September 2014 Archives

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.


Superior's dive guide, Sonia Goggel, shares the joys of yet another happy trip ...


A brimming photo album is on our Facebook page here. Our thanks to Frederico Pereiram, Sara and Carlos for these simply fabulous photos.


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With our dive deck densely occupied by oxygen and helium tanks, twin sets and bail-outs, we moved up north for some technical diving. Cat and Chris from Tekstreme, in charge of technical diving and courses, had six disciples with them. I was the lucky guide of the very VIP number of five recreational divers. Luckier even, they were all excellent divers. Looking very promising, we headed up to Um Gamar Island for our first tek and rec diving.

The tek group consisted of British, Swiss and Dutch divers; my recreational group of five was a mini UN, again: Spanish, Portuguese, British and Australian. We were all one tank bubblers except for Ricky, the Australian, who had just finished his rebreather course with Cat.

Going slowly, we explored the soft coral and glassfish pinnacle of Um Gamar and enjoyed the anthias swimming in the current, and some really large free-swimming morays.

After a great Gubal Barge night dive, we did Bluff Point as an early morning dive. As opposed to the last trip, when the first glassfish cave was a bit empty, this trip was full with a very large school of tiny glassfish. The second crack was still full with glassfish and had the same school of about forty lionfish hovering about on the inside and outside, a truly stunning sight! We visited our yellow-mouth moray friends again, and found beautiful Flabellina rubrolineata and Risbecia pulchella nudibranchs.  There were also clouds of fusiliers streaming along the reef, coloring everything a vibrant blue.

The tekkies had a lot of studying and planning to do while the “rekies” were diving, sleeping and reading, actually having a real holiday ;-)

Two dives on the Rosalie Moller were next on the wish list. Strong wind made it all a bit rough, so we had to tie a few lines on the wreck to stabilize the boat and make diving easier. The bow, covered in glassfish and cardinals was gorgeous, as was of course the aft mast, with all the huge soft corals, glassfish, silversides and cardinals, a magnificent sight! We also had our mouths and hands thoroughly cleaned by Cave cleaner shrimps.

After the Rosie we crossed the shipping channel and slept at Beacon Rock, to be ready to dive on Shark Reef and Yolanda early morning. We descended right into the large school of twin-spot snappers and stayed with them for quite a while before drifting gently along the magical wall of soft corals of Shark Reef, passed a large school of big-eye jacks, and on to Yolanda, where we had a wonderful time amongst clouds of anthias and more soft corals … another bliss dive at Shark and Yolanda Reefs!

Jackson was next, with us “rekies” doing the southwest point, while the tekkies went visiting the deep bits of the wreck of the Lara. We all enjoyed the magnificent reef and wreck, with hardly any current, so lucky!

The deep Thomas Canyon was next for the tekkies, while we drifted gently along the superb reef, with its glorious soft corals and fans, and its tons of fish, truly a perfect dive!

It was back to Ras Mohamed’s Ras Zaatar after that. We enjoyed the impressive topography of chimneys, shallow caverns filled with glassfish and deep overhangs, everything covered in soft corals and fish… always such a beautiful dive!

As the tekkies had not dived Shark Reef and Yolanda yet, we went back again, but the “rekkies” jumped in at Anemone City this time, and had again the absolutely best dive of the week … a gentle drift along Anemone City with tons of anthias, three-spot dascyllus and lovely anemonefish, then shallow onto Shark Reef, were we sat amongst the twin-spot snappers for ages, so close… batfish, big-eye jacks and yellow-dotted trevallies also swam by. To finish the dive we crossed the saddle to Yolanda in the shallows, finding a crocodilefish, a napoleon and a huge free-swimming moray, and ended up on the South-Eastern side of Yolanda, where we hovered in the dense anthias layer, reaching all the way from the surface to eight meters …  heavenly!

We hope Tekkies and “Rekkies” had a great time diving with us, deep and shallow, wrecks and reefs. It was great to meet you and to share the marvels of the Red Sea with you! We hope you will come visit us again soon! Thank you so much for choosing Emperor Superior and Tekstreme for your Red Sea diving holiday and technical courses!

A great thank you also goes to our superb Captain Ahmed Omran and his hardworking Crew! Thank you for taking us there and back safely and for carrying all those extra tanks ;-)

Wishing you a safe journey home and happy bubbles, always!

Sea hugs,






WOW! Emperor Elite "...the best I've been on!"

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“South & St Johns with Emperor Elite”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 September 2014 NEW


The Elite is an excellent example of a high quality Red Sea liveaboard, I did the South and St John's itinerary in mid August and couldn't have asked for a better experience. In particular I must highlight the extremely hardworking and helpful boat and dive deck crew who never seemed to stop smiling and who were always there to offer assistance and in one case even joining in a good natured water fight on the dive deck after a dive!.in short a great bunch of people. I'd also like to add that our Dive guides for the week, Ahmed S and Ahmed T were great, highly knowledgeable, always helpful and in combination with the boat captain they chose some exceptional dive sites over the weeklong trip.

To put my comments in context I will say that I have been on quite a few liveaboards, from the Coral sea and the Maldives through to the Bahamas and Caribbean. and I would rate the Emperor Elite amongst the best I've been on.

Great trip, Great people and I'll definitely be back 

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The Return of Dennis the Dugong

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Dennis is back! Over the last month, the team at Emperor Marsa Alam has been seeing Dennis regularly at Abu Dabab.

Measuring in a little smaller than Dyson, you can see he has a lot of marks and scars as he's much older.

"He's been somewhat elusive over the last few years at Abu Dabab so it's great to have him back there again," says Bernie and the team.

Visit Dennis (no promises) and the team in Marsa Alam soon - discover more here.

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