Wild Dolphins Swim Trip 2020 Sataya Reef Red Sea Egypt




TRIPS 2020  "SWIM with WILD DOLPHINS "
In the turquoise lagoon of Sataya, Red Sea, Egypt

with a respectful approach of the dolphins
 guided by Valérie VALTON
A Wild Sea Mammals Interaction SPECIALIST

All available trip dates for 2020, tarifs & special themes 
can be found at the bottom of this page after the trip description



A GREAT BIG YACHT JUST FOR US


Welcome onboard this splendid and confortable yacht (32m long -4 decks) on which we will spend the whole week. 

There is only about 2,5 hours navigation to and from the lagon. Once in the lagoon, we will anchor there and stay for the week. Inside the lagoon, the water is shallow and flat calm as we are fully protected by the surroundig reef barrier so we can welome everyone for this stay (there is no risk of sea sickness).

All indoor spaces (saloon-restaurant & cabins) have airconditioning. There are about 10 double cabins onaboard, each with its own bathroom including a shower, toilets, sink & miror. All electric plugs are similar to the french plugs onboard. There is no Wifi or when any, it is usually very fluctuent. The cellphone network coverage is however rather good in the lagoon.





Most cabins have 2 single beds and a private bathroom
(and 2 cabins offer a queen bed for couples).



An Incredibly Beautiful Lagoon
 


The lagoon is of pure beauty. Far away from land, it offers us a great rest from our usual hectic lives. Here it is only silence and serenity with a feel of freedom and joy in the air. The lagoon is vast natural aquarium with warm, shallow translucid waters, protected all around by a huge coral barrier reef. The underwater visibility is amazing and long distance which allows us to perfectly see all its underwater amazing life: from a wide variety of colorful corals and fishes, turtles, dolphins etc. For all these reasons, it is our favorite place to swim with wild dolphins.



SWIMMING WITH WILD DOLPHINS, EVERYDAY..
 

A group of 20 to 100 Spinner dolphins usually enters the lagoon on a daily basis, early in the morning and they tend to stay until mid to late afternoon. We can sometimes also see a few Tusiops Truncatus  within the spinner dolphins pod. Spinner Dolphins are able to do 7 rotations in the air when jumping and they are also known to be one of the most talkative, ie noisy specie of dolphins. This pod is very open to human interactions when done respectfully.


Every day we will go and offer the dolphins an encounter. We will however leave it up to them to decide whether or not they want to accept it. And if they do so, its duration will also be up to them. This magical moments can last between half and hour and more than 4 hours certain days..

And when the dolphins are not in the mood to welcome us or seem to have enough of us, it is then an opportunity for us to go snorkeling and discover  the beautiful coral potatoes, reefs, or the splendid coral garden with all its amazing colorful life.

And for those enjoying scuba diving or wishing to give it a try, you can go with our divemaster to enjoy some spots in and around the lagoon.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The probability to swim with dolphins is exceptionnal in this lagoon as dolphins come in almost every day and stay up to 10 hours in. However, wild life can never be garanteed 100%, as it is wild and free (and that's the way we want it to stay). There is, of course, no feeding nor any type of action there taken to try and attract dolphins.



A RESPECTFUL APPROACH  OF THE DOLPHINS
GUIDED BY A SPECIALIST

Graduated in Animal Ethology & Human-Animal interactions from the University of Paris Descartes,  Valérie VALTON explores the relationship possibilities and extents between humans and sea mammals.
She travels around the world to encounter various species. Her aim is to understand to what extent we can approach, interact, bond and mutually understand each other.

She will share with you all fundamental principles of human-dolphin respectful interactions so as for you to smoothly enter their world and live an authentic and true encounter.
Valérie's guidance also invites participants to be 'here and now', to consciously reconnect and be attentive to all our senses and to our natural instinct. Being in such state of presence, alert and open really will allows to experiment the deepest possible encounters with sea mammals. Be ready for magic and unforgettable moments to unroll :).

She speaks french, english and spanish.



THE LAGOON WONDERS
A FLAMBOYANT CRADLE OF COLORFUL LIFE

Stingray, turtles, Napoleons, murenas, Clown fishes, life is plentyful, diverse and amazing. We will enjoy a lot of snorkeling around the lagoon's most beautiful spots to explore it.
Scuba diver amateurs may also go out with our divemaster to discover it from below.



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PARTICIPATING  - TRIPS 2020

- All trips are from saturday to saturday.
- 18 participants max per trip, registrations are accepted by order of arrival within the max limit.
- Children of all ages are welcome.
- Vegetarian food available onboard


Saturday to saturday :
2020 Trips dates & Special trainings proposed
Cost of the stay
All Inclusive
6 - 13 June
Respectful dolphins' approach & interactions guided by Valérie Valton
Free Special Theme: "Learn to decrypt & understand Sea Mammals'behaviors to better approach & interact with them. Valérie Valton & Pierre Robert de Latour (our friend & guest from USEA), an international Orca Specialist with over 6000 Orca swims/freedive sessions.
More info about this Training
1970€
Training included
4 - 11 July
Respectful dolphins' approach & interactions guided by Valérie Valton
1970€
11 - 18 July


Respectful dolphins' approach & interactions guided by Valérie Valton
Training: « Dare being yourself & reconnect your natural leadership” by Sandrine Godefroy Evangelista, executive coach, also Founder & President of  "Les énergies naturelles" an online wellness center, and member of the International Women Forum.
1970€
1- 8 August
Respectful dolphins' approach & interactions guided by Valérie Valton
Optional : Free Diving training - From beginners to advance levels - with  Guillaume Bourdila, World Champion and recordman with 236 meters DNF. Training details
1970€
Optional training : Free Diving 350€


The All Inclusive onsite stay includes:
  • Airport welcome and transfert from the egyptian airport to the marina and vice versa on the way back for participants being on the group flight. 
  • The 7 nights cruise on a 35 m, 4 decks privatised yacht, with 8 crew members onboard, in shared double cabins with 3 meals a day, some additional snacks and all non alcoholic beverages (tea, coffee, herbal teas, sodas, mineral water, juices). For all solos, you can choose with whom you wish to share a cabin once onsite. 
  • All administrative cruise formalities
  • The accompaniment and Eco-Responsible dolphins'guidance of Valérie VALTON, sea mammals interaction specialist
  • Our 2 zodiacs and their pilots as well as the snorkeling local guide so as to discover all the lagoon wonders.
  • The civil liability and financial garanties of our travel agent partner
The Stay does not include:
The flight - Visa (onsite at airport 25€ in cash for europeans)- Marine Park entry fee (15€ onsite) - Tips - Alcoholic beverages on the yacht, optional training if any - all personal expenses – travel insurance (a medical travel insurance is required as a minimum for all participants)
Group Flight: 
You will also be proposed to book your flight when booking for the stay. It is a return charter flight from Paris to Marsa Alam.
Return Flight cost:
  • 30 May - 6 June & 6-14 June 2020: 499€ + 89€ aiport tax 
  • 4-11 & 11-18 July 2020: 567€ + 89€ aiport tax 
  • 1-8 August 2020: 667€ + 89€ aiport tax 
Note : there is only one flight per week from Paris, so please make sure you register as much in advance as possible so as to secure your flight.
For flights from other cities or countries, please ask us.

Options: 

- Scuba diving: Possible for an initiation and for all scuba diving levels. We have a certified scuba diving instructor onboard with us. 

- Travel Insurance:
When booking online, our partner travel agent will offer you various travel insurances if you need any.

Important:
- Stays are confirmed as soon as 12 participants have registered.
 REGISTER FOR A STAY- RESERVATION
(Tell us which stay and which dates you wish and we will send you by email a personalised link for you to book online)


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Country Information

Entry Formalities for europeans: Passeport with a validity ending date being at least 6 months after we return. The toursitic Visa can be taken at the counter at the aiport upon arrival (25€ or 25$).
Health : nothing special (diarrhea may arise if you have sensitive stomach even though only purified water is proposed and used for cooking onboard)
Money : Egyptian Lira but euros are accepted everywhere onsite
Plugs: same as in France type C & E (see below)



Weather: Sunny and warm all days  (+- 24-27°C outside late may june - Sea temp: 27°C - July- August +-35°C - Sea temp à 29-30°C). Water depth is from 20cm to 15 meters within the lagoon, sandy bottom, visibility is perfect  :-).