Nuweiba is situated around 70km north of Dahab, and its palm-fringed beaches nestle magnificently between the deep blue of the Gulf of Aqaba and the mountains of the Sinai. Nuweiba is a quiet getaway with some fantastic shore diving that makes it a great choice for novice divers and underwater photography fans. Nuweiba is also superb for snorkellers with the spectacular marine life of house reefs just a few fin kicks from the shore.
Learning to Dive
Nuweiba is an ideal resort for learning to dive with its beautiful coral gardens accessible from the shore. Divers are sure to be completely absorbed by the plentiful reef fish including razorfish, puffers, shrimps and alien-looking Pegasus fish. One house reef is even home to more than 20 lionfish! In Nuweiba you can share your first dives with an amazing variety of marine life.
The prolific marine life and the easily accessible shore diving make Nuweiba an underwater photographer’s paradise. The beautiful dive sites, reached by jeep and camel, and the house reefs promise some spectacular scenery with amazing multicoloured nudibranch, several species of seahorse, stonefish, frogfish and many more.
Sinker is one of the most attractive dive sites and particularly exceptional for photography. A large submerged mooring buoy has turned into a fantastic artificial reef with a proliferation of soft corals decorating the length of the mooring chain. Dense packs of glassfish and anthias swirl through the blue and make this a mesmerising dive.
The reefs of the Abu Galum National Park are a highlight of a week’s diving in Nuweiba. In particular, Ras Mumlach is situated around 75 minutes drive away and offers a beautiful coral garden with fantastic table corals and a steep wall that bottoms out at 70m plus. The variety of marine life is outstanding with many barracuda, groupers, angelfish, butterflyfish, moray eels and even turtles.
Ras Shetan or Devils Head is a well-known site north of Nuweiba situated at a Bedouin camp. Its highlight is some incredible underwater topography with snaking valleys and basins, beautiful soft corals, seagrass and a superb lagoon.
African Divers are located on the beach at the Swisscare Resort in Nuweiba. This local run dive centre is conveniently situated to take advantage of the hotel beach bar facilities, and has access to an attractive colourful reef with varied marine life. Excellent snorkelling opportunities are available from the house reef.
The centre offers two guided shore dives a day by jeep to the various dive sites around Nuweiba together with the option to complete a third unguided dive*, FREE of charge, on the Swisscare house reef. There are three entrance / exit points on the reef allowing several possible dives with pinnacles along the way. There are lots of hiding places for sea creatures and a vast expanse of sea grass where there are turtles, rays and lots of small animals living. It is somewhere to do slow relaxed dives so you can explore the reef wall.
African Divers prides itself on its ‘VID’ (Very Important Diver!) service, with a genuine focus on personal service. Guests are picked up from their chosen hotel in the morning and dropped off at the end of the diving day. An authentic Bedouin lunch is available at one of the camps from which dives are undertaken, or beach picnics are offered from quieter dive sites.
The experienced and multilingual PADI, TDI and CMAS Divemasters and Instructors offer all level of instruction, from beginners through to those wishing to continue their diving education or undertake a technical diving course. A classroom is available on site, along with a swimming pool suitable for training dives.
The centre has a dive shop with equipment rental as well as a Nitrox, Trimix and Heliox filling station.
* The first dive on the Swisscare house reef is guided to show entrance and exit points and an assessment is done as to the diver’s ability. If the centre deems that the diver is of a competent standard they will allow further dives to be unguided. If the centre determine that any diver is not of a sufficient standard, the dives will be charged on a guided basis and either be taken from the package or charged as additional dives. If the diver chooses to do full days diving at Swisscare house reef, this will be deducted from the package.
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.
HALF PRICE Diving Offer
Book a 5 or 6 day dive pack and your buddy gets the same HALF PRICE (boat diving).
Book a PADI Open Water or Advanced course and your buddy can book the same at HALF PRICE!
Saving based on standard diving prices. See table for special offer prices in red. Valid for departure dates:
5 June - 23 July 2013
Book 10 dive packs and get one FREE.
Nuweiba lies about 185km north of Sharm el Sheikh, nestling between the deep blue of the Gulf of Aqaba and the high desert mountains of the Sinai.
This is a quiet resort with magnificent beaches and excellent diving for all levels. Your Regaldive representative, who is based in Sharm, and will meet you at the airport to arrange your transfer.
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 negligable and it is invariably sunny but breezes can be cool.
Egypt is 2 hours ahead of GMT.
Egyptian pounds or LE. Approximately £1 = 9LE
We recommend that you take some money in Cash to Egypt. 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: 25-35LE
- Snack meal (pizza / sandwich): 20LE
- Bottle of mineral water: 5LE
- Soft drink: 8LE
From London Gatwick and Manchester airports as well as many other regional airports direct to Sharm El Sheikh. As there are many flight options, holiday duration are possible from 5 nights to 21 nights. Regional departures airports include:
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Flight duration: Approx 5 - 5½ hours
Transfer: 1½ hours from Sharm airport by bus.
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 Sharm El Sheikh 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 Sinai.
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.
Hilton Coral Resort
"Hello Helena I don't know if you remember helping me out with a room booking back in February (family of 4 sharing at Hilton Nuweiba), but I just wanted to let you know that your invaluable help brought everything in just under our tight budget. We got back from our holiday yesterday and we had a great time... so thank you - you did a really good job for us! Best wishes Colin"
Hilton Coral Resort
"Hi Helena I have been meaning to email and say a big thank you to Regaldive, (along with Thomas Cook), for looking after us so well for the 5 days during the Volcanic Ash problems. We were fed and watered and generally brilliantly well looked after for the whole time we were stranded. I felt for the poor reps in Sharm, who must have been worn to a frazzle! Lisa, who we had most contact with, was great and tried her hardest to keep us up to date with what was going on. We were so impressed with it all that are thinking of going back to the same hotel again. Thanks Tina Larkins"
- Area: 1,001,450 sq. km
- Population: 67 million
- Language: Arabic, English
- Time: GMT + 2
- Electricity: 220v. Round pin adaptors