Hurghada was the first commercial dive base in the Red Sea and is now a thriving resort that caters almost exclusively to divers. It offers a fantastic choice of dive sites, many of which are sheltered and within a thirty minute to one hour boat ride from resort. Outstanding reefs and drop-offs are available, whilst Hurghada’s location also gives access to the legendary wreck graveyard of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas.
Learning to Dive
Hurghada is the ideal place to dip your fins into the water for the first time. There are a large number of safe and sheltered sites that offer superb visibility to appreciate the fabulous marine life. Plentiful reefs sit in shallow water that is perfect for beginners. A full range of courses is offered at the dive centre and qualifying dives are undertaken at sites situated just a short boat ride away.
Hurghada’s many dive sites offer an abundance of reef marine life and an incredible diversity of corals, including impressive towers and pinnacles to explore. Sha’ab El Erg is a particular favourite, a huge horseshoe-shaped reef that is dotted with ergs and is renowned for its resident dolphin pod.
The spectacular marine park surrounding the Giftun Islands is a highlight, with nearly ten sites and a variety of dive plans to suit all experience levels. There is enough here to keep most intermediate and experienced divers completely absorbed, including an incredible wall tumbling to more than 50m, drift dives and spectacular gorgonian fans, plus the opportunity to see larger reef species and the occasional passing pelagic.
For wreck enthusiasts there is no better experience than a day boat trip to the incredible Sha’ab Abu Nuhas which is usually available at least once a week. Situated about halfway between Hurghada and Ras Mohammed, this reef patch lies next to a major shipping lane and it is home to four complete wrecks. It is magical to swim into a cloud of glassfish on the Chrisoula K and the Giannis D and see lionfish stalking prey in dark corners of the hold.
Regaldive work with two well established dive centres in Hurghada:
Aquarius Diving Club has been operating from the Marriott Hotel in Hurghada since 1998. The 5* PADI IDC dive centre offers a full range of dive courses, day boat diving and snorkelling.
Divers' Lodge is located at the Movenpick Resort Hurghada. Established in 1993, Divers' Lodge are a 5* PADI IDC and TDI facility, offering a range of diving and courses.
Aquarius Diving Club
Aquarius Diving Club is a well-established name in Red Sea diving and has been operating from the Marriott Hotel, Hurghada, since 1998.
The dive centre is located directly on the beach, conveniently next to the jetty from where the dive boats depart. The 5* PADI IDC offers a full range of dive courses, day boat diving and snorkelling. There is a dive shop on site, as well as an air-conditioned classroom and training pool. Equipment is available for hire and there is plenty of safe storage should you prefer to bring your own.
Guests diving with Aquarius Diving Club will enjoy the dive centre’s enviable location at the Marriott Hotel and their excellent facilities for post-dive snacks and relaxation. Confined water sessions are held either in the training pool or from the lovely private beach which even has a small island.
Aquarius Diving Club is situated within easy reach of the centre of Hurghada and most hotels. Free transfers are provided from all hotels in the resort.
Book your dive pack or course with Regaldive prior to departure. Our prices are lower than those in resort. You can also take advantage of our great value dive pack offers.
Dive pack offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice. For diving only bookings, there is an additional admin fee of £15 per person.
HALF PRICE Diving Offer
Book any dive pack or course and your buddy can book the same HALF PRICE! Valid for departure dates:
15 April – 30 September 2016
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Aquarius Diving Club Hurghada Diving Prices - Travel dates 03 Feb – 31 Oct 2016
Divers' Lodge is a PADI 5 star IDC facility and the longest established TDI facility in the Middle East. Established since 1993, Divers' Lodge offers a complete programme of recreational and technical diving, including courses, daily diving, special trips and snorkelling. The centre provides perfect training facilities with a pool on site and a bay for confined training.
Based at the Movenpick Resort Hurghada hotel, the centre allows for easy access to a wide variety of dive sites, some as close as 10 minutes from the centre. The local team at Divers Lodge have an amazing knowledge of both below the water and above and are always flexible, friendly and very welcoming, allowing all divers to feel at home.
Book your dive pack or course with Regaldive prior to departure. Our prices are lower than those in resort. You can also take advantage of our great value dive pack offers.
Any dive packs offers listed below are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice. For diving only bookings, there is an additional admin fee of £15 per person.
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE & BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE DIVING
Book a 4, 5 or 6 day dive pack or a PADI Open Water, Open Water Fastrack* or Advanced Open Water Course and your buddy can book the same FREE! Valid for departure dates:
- 25 November 2016 – 17 December 2016
- 3 January 2017 – 8 April 2017
Book a 4, 5 or 6 day dive pack or a PADI Open Water, Open Water Fastrack* or Advanced Open Water Course and your buddy can book the same HALF PRICE! Valid for departure dates:
- 15 April – 30 June 2016
- 21 April 2017 – 1 July 2017
* Fastrack materials (£45) included in the offer price for both divers
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Divers Lodge Hurghada Diving Prices – Travel dates 03 Feb – 31 Oct 2016
Hurghada was once a traditional fishing village but now is a thriving, busy resort well-known to divers. Downtown Hurghada has some colourful bazaars and great shopping opportunities for leather, gold, carpets and cloth. It is also possible to combine diving with a trip to visit the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Temples in Luxor.
Tours available include boat trips, sunset cruises, and jeep safaris into the desert where you can join the Bedouin for a traditional meal. A popular trip is a 1-day tour to Luxor to see the magnificent Valley of the Kings and Temples of Karnak and Luxor.
Find out more about Regaldive's Top Three Hurghada Excursions
The downtown area is a short trip in a microbus taxi but many shops are within walking distance from the main hotels.
The hottest time of the year is July and August with air temperature of over 30 ºC. The coolest time is January with the temperature at around 20 ºC. Rainfall is negligible and it is invariably sunny but breezes can be cool.
Egypt is 1 or 2 hours ahead of GMT depending on the season as Egypt does not operate Daylight Saving Time.
Egyptian pounds or LE. Approximately £1 = 11LE
We recommend that you take some money in cash to Egypt. There is a currency exchange desk available at the hotel. Please note that Scottish notes and Australian Travellers Cheques are not accepted in Egypt.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to travellers for personal recognition of the services offered. We would advise that you allow approx. £10 for gratuities for local staff for the duration of your stay.
Rough Price Guide
- Local beer: 20-30LE
- Snack meal (pizza / sandwich): 30LE
- Bottle of mineral water: 5LE
- Soft drink: 10LE
There are flights from London Gatwick and Manchester airports direct to Hurghada every Monday, Tuesday & Friday. Regional departures are also available from Birmingham.
Flight duration: Approx 5 - 5½ hours
Transfer: Varies according to hotel choice. Minimum transfer time is approx. 10 minutes, maximum transfer time is approximately 20 minutes from the airport.
Departure tax: N/A
Passengers travelling to Egypt must have six months valid on their passport from the date of departure from Egypt.
A single entry tourist visa for Egypt is required for all nationalities. For British passport holders with British citizenship, Egyptian visas can be obtained conveniently and inexpensively on arrival at Hurghada airport.
Other nationalities should check with consular office.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Egypt, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Though malaria does exist in Egypt, it is generally not present in the coastal resorts.
Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic.
Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.
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The Boat was Excellent and the Crew Were Even Better
"The Trip was everything that we expected and more. The boat was excellent and the crew were even better. A number of people in our group who have done liveaboards before mentioned this was the best one they had done.
The liveaboard accommodation was excellent. A few of the group had issues with a lack of Air Conditioning but the crew worked hard to try and fix it. The boat was in really good nick, in two weeks of visiting dive sites we only saw one other boat that rivalled ours - we were very happy with that! The food and other services were excellent. Meals were varied and freshly prepared and the feedback from everyone in the group was that it had surpassed their expectations. It was significantly better than we get in the cook house in the Army!
The dive sites and itinerary were excellent. We saw some very interesting wrecks and sea life (dolphins, turtles, eels etc). It was really good that the dive guides worked with us to make sure we were doing what we wanted to do. Once the boat had seen our competence, they were happy for us to do some more challenging diving.
The liveaboard Staff and Crew were excellent. Literally couldn’t do more to help. You can tell that the crew members have worked together for some time and they make a truly excellent team.
One of the group broke a tooth and required some emergency dental work. The boat owner (Adbdul) took a personal interest, he drove the individual to a local dentist who did an excellent job repairing the tooth and for a very reasonable price. This was a very good example of going the extra mile.
A favourite memory from the holiday was diving on the Salem Express which the boat owner allowed us to do, despite not being on the Northern Wrecks itinerary.
We were happy with Regaldive’s services we would book with Regaldive again. "
Guest name confidential
- London | 15 June 2016
Had a Brilliant Time and Aquarius Were Fantastic
"I have loads of favourite memories from my recent trip. The first time deep under water in the sea seeing coral for myself, rather than on a TV programme was awesome. Octopus, lion fish, stingray and Spanish dancers were also real highlights.
The dive sites were really good. Visibility was excellent at the southern sites, but a bit silty at the northern ones. Dive briefings were very good.
The Aquarius Dive Centre at Hurghada was brilliant. My instructors for the PAI Open Water Diver course – Walid (first 3 days) and Mustafa – were great. The dive leader, Mohamed, on the dive boat was also really good. The dive centre seemed very well run, the equipment was first class and if there were any problems with a bit of gear, it was replaced immediately without any hassle. I did 2 days full diving after qualifying, including a night day on the final day. The extra dives were easy to arrange and well supervised.
The accommodation was fine. It was great having the dive centre based within the hotel’s grounds. The food was OK. The Italian restaurant (Tuscany) was better than the main restaurant. The buffet option in the main restaurant was not that great for my tastes. I was not there for the food, so this was not a problem! The food on the dive boats was very good.
I was very pleased that I chose Regaldive. Your level of service has been great. You were also patient explaining things to a complete beginner. My switch of location from Sharm to Hurghada was handled in plenty of time and was done very smoothly.
Currently, I do not know when I will be diving abroad again. Hopefully next year some time. However, Regaldive will be at the top of my list of dive holiday companies when I do look for my diving trip. I have been very impressed with your firm and its representatives.
Once again, thanks very much for a wonderful experience."
- UK | 16 May 2016
The Diving was Excellent!
"A quick report back from our trip. All was smooth on the transfer and the diving was excellent.
The boat was good (as we’d expected). Comfortable, nice food and a great crew and guides. Things were probably helped by it not being a full boat, and having fabulous weather, but a particular thumbs up for Sonia who was lovely - enthusiastic, knowledgeable and really friendly. "
- UK | 16 May 2016
M/Y Blue Fin
It Exceeded all Expectations!
"Blue Fin: Northern Wrecks & Reefs Itinerary
The trip exceeded all expectations, frankly. The attention to detail was superb. The food great and the diving a perfect mix of reef and wreck. The cabin was sheer luxury (lucky me!) and the staff brilliant. Regaldive reps were attentive and the whole booking experience seamless.
Highlights were the Thistlegorm (long on my bucket list) and the reef dive ending with the Yolanda wreck. Would thoroughly recommend Ragaldive and the whole package, I'll be in touch."
- UK | 16 May 2016
Wrecks and Reefs Trip Exceeded Expectations - Excellent Holiday
"Exceeded expectations. It was an excellent holiday. No problems.
Transfers were efficient from Regaldive. Typically had to wait for a few stragglers, who had not read the holiday notes or the information provided!
Room was lovely. Food was excellent a very comprehensive choice and excellent quality.
Diving. Superb. One of my best dives ever-nearing 500! On the Thistlegorm, 65, mins of bliss.
The best two dive guides I have so far encountered. Still passionate after all these years. The crew, were all excellent as well.
Highlights from the holiday. An incredibly relaxing and enjoyable 7 days. We definitely choose the right trip for us, with a suitable balance of both Wreck and reef dives. All were either very good, excellent, or even sublime. The vast majority of the other guests were sociable and good company.
I have been on six Red Sea liveaboards so far and this is without doubt The Best."
- UK | 03 May 2016
M/Y Blue Melody
We had a Fantastic Time - The Diving was Amazing!
"Just a short note to let you know that we had a fantastic time during our back-to-back liveaboard on the Blue Melody.
The diving was amazing (even a too friendly gray oceanic shark, swimming with us), turtles, dolphins, hammerheads, an octopus “Show” lasting over 10 minutes, 2 dancing and hunting moray eels during a night dive, beautiful corals and more.
We cannot fault the guides and organisation aboard the Blue Melody, we were very comfortable and assistance was always at hand if needed.
The guides (especially Chris) were excellent: knowledgeable and really going the extra mile to ensure all divers on board could appreciate the diving to its maximum.
Only one (minor) comment: it would be nice to have some lights on the upper deck common place so that one can read a book outside when its dark. All in all, a great and relaxing experience with beautiful diving. Exactly what we needed!"
- UK | 02 February 2016
Great Weeks Diving, Great Crew!
"Great week diving on the Northern Wrecks and Reefs itinerary. Despite some very iffy weather including a sandstorm, the crew never failed to get us in the water on some fantastic dives. Dive guides Kat and Khalil were superb, in fact some of the best I've dived with. The crew were fantastic; nothing was too much for them. The boat was spot on.
We've used Regal before and as always, the holiday was just "simple". Make the booking and then enjoy the holiday; no grief,problems or issues.
Many thanks Regal, we'll be back soon!"
- UK | 28 January 2016
Emperor Asmaa Wrecks and Reefs 8-15 January 2016
"The crew were great - very helpful. Everybody was very impressed with the offerings from the galley - lots of variety and plenty of it. The diving was fantastic - Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moeller were the highlights for me, but plenty of pretty squidgy things too!!"
- Selsey | 18 January 2016
Great first liveaboard experience!
"We'd never been on a liveaboard before, and only had 10 logged dives each so we were a little nervous about the trip - no need! The trip was great, South and St John's was an ideal route for those with a bit less diving experience and it offered us all the dives we needed to complete our advanced open water qualification. We saw plenty of exciting stuff, including oceanic white tip sharks up close, tiger and silky sharks at a distance, giant green turtles, plus all the usual reef and wall diving flora and fauna. We also really enjoyed the landscapes of some of the dives.
The crew were brilliant, always right there when you needed anything. They were exceptionally well trained, picking up on our likes and dislikes, our food preferences etc. in order to be able to anticipate our needs. The guides, Ana and Sergio, were brilliant, and a pleasure to get to know. We felt super well cared for without being babysat so our diving really improved over the week as we gained independence.
The food was good, veggies are reasonably well catered for, though sometimes meals were carb heavy and vegetable light and protein was often limited to eggs first thing in the morning. To be honest I happiest when I ate the foul, falafel and hummus that we were only given a couple of times but which I think the staff ate most days - I would have happily eaten that with salad every day.
Regaldive were great and we'd be happy to book through them again.
We look forward to our next liveaboard diving holiday!"
- UK | 23 December 2015
Fantastic Week on Board the Elite - South and St Johns
"Just back from a fantastic week on board the Elite, the crew, staff, and guests where all very friendly and welcoming. There was a good mix of ages and nationalities and we all seemed to gel, well mostly LOL. The food on board was delicious and lots of it. Nothing was too much trouble for these guys on board. The diving was fabulous with a good variety of dive sites, the dive crew were faultless, the dive guides were very knowledgeable and very helpful. Sergio was an ace at finding nuddi branches and micro stuff and his enthusiasm was excellent. Many thanks to Explorer and Regaldive for a faultless holiday. If i was to fault anything then that would be it was over too quickly! Would highly recommend this boat and cant wait to do it again very soon......
Joe and Corrine"
- UK | 21 December 2015
Fabulous 5 nights in Hurghada
Just wanted to send you a quick thank you. Mandy and myself had a fabulous 5 nights in Hurghada and couldn’t have asked for anything else. From being met at the airport to the quality of the hotel, dive school, dive boat and of course the diving, everything was perfect……thank you for your hard work in making it happen.
- UK | 30 November 2015
Two Seriously Satisfied Divers!
"Everything was BEAUTIFUL!!! I wanna go back ASAP! I have to make a special mention to the crew on the Emperor Elite. The boat was clean, comfortable, and spacious. The crews are true professionals. They are on call 24/7 for eight weeks straight. They sleep where they can and are watching our every move to make sure we have whatever we want or need at ANY time. The dive guides have to be able to cope with any style of divers that come on board. It's such an organised routine from start to finish. Ahmed Ibrahim is exceptional at his job as a dive guide. I am very grateful for their compassion and attention to detail. "
Lisa and Andrew Rolfe
- Hants | 22 May 2015
Six go South
"Just back from our weeks diving in the Red Sea so thought I'd drop you line and let you know how we got on!
We are a group of six divers with a variety of experience and all have visited Egypt on a number of occasions and been on other liveaboards.
We were met at Hurghada and our transfer albeit late at night was carried out in a smart vehicle very efficiently
We were on the St Johns and Deep South trip out of Port Ghalib. This time we were on MY Elite with it's Egyptian crew and guides Amr and Ahmed.
The boat was spacious and very well equipped, the rooms were of a standard size and were clean and tidy. The diving was good with concise and accurate briefings beforehand. The guides treated us very well allowing us the freedom (within limits) to dive without constraints - which we found very refreshing.
The refreshments on the boat were plentiful and well prepared with the crew making extra efforts on a couple of evenings for us all to eat on the upper deck - a lot more work for them!At the end of the week we were transferred to a hotel in Ghalib where we were allocated three twin rooms which were very smart. A very late flight out of Hurghada was the only really downside of the trip and more user-friendly flight times would have been preferred.
On behalf of our group I'd like to thank you and your colleagues for arranging and providing us with a great week's holiday."
- UK | 11 May 2015
Emporer Asmaa trip 12 to 19 November 2014
"Good Crew, Good guides, Good diving and wonderful camaraderie between all guests.
Food was fine, but I would prefer more Egyptian style food.
Very enjoyable trip."
- From Hamata, Fury Shoals and St Johns trip | 28 November 2014
"Just returned from a week aboard this liveaboard and what a fantastic time was had. All the staff work incredibly hard and the two dive guides (Julian & Khalil) are fantastic at their jobs. The food on board was of a very good standard with plenty of choice to suit most people.
My only niggle would be the sun deck on top, jacuzzi never worked whilst on board and the sun loungers are torn / faded and could do with a good clean. Apart from this, I wouldn't hesitate to return for another trip with them and the tour operator Regaldive . "
- Gtr Manchester | 06 October 2014
South and St. John's tour
"Wow just been to Egypt aboard the M/Y Emperor Elite! Had a fantastic week aboard this liveaboard, the crew couldn't do enough for you. The guides were excellent, the food was brill, and the diving was absolutely amazing. I went to the South and St. John's and met some wonderful people as well.
Ahmed, Lara, and Khalil were excellent at guiding us around and sorting problems out when they occurred. My hose blew when I was down 26m and Ahmed quickly turned my tank off and give me his spare reg. When back on the boat, he quickly changed my hose to a spare one so I could carry on diving for the rest of the week. There are no complaints apart from me having to return home haha - I wish I could have stayed.
Also booking through Regaldive was brill as they were excellent and give you all the information before hand. The whole booking process to the end of holiday was smooth and excellent. I will defiantly be booking again for another liveaboard, hopefully sooner rather than later, I will have to start saving up! "
- Greater Manchester | 09 September 2014
Emperor Elite - Fantastic Holiday
"It is a short while since our holiday now, but we want you to know that we had a fantastic diving holiday on Emperor Elite. A friendly, hard working crew, excellent dive guides, and a great bunch of other guests to share the experience with. Really nice people of different nationalities, who were all fun to be with.
We are especially pleased that we booked through Regaldive, and we would be pleased if you wish to pass that on to Emperor. Emperor have given us a great time on all our 5 trips with them, and we will go with them again in the future, but Regaldive gave that extra to the holiday. When the authorities changed the clocks by an hour at short notice, we noticed that others were not so well organised, while Regaldive kept us informed, adjusted our schedule and made sure of our comfort with a quality hotel day room. (I am sorry, but I do wish I could remember the name of your representative in Hurghada to thank her personally).
The one detriment was that the Thomson Airways flights were late to schedule in both directions. A poor show Thomson.
Our very best thanks to Regaldive."
- UK | 03 June 2014
M/Y Blue Melody
MY Blue Melody- we had a wonderful time
"We had a wonderful time on board My Blue Melody last week.
The crew was lovely, the food absolutely excellent and the boat has a series of small procedures that really make any diver’s life easier.
To name a few:
• getting ready for the zodiac in separate groups (i.e. avoiding overcrowding)
• tags to identify tanks
• tick back list by the guides when coming back on board
• the towel pegs on deck with Room numbers (avoiding towels “musical chairs”)
• Tea/Coffee delivered with the early morning wake-up call
• Pre-Order for breakfast omelettes/eggs
Small things, by all means, but they do make the journey more enjoyable.
I have only words of praise for the crew: friendly, professional, efficient. Barry had an amazingly artistic cake for his birthday.
Briefings were comprehensive without being patronizing: Luke and Becky were simply excellent.
As soon as we boarded My Blue Melody, we all felt immediately welcome and at home.
Definitely a positive experience!
13 May 2014
M/Y Blue Horizon
Project Shark trip
"We have just got back from the Project Shark trip (16.11.2012 to 23.11.2012). Well, Regaldive put everything in to place for us and all went without a hitch. We were met at the airport and looked after well by the reps of both Regaldive and Blue O2. The boat, Blue Horizon, was first class and very comfortable. The diving was equally first class once we got out to the marine parks. The only down side to the trip was that the first and last days were spent on reefs local to Hurghada, and as such were not of the same standard as Elphinstone, The Brothers and Daedalus. I accept that a check dive is necessary, but once that is out of the way, lets get to the pristine reefs that we've paid for.
That little whine out of the way, the trip was brilliant. On board shark expert Elke, gave four lectures on various shark topics and these were very well put together and expertly delivered. The dive briefings were comprehensively done with plenty of information and the wants and fads of the divers were catered for by the two dive guides. The food on board was also of a high standard, plenty of it and no-one became ill with a gypy stomach.
The crew were some of the best I have experienced. All very friendly and helpful. The rooms were cleaned and tidied during the first dive of each day and there was no shortage of clean towels when they were required. The final day saw us off the boat and to the Marriott Hotel. This was a stop-gap arrangement to cater for the time between leaving the boat and going to the airport. Rooms were made available to us to shower and the facilities of the hotel were also available to us. All in all the trip was very good. I have been on a number of Red Sea trips and this ranks with the best. Recommended!"
- UK | 02 May 2014
Movenpick Resort Hurghada
Movenpick and Divers Lodge Hurghada
"Just got back from Hurghada, all arrangements worked like clockwork.
Hotel excellent, Divers Lodge outstanding, Khaled and Reda provided EXCELLENT diving culminating with a pod of Dolphins on the last dive!"
- UK | 14 August 2013
Hilton Hurghada Plaza
The Best Week Ever!
I HAVE HAD THE BEST, THE BEST, WEEK EVER, IN 15 YEARS WITH YOU AND EMPEROR.
I’ll shout it again, I HAVE HAD THE BEST, THE BEST, WEEK EVER, IN 15 YEARS WITH YOU AND EMPEROR.
It just doesn’t get any better. It all went like clockwork and the last day, two dives with a pod of twelve dolphins cavorting around us, and a free 'clean up a reef dive' which was just hilarious, mean I’m still grinning like an idiot, even while I sort out the claim for the damage a neighbour did to my car while I was in Egypt. Looks like there will be a Presto re-union cruise to organise in October.
Thank you, you wonderful people you! "
- UK | 03 May 2013
M/Y Blue Fin
First time on a live-aboard hints & tips
All went very well thank you.
Wind chill cut in a little from time to time, but for January... fantastic. I even wrote a few notes for first timers with a view to forwarding to you / blue02: First time on a liveaboard hints & tips. We found ourselves booked onto a 1 week dive holiday the day before the flight was due to leave! We both had about 60 dives each, mostly from our own yacht based in the Greek Cyclades. Squeezing gear into tight weight limits for flights was a bit of an issue. To ease this, I’ve written this little note to help other first timers regarding what to expect, and what to bring. We went to the Red sea in January. Water was around 22deg, air about 25, with wind it got chilly at times. You may be diving 4 times a day… some chose to skip the odd night dive, though I personally loved them, especially for the photography! This means you will basically eat, dive, and sleep!!!
We brought about 6 books and didn’t open a single one! Make sure your wet suit is not too much of a nightmare to get on and off. It is a frequently repeated exercise. If you take a dry suit, bear in mind you may end up tearing a seal, so make sure before you leave dock that the boat is carrying a rental suit in your size or that’s it! I wish we’d had an extra vest. Don’t skimp on a hood. I took an old hood and cut it into a dive beanie. It was a brilliant success. Didn’t know I was wearing it, saved a lot of heat loss. We filled our wetsuits with hot water from the deck shower before jumping in too… stopped the chilly inrush!
It is easy to drink lots of tea/coffee as the crew offer it all the time, however these, plus nightcaps all add to dehydration, plus ultra dry bottled air will dry you out! If you get post dive headaches it is probably dehydration kicking in. Drink loads of water after every dive is sound advice. Regulars brought a bottle of their favourite tipple duty free on the trip which worked well. Make sure you bring a spare fin strap. If one breaks when kitting up on the rib, your dive is off. After this happened to me, I kept one tied into my BCD pocket as a just in case. Likewise, a spare mouthpiece is a good idea. Turns out one of mine had split, and being an older apeks was of an extra wide size. The boat will carry a few spares, if they fit is pot luck. For the week I lived in the same clothes. Many wore the supplied dressing gowns. In Jan I was happy to have a beanie hat. Once the boat leaves it will not dock until next week. You do not need much!
Beware ally tanks. I needed an extra backbreaking 6Kg to get down, and after 2 dives went for the 15L steel. Much better. Most dives were fairly long, so the extra capacity was well worth the extra charge (£30/week ea) As for nitrox, we used it for some of the slightly deeper wrecks. In all 4 times which saved us about £90 between us. Make sure you have an smb and reel each. Little finger reels are great as these + smb can go in a bcd pocket. You will probably be going through wrecks and over lots of fan corals… sometimes on quite a speedy drift. You don’t want bits of kit hanging low snagging or worse breaking off corals. Likewise spg & 2nd dv/alt reg. should be comfortably tucked close in.
In the Red sea currents appear suddenly, and can be quite strong, however they are not tides and seem strong on the surface or right on the bottom. I’ve heard horror stories about a down current between Shark and Yolanda that pulled a group down to 40m, then pulled them over the saddle into 5m… When we did it, it was perfect. On this particular dive may be worth getting the guide to go first! They’re used to it. I hope this helps. We had a fantastic time.
Happy days! "
Amanda & Bjorn Sjoling
- UK | 11 April 2013
Deep South Itinerary - Fantastic!
"A huge thank you to the wonderful staff and crew of the Elite for making our weeks' diving down to St. Johns such a fantastic and brilliant week. The crew from the Captain down work so hard to ensure that you get the most out of the week and nothing is too much trouble."
- UK | 15 January 2013
"I'd just like to thank the team at Emperor for the week we've just spent aboard MY Elite. A fantastic weeks diving again and a wonderful team on board. A big thank you to Daniella, Csaba and the team for making our stay comfortable and homely. You just feel like part of the family on board. A great team who all work very hard to make your stay as easy and as simple as possible. "
- UK | 27 November 2012
Hurghada - We will return
I just wanted to say a big thank you for a really good week's diving in Hurghada,arranged at very short notice.
A big thanks to our rep Mark, who we first met last year when we went to El Gouna with Regaldive. Really helpful, very attentive and a nice guy as well - cheers mate. We had great service from Regaldive right from my first enquiry about this short notice trip.
To Emperor Divers - well I have to say I thought you were a highly professional, caring outfit and at pains to avoid any damage to the environment. This was stressed by the guides on every dive. From the moment we walked into the centre we were welcomed with open arms and made to feel special. The staff were great and I must make comment about our two guides during the week, Paul and Mohammed, great fun to be with, knowledgeable and so, so helpful.
A nice variety of dives with wrecks and reefs and some excellent coral gardens with lots of fish life to see on long, enjoyable dives. The staff on the boats were great and the food was of high standard.
We will return, thank you all very much.
Richard and Christine Cullen"
10 October 2012
Holiday Feedback- Thanks to all!
"Good afternoon Regal!
Just thought I'd drop you an email to let you know that my partner and I had a brilliant holiday in Hurghada. Lisa, the rep in Hurghada was just fantastic, so helpful,knowledgeable and always available to assist.
I would book again with Regaldive – what packages do you do in South Africa?
Thanks again to all, especially to Lisa!
10 October 2012
Holiday Feedback - Ashcloud
I would just like to send our thanks for the fantastic way that we were looked after over the last few days during the ash cloud...
In particular Lisa from Regal and Fifi did really well in what must have been very difficult circumstances, helping to organise accommodation for us and keeping us informed about the situation.
I think we fared much better than many others out there. So please do pass on our best wishes and let "the management" know the great job that everyone did out in Hurghada - much appreciated.
And of course the diving was excellent :-)
10 October 2012
Divers' Lodge - Brilliant!
I would just like to let you know we had a fantastic time diving with Divers’ Lodge last week in Hurghada.
The staff were very friendly, transfers on time and crew on the boat really helpful.
I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anybody else going out to Hurghada.
Thanks again, speak soon
10 October 2012
Medical Emergency - Hurghada
"Thank you for all your help.
Your representative in Hurghada was brilliant! I will definitely (if I can) dive with Regaldive again; hopefully without having a medical problem.
Please send my personal thanks to Lisa and FeFe at Blue O2. Lisa deserves a bonus!
10 October 2012
Fantastic Week, Thank You Regaldive and Divers' Lodge!
"Thank you Regaldive for a fantastic week.
We booked with you from the 16th of March and I can say this was one of the best weeks I can remember. The team at Divers’ Lodge could not have been more helpful.
Many thanks again
10 October 2012
Would do this trip again in a heartbeat!
We are now back home after a great trip and here are a few of my thoughts:
1. The boat. We were all told that it is off to dry dock soon but it is worn out at the moment! Other than that we loved the boat, the food was excellent and the cabin was big enough.
2. The tour. Great tour, weather dependent but we were blessed with only 36 hours of wind and generally mirror smooth seas so we got to visit all of the great sites and none of the unpleasantness of sea sickness.
3. The guide. Simon Gardiner has been a guide for over 10 years and his enthusiasm, client feedback, knowledge and helpfulness was absolutely fantastic. He is a huge asset and is the only real client contact point. He is a great ambassador and clearly loves his job.
4. The crew. Apart from the dive guide, the crew are also significantly responsible for the enjoyment of the trip and this crew were no exception. They clearly love the boat, are hard working, cheerful, friendly and helpful. They also work about 15 hours a day and did not seem to have a day off. A very good looking zodiac driver called Mahmoud was really helpful and in challenging conditions was able to ferry us back to the boat with a smoothness that was very welcome.
5. The team. Both yourself and Iain provided useful and quick responses before the trip so we were very confident that we would not have any problems. Thanks for that.
6. The diving. I managed all 21 dives, every single one was fantastic and I was sorry to leave. The briefings were superb and even though I have done this tour several times, I was suitably informed ready to dive.
Highlights included a 10 minute opportunity for about a dozen of us with a turtle including his rest under a table coral being interrupted by a free swimming moray eel; a guitar shark having a snooze on the bottom; finally getting a photo in focus of a wart slug; diving with a shoal of milk fish that almost completely surrounded us.
Would I do this trip again? Yes, in a heartbeat. The unexpected 26 degree water temperature and the sun out enough for sunbathing certainly did not hurt either!!
Thanks for your help in making this a memorable trip.
10 October 2012
Regal staff are a credit to your company.
"I have just got back from a week's liveaboard on MY Superior. From booking the visa at Hurghada airport to all staff on board, they were a total credit to your company.
I am already looking at your deals for future holidays.
Thank you once again.
10 October 2012
Mantas, Sharks, Turtles and Much More...
I had a fantastic trip aboard the Emperor Elite liveaboard, we saw mantas, sharks, turtles and much more. Thanks you for sorting it for me and I will be looking at my next diving later in the year.
10 October 2012
Thanks for everything, the trip was superb. The diving wasn't quite as good as we would have wanted due to the weather, but that is out of everyone's control!!
We have booked with you several times before and are bound to do so again. I especially like how the staff of Regaldive show such attention to detail, and how they keep you fully informed about the progress of your booking and any changes as they occur.
I also have to praise Emperor Divers - they are a truly marvellous and professional organisation.
10 October 2012
Red Sea Holiday
In response to your email, many thanks to your staff on a most enjoyable dive trip,and in particular to the dive crew and boat crew who looked after us so well.
The package was well run and the level of diving supervision etc was of the highest standard, can you please keep me updated ref. future dive trips etc... I would be looking to use you again after the way this trip was run.
Many thanks, and could you pass my comments onto the staff in Egypt.
10 October 2012
Holiday feedback – Ash Cloud
I would like to thank Regaldive for your help and support over the last week at the end of my holiday on the Emperor Elite, and particularly thank Lisa your rep in Hurghada.
After the volcano erupted, when the flights were delayed she did a brilliant job of finding us hotel accommodation at a time when it was very difficult to find out what was going on. Once we were accommodated she kept us updated on the situation with the airline.
Thanks for a great holiday and a very special thanks to Lisa.
Till next time,
10 October 2012