DIVING IN HURGHADA
SCUBA DIVING IN HURGHADA, THE RED SEA
Water temperature: 20°C (68°F) in February to 27°C (81°F) from July to October
Suit: 3mm or 5mm wetsuit (November – April), shortie for rest of the year
Visibility: 20 – 60 metres (65 – 200 feet), 30 – 40 metres (100 – 130 feet) on average
Type of diving: Reefs, walls, wrecks
Marine life: Turtles, blue spotted rays, jacks, snappers, barracudas, lionfish, reef fish, colourful coral
When to go: Any time of year, although if you are after really warm water it is best to visit the Red Sea between June and September. Air temperatures reach 40°C (104°F) in August and fall to 20°C (68°F) in the winter, which may also dictate when you travel
Day diving from Hurghada is characterised by sheltered reef, tower and pinnacle dives close to shore, and boat dives around the Giftun Islands and Sha’ab Abu Nuhas. There are also a few local wrecks such as the El Mina or the possibility of journeying slightly further to the Salem Express.
Marine life is abundant and varied, and the hard and soft corals are improving since conservation efforts increased in the early 1990’s. If you are a novice the conditions are perfect: shallow, warm, clear with the possibility of visiting fantastic wrecks that are within your depth. The wrecks on the north of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef are outstanding and shallow enough for inexperienced divers to visit on extended day trips. From west to east these are the Giannis D, the Carnatic, the Chrisoula K and the Kimon M.
OUR DIVING PARTNERS ARE PADI CERTIFIED
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling on the fringing reefs of the Red Sea became popular soon after the publicity, Books, and films of the expeditions of Hans Hass and Jacque Cousteau in the 1950s and 1960s were widely disseminated. There are over 1,100 different species of fish in the Red Sea with such varied marine life, it’s no surprise that the Red Sea is so popular with SCUBA divers fish are not the only marine life, the Red Sea has to offer, but if a diver is looking for a rare experience, the Red Sea will never show the same type of fish twice.
Red Sea coral reefs are the northernmost in the Indian Ocean most of the Red Sea coast is rimmed by shallow submarine shelves and extensive fringing reef systems, by far the dominant reef type here. Red Sea fringing reefs platforms are over 5000 years old and the entire coastal reef complex extends along some 2000 Km, 1.240 Miles of shoreline. The dominant, most actively growing corals include most notably highly branched species of the genera Acropora and Porites.
Despite the extreme conditions characteristic of the region, Red Sea coral reefs are generally healthy coral reefs widely in condition and cover, with up to 85% living coral cover at the best sites and over 50% live coral cover at many other locations.
A growing number of Maine number of protected Areas (MPAS) have been established in the Red Sea to help alleviate some problems such as insufficiently managed dive tourism damage from Anchors and recreational scuba divers. Ras Mohamed national park was established by Egypt in 1983 and includes miles of healthy fringing reefs.
The Red Sea Marine Peace Park in the gulf of Aqaba was founded in the 1994 by the government of Jordan and Israel to preserve and protect the area’s coral reefs.
DIVING ACTIVITIES IN THE RED SEA
One introductory dive £30
Two introductory dives £50
4 day open water course £180
2 day open water referral £125
2 day scuba diving £115
2 day advanced open water £125
1 day dive £30
2 day dive £55
3 day dive £70
4 day dive £85
5 day dive £95
Equipment, lunch and soft drinks are included with all dives