red sea expedition 2022

28. April - 05. May, marsa alam

Brothers - daedalus - elphinstone 

The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between the continents of Africa and Asia. The Red Sea is renowned for its abundant and colourful coral reefs and remote seamounts that attract large marine megafauna, such as sharks. The Red Sea Expedition will be the first shark and ray expedition and it will be a week combined of extraordinary diving, lectures, and citizen science. We will sail the National Park Route consisting of the seamounts Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone Reef. During this time of the year - with waters not yet as hot as in summer - we expect to see gray reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos), Oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus), schooling scalloped hammerheads (Shpyrna lewini), and whitetip reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus), although sightings can not be guaranteed.

 

We want our participants not only to dive, instead we want to teach our participants about sharks and rays, the local research and conservation measures, and about the potential threats these marine predators face. To do so, this expedition will be conducted in a collaboration with the Red Sea Sharks foundation, the Dolphin Watch Alliance, and the Red Sea Project. During this expedition, participants will be encouraged to take underwater pictures and upload them on databases for scientific research projects of the abovementioned foundations. Above all, we want to play an active role in scientific research projects in this area. 

This expedition includes

  • Daily diving (2-3 dives per day).

  • Daily lectures on sharks and rays (e.g., biology, ecology, conservation, threats).

  • Lectures by local researchers and conservationists talking about their work in the Red Sea.

  • Together with a local NGO, participants will act as marine citizen scientists. Each participant will be encouraged to take ID pictures and learn how to upload them on various data bases.

Requirements

  • Advanced diving certificate or a minimum of 50 dives (seamounts are in depths of 30 meters where strong currents are common).

  • Diving insurance (e.g., DAN insurance).

  • The last dive shouldn't be longer than 1 year ago.

  • The expected water temperature during this time of the year vary between 23 - 25 Grad Celsius. It is therefore recommended to bring a 7 mm wetsuit (or at least a 5mm wetsuit). 

  • Each participant needs to bring his/her own dive equipment. Equipment can be rented directly in Egypt, or though our partners at the dive shop TSK in Zurich or Bern, Switzerland.

Our boat

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M/Y Firebird

 

Year: 2003                                    

Length: 32m

Breadth: 8m                             

Draught: 2m

Cabines (bunk bed): 7

Cabine (queensize): 1

Sun decks: 3

The costs for the expedition are as follows

Included in the price are

  • Double/shared room

  • Food, drinks (tea, coffee, non-alcoholic drinks)

  • 3 dives per day

  • 2 dives on the first and last day

  • Nitrox, diving weight and tanks

  • Transfer (airport - harbour, harbour- airport)

  • Obligatory BDE - National park fee & port fee (190 CHF per Person)

  • Entry visa for Egypt upon arrival (30 CHF per person)

  • Booking Fee (60 CHF per person)

 

Not included in the price are 

  • Return flights to Marsa Alam*

  • Alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, spirits) & soft drinks need to be paid on board

  • Recommended tips for the crew (50 - 70 Euro)

  • Travel insurance** 

A first payment of 500 CHF is non-refundable. The remaining 1200 CHF need to be paid two months ahead of the expedition (February 2022). 

*Flights can be booked via our partners at Dive and Travel or can be booked individually. 

**Travel insurances can be booked via our partners at Dive and Travel, or can be booked individually. 

Costs per participant (max. 14 ppl.) 

CHF 1980.-

Diver in the Red Sea
Diver in the Red Sea

Picture by Daniel Schmid

Oceanic whitetip shark in the Red Sea
Oceanic whitetip shark in the Red Sea

Picture by Sabrina Inderbitzi

Schooling banner fish in the Red Sea
Schooling banner fish in the Red Sea

Picture by Daniel Schmid

Diver in the Red Sea
Diver in the Red Sea

Picture by Daniel Schmid

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Our expedition partners

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Interested in joining us? 
get in touch here!

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Brothers,
daedalus & elphinstone 
red sea, Egypt
28. April - 05. may

The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between the continents of Africa and Asia. The Red Sea is renowned for its abundant and colourful coral reefs and remote seamounts that attract large marine megafauna, such as sharks. This one week shark and ray expedition long the National Park Route (Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone Reef) combines extraordinary diving with lectures and citizen science

This expedition is a collaboration with the Red Sea Sharks, Red Sea Project and Dolphin Watch Alliance. We will collect underwater ID pictures for a national database to support local research.  

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