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Overland Underwater Holidays 2016

We have some great trips planned for 2015 with a trip to Mexico including diving the famous Cenotes in June and then a luxury Red Sea liveaboard in October. Looking a bit further ahead we also have a trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia planned for 2016. All details can be found below. If you are interested in going on any of these trips please contact us for further information.

Northern Wrecks and Reefs,  Red Sea Liveaboard, 17th-24th June

Itinerary: Northern Wrecks & Reefs
Dates:     17th - 24th June 2016
Aboard:   M/Y blue Horizon

 The Vessel...

Built by blue o two in 2006, award winning M/Y blue Horizon is our flagship vessel and the benchmark for all other blue o two vessels to follow her. With a contemporary and stylish feel, M/Y blue Horizon takes liveaboard luxury to a whole new level and is truly deserving of the title 'Liveaboard of the Year' awarded by DIVE and DIVER magazine in their recent industry awards.

The Itinerary...
This safari allows you to take in some of the most iconic wrecks that the Red Sea has to offer. An ideal itinerary for those new to SCUBA diving or the Red Sea, allowing you to experience world famous wrecks and pristine reefs.

Sample Itinerary...

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.

Day 1 - Start the week with a check dive before heading north for an afternoon and night dive.
Days 2-5 - Spend four days cruising the northern Red Sea. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three day dives and a night dive each day. The exact itinerary and order of dive sites will vary depending on the conditions but you can expect to visit plenty of wrecks including Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Giannis D, Carnatic and potentially even more. There is also some fantastic reef diving including the Ras Mohamed marine park, Danaba (Shag Rock), Sha'ab El Erg (famous for dolphin encounters) and the Island of Gobal.
Day 6 - Enjoy two relaxed morning dives close to Hurghada allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

Itinerary Highlights...

S.S. Thistlegorm - Shaab Ali
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.

Small Crack - Shaab Mahmoud
This is a small split in the middle of Shaab Mahmoud's barrier. Drift along the outside wall next to beautiful corals and colourful fish. Look for a sand slope that leads you up and through the crack. When the current is right you can fly through the 5m deep channel and be thrown out across the sandy lagoon!


Gubal Island

At the gate of the Straits of Gubal is 'Bluff Point', which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the 'Ulysses' lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. 'The Barge' wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures.

Abu Nuhas
Also known as the 'Ships Graveyard', this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. Wrecks here include the Ghiannis D, Carnatic, Tile and Lentil Wrecks. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef.

Shag Rock
This large circular reef is often overlooked but offers excellent diving on pristine coral from any location on its perimeter.

All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

 Cost:   £1199 per person Plus £20 for 'VISA' Meet & greet service*

Includes: Return flights MAN-HRG, visa, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, marine park fees, fuel surcharges, 12lt cylinder and weights. *EU passport holders only.

Book now!

Please contact Sue Grainger at Overland Underwater on 01423 547949 if you're in Harrogate, or 01904 799788 if you're in York, or email info@overlandunderwater.com for more information or to book on this Red Sea safari!

Thailand and the Junk Liveaboard, 2nd - 12th November 

Itinerary: Similan & Surin Islands
Dates: 2nd - 12th November 2016
Aboard: S/Y The Junk.

 Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, boasting more than 2,500 Kilometres of coastline which plays host to sandy beaches, sheltered bays and idyllic islands. Furthermore, the year-round sunshine, tropical climate and crystal clear waters present the perfect playground for scuba divers.

The Vessel...

At 33 metres in length, S/Y The Junk luxury liveaboard is a stunning dive vessel offering liveaboard diving holidays in Thailand. Originally built in 1962 as a charcoal transportation vessel, she was completely overhauled and refit in 1997 to the vessel she is today. Built from the finest Asian wood teak known as Takien Tong, she is a three mast junk vessel with 330 square metres of sails that are both functional and beautiful.

S/Y The Junk generally welcomes 12 guests on board, but can comfortably host up to 18 divers. An expansive dive and leisure deck provides ample space for kitting up even when the vessel is full. Underwater photographers and videographers will definitely appreciate the large fresh water rinsing tanks and designated areas for charging and preparation of equipment

The Itinerary...
This 6 night Thailand liveaboard adventure allows up to 19 dives, including up to 4 sunset / night dives and combines the Similans with Kon Bon, Koh Tachai and reaches northwards as far as Richelieu Rock. Sharks, marbled whip rays, turtles, harlequin shrimp and wondrous soft corals all await the eager diver.

Sample Itinerary...

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.

Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1

Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2

Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3

Dinner will be served either before or after the sunset/night dive

Day 1 and Day 7 are reserved for Embarkation and Disembarkation, there will be no diving on these days. For final day aboard we schedule 3 dives to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest's requests are respected.

Itinerary Highlights...

Similan Islands
The above water scenery will provide stunningly beautiful white sandy beaches with small forested areas. Dive some of the following sites; Boulder City, Sharkfin Reef, Anita's Reef and Honeymoon Bay. Under the surface you may see: Leopard (zebra) shark, blue spotted stingrays, clown trigger fish, rabbit fish, scorpion fish, snappers, emperor fish, giant trevally and angelfish. The coral gardens, bommies and boulder formations are wonderful to dive.

Koh Bon
Koh Bon is a dive site where manta rays might be seen. You are likely to see Napoleon wrasse, sweetlips, octopus, blue fin trevally, giant moray eels, great barracudas, fire dart goby, popcorn shrimp, spiny lobster and nudibranchs of many types. The dive sites vary from wall diving to gently sloping reefs and from submerged boulders to coral gardens.

Richelieu Rock
This limestone pinnacle was named by Jacques Cousteau after the character in the Three Musketeers, Cardinal Richelieu, as it reminded him of his deep scarlet cape. There are gorgeous purple dendronepthya soft corals covering most of the pinnacle and other areas covered in magnificent sea anemones as well. Barely breaking the surface at low tide, this horseshoe-shaped outcropping, slopes steeply to a sandy bottom at 18 to 35 meters (60-120 Ft). This site offers great diversity for such a small and isolated spot. It also offers excellent multi-level diving and, because it's a high-profile reef, there's always sheltered areas to hide from current. The marine life is prolific and includes amongst, many other things: Pharaoh cuttlefish, large octopi, all 5 varieties of anemone fish of the Andaman Sea, variety of moray eels, ornate ghost pipefish, smashing mantis shrimps, harlequin shrimps, tiger tail sea horses, Spanish mackerel, frog fish, many schooling snapper and occasional sightings of manta rays and whale sharks.

Surin Islands

The topside scenery of Koh Surin with evergreen forests, mangroves and small beaches, surpasses even that of the picturesque Similan Islands. Under water the reefs of Surin have the greatest hard coral diversity in Thailand. You are likely to see Napoleon wrasse, yellow-masked angelfish, bumphead parrotfish, tomato anemonefish and barramundi, as well as lots of turtles that still come ashore in this area to lay their eggs. Because of the remoteness, not many liveaboard boats visit these islands and you will be able to enjoy the dive sites without sharing it with tourist hordes.

From £1847* per person
Includes: Return flights from Manchester - Phuket, all transfers, 1 night accommodation in a superior room at Pier 42 Boutique Resort on a B&B basis before the liveaboard, 6 nights full board accommodation on board the S/Y The Junk, 2 nights accommodation in the Palm Garden Resort in a bungalow twin on a B&B basis after the liveaboard. *Price is based on 4 people sharing in a quad cabin. You can add extra nights to the trip as required to extend your holiday.  Contact us for more details

Book now!

Please contact Sue Grainger on 01423 547949 (Harrogate) or 01904 799788 (York) or email info@overlandunderwater.com for more information or to book on this Thailand safari! 

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