Traveling

Our customers usually take the tourist-class of scheduled and charter flights to Egypt. The international flight time on average takes 3,5 hours. We can arrange flights for both single customers and groups as well and can help with transfers in Egypt. From Europe direct charter flights are available on a weekly basis to Hurghada.

About flights inquire at + 36 30 748 8331 (Mistral Travel Agency) on telephone. Weight limits for luggage vary greatly, depending on the airline company’s actual policy.

In case your luggage gets lost or damaged, it is your responsibility to file a report at the lost property office of the airport upon your arrival, where a voucher (P.I.R.) needs to be filled to keep records in order to initiate further procedures. Your official claim for lost or damaged property must be submitted to the airline company of your flight.

 

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Arrival in Hurghada:
Your passport must be valid for a period of 6 months from the date of your returning home. To enter Egypt you must hold a valid visa, which is a sticker, supposed to be applied on the proper page of your passport. Tourist visas in Egypt are valid for a limited 1 month period. They can be purchased at the airport upon your arrival and they cost 25 USD a person. You can purchase them at the Bank-window before you reach the customs office. In order to clear the customs office, you will need to fill out a registration form which is a questionnaire for statistical purpose. You can pick up this form at the counters of the customs office or you can ask for them at the Bank-window or directly from the customs officer.

 

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Airport regulations are rather strict for safety reasons. Our crew members are not allowed to enter the transit-zone, thus they can pick you up only at the gates outside the airport. They will wait for you holding a “Lighthouse” sign board. Our tour guides will show you which bus to take and you’ll be given all necessary information. In case you need a local telephone card or Internet card, you can purchase them at the Vodafone store at the airport. A 3GB Internet card costs around 100 pounds (depending on the actual company).

 

Distances:
Airport – Hurghada New Marina sea port: 30 minutes
Airport – Marsa Ghaleb sea port: 3,5 hours

 

Once you boarded our boat, our tour guide will brief you about boat-regulations, schedules, rules and the weekly plans.

 

Health issues
It is strongly advised to have passenger insurance as well as scuba diving insurance. We have a first-aid kit on board and also carry the most necessary medicines. By complying with the most basic hygienic regulations, all acute diarrhea cases can be avoided. It is strongly advised not to drink tap water or to eat unpeeled fruits. Excitement, nervousness, sudden changes in weather and eating habits may all cause digestive problems and stomach ache. We are not qualified physicians, but we do not encourage the use of Antinal in most cases. Sometimes a single shot of alcoholic beverage can help an upset stomach irritated by some local spices or food. When it’s scorching hot, it is not advisable to stay in the sun extensively, nor is it a good idea to drink something ice-cold. One basic rule is: “don’t eat what you don’t desire”. In case you need to consult a physician, you have to pay for the expenses on the spot (preserve the voucher and get reimbursement from your insurance company later).



Frequently asked questions

  • You can rent scuba diving equipment on board, but for the proper size, you need to dispose in advance Please review our price list.

  • For inexperienced divers the northern and southern routes can be both recommended. After the first scuba diving course it is always advisable to take advanced courses, because most safaris require some experience for the sake of safety.

  • Our boat can reach remote destinations and dive sites and can take you to places where you can encounter the most unique marine life forms. You don’t need to carry heavy tanks and equipments as you do with shore dives. All equipment is just an arm-length away in a ready-to-be-used state for your utmost convenience.

  • The crew includes 12 people (1 p. the captain, 2 ps. dive guides, 2ps. cooks, 2 ps. mechanics, 3 ps. sailors, 1 p. saloon-tender, 1 p. cleaning p.).

  • You can book our safari in our office in Hungary and our agent will help you with all the bookings and traveling arrangements. We can also book your flights. Our office can be reached at. +36 30 748 8331 (Mistral Travel Agency).

  • European standard sockets: 220V/50Hz AC

  • In fact, all of them do, but on the northern and southern routes we always try to include a site where there is a fair chance to see dolphins.

  • During our week-long safaris you can complete as many as 20-22 dives, because you can dive at dawn or at night beside the daily three-schedule

  • In Egypt it is customary to tip the crew at the end of a safari (baksheesh). The tip is around 30-35 EUR for a guest. The tip is usually collected by the dive guide who hands it over to the captain, who distributes it among crew members.

  • All-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and supper is served. Our cook has been working for us for 9 years, and has a good idea on how to season and spice up your food. For breakfast the menu is yogurt, marmalade, toast, pancake, salami, boiled or scrambled eggs and fruits. For lunch it’s soup, beef or poultry, served with side dishes, vegetables and salads. In between dives our crew lures you with fruit and desserts. There is an unlimited amount of free drinks for you, including mineral water, coffee, tea and soft drinks (Coke products). In the evening hours it is possible to drink wine or draught beer (only after dives). Beer costs 2.5 EUR/glass, wine costs 12 EUR/bottle. It is allowed to bring alcoholic beverages from home or from the airport and to consume them on board.

  • January and the first part of February is usually very windy and unsuitable for boat-safaris. From March to the end of December we run safaris on a steady weekly basis.

  • During our safaris we dive around reefs and islands which are sometimes way off shore, sometimes very close. Usually it is not possible to get ashore, only in exceptional cases (depending on the characteristics of the location). On certain routes it is totally impossible to leave the boat.

  • Most of our crew are Egyptian and can speak Arabic or English. Guieds speak: English, Hungarian, Arabic (German, Slovak and Czech on request)

  • There is one blow-drier. You can ask for it from the dive guide.

  • A kabinokban és a napozó dekken tilos a dohányzás! A búvár dekken lehet dohányozni, de figyelj oda, hogy az égő cigaretta csikket oltsd el rendesen, mert erősszélben elfújhatja olyan helyre, ami lángra kap.

  • You may dive with sharks at most any locations we offer, but the Brothers-Daedalus-Elphinstone Safari might be your best bet.

  • Most certainly, yes. Anyone can take part, non-divers too. The naval experience itself is something you can enjoy in such a voyage. Those looking for company or preferring a very relaxing holiday can also have a great time aboard. And if you are bitten by the bug and take a scuba diving course, you can even return home as a certified scuba diver.

  • All customers will get a big towel for drying after taking a shower and a hand towel as well. These will be changed to a clean one 2-3 times a week. All customers will get a bathrobe for the sake of higher comfort.

  • We have a WiFi Internet port on board Lighthouse Miracle-1 available for our customers. It isn’t a problem any more to connect with your loved ones or to confer with someone online about work or business. In locations though, where 3G connection in unavailable, we can not provide access to the Internet. In case you opt for private mobile-Internet, you can buy a subscription card at the airport, in the Vodafone store for about 100 pounds.

  • The Northern Safari and the Safaga – Marsa Alam Safari offer several wrecks for diving, and the Brothers Islands Safari is also a good option.

  • In case you plan to book for a group or book the whole boat, it is advisable to start organizing your trip months before the actual date. Boat safaris are ideal for team-building corporate events for companies to lift the spirit of their employees. Single booking is also possible, we have dates when there are open spots and you can join smaller groups. Our website features a season schedule in spreadsheet format where you can check for open spots and available dates.

  • It is, but you need to let us know about such demand in advance.

  • Our southern routes usually include sites where dugongs live in the red Sea.

  • For each cabin there is a safe on board, serving our customers’ need. For properties stored outside the safe, we can not take responsibility.

  • The deck is divided into “dry” and “wet” areas. On the diving deck swimming suits and scuba boots are allowed. In the cabins, in the saloon and the indoor corridors, you must walk barefooted (with dry feet to avoid slipping). The sunbathing deck can only be used after you dried yourself with a towel.

  • Absolutely. There is 12000 liter fresh water on board which is constantly re-supplied by our de-salting water cleaning system.

  • In the cabins and the saloon there are fully-adjustable A.C. devices.