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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.