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.

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Alan Godden - Red Sea

Trip to Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh.

Alan Godden - Red Sea

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

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.

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