I have to say that the trip was well worth the money and the time away from the hotel. The liveaboard that awaited us was the Emperor Fraser. The crew made us all feel right at home and nothing was too much trouble which is a credit to the Captain on how he runs his boat. The Fraser was very homely and welcoming, the cabins were clean, cosy and had air conditioning which was great.
Luxury bus transfer to Hurghada, join the boat and then travel up to the Thistlegorm wreck site and moor over the wreck - good chance to catch some rays and some sleep. What was good about the trip was how the times were planned so that when we arrived the daily boats were just leaving the wreck site so we had the wreck all to ourselves apart from one other liveaboard. We did an afternoon, night and a dawn dive on the Thistlegorm. Nick timed our dives so that when the other liveaboard divers were leaving the water we jumped in so again, we had the wreck all to ourselves which was fantastic. After the night dive we got changed and spent an hour on the top deck with a few beers watching the world go by, which is fantastic as the peace and quiet is great.
We woke up for the dawn dive at 06.30. Nick briefed us and then we jumped. This again was a great dive as we were the only divers on the wreck. We didn't see the turtle but we did see the resident Napoleon Wrasse around the stern and also got some amazing pictures inside the cargo hold of the trucks, motor cycles and rifles that are stored there. We then left the Thistlegorm and made our way across to Abu Nuhas to dive the Carnatic and Ghiannis D. The trip down gave us time to catch some more rays and some more sleep! Once at Abu Nuhas we moored away from the Wrecks. Nick briefed us and we dived off the zodiacs, diving the Carnatic first and then Ghiannis D which are both fantastic wrecks. If you like a modern wreck then Ghiannis D is the one for you but if, like me, you prefer older more vintage wrecks then Carnatic is great - it is my favourite for the hard and soft corals and the marine life that now inhabits the wreck.
We had the option of a dive at Fanous on the way back into Hurghada which we all jumped at with the possibility to dive with the pod of dolphins that are resident there. The dive was great apart from no Dolphins but we did see a very friendly pair of octopi 'getting it on' so to speak. Then back on the bus and back to the hotel in time for dinner!
The trip is well worth the money: the food on the boat is brilliant, the crew on the Fraser were excellent and Nick, well, what can we say? Professional as ever but also having fun at the same time.
A trip not to be missed because if you do you will regret it.
Andy (Gibbo) Gibbons and Sarah Gibbons
P.S big love to all the staff at Marsa Alam especially Luke and Tracey xxxx