Scuba diving in Egypt

User avatar
Petr
Intermediate
Intermediate
Posts: 77
Joined: Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:27 pm
Location: Dubai
Has thanked: 111 times
Been thanked: 163 times

Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:31 pm

My fellow divers, I am considering diving in Egypt in this November. I'd like to hear your opinions and recommendations about the best locations or diving clubs. Also if you would like to join of course - I plan to go with my son who is an Advanced diver.

I guess @alshamsi_m @giorgio or @Booy might have some experience?
User avatar
giorgio
Intermediate
Intermediate
Posts: 212
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:04 pm
Has thanked: 435 times
Been thanked: 464 times

Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:39 pm

Hi all,

@Petr try googling the blue hole it is one of the must dives in the word
The Wolf is not concerned with the opinion of the sheep disappearing
User avatar
alshamsi_m
Founder
Founder
Posts: 285
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:29 am
Location: Al Hamriyah
Has thanked: 382 times
Been thanked: 613 times
Contact:

Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:08 am

Petr wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:31 pm
My fellow divers, I am considering diving in Egypt in this November. I'd like to hear your opinions and recommendations about the best locations or diving clubs. Also if you would like to join of course - I plan to go with my son who is an Advanced diver.

I guess @alshamsi_m @giorgio or @Booy might have some experience?


Hi petr


Sharm El-Sheikh is in my TO DO list but I never been there

https://www.scubatravel.co.uk/redsea/sharm-diving.html

This is a link that will give you an idea and confirms that you are going in the best time .


You never know, I might join until then.

Good luck
Adventurous League of Mountains, Oceans and Sand Thrills
User avatar
kareem.alameldin
Intermediate
Intermediate
Posts: 33
Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:01 pm
Location: Dubai
Has thanked: 52 times
Been thanked: 65 times

Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:46 am

Hi Petr,

I'm Egyptian but not a Scuba diver unfortunately, everyone i know who comes to Egypt for Scuba diving comes to Hurghada and it's their favorite, Sharm el sheikh is the second best for diving but people go there more for night life than diving, so i think you should look up trips to Hurghada and sharm el sheikh as well if you have time,

Hope that helps.
Driving Grey FJ "Silverback"
User avatar
Petr
Intermediate
Intermediate
Posts: 77
Joined: Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:27 pm
Location: Dubai
Has thanked: 111 times
Been thanked: 163 times

Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:41 am

Thank you all for your tips, I will have a look, and to @alshamsi_m I will send an invite later ;-)
User avatar
Johanna
Crew
Crew
Posts: 112
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:04 pm
Location: Dubai
Has thanked: 383 times
Been thanked: 373 times

Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:35 am

Hi all,

Sharm Al Sheikh/Dahab are simply amazing! I was there a few times, unfortunately only for snorkeling trips, but it is also on my bucket list for diving.

A friend of mine worked in Egypt as a dive instructor in the Safaga/Marsa Alam area, if someone wants some tips I can ask him.

I personally can recommend Dahab. Its a small village, usually not crowded, a lot of backpackers and divers are there, the atmosphere is fantastic and the famous blue hole is in Dahab as well.

Now I want to go diving as well. We should plan another trip soon
BR, Johanna

If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it.
User avatar
Petr
Intermediate
Intermediate
Posts: 77
Joined: Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:27 pm
Location: Dubai
Has thanked: 111 times
Been thanked: 163 times

Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:15 pm

Johanna wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:35 am

A friend of mine worked in Egypt as a dive instructor in the Safaga/Marsa Alam area, if someone wants some tips I can ask him.

I personally can recommend Dahab. Its a small village, usually not crowded, a lot of backpackers and divers are there, the atmosphere is fantastic and the famous blue hole is in Dahab as well.
Many thanks Johanna! I juts realized that Rami, the instructor from Al Boom is Egyptian as well and I have contacts. If needed, I will ask you for the other contact later.
User avatar
osman
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 46
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Dubai Marina
Has thanked: 8 times
Been thanked: 60 times

Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:19 am

Hello @Petr
Sorry to read that you missed yesterdays due to late arrival.
Red sea is an amazing place to dive. From the shore, Sharm (very close to Ras Mohammed, which is one of the well known) Dahab and Hurghada are the most popular and convenient locations to my knowledge. Having said that, i had only been in Egpt three times (all Hurghada) and all for one week liveaboard dive trips. I strongly recommend liveaboards if you are going there ony for diving. There are way too many operators and quite different itineries and can be very intense - four dives every day. Let me know if liveabord is something of an interest so i can share more. Cheers.
We drive on the sAnd and we see a Lot of sand.
We go caMping and look at the sky and we see a lOt of stars.
And there are more Stars in the universe than all sand grains on earTh.
User avatar
Petr
Intermediate
Intermediate
Posts: 77
Joined: Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:27 pm
Location: Dubai
Has thanked: 111 times
Been thanked: 163 times

Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:30 pm

Hi @osman , yes liveaboard sounds definitely interesting. I would be grateful for tips.
User avatar
osman
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 46
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Dubai Marina
Has thanked: 8 times
Been thanked: 60 times

Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:39 pm

Ok, here is my 2 cents:

There are 3-4 day trips and one week itineraries. I find one week more effective due to the overheads of flying & travel times, no-fly time due to N2 loading. From memory, I flew early friday morning with Egypt Air to Hurghada via Cairo. (There is no direct flight from Dubai to Hurghada or Sharm or Dahab or Port Ghalib, which is about 3 or 4 hours drive from Hurghada). The operators provide pick-up and drop off sevice form the airport so you do not have to worry about the transportation. If your boat starts or finishes at port Ghalib, the companies arrange pick-up & drop-off from Hurghada airport.

The boats usually leave on saturday morning and come back thursday afternoon. So when you arrive on friday, the boat is under preparation for the next trip. You can drop your bag to the boat and go enjoy the rest of the day until the night but you sleep on the boat on friday night, also do your check in as well. If you arrive earlier than others, you might push your luck to get a cabin of your choice.

The boat leaves on saturday morning around 9-10 and you would have a test dive within an hour or two. This helps you to be perfectly ready for the coming dives and also let the dive masters to assess your skills without explicitly saying. After the lunch you would have your second dive and maybe a night dive. Then usually the boat starts to make long way until very late night to cover the distance they need to go.

A typical day starts at 6:30 wake up, 7:00 briefing and first dive, then you have breakfast, around 11 or so the second dive followed by lunch. Then slightly longer interval then about 3 or so the third dive. Between the dives, the boat moves to the next site, so every dive is usually different sites. If there is a night dive, you jump to the water slightly after the sun set. Then you have dinner around 8-8:30. And the boat moves longer distance at night for the morning site.

On thursday, you may finish with two dives or highly unlikely three. The boat moors back to the port in the afternoon to be ready for the next trip. They may let you to stay in a hotel for that night or sleep on the boat. Then they arrange the transports for the airport either friday morning or late thursday nights.

Some of the itineraries do not allow night dives or only one or two due to the sea conditions of the sites, like Deadalus etc.

Since it is quite an intense activity, I suggest to use Nitrox. If you are not certified, you can do it during the trip as I did. You just dive first day Air and then switch to Nitrox the second day. I believe all the boats have Nitrox capability but better to check before you pay.

You can get these details more correct once you select your tour or during the booking process.

There are quite large number of companies doing trips, some are based on the company country setup or main target so they get to have more Germans, British or Russans, etc.

I was not sure and did not have anyone to ask so I was cautious in my first tour, after doing some search I chose https://www.emperordivers.com/. I was quite happy with them and then i went again with them for the second time. I could not find the right match for the third trip and I went with https://www.blueotwo.com/Home company through the broker https://www.liveaboard.com/.

If I go again, I would chose Emperor. But like anything else, it is the people make it shine. The other good thing about the liveaboards is that they go to the popular sites before the day trippers and try to arrange the dive times not at the same time as the other groups. In crowded times, you may even lose your group if you do not pay attention.

I was very much impressed with the food offered on the boat. The cooks have such a small space to work yet they create very nice meals. I would also give a higher mark to Emperor on this too.

Some dives can be challenging with strong currents and you need to be comfortable and competent as they may require negative entry.

I suggest the first time itinerary as reefs and wrecks, which gives you very nice mix as mentioned in the name. Southern part of Hurghada is also very nice for beautiful morning sun rays in caves too. Leave the outer far site for your later trips since I am sure you want to go again.

Cheers Osman
We drive on the sAnd and we see a Lot of sand.
We go caMping and look at the sky and we see a lOt of stars.
And there are more Stars in the universe than all sand grains on earTh.
Post Reply