@swimtrek.com.

If you intend to participate in scuba diving (other than the Discover Scuba Dive), you must be a qualified diver in possession of a dive certification card and logbook.

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Sweater / Fleece
Swimming Goggles (x2)* Aqua Shoes / Sandals
Sun Hat and Sunglasses Rash Vest / Swim Leggings
Waterproof Sun Cream (Factor 30+) Wetsuit (Optional)
Towel** Personal Drink Bottle (x2)

For more information, please visit our Packing List page on the website.

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

**A towel will be provided on board, however, please do feel free to bring your own along if preferred.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats, water and electrolyte drinks. The guides will no longer distribute shared drinks bottles, but rather will fill up each individual guest’s personal drink bottle. Please ensure these are clearly marked to help our guides identify yours. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest, snorkel or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

A wetsuit is an optional piece of equipment that you may like to bring with you. Due to the stronger wind chill experienced in this area and that swims may be broken up to enjoy diving down to the underwater views, a wetsuit can help keep you warm when you are moving less. Additionally, if you would like to use a rash vest or swim leggings for your wind chill and sun protection, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Sun Care

The Red Sea has a dry desert climate and the sun can be extremely strong, so please ensure you take the necessary steps to ensure you are well protected. High factor, waterproof sun cream, long sleeved clothing and rash vests, leggings, sunglasses and a good sun hat are all strongly recommended.

Getting There

Our liveaboard boat sails from Hurghada Sindbad Hotel Marina . Direct flights into Hurghada are available from various European destinations. If you are travelling from outside Europe, a connecting flight may be required in order to reach Hurghada.

Transfer from Hurghada Airport/Local Hotel to Sindbad Hotel Marina

Transfers from either Hurghada Airport or a local hotel to Hurghada Sindbad Hotel Marina . on Day 1 of your trip are included in the trip price for all guests. Guests who arrive in Hurghada on Day 1 of the trip will be transferred by one of our local representatives directly to Hurghada Sindbad Hotel Marina where our boat will be moored. If you arrive at the marina prior to the trip start time of 18:00 please contact so we can inform the crew and they will be aware that once the boat is ready you may wish them to store baggage

For guests who arrive in Hurghada prior to Day 1, you will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to Hurghada Sindbad Hotel Marina . on Day 1 of your trip. The exact time of your transfer will be emailed to you 24-48 hours prior to Day 1.

If you arrive prior to Day 1 of your SwimTrek trip, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements to your accommodation. Some hotels may offer airport transfers, so we recommend that you enquire about this when making your booking. If a transfer service is not offered from your hotel, taxis are readily available at the airport at all times.

IMPORTANT: All guests must provide the SwimTrek office with their arrival details, including flight number and arrival time, as well as any pre-trip accommodation plans, at least five weeks prior to the start of their trip, so that we can arrange the necessary transfers.

Return Transfers

Return transfers from Hurghada Sindbad Hotel Marina to the airport or a local hotel are also included in the trip price. Please note that these transfers are available on the morning of Day 8 of your trip and will be arranged in location in order to group guests together, where applicable.

Accommodation

Our accommodation over the course of our trips taken in April and November 2022 is aboard M/Y Charlotte.

M/Y Charlotte's salon on the main deck is air conditioned and includes the dining area with room for 24 guests. The salon also has the coffee bar and fridges with drinks and a large TV with sound system. All cabins are air conditioned and en-suite with shower and toilet. Egyptian cotton towels, sheets and pillowcases. Cabins have LED down lighters and power socket with USB charge point. Cabins are on the lower deck and another 4 on the upper deck. Also, on the Upper deck is one of the main sun decks with cushion seating and bean bags, here there is also a cold-water dispenser and large soft drink/beer fridge.

All cabins are offered on a twin/double or single occupancy basis. The limited number of single supplement rooms can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

*Please note sleeping at sea is an entirely different experience to dry land as lapping waves may affect sleeping patterns. Most people will adjust quite quickly but we would advise light-sleepers to bring earbuds.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

If you would like to book additional nights’ hotel accommodation at the start or end of your trip, please contact our partners in Hurghada, directly via email at mailto:info@redsealiveaboard.com.

Food and Drink

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on your trip are included as part of your package and are prepared on board by our very own chef.

Mineral water, tea, coffee and soft drinks are also included in your holiday price. There is a bar onboard with alcoholic drinks (beer and wine) charged locally at the end of your trip. Selection and brands will not be as wide as you might wish so if you have a special request to stock a particular drink please note this within your booking.

For our gluten-free guests, our onboard chefs are open to preparing gluten-free dishes. We would recommend you bring gluten free pasta and flour to be prepared onboard, as it cannot be guaranteed that such products are available in Hurghada all year round.

For more information, please visit our food and drink page on the website.

Travel Advice

For more information on any of the following sections please visit the Travel Advice page of our website.

Money, Extra Expenses and Tipping

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as meals, entertainment and souvenirs whilst ashore prior to and after your SwimTrek trip. The local currency is the Egyptian Pound, however, Euros and US dollars are also widely accepted. Onboard extras, including alcohol, can be paid for with cash or credit card at the end of your trip. Please note that additional charges apply for credit card transactions. In some countries, tipping (gratuities) is not part of the culture - in others it has become an expected norm. We believe that tipping is done entirely at your own discretion. If you have been provided with excellent it may be something you wish to do. Your SwimTrek Guides can advise on local norms for service providers like boat crew, waiters or taxis. Nothing is expected for your SwimTrek Guides but many groups like to present something to the Guides at the end of the trip.

Responsible Travel

SwimTrek is conscious of the importance of protecting the world’s natural wonders. We are acutely aware of our responsibility to not only take care of the natural environments which we are lucky enough to explore, but also to educate our guests about the importance of conservation efforts and responsible tourism. It’s for this reason that we have worked so closely with our partners to ensure that our trips are conducted in the most responsible and sustainable way possible, working tirelessly to minimise the impact of our presence on local marine life and the natural habitat.

For more information, please visit our Responsible Travel page on the website.

Passports and Visas

Non-residents of Egypt require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay.

Guests who arrive on Day 1 of the trip will be met by one of our local representatives who will assist you through the immigration process. Please note that the US$25 visa fee is included in trip price for guests who arrive on Day 1 only and will be arranged by our local representative.

If you arrive prior to Day 1 of your SwimTrek trip, you will need to make your own arrival arrangements, including purchasing a tourist visa (if available on arrival for your nationality) for $US25 from one of the kiosks which are located prior to passing through immigration.

Visitors from the vast majority of countries require a visa to enter Egypt. A single-entry 30-day tourist visa can be purchased at the airport for all eligible passport holders.

Citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa upon arrival at any of the Egyptian ports of entry: All EU member states, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.

If your country is not listed above, please contact your local Egyptian Embassy or Consulate in order to enquire about the applicable visa requirements.

Please note that all visa regulations are subject to change, and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Travel Insurance

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance which includes, but is not limited to, cover for illness, accident, emergency repatriation, ambulance, air ambulance, helicopter rescue services, cancellation, lost luggage and delays. Your travel insurance should also cover you for open water swimming and any other activity listed in your trip itinerary (including races and competitions, where applicable). Please read your policy details carefully and remember to take them with you on your trip for your own reference. For further information, please visit our Travel Insurance page on the website.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

Here at SwimTrek we pride ourselves on our focus on safety and the well-being of all our guests. As we operate in some beautiful and remote locations medical facilities are not always easily accessible. SwimTrek Guides, and many staff working for our local partners, are first aid trained. However we ask that you read our Travel Health page to ensure that you are informed about general Travel and Swim Health precautions.

Internet Access, Electricity and Travel Plugs

Should you need access to the internet during your trip, please ensure that you get your phone unlocked before your trip (or bring your own personal dongle). You can then purchase a SIM card from a phone company booth in the airport on your arrival. If you purchase an Egyptian SIM card with a data plan, you should then be able to access the internet during the trip, subject to data coverage and data allowance limits. Please note that phone service can be limited whilst on the trip and cannot always be guaranteed.

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit: worldstandards.eu.

  • Easily one of the best holiday experiences I've had - by day six after swimming a little over 4km per day in perfect conditions, I felt amazing! Thanks so much for a wonderful trip.

    Alex D, UK - 2019
  • The week swimming on the Red Sea with a wonderful group is a lifetime highlight.

    Charles H, New Zealand - 2019
  • You'll see more fish in the sea than stars in the sky!

    Alexis G, Canada - 2019
  • Wow. Just wow. I have toured, cycled, trekked, dived, surfed, kitesurfed and swum all over the world for many years and I can tell you that I have never felt so safe or enjoyed myself so much as when I was under the care of your amazing guides, Susan and Kelly. Not only were they a joy to be with, but the level and combination of professionalism, knowledge and warmth that they both displayed constantly throughout the trip were something I've never come across in such abundance. As individuals, they are simply exceptional and a gift to your organisation, but everyone in our group agreed that together, they are greater than the sum of their parts. My only concern is that the bar has been set too high for any future adventures and I know that I speak for all 16 members of our group when I say that we already miss Susan and Kelly very much and would dearly love to see them on the Swim Trek trips that we'll inevitably end up booking soon.

    Edmund L, UK - 2019
  • Swimtrek always deliver on great swims, in interesting locations with an absolute focus on fun and safety.

    Martin, T. UK -2018
  • Swimming with dolphins was truly magical.

    Tracey, H. UK - 2018
  • An amazing week on a boat: A stunning location, fantastic swims, dolphin and turtle encounters and a great bunch of fellow travellers, guides and boat crew.

    Anett, J. UK -2018
  • As always, wonderful combination of beautiful location, swimming and great fellow swimmers.

    Andreas, F. Ger- 2018
  • Glorious, would highly recommend!

    Carrie, B. UK- 2018

Book with Confidence
Our new flexible booking conditions include a 7-day refund guarantee and free trip changes.
Terms and Conditions apply.

Group Bookings Only

For 2023, we are only accepting bespoke group bookings for Red Sea Liveaboard in Egypt

A group booking can be as small as 8 and as big as 16 swimmers (The trip prices will depend on the number within the group). If you are interested, please send a quick email to the team on groups@swimtrek.com with potential dates and the number of swimmers interested and SwimTrek will do the rest!