Emperor Red Sea liveaboards - with FREE Nitrox

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Free Nitrox on Emperor Liveaboards

Liveaboard diving is perfect for experiencing some of the best dive sites in the Red Sea aboard a spacious boat with holiday comforts and a first-rate team and crew.

One of the best things is that our liveaboards moor on, or close to, the best dive sites giving more diving time when the sites are less busy. And they offer FREE Nitrox!

Nitrox DivingEmperor Elite, Emperor Superior and Emperor Asmaa all offer you the chance for a glorious holiday. And you can choose from a tempting range of routes covering those iconic Red Sea dive sites; from northern safaris to the 'bucket list' safari of Simply the Best. Our Hamata departures get you to some of the best dive sites, including Fury Shoals, without a long voyage from Port Ghalib.

» Check out our itineraries here

Not sure which liveaboard to go for? Click here for an overview of boat comparisons at a glance.

Diving in a group? We have some great group discounts on Elite and Superior.

Fab TripAdvisor reviews for Marsa Alam team

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Andy G

“What more do you need ?? :)”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 31 October 2014

"Lost count on how many dives I've done with Luke and his team at Marsa Alam and the simple reason is I've forgot because I can only remember all the good experience's I've had as no bad experience's stand out.

The friendliness of the staff the organization of the boats nothing is an issue and anything that you ask for is catered for(with-in reason). But the experience has only got better now that the new house reef's has been opened up between the intercontinental ,Crowne Plaza Hotels and the Beach entrance.

The house reef is up there with any house reef in the Maldives in my opinion and that is a bold statement to make. To make my point on one dive Eagle Rays, Turtles, Napoleon, Octopus and for all your critter spotters Nudi's galore. What more do you need on a house reef tank on your back camera in your hand and your done plus the crew are waiting to chauffer you back to the dive centre which is only a 3 min drive in the Electro car.

I can't speak highly enough about the operation that Luke is running in Marsa so well done to Luke and Tracy and all the team for making it a pleasure and looking forward to April when we shall be back AGAIN !!

Customer satisfaction is good but customer retention is even better and Emperor Divers Marsa Alam keeps myself and my wife bouncing back for more."



“Fantastic first time diving experience.”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 29 October 2014 

"We did our Padi open water with emperor divers and so glad we booked with them. Picked up from outside our hotel at the time arranged, our instructor Craig was brilliant, especially as I am very nervous! He has the patience of a saint!

The boats were excellent and the crew so helpful, definitely recommend having lunch on the boats, really good!Everything was first class, the service, the boats and crew, lunch! The equipment, the instruction and of course the diving, will definitely be back and definitely with Emperor again."

Discover more about diving in Marsa Alam right here


Marsa Alam - Crowne Plaza Special Offer

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01/11/2014 – 25/12/2014

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7 nights in a twin/double room on half board basis including 3 days diving* and return airport transfers from €405 / £324.

With an enviable waterfront location, the Crowne Plaza Sahara Sands caters to all tastes with a range of restaurants, private beaches and vibrant décor.

Situated in the heart of Port Ghalib and close to the Marina and Emperor's dive centre, this is a great choice for both diving and relaxation.

Discover more here!



*1 day unlimited unguided house reef diving + 2 days’ boat diving

Transfers are to/from Marsa Alam airport

Valid during above travel dates, on half board basis and standard garden view only

A compulsory Christmas Eve Gala Dinner (24/12/2014) will be charged at €55 / £44 will be added.

Please email reservations@emperordivers.com for single and triple room rates or for additional diving services.


Emperor Divers Maldives - come and join us

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Did you know? The Maldives is one of the most appealing dive destinations in the world with its relaxed atmosphere, year-round warm water and sightings of great pelagics. Its rich marine life teems around the coral reefs where you will find schools of fish, sharks, mantas and rays with regular appearances by playful dolphins.

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Thanks to its 26 atolls, the diving is diverse with channel dives attracting marine life from the deep to fast drift diving. Whale sharks and grey reef sharks are common sights or see the manta rays coming in to be cleaned!
Now add to that the happy choice of routes and it makes perfect sense to make the Maldives a 'must dive' destination in 2015 (or earlier!)

Choose Emperor Atoll or Emperor Voyager for super liveaboard diving or, if you prefer a resort, the small and welcoming Casa Mia Resort is just for you.

Report by Sonia Goggel
Thank you to Svein, Jonas, and Dave and Caz for these wonderful photos.

See all the photos on our Facebook page, click here

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One of the big bonuses of working as a dive guide is not only diving lots, but also meeting longtime friends again and making new ones.  Seeing Matt, Sean and the two Steves again after two years was wonderful. Also meeting their kids and seeing Steve all grown up was equally fantastic, especially as I also learnt to dive with my Dad, and know how awesome it is to share the magic of the underwater world with family. With them came a large group of friends, all from Britain. Also on board Superior were two Swedes, two Russians, a famous Polish videographer and my friend Svein from Norway, who will stay with us for three weeks.

To dive as many wrecks as we could manage was our honorable quest, and lucky we were, as we had glorious weather to do so, at least for the first half of the trip. As Martyn kept telling me, “It is all about PMA, Positive Mental Attitude,” and there was lots of that all week, all around, on Superior.

We ticked off the weather dependent wrecks early in the week, taking advantage of flat seas. After a great visibility check dive on Poseidon Reef, Carnatic was our first heavy metal immersion. For “Spanner” Sam, Poseidon Reef was his first dive with more than half a metre visibility, and his eyes were as large as dinner plates. He found it “almost unreal” … oops, guess Matt will have a hard time dragging him back into a quarry dry suit dive ;-) He is a definite Red Sea convert now.

Chrisoula was next and then we moored onto the Giannis D directly, as the weather was so flat, and enjoyed both wrecks almost on our own, which was a great bonus. The engine room of the Giannis D is again filled with glassfish of all sizes and copper sweepers, and the light was ever so beautiful mid-morning. We even had a pod of bottlenose dolphins playing around the boat after breakfast, so, of course, we played with them.

Ulysses was next, inhabited by gorgeous purple Flabellina nudis and covered in soft corals and territorial sergeant majors, always a stunning dive, and highly weather dependent. After a critter rich night dive at the Barge, the always glorious Rosalie Moller was next. The Rosalie is simply magnificent: Amazing atmosphere, schools of crescent-tail big eyes, glassfish and cardinalfish all over, torpedo rays, many shrimps, peppered morays, schools of jacks. Of course, that aft mast is simply perfect, with its very long and lush purple soft corals, schooling cleaner shrimps, and covered in glassfish, cardinalfish and silversides … you could spend the whole dive just there. My teeth are now much cleaner after a thorough oral hygiene by a horde of those aft mast cleaner shrimps.

A very smooth crossing of the shipping channel took us to the Sinai side, where we all enjoyed diving on the Dunraven. Very clear visibility and a swift drift took almost everybody back to the Superior, no zodiac taxis needed. Ras Mohamed in the morning had just the right current going around Shark Reef and Yolanda to open up the lush and perfect soft corals and activate the orange clouds of anthias … simply one of my all-time huge favorites!  The venerable Lady Thistlegorm was next, and nobody would have less than four dives on her, so four dives we did, mostly with good visibility and not too much current, there is always so much to discover. Neil even found his one pound Sterling note from 1978 and … the blue treasure box was luckily found by Matt … what a relief!

As currents and waves were running high, we skipped the Kingston and went straight for a lovely reef dive at Siyul Kebir, followed by Shaabruhr Um Gamar, where we found two very impressive stonefish having a tete-a-tete, one purple and one covered with algae.  After a quick and beautiful drift along Little Giftun’s east side, we spent the rest of the day on wrecks again, the El Mina and the glassfish-filled fishing boat nearby, making all wreck lovers happy.

Dear Wreck, Fish and “Flowers” Friends, it was a blast to share the Red Sea and the Superior hospitality with you! We hope you had at least as much fun as we did, and hopefully even more ;-)

Thank you, again, to Svein, Jonas, and Dave and Caz, for contributing photos to our Facebook page.

Shoukran gezilan to our dear Captain Ahmed Omran and to his superb Superior Crew for making all these wreck dives possible and for bringing us back again safely. It is simply magic working with you!

Hope to see you all again SOON! Take care and happy bubbles! Remember to keep getting up at 5.30 am … because it seems to work so well … Brieeeeeeeeefing time!

Fat sea hugs

"Spectacular South Red Sea –
big animals in Marsa and the virgin reefs of Hamata"

Ocean Theatre 2

Luke Atkinson"Focusing on my almost-six years' experience of working and diving in the South Red Sea, this talk will look at both the land based and daily diving perspective. Great graphics will lead the way, with lots of photos of the kinds of big animals you can encounter in my hometown of Marsa Alam, and of the amazing reefs and wrecks of our newest centre down in the deep South of Hamata.

There will be some short videos, anecdotes and a lot of information on how to get here, when to come and where to stay in order to get the best Red Sea hotel based holiday possible. I hope plenty of Emperor guests will show up, with or without rotten fruit and witty heckles, to reminisce about great encounters, learn more about the next trip with us, or simply to take the mickey!

In case that's not enough incentive, there will also be Emperor freebies including all the pictures from the presentation so you can use them to tempt dive buddies to holiday with you – or just to pretty up your PC screensaver.

There's also a digital voucher for a FREE DIVE on your next trip - and you can share it with your Facebook friends.

Oh, and I fully intend to run over the half hour because blue o two are on straight after and you'd rather listen to me, right?"

A small selection of Luke's photos...

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Taki and Tracy

by Tracy Leverett, Marsa Alam
“Taki, from Marsa Alam, and I, Saad from Sharm El Sheikh and Paul and Tiger from El Gouna gathered in El Gouna for our training course and spent an enjoyable three days with the IDDA staff.
We spent the first day in the classroom looking at the theory and learning that the only prerequisite to diving was a doctor’s clearance, after that the only assessment is how to get our guests diving! We looked at how to cater for people with disabilities and medical considerations from diabetics to the visually impaired to quadriplegics.
In the pool we learnt how to assess people, get them comfortably in the water, how to manage and maintain contact with the divers and generally adapting our existing teaching skills to cater for individual needs.
Our two teaching assistants were both in wheelchairs; one an amputee and the other paralysed from the waist down, so we learnt a broad range of realistic and practical techniques. We used Abu Tigue Marina to learn how to manoeuvre and 10676163_684862498265171_4093504306400779608_n.jpgnavigate all types of obstacles – bridges, steps, kerbs, pavements and even the beach, all of which opened our eyes as to how much needs to be thought through outside of the diving itself.
Our last day we spent out on the dive boat for two dives; the first was a training exercise dealing with a diver’s first time in the water (try dives, open water dives), learning holds, control and ascent and descent techniques, which we had previously practiced in the pool. The second dive was buddying up with one of the teaching assistants as a qualified diver, and being their buddy both in and out of the water.
The practical applications were very enjoyable and at times intense; we had a lot of fun working as teams. Many obstacles were encountered during the three days but with the ID
DA professional staffs’ guidance and experience we solved them quickly. As IDDA instructors we are now able to audit our dive centres to make them more disabled-friendly and implement the changes needed to accomplish this. We can conduct 'Try Dives' for therapy and offer continuing education for certified divers to rescue through to dive masters with the IDDA programme.
Our thanks to our instructors who were fun and yet so very professional. We look forward to welcoming our first disabled divers and sharing our skills – and fun!”

Another enchanting report from dive guide, Sonia Goggel

Fab photos by guests Mirek, Agnies, Fabio and  Thiago - thank you! You can see a big album of their photos on our Facebook page here.


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A chatty group from Brazil and an enthusiastic group from Britain, some old returning friends and some newcomers, ruled the scene on Superior this trip. There were also some old friends from Norway, as well as new friends from Poland, Australia and France. We all had a blast enjoying the beautiful wrecks and reefs of the northern Red Sea.

Even though the weather was not ideal, we had a great dive on the Chrisoula K. Underwater, life is invariably better than above … clear water and lots of light created a beautiful atmosphere on the wreck. The field of garden eels seems to be growing and they seem less shy, as they all stayed out for us a generous half a metre or more above the sand. They must be getting accustomed to our admiring visits.

Shark and Yolanda Reefs were magic, as usual. Everybody asked to go back, so we did towards the end of the trip. I never say no to a possibility to dive the Ras Mohamed reefs, it always is world class diving at its very best! This time, too, the large school of snappers was very friendly and the colorful soft corals were all puffed up. The little school of batfish also came by for a visit, as did a few dogtooth tuna. With the current coming from Yolanda, we could get all around the stunning reef, making our way through dense clouds of anthias, marveling at large napoleons, crocodilefish, morays and the various bathroom appliances left behind by Yolanda ;-)

The very packed and huge school of glassfish at the Dunraven was still the highlight of this dive. The Brazilians loved the wreck, especially the scenic bow with its copious soft corals.

Our Old Lady, the venerable wreck of the Thistlegorm is, and always will be, one of the world’s greatest diving legends. No matter how many dives one does on her, she invariably inspires awe with her majestic presence, interesting goodies and magnificent fish life. Especially the two morning dives were big winners as the current was mild and the visibility crystal clear, allowing an overview of the whole wreck on descent and ascent along the mooring lines, as well as a full appreciation of the myriad of fusiliers being chased about by packs of jacks, pushing them into the wreck in dense clusters amongst us … a beautiful feeling!  With the current coming bow to stern, it is always a Zen experience to hover just off the impressive bow and winch, looking back onto them, enveloped in clouds of fusiliers … a whole new interpretation of the Kate Winslet Titanic impression :-)

Returning to Ras Mohamed, we dived Ras Gozlani before heading off to the Tiran reefs for the night and next day. I had not been to Ras Gozlani for a while and was impressed by the beautiful pinnacles on the drop off, covered in fans and lush purple, red and pink soft corals, bathed in large schools of glassfish and populated by many manicuring Cave cleaner shrimps. The ascent across the sandy slope with gorgeous pinnacles covered in soft corals and a little anemone city was beautiful, as was the bimble along the shallow coral garden wrapped in chocolate dip chromis, anthias and fusiliers, with jacks and napoleons cruising by.

Day four was highlight day. Jackson with the huge school of schooling bannerfish hovering by the reef amongst us, lush soft corals and fans, clouds of anthias, black damsels, red-tooth triggers, fusiliers and snappers … Thomas with almost no current, soft corals, reef fish and anthias galore … and then the cherry on the cake: the combination of Anemone City, and shallow Shark and Yolanda Reefs is the Red Sea at its most magnificent and producer of big smiles and shiny eyes of our enthusiastic divers. It simply has it all: schooling fish, the best rainbow coloured soft corals in all sizes, fans, schooling fish of many species, large dogtooth tuna, turtles, all the reef fish and more anthias than any heart can possibly wish for … This is one of those dives that invariably makes me feel completely privileged and blessed to be a dive guide.

Then it was time to get back to the other side where we did a night dive on Abu Nuhas reef while a huge orange full moon was rising by Shadwan Island … Luckily, the weather OK so we were able to dive not only the scenic Giannis D, but also the soft corally Carnatic, enjoying both very much.

Congratulations to Joseph for his Advanced and Nitrox certifications and for doubling his number of dives during this trip. Congratulations also to Wayne, Alan, Julio and Mirek for reaching or closing up onto the big 100 and to Marcus and Robert for getting to 200 while on Superior.

A great thank you to our dear guests for sharing the glorious wrecks and reefs of the Red Sea with us with such great enthusiasm. Your smiles made the magic dives just so much better! Thank you very much as well to our photographers, who contributed such superb photos to our Facebook page.

Working with gentle and very experienced Captain Sayed Dousouky, visiting from Emperor Elite, was easy, comfortable and a great experience. Nothing was too much effort and he made all our diving wishes come true. Thank you for navigating us around safely in quite rough seas. Our superb Emperor Superior Crew took very good care of us again in and out of the water, thank you so much!

It was brilliant seeing you again and meeting you!! Please do visit us soon again soon! Safe travels home and always happy bubbles!

Sea hugs


'Like family' - Superior's TripAdvisor review

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“A family for a week!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 7 September 2014 NEW

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Second time on Superior (Get Wrecked 22 august) and I just can’t wait for the third!  

Guides Sonia and Amr were very professional, knowledgeable and always willing to give us the best of each dive. Very attentive in the first days, soon understood the needs of each one of us and answered accordingly.

Big heart Amr gave his best to rescue an almost dead stork and he succeeded! Lovely Sonia asked “Who wants to snorkel with the dolphins?” and off we went for 20 magic minutes! A once in a life experience!

All the crew was so professional, friendly and good mood always with a joke and a smile in the face! Food is wonderful and you can even choose how you want your morning eggs, but my top are those amazing fresh juices right when you arrive from the dive! A blessing!

The boat was always tidy and in order wherever you may go! Captain Ahmed Omran sure knows how to run Superior!  The dives? Well the dives one must thank to that amazing Red Sea with water temperatures of 30ºC, visibilities up to 40 meters and the most fabulous wrecks I know!

We’ll be back, Superior! 

Discover more about Superior and her dive routes here

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Rather cleverly offering a one week liveaboard, or two weeks seamlessly back-to-back, Emperor Divers Maldives has two new routes offering a magical mix of eight Atolls.

These special itineraries have been chosen to run when the manta are most prolific between August and October.

Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks North (outward trip)’ visits Gaafaru Atoll, Lhaviyani Atoll, Noonu Atoll, Baa Atoll whilst ‘Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs South (return trip)’ visits Baa Atoll, Thodhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo Atoll, North & South Ari Atolls.

Explains Mike Braun, Emperor Divers General Manager, “These two new routes are designed to give our guests the best chance of seeing mantas and whalesharks. Our liveaboard Emperor Atoll offers great value diving and is perfect as a 'liveaboard taster'. And with no more than 12 guests on-board, diving centres and small groups are able to charter the boat exclusively for themselves.

Both routes take in Baa Atoll, home to Hanifaru Lagoon where you can snorkel with the manta and whalesharks that come to feed on the plankton. Baa Atoll is also home to many pinnacles, overhangs and alternative manta sites.

Both trips start on 01 - 08 August, 2015 and cost just £1098 including a flight to or from Male/Daravandhoo, shared cabin, 7 nights/6 days diving, 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks, 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island, unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee, 17 dives (inc 1 night dive), guide, tanks, weights, free Nitrox, return airport transfers and excluding international flights.

Read more about the routes, the trips and liveaboard, Emperor Atoll, here.