Scuba Diving, Sharm El Sheikh
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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)
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!
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.
The marvellous beauty of the Red Sea is very well known.
Even if you do not dive, you see a lot by snorkeling too.
We have dived the whole week with the Egyptian Divers.
The boat, the crew and our guide Mohammed were all fantastic!
Scuba Diving is what makes Sharm a major tourist attraction and its not difficult to see why.
The water is blue and clear, visibility is good and the unique location of the Red Sea means that it possesses a very diverse collection of sealife.
Diving allows you to see the kind of colours and wildlife that you had probably previously just seen in magazines and documentaries and in many ways is far more exciting than going on safari because of the proximity of the fish.
The experience of swimming with a school of fish or along with a giant sting ray is truly amazing and is an experience that I will always treasure.
There are many schools in Sharm that offer diving training and many of these are very reasonably priced. For the more experienced divers, there is also the opportunity to go on night dives and swim in wrecks!!
The whole area is of uplifted coral, so all sites are close to shore as the coral starts at the waters edge. This means the shore reef extends 10-30 meters out at about 1 meter depth. The reef then drops vertically creating the typical walls of the area. These drop offs range from 10-800 meters. Care needs to be taken in crossing the reef if diving by shore and control of depth is needed during the dive.
This was a very good way to learn, they were very profesional,and i allways felt safe which i think is th main thing when diving. The pictures are us doing some skills on the bottom.
i did my open water course in sept 05 and come back this time to do my advanced, it was a good course and dived some difrent sites with camel dive club.
these are the people who was in our dive group, we did three dives together , 2 drift dives and 1 night dive
The best ever, the fish were realy good and the corals were too, I went with camel diving, who are based by the hotel beach, I would recomend them to anyone.