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With Saudi Arabia once again being open for regular tourism we can once again get access to one of the last frontiers for diving in the world. The reefs on here are untouched and pristine and with so few boats operating you are guaranteed to have it basically all to yourself for the duration of this trip. Jacques Cousteau described his first encounter with this part of the Red Sea back in 1963 “as the most diverse reef system in the world”, on the his first expedition to the Red Sea.

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Day 1 (1/3/22): Arrival into Jeddah (at any time), transfer to your hotel
Day 2 (2/3/22): Transfer to Al Lith and check-in on Saudi Explorer, checkout dive
Day 3-10 (3-10/3/22): Diving Farasan South Island, up to 3 daily dives
Day 11 (11/3/22); Breakfast and transfer to Jeddah. Overnight Jeddah
Day 12 (12/3/22): Transfer to the airport and tour ends


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In his book "The Living Sea" from 1963 Jacques Cousteau described the Farasan Banks on Saudi Arabias Red Sea "as one of he most fascinating areas" that he visited on his first expedition to the region.. He was left mesmerized by the overwhelming diversity and health of the reef system. 

With ideal water temperatures, excellent year-round visibility and very few currents, Saudi Arabia’s coastal waters are a scuba enthusiast’s dream.
It has been said that Saudi Arabia is one of diving's last frontiers, and it is a fact that very few westerners have ever been able to dive here. The appeal of diving almost untouched, barely explored reefs is undeniable. With an incredible variety of marine life and some of the most flourishing coral reefs to be found anywhere in the world - it is no wonder that so many famous explorers have dived here.

Untouched and pristine, the world that lies beneath Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea is the final frontier of diving. With a wealth of world-class dive sites along its coastline, the longest in the Red Sea, the kingdom is home to one of the most exciting and undiscovered diving destinations for adventure travellers near and far.
Explore ancient shipwrecks and uninhabited desert islands surrounded by spectacular technicolour reefs. While under the sea, marvel at the azure waters teeming with schools of clownfish, sergeant majors, rays, moray eels, uniquely shaped hammerhead sharks and the majestic whale shark — the largest fish in the ocean.

Day 1 (1/3/22): Arrival into Jeddah
You can arrive at any time in Jeddah (or even on day 2 if that is better for you). Arrival transfer overnight in Jeddah.

Day 2 (2/3/22): (B, L, D)
After breakfast we drive south to the port city of Al Lith (212 km, 2,5 hours) south of Jeddah. 
The Farasan archipelago is made up of a vast coral bank comprising a multitude of reefs and islands extending from south Jeddah up to the coast of Yemen. The Saudi part of the Farasan is divided into two areas called Farasan Banks and the Farasan Archipelago. The Banks are made up of small islands and a multitude of reefs most of which rise above the surface. The port of Al Lith, located 230 km south of Jeddah, is the departure point, and after a journey of approximately 3 hours the first dive sites are reached; small white sand islands alternate with semi-submerged reefs. Real volcanic cones rise up with vertical walls and depths of around 500 metres, upon which are formed islands such as Mar Mar, which apart from offering splendid dives is also the stopover point for the night. The islands of Dohra, al Jadir, Malothu and the Gorgonia, Bandu and Long reefs are nearby. 25 miles south is sha’ab Ammar, a horseshoe shaped reef, also used as a night stopover point. A few miles to the south are the Jabbara and Mudar reefs, setting the scene for spectacular dives. Common characteristics of these sites are the incredible variety of hard coral found on the peaks and the large quantity of fish found in the currents. On descending, one can observe the passage of large pelagic fish, including the much admired tiger shark. Colourful Canyon reef closes this tour of the twilight zone. Before returning to port there is a stop on the mountainous Abu Latt island, to view the breathtaking natural scenery.

Day 3-10 (3-10/3/22): Diving Farasan South (B, F, D)
During the days diving these waters we are scheduled to do 3 dives daily.

Day 11 (11/3/22): Return back to Al Lith and back to Jeddah (B)
After breakfast we return back to Jeddah for our last nigth in Saudi Arabia (extensions are possible)

Day 12 (13/3/22): Departure from Jeddah (B)
After breakfast (depending on when you depart) you will have a transfer to the airport.

Viktig Informasjon

Package includes;

  • Private arrival and departure transfer in Jeddah
  • 2 nights Hotel Al Bilad, Jeddah in shared twin room on BB-basis
  • Guided Tour of Jeddah
  • Private transfer from Jeddah hotel - Al Lith Marina - Jeddah hotel
  • 9 nights / 10 days liveaboard cruise on M/V Saudi Explorer
  • Dive package includes: shared twin cabin, all meals, water/tea & coffee, mineralwater ond soft drinks, weights, belt, NITROX, 7,5 days of diving (3 daily dives + 2 dives on the last day)
  • DAN Europe dive insurance

Not included
  • Flights to/from Jeddah (ask us for a quotation)
  • Tips
  • Travel- and cancellation insurance (DYKKEbazaar can offer insurance that also covers covid-19)
  • Visa to Saudi Arabia (must be arranged prior to departure and cost SAR440, approx EUR 97)
  • Single surcharge EUR 870
  • Local fees & taxes EUR 225
  • Surcharge for upgrade to Suite EUR 250

Useful information on this trip:
is based on available twin share cabins, which is allocated on a first-come-first serve basis. Flights for international guests is not included, but we can assist with flights. The group will depart from Amsterdam om Saudi Airlines and connections from other points in Europe is available.
About Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia is an Islamic Kingdom and has about 27 million inhabitants. The country is a strict muslim society and it is required by any females to wear an abaya (a black full length cloth with covering of the hair) in all public places. When onboard the vessel this is of course not required. Do not bring any alcohol or pork products into the country.
Climate and the diving: The Farasan Banks lays around 350 km south of Jeddah. The water temperature will be around 26-30ºC (with even higher temperatures on land). This period will basically have good weather with little wind so sea conditions should be very good. We expect visibility around 20-30m (a 3mm wetsuit is recommended). 
Rental Equipment: is available, ut needs to be organised prior to arrival.
Number of divers in total: 10 twin cabins with a total of 19 beds.

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