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Blog Guide to diving in Hurghada, Egypt. Written for us by Handson Mefsut

If you have never heard of this location or find yourself struggling to pronounce it properly, don't fear - you're not alone! Hurghada is a small fishing village on Egypt's east coast, stretching for 20 miles (that's 32 kilometres) alongside the often overlooked but nevertheless beautiful Red Sea.

For divers, this location is paradise; coral reefs, good weather, and an assortment of varied shipwrecks and marine life that make this area more of an underwater museum than a typical diving spot.

Just don't forget to bring your underwater camera, as high visibility in this clear blue waters will ensure many memorable and envious shots you'll be raring to take back home.

For Amateur Divers:

There are several different places where beginners can take their first tentative steps into shallow waters.

Close to the resort are the Dolphin Reef and Saleem Express - both of which are excellent for divers hoping to gain their PADI Open Water certificate or CMAS 1 Star, see some tropical fish or spot a few shallow water ship wrecks.

For more experienced divers:

The Abu Nuhas Graveyard is just that - a graveyard of old ships, whose wrecks litter the sea floor and provide a great spot for curious divers to poke around in. All of the ships are from different periods of history, so experienced divers will be able to have the chance to witness the passing of time in the varied shapes and sizes of this glorious relics.

What's more, these boats are simply teeming with exotic, underwater marine life!

One particularly interesting ship is the Rosalie Moller from 1910. Unfortunately this ship, which started off by delivering coal to navy bases, was struck down by German bombers in the early hours of 8th October, 1941.

Rapidly filling up with water, the weight of the cargo dragged the poor ship to the bottom of the sea, where it has been resting for the discovery of divers ever since.

Fortunately most of those on board survived, with only two passengers sinking with the ship.

To see this spectacle you'll need to make a 3 hour trek from Hurghada, and at approximately 50 meters this is only for those divers who have been there and done that.

So, are you ready to go?

The New Marine is teeming with hotels, so you won't be short of somewhere to hold up each night after a long day's dive.

Read hotel reviews before you go so that you don't get a dodgy deal! (This site lists more than 200 hotels around Hurghada with verified reviews.)

When to head off

Warm weathers mean a diving holiday in Hurghada will be a welcome break any time of the year, but take a look at this temperature chart for more information on which weather will suit you:

Diving here is still relatively tourist-free, but March to May and September to November typically see a spike in northern red sea diving.

So if you prefer to avoid the crowds and don't mind more tropical climes, then during summer between May and August is probably the best time!

More information

Sea condition: The Red Sea provides safe, clear waters year round with great visibility. The most common range is from 20m to 30m; however it obviously depends on what depth you decide to dive to. Some of the sites offer visibility up to 60 meters!

Current: The Giftun Islands area is great for scuba divers, and the waters are generally very gentle.

Tourism: Since the refurbishment of Hurghada's New Marina, the number of tourists has rocketed. This has brought a lot of modern facilities, new bars and restaurants to the area.

This also means you won't be short of 5* restaurants, camel rides, Bedouin village trips and other excursions during your stay. The tourist office has a great list of things to do nearby.

Handson Mefsut

  • Lionfish
  • Abu Nuhas Graveyard
  • Rosalie Moller
  • Egypt Temperature Chart