M/Y Emperor Asmaa

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

Join the Emperor Asmaa for a week of thrills. A choice of diving around Sharm or the southern locations like St Johns. Do a Nitrox course for only £99 whilst on your trip including books and cert.

  • Max 16 guests / 3 dives per day
  • Southern & Northern routes
  • Full board inc soft drink
  • Courses available on-board
  • Nitrox available on-board
  • Air-con cabins

M/Y Emperor Elite

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

Join the Emperor Elite for a week’s adventure. Throughout the year the boat sails on different routes around the southern Red Sea taking in St Johns and the Brother Islands to name a few.

  • Max 20 guests / 3 dives per day
  • Premium class Emperor boat
  • Choice of southern routes
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Full board inc soft drinks
  • Rebreather friendly

M/Y Emperor Superior

Maldives, Southern Region

The Emperor Superior offers guests the chance to dive the big 4 at Abu Nuhas. You can do a Nitrox course on-board for £99. There are a number of routes available so check out all the options.

  • Max 20 guests / up to 3 dives per day
  • Choice of routes around Hurghada
  • Dive the wrecks of Abu Nuhas
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Suitable for all travellers

Advanced

Year round

Red Sea

UD Rating – 4 Star

Reefs & Wrecks

MY Blue Pearl

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Blue Pearl offers divers a varied base of itineraries from north to south in the Red Sea. You can choose a luxury double bedded cabin as the base for your adventure.

  • Max 20 guests / Min 3 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Various routes available
  • Choice of cabin types
  • Nitrox available (charge)
  • Discounts for single occupancy

Advanced

Reefs & Wrecks

Year round

Red Sea

UD Rating – 4 Star

MY Blue Seas

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Blue Seas operates in the southern Red Sea and offers trips departing Hurghada and Marsa Alam. The cabin choices provide a nice option for couples with double beds onboard.

  • Max 20 guests / Min 3 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Dive South & St Johns
  • Choice of cabin types
  • Nitrox available (charge)
  • Discounts for single occupancy

Advanced

Reefs & Pelagic

Year round

Red Sea

MY Blue Planet I

Red Sea, Hurghada

The baby of the Blue Planet Fleet accommodating a maximum of 16 divers but she is fast! Staff is friendly and have been servicing guests for a number of years offering consistent high level of service.

  • Max 16 guests / Min 3 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Various routes available
  • NITROX available (Extra charge)
  • Spacious and beautifully fitted
  • AC cabins and en suite

M/Y Golden Dolphin III

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Golden Dolphin fleet offer a range of trips across the Red Sea. This boat sets sail for the sites around the Brothers, St Johns and more! The vessel is comfortable and of a good size for divers.

  • Max 20 guests / Min 3 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • 2 suites great for couples
  • Dive the Brothers/Deep South
  • Departs Hurghada/Marsa Alam

M/Y Golden Dolphin II

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Golden Dolphin fleet offer a range of trips across the Red Sea. This vessel visits sites in the southern Red Sea. Some special interest trips run on this vessel.

  • Max 20 guests / Min 3 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • 2 suites great for couples
  • Dive the Brothers/Deep South
  • Plenty of room to relax on-board

M/Y Golden Dolphin

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Golden Dolphin fleet offer a range of trips across the Red Sea. Departing Hurghada for the southern Red Sea reefs it will give you a week to remember.

  • Max 20 guests / Min 3 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Dive the most southern reefs
  • Departs Hurghada/Marsa Alam
  • Suitable for all types of traveller

M/Y Odyssey

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

M/Y Odyssey has 13 cabins for 26 persons. One of the sundecks features a Jacuzzi for guests to relax when they aren't diving! Golden Dolphin offers free nitrox. There is more than 15 routes to choose from sailing around the Red Sea.

  • Max 20 guests / up to 4 dives per day
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Dive Rocky/St Johns/Zabargad
  • Departs Marsa Alam
  • Twin or single cabins

Advanced

Reefs & Wrecks

Year round

Red Sea

UD Rating – 4 Star

Red Sea Aggressor

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Red Sea Aggressor is a 36 metre boat built and powered for comfort, safety and stability around the Red Sea offering 7 and 10 night itineraries with a choice of 3 routes to choose from.

  • Maximum 20 guests
  • 4 to 5 dives per day
  • 7 and 10 night itineraries
  • 3 route options
  • Dive wrecks and reefs
  • Departs Port Ghalib

Marina Lodge At Port Ghalib

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib hotel is a beautifully decorated new resort offering comfort and a first class service to all guests.

  • Divers resort by the Marina
  • 203 rooms and suites
  • Half board basis
  • A favourite with our customers
  • Suitable for all types of divers
  • Emperor Divers next door

3 Stars

All year round

4.5 Hours

Begginer, All

From £850

Oasis Dive Resort

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Oasis is a small, clean and cheerful hotel for divers and those seeking peace and quiet located directly on the beach north of Marsa Alam.

  • Divers resort with a boutique feel
  • Calm relaxed atmosphere
  • Half Board basis only (good food)
  • 49 Chalets built in traditional style
  • Most suitable for a quiet holiday
  • Highly recommended resort

4 Stars

All year round

4.5 Hours

Beginner, All

From £1350

Wadi Lahmy Azur Resort

Red Sea, Hamata

The Wadi Lahmy Azur Resort is situated directly north of the peninsula of Ras Banas, a prominent harbour located 185 km from Marsa Alam airport. This ancient city dates back two thousand years.

  • 155 rooms with balcony or terrace
  • All inclusive board basis
  • Pool/Pool Bar/Internet/Kids Club
  • House reef diving
  • Fresh meat bbq & homemade pizza
  • Orca divers on-site

M/Y Emperor Elite

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

Join the Emperor Elite for a week’s adventure. Throughout the year the boat sails on different routes around the southern Red Sea taking in St Johns and the Brother Islands to name a few.

  • Max 20 guests / 3 dives per day
  • Premium class Emperor boat
  • Choice of southern routes
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Full board inc soft drinks
  • Rebreather friendly

M/Y Emperor Asmaa

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

Join the Emperor Asmaa for a week of thrills. A choice of diving around Sharm or the southern locations like St Johns. Do a Nitrox course for only £99 whilst on your trip including books and cert.

  • Max 16 guests / 3 dives per day
  • Southern & Northern routes
  • Full board inc soft drink
  • Courses available on-board
  • Nitrox available on-board
  • Air-con cabins

Beginner

Year round

7 nights

Pelagic & reefs

£1055

Learn To Dive In the Red Sea

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

The Red Sea is the ideal place to learn to dive. Here you will start your diving itinerary in beautiful warm and colourful waters rich with marine life.

  • All-inclusive resort
  • Dive centre: 25 years of experience
  • House reef diving
  • Secluded private beach

MY Blue

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

MY Blue, a luxury wooden newly refurbished member of Blue Planet Liveaboards taking divers around the Red Sea on famous routes including the Brothers and North and Wreck Routes.

  • FREE Nitrox
  • Full Board
  • Choice of routes
  • Newly Refurbished
  • Up to 24 guests
  • State-of-the-art technology

Longimanus

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

Observe and dive the enchanting underwater world of the house reef offering immense coral and fish diversity.

  • Sharks
  • Dolphins
  • Full Charter Option
  • Suites Available
  • 4 Routes
  • Full Board

MY Blue

Red Sea, Marsa Alam

MY Blue, a luxury wooden newly refurbished member of Blue Planet Liveaboards taking divers around the Red Sea on famous routes including the Brothers and North and Wreck Routes.

  • FREE Nitrox
  • Full Board
  • Choice of routes
  • Newly Refurbished
  • Up to 24 guests
  • State-of-the-art technology

Grand Egyptian Museum

The Grand Egyptian Museum is located only 2 kilometers from the Giza Pyramid plateau that is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Cairo & Giza Pyramids

Meet at Cairo Airport


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Luxor & Valley of the Kings

Transfer from Hurghada to Luxor by car.


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Southern Africa and Egypt

Fly To Johannesburg and the rest with be taken care of on this very special private tour!


Tour Type: Adventure Tours

Camel Safari

Available at Al Nahda Resort & Spa


Tour Type: Adventure Tours

Sea Scope Submarine

Go on a fantastic excursion under water . You can clearly observe and take pictures of the Red Sea's most famous corals, fish and amazing marine life.


Tour Type: Boat Trip

Horseback Riding

Ride a Camel or Donkey on a Amore Safari at Port Ghalib!


Tour Type: Horse Riding

Kiteboarding

Hamata Kite Village with Kiterr south of Marsa Alam in Wadi El Gamal National Park. A location perfect for beginners and lessons. Endless space with crystal clear water.


Tour Type: Adventure Tours

Hurghada

Red Sea

Hurghada is the wreck and liveaboard capital of the Red Sea offering weekly trips out to the “big 4”. Hurghada is also a great place to have a beach diving holiday with the family.

  • Learn to dive holidays
  • Family diving
  • Wreck diving in Sharm/Hurghada
  • Nightlife in Sharm/Dahab
  • Relax in Marsa Alam/Hamata
  • Southern Red Sea Liveaboards

Marsa Alam

Red Sea

Marsa Alam offers a different experience to other Red Sea resorts as it is more remote. If you are looking for something different to Sharm then check this out.

  • Learn to dive holidays
  • Family diving
  • Wreck diving in Sharm/Hurghada
  • Nightlife in Sharm/Dahab
  • Relax in Marsa Alam/Hamata
  • Southern Red Sea Liveaboards

Hamata

Red Sea

Hamata is the most southern resort in the Red Sea. The only things here are the hotels and the diving. Perfect for a relaxed trip for all types of divers. You will find reefs in good condition without many other divers.

  • Learn to dive holidays
  • Family diving
  • Wreck diving in Sharm/Hurghada
  • Nightlife in Sharm/Dahab
  • Relax in Marsa Alam/Hamata
  • Southern Red Sea Liveaboards

Red Sea

The most popular place for UK divers all year round offering a range of diving experiences including reefs, wrecks and varied fish life.

This year round diving destination provides warm water and exciting marine life just a five hour flight away, for these reasons, the Red Sea is largely popular amongst UK divers.

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Insider’s View

The Red Sea’s reefs thrive with marine life! Expect to find colourful soft and hard corals on pretty much every dive you do. The Red Sea is home to full range of diving opportunities including wrecks, wall and drifts dives, beautiful pinnacles, house reefs and an array of day boats and liveaboards to the outer reefs.

The coastline along the Southern Red Sea offers an array of dive sites accessed by shore or day boats, a great choice if you aren’t a liveaboard lover or you are travelling with a young family.

Insider’s View

Gail

Monday, 14 January 2013

Alan Godden - Red Sea

Trip to Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh.

Alan Godden - Red Sea

Destination Fact File

The most popular place for UK divers all year round offering a range of diving experiences including reefs, wrecks and varied fish life.

Diving at the Red Sea offers a range of underwater experiences and is only 5 hours away from the UK and with prices starting from around £350 with some late deals and offers under £300. Each region offers a unique set of diving opportunities as well as a plethora of above water cultural activities. The Red Sea is one of the world’s best diving destinations with over 1000 species of fish and 200 types of coral. Above the water the Pyramids, temples of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, where the tomb of Tutankhamen is located enables a fun packed holiday full of culture and diving adventures. Ultimate Diving tailor makes many holidays to the Red Sea and ancient Egypt at very reasonable prices. If you are looking for something like this or have something in mind give us a call to discuss your thoughts or just browse our hotels for a great diving holiday deal!

Diving in Hurghada is great for wreck lovers as Abu Nuhas is within reach for day boats and is not quite as popular as Sharm from a day boat perspective. Most of the Red Sea Liveaboards depart from its port. There are also good reef dives at Giftun Islands which are about 45 minutes by boat.

In the south of Egypt, Marsa Alam diving is all reefs and walls. It is possible to visit Elphinstone reef where you have a good possibility of seeing sharks and pelagic animals. Marsa Alam is quieter and the town has less to offer so we recommend taking half board at your hotel as it is not as easy as Sharm, Hurghada or Dahab to pop out for dinner. A number of liveaboards depart from Marsa Alam to the deep south to dive Rocky Island and St Johns, Zabargad, Fury Shoals reefs.

Even further south, diving in Hamata offers day boat access to the Fury Shoals and St Johns reef, a highly recommended diving spot, which until the opening of resorts in the area was only accessible from a Liveaboard. The resorts we have chosen both have good house reefs for those who want a bit of everything. Again, the local area is quiet and therefore better value staying on a half board basis. The Lahami Bay resort is the further south resort at the Red Sea and has house reef system with 5 different dives.

Destination Key Information

Currency Egyptian Pound
Time Difference GMT +2 and GMT +3 in summer months (last Friday in April to last Friday in September)
Vaccinations You are recommended to be immunized with the following vaccines before travelling to the Red Sea: Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Polio immunizations are recommended. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age coming from infected areas. Immunization against Hepatitis B is sometimes advised.
Tipping It is common practice to tip waiters, taxi drivers, pool attendants bar staff and porters. In the Red Sea tipping is known as “Baksheesh”.
Passport & Visas British citizens do not require a visa for a stay of up 21 days. A 6 month valid passport and returned ticket is required.
Flight Routes Direct flights from UK airports
International Flight Durations 5 hours from the UK.
Stopover Information No stopovers are required when flying from the UK.
Luggage Allowance 20KG hold plus up to 7KG hand luggage. We can arrange an additional 10KG at the time of booking when you provide your diving qualification number.
Internal Flights & Luggage There are no internal flights necessary to reach major resorts, however if you are interested in a twin or multi center holiday we can arrange these for you.
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure day. On arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the resort. Transfer times are as follows: Sharm El Sheikh to Naama Bay: 15 minutes Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab: 1hour Hurghada to Marsa Alam: 4 hours Hurghada to Hamata: 6 hours Marsa Alam to Town: 30 minutes Marsa Alam to Hamata: 2 hours
Dive Season Diving activities take part in the Red Sea all year round.