April 4 - 16, 2023

+++ Saudi Arabia +++

Red Sea Expedition

If you like the following, this trip might be for you:

Red Sea

If you're a fan of the Red Sea you should definetely see and try this part of it.

Whale sharks

Yes we have whaleshark season! We might snorkel or dive with them if we're lucky enough.

Big fish

Hammerhead and oceanic white tip sharks as well as other "big fish" are expected to be seen!

Scuba diving

This itinerary is for scuba divers with an experience of about 50 dives and advanced certification. Snorkelers are welcome anyway as well!

Unknown territory

How many people do you know who dove in Saudi Arabia? Us not many. Be part of this group and one of the first!

Healthy reefs

An abundance of coral reef life and fish will await you in the waters of Farasan banks.

This trip is open for everybody

Viewpoints from cultures all over the globe inspire us, that’s why we love bringing people from different backgrounds together. The more diverse, the better we feel.

Red Sea untouched!

Whalesharks at Farasan Banks

These gentle giants are luckily still quite common especially in this area and month of april!

Meet your BTM Trip leader

Marcel Wilpernig

Travel Butler & Tour leader

Saudi Arabia Explorer

April 4 - 16, 2023

Trip price:

€ 2.590
  • per person (see details below for what is included in this price)

Included:

  • Group transfer at arrival Jeddah airport – Al Lith ( Yanbu)
  • 11 nights shared twin cabin, en-suite on M/Y Aldebaran
  • 9 – 10 diving days (up to 4 dives per day)
  • full board including drinks (no alcohol available)
  • Group transfer Al Lith ( Yanbu) ‐ Al Bilad Hotel Jeddah
  • 1 night at Al Bilad Hotel Jeddah in double room with breakfast (last night)
  • Transfer Al Bilad Hotel – Jeddah airport
  • Diving including weights, dive guide, tanks with nitrox
  • Behind the Mask Travel tour leader

Not included:

  • Flights to Jeddah with Royal Jordanian or Egypt Air, ~ 600 € incl. tax in economy-class
  • Dive & travel insurance (highly recommended, dive insurance mandatory)
  • Saudi Arabia tourist visa (to be applied online 174 USD subject to change any time)
  • Surcharge upper deck suite 200 € per person (double bed cabins)
  • Single-room surcharge Al Bilad hotel Jeddah 45 €
  • Single-cabin surcharge on request

To be paid locally:

  • Local fees Euro 350 per person
  • Service charge including crew and dive guides tips: Euro 10 per night/day per person

Important: min. 9 bookings to confirm this group. Maximum participants 20 divers. We highly recommend DiveAssure insurance which also covers force majeure cases and single missed days of diving due to sickness. Our terms & conditions apply!

Get in touch!

April 4, 2023

Flying from any country most probably Cairo or Amman to Jeddah (King Abdulaziz International Airport JED), Saudi Arabia.

Some flights arrive in the early morning hours on April 5. We get assistet at the airport with immigration and transferred directly to the boat afterwards. Check-in on board and set up your gear! 11 nights on board can begin now!

April 5 – 15, 2023

Our dive cruise will directly beginn on April 5 heading south to Farasan banks and other top dive sites in this area! 10 full dive days with max. 3 day dives and some night dives will also be offered during the week. The itinerary will be flexible and dependent of weather and decisions by our experienced crew and captain. They will do their best to offer you an unforgettable experience.

As there is whaleshark season in april we might head out to snorkel and freedive with whale sharks if there will appear some opportunities for that.

April 15 – 16, 2023

Arrival back in the harbour will be the afternoon of april 14th. Last night will be spent on board. On april 15 after breakfast we will be transferred back to Jeddah where we have a final overnight before heading back home.

Late afternoon we will visit the old town of Jeddah, a UNSESCO world heritage site.

There might be an extension on land planned in a small group after the cruise (to be announced). Let us know if you are interested in that.

On April 16th we will be transfered to the international airport for our journey back home.

M/Y Aldebaran

Our mid-class modern liveaboard for this adventure is callen M/Y Aldebaran. The boat crew is experienced in the Red Sea and operating in the summer months in egyptian waters. Our partner an Italian dive specialist is operating this vessel and the maybe better known Saudi Explorer in Saudi Arabia during the winter months.

Up to 20 guests in 6 deluxe double cabins, 2 triple cabins, and 2 suites. Each cabin features en-suite bathrooms with towels and bathrobes, individually controlled AC, storage space, and a mini-bar. On the main deck we find a bright indoor salon with an entertainment system and library, which then leads through to the dining room with enough space for 20 guest. The boat features an upper deck covered outdoor lounge as well as an open sun deck.

Technical details:

Lenght: 35 meters
Width: 7.8 meters
Hull: Wood
Engines: 2 Caterpillar mod. 3412 / 764 hp
Cruising speed: 13 knots
Water capacity: 6 tons
Fuel capacity: 15 tons
Desalination: 2 Aqua set mod. KS 141 x 1000 lt / day
Generators: 2 Caterpillar mod. 3056 silenced 84 Kw
Electricity: 380 V – 220 V – 24 V
Instruments: Compass, radar Furuno, eco-sounder Furuno, G.p.s Geonav6, plotter Geonav, radio VHF – DCS Icom, radio HF Icom, Sat. EPIRB and satellite telephone Thuraya
Safety: 2 life rafts, 40 life jacket, anti-fire system, Oxigen Kit and first aid kit.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia remains one of the least dived areas of the Red Sea. Since 2019 it is again possible to apply for tourist visa and the kingdom has become much easier for many Europeans to travel. New exciting opportunities for divers have become available. Saudi arabia has with 1.600 km of coastline 79% fo the Arabian Peninsula’s Red Sea shoreline and there are as many reefs as in the rest of the Red Sea put together.

It is difficult to comprehend the enormity of Saudi Arabia; a country that covers four-fifths of the Arabian Peninsula. The lifeless desert of the inland Empty Quarter is larger than France, Belgium and the Netherlands combined.

Most of the reefs and coastline remains unexplored. This lends itself perfectly to a liveaboard cruise, but even then, you will only explore a small fraction of the coastline. While there is still no official protection of reefs in Saudi Arabia, there is little large-scale commercial fishing, so even the reefs near the cities remain of a high standard. Many dive sites still remain to be discovered by recreational diver. Our trip will lead to Farasan Banks. A place to be known for the best diving down there.

Water temperatures are generally about 25–35°C. Although air temperatures in Saudi Arabia are known to reach an incredible 48°C in the summer, coastal temperatures are a little more moderate with higher humidity. Jeddah’s temperature hovers around 29–37°C throughout the year and the city has an average annual rainfall of just 61mm.

If you’re interested in exploring Saudi Arabia before or after the cruise we can arrange a guided tour starting from Jeddah (from 4 to 12 days based on individual offers). Ask as for more information.

Please note:  Itinerary can change due to government or captain’s decisions. This destinations has expedition character so we don’t excpect everything to work like in well know tourist destinations like Egypt or similar.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia remains one of the least dived areas of the Red Sea. Since 2019 it is again possible to apply for tourist visa and the kingdom has become much easier for many Europeans to travel. New exciting opportunities for divers have become available. Saudi arabia has with 1.600 km of coastline 79% fo the Arabian Peninsula’s Red Sea shoreline and there are as many reefs as in the rest of the Red Sea put together.

It is difficult to comprehend the enormity of Saudi Arabia; a country that covers four-fifths of the Arabian Peninsula. The lifeless desert of the inland Empty Quarter is larger than France, Belgium and the Netherlands combined.

Most of the reefs and coastline remains unexplored. This lends itself perfectly to a liveaboard cruise, but even then, you will only explore a small fraction of the coastline. While there is still no official protection of reefs in Saudi Arabia, there is little large-scale commercial fishing, so even the reefs near the cities remain of a high standard. Many dive sites still to be discovered for the recreational diver. Our trip will lead to Farasan Banks. A place to be known for the best diving there.

Water temperatures are generally about 25–35°C. Although air temperatures in Saudi Arabia are known to reach an incredible 48°C in the summer, coastal temperatures are a little more moderate with higher humidity. Jeddah’s temperature hovers around 29–37°C throughout the year and the city has an average annual rainfall of just 61mm.

If you’re interested in exploring Saudi Arabia before or after the cruise we can arrange a guided tour starting from Jeddah (from 4 to 12 days based on individual offers). Ask as for more information.

Please note: We have not been to this place yet. Operator and information we use here are based on feedback from friends and clients. Itinerary can change due to government or captain’s decisions. This destinations has expedition character so we don’t excpect everything to work like in well know tourist destinations like Egypt or similar.

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