Scuba Diving, Sharm El Sheikh
Well, there is not much to add. The Red Sea is a paradise for snorkeling and diving. If you are there, don't just stay at the beach, you have to experience this!
Most hotels lend you snorkel, finns and mask - if you go when the sea is not yet warm enough also rent a neoprene suit. It's worth it - you can stay in much longer!
Buy a fish card, then you can also name the many colorful fishes you encounter.
Here I have seen the biggest moray ever (bigger than everything I have seen in real or on pictures or on TV), It's head was bigger than mine it was real thick and it must have been over 2 meters long, which is hard to tell, because it did not leave the holes in the coral completely. And this thing was curious! It followed me over several meters -always winding through the holes in the coral reef and reappearing somewhere else.
A giant moray my fish chart says. Puh.
I recently completed 2 weeks diving in Sharm el Sheikh. The week began with some simple local dives followed by most of the sites i Tiran and Ras Mohamed. Particular care was taken not to visit the same sites repeatedly and gradually build up the experience and challenges. The trips, boats and support was planned with the assistance of Diving in Sharm el Sheikh and Sharm up Front
Although Egypt is currently experiencing difficulties it is an ideal time for diving. It is safe here and the waters are warm, clear, un-crowded and therefore full of wildlife.
The resources mentioned above were fantastic giving up front advice before arrival, arranging hotel transfers, boats and equipment. They tailored the trips to the guests particular needs and wishes.
Towards the end of the stay we spent a night in the Nabq national park. Camping by firelight near the edge of a mangrove lagoon. It was truly awesome.
The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship built in 1940 was sunk on 6 October 1941 near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea and is now a well known diving site.
this diving spot is one of the best spots in Red Sea area where you can find many types of fishes around the wreck such as are tuna, barracuda, Batfish, Morey eel, Lionfish, Stonefish, Crocodilefish, Scorpionfish and Sea turtle.
The Times named the Thistlegorm as one of the top ten wreck diving sites in the world.
Oonas diving is quite good and in the neighborhood of the center.
End of Summer Sale: For only 325 euros you will get:
- 7 nights hotel accommodation based on 2 in a twin room
- Breakfast included
- 5 days boat diving (2 dives per day, including tank and weights)
- Meet & greet service to help you through the airport and to the hotel
- Free Nitrox (2 x 12L tanks per day) if booked in advance.
Increasingly people are visiting the red sea and not seeing under water as there is more and more to do 'overwater'. this is a shame though. i did most of my diving in the florida keys but the red sea is a much better dive site. we did some beach diving in naama bay itself and then had a day boat diving in the tiran straits and a day in ras mohammed. in all areas the coral was spectacular. we were there in feb / march when the water is too cold for sharks but we did see dolphins, turtles and moray eels. make sure you go with a reputable firm who speak your language. red sea college, camel divers, ocean bay college and emporer divers all had good reputations. we went with mr. diver at the marriot hotel and they were brilliant. we had excellent dive guides in tariq, chris, bertie and charlie and the boats were great with a beautiful lunch provided. the best thing to do is hang out in the camel bar in the centre of naama bay and get chatting to divers. you will meet instuctors and customers and get a good feel for who you want to dive with. we can't recommend mr diver too highly though!
You have to go diving or snorkelling in the red sea at some point around its reefs. Its the best diving i have ever done and alot of people i know say its the best they have as well. Alot of people think only the barrier reef is better but i havn't done that yet to say but the reef where just full off didn't colours and fish. I havn't ever seen so many fish all in one place which looked so different between each one. The coral was amazing to and the colours off it are so bright and colour not dull at all. I went for a full day diving which i got 3 dives for around 40 mins each plus i did the snorkelling in between the dives. I got see various fish but the loin fish and parrot fish stick in my mind from there most
Sharm el Sheikh is the great place for diving, especially when you have never tried it before. You can choose some combined snorkelling and diving trips, ie. Ras Mohamed National Park or Tiran Island. I chose Tiran Island. Among other trips this one was the most exciting and memorable. Before going into the deep water, you will be trained how to use the equipment and behave under water. Even if you're scared of the ear pression or breathing you can easily manage it if you follow the instructions. If you're lucky you can see the turtles, lion fish and other sea specious. The easiest way to buy such trips is to find some local travel agencies if you want to avoid higher prices from the hotels. Prices may vary between $ 45-100 depending on the boat quality, food and equipment.
underwater photography is the toughest but also the one of the most rewarding activities. fish are like people: some are excellent subjects and like to be photographed, others will tease you, run away a bit, but will allow you to take a picture. a certain group, "prima donnas" will simply make photographer's life miserable :)
if you are looking for a underwater camera, check my tip on Olympus camera.
Whether you are a relatively new Advanced Open Water Diver or an experienced Dive Master, a dive few dives at the Thistlegorm will leave you in awe.
Take a day boat or Safari boat to the site.
Depth to Seabed: 31 M
Booked with the tour operator and conducted out of a little shack just south of old Sharm - a bit worrying when you first turn up but you don't spend any time there.
The boats are lined up in the harbour like taxis outside a train station - except the loading of wetsuits and diving gear an obvious difference.
The instructor goes through the kit and the experience with you putting your mind at ease - but there is still the worry.
This is a great place to learn how to dive. The staff was friendly and helpful and classes are entertaining.
I loved being under water. The reefs in the Sinai are far more colorful and lively than any of the ones I have snorkeled in Hawaii or Okinawa.
The down side of scuba in sharm is how expensive it can be. Check out the price list on Sinai Divers website. You can get a 10-20% discount for pre-booking.
One thing you MUST do is Snorkel or if you fancy doing deeper try scuba diving. Both are available in Sharm. the Red Sea is up there with the Great Barrier Reef for views. Both myself and my other half have never snorkelled before so of course we were apprehensive but the moment you start it leaves you in awe of the beauty of the fish and the coral.
Snorkelling gear can be purchased at most supermarkets / shops in sharm prices vary!!
Diving the Red Sea is the best thing to do in Sharm. There are loads of excellent dive sites all along the coast. Some of the highlights include the Ras Mohammed NP with top dive sites such as Shark & Yolanda Reef and Ras Za'atar. Tiran Island with Jackson and Woodhouse Reef. And there is of course the Thistlegorm WW II ship wreck precisely at 30 m below the surface.
You can't go to Sharm and not do scuba or snorkel.
It's one of the most beautiful places to do so. It's like going to Paris and not going to the Eiffel Tower.
Despite the warnings and possible dangers of scuba, it's really safe, even for first timers like us.
Definetly a must do.
WOW, there is a whole new world under the clear sea. You can do some nice snorkling just off the beach at Sharm, but for a real amazing experience, get a boat trip and do an Intro Dive. I guarantee you will want to do your PADI course after your intro. For about £30 you get a boat all day, 2 snorkling trips and 1 Intro Dive. I used Anemone Divers (Discount if staying at Pigeon House). They were brilliant. Millions of fish, swarming around, corals, eels, everything. (See also warnings and dangers)