Scuba Destinations

 

Egypt

Some of the best scuba diving in the world is in the Red Sea . . .
Overview:

Egypt, the land that is famous for the Pyramids, Sphinx, Tutankhamun, Nile etc.  Whilst the old established areas of interest for tourists will not diminish in their appeal, diving is an ever growing earner of revenue for Egypt.  The diving, centred in the Red Sea, offers some of the best in the world. 

Dive sites such as Elphinstone (famous for its Hammerheads!) and Dolphin Reef, previously only accessible to southern Red Sea liveaboards, can now be dived by day boats from Marsa Alam.

The dive resorts that are forever popular starting with the largest, Sharm El Sheikh are as follows:


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DIVING IN THE RED SEA
 
Avoid Rogue Operators -  Dive only with legal diving operators on your next trip to Egypt’s Red Sea.

CDWSAll CDWS member dive operators have met ISO standards EN 14467 / ISO 24803 for diving to ensure your diving safety.

Look out for the CDWS logo for the symbol of quality and safety.

Full list of legal diving operators in Egypt

Full list of black listed diving operators in Egypt

What to see:
January/February: Jellyfish are more common
March/April: Red snapper breeding
May: Titan triggerfish breeding
June: White and red snapper breeding after full moon. Towards the end of June, you can see fish spawning at Ras Mohamed
July: Barracuda start to shoal, mashed butterfly fish and masked pufferfish breeding. July is also the beginning of the turtle breeding season
August/September: Mantas and whale sharks common
September/October: Oceanic whitetip sharks
November/December: Grey reef sharks mating at Ras Mohammed
Need to know:

The current Red Sea diving laws are as follows:

Non-marine Park Itineraries: Open Water Diver or equivalent. Divers with minimum experience and training can only dive on northern routes.

Marine Park Itineraries: Advanced Open Water Diver or above and at least 50 logged dives. Divers must meet these minimum experience and training to dive southern route itineraries and absolutely for Brother's Islands and Zabargad.

Remember to take your log books and certification card - they're required to dive on liveaboard boats.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.  There is a very limited Malaria risk.

A 30-day visa is required and can be obtained on arrival for (currently) US$15 or the equivalent, provided the purpose of travel is for tourism.

Travellers entering Egypt via South Sinai (and remaining in the South Sinai resort area), can obtain a free 14-day visa on arrival.

Useful stuff:
Language: Arabic is the official language but English, French, Italian, Spanish , German and even Russian are widely spoken.
Currency: Egyptian pound
Time: GMT +2
Climate: Desert; hot dry summers with moderate winters
Natural hazards: Occasional droughts, frequent earthquakes, flash floods, landslides; hot driving windstorms (Khamsin) occurs in spring
Diving season: 12 months
Water temperature: Jan to March - 20C/68F
July to Sept - 27C/80F
Air Temperature 21C/70F - 35C/95F

Middle East & Red Sea - Egypt: Latest User Reviews

Best Diving Experience Ever  Octopus World Dahab, Dahab 5 Star Rating Added: 27th March 2014 by Lykke
I have been diving many places in the world, and I have never been in a place like this before. The staff is amazing. Sweet, funny, helpful, attentive and I felt so safe all the way though my diving holiday. All the equipment is brand new and really nice. I...
Don't book here  Cassiopeia, Egypt 1 Star Rating Added: 22nd January 2014 by Mennojo
With 4 friends, we booked a 7 day trip to deep south and St. John’s, departing from Marsa Alam. The sailing was confirmed so the airline tickets were also booked. Only 13 days before departure Cassiopeia Safari cancelled the trip without offering any alternative. So, if you like your holiday...
Best experience in Hurghada  Jasmin Dive Center, Hurghada 5 Star Rating Added: 2nd January 2014 by apeglow
Jasmin diving center was the third base I dived with during two weeks here in Hurghada. It was by far the best. Most importantly the equipment is well maintained and *clean*. Sounds like a very basic and self understanding thing but at the other two bases they would give me...
Incapacity, lack of security  Orca Dive Club - Wadi Lahmy, Marsa Alam 2 Star Rating Added: 29th December 2013 by filippofabiotrapani
Hi, I’m an Italian guy. I’ve been in your Orca Dive Club in Wadi Lahmy Azur Resort in Hamata, Berenice, Egypt since December, 21st till yesterday, December 28th, 2013. I have a Two Star CMAS International Certificate with about 70 diving of experience. I want everybody know what happened to me in...
Not Bad Starting Point  Golden Dolphin Diving Center, Hurghada 3 Star Rating Added: 21st December 2013 by actuosus
Dive instructor was strict and open-minded. Diving mainly took place on a boat. Dive Center has aluminium 12 litres tanks, SCUBAPRO gear. Also they have classroom for training.
Trip report - blue o two - blue horizon- simply the best project shark Nov 2013  Blue Horizon, Egypt 4 Star Rating Added: 4th December 2013 by Pughio83
So this was my first egyptian live aboard trip, starting at Manchester and flying to Hurghada with Thomas cook outbound. Word of warning with Thomas cook - small cramped planes with no leg room at all - worst i have ever experienced. Blue O two picked us up without hitches,...
Sharm el Sheikh Diving holiday  Diving in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt 5 Star Rating Added: 26th November 2013 by johnthemason
Awesome week, well 6 days, diving with Diving in Sharm el Sheikh. Eagle Rays, Mantas White tips turtles and even a whaleshark. These guys really know the best dive sites. The other benefit is Sharm el Sheikh is superb for diving at the moment. People are worried but it is...
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