13 nights
Duration
May, Sep, Oct
Month
24 People
Max Group Size

Crystal-clear blue water, thriving coral reefs that start at the water’s surface and extend as far as the eye can see, and a host of unique and beautiful marine life are just some of the reasons why the Egyptian Red Sea has been one of the world’s most popular snorkeling destinations for decades. Take all of that and throw in an outstanding resort and liveaboard with world-class service, all accompanied by a professional Snorkel Guide for the duration of the tour, and you have all the necessary ingredients for the snorkeling adventure of a lifetime.

We don’t want you to miss out on anything that Egypt offers so we’ve not only included a stop in one of the area’s best resorts at Marsa Shagra for its iconic house reef with visits by friendly pods of dolphins and the odd dugong, but we’ve also chartered the Red Sea Aggressor IV for a liveaboard safari, taking us to the southern reefs where the marine life is most abundant.

Here’s a quick video of just some of the possible highlights while snorkeling from Marsa Shagra.

Marine Life Guide

Egypt marine life guide


This tour is partnered with The Reef-World Foundation. Find out how we support The Reef-World Foundation via this tour here.

 

Day 1 - Arrive to Marsa Alam

Upon your arrival in Marsa Alam you’ll make your way to Marsa Shagra Village via a pre-arranged and private transfer where your group leader will greet you and the group will be staying for the next six nights. That evening you’ll have a chance to meet the rest of the group over a nice dinner together before the snorkeling begins the following morning.


Day 2 - 6 - Snorkeling from Marsa Shagra

The following morning after breakfast we will have a full snorkel briefing of the sites and how the days are going to run for following days on the water. We will then load up into the resort’s snorkeling boats, which we will have all to ourselves, and head out to one of the many fantastic reefs in the area for our snorkeling sessions.

Each snorkeling day will run slightly different as we aim to explore the many reefs in the area. On two of the days, we will spend them around Marsa Shagra’s massive house reef which extends for hundreds of meters in either direction. On the other days, we will take the resort’s larger speedboats further afield to snorkel on some of the reefs further away. There’s also a solid possibility of being taken to a spot where dolphins or dugongs have been seen as they are frequently in the area. Marsa Shagra is really adept at reacting quickly to changing situations, such as a pod of dolphins being spotted in a nearby bay, so it’s not unusual for the plan to suddenly alter because an exciting creature has decided to make an impromptu appearance in the bay somewhere.

snorkeler posing next to yellow coral hread

With this reef on the doorsteps of the resort, you’ll have unlimited access to explore every inch of it any time you choose. With a myriad of colorful damselfish and reef dwellers using the hard corals as shelter from larger predatory fish like trevally or jacks cruising up and down the reef walls, there is always something new to find. It’s not uncommon to come across larger creatures, like their resident turtles feasting on soft corals, giant moray eels, and blue-spotted rays digging for crustaceans or hanging out on the sandy patches between the coral bommies. The resort does have tender boats that can drop you further along the house reef and then snorkel back to the resort, or, you can always just walk in from the beach!

On one of the nights, we will also enjoy an organized excursion into the desert to see the night sky without any light pollution.


Day 7- 13 - Snorkeling by Liveaboard

After breakfast at the resort, we will check out and transfer via private air-conditioned vans about forty-five minutes north to Port Ghalib where we will board the Red Sea Aggressor IV, which will be our home for the following seven nights. 

We have chartered this entire vessel so we will have exclusive use of it, and with their professional team of snorkel guides will be escorted to the best snorkeling sites in the southern Red Sea.

Each day we will stop for snorkel sessions at different sites with options for night and sunset snorkels as well. Typically there’ll be at least 3 escorted daily trips with your tour leader and the onboard guides.

For most scheduled snorkel sessions we will be using the liveaboard’s tenders to drop us right on the sites, but there will also be opportunities to snorkel directly from the big boat where circumstances allow.

over under perspective with reef below and landscape above

Freedom to explore is the order of the days onboard, so you can join an escorted group or just have a slow aquatic ramble around the nearby reef should the location allow for that.

Our exact route is dependent on the weather and conditions but will feature sailing to the southernmost reefs of the Red Sea. We’ll depart from Marsa Ghalib Port and snorkel some sites to the south before sailing overnight to our southernmost point in the St. John’s area. We’ll spend time snorkeling the shallow reefs before heading back north to the vast network of reefs found around Fury Shoals.

St Johns is a vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding snorkeling in the Red Sea. This incredibly beautiful reef lies a short distance north of the Sudanese border. The reef covers a huge area and many snorkel sessions would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands. Habili Ali offers giant gorgonians and black corals with an abundance of schooling fish often seen in the blue. Habili Gafaar is a mass of soft corals teaming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish, and barracudas. Mantas and reef sharks can often be seen in the blue.

Hard coral reef scene in red sea

Fury Shoals is made up of around 20 reefs offering diverse topography from reef walls to seamounts and plateaus. The shallow reef system makes it great for lots of varied snorkeling with colorful anemones, clownfish, barracudas, moray eels, huge groupers, giant trevallies, and dogtooth tuna attracted to the hard and soft corals and can be spotted here.

On our return to the Abu Dabab area we might have another snorkel or two closer to Port Ghalib to relax and unwind before your final night in port.


Day 14 - Disembark

After breakfast on board the RS Aggressor IV we will disembark and be shuttled to the Marsa Alam airport where the tour will end.

blue spotted stingray in the sand

Marsa Shagra Resort

Marsa Shagra occupies one of the most strategic and beautiful seaside locations for snorkelers. It not only offers us unlimited access to their house reef just a few feet from the resort’s beach but it’s also the gateway to Egypt’s southern Red Sea which is known for its abundant marine life and vibrant reefs.

Our group will be staying in their Deluxe Chalets, their finest rooms. These cleverly designed rooms offer private terraces with views of the mountains as well as the sea. Inside you’ll find a large double bed or two singles depending on your chosen sleeping arrangements. The rooms feature everything you would expect in an upscale resort which includes a wardrobe, television, AC, digital safe, and large bathrooms.

Resort Guide

Red Sea Aggressor IV

The Red Sea Aggressor IV is a spacious 142.7 ft. yacht with a 32.8 ft. beam, built and powered for comfort, safety, and stability. She is diesel-powered, cruises at 10-12 knots, and has 220-volt power. Comfortable accommodations include 13 spacious staterooms each independently air-conditioned, a private head and shower, mirrored cabinet, a hair dryer, and fresh towels. Each stateroom has a 32-inch flat-screen TV offering a selection of 400 movies, TV shows, and documentaries. Guests will also be able to plug their computers into the TV screen to edit underwater pictures and video.

Master Stateroom

The Red Sea Aggressor IV has 3 master staterooms each with a queen bed and 9 Deluxe staterooms each with two twin beds. The yacht has a beautiful spacious salon, large sun deck with shading, 2 hot tubs, chaise lounges and deck chairs, and a bar.

Deluxe Stateroom

While onboard we will be well looked after by not only the snorkel guides but also the stewards and chefs who will prepare us delicious meals and snacks which will always be waiting for us after each snorkel session. Oh, and the vessel serves free red wine at dinner.

Vessel Guide

Snorkeling Boats

Whilst we will mostly be snorkeling with access from the shore at Marsa Shagra and from the snorkel deck of Red Sea Aggressor IV, there are times when we will use Zodiac Ribs for transfers between snorkeling sites. For more information on this please get in touch.

Marsa Shagra: Large inflatable ribs equipped for traveling longer distances. The boats do have ladders to help board the boat after snorkeling.

Red Sea Aggressor IV:  The Red Sea Aggressor IV is equipped with 3 snorkel tenders. Length: (2) 8 ft. x 21 ft and (1) 6 x 16 ft.

On this page you will find our Tour Dates & Pricing (see below contact form), a Booking Form and Details of Payment schedule including deposit and final balance. If you have any further questions please complete the form and we will reply within 24-48hrs.


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    2024 Tour Dates

    29 September – 12 October 2024

    Price:

    $4750 USD per person (Deluxe Chalet Marsa Shagra + Deluxe Stateroom Red Sea Aggressor IV)

    Red Sea Aggressor IV Supplements:

    Master Stateroom: $300 USD per person

    Single Supplement: $1,500 USD


    How to book your place?

    Initial deposit to secure your booking $800 per person

    12 Months before departure interim deposit of $600 per person

    6 Months before departure interim deposit of $1000 per person

    Balance due 3 months before departure

    Includes:

    • 7 nights Liveaboard Red Sea Aggressor IV with full board & unlimited snorkeling (up to 4 sessions per day)
    • 6 nights Marsa Shagra Chalet Deluxe with full board & 2 days house reef snorkeling + 3 days boat snorkeling.
    • Star Gazing tour from Marsa Shagra
    • Transfers: Marsa Alam Airport – Marsa Shagra Resort – Liveaboard – Marsa Alam Airport
    • Accompanied by a Snorkel Venture tour leader

    Excludes:

    • Soft drinks & alcoholic drinks
    • Snorkel equipment rental
    • Travel and health insurance

    Please note our cancelation policy:

    • 1 year or more: 150 USD penalty per person to switch to a credit note for use within 2 years
    • 12 months or less: Loss of deposit and interim payment
    • 90 – 28 days: 25% Refund (includes your final balance payment)
    • 28 – 0 days: No Refund

    We recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your deposit in the event that you have to cancel your trip.

    coral reef in French polynesia
    Hard coral reef scene in red sea
    snorkeler posing next to yellow coral hread
    Sofitel guest rooom
    Buffet at Red Sea Diving Safari
    dugong feeding on sea grass
    blue spotted stingray in the sand
    Aerial view of Red Sea Diving Safari Resort
    two dolphins on the surface
    Hard coral reef scene in red sea
    two butterfly fish beneath coral
    dolphins swimming
    red reef fish beneath coral
    over under perspective with reef below and landscape above
    emperor echo saloon
    Red Sea Aggressor IV cabins
    Marsa Shagra at night
    Red Sea Aggressor IV party deck
    Buffet at Red Sea Diving Safari
    Red Sea Aggressor IV canins
    Architecture in Egypt
    Deluxe rooms at Red Sea Diving Safari