Diving in Egypt
Not only by the monuments. And worlds of the experienced Egyptian world. But by untouched beaches. The Red Sea in Egypt has a coastline of about 1,000 kilometers. Stretching from Suez to the border with Sudan. Its name Red, adopted by the sea in ancient times. Due to the reddish shadow of the rocks. Opening to the eyes of sailors. According to another version. The Red Sea named because of the color of algae. It turns red at certain times of the year.
A feature of the Red Sea is that its water is crystal clear. The reason is the absence of flowing rivers and streams carrying mud and sand. Egypt’s hot climate in Egypt contributes. To the fact that the water temperature in the Red Sea. Not fall below +20 degrees in winter and reaches +27 in summer. In addition, in hot climates. The rate of water evaporation increases. Making the Red Sea one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet. the salt density is 38-42 grams per liter.
A biological center that attracts huge numbers of fish and marine life. There are many dolphins and turtles off the coast of Egypt. Sharks, despite the fact that the Red Sea is their natural habitat. It rares in Egyptian regional waters. They chose the coast of neighboring Sudan for themselves. Some of the diver’s claim to have encountered sharks during their dives. While noticing that Egyptian sharks have peaceful dispositions. It rushes when they see humans. Striped dolphins found in the Red Sea, and killer whales some times occur.
Another amazing inhabitant of the Red Sea is the moray eel. It is well adapted to life on coral reefs. Reaches a length of three meters and has a pretty scary appearance. Also in the coastal waters of Egypt.
Diving training in Egypt
In fact, anyone over the age of 10 who knows. How to stay in the water can go diving. Beginners, choosing the appropriate size equipment. Go for their first dive – usually into the pool. Estimating the diver’s weight. The instructor will take a weight attached to the strap to make diving easier.
Remember, the key to diving is to blow your ears. A qualified instructor will teach beginners how to do this. In order to avoid the underwater confusions linked with pressure. That increases in proportion to the depth of the dive.
To get the One Star Diver certification. You must complete 8 dives up to 20 meters deep. Beginners learn the alphabet of underwater signals. That will help future divers to communicate with each other underwater. And receive a kind of «youth fighting course». During the training phase. It is recommended to dive at a depth of 7-10 meters with an instructor.
Prices for training and diving in Egypt
If we compare prices for training and diving in Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Then we can say that. The prices of the latter resort are about a third higher. Here is the cost of some courses to compare Hurghada / Sharm El Sheikh:
- One day diving with 2 dives – 50-60 / 100-120 $
- Night dive – 35-40 / 40-$90
- Advanced Open Water Diver course with 5 dives – $250/350
- Scuba Diver course for 2 days – $250/250
- Rescue Course 3 days course – $330/350
- DiveMaster course – 850 / 700-$1000
The prices for training and diving in the centers of. Marsa Alam and Dahab are the same. A subscription for a package dive for 5 days. Including travel to remote places. Unlimited diving on the “house” reef, rent of cargo and cylinders costs from $250. One-day package for 2 dives – from $50, rent of a full set of equipment – from $20.
Diving Courses in Marsa Alam:
- Open Water Diver (including equipment rental, certificate) – $350
- Advanced Open Water – $230
- Rescue Diver – $280
- Dive Master – 600 $
- Accommodation in boarding houses. And campgrounds in Marsa Alam start from $ 40 per day.
PADI Tuition Prices c. Dahab are:
- Advanced Open Water 2 days – $200
- Open Water Course 4 days – $250
- Rescue Diver – $250
- Dive Master – from $500
The above prices are conditional from one dive center to another. They can vary depending on whether.
Diving in Hurghada
The resort on the Red Sea coast. The sun shines here all year round, and sandy beaches stretch for tens of kilometers. Diving in Hurghada can practiced all year round, since in a dry climate. The heat in Egypt is resist much easier than in the Mediterranean. It is typifies by a humid climate. In addition, Hurghada marked by a constant sea breeze. It makes it possible to stay on the beach even in the hottest summer months.
All dive sites in Hurghada are uncommonly rich in marine life. And inhabited by unusual marine inhabitants.
Here are some of the most interesting dive sites:
Small Giftun is one of the places of divers’ pilgrimage in Egypt. The sheer coral walls of the reef on the eastern side of the plateau. Teeming with gorgonians, are a stunning sight. Home to scorpionfish and rockfish. When diving on Small Giftun, divers have the space to see giant moray eels. Napoleon fish, stingrays, crocodile fish. As well as find fragments of ancient Roman ceramics.
Reef Carless – «The Carefree Reef» – Interesting place. A sandy beach with unique coral pyramids. With a diameter of about 30 meters. This is a place to receive waves, so you can only dive on quiet, windless days. They are attracted to the cliff to the north of the reef. Home to many coral fish. Moray eels, dolphins, and sharks.
Fanadir Reef is the longest coral reef in Hurghada. Stretching along the coast from north to south. The reef wall inhabited by many octopuses. One of the good things about diving on Fanadir Reef. The lack of strong currents.
Hamda is one of the best dive sites in the Hurghada region. Exciting entry into the water from the side of the ship. Because the depths here reach 60 meters. A myriad of fish can found here. Miniature clown fish, amazing unicorn fish, angel fish and needle fish.
Abu Ramada is an island just outside Hurghada. That has some great diving spots. The depths here are enormous – up to 70 meters, so experienced divers will dive here.
Shab Sabina – long reef, stretching east of Big Giftun Island. The dive sites located east of the reef. Here you can meet sea turtles, rays, unicorn fish, butterfly fish.
Diving in Sharm El Sheikh
The coast of Sharm El Sheikh, along with Hurghada. Considered one of the best diving spots in the world. The purest sea water. The incredibly rich underwater world. And many living coral reefs have created unique conditions. For diving here all year round. In these places you can dive direct from the shore. Observing the wonderful beauty of the underwater world.
The most popular attractions among divers in Sharm El Sheikh are:
Thistlegorm is the wreck of the British cargo ship Thistlegorm. Sunk by the German army in 1942. Lying on the bottom at a depth of 30 meters. South of the Shaab Ali cliff in the Suez Strait. Engines and other aircraft parts, steam locomotives. Tanks and even Harley Davidson motorcycles have preserved on board. Stunning sight! In 1956, Jacques-Yves Cousteau discovered this wreck site. However, it did not become popular among divers. Until the end of the last century.
Dunraven is the remains of the ship Dunraven. It sank in 1876 while sailing from Bombay to New Castle. The remains of the ship, split in two, lie at a depth of 30 meters near the reef. There are strong waves here. But at the site of the sinking of the ship, the reef-protected from the waves.
Shark and Yolanda Reefs The reef chosen by «submarine-climbers», because it is an absolute rock. Overgrown with some of the most beautiful corals. Yolanda Reef got its name from the ship that landed on the reef in 1980. For seven years, «Yolanda» broken by waves, and finally, in 1987, it sank.
Rac Um Sid – quite an interesting riff, protruding above the water. It fits the lighthouse. The contrast between altitude. And depth assumes constant currents so that dives made from the boat.
Naama Bay A gentle sandy slope into the sea, ideal for training dives. This is where the first five dives of the Open Water Diver course take place. Night dives, navigation in the Advanced Open Water Diver course. Initial training and PADI Rescue instructor course.
Diving in Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam Resort located on the Red Sea coast. 240 km south of Hurghada. Diving enthusiasts are attracted to the crystal clear waters.
The most interesting places for diving in Marsa Alam include:
- Dolphin House – a huge reef, takes its name from the herds of dolphins that graze here. The reef curved like a horseshoe. The surrounding waters are transparent even to Egypt. Bottom covered with algae.
- Mars Alam – reef, marked in that its water can meet exotic fish. Krylatok, fish, crocodiles and other underwater creatures.
- Abu Dabbab Reef. There is clear water. Intact coral pillars rising from the depth to the surface, exotic fish.
Diving in Dahab
On the eastern coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Between Sharm el-Sheikh and Nuweiba. At the foot of the mountains is the Egyptian resort of Dahab. Only in the Dahab region, not far from the coast. You can see huge pelagic fish.
Dive sites in Dahab
Blue Hole most famous reef and one of the best dive sites in the world. Millions of years ago the growth of this reef began. And during this time the blue corals. Obeying vagaries unknown to nature. Grew together to form a huge funnel about 50 meters in height. Diameter and 100 meters deep.
Canyon – a reef located halfway to the Blue Hole. Nicknamed the Canyon due to its narrow and long rift. It is rich in all kinds of underwater life. And abounds in stunning beautiful corals.
Lighthouse is a central reef with various depths for diving – 5 to 30 meters. Test dive can be done in this reef. Night diving is also popular here. The underwater world of this reef represented by exotic sea creatures. Such as dancer fish, small colorful moray eel. Napoleon fish, and parrot fish.