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The long-reigning kings of Red Sea liveaboard diving, Emperor Divers offer convenient, action-packed voyages around the very best dive sites in the Egyptian Red Sea. With a superb fleet of vessels, offering everything from sumptuous comfort to impressively high standards of service, Emperor Divers provide dream dive holidays at exceptional value for money.

EMPEROR DIVERS RED SEA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Over 25 years’ experience offering liveaboard cruises in the Red Sea
  • Get the most out of your trip with the 21+ DIVES or MAX dive itineraries
  • Enjoy free nitrox, free wifi, and free red wine with dinner
  • Exceptional hospitality and high standards of service
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About Emperor Divers

Established in 1992, Emperor Divers have long been the liveaboard of choice for many visitors to the Red Sea. Boasting over 20 years of experience in the dive industry, Emperor Divers’ crew and guides are both passionate and knowledgeable and offer dive instruction that is second to none. Now also operating in the Maldives and Indonesia, Emperor Divers have become renowned for delivering exceptional service, welcoming hospitality, delicious food, and superb diving with the utmost convenience.

Emperor Divers’ impressive fleet of vessels range from fantastically comfortable to simply luxurious, and together cover all of the best sites in the Egyptian Red Sea. Emperor Divers operate with a firm focus on safety, value for money, and high standards of service, which includes free wifi, complimentary nitrox, and special, action-packed itineraries offering a minimum of 21 dives during a single week-long voyage.

Facilities Above deck cabins Aircon Ensuite bathrooms Indoor saloon Vegetarian options Other dietary requirements Sun deck Internet Charging points Camera facilities
Dive services Dive deck Dive tenders Nitrox Rental equipment DIN adaptors Tec support Camera rinse tanks
Destinations

NORTHERN RED SEA

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.

As well as being a hub for liveaboard departures, the northern Red Sea itself 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. At the very tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed Marine Park is a firm favourite among divers and is home to  the famous Yolanda Reef.

CENTRAL RED SEA

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 plenty 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.

SOUTHERN RED SEA

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.

Vessels

EMPEROR ELITE

Emperor Elite is a 38-meter wooden-hulled vessel, custom-designed and built to a superior standard. The vessel can accommodate a maximum of 26 guests in 12 twin cabins and 2 suites located on the upper deck. All cabins are en-suite and feature independent air-conditioning, flat screen TV, hairdryers, and mini bar. The spacious Emperor Elite boasts three sun decks, a stylish air-conditioned salon equipped with flatscreen TV, and an air-conditioned dining room which serves great food and complimentary wine with dinner. Meals are served buffet-style with additional afternoon snacks, and special dietary requests can be catered to on request.

Diving is from the well-equipped and spacious dive deck, which features a dedicated dive platform, two large RIBs, personal storage and dedicated camera rinse tanks. Full equipment rental is offered onboard the Emperor Elite including dive computers and SMBs, and 12-litre aluminium tanks are used as standard with 15-litre steel tanks also available on request. Free nitrox is provided in blends of up to 40% and sidemount, rebreather and tech diving can be supported on request. As with the entire Emperor Fleet, all safety equipment meets international standards.

EMPEROR SUPERIOR

Measuring 37-meters in length, the wooden-hulled Emperor Superior can accommodate up to 26 guests in a mixture of 12 bunk, twin and double cabins. All cabins are well equipped with both air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The spacious, air-conditioned salon features a media player, TV and stereo, while the separate dining area offers a delicious menu and free red wine with dinner. Guests will find two sun decks onboard, which are well-equipped with comfortable seating and an open-air bar, providing the perfect areas for relaxing. Guests can also enjoy a premium coffee bar and special dietary needs can be catered to on request.

Diving is from the well-equipped and spacious dive deck featuring a dedicated dive platform, two large RIBs and personal storage. The vessel is well set for photographers, with multiple dedicated camera rinse tanks and international charging stations. Full equipment rental is offered onboard the Emperor Superior including dive computers and SMBs, and 12-litre aluminium tanks are used as standard with 15-litre steel tanks also available on request. Free nitrox is provided and tech diving can also be supported. As with the entire Emperor Fleet, all safety equipment meets international standards.

EMPEROR ASMAA

Emperor Asmaa offers genuine value for money for divers looking to explore some of the best sites the Red Sea has to offer in a more intimate atmosphere. Designed with divers in mind, the spacious 30-meter Emperor Asmaa can comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests in 10 twin cabins. Each cabin is well-equipped with individual air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms for maximum comfort. The air-conditioned lounge and dining area features an entertainment system and serves delicious meals as well as complimentary red wine with dinner. Special dietary needs can be catered to on request. Emperor Asmaa also boasts a sun deck equipped with an open-air bar as well as an upper sun deck and fly bridge, providing plenty of space to relax and enjoy the view.

Diving is from the well-equipped and spacious dive deck featuring a dedicated dive platform, two large RIBs, personal storage and dedicated camera rinse tanks and camera preparation areas. Full equipment rental is offered onboard the Emperor Elite including dive computers and SMBs, and 12-litre aluminium tanks are used as standard with 15-litre steel tanks also available on request. Free nitrox is provided and tech diving can also be supported. As with the entire Emperor Fleet, all safety equipment meets international standards.

EMPEROR ECHO

Emperor Echo is the latest addition to the Emperor fleet, catering for dedicated divers and offering exceptional value for money. The vessel easily accommodates up to 25 guests in a mixture of single, twin and double cabins. All cabins feature individually controlled air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Completely refurbished in 2018, Emperor Echo offers spacious and contemporary social spaces including air-conditioned saloon, restaurant and lounging areas. Fantastic food is served as standard, including complimentary red wine with dinner, and guests can also find a bar on the upper deck. Special dietary needs can be catered to on request.

Diving is from the well-equipped and spacious dive deck featuring two large RIBs, personal storage and dedicated camera rinse tanks and camera preparation areas. Full equipment rental is offered onboard the Emperor Elite including dive computers and SMBs, and 12-litre aluminium tanks are used as standard with 15-litre steel tanks also available. Free nitrox is provided and tech diving can be supported on request. As with the entire Emperor Fleet, all safety equipment meets international standards.

Itineraries

DEEP NORTH

An example itinerary for Emperor Divers’ Deep North voyage lasts for 7-days and departs from Sharm El-Sheikh. After an early morning sail, the vessel will arrive near Nuweiba, allowing guests to explore the Ras Mamlack area – home to the most northern dive sites of the Abu Galum National Park. Here, guests can explore the sheltered bay of Ras Abu Galum where you can dive incredible wall dives from both the north and the south. Passing by Dahab guests can visit famous sites like Bells, Blue Hole, Canyon, Eel Garden and the Islands. To the south of Dahab, within the Nabq National Park, guests can explore Gabr El Bint, with its steep wall and colourful coral gardens – offering some of the most attractive dives in Sinai.

The vessel will then head to Gebel El Aswad, to explore its incredible underwater mountain, before visiting the wreck of the Million Hope. Tiran is up next with its four famous reefs – Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas and Gordon. After this, the vessel will return to Sharm El Sheikh to dive the world famous Shark and Yolanda Reef in Ras Mohammed National Park. Depending on flight times, there may be another dive or snorkel before returning to the harbour to disembark.

GET WRECKED

Emperor Divers’ Get Wrecked cruise combines the 'best of the best' of the most famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea along with some stunning reef diving. Leaving from Hurghada on a 7-day trip, the vessel aims to dive all the wrecks in the area including El Mina, an Egyptian minesweeper lying just outside Hurghada's harbour as well as the Carnatic, Chrisoula K, Kimon M and Giannis D at Abu Nuhas. At Gubal islands guests can dive the Barge, the Ulysses and the Rosalie Moeller before sailing to the Kingston wreck which lies at Shag Rock and then the Dunraven at Beacon Rock, situated in the Ras Mohammed National Park. Finally, the vessel will visit the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm, which lies at Shaab Ali.

SIMPLY THE BEST

An example itinerary for Emperor Divers’ Simply the Best voyage lasts for 7-days and departs from either Hurghada or Port Ghalib. The Simply the Best itinerary covers the top dive sites in Egypt’s central Red Sea, including the Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone. Now protected as a 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 same protected area, 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. Due to strong currents, Emperor Divers recommend a minimum of 30 logged dives to join this trip.

SOUTH & ST JOHN'S

An example itinerary for Emperor Divers’ South and St John's voyage lasts for 7-days and departs from Port Ghalib. On the way to Fury Shoals, guests will have an opportunity to dive Sha'ab Sharm with its superb walls and occasional oceanic white tips and silky sharks in the blue. Once at Fury Shoal, the vessel will explore the famous swim-throughs of Sha'ab Claude as well as Abu Galawa Soraya with its fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat. Zabargad Island is next up, offering 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 John's, 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 return to port.

RED SEA SHARKS

Looking for some shark action? Emperor know the best time to have the best chance to see sharks in action! Explore the majestic Red Sea during the warm summer months of May to August with this much anticipated Red Sea Sharks itinerary offering flexibility and focus for 'action' dives. These months are best-known for the variety of sharks visiting some of the remote offshore reefs, but be prepared to change diving plans at the last minute as the vessel goes where the action is.

Emperor guides select the best possible action sites to visit based on their local knowledge and information on recent activity including a variety of Red Sea sharks, dolphins and anything else that might pass by. Some of the sites visited are St John's, Rocky, Daedalus and Elphinstone, but the other destinations might be included according to where the sharks are being seen. Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to dive in the Marine Parks.

DAEDALUS, FURY SHOAL & ELPHINSTONE

Another itinerary for more experience divers, this cruise offers challenging dives, big drop offs, beautiful coral walls and plenty of big fish. A typical itinerary starts in the the Fury Shoals, where divers can explore the Sha’ab Claudio and the incredible natural lagoon at Sha’ab Sataya, home to a friendly pod of spinner dolphins and pelagic. Depending on conditions, guests can also explore Elphinstone Reef with its pelagics and beautiful hard and soft corals, before sailing to Daedalus, located 180 south of the Brothers Islands. This large oval reefs is the furthest offshore reef in the Red Sea and is famous for its sheer walls, strong currents and amazing encounters with sharks.

SAFAGA, BROTHERS & ELPHINSTONE

This exciting itinerary visits three of the finest dive destinations in the Red Sea and is the perfect all-round tour for divers with slightly more experience. This cruise offers challenging dives, big drop offs, beautiful coral walls and plenty of large fish.  As well as the coastal reefs of Safaga and the wreck of the Salem Express, the cruise visits the Brother Islands, and Elphinstone and is a must for all die-hard Red Sea divers. After exploring Panorama Reefs, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan, as well as the Salem Express, a typical itinerary explores both Big and Small Brother islands with their beautiful corals and sea fans, regular sightings of hammerheads and thresher sharks and the wreck of the Numidia. Next up is Elphinstone Reef with its north and south plateaus, covered in corals and of course, the chance of some visiting pelagic!

This exciting itinerary visits three of the finest dive destinations in the Red Sea and is the perfect all-round tour for divers with slightly more experience. This cruise offers challenging dives, big drop offs, beautiful coral walls and plenty of large fish.  As well as the coastal reefs of Safaga and the wreck of the Salem Express, the cruise visits the Brother Islands, and Elphinstone and is a must for all die-hard Red Sea divers. After exploring Panorama Reefs, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan, as well as the Salem Express, a typical itinerary explores both Big and Small Brother islands with their beautiful corals and sea fans, regular sightings of hammerheads and thresher sharks and the wreck of the Numidia. Next up is Elphinstone Reef with its north and south plateaus, covered in corals and of course, the chance of some visiting pelagic!

NORTH & EASY

Designed to showcase some of the highlights of the Northern Red Sea at a relaxed pace - whether diving or snorkelling, it's ideal for both divers and non-divers. It's also the best time of year for dolphin spotting and the world class fish schooling event at Ras Mohamed. The boat spends more time moored at each location and less time travelling from dive site to dive site; perfectly designed for the divers who like to take things easy, the photo enthusiasts looking for more dive time to capture that perfect photo opportunity or for non-divers looking to soak up the scenery, both below and above the water. Our open deck policy at certain dive sites on these trips mean you can simply relax and sunbathe or grab your snorkel or dive gear whenever you want to hit the water.

A typical itinerary departs from Hurghada and saisl across to well-known areas such as Sha'ab El Erg, two of the world's best dive sites including Ras Mohamed National Park (Shark and Yolanda reefs) and the wreck of the Thistlegorm, breath-taking schools of glass fish on the wreck of the Dunraven and the colourful coral gardens on the islands of Tiran.

FAMOUS 5

Starting from Hurghada, the cruise sails north towards Gubal Island and Abu Nuhas to explore the Giannis D, Carnatic, the 'Lentil Wreck' and the 'Tile Wreck'. Next up is the Rosalie Moller (the sister ship of the slightly more famous Thistlegorm), which lies from 30 to 50 metres deep and is in excellent condition, followed but the famous SS Thistlegorm! Nearby is the Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning dive at the renowned 'Shark and Yolanda' reefs.

After sailing to the Brother guests can explore stunning walls covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, with plenty of tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can sometimes be found there. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother. On the return to Hurghada via Safaga guests can dive at Panorama Reef or the famous wreck of Salem Express for a memorable finale.

REEFS & WRECKS

This itinerary presents the best of both worlds, offering dives on famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea along with some stunning reef diving. A typical itinerary starts of at Shaab El Erg with its beautiful hard coral garden and a chance to see dolphins, then onwards to Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks - the Giannis D, Carnatic, the Chrisoula K ('tile wreck') and the Kimon M ('lentil wreck'), all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. In between wreck dives guests can also dive the reefs of the Straits of Gubal, Gulf of Suez and those to the north of Hurghada. Next up is the Kingston lying at Shag Rock, the Carina lying close to Sha'ab Ali and the Dunraven at Beacon Rock.

Ras Mohamed lies on the southernmost tip of the Sinai and is one of the best kept National Parks in Egypt with waters full of nutrients, steep walls going down to a depth of 1000 metres attracting a large amount of big fish. Guests can dive Shark Reef, a sheer wall falling into the blue, as well as the wreck of the Yolanda. Nearby Jackson Reef, locally named the 'Aquarium', is Tiran's most popular dive with the 'Jackson Drift' being Sharm's' fastest and most exhilarating drift dive past a stunning wall. Occasionally in the summer months, a school of scalloped hammerheads can be seen. Thomas Reef offers plunging walls covered with soft coral, gorgonians and colourful fish life. To end the trip, guests can dive the Thistlegorm, at Shaab Ali - including at night for an amazing end to a trip.

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