EL Gouna

The Strait of Gubal has been long sought after by advanced and technical divers because of its plethora of deep wrecks. Traditionally, the Strait has only been accessible by liveaboard from Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh. However, with the introduction of a new resort at El Gouna, divers can easily access the Strait of Gubal as well as a healthy variety of dive sites on the western side of the Red Sea within a few hours of their hotel.

Here you will find nearly 30 dive sites with healthy reefs and some of the best wrecks in the world due to the fact that this section of the Red Sea has claimed more ships than any other area. Of the wrecks, the SS Thistlegorm is the most famous. Other advanced wreck dives include the Dunrave, Kimon M., and The Rosalie Moller.
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Hurghada offers daily dives as well as the preferred departure point for many cruise ships. Trips typically last seven days but shorter stays are available.

Daily diving offers ideal conditions for beginners to dive or with the intention of learning; the conditions are suitable for children too. The more well-known sites experience a little current, are deeper and not suitable for the new diver. Hurghada is a great place for wreck enthusiasts. popular sites like Thistlegorm and Giannis D are also within reach for day trips. The dive boats here are comfortable and specially designed for divers.

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Marsa Alam

There’s plenty of shore diving here; dive centres arrange minibuses to other shore diving spots too, so it’s great choice if you really don’t like boats. Large comfortable boats make day trips, and Elphinstone excursions leave regularly. Some operators use smaller inflatable zodiac boats to zip you to dive sites. The shore diving is relaxed and calm and suitable for all levels, but some further sites like Elphinstone require more experience to enjoy comfortably.
Marsa Alam or more precisely Port Ghalib is a popular place to leave from to take a liveaboard holiday for Egypt’s more southern sites. St Johns, Daedalus, Fury Shoals, Brothers and Elphinstone are all big ticket dives on these cruises. Boats are large and comfortable and range in luxuriousness. On the whole the sites on the liveaboard itineraries are more suitable for advanced and experienced divers; many operators stipulate a minimum of 30 dives. These sites are deep and can experience some strong current
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Safaga, just south of Makadi Bay, is home to a variety of wrecks owing to its large and busy port. The area was made famous by the tragic sinking of the Salem Express. In the early 90s, this ferry sank carrying hundreds of pilgrims returning from Mecca. There was a great loss of life so divers are asked to respect this. Penetration of most of the wreck is forbidden.  Safaga is home to many other wrecks and fantastic coral reefs including the Seven Pillars and Panorama Reef.
Most diving in the area is completed from a boat although some resorts feature shore diving facilities. Diving season is year-round. This part of Egypt experiences warm winters and very hot summers. The coolest water temperatures are recorded in February when a 5mm wetsuit may be necessary to dive comfortably. Visibility remains a fairly constant 70 feet (22 meters).
Between the colorful coral gardens, the variety of marine life and eerie wrecks, divers in Safaga will leave with plenty of dive stories to tell for years to come.
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Safaga sport photo