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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:

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

Get what you pay for  Pyramid, Sharm El Sheikh 4 Star Rating Added: 8th December 2014 by ianfrost
I used the Pyramid Dive Centre at Sunrise Diamond Beach Hotel. I had 6 consecutive weekday morning pontoon dives. Had to negotiate quite hard to get this arrangement to my satisfaction because in common with other Sharm dive centres they want you to do 2 dives daily, preferably from a boat. There...
Pleasant as usual.  Colona Dive Center, Deep South Diving Camp, Marsa Alam 5 Star Rating Added: 6th November 2014 by diver_Lux
I have been diving with Colona before in El Gouna and wanting to do boat diving from Port Ghalib it was an easy choice. They have 2 boats moored in the marina. I came for a week of diving, staying at the excellent Marina Lodge 4th week of October. The...
Outstanding Dive club  Dive Point Red Sea - Rotana Coral Beach Hotel, Hurghada 5 Star Rating Added: 19th October 2014 by mj73333
I want to say zillion thanks to all Dive Point team and our Guide/Instructor Szilard who helped us to gain confidence after a brake. There is a reason why people come back and dive with Dive Point again and again some for 19 years. We are planning to come back...
Simply the best !!!  Eagle Divers, Sharm El Sheikh 5 Star Rating Added: 4th October 2014 by OshaDiver
We took our PADI Scuba Diver qualification with Eagle Divers and we were really impressed! Not only were all the instructors super helpful and friendly, but they all went that extra mile to make your experience special. Hannah was our instructor and was very patient and was a great teacher...
Needs some care and attention  Grand Sea Serpent, Egypt 3 Star Rating Added: 28th September 2014 by JulesE
Did the northern wrecks and reefs tour route. Blue O Two had chartered the boat. The combination of the blue O two dive guides and the Grand Sea Serpent crew did not really work well from a diver's perspective. For example, any request for a mix was met with a lot of...
Excellent dive operator in Hurghada  Divers Lodge - Hurghada, Hurghada 5 Star Rating Added: 1st September 2014 by niklassehlstedt
Diver's Lodge, based in Hurghada, Egypt, provide an excellent and enjoyable dive experience. The dive guides are very professional, helpful and attentive. They go the extra mile to find good locations which are not crowed by other operators. Everybody on the boat are friendly and helpful. And do the utmost...
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