Christal Seas Scuba Holidays
Liveaboard: Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
Farasan Banks (click for details)
4 to 12 February 2022
Number of Nights
Saudi is currently on the Amber list. Please check Covid details with your travel insurance company. You must be double-jabbed, and have proof of vaccination, to enter Saudi.
Please check current exit and entry requirements at time of travel and ensure you bring a Covid test to test 72 hours before return to the UK and book PCR tests for the appropriate time on return.
Saudi Explorer (click for details)
We have a week on board Saudi Explorer to explore the Farasan Banks , described by Jacques Cousteau during his first expedition to the Red Sea in 1963 as one of the most fascinating and unspoiled areas on the planet. Still known for an incredible variety of hard and soft coral and a massive presence of coral fish aswell as large pelagic fish including shoals of hammerhead sharks this promises to be an exciting trip!
Designed and built by the Award-Winning Tornado Marine Fleet, the steel hulled M/V Typhoon is set to become the flagship of the fleet boasting a stylish modern interior and exterior. This ship has the ability to sail in all sea conditions due it its steel hull, which also gives it excellent stability.
Typhoon will be exploring Saudi Arabia from December 2021 and whilst in Saudi she will be known as the Saudi Explorer. All cabins are main or upper deck meaning each get a sea view.
Farasan Banks is a vast archipelago of small islands and coral reefs, many of which are semi-surfacing. This whole area was of volcanic origin. The madreporic columns growing on the edge of the old craters formed vertical walls from over 300 meters deep.
Sea temperature is approx 25 degrees so a long 5mm wetsuit with a shortie over the top or thermal underneath if you feel the cold should be enough. air temp can be cool at night so bring warm clothes for the boat in the evening.
This trip includes wall diving and is not suitable for beginners.
Travel info: After landing in Jeddah we transfer straight to the boat (2.45 hour private, air conditioned bus journey) at the port in Al Lith where we embark the boat, sleep, then the boat moves early in the morning and wakes us ready for our check dive at 09.00. We then spend 6 nights on board the boat , then drive back up to Jeddah, explore the old town and have a night in a hotel followed by the 09.20 flight the next morning.
Fri 4 Feb 12.55 Leave Heathrow. Arrive Jeddah 21.45
Sat 12 Feb 09.20 Leave Jeddah. Arrive Heathrow 13.00
Transfer to Airport (UK)
2 x 23kg in the hold and 7kg hand luggage weight
Christal Seas Scuba may arrange a transfer from the dive centre to/from airport at an additional cost
The trip includes flights, transfers & 6 nights FB accommodation and soft drinks on the boat and 2 nights in Jeddah on a B&B basis. 6 days diving. 3 dives a day plus 2 night dives during the week.
Sun - Thurs: 5 days x 3 dives a day, plus 2 extra night dives during the week.
Fri: 1 or 2 early dives, then transfer to Jeddah, opportunity to visit downtown, followed by the night at Al Bilad Hotel on a b&b basis. Sat morning: Breakfast and transfer to Jeddah airport.
Extras to be paid locally in cash (euros, sterling or dollars are accepted): Dve permit: 150 Euro
Service charge including crew and dive guides tips: 10 Euro per day
Nitrox can be pre booked and paid before departure or paid on the boat: 70 euros for 12 litre fills all week or 80 Euros for 15 litre fills all week.
Extra dive tanks and equipment must be pre booked before travel.
Note: Alcohol is forbidden in Saudi Arabia and cannot be carried in. Do not arrive in Saudi under the influence of alcohol.
Scuba Travel require a £800 non refundable deposit to hold your place and the balance is due 3 months before you travel. Please see Scuba Travels terms & conditions for more details.
Please note that this is a 'dry' trip as Alcohol is forbidden in Saudi Arabia, including on the boat.
You must apply for a Saudi entry visa before the trip. Apply online at Saudi Visa Approx £90
Please print out proof of double vaccination. You can apply for an NHS certificate online,
Recommended vaccinations: Hepatitus A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Polio.
Please contact your travel clinic to check your particular requirements
Travel Insurance: You are responsible for taking out your own travel insurance and it is recommended you do so at the time of booking your holiday.
Call 01603 485000 or click the 'Contact Us' button to book your place!