Diving Centres in Hurghada and El Gouna
6 May 2018
There are loads of excellent dive sites around Hurghada and El Gouna, not least the famous Thistlegorm. Read on for recommendations of who to dive with.
Some people are nervous of going to Egypt at the moment because of the risk of terrorism. However, enhanced security measures are in place to protect the Hurghada resort areas. Security forces are situated at the airport, at check points around the perimeter of the town and throughout the Governorate. Routine security checks are being performed throughout the airport (allow up to two hours just to get through them all) and the police are carrying out vehicle checks in the towns. You are always advised to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. See the Egypt Foreign Travel Advice page for more details.
Tourists need a visa to visit Egypt. You can get this on arrival by payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros. The cost is US$25 at approved bank kiosks within airport arrival halls, before reaching immigration. There's no need to buy a visa from an agent who often charge more than the US$25 for the visa. (Note: if travelling just to Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba or Taba resorts you don't need to buy a visa, but for Hurghada you do.) Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt.
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Hurghada and El Gouna are just 25 km (about half an hour) apart, with Hurghada the most southerly. There are many, many dive centres from which to choose. Tell us about your favourite.
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The companies below all operate out of Hurghada.
Egypt Divers 5 star diving center SSI & PADI is based in Hurghada providing all diving programs, snorkeling and water sports activities.
Hurghada diving packages and diving courses is our profession and passion - tailored to make your holiday fun like never before. Introducing you to the ultimate experience in boat or shore dives, our professional instructors are ready to share all their knowledge and experience with you. Our instructors speak English, German, Russian and French.
"Marvellous experience, nice team. Thanks Egypt Divers for showing my wife how to dive and thanks for convincing her to go diving finally. Good boat, delicious food. definitely diving again with you guys next holiday."
Inn Shapiro, 19 March 2018
Chloe's Diving Center Hurghada offer daily diving excursions, diving courses, water activities and diving safaris in Egypt's Red Sea. Our instructors accompany you in PADI diving courses from the basic training to the professional divemaster. We're based at the Mercure Hurghada Hotel. Explore with us the most beautiful underwater places in Hurghada.
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"Follow your dream ... Live your dream ... Come to the Red Sea with DIVERS DREAM TOURS on board of our M/Y AML HAYATY. Full-Charter and groups. Our aim is simple ... to only give our very best!"
"Very good nice clean boat and very excellent crew.
John Guest, October 2017
New Son Bijou Diving Center
close to Triton Empire hotel, Hilton PLAZA hotel & Arabia Azur hotel
Tel: +20 12 822 188 56
Mobile: +20 122 3245 296
"This was my 7th return to New Son Bijou Diving Center and again it was great diving holiday! We were also lucky to dive twice with big group of playful dolphins for entire dive. The boat was never crowded and we dived in small groups and got a chance to know each other, and dive with people who share the same interest for adventure. Before each dive we had briefing - got a lot of informations and advice from Ahmed, owner of DC and diving instructor. On a daily basis we were changing dive sites, which is important if you dive 5 days in a row. Everything is high quality and they organize things very well and try to accommodate all your needs, and have good equipment. Diving equipment was well maintained and some as also new. Over the night it was washed, safely stored and next day delivered to the boat for no extra charge. Lidija and Ahmed also arrange a transfer, a driver who was picking us up in the morning and returned after dive. Ahmed made great photos and at the end of vacation everybody got them on CD as a present. Best dive spots, great instructor and a beautiful boat, fantastic food - freshly daily prepared, relaxed atmosphere and very professional equipment. Also saw a lot of cute turtles, beautiful eagle rays, sting rays, moray eels, lionfish, crocodile fish, stonefish, incredible corals and so much more again. Would recommend this dive centre to anyone of any level visiting Hurghada and looking for a relaxing enjoyable dive experience. Thank you for the most amazing time! Can't wait to see you again!
Ivana, Serbia, 2016
"We went with this company in January 2016 to take our open water, part 1. We were really impressed with the totally professional approach, the patience the dive masters and instructors showed, friendly and didn't leave our sides, always ready to answer our sometimes silly questions,most importantly we felt safe and comfortable at all times, occasionally they had a few snorklists on the boat and they're looked after in the same professional manner, the prices were pretty good as well.
The kit we hired was clean and well maintained, they taught us how to care for it and we had the same gear for the two weeks we were with them, the fresh food was well prepared daily and plentiful we are returning early in 2017, for our advance and wreck qualifications."
Ian Robinson, November 2016
In front of Empire Three Corners Hotel
"Empire Inn Hotel"
Beside Diana Hotel
Beside Luxor Hotel
" Near to Triton Three Corners up the road by Cacao Bar, Dahar. They have their own boat and all paperwork is up to date and correct. The instructors and guides are good (I'm a DM). I've dived regularly with them for a few years now and would not change company. Safe, flexible, knowledgeable and helpful. And the price is the price - no add ons for food/water/coffee etc. A really nice day for non divers too as the boat is comfortable and big."
Maryse Dare, 2015
The Sea Serpent Fleet is a "luxury class liveaboard diving operation", providing diving services throughout the Egyptian Red Sea. The fleet comprises M/Y Grand Sea Serpent,
M/Y Sea Serpent,
M/Y Contessa Mia,
M/Y Miss Nouran and M/Y Dreams.
Ceramic Building, Hurghada
Tel: +20 65 344 7307
Fax: +20 65 344 7307
Aquarius schools are located in Hurghada, Hamata, Makadi Bay, Sahl Hashish and Sharm El Sheikh. The daily diving costs are fair and the more you dive the cheaper they are. The staff are friendly and helpful.I will dive again with Aquarius."
Ilona Wilhelm, Germany, 2012
Run by a Belgian couple
14 El Dahar Street
"Next time in Hurghada I dive with blue paradise for sure. I got sick and had a daytrip ordered. They refused my money!
Paul Nelissen, Belgium, February 2011
Voodoo Divers offer daily diving, all PADI Courses and Live Aboards. Dutch owned.
Bella Vista Hotel
"I went out diving with Voodoo divers in April. Very nice people! The guides seems to know everything about the Red Sea. I felt very confortable and safe with them. Also the equipment was like new! I certainly would dive there again.
"Learned to dive with them in 2005, dived with them again 2006. 1 weeks diving cost (2 x dives daily meal on boat...incl. hire of Scuba equipment: Approx. £160 pw. Well run centre: Very professional,and friendly. (In my caes..very patient too!!) Would dive and recommend them to anyone!!
Kelvin Leathem, 2007
I.M.E.I. Diving Center
Sheraton Road - Roma Hotel
Phone: +20 (0)65 448141/2/3
Fax: +20 (0)65 448144
GSM +20 (0)12 2460380
Prince Diving Center
Dr. Sayed Koryem street
Hurghada Red Sea
Mobile: Ibrahim Oda +20-(0)12-248 4015
Mobile: Annika Wasstrom +20-(0)12-705 1216
"Small diving center in downtown Hurghada. Friendly and professional, small diving groups, very nice staff. Good prices, as all fees and lunch and drinks where included in the price. The day boats where a little bit more basic than with the big companies, but the atmosphere much nicer.
Anna-Karin, Finland, 2008
Tel: +20 65 3550130
Fax: +20 65 3546680
Mobile: +20 12 221 9936
"Have just done my divemaster internship in Hurghada with a very nice British-run outfit called Gulf Divers at Beirut Hotel . I am in no way connected to them - they just did a really good course, very professional, in a town where the majority of the 200 other dive centres leave a lot to be desired from a safety and professionalim aspect.
Good value for money - 5 day pack (10 dives) 150 Euros with lunch included (2005). "
|Portugal, Escape Travel|
|Canada, Fly & Sea Dive Adventures||Netherlands, Eigen-Wijze Duik Reize|
|Czech Republic, Kapr Divers||Norway, Natureventyr AS|
|Denmark, Atlantis-Reisjer||Singapore, SDA Travel|
Tel: 0065 226 5187
|Espagne, WWT||South Africa, Reefcomber Tours|
|France, Utramarina||Sweden, Dyk & Resespecialisten|
|Germany, Emperor Divers Direckt||UK, Regal Holidays|
|Israel, Yambetava Travel & Diving||USA, Turtlehead Tours|
|Italy, Nosytour||Taiwan, Pioneer Travel Service|
DiveProdigy Diving Center
Tel: +20 12 169 5753
Fax: +20 65 3444470
"40 Euros for a perfect daily dive, wish it didn't end! Nice and friendly atmosphere, professional guides and instructors, everything was tip-top! During my three days diving with them we saw at least 5 turtles on different days, several eagle rays, plenty of HUGE morays, lionfish of various types, stonefish, and of course all the myriad smaller citizens of the reefs. Paul, one of the dive guides, knows the reefs and points out tiny details that would otherwise go unseen. He also knows to take it easy and does not rush one around the reef and back to the boat. It's the best, no comparison needed. Just come and dive!
Mobile: 0020 (0)122305203
Offer Egypt sightseeing tours, Nile River cruises, desert safaris and Red Sea diving holidays. Specialise in land and sea combination packages.
Egypt Online Adventures
Office: +20 1118440051
Operating in the Egyptian Red Sea since 1989, Tornado Marine Fleet provide "luxurious" liveaboard vessels.
The Pro Diving Club
El Serafy Village,
Blue Dolphin Divers
Golden 5 Hotel
Offer PADI dive courses.
Blue Smile Divers
1855 El Orouba St
Tel: +2012 42 68 476
Fax: +2012 42 68 476
Compare prices and availability of Liveaboards out of Hurghada
British company offering tailor-made diving holiday packages the Red Sea.
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 480 808
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 482 008)
"Had the best weeks diving on liveaboard Blue Fin with Company Blue o Two operating out of Hurgharda. First class all the way from pickup to drop off. The boat was excellent, the food superb and the diving varied, well-organised with safety as a priority. The dive guides were knowlegeable and went out of their way to ensure everbody's requirements on the dining front were met. A good selection of dive sites on the Northern Red Sea itinarary satisfied everyone. The crew were ever helpful ensuring that even this 54 year old diver of questionable fitness never missed one of the four schedualed dives everyday. I have no link with the dive operator. I have never contributed to this sort of forum before, even declinig to fill in standard holiday questionnaires. However I was so impressed with this organisation I feld compelled to comment. I shall be using them again.
David Cheesman, 2006
Aimed at divers travelling from the USA: on the expensive side and an extremely large boat which is not always an advantage.
15050 Cedar Ave. S. ( Suite # 116 )
A travel agent with branches in Egypt, UK, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.
|Egypt, Diving World Red Sea||+0039 31887381|
|Belgium, Diving World International||+010 414631|
|Italy, La Compagnia Del Mar Rosso||+02 38000467|
|Switzerland, Scuba Swiss||+022 7886316|
|UK, Diving World UK||+44 (0)171 4070017|
"I would recommend avoiding Diving world. They short changed me 2 days of a liveaboard on a 7 trip! work that out in cash. No one at airport to meet me, less dives than the Germans already on the boat and delivered to the airport late enough to nearly miss flight and sit 15 rows apart. Rubbish!"
"Marriott Hotel, Shore based have dived with them several times wonderful operation, never had a hitch. will be going again this year again in October 2005"
British company offering tailor-made diving holiday packages in the Red Sea, including Hurghada, El Gouna, Safaga, Makadi Bay, Soma Bay and Abu Soma, El Quseir, Marsa Alam, Shams Alam, Hamata, Sharm, Dahab and Nuweiba.
58 Lancaster Way
Tel: +44 (0) 1353 659 999
Fax: +44 (0) 01353 666 128
"Don't go close to this one, I used them for 10 day dive pack, but only went 4 days, First dive equipment malfunction on my air console OUT OF AIR AT 8meters, 2nd dive same day Safwat Instructor assured me it would be ok, I'll dive close to you 15 Meters he's off 5 meters in front. Panic dive no fun didn't trust rental gear, plus always trying to get a little more money out of you.... Friend..dive book for you because you're my friend, next day 15 pound for dive book, I never payed it LOL get real.
Gregory Pearson, 2011
"Be aware of their hidden cost: three divers totted up a bill of over 1800 euros. They didn't even warn us of all the hidden charges. We are going back to Hurghada but not with these guys. They need black listing. Be aware."
Alan Pendlebury, 2008
You can do many of the same dives from El Gouna as you can from Hughada, especially the wreck dives.
Call centre in Western Europe is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5.30pm Central European Time. Staff can help you in English, Dutch, French, German and Italian.
Tel: Italy +39 069 8359254
Tel: UK +44 (0) 208 8168725
Tel: Switzerland + 41 445 862868
"You can get a discount by pre booking on the web. They have a European call centre with a UK number if you want to talk to someone. Very professional and based at the Sheraton Mirimar resort. I took my PADI open water with them so I could dive with my partner who qualified with a different company in Hurghada earlier this year. The Sheraton Mirimar was a superb hotel very clean and friendly with good rooms. The sites we visited were better than those my partner had dived in Hurghada in May. They also endeavour to not go to sites that are crammed with other dive boats, and when planning each days dive take into account where people have dived before. "
Martin Tyrer, 2008
"What about the Dive Tribe at the Moevenpick Resort
Spa El Gouna? Divers who use it rate it very highly "
John G C Wood, 2009
I and my husband came just back to Finland from a scuba diving trip to El Gouna. We have been diving in Red Sea since 1999 and have +400 logged dives since that. We have been "returning divers" to Red Sea (last time in Egypt before this years trip was in June 2012 = last summer).
Our family members and friends disagreed strongy when they heard that we will again come to Egypt (due to the political instability and image what is spread in international news nowadays) but we said that costal line is "business as usual". Well, unfortunately we ourselves think now that the surface in costal areas is safe and OK for tourists BUT diving with egyptians might be deadly... This is what happened to us:
We were diving around one pinnacle in El Gouna area on Wednesday, July 21st. Both of us carry cameras + camera pointers. Which we strongly believe can use and know how to use - we really appreciate the nature (you can read our articles in some dive publications every now and then). Suddenly an egyptian dive instructor came to us, grabbing our pointers and at the same time kicking/breaking the corals himself...To make this shorter; he returned 3 times even his buddy from his dive company and our dive instructor took him away from my husband. He tried to put air into my husbands BCD (in order to send him into the surface!!!) but since he did not know how integrated HUB works (bless us), he did not get air to the BCD. As he did not succeed, he got more angry and opened my husbands BCDs belt buckets (in order to get his BCD away). My husband was standing on his knees in the sandy bottom, putting his BCD back on him when the instructor attacted once more from behind... My husband was carrying heavy camera (and tried to protect that one) and had only his left hand to try to get this dangerous instructor away...
What we did was; yes, I (wife) was hanging in the instructors feet when I saw that they may come to the surface uncontrolled. And yes, in the last/third attack my husband did rip instructors regulator from his mouth. This made him finish his attack and diassappear... And I say that all of this was selfprotection.
There were several other divers (10-15 pax) and at least 2 other instructors who saw this happening. The instructor who attacted on us is from a dive center called Blue Brothers and the instructor is called Foad (+50 yrs old man). If we would not have been that experienced, he could have killed us, or at least caused a sever diving accident. We think that we were diving just right and correct but even though - lets say that we were doing something wrong - an instructor should NEVER attact a recreational diver underwater and try to cause harm/accident.
All of us came "alive and kickin'" back to the surface but I want to tell the other scuba divers that at the moment it might be dangerous to dive in the Red Sea... Its a pity for all of us!Nina & Petri Torkkel from Finland, 2013
Here are three useful Further Reading on your trip.
- 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.
- Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
- by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Collins, 384 Pages, Paperback (2012)
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. An excellent sea life guide which I always take to the Red Sea
- Hurghada: Diving Guide and Integrated Logbook
- by Rik Vercoe, Travelling Diver, (2008)
A great little guide and money well spent if you are going to Hurghada. Read our review.
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