Red Sea Dolphins And Turtles Expedition With HEPCA

14th April 2017   |   Mario Passoni

We are happy to offer you an unforgettable holiday looking for dolphins and sea turtles in Egypt.

Spend a week among colourful reefs and tropical fish, learning about marine life thanks to the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) experts. During this trip, you’ll gather data about dolphins and sea turtles alongside these experts, and discover why these animals are so important to the Red Sea’s ecosystem.

This trip is recommended for divers, snorkelers, students, families and all dolphin and sea turtle lovers.

Diviac Eco Travel has selected this trip in order to concretely help the marine life of the Red Sea.

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##Essential Information
  • Where: Marsa Alam, Red Sea
  • When: New dates are coming soon
  • Who: HEPCA
  • Trip Duration: 7 nights
  • Liveaboard: AMR Ali Red Sea Defender
  • Research Activities: Lectures on sea turtles and dolphins, surveys and experiments on sea turtles and dolphins
  • Target Group: Licensed Divers, Snorkelers, Students
  • Max Number of Guests: 18
  • Price: Starting at USD $1,425 per person

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  • Day 1: Introduction to boat safety. Briefing on the boat’s scientific equipment. Biology night lecture about marine mammals and the code of conduct.
  • Day 2: First dive at Abu Dabab (check dive). Second dive at Shaab Alam to explore the canyon and shipwreck. First snorkelling tour at the Reef of Shaab Alam to check if dolphins are present for collection of data on their abundance. Second snorkelling session at Shaab Alam. Biology night lecture about dolphin behavior.
  • Day 3: First dive at Zabargad on the outer reef to observe the difference in coral and fish diversity (maximum depth of 30m). Second dive at Zabargad. Third dive at Zabargad Reef. Biology night lecture about marine turtle diversity and behavior.
  • Day 4: Snorkeling tour at Satayeh Dolphin House. Collection of data on dolphin abundance while snorkeling. Second dive at Satayeh Outer Reef. Collecting dolphin hydrophone data and water parameters from Satayeh Dolphin House. Third night dive at Satayeh Dolphin House. Night lecture on animal feeding behavior and on the ecological importance of marine turtles and mammals.
  • Day 5: First snorkelling session at Samadai Dolphin House (observing if dolphins are at the site). Second snorkelling tour at Samadai Dolphin House to use dolphin hydrophones and collect water parameter data using multi-prop. Biology night lecture about animal feeding behavior.
  • Day 6: First and second dive at Elphinstone with a chance of seeing sharks. Biology night about animal reproductive behavior.
  • Day 7: Return to the port in Ras El Shoni, Abu Dabab. Shallow water fun dives in Ras El Shoni to look for dugongs. Distribution of trip educational materials/videos and Red Sea Defender giveaways to all participants.
  • Day 8: Breakfast and departure (transfers) by 12:00 noon.

Itinerary may vary according to weather conditions and other factors.

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Experience Overview

Dolphins and sea turtles are animals that have inhabited our waters for a long time, and humans have always been fascinated by them.

During this trip, you’ll have the chance to admire and swim with dolphins and turtles. Thanks to researchers of HEPCA, you’ll also learn more about their biology and how to defend them. In addition, you may have the opportunity to swim with dugongs.

In fact, all of these animals are threatened by human activities, such as pollution and overfishing. By participating in this expedition, you can concretely help these beautiful marine animals while experiencing an unforgettable holiday.

This trip is scheduled in order to spot dolphins and sea turtles, but don’t forget they are wild animals in their natural habitat. Because of this, we cannot guarantee sightings.


The Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) is an internationally recognized NGO specializing in the field of marine and land conservation. Founded in 1992, the organization’s aim is to protect and preserve the natural resources of the Red Sea.

HEPCA is carrying out various projects and initiatives, including:

  • Resource monitoring & management
  • Public awareness campaigns
  • Solid waste management strategies
  • Scientific research
  • Community development

Any profits obtained from trips on the Ali Red Sea Defender will be used to support the following activities:

  • 10% will go to patrolling the Red Sea to track environmental threats and prosecute environmental infractions that endanger marine species or the environment.
  • 20% will go to baseline studies and research to properly design and implement resource management measures and gather data regarding conservation statuses.
  • 10% will go to management plans and mitigation activities for dolphin sanctuaries and other habitats or ecosystems.
  • 20% will go to educational programs for public and private school children to raise environmentally aware and conscientious individuals.
  • 10% will go to cleanup and environmental awareness campaigns for locals and non-locals in order to raise awareness on current environmental issues, the importance of our ecosystem and sustainability.
  • 10% will go to community development programs for locals near the Red Sea and in Egypt in general.
  • 10% will go to lobbying and legal actions for modification of laws and regulations related to environmental protections and conservation.

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The AMR Ali Red Sea Defender can accommodate up to 18 guests plus 10 crew members and 2 guides/researchers. The boat is 100 feet (30 meters) in length and has 9 ensuite cabins, including 6 double cabins, 2 suites and 1 triple cabin (all with A/C).

Guests are welcome to use the large lounge and dining area with a tv, sound system, wifi, library and board games. Outside, you will find a bar, sun decks, covered decks and a big diving deck.

The restaurant on the main deck (with A/C) offers a wide selection of international, Italian and Egyptian specialties.

This boat is equipped with the following research instruments to conduct field studies and experiments:

  • Stereo Zoom Microscope, Trinocular
  • Low Power Student Microscope B130
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Portable PH Meter
  • Trinocular Microscope equipped with Image Transfer
  • Multi Prop
  • Hydrophone

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2018 Dates

  • New dates are coming soon

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Recommended Equipment

  • Diving and snorkelling equipment
  • Polarized sunglasses

The Trip Includes

  • Diving, permits, guides, 12L tanks, food, beverages (except canned drinks), use of research equipment, lectures and activities
  • Free diving insurance offered by Diviac

The Trip Doesn’t Include

  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Diving equipment rental
  • Nitrox
  • Crew gratuities
  • 100 Euros per person for port fees and permissions on all Northern and Southern Itineraries starting from Hurghada or Port Ghalib.
    In case national fuel prices increase, a fuel surcharge per person may be added prior to departure
  • Visa: 15€ per person
  • Travel insurance


  • Passport
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Diving certificate

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