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The Blue Force Fleet has been providing unique and unforgettable voyages throughout the Red Sea for over 20 years. Defined by an attention to detail, Blue Force’s premium liveaboard dive experiences are a firm favourite with itineraries covering the entire Red Sea - from Hurghada & Tiran, to St Johns, Zabargad, Rocky Island and into Sudan.
With over 20 years of experience running liveaboard trips in the Red Sea and the Maldives, the Blue Force team have perfected the art of creating diving holidays that are both unique, and unforgettable. Their team of almost 60 staff in Egypt combines enthusiasm, experience and a love of detail, ensuring that the ‘Blue Force Experience’ is as smooth as possible. And with two modern liveaboards covering the entire Red Sea - from the classic sites of the north, to the southern reefs and into Sudan - guests can be sure to find their perfect itinerary.
Blue Force 2 and Blue Force 3 are widely considered to be among the best liveaboards in the Red Sea. Everything from the construction of the boats, to the planning of itineraries and day-to-day management, have been designed by divers, for divers. Each of the liveaboards features spacious ensuite cabins, both above and below deck, plenty of space to relax in between dives and enjoy the sun, and a broad dive deck with easy access to the dive tenders. And if you want to extend your underwater explorations, both liveaboards support technical and rebreather divers.
The Sinai Peninsula marks the northernmost tip of the Red Sea, with the Gulf of Suez to the west, and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east. The region abounds with cultural heritage and religious significance and has long drawn visitors looking to immerse themselves in its fascinating history. Sharm El-Sheikh at the south of the peninsula, and Hurghada on the Egyptian mainland, have developed from small fishing villages into busy tourist destinations with bustling beaches and vibrant nightlife – while Dahab offers a more relaxed hippie-like atmosphere and remains relatively underdeveloped.
Despite being a hub for liveaboard departures, the northern Red Sea abounds with coastal reefs and islands providing exceptional day-trip diving in calm, relaxed conditions. The area boasts a vast range of marine habitats to explore, such as Dahab’s famous Blue Hole and several incredible wrecks like the SS Thistlegorm. Situated at the very tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed Marine Park is a firm favourite among divers and includes the famous Yolanda Reef.
Running south along the coast from Safaga to Marsa Alam, Egypt’s central Red Sea area offers a quieter, more peaceful atmosphere than that of the north. While Safaga is a sparse and somewhat sleepy port town with few tourist facilities, Marsa Alam offers bustling beaches, energetic nightlife and a variety of activities such as dolphin spotting, quad biking, camel riding and kitesurfing.
Home to a collection of offshore reefs, Egypt’s central Red Sea offers a great mix of experiences, with an abundance of shore dives, day trips to world-famous dive sites, and superb liveaboard voyages. Amongst the sheltered coastal bays, guests can find eerie wrecks, thriving coral reefs, and seagrass beds grazed by dugongs. Further offshore, Elphinstone, the Brother Islands and the remote Daedalus Reef each feature dizzying walls, exhilarating currents and heart-pounding pelagic action with oceanic whitetips, hammerheads and more.
Beginning around 100km south of Marsa Alam, Egypt’s southern Red Sea comprises a series of offshore reefs and islands stretching south to Egypt’s border with Sudan. Fury Shoal lies around 10km north of Ras Bonas, marking the start of the region, while St John’s Reef is the country’s southernmost dive site – sitting just a fin kick if two from the border. Zabargad and Rocky Island lie between the two at a distance of around 70km from the mainland.
In recent years, these sites have become renowned for their incredibly healthy coral reefs, exciting currents, and frequent encounters with large pelagic fish. Unsurprisingly, these remote islands feature plenty of steep walls descending into the depths, but it is the sheer diversity of dive environments that makes these islands one of the southern Red Sea’s biggest draws – offering everything from shallow, sheltered bays to beautiful wrecks and incredible maze-like tunnels.
Blue Force’s most popular boat, the Red Sea Blue Force 2 was completely rebuilt in 2019, and now boasts an updated, modern interior and spacious cabins. The liveaboard caters for up to 18 passengers in double cabins, all with comfortable, ensuite bathrooms and independent air conditioning. Four of these cabins are located above deck with beautiful views of the Red Sea’s dramatic coastlines. The main deck has a large dining and living area with comfortable seating, bar area and a television, making it perfect for checking out your video from the last dive - as well as enjoy the fantastic food served buffet style throughout the cruise. There are also open-air deck areas with plenty of shade if you’d like to enjoy your meals alfresco, and a sunbathing area at the bow for topping up your tan.
Based out of Sharm El Sheik in the north of the Red Sea, Blue Force 2 delivers exciting itineraries exploring the best of the northern reefs - including Ras Mohamed, Straits of Tiran and Shaab Mahmoud - as well as historic wrecks such as the Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Carnatic, and more. As you would expect, dive operations onboard the Blue Force 2 are effortless. The dive deck at the stern allows easy access to the liveaboard’s two dive boats, and provides guests with plenty of space to get ready for a dive as well as storage room for personal equipment. Both Blue Force 2 and 3 offer a range of dive courses, full rental equipment, and support for technical and rebreather divers - with nitrox, sofnolime and helium available if booked in advance. Blue Force 2 operates from March to the start of January, with Saturday to Saturday cruises.
Launched in 2018, the Blue Force 3 is considered to be one of the best liveaboards operating in the Red Sea today, and has quickly earned a reputation for delivering exciting itineraries in style and comfort. Blue Force describes the vessel as both elegant, comfortable, and functional - the perfect combination for a relaxing dive trip. At 42m in length, Blue Force 3 caters for 26 passengers in 12 cabins - with a mix of doubles, twins and mixed cabins - four of which are above deck and offer amazing views of the Red Sea coastline. All the cabins have ensuite bathrooms and independent air conditioning. The main deck has a spacious salon and lounge area with plenty of space to relax in and enjoy the meals that are served buffet style throughout the cruise. Guests can also take advantage of the large, shaded open air deck space as well as a solarium on the top deck and a sun bathing area at the bow.
Operating out of Hurghada and Port Ghaleb, Blue Force 3 cruises the entire Red Sea, including to Sudan in the deep south. The vessel offers divers a unique opportunity to explore the very best of the Red Sea, including such renowned sites such as Ras Mohamed, Straits of Tiran, the wrecks of the Thistlegorm and others, Brothers Islands, Zabagad, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone, Rocky Island, St Johns and more. Designed by divers, for divers, this new liveaboard offers an effortless dive experience - with plenty of space for personal equipment, easy access to the two dive boats, and rinse areas. Both Blue Force 2 and 3 offer a range of dive courses, full rental equipment, and support for technical and rebreather divers - with nitrox, sofnolime and helium available if booked in advance. Blue Force 2 operates in Sudan from March to May offering 8, 10 or 11 day cruises, then continues in Egypt from June to December, with week long trips.
An example itinerary for Blue Force Fleet’s incredibly popular North Route lasts for 7-nights and departs from Sharm El-Sheikh. The sailing on this route is very short, reaching the furthest dive sites in about two hours, and the variety of sites caters to all diving levels. Guests will have the opportunity to dive amazing reefs like those found in Ras Mohammed National Park and the Strait of Tiran, as well as exploring spectacular wrecks like the Dunraven, Kingston and the famous SS Thistlegorm. This itinerary also visits pristine dive sites like Small Crack and Shag Rock and offers the possibility of snorkeling with dolphins. On the last day guests are invited to do a bit of shopping in Sharm el Sheikh while desaturating nitrogen.
An example itinerary for Blue Force Fleet’s Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone voyage lasts for 7-nights and departs from either Hurghada or Port Ghalib. The itinerary covers the top dive sites in Egypt’s central Red Sea, including the Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, the Brothers Islands offer stunning wall diving, and attract a diverse array of marine species including tuna, jacks and snapper accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks, mantas and even occasional thresher sharks.
Also part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, Daedalus Reef is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea, offering mountainous coral formations, deep walls, and a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads and grey reef sharks. Elphinstone also delivers sheer walls and likely encounters with oceanic white tips. The vessel will then disembark in either Hurghada or Port Ghaleb and guests will be transferred to a hotel in Hurghada. On the final day, guests are free to shop or enjoy the activities.
An example itinerary for Blue Force Fleet’s Elphinstone, Brothers & Salem Express voyage lasts for 7-nights and departs from Hurghada. The itinerary offers an intense week of diving world-famous sites with lots of variety. On this route, the vessel will visit the astonishing Elphinstone before moving on the Brother Islands with their vast walls and high possibility of pelagic fish, thresher sharks, oceanic sharks, and hammerheads.
Guests will then get to dive the Numidia Wreck, which has been completely colonised by soft corals. In the Safaga area, the vessel will visit Panorama Reef and Abu Kifan, as well as the chilling Salem Express. The vessel will then disembark in either Hurghada and guests will be transferred to a hotel. On the final day, guests are free to shop or enjoy the activities on land.
An example itinerary for Blue Force Fleet’s Reefs & Wrecks voyage lasts for 8-nights and departs from Sharm El-Sheikh on the Blue Force 2 or Hurghada on the Blue Force 3. The sailing on this route is very short, reaching the furthest dive sites in about two hours and the variety of sites caters to all diving levels. This itinerary combines the most famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea with some incredible reef diving.
Guests will have the opportunity to explore the spectacular SS Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Giannis D, Carnatic, Ulysses and Kingston wrecks, as well as dive pristine reefs in Ras Mohammed and the Strait of Tiran, and explore famous sites such as Small Crack and Shag Rock. The vessel will then disembark in either Hurghada or Sharm El-Sheikh and guests will be transferred to a hotel. On the final day, guests are free to shop or enjoy the activities in either Sharm El-Sheikh or Hurghada.
An example itinerary for Blue Force Fleet’s Top Red Sea voyage lasts for 7-nights and departs from Hurghada. The itinerary aims to offer a comprehensive tour of the Red Sea, taking in a variety of iconic and world-famous dive sites. Guests will discover the pristine dive sites of Ras Mohammed National Park, visit the Brother Islands in search of pelagic fish, explore eerie wrecks like the Thistlegorm and Salem Express, and drift along superb walls such as Abu Kifan and Panorama Reef. The vessel will then disembark in either Hurghada or Port Ghaleb and guests will be transferred to a hotel in Hurghada. On the final day, guests are free to shop or enjoy the activities in Hurghada.
An example itinerary for Blue Force Fleet’s Daedalus, Zabagard, Rocky & St Johns voyage lasts for 7-days and departs from Port Ghalib. This remote route is renowned for its biodiversity and rarity. First, guests will visit Zabargad Island, with its spectacular walls abundant with soft coral and the 75-meter Russian Wreck believed to be The Khanka.
The vessel will then head to Rocky Island to explore its fringing reef, vast drop offs, and sheer walls covered with beautiful soft corals, gorgonias, fans, and sponges. Here guests can spot hammerheads, grey reef and whitetip reefs sharks, as well as manta rays, turtles and dolphins. At St Johns, guests can visit an array of first class dive sites such as Habili Ali, Habili Gafaar, Gota Kebir, Gota Soraya – famous for schools of hammerheads, silvertips, mantas and incredible tunnel complexes. The vessel will then disembark in Port Ghaleb and guests will be transferred to a hotel in Hurghada. On the final day, guests are free to shop or enjoy the activities in Hurghada.