Discover the charming diving areas in the most graceful wonderland in the Universe, Egypt. Scuba Diving in Egypt is a great option for any keen diver around the world. Scuba Diving in Egypt is not only very affordable, but it is simply a fantastic scuba destination. And regardless where do you go you can always be sure that choosing to have your dive holidays in Egypt is not only a great scuba decision, but a very smart one.
Egypt can be visited year around with equally good diving. So, good luck Scuba Diving in Egypt. But, what do you need to consider during your dive holidays Egypt? Well, the best thing of traveling in Egypt is that you have so many options that are almost crazy. If you are going to plan your dive holidays in Egypt you need to consider a few points and have a “scuba diving” holiday plan. Well before you go scuba diving think that you need to get a scuba gear and potentially a good diver watch. During the winter months we would recommend between 7 and 5 mm wetsuit but then only a 3mm shortie for the mid summer months. Please note that on some of the deeper dive sites you can encounter colder under currents.
Dive Ships Permission in Egypt
* Dive ships can obtain through the Egyptian consulates abroad.
* Contacting the port director is a necessary action after the ship arrives.
* The route that the ship takes in the territorial water will be determined by the port authorities and by the Military Intelligence Service (MIS).
* Upon paying the duties, the permission would be issued for one or more entries.
Temporarily Off-Limits for Reef Reservation Work in Egypt
Right now the Egyptian government is restricting access for most dive vessels to the renowned Red Sea diving reefs of the Daedelus & Brothers islands. Alarmed by environmentalist reports that their precious reef resources were being visited too frequently with too few safeguards, the government has taken a commendable & honorable step to place reef preservation ahead of crass profit-seeking. The Aggressor has permits to visit these coveted southern reefs, giving it very elite access to what's been called the best reef environment on Earth. Work crews for more than 3 years have been installing special buoys around these eco-sensitive islands so that dive vessels in the future will always be able to anchor on these pre-established lines, rather than damage living coral with repeated fresh anchorages. In the beautiful Red Sea, every live-aboard trip is a grab bag of options; every trip is different, blessed by great surprises. Since there is no such thing as spoiled reef or ordinary corals anywhere in the Red Sea (south of the resort towns), it's nearly impossible for this live-aboard cruise to be a flat-out dud, unless a huge storm comes in -- which is only likely in mid-winter, after Christmas.
Requirements and Tips for Practicing Diving in Egypt
• A license obtained from a diving centre, international or local, is required to be in hand with those interested in diving.
• The organizing companies should submit a statement in which they assume the responsibility for any accident that might occur to the group and/or any damage that affects the diving areas. And such a statement must be renewed annually.
• Diving duties should be paid
WARM WETSUITS RECOMMENDED
For all Red Sea diving routes during the spring, fall & winter, it is recommend that tourists wear a 5 mm wetsuit with a hood & gloves, since the ambient water temperature -- except in May through September - can dip down to the high 60s or low 70s Fahrenheit, while the air temps hover in the low to mid 70s many days during this time. It is sunny most weeks of the year, but topside can be sweater weather during the Northern Hemisphere's winter months. People are drawn to Red Sea diving for its abundant & mind- enhancing beauty underwater, not for balmy tropical temperatures in fall & winter.
Useful Diving Courses in Egypt
Expand your horizons and learn more by taking part in the diving courses in Egypt. In Hurghada and the Sinai, there are many diving centers and schools; which offer courses for beginners. Dive to a maximum depth of 30 meters, navigate your way through unusual dive spots or wrecks, learn underwater photography, or drift diving. With 5 few dives, in conjunction with minimal theory, you can reach this very useful and respected qualification.
Live- Aboards Cruise in The Red Sea
The Egyptian Red Sea cannot be beaten for value for money. Within a few-hour flight, you have access to some of the best diving in the world with a selection of excellent hotels and live boards. During the winter months of November to March the Red Sea coastal resorts of Egypt offer a very comfortable 22 - 28 c, perfect for a bit of winter sun. As you head into the summer months the temperature rises steeply peaking to around 40c in August! However, the high temperatures are made more comfortable with very low humidity and a constant seas breeze.
The daily diving itinerary for Red Sea live-aboards varies each sailing, depending on weather, currents & other vessel traffic. Normally the MV Oyster will choose very pristine reefs & remote islets off the Hurghada & Sharm el Sheik coasts in the Sinai Region, then southward to the Al Ikhwan area & sometimes beyond. The MV Oyster runs three different Red Sea diving routes in steady rotation throughout the year. The Excel runs nearly the same routes at roughly the same times:
1. NORTHERN RED SEA DIVING ROUTE -- This itinerary plies the exciting wrecks in the northern sector of the Red Sea between the Egyptian port city of Hurghada & the beautiful coastal city of Sharm el Sheik.
2. NORMAL SOUTHERN RED SEA DIVING ROUTE -- This live-aboard route moves about 60 miles out from Hurghada down southward to Al Ikhwan. What divers see here is mostly the lush & voluminous corals that have made the Red Sea so famous throughout the scuba diving world.
3. DEEP SOUTHERN RED SEA DIVING ROUTE -- This is the wildest & most adventuresome of the itineraries & reaches down as far as Fury Island & Sarnaca, about 150 miles south of Hurghada. This awesome coral & reef route is limited to summer months normally. The Northern & Southern routes are usually staggered, so that each month, the MV Oyster will visit one route the first week, the second route the next week, then keep alternating routes.
WHAT YOU GET TO SEE in the RED SEA
Egypt's Red Sea, aptly called one of the seven wonders of the underwater world, offers some unparalleled diving and photo opportunities. A truly magnificent array of coral formation, a prolific marine life of which approximately 25% is endemic to the Red Sea, including sharks and other pelagic species, a whole range of scattered shipwrecks in the Northern part as well as in the deep South., the Egyptian Red Sea is also home to the world famous Ras Mohammed described as the Mother of all Wall Dives. Most of the Egyptian Red Sea has been designated as a national park for conservation purposes, therefore local regulations should be observed.
The Red Sea of Egypt enjoys a 12 month season rarely a day without sunshine and, of course, diving with excellent visibility. Hey, enough's enough. We got carried away. This is Mother Earth's finest dive package offering, on a par with NE Fiji, or Papua New Guinea, or Palau. There is nothing else to compare. Just try the Red Sea if you care. Just because it's there. And you are not. Yet.
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