Shams Alam is a perfect 'get away from it all' destination for divers, with access to more than thirty dive sites by day boat or rib as well as an excellent house reef. Situated further south than its neighbour Marsa Alam, Shams Alam offers fantastic, pristine Southern Red Sea diving from a peaceful shore base, situated along some of the most scenic coastline in the Red Sea. The day diving boats are the only ones operating in this area.
The house reef is located directly on the hotel’s beach. It is shelved in different parts through three sandy bays where you can easily enter and exit. The north part is shallow and is just used for snorkelling.
For diving, there is an easy and relaxed entrance right off of the Marina from the diver’s platform. The house reef is a perfect environment to conduct training dives. The centre offers 'non limit house reef diving' package, with 4 reefs to choose from with 2 reachable directly from the jetty and with the other 2 reachable by zodiac.
Learning to Dive
Like its more northerly neighbour Marsa Alam, Shams Alam offers a few sheltered sites and some incredibly beautiful fringing reefs. Learning to dive is a possibility here and the opportunity to shore dive means that the water is particularly accessible. However, to take full advantage of the stunning dives available it is recommended to be an advanced or intermediate diver with some experience.
The coral gardens of Wadi Gamal Island are situated in relatively calm water with good visibility. There is a vast array of beautiful reef fish among pristine hard and soft corals. They range from shoals of bright yellow banner and angelfish, to menacing moray eels and predatory lionfish, from the territorial trigger and clownfish to the rainbow colours of parrotfish and wrasse.
Sha’ab Sharm is a large, kidney-shaped reef lying atop a vast undersea mountain that is thought to be an ancient volcano. This site is well known for its dramatic, sheer walls swept by strong currents. An exhilarating drift dive on which you will be almost certainly accompanied by large schools of jacks and barracuda. This is also the patrolling ground of grey reef sharks, hammerheads and tuna.
Dolphin House or Samadai is one of the most popular sites for diving and snorkeling in the southern Red Sea region. The reef topography is stunning with caverns systems and a wide diversity of marine flora and fauna. Approximately 6 nautical miles south-east of Marsa Alam, Sha’ab Samadai is a horseshoe- shaped reef, 1.4 Km long and 1 Km wide.
The three main dive sites offer various possibilities including cave system and caverns, eel garden, a little seagrass bed and the biodiversity of the pinnacles. The common passage of pelagic species like barracuda, manta, sharks and dolphins and the presence of microfauna, soft corals, hard corals and reef fish make Samadai one of the most interesting and ecologically diverse dive sites in the Red Sea.
Wadi Gimal Dive Centre
The Wadi Gimal dive centre is located on the beach at the Shams Alam Resort. Wadi Gimal is a PADI accredited centre, well managed by a professional German team.
A full range of diving services is offered, including training courses, non limit house reef diving and boat diving by day boat and rib. Equipment hire is also available. All divers with fewer than 20 logged dives must be guided. Guide cost is €8 per person per day (2 dive).
Dive site map
Book your dive pack or course with Regaldive prior to departure. Our prices are lower than those in resort.
Any dive pack 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.
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Wadi Gimal Shams Alam Diving Prices - Travel dates 1 September 2017 – 30 April 2018
The Shams Alam Beach Resort lets you dive some of the best sites in the southern Red Sea in comfort by day boat.
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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 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 = 20LE
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: 35LE
- Snack meal (pizza/sandwich): 45LE
- Bottle of water (1.5L): 15LE
- Soft drink: 18LE
- The Shams Alam Beach Resort offers peaceful diving and a brilliant night sky. Non-diving activities include:
- Raquet sports
There are direct flights to Marsa Alam from Birmingham International every Monday and London Gatwick every Wednesday.
Alternatively, there are flights from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham to Hurghada.
Flight duration: Approx 5 - 5½ hours
Transfer: Approx 1 hour 45 minutes from Marsa Alam airport and 4½ hrs from Hurghada 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 Marsa Alam and Hurghada airports.
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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Shams Alam - Egypt
As you know we have recently returned from Shams Alam after having our holiday extended due to the flight disruptions caused by volcanic ash.
On behalf of myself and the other 17 people that we took to Egypt I would like you to pass on our sincere thanks to Lisa and Ramadan, your representatives in Hurghada, for the professional and efficient way in which they dealt with the situation.
Nowadays people are very quick to criticise holiday companies, but in my experience the way this unexpected disruption to the holiday was dealt with was highly commendable.
Director of Dive 90"
14 August 2015