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 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:
1 May - 30 September 2014
Valid for new bookings from 31 March 2014.
Book 11 dive packs and get one FREE.
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.
FREE & HALF PRICE Diving Offer
Book a 5 or 6 day dive pack or a PADI Open Water, Open Water Fastrack* or Advanced Course and your buddy can book the same FREE! Valid for departure dates:
3 January - 4 April 2014
25 April - 11 July 2014
Book a 5 or 6 day dive pack or a PADI Open Water, Open Water Fastrack* or Advanced Course and your buddy can book the same HALF PRICE! Valid for departure dates:
5 April – 24 April 2014
12 July – 31 October 2014
*Fastrack materials £45 extra for concessionary place.
Book 10 dive packs and get one FREE.
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.
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.
FREE & Half Price Diving
Huge range of offers on Red Sea Dive Packs & Courses, including Buy One Get One FREE and Half Price Diving!
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!"
John K - UK | 14 August 2013
Hilton Hurghada Plaza
The Best Week Ever!
"Greetings! 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! "
Fay Presto - UK | 03 May 2013
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, Kenn"
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.
Regaldive - Welcome Home
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
I also have to praise Emperor Divers - they are a truly marvellous and professional
Regaldive - Welcome Home
I had a fantastic trip aboard the Emperor Elite liveaboard, we saw manta's, sharks,
turtle's and much more :)
Thanks you for sorting it for me and I will be looking at my next diving later in the
"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. "
Gareth Owen - UK | 27 November 2012
Deep South Itinery - 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. Link to some pictures from our weeks diving. www.warrenssite.com/Egypt/Deep-South-Red-Sea-November/26713142_4W8cBh#"
Warren Price - England | 15 January 2013
"I have just got back from a week's liveaboard on MY Superior. From booking to visa help at Hurghada airport to all staff on board, they were a total credit to your
I am already looking at your deals for future holidays.
Thank you once again.
We are now back home after a great trip and as requested, here are a few of my
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
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
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.
M/Y Blue Fin
First time on a live-aboard hints & tips
"Hi Helena, 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 1week 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! We did get a headphone adapter though so we could both watch a movie on the flights. 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. If you’re lucky enough to have booked with Blue O2 then you’ll be really well looked after, very well fed in a well maintained boat. Happy days! "
Amanda & Bjorn Sjoling - UK | 11 April 2013
MY 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 Daedelus. 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. The resident 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!"
Keith Jackson - UK | 27 November 2012
- Area: 1, 001, 450 sq. km
- Population: 67 million
- Language: Arabic, English
- Time: GMT +1 / +2
- Electricity: 220v. Round pin adaptors