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Scuba Diving in Hurghada, the Red Sea

Water temperature:

20°C (68°F) in February to 27°C (81°F) from July to October


3mm or 5mm wetsuit (November - April), shortie for rest of the year


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

How to get there:

Entry visas are required when visiting Egypt. These can be purchased at the airport itself at a cost of about $25 USD / 15 GBP.
From the UK - Direct five hour flights from Gatwick and Manchester on Sundays to Hurghada. Transfers to hotels from the airport take about 30 minutes


Shops in Hurghada - Courtesy of Steve Schulz

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.

Hurghada is less developed than Sharm El Sheikh, although it is growing all of the time. It was once a traditional fishing village and the old town is situated slightly north of the large hotels that stretch along the coast. Here you can visit local bazaars selling leather, gold, carpets, clothes and shisha pipes. Be prepared to barter and to be accosted by the locals to spend money in their shops. From the hotels, it is possible to go on two-day trips to Cairo and day trips to Luxor to see the Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Karnak. They also offer jeep safaris and quad biking in the desert. However, for non-divers a holiday to Hurghada will ultimately be spent relaxing by the pool or on the beach.

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