Join Wetpixel in diving and photographing one of the planet’s most rich and diverse marine environments. The Egyptian Red Sea, with its abundance of shallow fringing reefs, offers the opportunity to capture stunning underwater imagery. The confluence of nutrient-rich currents in the area makes for fantastic underwater scenery and many photographic subjects. The area boasts over 1,200 recorded species of fish, 1,000 invertebrate species, and 200 types of soft and hard coral.
The area has been a trade route for shipping for centuries, and as a result, boasts some fantastic coral-encrusted historical wrecks. These offer unique imaging opportunities, as the visibility is typically excellent, and they are frequently covered in vibrant marine life.
Diving is an exotic mixture of wide-angle and macro subjects, offering a truly staggering amount of fantastic diving. Like all Wetpixel trips, we aim to optimize the diving to suit image-makers’ needs and make them as productive as possible.
MY VIP ONE
We will be diving from the boutique liveaboard dive vessel, VIP ONE. The ship and her crew are well-known for having the knowledge and experience to best cater to demanding image-makers. Uniquely, it has only 16 berths. This allows for unique flexibility and for fewer divers in the water at the same time, which enhances photographic opportunities.
03 September to 10 September 2023 (7 nights)
10 September to 17 September 2023 (7 nights)
Feel very free to join us for either week or both!
Both trips will embark and disembark onto VIP One in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and will initially head out for an orientation dive on one of the local reefs. Once we have done so, our itinerary will be determined by local conditions but will likely start by steaming south.
At the confluence of the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba is the amazing Ras Mohamed. Pretty much anything can happen at this special dive site. Large schools of bohar snapper (Lutjanus bohar) frequently hang out on the reef at this time of year and are incredibly photogenic. Depending on the conditions at the time, we will probably plan to then head to the world-class wreck of SS Thistelgorm, an iconic and very photogenic large wreck.
At this point, we will either keep moving south towards the wrecks at Abu Nuhas or back north up to the straits of Tiran, with its amazing reefs and corals.
Perhaps more critically, as we are chartering the whole boat, we will go where the conditions are best and most productive for image-making.
This trip will be led by Wetpixel Publisher Adam Hanlon.
The trip fee includes:
a. Accommodation on board and direct transfer to/from liveaboard
b. Full board (breakfast, lunch, snacks, and evening meal) with mineral water, soft drinks, tea, and coffee are included,
c. Dive guide,
d. 11-liter aluminum tank DIN/INT, weight belts, weights
e. Up to 4 guided dives per day, including 1 early morning dive and one 1-night dive (each full day onboard excl. arrival/departure day),
f. All permissions, harbor fees,
g. Wifi on board
h. EANx 32 on all dives
i. Tips and gratuities
You will need to book your own airfare to Sharm el-Sheikh. Please note that the dates listed are the dates for embarkation/disembarkation from the boat
Payments and fees:
The trip is competitively priced at $2,150/person
Here’s the payment schedule per person, per trip:
Deposit (immediate): $1250
December 1, 2022 payment: $400 March 1, 2022, final payment: $500
What to do next…
Please contact Adam Hanlon for more info or to book. Spaces are limited, and we expect this trip to sell out very fast, so please do not delay…