Choosing the best Red Sea liveaboard is not easy, as there are so many to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with one of the Blue Planet Liveaboards.
Blue Planet Liveaboards own five Red Sea diving safari boats, which include Blue Planet 1, Blue Pearl, Blue Storm, MY Blue and Blue Seas Liveaboard. Their safari boats will take you to wrecks in the north of the Red Sea, Brother Islands and the deep south to St. John’s, Zabargad, and Rocky Island.
The best way to dive the Red Sea, and especially the best and more remote locations in the Red Sea, is by a scuba diving liveaboard. You can check the latest and best deals on Red Sea liveaboards using the following window:
The Blue Planet Liveaboard Fleet:
- Blue Planet 1 Liveaboard – View this dive liveaboard.
- Blue Pearl Liveaboard – View this dive liveaboard.
- Blue Storm Liveaboard – View this dive liveaboard.
- Blue Liveaboard – View this dive liveaboard.
- Blue Seas Liveaboard – View this dive liveaboard.
Why Blue Planet Red Sea Diving Safari boats are worth booking
There are a number of reasons why you should book a Red Sea dive trip on one of the Blue Planet Diving Safari boats, as follows:
- Highly rated Red Sea dive safari boats, all except one with a score over 9 out of 10.
- All have Free nitrox on board, which is great if you want to extend your dive times.
- All three Blue Planet Diving Safari boats have great Red Sea scuba diving safari itineraries, which include Rocky Island, the Thistlegorm wreck, the Brothers and Daedalus Reef.
- All three offer excellent value for money – Blue Planet Red Sea diving safaris offer great value for money.
- All dive boats offer free internet.
- All boats cater for couples with double cabins and single or solo divers with twin-share cabins.
Blue Planet Diving Safari charter
The Blue Planet Diving Safari boats are all available for charter, which means you can book the entire boat for a Red Sea diving safari. If you belong to a scuba diving club and can put together 16 to 24 divers depending on which Blue Planet Liveaboard, you can charter any one of the five boats.
Blue Planet Liveaboards - Features Compared Table
|Feature||Advantage to You||Blue Planet 1 Liveaboard||Blue Pearl Liveaboard||Blue Storm Liveaboard||Blue Liveaboard||Blue Seas Liveaboard|
|Book/Enquire||Book with confidence with flexible booking||Enquire||Enquire||Enquire||Enquire||Enquire|
|Flexible booking||You can book with confidence knowing that this liveaboard offers a free trip reschedule within 24 months if you are unable to travel due to Covid-19 related restrictions.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free nitrox available||Nitrox onboard means you'll benefit from the many advantages of nitrox divingextended bottom times. Especially important when you enjoy diving and you want to spend as long as possible underwater.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Nitrox Course||If you are not already Nitrox trained, you can take advantage of the onboard Nitrox course to benefit from Nitrox diving (an extra charge).||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dietary restrictions catered for||Relax knowing that whatever your dietary requirements, you can enjoy the food onboard, as the Blue Planet Liveaboards will cater for any specific dietary requirement you have.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|En-suite cabins||You benefit from your own private en-suite bathroom so you can shower and get ready in comfort.||8||10||11||12||11|
|Aircon cabins||You benefit from being able to choose the temperature of your cabin for complete comfort and a good night’s sleep.||8||10||11||12||11|
|Scuba gear rental||The benefit to you is you can travel light and simply rent all your scuba equipment onboard.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Includes The Best of the Red Sea diving||You benefit from the best of the Red Sea diving:|
1. North/Wreck, which includes: famous wrecks like the Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moller and reefs of of Ras Mohammed and the Straits of Tiran in the Red Sea.
2. Marine Park North diving on the Brothers for the Numidia and the Aida wrecks, Daedalus Reef for hammerheads and Elphinstone for oceanic white tip sharks and hammerheads.
3. Deep south and St. Johns Reef, which offers the best the Red Sea has to offer where you might see hammerheads, tiger sharks, and fox sharks.
|Sun decks||An advantage to those sun-lovers to relax and sun bathe between dives on a sun decks.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free internet||If you want to make use of your phone using the FREE Wifi and internet, you can as it's free onboard.||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Scuba diving courses||You benefit from being able to advance your diving skills with onboard scuba diving courses. These courses are an extra charge.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Available for charter||If you charter the Blue Planet Liveaboards you have more flexibility over the diving and diver numbers (subject to max. diver numbers).||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Din adaptors||If you have DIN regulators you don't have to worry, as they have DIN to Yoke regulator adaptors onboard.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ENOS Rescue System onboard||ENOS® is an emergency system for divers which supports the search at the surface for missing people. The ENOS®-System consists of two components: one, the ENOS®-Receiver aboard the dive boat and the other, the ENOS®-Transmitters which are carried by the divers during the dive.||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
Blue Planet Red Sea Diving Safari itineraries
All five Blue Planet Diving Safari boats dive the following regions of the Red Sea:
8 day 7 night North/Wreck Red Sea diving safari leaving from Hurghada – Includes famous wrecks like the Thistlegorm (see video below) and the Ulysses and reefs of of Ras Mohammed and the Straits of Tiran in the Red Sea.
8 day 7 night Deep south and St. Johns Reef Red Sea diving safari leaving from Marsa Ghalib – Offers some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer where you might see hammerheads, tiger sharks, and fox sharks.
Seeing that you may like the idea of scuba diving with sharks (certainly when diving in the south of the Red Sea), you may like to read this article about great white sharks in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
You may be surprised by what you read, I certainly was!
Blue Planet Liveaboards - More Details
|Feature||Blue Planet 1 Liveaboard||Blue Pearl Liveaboard||Blue Storm Liveaboard||Blue Liveaboard||Blue Seas Liveaboard|
|Cost per day||£71/$97/€84||£86/$117/€102||£83/$113/€98||£128/$174/€151||£94/$128/€111|
|Customer review rating out of 10||9.0||9.1||0.00||9.5||9.2|
|Best customer review||Scored 10 out of 10|
First Time Liveaboard - Exceptional experience
"Seeing Dolphins and exploring the thistlegorm. Also making great friends whilst on board as the crew were absolutely fantastic. Everyone on board representing your company did an outstanding job, and I wish them all the very best in future. Hopefully we will meet again!"
Recommended for: The Crew, The Diving and the Memories.
Review by Anonymous from the United Kingdom
|Scored 10 out of 10|
Superb service on a really nice boat
Recommended for: crew, cabins and food.
Review by Beat A from Switzerland
|No customer reviews so far||Scored 10 out of 10|
"The M/Y Blue is an upper class and good provisioned vessel with high standard in food and service. My trip was a fantastic experience in diving, food, service as well as a nice group of divers we had, which for sure adds to the overall impression of this great trip. Highly recommendable - will surely come again!"
Recommended for: Dive-Spots, Food, Service.
Review by Engin I from Germany
|Scored 10 out of 10
Exceeded All Expectations
"Everything about this trip was amazing - from the cabins, to the diving, to the crew, and food. The crew went above and beyond to give us a special experience with a great barbeque night and new years party. Food was healthy, delicious, and changed every day. Dive guides were amazing and struck the perfect balance between guiding us and providing autonomy to manage our own dives. Highly recommend!"
Recommended for: Great dives and dive guides, friendly and helpful crew that went above and beyond, great food.
Review by Kevin R from Canada
|Worst customer review||Scored 8.4 out of 10|
1st liveaboard trip
"The boat shows its age (oldest boat in their fleet) cabins need to be rehabbed otherwise no other complaints food was plentiful and great, crew was fun and knowledgeable and the diving was fantastic...will be going back."
Recommended for: Food,diving, and schedule.
Review by Douglas A from the United States
|Scored 7.6 out of 10|
Very friendly and helpful local crew
"The cleanliness in the cabin has room for improvement. Nevertheless the crew is absolutely friendly and helpful. The diveguides try to avoid very crowded dives by good time planning. The highlights of the marine-life were the face-to-face encounters with the longimanus and the hammerheads at brothers and deadalus.."
Very detailed dive-briefings, there is a lot of emphasis on safety and very delicious food.
Review by Jonas S from Switzerland
|No customer reviews so||Scored 7.6 out of 10|
Good diving but with crew and guests only being egypt and german
"Nice boat and friendly people. Downside is that they only talked german and egyptian and that people were allowed to smoke all over the boat."
Recommended for: Sharks, cabins and good dive master.
Review by Susanne K from Denmark
|Scored 6.8 out of 10
Great group of divers
"It's nice to dive in the Red Sea for the first time. I saw hummer head, other sharks, and beautiful corals. I also met many great divers (guests) on the board."
Recommended for: Crew service, room, and price.
Review by Miyuki I from Japan
|Length||27m (89 feet)||36m (118 feet)||40m (131 feet)||43m (141 feet)||37m (121 feet)|
|Number of dives||Up to 18||Up to 18||Up to 18||Up to 18||Up to 18|
|Food types available||Western and local food served buffet style|
|Western and local food served buffet style|
|Western and local food served buffet style|
|Western and local food served buffet style|
|Western and local food served buffet style
Before you finally book your Red Sea diving safari on a liveaboard, you might like to compare all the other Red Sea liveaboards first. This article includes a handy table of all the Red Sea liveaboards.
The table is packed with information about the key elements to each dive liveaboard, which include:
- Customer review rating out of 10.
- Price per day in GBP, US Dollar and Euro.
- Which ones include flexible booking terms.
- Which liveaboards have nitrox on board and which of these include it for free.
- Where specific dietary requirements are catered for, including vegan and vegetarian options.
- Whether the boat has internet, and if so is it paid for or free.
- Max number of guests, number of cabins and bathrooms, plus whether the cabins have air con and ensuites.
- Whether the dive liveaboard has dive courses, sidemount diving support, plus if the boat is tech diver or rebreather friendly.
- Minimum experience and minimum logged dives required to enjoy the Red Sea diving safari on the particular liveaboard.
Table of liveaboard diving in the Red Sea
This list of Red Sea liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below.
|Discover Liveaboard||Customer Rating||SDE Lux Rating %||Flexible Booking||Dive Courses||Dietary Requirements||Nitrox||Gear Rental|
|Review: MY Carlton Queen; Book: MY Carlton Queen||0||77%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MY Lighthouse Miracle 1; Book: MY Lighthouse Miracle 1||0||75%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: M/Y Star 4; Book: M/Y Star 4||0||75%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MY Carlton; Book: MY Carlton||0||75%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MY Alia; Book: MY Alia||0||73%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MY Admira; Book: MY Admira||0||71%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MY Vip One; Book: MY Vip One||0||71%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: Gloria Royal; Book: Gloria Royal||0||60%||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
The Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating) is explained on each liveaboard review when you click the “Discover Liveaboard” link, and is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. Choosing between liveaboards is helped by customer scores, and if you get stuck choosing between two or three liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10, you can use the SDE Luxury Rating to help narrow down your choice.
Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10. But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 8 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is usually secondary to the score out of 10.
I hope you enjoyed this article about Blue Planet Liveaboards
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Have fun and be safe!