First day's diving on board the MV Hurricane in the Egyptian Red Sea. These sites are to the south of Marsa Alam. Green turtles, remora, puffer fish, lion fish.
Day 3 of 6 on board the MV Hurricane in September 200, diving Little Brother in the Egyptian Red Sea: turtle close up, barracuda, jellyfish being eaten alive...
Day 5 of 6 on the MV Hurricane at Daedalus Reef in the middle of the Southern Egyptian Red Sea. Animals sighted include: Chinese Dragon nudibranch, Zanzibar ...
Videos are not mine, I don't own them. Collage made to new 30 Seconds to Mars song, "Hurricane," in the This is War album, release date: Dec 9th, 2009.
Day 6 of 6 on board the MV Hurricane. Clip shows two dives at Ras Shona, a bay to the south of Marsa Alam , Egypt: batfish, goatfish, lionfish, blue spotted stingray, cleaner shrimp, long-horned...
The liveaboard that epitomises the current direction of Egyptian shipbuilding is the Hurricane.
The cabins are all en-suite with air-conditioning, and come with television screens and DVD players. The dive deck is large and spacious, with a central table for cameras and a Haskel booster pump to facilitate nitrox or technical diving. Diving takes place from two 6m RIBs, one of which was out of action during my visit late last year – the UK agent tells me that both RIBs are currently operational.
In the late Nineties, Egyptian liveaboards tended to be small and basically fitted. Since then, they have been getting bigger and more luxurious, but the price – in real terms – has actually come down. There seems to be a battle of one-upmanship among the liveaboard operators, each seeking to outdo the other with successive designs. So they offer affordable luxury, but make back their money by getting more divers onto the boat than before.
The Hurricane takes 22 divers in 11 cabins, has two spacious sundecks, a lounge and a dedicated dining room. The latter is one of the biggest spaces inside the ship, and makes the process of feeding 22 hungry divers look quite easy, but it can seem a waste of space, as the lounge area upstairs is not sufficient to seat everyone at the same time. Another criticism of the vessel is that it is two knots slower than most of the other liveaboards operating out of Port Ghalib, though this has little impact on the usual southern itineraries.
Hurricane is world-class liveaboard operating at affordable prices, with a hard-working crew and a couple of excellent dive guides. Very popular with Brits, this is a boat with soul.
Itineraries: Southern Red Sea and offshore islands, from the Brothers to Zabargad and the Sudan border. Highlights include the possibility of seeing six different species of shark; numerous wreck sites; pristine hard coral in the Fury Shoal and St John’s, and current-fuelled wall diving.
Tony Backhurst Scuba Travel
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