In order to make a holiday as comfortable and smooth as possible, it is always good to prepare the trip carefully. Therefore we will give you all the information necessary to your coming holiday.
Check your passport for validity (at least for 6 more months) and make sure we have your passport number at least two weeks before departure. Bring a medical attest, certification and logbook. You can rent dive gear on board, please book at least one week in advance. Bring spare parts (like mask straps etc.) yourself. It is compulsory to have an alternate air source, dive computer and SMB
At the airport you will be picked up by one of the staff of our Barakuda Fleet team, holding a sign with your name. The transfer will take from airport Hurghada to Safaga, about 45 minutes, from Hurghada to Marsa Ghalib about 3 hours ,from airport Marsa Alam to Marsa Ghalib about 15 minutes.
At 6 pm the boat will be ready for the new guests and the crew will welcome you with a cocktail. In the evening your first dinner on board will be served. In case you arrive early, we can bring you to a hotel near the harbour to spend your day relaxing at the swimming pool.
First you will have enough time to unpack your bags and prepare your dive gear in the box that will be allocated to you. You can leave empty suitcases on the dive deck; the crew will put them away for the trip. The dive guide will give you all information you need and after dinner he will give you a clear briefing about the diving, rules on the boat and security matters. Have your passport on hand to give it to the guide. This is necessary in order to obtain the boat permission from the coast guard. In your cabin you will find a towel and a bathrobe. The towel will be changed halfway the trip. If you want you can bring DVDs and CDs for the evenings.
The next morning we will start the diving! Long distances between dive sites will be done at night (as much as possible) so we will not miss out on any dive. We will bring you by zodiac to drift dives and to dive sites where the boat cannot be moored. A live aboard is only meant for experienced divers as the divers are supposed to dive independently in buddy-teams after an extensive briefing about the dive site. Of course you are welcome to join the guide for some of your dives.
Three times a day there will be a buffet in the salon. Breakfast consist of pita bread, toast, pancakes, marmalade, honey, nutella, cheese, eggs prepared in different ways and yoghurt. The main meals consist of chicken, beef or fish, rice, pasta or potatoes and several kinds of vegetables and salads. At dinner time there will also be soup as a first course and a desert in the form of pudding, cakes or fruit. Before the early morning dive and at teatime there will be cakes at your disposal.
We use bottled water to prepare salads, drinks and other food. You can enjoy everything on Longimanus without worries.
Nescafe, tea, fruit juices, softdrinks and water are included in the price. You will have to note beer ( Stella 3€, Sakara 4€) and wine ( 20€ per bottle) on a list and it has to be paid at the end of your trip .
Please make sure you always drink enough. 4-5 Liters per day is not too much if you are diving. Alcohol is strictly prohibited during dives. If you get seasick or have other problems please talk to the guide.
The water comes out of the desalination plant on board and can be used for brushing your teeth but should not be consumed.
For general safety reasons all the cabins are non smoking cabins. Also please don’t charge phones or laptops unattended. For emergency the cabins are fitted with a fire extinguisher and life vests.
Night dives are strictly prohibited in the marine parks. If you like to charge your torch you can do that on the dive deck with the 220 V plugs.
We will have certain medicine on board. If you bring medicine on board please make sure it is suitable for diving.
For emergencies, while the boat is far from shore, the guide has a satellite phone. Normal cell phone connection is only possible close to shore. In this area we also will offer wlan for you.
You can smoke in open air except on the dive deck.
Marine park fees
Brother Islands, Daedalus, Rocky, Zabargad, St. Johns and Ras Mohamed are Egyptian marine parks that require a certain fee. These fees will be paid on board at the end of the trip.
The final payment must be completed on board. We only accept cash in the following currencies:
- US Dollar
- Egyptian Pounds
- credit card +3% fees
The last night you will spend on board in the harbour and sure you can take a look around in the marina or go for a drink. Your departure flight and airport transfer will be confirmed by the guide. On the last morning at 9am you have to leave your cabin to prepare it for the new guests. If the boat stay in the marina sure you can stay till your departure on board.
The Longimanus Team is looking forward to dive with you!