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This ship has been completely rebuild during the last 2 years, and is now one of the most good looking safari boats in the Red Sea. M/Y New Francesca is doing mainly mini and weekly safaris to northbound to the famous wrecks at the north of Red Sea, and southbound towards Safaga and the ship wreck Salem Express.She has together with Colona V scheduled departures for mini safaris twice a week, Wednesday and Saturdays with guaranteed departure with minimum 4 Persons required. This is made possible since the ship is owned by Colona Dive Center. An experienced dive guide from our Dive Center is joining every trip which means good standard in guiding. Technical Specifications: - Length: 27m - Width: 7,25m - Draft: 2,3m - Engines: 2x Scania 350HP - Generators: Perkins 35kW & 25kW - Fuel capacity: 8 tons - Water capacity: 8 tons - Compressor: 1 x Bauer 470 l/m - Nitrox Filling: LP 280 Membrane System - Cabins: 8 twin-berth onsuit cabins + 2 twin-berth cabins - Bathrooms: 2 on dive deck, and one in each cabin down stairs - A/C: in the salon - Entertainment : 50" Plasma TV & Free WiFi Internet - Safety: GPS Garmin 521s, VHF, Mobile Phone - Life Jackets: Available - Fire extinguishers: Available - Safety: Oxygen & Medic First Aid Kit Services : Boat maintenance at our dive center and safety is our top priority so each year our' boats go in for full maintenance. The procedure involves removing the boats out of the water at the dry dock and completing repairs and scheduled maintenance. Due to our environmental policies, we strive to keep all our boats and operations as environmentally friendly as possible. Wastewater tanks are now fitted to all our boats, so no waste goes on to the fragile reefs. We are awaiting the installation of wastewater removal pumping stations to be fitted at the harbors to complete the green cycle. Engines are overhauled to ensure the best fuel efficiency and engine oil containment devices are put in place to keep the used oil out of our seas. Wood is replaced yearly and because Egypt is a generally "tree-free zone" most wood is imported, Swedish “pine” makes up the hull and hardwood from Africa and Far East make up the body. Add to this the specialist paints that come from a company called Jotun in Norway, you can see that when you dive on a Colona Boat it is truly multinational and uses technology from all over the world. All of this extensive work is carried out by experts with many years of experience and the final touches overseen by our European managers. Safety, quality and attention to detail, is what you get from our boats, so you can truly enjoy your next day at sea. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
Freddy from Norway sailed into Naama Bay (Sharm El Sheikh) with Colona II in 1977 when Naama Bay was a quiet beach with only one dive center. You could find a small restaurant "The Last Refugee" and a hotel. Over the next few years skipper Freddy enjoyed showing many divers the delights of the Northern Red Sea until a break in 1979 - 1981 when he sailed round the world. On his return to Sharm in 1983, a short while after the Sinai had been handed back to Egypt by Israel, Freddy reestablished Colona as one of the leading dive operations in the area. In 1991 the Dive Club was officially opened in Na'ama Bay and soon became a popular choice for divers from all over Europe. The following year the Dive Club purchased the new 16 meters "Colibri" dive boat. In 1993 the new Colona V liveaboard boat was launched and is today very popular amongst our European divers. July 1996 saw the opening of the Dive Club at the Oasis Hotel. At this point Freddy decided that his family should get priority over his passion for the Red Sea. So he set sail for Thailand and has established Colona II as one of the first foreign boats to explore the Burma Banks area.
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Full refund up to 5 days prior.
Price is for private boat, and on top of this cost, will also come the price of the activity; example; diving 75 Euro for 2 dives, dive guide, tank & weights. 28 Euro for rental of full equipment. Lunch 7 Euro per person. Snorkeling 33 Euro per person. Not including Boat Fee & Marina Tax 10 Euro per day or National Park Entrance Fee 5 Euro per day.