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The RSE Experience

At Red Sea Explorers we offer an unbeatable liveaboard experience with diving opportunities all over the Red Sea. Our routes stretch from Sinai to the Sudan and encompass all that's in between.

With such diverse dive sites on our itineraries, we cater for recreational diving of all levels as well as technical diving. With a keen interest in technical diving operations, we encourage and support research and exploration projects onboard. 

Manoeuvred by an expert team of guides, diving destinations are numerous and variably challenging; across the Red Sea you may find playful, easygoing dives, as well as seek deeper, more expert excursions. 

The MV Tala and the MV Nouran provide a comfortable, accommodating home on the Red Sea. Apart from the spacious lounges and relaxations areas, the cozy cabins with ensuite bathrooms, the fleet is equipped with a full range of professional and technical dive gear, including a variety of tanks, gases and underwater scooters. 

The RSE crew is competent and well versed in handling the sophisticated equipment required for deep diving; over the past decade we have facilitated and supported dives as deep as 180 metres, as well as arranged the logistics for various research and conservation efforts. 

The Red Sea Explorers team invites you aboard for a once in a lifetime diving adventure.

Our Team

Faisal Khalaf

Founder

Faisal Khalaf

Founder

Spoken Languages French English Arabic

Faisal has been an avid diver since 1991 and his love of the Red Sea led him establish Red Sea Explorers in 2005. From Monkey Diving to deep, exploration, re-breather dives, Faisal is always looking for new projects and is definitely up for a challenge.

Faisal is a Fundamentals GUE Instructor and a UTD & INTD normoxic trimix instructor.

Suzanne Pugh

Client Relations Manager

Suzanne Pugh

Client Relations Manager

Spoken Languages English

Suzanne has been diving since 1996 learning Stoney Cove, UK and qualifying in Antigua. After several dive trips around the world and safaris in Egypt she finished her PADI OWSI course in Egypt in 2000 and decided to stay. Now spending time in the office answering your questions and coordinating our cruises.

Suzanne is a Master Freediving instructor for AIDA, PADI and SSI competing on the UK team since 2004.

Shaimaa Adel

Bookings & Communications

Shaimaa Adel

Bookings & Communications

Spoken Languages English Arabic

Shaimaa is a Hurghada local and has dabbled in industries that include marketing, events, photography and photo journalism. The answerer of all your emails, she joined the RSE team in 2018 and has since fallen deeply in love with one of our office animals, Stella.

Sandra Rundberg

Dive Professional & Communications

Sandra Rundberg

Dive Professional & Communications

Spoken Languages Swedish English

Sandra fell in love with diving in 2011 and soon after began her career as a dive instructor. She moved to Egypt in 2015, joining the RSE team in 2017. Sandra is a PADI instructor and is currently advancing as a GUE diver as well. Alongside her dive profession, Sandra is also involved in company logistics and communications.

Sayed 'Tiger' Gomaa

Senior Dive Instructor

Sayed 'Tiger' Gomaa

Senior Dive Instructor

Spoken Languages English Arabic

Sayed is a PADI IDC Staff instructor and has been active in the Red Sea for over 15 years, giving him immeasurable experience with and knowledge of local dive sites. He has been with Red Sea Explorers since 2014 and is an integral part of the diving team.

Stephen Crosby

Technical Instructor

Stephen Crosby

Technical Instructor

Spoken Languages English

Steve began diving back in Mississippi in 2004, and has since devoted ever aspect of his life to diving, from Indonesia to Belize to Thailand. He is constantly working on expanding his experience and knowledge in diving. Steve's passion in diving is technical diving and he brings his experience in technical diving into all the courses that he teaches. His qualifications include: RAID Instructor Trainer and Tech Instructor, SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor, and TDI Instructor.

Francesca Miccoli

Italian Market Dive Professional

Francesca Miccoli

Italian Market Dive Professional

Spoken Languages Italian English

Francesca joined our team in 2019 and is dedicated to our growing Italian market. She has worked all over the world including in Italy, Sinai and the Maldives. Francesca is a self-described "old-school diver" and is continually open to change, progress and development. With all her diving experience as an instructor, she still enjoys the simple pleasures of diving that include noting fish down and telling stories.

Olga Martinelli

Underwater Videographer

Olga Martinelli

Underwater Videographer

Spoken Languages Italian English

Olga began diving in 2001 and has been diving professionally across the world since 2003; she’s previously worked in the Maldives, Indonesia and Sharm El Sheikh in the Red Sea. Underwater photography began as a hobby for Olga, but today she is our resident videographer, doubling as a dive guide upon request. Olga is a PADI instructor and an aspiring GUE diver. She is also a vegan and an environmentalist and does her best to give back to the sea and oceans.

CPT. Kamal Abu Makka

Captain of MV Tala

CPT. Kamal Abu Makka

Captain of MV Tala

Spoken Languages English Arabic

Captain Kamal has been with RSE since the start of 2013 and gained his vast experience of the Red Sea as both a deckhand and co-pilot on MV Tala. In 2018 he was promoted to the position of Captain, considering his extensive knowledge of dive sites and his familiarity with the boat.

CPT. Ramadan Hassan

Captain of MV Nouran

CPT. Ramadan Hassan

Captain of MV Nouran

Spoken Languages English Arabic

Captain Ramadan began his career as a deckhand on MV Nouran in 2006, becoming captain in 2012 due to his experience of the Red Sea and knowledge of the boat. MV Nouran and Captain Ramadan joined RSE in 2013.

Antar

Emotional Support & Team Mascot

Antar

Emotional Support & Team Mascot

Spoken Languages Russian English Arabic

Antar joined RSE in 2014 and is a water activity expert. His skills include chilling on floaties, surfing and hunting crabs. However, his real passion is to swim with the wild dolphins. Antar loves family trips and playing with children (and adults) of all ages.

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