M/Y Golden Dolphin III

Spacious and comfortable making it an ideal getaway.

The Golden Dolphin fleet offer a range of trips across the Red Sea. This boat sets sail for the sites around the Brothers, St Johns and more! The vessel is comfortable and of a good size for divers.

M/Y Golden Dolphin III is a 37 metre boat and was the third liveaboard built for Golden Dolphin Safari World. She offers 7 night itineraries around the Red Sea departing from Hurghada or Port Ghaleb with a choice of 3 routes to choose from visiting various sites including the Brother Islands, St John’s, Rocky Island and the Island of Zabargad. The experienced captain, 8 friendly crew and 2 guides will lead you through the trip whilst helping with any questions or queries you may have regarding the boat or the itinerary.

M/Y Golden Dolphin III comfortably accommodates 20 guests in 8 twin cabins and 2 double cabins all spread over the upper and main deck. All cabins come with en-suite bathrooms, mini bar, storage, fresh bedding a mirror and an air conditioning unit with individual climate controls for your convenience. The food aboard is a variety of international, Italian and local cuisine with the occasional BBQ suiting the needs of most customers. Any dietary requirements must be stated at the time of booking so the chef can adhere to any guests needs.

She has an air conditioned salon furnished with tables, chairs, well stocked bar and a TV/DVD providing the perfect place for you to relax in. The adjoining dining area is air conditioned, has 4 large tables and comfortable seating for guests to gather and enjoy 3 meals throughout the day. The exposed sun deck located on the top deck is furnished with sun mattresses with the large shaded sun deck below providing tables, chairs and ample space for all guests. The large dive deck has hot water showers, charging station and a camera table with the dive platform a few steps down with 2 steel ladders into the water.

Double Cabin

10 double cabins with AC, minibar, private bathroom; 8 twin cabins (6 on the maindeck and 2 on the upper deck) and 2 cabins with king-size bed on the upper deck

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    M/Y Golden Dolphin offers a mixture of wall and wreck diving around the northern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the Brothers Islands itinerary. She departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and visits sites like the Aida II and the Salem Express all located in The Brothers area. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

    Top Dive Sites

    The Brother Islands are one of the best diving spots in the world and are identified by two undersea mountain pinnacles rising from the depths of the abyss located 60 miles offshore from El Quseir. The Big Brother and the Little Brother Islands offer wall diving that is covered in soft corals and gorgonians attracting a diverse array of marine species. Tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue waters accompanied by the occasional white tip sharks, mantas and hammerheads.

    The Aida II and the Numidia lie on the walls of the Big Brother and are perfect for divers who want to explore more wrecks than reefs. Both wrecks are covered in a rich growth of hard and soft corals attracting families of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.

    The Salem Express is a 100 metre ferryboat sunk in December 1991 when it hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly without giving passengers and crew the opportunity to board the lifeboats. She is one of the largest wrecks in the Red Sea and roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm. The ferry boat is now covered in hard and soft coral that attracts thriving underwater life including frogfish, blue spotted rays, angel and butterfly fish.

    Please Note:

    You must be a PADI Open Water diver to be able to take part in this trip.

    The Great Island Tour is a 2 weeks safari taking you to the best dive sites in the Red Sea! Departing from Hurghada, the boat will sail south and visit the sites around the Brother Islands, Daedalus Reef, Rocky Island and Zabargad. The Brother Islands are two undersea mountain pinnacles rising from the depths of the abyss located about 60 miles offshore from El Quesir. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians creating a kaleidoscope of ever changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagic. Large tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can sometimes be found there. Sightings of the grey reef sharks are almost guaranteed on the north and south plateau of Small Brother.

    The Daedalus Reef is a huge reef formation that lying at about 180 km south of Brother Islands. The reef is surrounded by a sheer wall all around, featuring a plateau in its southern side that goes from 30 metres beside the reef to 40 metres on the edge of the drop-off. When the weather is good a drift dive along one of reef side is possible. Reef and hammerhead sharks are regular encounters along with other marine life.

    Rocky Island is a fringing reef that circles the entire perimeter of the island and drops steeply to an amazing depth. The constant currents flowing year round favour the growth of all different kinds of life in a continuous struggle for a place on the reef. The walls are absolutely covered with the most beautiful soft corals as well as gorgonias, fans, sponges and black coral trees.

    The Island of Zabargad is a superb dive spot. Here you can dive along walls, hover over drop offs or dive slowly in the shallow area, watching the fish and admire the coral garden.

    M/Y Golden Dolphin offers a mixture of reef and wreck diving around the northern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the North Safari itinerary. She departs from Hurghada and visits sites like Abu Nuhas, Ras Mohamed, Thistlegorm and Dunraven. The area of Abu Nuhas has 4 well known wrecks offering specular dives with sightings of a variety of fish life. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

    Top Dive Sites

    Abu Nuhas Area

    The Abu Nuhas area offers some of the best wreck diving in the northern Red Sea where at least 7 wrecks have sunk. The four main wrecks are the Carnatic, Chrisoula K, Giannis D and the Kimon M that attract an array of great marine life and many types of hard and soft coral.

    The Carnatic is a former 90 metre long British cargo ship that sunk in 1869 and is the oldest wreck in the Abu Nuhas area. When the ship sunk she was carrying wine and gold hence some people knowing it as the Wine Wreck. The wreck now lies in 22 metres of water with soft coral covering the entire wooden hull offering great picture opportunities.

    The Chrisoula K is a former 98 metre long Greek cargo vessel that was transporting tiles to Italy and is the reason it is known as the Tile Wreck. She sunk in 1981 after hitting the Abu Nuhas Reef fortunately with no losses of life. The wreck is broken into 2 parts with the stern 28 metres down on the sandy bottom and the bow in the shallow waters at around 4 metres.

    The Giannis D is a former 100 metre long Japanese freighter that sunk in 1983 while transporting wood. The wreck is broken into 3 parts with the bow and stern in good shape however the middle is in bad condition. The main entrance to the wreck is at the stern where you can reach a pocket of trapped air followed by the engine room.

    The Kimon M is a former 120 metre long cargo vessel carrying lentils when it sunk hence the reason it is known as Lentil Wreck. She sunk in 1978 after hitting the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef and now lies 32 metres down.

    Ras Mohamed Area Ras Mohamed was declared a national park in 1983 and is located off the southern coast of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea. This are is known for its steep wall diving that is covered in bright colored corals descending up to 100 metres down.

    Dives at the Shark and Yolanda reefs at Ras Mohamed National Park will be done before moving to the next dive site. The corals here are fed by nutrient rich water attracting many species of fish from turtles to red mouthed grouper.

    The Dunraven Wreck was a British steam sail ship was on route from Bombay to Liverpool when she struck a reef in 1976. She came to rest upside down just outside Ras Mohamed National Park and years later she is covered in coral that attracts many yellow goatfish, baby barracuda and stonefish. Seeing old hessian ropes, remains of wooden cargo boxes and enormous boilers bring the once magnificent steam ship reality back to life.

    The Thistlegorm Wreck is an iconic dive site and is a ‘must dive’ on many diver’s lists. It is the most well-known wreck in the Red Sea and one of the most spectacular wrecks in the world. Diving here is like diving an underwater museum with its locomotives, Bedford trucks, triumph motorbikes and variety of ammunition. As this site has a maximum depth of 32 metres it is advised for advanced divers only. Depending on the weather and current conditions a night dive may be done here.

    M/Y Golden Dolphin offers a mixture of reef and wall diving around the southern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the Deep South - St John’s itinerary. She departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and visits the main attraction of this itinerary St John’s Reef. The reef is near Rocky Island which is deep south in the Red Sea allowing for long overnight sailings. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

    Top Dive Sites

    St John’s Reef system is located in the southern Red Sea and offers exciting drop offs and pelagic action. The wall of ones of the reefs is covered in giant gorgonias and another overgrown with a number of colorful soft corals. You will see a lot of fish cruising in the blue waters with the occasional sightings of hammerheads, grey sharks, white tip reef sharks and silvertips.

    M/Y Golden Dolphin II offers a mixture of reef and wall diving around the southern Red Sea for 7 night charters on The Best of the Res Sea itinerary. She departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and visits St John’s Reef, Rocky Island, Elphinstone and the Island of Zabargad. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

    Top Dive Sites

    St John’s Reef system is located in the southern Red Sea and offers exciting drop offs and pelagic action. The wall of ones of the reefs is covered in giant gorgonians and another overgrown with a number of colorful soft corals. You will see a lot of fish cruising in the blue waters with the occasional sightings of hammerheads, grey sharks, white tip reef sharks and silvertips.

    Rocky Island is a fringing reef that circles the island and drops steeply into the blue waters, it is covered in beautiful soft corals, gorgonians, fans, sponges and black coral trees. Due to its isolated location sightings of reef sharks, grey sharks and silvertip sharks are a certainty with the occasional sightings of manta rays, sailfish and dolphins.

    The reef at Elphinstone is sheer walls covered in soft corals with the north and south plateaus worth a visit when at the site. Due to the remote location of the reef you will encounter big fish like hammerheads, white tip sharks and dolphins.

    The Island of Zabargad is an amazing dive spot as you get to dive along the walls, hover over drops offs and dive in the shallows admiring the coral garden and the fish. For wreck divers there is a nameless 70 metre long wreck at the north side of the island that lies upside down 24 metres down with the stern section still intact.

    The Daedalus Reef lies south of the Brother Islands and is a huge reef formation that is surrounded by a sheer wall featuring a plateau on the southern side that has a 40 metre drop off. The best way to do this dive is to get as far north as possible and drift along the side of the reef to encounter reef sharks, hammerheads, surgeons, fusiliers and carangids.

    M/Y Golden Dolphin offers a mixture of reef and wall diving around the southern Red Sea for 7 night charters on the Rocky, Zabargad and St John’s itinerary. She departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib and visits St John’s Reef, Rocky Island and the Island of Zabargad. The Red Sea has a high temperature and salt content due to its isolated location between Asia and Africa with a narrow passage to the Indian Ocean.

    Top Dive Sites

    St John’s Reef system is located in the southern Red Sea and offers exciting drop offs and pelagic action. The wall of ones of the reefs is covered in giant gorgonians and another overgrown with a number of colorful soft corals. You will see a lot of fish cruising in the blue waters with the occasional sightings of hammerheads, grey sharks, white tip reef sharks and silvertips.

    Rocky Island is a fringing reef that circles the island and drops steeply into the blue waters, it is covered in beautiful soft corals, gorgonians, fans, sponges and black coral trees. Due to its isolated location sightings of reef sharks, grey sharks and silvertip sharks are a certainty with the occasional sightings of manta rays, sailfish and dolphins.

    The Island of Zabargad is an amazing dive spot as you get to dive along the walls, hover over drops offs and dive in the shallows admiring the coral garden and the fish. For wreck divers there is a nameless 70 metre long wreck at the north side of the island that lies upside down 24 metres down with the stern section still intact.

    Vessel Details

    Year Built 2008
    Guest Numbers 20
    Length & Beam 37 metres long and a 8 metre beam
    Speed 10 knots
    Engines 2 x MAN, 750 HP each
    Generators 2 x 100 KW, 230 V
    Number of Cabins 8 twin cabins and 2 double cabins all air conditioned
    Navigation & Communication Systems GPS, VHF radio, satellite phone, life jackets, life rafts, fire extinguishers and smoke alarms
    Salon & Dining Area Spacious air conditioned dining area and salon
    Entertainment TV/Video/DVD/CD media player, games and a library of books
    Single Supplement 40% in High Season and 25% in Low Season
    Air Compressors 2 x L&W 280 EC and 1 x membrane divemix 507
    NITROX Available to all NITROX qualified divers free of charge
    Equipment Rental Equipment rental available
    Medical Oxygen & First Aid Oxygen system and Medic First Aid Kit available aboard
    Dive Deck Spacious dive deck with hot water showers, charging station & camera table
    Full Equipment Rental EUR120
    Wetsuit EUR30
    BCD EUR30
    Regulator EUR30
    Torch EUR30
    Computer EUR30
    Snorkel EUR6
    Mask EUR12
    Fins EUR12
    Boots EUR12
    Please Note: The equipment rental prices listed above are per person per week and will need to pre booked and paid for at the time of booking

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    Ras Mohammed

    Sharm El Sheikh, Red Sea

    Ras Mohammed peninsula separates the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba. Currents flow out of both gulfs and bathe Ras Mohammed in rich nutrients, which assure plentiful and varied marine life. At Shark Reef and Yolanda wreck, many fish species can be found: groupers, barracuda, batfish, Napoleon wrasses, blue-spot stingrays and a special treat, crocodile fish. It's an amusing and memorable site to see groupers swimming around a huge mountain of toilets at the bottom of the sea.
    Really several dive sites, Ras Mohammed has earned itself a reputation as one of the top diving areas in the world, here at the tip of the Sinai where the vast bodies of water, the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba meet has created an ecosystem like no other and wall diving is at its very best.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Drift Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 18m

    Shark and Yolanda Reefs

    Sharm El Sheikh, Red Sea

    When divers think of Sinai, they think of Shark Reef and Yolanda. The two reefs are actually the twin peaks of a single coral seamount rising just off the Ras Muhammad coast, separated from the mainland by a shallow channel.
    Shark Reef, the easternmost of the two, boasts a sheer wall dropping to well past 50m (164ft) along its northeast and eastern sides, giving way to a steep reef slope as the reef proceeds southwest toward Yolanda. A shallow saddle lies between the two reefs at 18 to 20m (60-65ft). A second shallow patch lies south of Yolanda. This second flat patch is the site of what remains of the Yolanda, a wrecked freighter. The ship itself slipped into the deep in 1986 after a severe storm, but much of its cargo remains, incongruously strewn across the reef.
    Coral is excellent, with good if sparse growth on the wall sections and dense coral gardens on the shallower flat areas. Big pelagics and schooling fish swarm these reefs in the thousands. The Most impressive concentration is on the wall at Shark Reef. On the reef, hundreds of different reef fishes can be spotted as can moray eels of a meter (3ft) and bluespotted and blackspotted stingrays.

    • Min Dives:
    • Dive Type: Drift Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 27m

    Gota Shab El Erg

    Hurghada, Red Sea

    Nearby is a little known site but well worth a visit. The whole area teems with life, unicorns, scorpion fish, groupers, morays, emperor angel fish, blue spotted rays and underneath the table corals look out for white tips resting in the sand. In the sandy channel between the main reef and the gota you will find cone shells, and flatfish.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth:

    Daedalus Reef

    Marsa Alam, Red Sea

    A huge round reef with a lighthouse more than 40 miles away from the coast, features an excellent opportunity for spotting big pelagics including manta rays. All around its steep walls you will see an extreme variety of fish and coral. Good chance to see schooling hammerheads on the northern point. Strong currents possible.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth:

    Shaab Claude

    Marsa Alam, Red Sea

    Famous for its large labyrinths of swim throughs. Huge porite corals and a resident napoleon. Often white tip reef sharks and a very nice anemone and clownfish settlement on a small pinnacle a little off the reef to the south.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth:

    Rocky Island

    Marsa Alam, Red Sea

    Tiny rock emerging a few feet out of the water, it offers one of the most incredible underwater scenarios of the whole Red Sea. Steep walls falling into the deep blue, currents, soft corals and a great abundance of pelagics and all kinds of fish.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth:

    St Johns Reef

    Marsa Alam, Red Sea

    This incredibly beautiful reef lies Approx. 40km North of the Sudanese border and 20km south of Zabargad . The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands that make up this extensive area.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth:

    Abu Nuhas

    Hurghada, Red Sea

    Abu Nuhas is a large triangular shapped reef. Shaab Abu Nuhas means father of brass and it got the name because of all the brass that went down with the shipwrecks.

    The reef is located just to the north of Shadwan Island and this area is covered with wrecks. The wrecks are located on the north side of the reef with the main ones being the Giannis D, the Carnatic, the Chrisoula K and the Kimon M.

    • Min Dives: 9
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 25m

    SS Thistlegorm

    Hurghada, Red Sea

    The Thistlegorm was discovered in 1956 by Jacques Cousteau and is probably the most famous wreck in the world. It sank in 1941 when it was hit by a German bomb that blew a hole in the port side, igniting tank ammunition that was in the hold. The explosion ripped the roof of the ship backwards, rather like opening a tin of sardines.
    The stern section of the wreck lies almost horizontal to the sea bed; the remainder of the wreck is nearly upright. Inside the wreckage, tyres, tanks, motorbikes, Bedford trucks, waders and Wellington boots can be seen. Penetration is possible around the bridge and blast area. The large prop is still in position and the guns on the stern are in excellent condition.
    Artillery litters the blast area. A bath tub can be seen towards the bow and a toilet near the stern. The sea life is impressive with possibility of seeing tuna overhead the resident turtle. Expect this to be very busy, especially once the day boats have reached it; it is likely to be chaos both on the surface and under the water.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth:

    Giannis D

    Hurghada, Red Sea

    This Greek freighter hit the reef in April 1983 and over the course of two weeks slowly broke into two parts and sank. She is the most dived wreck in the area, laying in 24 metres and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish.

    The bow is very interesting too but is a long swim out. She is a great wreck for penetration but beware of disorientation due to the angle at which she lays. Be wary of the many lion fish and scorpion fish that call this wreck home and watch out for the strong surges in and around the wreck in rough weather.

    • Min Dives: 9
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 24m

    Carnatic

    Hurghada, Red Sea

    The Carnatic is a British P & O steamer which struck the reef in 1869 and sank the next day as the weather worsened. She was a passenger and mail ship and is sometimes known as the ‘wine’ wreck for the numerous bottles once found in the holds; sadly not many now remain to be seen. Rumour has it that she sank with forty thousand pounds sterling of gold bullion, much of which was never recovered. The wreck lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicoloured soft corals and the inner areas are full of glass fish complete with red mouthed grouper sentinel. One davit supports a beautiful table coral. The wreck is now home to large grouper, octopus and morays and jacks and tuna cruise overhead.

    • Min Dives: 9
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 29m
    Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
    14 Mar 2019
    21 Mar 2019
    7 Nights North Safari Double Cabin £891
    21 Mar 2019
    28 Mar 2019
    7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £972
    28 Mar 2019
    4 Apr 2019
    7 Nights Deep South - St. John's Double Cabin £891
    11 Apr 2019
    18 Apr 2019
    7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £972
    25 Apr 2019
    2 May 2019
    7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1,179
    2 May 2019
    9 May 2019
    7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1,179
    16 May 2019
    23 May 2019
    7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1,179
    30 May 2019
    6 Jun 2019
    7 Nights North Safari Double Cabin £999
    6 Jun 2019
    20 Jun 2019
    7 Nights The Best of the Red Sea Safari Double Cabin £1,116
    11 Jul 2019
    18 Jul 2019
    7 Nights Deep South - St. John's Double Cabin £1,143
    25 Jul 2019
    8 Aug 2019
    14 Nights The Great Island Tour Double Cabin £1,881
    15 Aug 2019
    22 Aug 2019
    7 Nights Deep South - St. John's Double Cabin £1,053
    29 Aug 2019
    5 Sep 2019
    7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1,053
    6 Sep 2019
    13 Sep 2019
    7 Nights Deep South - St. John's Double Cabin £1,179
    12 Sep 2019
    19 Sep 2019
    7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1,179
    19 Sep 2019
    26 Sep 2019
    7 Nights Deep South - St. John's Double Cabin £1,179
    26 Sep 2019
    6 Oct 2019
    10 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £1,312
    25 Oct 2019
    1 Nov 2019
    7 Nights Brother Islands-Daedalus-Elphinstone Double Cabin £972
    7 Nov 2019
    14 Nov 2019
    7 Nights Rocky, Zabargad and St. John's Double Cabin £1,179
    14 Nov 2019
    21 Nov 2019
    7 Nights Deep South - St. John's Double Cabin £1,143
    5 Dec 2019
    12 Dec 2019
    7 Nights North Safari Double Cabin £891
    19 Dec 2019
    2 Jan 2020
    13 Nights The Great Island Tour Double Cabin £891