Although Voodoo Divers were not the closest dive outfit to where I was staying, I opted for diving with them based on recommendations from fellow divers and I was not disappointed.
They are a relatively small dutch outfit but their boats are in excellent condition and the attention to detail was second to none. The dive guides and instructors were multi lingual and dive briefings were comprehensive. Safety was clearly the number one priority and on dives they grouped divers according to experience. This meant that dives were not cut short by someone else being low on air. I had all my own equipment but I did see that the centres rental gear was in good condition and well maintained.
Definitely a dive centre that I would dive with again.
Equipment: The centre has rental gear that is in excellent condition, if you don't have your own gear.
I’ll give you a general brief description highlighting the most interesting things about diving with DiveProdigy.
During my three days diving with them we saw at least 5 turtles on different days, several eagle rays, plenty of HUGE morays, lionfish of various types, stonefish, and of course all the myriad smaller citizens of the reefs. Paul, one of the dive guides, knows the reefs and points out tiny details that would otherwise go unseen. He also knows to take it easy and does not rush one around the reef and back to the boat.
The drift dives were magnificent. The most grandiose was a drift dive over the Coral Gardens of Shaab Sabrena. The Coral Gardens are unscathed and there was so much to see, I didn't know where to look first. I saw a school of 20-30 pipefish, looking totally improbable, just hanging in the current as we whished by.
All days even those which were windy and generally unwelcoming for any sailors out in the open sea were filled with warmth and cheers of the diving centers staff. It was great diving experience!
Equipment: You can rent all the equipment in the diving center if you're reluctant to bring your own stuff. No lousy equipment, everything is of good brands - Mares, Scubapro, Aqualung
In my opinion Hurghada is more the vacation spot to relax on the beach. There is not much to the town besides the typical bazars, shops and markets. There are however, some wonderful finds underwater.
The local waters are decent diving, but if you have time, it is the closest departure port of diving ”The Brothers” Islands. Its a multi-day trip.
On the first photo you can see basslets and soft corals at Abu Ramada, the north side, Hurghada.
Without the flash light, the red colour of the coral would not be seen at this depth.
I have been to Hurghada for scuba diving twice. Two weeks in June - July 2000 and another two weeks in December 2000 - January 2001. I prefer the diving in summertime. The water is warmer, the visibility better and there are more fishes. And there are less divers. But of course the diving is good in the Red Sea all year round. The underwater world is great with so many colours and so much life.
The world under the surface is wonderful in the Red Sea. So full of different and colourful life. There are also many interesting wrecks to dive at, like Thistelgorm.
On this picture you can see two Masked Butterfliefishes at Talata, Hurghada.
I was diving with Colona Dive Centre in Magawish, about 15 km south of Hurghada. Even though I have heard the opposite I must say that there are many excellent dive spots around Hurghada. Among others Abu Ramada (north side), Aquarium - Shab Abu Ramada (east side), Small Giftun, Fouleya (Sabina), El Desha, Oum Kamar, Camel Reef, Somaya, Abu Haschich etc.
In Hurghada I have taken the AOW course and the UW-photo course (the photos on this page are taken during the course).
I also went on a two day-diving safari to Thistelgorm, Giannis D and other good diving spots.
Colona Dive Centre is a reliable dive centre with good equipment and staff and can highly be recommended.
Most dives in Hurghada are boat dives, and lunch is often eaten on the boat between the dives.
Red Sea is possibly one of the most beautiful and adventurous place for exploring an underwater world. It's a paradise for those who love to discover its misteries.
Red Sea is inahabited by over 1000 different species of animals and about 200 corals. You can swim with turtles, rays and lionfishes around you...and can meet a shark even if you go far enough... It takes your breath off! And sometimes you don't know where to look first!
Equipment: There are many diving centers in Hurghada. The prices for snorkeling beginnes usually from 15 $ up to 35$ for all day diving with meal on the boat, tea, coffee and snacks. The price includes usually all equipment and transfer from the hotel.
The Red Sea is one of the best dive spots close to Europe for scuba diving and snorkeling. The water is warm, very clear, there is plenty of fish and the corals are still intact.
Equipment: On our first vacation in El Gouna we went diving with The Dive Tribe, a 5* PADI instructor development centre, that was part of our resort (Mövenpick El Gouna Resort). The staff were very professional, the equipment was of first quality and the monitors are of various nationalities.
You can take classes when you're not qualified or just take some dives when you have your degree.
Don't forget to take your logbook and a recent health certificate.
NOTE: all the dives from El Gouna are boat dives, sometimes it takes 1 hour or more to get to the divesite. But then, the most beautiful spots are beneath you: Poseidon Garden, Dolphin Reef, Manta Point and many, many more.
If you come to Hurghada you just can't lounge on the beach all day, well you can but you would be missing out on the wonder that is the Red Sea.
The Red Sea has some of the finest coral reefs in the world and they are teeming with life. If you arent interested in Scuba diving you can always snorkel. Its inexpenisve and easy to learn. Almost every store in the area will sell you a snorkel and mask it cost about 56LE which last year converted to about €8. Even though you cant go deep you can still see amazing fish.
Diving is outings and lessons are offered at almost every hotel and if you dont want to go through them you can always find a dive shop near by. Many places offer trial lessons so you can see if you really want to spend the money to learn. All will supply you with what you need for a fee.
Equipment: See above
I just wanted to mention that there is a rescue and search teams in the red sea area to help people who are doing water sports and especially diving boats and safari boats. Maybe it is of interest to anyone.
Equipment: Theyt have rescye boats and equipment
Snorkelling is very popular because of all the exotic fish that can be seen even to the depth of 5-6 meters because of the water transparency. Diving with instructors is also very popular for young people. And the prices are not so high 15-30 euros.
Equipment: You'll get everything you need just bring the good spirits.
Scuba Diving is one of the main reasons why people come to visit Hurghada.
I learned to dive in April 1999 at Divers Lodge. The guys really seemed to know their stuff and I was very happy with them.
In April 2003, I spent another week diving with them. By now, I was a PADI Rescue Diver so I could judge them a bit better.
The one criticism I had was their equipment was prone to a few problems although I personally never had any problems. From what I understood, it was worn out rather than badly maintained.
The staff were as friendly and helpful as I remember them.
Diving... You reallu must try it! And i'm sure - you feel in love with diving :-) As it happeded with me :-)))
My dive club in Hurghada is "Frogmans Diving Club". I recomend! :-)))
there are so many nice dive spots in Hurghada!
Equipment: almost every hotel has there own diving club.
And the equipment is OK