Emperor Asmaa, Egypt



  • Deep South trips that give 21 dives in a week to get in on the shark action
  • Complimentary wine with dinner and free nitrox and WiFi
  • Experienced Emperor crew with high safety and service standards

The Emperor Asmaa was built by divers, for divers, and is a member of the Emperor Fleet of liveaboards. She has an emphasis on comfort and caters to 20 divers in 10 guest cabins. There are six lower deck twin cabins and four upper deck twin cabins, all with private ensuite bathrooms, individual air conditioning, storage space and two towels per guest. Asmaa has a bright and modern indoor lounge and dining room where 3 buffet meals per day of local and international cuisine are served. There are also lounge spaces located around the outside of the boat with bean bags and loungers on the sun deck.

Week-long itineraries aboard the Emperor Asmaa depart from either Hurghada or Marsa Ghalib to explore all the best dive sites of the Red Sea, from the northern wrecks to the stunning deep south dive sites of St. Johns. Nitrox is included for those certified and the large dive deck at the back of the boat allows plenty of room for gear storage and kitting up.

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, National Park Fees, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Diving Package, Extra Dives, Nitrox, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance (5 EUR per day), Travel Insurance, Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities (75 EUR), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages (3.50 EUR), Nitrox Course (120 EUR), Private Dive Guide (500 EUR), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Bar

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, and Italian.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2003
  • Year renovated 2015
  • Length 30 meters
  • Beam 7 meters
  • Engines 2 x 440HP Mercedes
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Tenders 2 x Zodiac 25 HP
  • Water capacity 2 Aquaset x 5500 L / Day & storage
  • Freshwater maker 5500 L / Day & storage

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid

Emperor Asmaa Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • 50 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Kheng Chye L
  • United States United States
Its ok.

Overall is ok, nothing jump out for the overall trip. One complain I have is the information provided is never clear. Feel like the agent does not really connect with the board. For instance, I have to emphasized couple times to the board about the meal preference even though I have request the information to be sent to the board. Also, the return trip arrangement. Basically, any information provided in the email to the board via the agent is not passed down to the manager on board. I have to arrange and work with the on board manager directly. And one more frustration, the aboard crew is try to "steal" money from the client by forcing us to buy tools which were not told as required. For example, the SMB. For the entire trip, we did not even need to use the SMB. Nothing mentioned in the email that this is REQUIRED. So, I did not bring mind, when on board, I was forced to either rent or buy one. Though, the only time we use this is on the check dive, just to test and show we know how to use it. And even more ironic, even if this is required, me and my friend are in a buddy team, which mean we only need one SMB, but the person on board told us we need to each get one. But later on when in water, everyone was told when one person in the group releases the SMB, the rest of the group does not need to use the SMB at all. And even more ironic, the entire trip setup is in an environment without current with the board anchor to the reef, not seeing any need for the SMB at all.

Recommended for
swim with dolphin, seeing shark.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David B
  • United States United States
Great diving and amazing crew

Firstly, this is the first liveaboard I have been on with a dedicated pastry chef. I can't say enough about the food! The whole crew was cheerful and endlessly helpful. They made the week awesome. And finally, the diving was great. Saw turtles, sharks, and endless coral and assorted marine life.

Recommended for
The diving, the food, the crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Le L
  • United States United States
Great Dives with Great People

The highlight was two full days of diving in St. John's and Fury Shoals. Shaab Maksour and Elphinstone were amazing. The crew were all really helpful and caring. They clearly have the boat down to a science. They are very attentive and notice the smallest need, like when you forget to get a spoon to go with your soup.

Recommended for
The dives, the people, and the food.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Peter G
  • United States United States
Emperor Fleet Gets High Praise. This boat to small.

Teeth cleaning by cleaner wrasse Quite excellent food Excellent dive briefings by a cruise director with a sense of humor. Prefer a larger boat with dedicated dry space for cameras, more exterior lounge space and dedicated smoking location..

Recommended for
Dive guides, food, willingness to adjust itinerary to suit guests
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
The best way to dive the Red Sea

An amazing experience. The crew went above and beyond the call of duty to make us all comfortable and provided every service with a smile. The diving itself was great and both guides were well trained and well informed. I was comfortable for the duration of my stay and would definitely do it all again. Thank you for an amazing holiday.

Recommended for
Crew, Food and Comfort
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tomas S
  • Sweden Sweden
Divers heaven!!


Recommended for
The friendly crew, the divesites and the guide Momo :)
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Annette E
  • Norway Norway

I wish we were more prepared for cold weather, the experience would have been perfect if we didn't freeze all day, we definitely should have packed warmer clothes. So maybe it would be wise to inform about this on the website:-) Anyway...because of the fantastic crew and the two dive guides and of course fabulous dive sites we have had a great week:-)

Recommended for
Diving, crew, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jens Dirk L
  • Iceland Iceland
Fantastic trip, highly recommendable


Recommended for
The quality of the food, the professionality of the guides, the service minded attitude of the staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eleonora K
  • Sweden Sweden
Bautiful colourful dive experiences in safety thinking, well organised and so friendle service minded kontext.

The simply beautiful "everyday diving" in Red Sea, snorkelling and diving with dolphins, all the superb food during the whole trip, kindness care and fun with staff and guests on the boat.

Recommended for
Awesome diving, high quality on equipment and safety thinking, warmhearted and very service minded staff. l
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Seo M
  • Switzerland Switzerland

My private guide was very helpful and can have best dive experience!!

Recommended for
Excellent food,helpful crew and best diveguide
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Tom M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing corals

We were lucky as only 7 people on board. Amazing corals but almost zero pelagic sightings, possibly due to time of year. Beware that only one guide who doesn't even dive with the group half of the time!!

Recommended for
Small group, amazing coral, beautiful cave dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sławomir W
  • Poland Poland
Very friendly staff.


Recommended for
Friendly staff, great dive guides, nice people
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sara D
  • Italy Italy
Great And exciting

We saw sharks!!! We did a couple of very adventure diving ;-) Altought there was a lot of current the diving guides and the crew service were able to offer a great service and provide optimal dive site for 95% of the time!

Recommended for
Dives sites sharks friendless of the staff
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lars H
  • Germany Germany
Good liveaboard with

Unfortunately the liveaboard was in the south of the red sea in late summer so only small(er) fishes were around regularly but typically a lot of them. And mainly hard corrals which look nice but it gets a bit bland after a while. However, dove with curious sharks which was cool and snorkeld with dolphins which was amazing. The beds were reasonably comfortable, the bathrooms reasonably sized and the AC working without problems. Change of linen was after 4 days and you get enough towels (and probably could have asked for more). Boat was only booked to 75% so I got a shared cabin of my own which is always nice. All in all a good liveaboard but the sealife is a bit dull (which is more my fault as I didn't inform myself properly). However, would definitely recommend, relaxed guides and relaxed crew.

Recommended for
Twin cabin on my own, good rental gear, nice people on the boat
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Mohammed A
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia


Recommended for
Crew, dive sites and divers
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Mark C
  • Australia Australia
Yes it was very enjoyable, the crew were all very professional and friendly.

Overall the trip really was well run and your agency also very helpful with any questions that I had prior to the trip.

Recommended for
The coral structures that we saw on our trip were monolithic almost prehistoric looking. I haven't seen anything like it in 15 years of diving. Quite unique and beautiful.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Valter S
  • Brazil Brazil
Great holiday, anwsome week!

Beautiful reefs Huge marine life's New friends

Recommended for
Frendly Crew, safety dives e wonderful food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Götz Ulrich L
  • Germany Germany
Just fun-tastic

We made three dives to the Thistlegorm, including one night dive. Momo and Ashraf timed our dives so that we were virtually the only divers at the wreck. This is just one example of how well they cared for our group. Thanks a lot!

Recommended for
Our very nice dive guides Momo and Ashraf, excellent meals, wrecks-wrecks-wrecks&wrecks
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Marc F
  • France France
Very enjoyed to have dove in these main and savage diving sites

Dive eat sleep Dive Repeat !

Recommended for
Deep dives / Hammerhead Sharks / Océanic and Treasure Sharks /
  • 8.4 Very good
  • France H
  • Canada Canada
Amazing experience and a complete change in scenery.

Amazing coral, beautiful wrecks, seeing species I was not used to see since I had only been diving in the Caribbeans. The only thing is that I was cold all week, going in april is not the best time of the year. The recommendation was a 7mm wetsuit. Had I known there were such strong winds that made it impossible to lay in the sun to warm up between dives,I would have brought my drysuit. Other than that, the trip was great.

Recommended for
It was not expensive, I got to dive 4 times per day, the diving was excellent
  • 8.0 Very good
  • China China
A very happy trip

Comfortable accommodation; Good food; Diving to see the favorite sea creatures

Recommended for
Comfortable cabin, delicious food, good service
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ozgur T
  • Canada Canada

Relax and easy diving

Recommended for
Dive guide warm water many fish
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Martin E
  • Sweden Sweden
I have nothing but praise to give

The dives I enjoyed the most were at the fury shoals, a very versatile reef system were you can do many different kinds of dives. Saint John's was also good of course, as well as the possibility of going deep at Elphinstone. The very good food served on Asmaa was another highlight, and it was a very pleasant surprise for me.

Recommended for
Very helpful and friendly crew and guides, great food and clean accomodations
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Edward Z
  • Canada Canada
Great experience in the Red Sea, but need to come back in the summer!

One group saw a dugong and on one of the dives we were joined by bottlenose dolphins! We also had the opportunity to snorkel with spinner dolphins, which was an amazing experience.

Recommended for
Staff, food, diving
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Marc F
  • Spain Spain
Cool week!

Sharing the experience with nice people

Recommended for
People, food and underwater landscapes
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tina H
  • Denmark Denmark
Perfect experience with the friendliest crew

Reefs and wrecks, very good diving and a happy mood on board all the time. Instant help to put on gear and help in case of sickness or any other problems. The crew and the dive guides made the experience perfect. The best dive vacation. I would definitely go with Asmaa again. Thank you.

Recommended for
The diving, service from the entire crew and the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Carol Y
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wonderful return to the red Sea

Dancing with dolphins, amazing wrecks, and we were so lucky with the weather, lack of current, and calm seas.

Recommended for
Dive guides knowledge, choice of dive sites, friendliness and helpfulness of the crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Anette S
  • Norway Norway
Sharks, sharks , sharks

To se that many sharks, hammerheads, Oceanic whitetip sharks, thresher sharks, silky shark:)

Recommended for
Sharks, divingspots, reefs
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Beatriz G
  • Mexico Mexico
Amazing and wonderful experience .. the best crew ever

Excellent dive masters, Safka and Samir are excellent and super crew to support us all the time smiling I want to dive again with Emperor ASMAA. I strongly recommend it

Recommended for
Perfect brief and explanation, crew support and service and food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Erhard K
  • Austria Austria
interessante Tauchgänge auf einem sehr guten Boot

Kofferfisch, Schildkröte, Fuchshai und Hammerhai

Recommended for
Tauchgänge, Essen, Rücksichtnahme bei den Zodiacausfahrten
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eva A
  • Jordan Jordan
fantastic atmosphere there, lots of fun

All was great; but I wish to everyone to have somebody like we have, diver name Leroy, he makes good atmosphere and lots of laugh. I'm planning to do another trip with Asmaa next year again.

Recommended for
lots of diving, great people - divers and stuff, good food
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Daniel J
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Great diving, average boat condition

Dives, eating and the friendliness of the staff

Recommended for
The dives, the food, friendliness of on board staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Joar M
  • Sweden Sweden
Had a very nice week on Emperor Aasma with many great dives!

The highlights were the oceanic whitetip at Elphinstone and the many beautiful caves at St. Johns and Fury shoal!

Recommended for
Best food I've had on a liveaboard! Had my first shark encounter at Elphinstone where we met an Oceanic whitetip. We got the chance to decide on our own how we wanted to do the dives and didn't always have to followed the guides.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jose Felix G
  • Spain Spain
Emperor es una apuesta segura por su profesionalidad y por la simpatía de la tripulación.

Las inmersiones en los diferentes pecios.

Recommended for
Buen ambiente,profesionalidad y buenos puntos de buceo
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Miao W
  • China China
Great onboard experience ok diving

Attentive staff serving every need we have especially EVERYTHING IN THE DINING ROOM! every meal was fab. boat crew also made diving and coming back from diving so effortless. Diving was just ok, but the experience was good overall.

Recommended for
Food, staff, dive set up
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Bernd B
  • Germany Germany
Great dive experience on an excellent dive boat.

- Snorkeling with Spinner dolfins - big Manta Ray - St John`s caves

Recommended for
- The people from the dive team and crew. The dive sites. The outstanding performance of our diveguides Anke and Tracy.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Niels V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great trip, excellent food

Seeing a dugong / Seeing hammerhead sharks / The health of the coral reefs in the Red Sea

Recommended for
Seeing a dugong / Seeing hammerhead sharks / The health of the coral reefs in the Red Sea
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Bartosz D
  • Poland Poland
Great trip.


Recommended for
Wrecks, dive guides & food.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Pascal W
  • Switzerland Switzerland
cool team and super food!

- elphinstone - st.johns reefs - dolphin house

Recommended for
dive => eat => sleep => repeat
  • 4.4 Review score
  • Cesar B
  • Brazil Brazil
I would not recommend Emperor again, since they sell packages they can't commit to it.

Sadly they sell this trip called "sharks" but even the guides said that the best time is more towards end of September to October. So in a week that we were supposed to see many sharks, we saw 3 in total. Very disappointing. One guide, Ahmed, was a really bad guid. Very unprofessional, didn't talk to me or my dive partner at all, and even left us swimming in a strong current and swam away, not even looking behind to see if we made it through. If he had any personal issues with us, he should at least have been professional and not risked our lives, as he did. The company changed the whole itinerary (including departure point) and didn't communicate anything to us. When we got there, we had other groups who booked trips with different goals, all together. I understand the Covid situation may have led to that, but as a customer I expect to be informed and asked if I agree with the changes in the service I paid for. I don't further recommend Emperor. There are other companies running this business in Egypt who are much more reliable and customer oriented.

Recommended for
Food was pretty good; Crew was 100% friendly and nice; The group we were in was nice
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Charline I
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Top dives top crew and dive instructors top food perfect schedule perfect boat size

Recommended for
The crew, the dives, the food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kevin K
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Alone in the Red Sea.

Amazing reefs, ras Mohammed and Thistlegorm. Also the group was really cool and a lot of fun. The crew was very nice and helpful as well.

Recommended for
Only 11 guests. Only boat in the Red Sea. Amazing reefs.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Thomas W
  • Germany Germany
Fun but chaotic

- The crew was very nice, the food good, and the dive sites were incredible. (Although we didn’t see many sharks or other large animals.) - I was originally booked on the “Red Sea Sharks (Marsa Ghalib)” itinerary, and was booked onto “ Simply the Best” without consultation. After complaining, I at least got refunded the price difference between the trips. - The trip was advertised as leaving from and returning to Port Ghalib, about 10 minutes’ drive from Marsa Alam Airport. Instead, it left and returned to Marsa Alam, which is not a port (no bars, restaurant, ATM, etc.) and a much longer drive (about 50 minutes). We (the guests) had to pressure the organizers to schedule the return transfer early enough to reach the airport at a comfortable time. - I arrived in the morning, and was told that I had to spend the day at a resort since the boat wasn’t read (for an additional charge). When we arrived at the boat, its was already quite late and other guest clearly had been on board for a long time. - The boat wasn’t well maintained. We lost the first day of diving due to issues with the compressors, and one of the zodiacs was leaking. - One of the guides was very unfriendly to me and other guests, which forced the other two guides to work around him. This caused disorganized dive briefings, unclear buddy teams, etc. and in effect meant that we were diving with two guides for 16 guests. Luckily, the group included several experienced divers, so this wasn’t an issue. - I was charged an additional 14% tax for the extras on board. This directly contradicts the price list I was given before the trip, which states that “a 10% sales tax charge has been applied to the above 'On-board' rates.”

Recommended for
We saw three hammerhard sharks
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Hubert V
  • France France
I enjoyed the diving cruise globaly

The coral and fish ( hammer sharks), the homogeneity and friendlyness of the divers, the proffessionality of the main dive master, the comfort of the boat and unfortunatly a authority issue with the second dive master. I just change to the main one and ignored him after. It was a bit too militar as experience but i can understand.

Recommended for
The dive site, the crew, the boat comfort
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Petra V
  • Finland Finland
Very good liveaboard trip to see multiple wrecks in Egypt

Very nice wreck dives Excellent and detailed briefings to make divers comfortable about penetrating wrecks Good safety procedures (weather checks etc.) Dive guides very knowledgeable about the dive sites, fauna and history Friendly crew

Recommended for
Dive briefings and safety, dive guides, boat facilities
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