Almonda Liveaboard, Saudi Arabia

Excellent food and drinks

“Good weather Coral formations Lots of colorful reef life Excellent crew”

Joe L, United States United States
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Highlights

  • Hot tub on board
  • Two partially shaded Sundecks
  • Nitrox available for certified Nitrox divers

The Almonda is a spacious 40mtr/131ft liveaboard in the Red Sea that can accommodate 24 guests in 12 independently air-conditioned staterooms. There are 2 master staterooms with queen beds, 8 Deluxe staterooms with twin beds, and 2 double cabins, each with a queen bed. Every stateroom has a private bathroom and shower, a porthole window, and a hair dryer. There is also a 32-inch TV in each stateroom with a selection of 400 movies, TV shows and documentaries. Guests can also plug their computers into the TV screen to edit underwater pictures and videos.

The Almonda is spacious and comfortable, with a large salon and sun deck. It also has a hot tub, sun loungers, deck chairs, and a bar. There is also an air-conditioned salon on the sundeck with a 50” flatscreen TV. There is also a big restaurant and bar on the main deck. The experience aboard the Almonda includes all meals, snacks and beverages, as well as a variety of nightly entertainment such as diving and fish identification presentations, movies, games and more. There is also a small library of books for exchange onboard, as well as fish identification books for reference. Every diver gets their own equipment box, and there is Nitrox on board. The diving platform is very spacious, and for more distant dive sites, there are 2 Zodiacs available.

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Included: VAT, Park, Port and Fuel Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Night Dives, Nitrox, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet.

Optional Extras: Gratuities (80 USD per trip), Hotel Transfer, Nitrox Course, Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks

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.


Diving

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

The crew speaks English, German, French, 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 2017
  • Length 39.9 meters
  • Beam 8.57 meters
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2 x Man 1050 Hp
  • Max guests 24
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Tenders 2 x 6.5m 45 Hp
  • Water capacity 14 tons
  • Fuel capacity 16 tons
  • Freshwater maker 14 tons/day

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
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Emergency flares

Almonda Reviews

  • 8.7 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
    8.1
  2. Crew
    9.0
  3. Food
    9.7
  4. Diving
    8.6
  5. Value
    7.9
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Joe L
  • United States United States
A very pleasant diving trip.

Good weather Coral formations Lots of colorful reef life Excellent crew

Recommended for
The dive guides, beautiful coral formations, well organized
  • 8.0 Very good
  • RAFFIE G
  • United States United States
Great crew

we saw hammerheads and a tiger shark

Recommended for
Great crew, Great food, Great diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Dante R
  • United States United States
Fabulous Experience!

Getting to swim with dolphins!

Recommended for
- Maged our dive guide was amazing. Very kind, attentive, and helpful in and out of the water
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Terence K
  • Canada Canada
People made for a great experience

Dolphins! A pod of dolphins came and visited us and we were able to snorkel with them. The coral unfortunately was bleached in many places, and though there were lots and lots of small fish (damsel fish, pullers, anemone fish, chromis), there were very few large ones (some bumphead parrots) and not many medium-sized ones (squirrels, groupers). (I'm probably using Caribbean names for Red Sea fish, sorry.) We did see a few turtles. The coral pinnacles were magnificent.

Recommended for
The crew, the food and (toward the end) the dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nicola B
  • Italy Italy
Pristine coral reefs in Red Sea

Beautiful dives, a lot of small fish on coral reef. Unfortunately we couldn't see many pelagics (not the right period). Crew and guides helped us to make a comfortable trip and safe dives. Food was very good, specially lamb! Some maintenance to be done on the boat. They told us new speedboats are coming to replace rubber boats. I can recommend this boat and Farasan Banks itinerary!

Recommended for
Crew, dives, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David F
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Very relaxing 4 nights trip in not so explored saudi red sea

We had lots of deep dive on big drop offs. We saw very well 2 tiger sharks The staff was pro, from Egypt. Too bad the trip is without alcohol but this is Saudi Arabia.

Recommended for
Saw tiger sharks for the first time, had good food, met interesting people
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Alexander P
  • Germany Germany
Very warm sea, good visibility, no macro life.

Anemone city. A couple of beautiful reefs. Not too much current. The water was very warm, 32 degrees even at 30 metres. All the macro life goes deep at these temperatures. The boat really needs a facelift. The cabins smell like a damp dog. The best life a is to get rid of all carpets which soak up moisture and smell. The boat is quite old. The engine puts out a lot of black smoke all the time, the smell always carries to the deck of the boat.

Recommended for
Great visibility in the sea. Beautiful corals and micro life. The food on the boat was wonderful.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Stefanus V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great food, nice boat, great staff and good guides

Anemoon reef (Five Corals) which is a nemo-paradise with walls full with anemons. Great divespot! Hamerheads up close. Relaxed diving with water temp of 30 degrees (08-23). The food is great. The staff really helpfull. Good value for money as snacks and drinks (non alcoholic) are provided. We could not go to 7 sisters. But 5 corals was really good.

Recommended for
Food, vessel, diveguides
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Mark P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
The trip restored my interest and confidence in Red Sea diving; none of the crowds that characterise diving in Egyptian waters.

The trip was excellent, for the reasons outlined. Although Saudi is more difficult to get to than Egypt, it was definitely worth the extra effort

Recommended for
Crew, Dive quality, no other divers or dive boats seen during the entire excursion
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Peter H
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Diving from the only boat around

During our trip we discovered new sites and were always the only boat present. The good crew and the guides offered a perfect service. Just the boat should be renovated. A sundeck with no shade is a no go. As well was one of the 2 zodiacs in a very bad shape. Additionally the safety equipment was not serviced as required.

Recommended for
group, diveguides, divesites