12 May 2013
From Sharm El-Sheikh you can visit some world class diving areas in the Red Sea, like Ras Mohammed, Ras Umm Sid, the Straits of Tiran and wrecks such as the Thistlegorm and Dunraven. Sharm is at the tip of the Sinai peninsula and boasts many, many diving centres: find the best SCUBA company for your holiday in Sharm El-Sheikh below, with ratings given by divers.
The Sharm region comprises many areas. In the south is the old town, Sharm el Maya. North of this is El Hadaba which is home to apartments, villas and a few hotels. Continuing Northwards come Na'ama Bay, Garden Bay, Tiger Bay, Shark Bay, Ras Nasrani and Nabq Bay. Many of the hotels here are enclosed resorts but Na'ama Bay, where the majority of hotels are, is more open. Sharm is an extremely busy tourist area.
The weather in Sharm is always warm during the day, although the nights are cooler in winter when temperatures can dip to around 13 oC . Sharm is in the desert so rain is rare and humidity low. In April you may experience sandstorms. From November until March the weather is cooler and more comfortable. The coolest month is January, but even then the temperature is around 22 oC. You can dive all year round in Sharm. The average temperature of the sea ranges from around 22 oC in March to 27 oC in September. Divers often wear a 5 mm suit in winter and a 3 mm suit in summer. The best time to go? We like November for warm water and not too hot weather. The calmest conditions are often at full moon.
Rate the Diving at Sharm El-Sheikh:
(13 users, 4.9)
"Shark Bay is more laid back than Na'ama Bay. Most resorts have packages for the tourist market. Avoid this if possible.
Divers International have five SCUBA diving centers in Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, located in Sofitel Hotel (AquaMarine),
Crowne Plaza Resort, Mecure Luna Sharm, Na'ama Bay and the Hilton Hurghada Plaza. Their headquarters, called the 'White House', is located on Peace Road in Na'ama Bay. Divers International - 'White House' is a PIRA Gold Palm Resort.
Na'ama Bay Sharm El-Sheikh
Tel: +20 69 3600 865
Tel: +20 10 1000983 (8:00-16:00 GMT)
Mobile: +20 10 677 0462
Fax: +20 69 3600176
"Cost was 222 euro for 3 dives (1 beach and 2 boat), lunch and Thistlegorm. I would try them again only if they give me a 15% discount and guarantee me dives in the good spots. In short. They are okay. The dive master was good, though a little inflexible. I didn't like paying 9 euro for a low quality lunch either. My main problem was that they didn't have a good definition of the boat schedule. I was snookered into taking the Thistlegorm (presumably since this dive had a much higher profit margin) even though I specifically insisted on Ras Mohammad dives. I hope that next time, the boat schedule and the options can be made clearer and possibly made accessible online too. Boat was reasonable. Had all the needs. A little slow for thistlegorm but did the job well. I would go again, but with a good discount. The food could definitely be improved especially considering we are paying 9 euro ! Its not cheap. Its about the same deal as you can get in the US which is a very expensive considering that Egypt should be a very very low cost place relative to the US.
Irs, USA, 2011
"Divers International, Na'ama Bay, 280 Euros, would dive with them again."
Albair, Netherlands, 2006
Organise diving around Sharm el Sheikh, Ras Mohamed, Tiran Nabq and Dahab.
"A big thank you to Bob. I went to upgrade to open water, my instructor was very patient and friendly, unfortunately I took ill and could not finish my course (dodgy food being the cause). Bob gave me a referall so i could finish course at a later date. I am going back in Nov and will be back to Sinai Scuba. See you in Nov Bob."
Bill Wallace, N. Ireland, 2011
"Sinai scuba diving Center, Sunset Hotel, Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt. 5 days packges 210 Euro - I will dive again with this diving Center. I am Italian and I recomeded this diving center to all divers. G.M Yahia Hassae is so kind and helpful.
Carlo Michile, Italy, 2010
"I recommend this diving operator and instructors Uahia, Claudia and Ahmed. It was a nice cool diving trip in hot summer in Sharm."
Helena, Russia, 2006
PO Box 357
Telephone : 0020 124 308 780
"I have been to the red sea twice now, both times with Elite diving, Terrific British run outfit."
Nick Cumings, 2012
"I have only been to Sharm once, with Elite Divers and they made my holiday! Superb hospitality, great dive boat, really fun guys when you want them to be and serious when they need to be. I cannot fault them and the centre is small enough to ensure that the boat will not be packed to the seams with divers everywhere.
I dont want to dive with any other dive centre to be honest!"
Neil Clarke, 12 June 2012
|Only Six Diving|
"I recd your email (about the dive centre) on my return form the most enjoyable time with Only Six Diving at Partner Turquoise Sharm el Shielk. The Hotel and dive centre are the nearest -- 5mins by bus to the Trevco Port where all the dive boats go out to Ras Mohammed. We were the first boat out each day-- even on days when many boats did not go due to the fuel shortages. I was so fortunate to have Max as my Guide. Diving is so much more that a job to him. I felt I was so privileged to share his under water world that he knows as he says quote 'like I know my house'. The boat was the cleanest I have ever been on and I was happy to eat - the price included lunch. I usually avoid this as normally have hygiene concerns. I would certainly recommend to anyone. "
Linda Rolfe, 2012
|Sinai College Diving Center|
SharmInn Amarin Resort
Magles el Madina Street
UMM EL SID HILL
|The Wave Diving Centre|
c/o El Khiema hotel
Sharm El Maya / Sharm El-Sheikh
Tel: +20 (0)69 3 664 161
Fax: +20 (0)69 3 664 161
"I have been diving in Sharm El-Sheikh with The Wave diving center. Very professional and happy staff who enjoy bringing their divers to the beauty of the Red Sea."
Amar Sina Village
Tel: +20 (0)69-3663670
Fax: +20 (0)69-3660546
|Aquarius Dive Club|
"I visited Sharm El-Sheikh for the first time in September this year. As a disabled person (tetraplegia
a full time wheelchair user) who had not dived before I decided to take a couple of introductory lessons with Cybaqua - Mike's Dive Shop in Warrington. After a very sucessful introduction here in the UK I was bitterly disappointed when I arrived in Egypt that several dive centres werent interested in taking my custom as they saw my disability as a huge problem, I'm convinced that one very well known centre actually saw it as an open cheque book, demanding nearly £500 for one day class work and two introductory dives.
On the recommendation of Ron a fellow guest from our hotel and a very experienced diver I went along to the Aquarius Dive Centre who were very supportive and very affordable. With their encouragement and support throughout two days which included four dives I have been inspired to progress with the sport, I am now studying and planning to take my PADI Open Water before we return on the 16th April and again in September. With my very limited movement which is restricted to my left arm I found the whole experience of open water very liberating, one that I hope to feel many times during the coming years.
Dave Thompson, Read his article on his experiences as a disabled diver in the Red Sea
"I would like to recommend Aquarius Dive Club in the Sheraton Hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh. Very professional and allowed us to be really flexible with our diving holiday."
" In september I took my Advance Open Water and passed. i went on to do a further 12 dives at some great sites. I was so happy with my diving experiences that I returned to Sharm in December to do a few more dives. All of my dives were completed with Aquarius. Thanks to Stefan, Ahmed and the crew. I'll be back in March.
" Can highly recommend Chris (Instructor) from Aquarius found his instruction excellent and he filled me with confidence.
" My tutor was Rob Pearson for my open water course. Very good and professional. I will dive with them again as soon as i can get back over there.
" Was picked up and returned to hotel every time, distance was no object. Passed open water advanced, chris was a excellant instructor, ensured I was happy, enjoying experance and learning as i go. All staff happy & friendly people.
"Only had time to revalidate my Advanced Open Water qualification. However instructors very experienced, very friendly and honest. Instructor (Gary) made it an enjoyable day and has encouraged me to get back into diving. First time diving ouside the UK - nice to be able to see beyond a few meters and so much wildlife - brill. Girlfriend did Scuba introduction - think it was Julia who gave a very nervous person much support to someone who cannot put head underwater. Cannot fault the club. Did not stay at the Sheraton. But would do after seeing facilities and location.
James Davies, 2007
"Completed Open Water course and the Aquarius dive club and instructor (Gary) were brilliant and extremely flexible.
Vicky Robinson, 2006
"They have a good service with transportation. Cost is about 200 Euro for 3 days daily diving safaris.
|Red Sea Diving College|
PO Box 67
Tel: 0020 (0) 69 3600 145
Faxl: 0020 (0) 69 3600 144
"They have branch PURE diving college in Naama bay, they are wonderful and friendly. I did my CCR rebreather course with them and really enjoyed the course. They are specialised in rebreather diving in Megalodon, inspiration, Poseidon, and JJ-CCR. Next april I'll go back for them again and again. Thank you Christian Heylen."
Ahmad Ali, Kuwait, 2012
|European Dive Centre|
"Good value dive centre. Completed PADI Advanced Open Water and 1 day extra diving. Fantastic boat and lunches. Staff and instructors were the best. Definitly would recommend and will dive with them again. Was competitivly priced and given the attention to detail and quality of the instruction would say excellent value for money. I have dived in several of the "good" dive resorts and this was by far the best. Much less crowded than the other big dive operators. We pre-booked the course and were impressed by the quality of information and speedy responses to the e-mails I sent.
Vicki, UK, 2006
Offers PADI, TDI, DSAT and BSAC courses, as well as safaris, dive packs, daily boat diving and Thistlegorm trips.
Ocean Club Hotel
Tel: 0020 69 664305
Fax: 0020 69 664306
UK Agent: Explorers Tours - firstname.lastname@example.org
"Went diving with Ocean College (Na'ama Bay, based at Ocean Club Hotel) last month. Excellent dive masters, boats and equipment in very good shape. Boats not too packed - and the crew took us to the dive sites, we wanted to go to. Absolutely great
"This is our third diving holiday in 12 months to the Red Sea with Ocean College. The dive experience is fantastic and the guides are 1st class. Food on the boat 10/10, weather 10/10, accommodation 8/10, resort 10/10, country 10/10, people 9/10, value for money 100/10. Keep it up.
Hammerhead Dive Club
"Just come back from our 2nd trip to Sharm. Stayed at Ocean Club again. The staff at the Dive centre are really helpful. The crew on the Noble Sheikh are the most helpful I've ever met. Say hello to Mohammed in the Phoenix Bar.
Steve and Sue, 2006
|Oonas Dive Centre|
A small and friendly Dive Centre and Hotel on the beach in Na'ama Bay.
Offering all PADI Courses and daily diving to all sites including Ras Mohammed and the famous Thistlegorm Wreck. Free transfers from Sharm El-Sheikh Hotels. A wide range of languages covered.
Offer daily diving, snorkel trips, PADI, BSAC, TDI and DSAT courses, both recreational and technical. Also offer professional courses i.e. IDC. See also our write up of a Fast Track PADI course taken with Emperor Divers.
Tel: +20 (0) 69 360 1035
Mob: +44 (0) 7730 066 000
|Camel Dive Club|
PADI courses, trips to the Thistlegorm and Dunraven wrecks and 3, 5 or 10 day liveaboards. Will arrange accomodation and transfers.
Camel Dive Club and Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
Oonas Divers are a specialist tour operator.
"Oonas Divers in Sharm El-Sheikh, are fantastic people to dive with. It was the best diving my daughter and I have had so far."
Barry Yardley, 2006
"I would like to recommend Oonas Divers in Sharm El-Sheikh, they were fantastic people to dive with."
"My wife & I did our advanced openwater with Steve at Oonas and it was the best 2 days diving we have had so far!"
Malcolm John Richmond
|Sinai Dive Club|
Sinai dive club
Hilton Sharks Bay & Baron Hotel
Tel: +20 12 2815210
Fax: +20 69 601040
"5 days diving package at 220 Euros (2004). I will go back for sure next year. Very well organized weekly program. Excellent staff dive guide and Instructors"
|.7 Diving and Snorkeling Centre|
Offers recreational dives and PADI / ESA courses.
|Tornado Marine Fleet|
Operating in the Egyptian Red Sea since 1989, Tornado Marine Fleet provide luxurious liveaboard vessels.
Tornado Marine Fleet
PO Box 120
"Tornado Marine Fleet operate liveaboards out of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh. They are very experienced and maintained a high level of professionalism while I was aboard M/Y Excel (they have 2 other boats as well - M/Y Cyclone and M/Y Hurricane). Overall I found that their care for their customers was top priority for them. I would recommend their company to anyone!
|Flowers of Sinai|
Operate two liveaboards - Orchid and Tiger Lily. Nitrox and E6 processing on board.
"I did a 5 day liveaboard with Flowers of the Sinai and was quite pleased. They did a good job on the diving, the food was grewat, the crew was very competent and friendly. My only criticism was that the boat needed a re-fit, which was coincidentally scheduled for immediately after we returned. I'd go with them again.
Tel: +2 0100 431 5475
EmKa Divers are a group of experienced PADI diving instructors with more than 20 years of experience. Provide PADI courses, local diving and diving safaris by boat or camel. Cover all diving sites in Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab and Sinai Protected Area (Ras Mohamed, Nabq, Ras Abu Galum).
Offer a PADI, SSI and CMAS courses in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.
|Lucky Divers Sharm|
|SeaSoul Diving Center Ltd|
Offer daily diving boat trips, shore dives, diving courses, introductory dives, snorkelling and free transfer from and to all the Hotels.
SeaSoul Diving Center Ltd
Tel: +20 12 7324365
"I went diving with Diving Ocean Sharm El-Sheikh located in Sea Club Resort in Sharm. It was a lot of fun, very familiar atmosphere but still with professional team and safety point number one."
|Sheikh Coast Dive Center|
Savoy Sharm El-Sheikh
P.O. Box 169 Soho Square
Tel: +20 12 8516139
Also at Domina Coral Bay Resort and Sunrise resort. E-mail: email@example.com
P.O. Box 203
c/o The Four Seasons Hotel
1 Four Seasons Boulevard
Sharm El Sheikh
Tel: 00 20 (0) 693 603 555 Extension x 1350 / 00 20 (0) 693 621 145
Fax: 00 20 (0) 69 360 3550
|Magic Dive Club|
Club Magic Life
Sharm el Sheikh Imperial
Sharm El Sheikh
10 km from the airport
"Went to Magic Dive Club, Sharm el sheikh, to learn how to dive.
Most promised teaching was not given. Poor instruction."
Claire Craig, 20 July 2012
|New Waves Dive Club|
PO Box 98
Tel: +20 12 2200503
Fax: +20 69 3662211
"The Waves Dive Club where professional and fun. I would definitely recommend that you ask for Fadi or Rami as they were awesome. I spent 3 days diving with them and ended up seeing turtles."
New Waves Dive Club has now changed hands and is Russian run.
|Happy Dream Travel|
Egyptian tour operator with experienced representatives in Luxor, Aswan, Hurgada and Sharm El-Sheikh. Organise diving safaris to Hurgada and Sharm El-Sheikh. Also desert safaris. Ready-made and custom-designed packages.
214 E Haram St.El Matbaa-Giza
Tel: 002 02 5858954
Fax: 002 02 5841837
Mobile: 002 012 3456850
|Blue o Two|
British company offering tailor-made diving holiday packages the Red Sea.
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 480 808
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 482 008)
British company organising group and school scuba diving trips. Offer PADI Open Water and Advanced training, and diving for KS3, KS4 and KS5 pupils (ages from 14), as well as university groups. In Sharm El-Sheikh use Oonas Dive Club. All of their school trips are protected by 321dive ATOL 10431
Tel: +44 07540081170
"Dived with 321dive - nothing was too much trouble. Great experience - throughly recommended best value by far. Thanks Toby! I'll be there again. Not a 5* holidya but a proper diving break. V good value for money - shopped around but found 321dive cheapest, like for like. Red sea diving is red sea diving. never disappoints and is only a few hours away. Found Thomascook cramped...sardines/cattle comes to mind. Had a great holiday and will use 321dive next year again."
Nick Browne, February 2011
"I went away with 321dive a few weeks ago to Egypt on one of my diving holidays. In all of my years of holidays and trips I can safely say they were the cheapest, most helpful and best value. As a family we had a few issues initially with dates and details but 321dive accommodated any request we had with fantastic efficiency and good humour. We booked originally online which was great to do (our previous dive company made a mistake over the phone!) and I deffo recommend 321dive Egypt dive holidays to anyone – everything was organised so well."
Courtney Margaret Love, February 2011
" Went recently on a group trip to Dahab and got a great deal with 321dive. In 30 years of diving these guys are the best value!"
John Martin, 2010
" Definitely dive with these guys again - school trips and groups they are brilliant for. Got a great deal. Very good value for money - 1:10 free place, but we had 21 and we got 3 staff free."
James Robbins, 2010
" Went on a school trip in Easter. Pupils and staff had an awesome time. Great value for money and very safe. Recommended unreservedly. Diving with 321 dive already next year again now! Very good value for money. Easily beat any other quote we went for (out of 4). Thirrd dive trip to date, two with 321 dive, we will continue to use 321dive unitl foreseeable future. No problem getting them past the Local Education Authority hurdle of risk assessments etc Very pleased with overall experience, including the pre-leaving admin for our school group (38 strong + 4 staff)."
Sarah Briggs, 2010
|Longwood Holidays Ltd|
A British travel agent offering trips to Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Eilat, Taba and Aqaba.
3 Bourne Court
IG8 8HD UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8551 4494
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8551 7891
British company offering diving holidays in the Red Sea, Oman, Djibouti, Sudan, Manado, Bali, Flores, Philippines, Borneo, Thailand, Maldives, Pemba, Mozambique, South Africa, Galapagos, Bonaire, St. Kitts, Grenada, Tobago, Gozo, Azores and a selection of liveaboards in the Red Sea and around the globe.
58 Lancaster Way
Tel: +44 (0) 1353 659 999
Fax: +44 (0) 1353 666 128
- Sharm El-Sheikh: Diving Guide and Integrated Logbook
- by Rik Vercoe, Travelling Diver, (2008)
Features 16 dive sites, including the wreck of the Thistlegorm and the Shsark and Yolanda Reefs. The sheets are attractively laid out and easy to follow. There is a space for you to enter the particulars of the dive: maximum depth, surface interval, temperature, etc. Then comes the information. First the site overview giving a brief description of the dive. For example, the Shark and Jolanda entry says "Part of the Ras Mohammed marine park, this is one of the most famouse dive sites in the Red Sea. Shark & Jolanda offers shark sightings, exciting drift dives and an unusual cargo of porcelain toilets, from the wreck of the Jolanda". Read our review...
Available from UK
- Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea
- by Ned Middleton, Hardback, Immel Publishing, 196 pages, 2006.
The author spent over 8 years engaged in dedicated research into the many shipwrecks which are found in this part of the world. There are nineteen major featured shipwrecks - including two which are only recently discovered. These are followed by brief details of another eighteen vessels which were too small to be classified as ships - tugboats, barges etc. Finally, there are brief details of approx. 250 additional vessels that are either not yet discovered, far too deep for scuba divers or never even existed.
Available from UK and USA
- Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
- by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Collins, 384 Pages, Paperback (2004)
Coral Reef Guide Red Sea covers all common species of underwater life of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, you are likely to see while diving or snorkelling. Each species is illustrated with a full-colour photograph and the text gives details of range and characteristic behaviour. A map of good dive sites appears on the inside front cover. Includes jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles.
Available from UK and USA