A Sharm El Sheikh diving holiday offers you a spectacular and diverse range of dive sites that are amongst the best in the world. From the famous Ras Mohammed Marine Park, to some of the most renowned wrecks in the Red Sea, the sheer number of sites means that there is something for all divers. Boat diving is the norm in Sharm and there are also some superb house reefs for diving and snorkelling.
Learning to Dive
Sharm is a good destination for novice and learner divers, with many easily accessible coral gardens that offer safe, shallow water and excellent visibility. This area benefits from the shelter of the land, which means conditions are usually calm to moderate and ideal for those new to diving. A full range of courses is offered at the centrally-located dive centre and there is a heated pool on site. Qualifying dives are often undertaken from the shore.
The exciting dive sites of Ras Mohammed Marine Park are what attract the legions of experienced divers to Sharm each year. Situated at the tip of Sinai, where the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba meet, Ras Mohammed’s strong currents and nutrient waters are packed with schools of snappers, barracuda and jacks, coupled with the sharks that come to stalk them. Steep coastal cliffs are mirrored underwater with impressive vertical walls, which drop off 70m or more.
The Strait of Tiran separates Tiran Island from the east coast of Sinai and is famous for four large reefs that rise from the depths like vast underwater mountains. Here, the strong currents and dense plankton attract an impressive range of reef and deep sea species providing some exceptional drift dives.
Further west, round the southern tip of Sinai, lie some of the best wreck dives in the Red Sea. The legendary Thistlegorm is the most famous - a 415 foot World War II British supply ship which lies in 30m with an amazing cargo of motorbikes, trucks, guns and shells.
Twin Centre Diving
Diving in Sharm can also be combined with the spectacular diving available in Dahab, including the legendary Blue Hole. For more information please contact a member the Regaldive team.
Regaldive work with two well established dive centres in Sharm:
Emperor Divers are a British-managed dive company who have been operating in the Red Sea since 1992. They are based at the Falcon Naama Blue Hotel in the heart of Sharm.
Camel Dive Club, founded in 1986, is the longest-established diving brand in Sharm el Sheikh and has won many awards. The main Camel Dive Club is located in Naama Bay.
Emperor Divers are a British-managed dive company who have been operating in the Red Sea since 1992.
Emperor Divers is a PADI 5* Career Development Centre and Instructor Development Centre located at the Falcon Naama Blue Hotel in Naama Bay, just a two minute transfer to the Naama Bay jetty. There are over 15 local dive sites and many more in Ras Mohamed and Tiran. Special trips are available to Ras Mohamed, Thistlegorm and Tiran.
Emperor offers a full range of PADI diver training courses from PADI Open Water to Instructor level, as well as snorkelling and introductory dives. The heated training pool and classrooms are also on site. Equipment is available for hire. Emperor Divers are also able to offer BSAC training courses.
Tekstreme, the technical arm of Emperor Divers, is proud to offer a full range of technical courses through three of the largest training agencies, PADI Tec Rec, BSAC and TDI.
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 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.
Book 10 dive packs and get one FREE.
Offer does not apply if concessionary rate dive packs taken.
Emperor Divers Sharm Diving Prices – Travel dates 03 Feb – 31 Oct 2016
Camel Dive Club
Camel Dive Club, founded in 1986, is the longest-established diving brand in Sharm el Sheikh and has won many accolades over the years. The main Camel Dive Club is located in Naama Bay at the Camel Dive Hotel.
As a PADI 5* Instructor Development Dive Resort, Camel offer PADI training from beginner up to PADI instructor level and beyond. All courses are taught in small groups with the use of specially-designed training rooms and diver training pool where appropriate. Camel Dive Club in Naama Bay has full facilities for disabled divers. Guided daily boat diving is available from a fleet of dive boats including their own boat, Camel Tribe, which leave from the main jetty in Naama Bay.
Camel boats visit sheltered local sites, the Straits of Tiran and Ras Mohammed National Park. Regular trips are scheduled to famous wrecks SS Thistlegorm, SS Dunraven, Million Hope, Kormoran, and to Dahab.
Camel Dive Club offers 250 full sets of Mares diving equipment to hire plus plenty of accessories. There is also an on-site dive shop selling clothing and extras. FREE Nitrox is offered for Nitrox qualified divers. Camel Dive Club can also cater to Technical Divers – please let Regaldive know your requirements in advance.
Complimentary transfers are offered for all Camel Dive Club guests staying at any hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, between the hotel, jetty, and nearest Camel branch.
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.
Book 11 dive packs and get the 12th FREE.
Camel Dive Club Sharm Prices – Bookings made from 1 Aug 2015 for departures from 1 Aug 2015 to 31 Mar 2016
Sharm El Sheikh is situated on the most southern tip of the Sinai peninsular. It is a lively resort with a vast choice of bars, discos, restaurants and shops. In addition to a range of watersports, you can explore the surrounding mountains and desert, visiting historical sites.
- Ras Mohammed National Park
- Mount Sinai walks
- St Catherine's Monastery
- Camel and Horse rides
- Water sports
Find out more about Regaldive's Top Three Sharm Excursions
The resort is centred on Naama Bay where the hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and beach are all within walking distance. The jetty is the busy centre of activity for dive boats. The dive centres provide transport between hotel, dive centre and jetty for dive trips.
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): 40LE
- Bottle of mineral water: 10LE
- Soft drink: 15LE
There are flights 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 durations are possible from 5 nights to 21 nights. Regional departure airports include
|November - April
||May - October
Flight duration: Approx 5 - 5½ hours
Transfer: Varies according to hotel. Minimum transfer time approx. 10 minutes, maximum transfer time approximately 30 minutes.
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. Although 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.
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Addicted to the Liveaboard Experience!
"Will and I have just returned from our week on the Emperor Elite and wanted to let you know what an excellent time we had!
First of all, we are now (as expected) addicted to the Liveaboard experience! I think that's partly down to the concept but we were also blown away by the service from both Regaldive and the Emperor Elite team.
From start to finish we received excellent service from Regaldive and felt very much in safe hands when we were out there. The process of booking was also fabulous, all thanks to you and your colleagues! You were helpful and knowledgeable and answered all of my random questions!
The service on board was fantastic, the guides were friendly, approachable and experienced and we felt in safe hands and the crew were unbelievably hard working! They were always there to help a tired diver and give them a warm drink!
We also seemed to have an upgrade to the Junior Suite which was a cheeky little surprise.
Will and I are so impressed that we are planning to go back again this year, during the warmer months, on another itinerary so we will definitely be looking to use Regaldive again.
Thank you again!
Jo and Will"
- Herts | 07 February 2018
Fantastic liveaboard holiday | Thanks to Regaldive!
"Thanks to Regaldive for booking our fantastic Liveaboard holiday in the Red Sea (South & St. John's (Marsa Ghalib Port/Marsa Ghalib Port).
Everything ran smoothly from beginning to end.
Following a good flight we were meet by the Regaldive Rep in Hurghada who made sure we were okey and put us on the transfer bus. We arrived to a warm welcome by Emperor Elite, followed by a fabulous week of diving, food and lovely company. All the Staff on board were fantastic.
We will defiantly be booking again."
Marcus & Sally
- UK | 24 November 2017
So Many Highlights - The Crew Excelled!
"It all worked like clockwork according to the high standards Emperor sets. Boat was clean, tidy, and the crew excelled, they were so full of enthusiasm.
Asmaa is a well-kept boat, with good sized cabins and space. Even though she's smaller than other Emperor boats, she didn't feel crowded.
Food was top class - the kids were amazed at what Ibrahim and Mohammed managed to conjure up in a small kitchen whilst we were in the water.
The crew couldn't do enough to ensure any requests were met. The crew were great at helping us gear up - they weren't intrusive, and were very astute at spotting opportunities to help people. A very slick team, and they all contributed at every dive.
Sadly we could not make it to St. Johns due to a military exercise shutting the area. This meant an unexpected change in the itinerary, which Safka did well to manage, and would focus on Fury Shoals.
Nice to be welcomed back as old friends, and recognised. Made some new friends with the staff and crew, which to me is half the fun of liveaboards.
It was difficult to pick one highlight. Dolphins playing on Shaab Maksour's northern plateau for 20 mins of a dive? Clouds of Anthias everywhere? Clownfish that actually want to pose for the camera? Four fried eggs for breakfast for an 18 year old? Egyptian red wine thrown in with dinner? We could debate that one for ages!"
- UK | 02 November 2017
A Really Good Week - One We Hope to Repeat Soon!
"We had a great time on Emperor Asmaa. We were looked after very well by the entire crew and the dive guides Jesse and Zizo. Some excellent dives on the reefs at St Johns and Fury Shoals,with good visibility and hard and soft corals in good condition. Some very interesting caves which was quite a new experience for our diving in the Red Sea, and extensive coral gardens.
Managed to see a whale shark - at 5m it was above us, dolphins swimming about as we dived, turtles, rays and all the usual reef fish you would expect, as well as some of the bigger stuff around the reefs. I took some footage of one of the turtles who seemed to enjoy posing for the camera - I had to keep backing away to stop him touching the lens!.
Overall a really good week in the Red Sea and one we hope to repeat soon.
- UK | 10 February 2017
The liveaboard accommodation was excellent
"Emperor Elite Liveaboard & Steigenberger Land Based Stay
I think we had a good time on the boat. I chose this area because I was interested in the wrecks although I seem to remember I was told there was a good mix of wreck and non wreck diving. I think outside of the wrecks the coral and marine life were a bit limited and Andrea who is claustrophobic wasn't able to do a number of the dives because there was no buddy who just wanted to do the outside. I missed out on a few penetrations because of this but I'm not complaining.
• The diving was well spaced through out the day for me. We only did one night dive. Some complained that they'd have preferred 4 day time dives as a lot of people skipped the night dives as they were on pretty average dive sites.
• Andrea commented that Khalil our guide was better than the other guide Jesse.
• The food was very good. We were very pleasantly surprised by the food. Every meal was something different. The deserts on NYE were spectacular. For me, the breakfast was the best meal of the day. We actually gained weight because we couldn't resist the good food!
• The staff were awesome. The chef, dining crew and boat boys were all really good.
• The transfers and ground arrangements were awesome. Couldn't improve this.
• The liveaboard accommodation was excellent. We were both very comfortable.
• The hotel was exceptional. Than you so much for booking us in to this and making sure we were all inclusive. I played 2 rounds of golf a day and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel site, the food and the atmosphere/ambience.
Some areas for improvement
• The water was very cold. On out first test dive we came out of the water after only 35 minutes and we both had severe shakes. We both stuggled to get out of our gear and needed help. The hire suits were 5mm and for us this just wasn't enough. We asked for thicker wetsuits but were told that nothing else was on board. We tried diving again and came up after 30 minutes (possibly less) and was hyperthermic. We pleaded again for another day and was told there was nothing. We tried borrowing from other guests. In the end I was really upset as I couldn't imagine doing any more dives.
I complained several times to Khalil and Jesse and after 2 days Khalil finally lent me his spare 7mm semi dry wetsuit. It was a few sizes too big but did actually keep me warm enough to start diving again. Andrea was able to borrow a spare 3mm shorty off a lady and put that on under her 5mm hire suit. I know some people were fine with 3 mm wetsuits during this trip but they were much larger and carrying a lot more of there own insulation. I think there should have been better advice and some spare kit on board. It makes no sense not to have any and the other boats I've been on in Australia and Thailand both had spare suits of different sizes.
I think we would book with you again but I'd be inclined to do my home work a bit more on where we go. The area we went was good for wrecks, not so good for coral or marine life. I know I had high expectations considering everywhere I've been people have told me the 'red sea' is better. My experience was that I'm not sure I'd ever go back or that I'd recommend it. Perhaps there are better areas to the south but again, I'd have to do a lot of research. Next time somewhere definitely warmer!!"
- UK | 23 January 2017
Our Trip was Absolutely Awesome
"All in all our trip was absolutely awesome and greater than we expected. The tranquility of being separated from email/wifi etc. We actually had to interact as a family and it has had lasting effects so far.
The positives were as follows:
1. The meals were spectacular and how they cooked beef wellington on a boat and roast turkey, plus the service was amazing.
2. The diving was out of this world, with Sonia and Momo the perfect guides and the briefings thorough and safe. The sites and flexibility was great.
3. The staff on board were brilliant and their attention to the kids' needs was incredible. Their help with the gear and constant work ethic was brilliant.
4. The boat was lovely, though did need some updating such as TVs and paintwork.
5. The group we were with was extremely social.
6. Favourite memory was diving with Hammerheads with my children, and the abundance of fish life.
7. The booking with Regaldive was exemplary and the local rep actually spoke to us too.
Areas for improvement (most of which you probably can't fix):
1. Thomas Cook airlines was terrible and for 5 hours with no entertainment services and uncomfortable seats was quite difficult to endure.
2. Hurghada airport arrivals were fine, but departures was terrible with bad attitude security staff, a 1 hour wait in the heat outside the airport because they would actually let us into the airport until 2.5 hours before the flight. The electricity wasn't working, so limited food available, only burger king. I mentioned this to a senior official at the airport saying that if they wanted more tourists they had to significantly improve their staff and processes, to which he agreed but said he couldn't do anything about it.
3. The boat did need some work in some areas, especially the cabins need fixing up a bit as it was a bit run down.
Yet I don't want the above to detract from what was a near perfect holiday."
- UK | 23 January 2017
Good Holiday - I Felt Safe at all Times (even with the Sharks!)
"Thanks for your part in organising my trip and making it go seamlessly. It's just a shame things are quiet for the industry in Egypt. If we don't use it we'll lose it, so I'll spread the word that I had a good holiday and felt safe at all times (even with the sharks!).
The trip was everything I expected, as I had been to this location twice before. The transfers and ground arrangements were very efficient andstraight forward. The only issue was on the return journey to the airport where insufficient extra time was factored in to accommodate a guest's request to be taken to another hotel before folks were dropped at the airport. Meant one of the guest being really stressed attempting to catch their flight (German guest) leaving them only 1 hour to get through check-in and security. Some of the rest of us declined to go to the day hotel as a result, as we did not want to be left with insufficient time for our flights.
The boat was very comfortable. It was tricky to get shade from the sun on deck when the boat was full. The Hotel last evening was very comfortable and food was good. The food was good and plenty to eat, so never felt hungry. The boat was kept very clean in both cabins and shared areas.
The dive sites and itinerary were fine. Highlights being the last dive at Elphinstone (my best shark dive ever, first time in the water with oceanics) and snorkelling with the dolphins at dolphin reef. The guide (Anke) did her best to accommodate personal preferences, mine being drop offs and just hanging with the fishes, so I got some of these along the way which was great.
All crew were very helpful and friendly throughout the week, worked hard to make our holiday as good as possible. Favourite memories from the holiday were the oceanics and the nice group of people on board including staff and good mix of guests. Very happy with Regaldive’s services, have been with you many times before."
FD (this guest has requested to remain anonymous)
- UK | 20 January 2017
An Excellent Dive Holiday!
"An excellent dive holiday – My first liveaboard was more ‘hard core’ than expected but still a good experience. The Asmaa was good for the job – some minor repairs were needed in the cabin which was a bit tired.
Food was superb. Good variety of sites, the itinerary was discussed along the way, so everyone was kept happy. Excellent liveaboard Staff and Crew from Guides to deckhands.
Apart from the diving, a favourite memory was the hot drinks as we got out of the water. Nigel at Regaldive was excellent with good advice and considerable patience.
The one thing I hated was the lack of leg room on Thomas Cook Airlines – I would do my utmost to avoid them in future. Five hours with your knees up by your ears is no joke.
I would book with Regal again."
- UK | 20 January 2017
Emporer Asmaa - Fantastic!
"My first liveaboard - A bit optimistic at first, after years of day boat diving, but definately hooked, diving was fantastic, food was fantastic, boat crew were fantastic, dive guides were fantastic, Thank you Emporer for such a wonderful diving experience onboard the Asmaa - Can definately recommend and already looking to book again onboard the Asmaa.
- South and St Johns, Red Sea | 28 October 2016
The Trip was Everything We Expected
"Everything was really good. I found the dive guides excellent. They had all the admin and organisation under control. Best memory was the hammerhead sharks on Daedalus.
I would like to thank you for your management of our booking. I always felt supported and had no hesitations in contacting you at any stage because i knew whatever i wanted would be confirmed or sorted out.
Many thanks and i look forward to diving with you again.
- UK | 18 October 2016
Excellent Two Week Holiday!
"I had an excellent two week holiday on Emperor Elite where I was welcomed back by crew and guides like one of the family (OK it’s my 4th 2 week trip on her, but even so !). I was even visited and welcomed back by one of the guides from Asmaa who I had also dived with previously and who had heard that I was back.
My only problem was that I had to stop diving for a couple of days in the first week due to ear problems, having developed a bit of a cold, but Sonia the guide did everything she could to help me get clear quickly and I was back in by the end of the week and did all the dives I wanted in week 2.
The private taxi transfer on arrival was definitely a plus to get down more promptly than waiting for the general transfer. Although I didn’t object at that time of night, it is probably worth noting that the majority of the journey was undertaken at well over the speed limit. Much of the extra time gained this way was however lost on arrival at Ghalib as the (Hurghada based) driver had no idea where to drop me – I had more idea of the whereabouts of the boat than he, but couldn’t initially convince him that it was a boat I was going to, rather than a hotel! I’m not sure what would have happened with someone who hadn’t been before. After repeated rejections of hotels by me, eventually after numerous phone calls we got to the mooring area to find that Elite was fuelling and I was “rescued” by the crew in the RIB.
Elite was as ever fantastic, guides crew, accommodation food, everything ! I really was made to feel special with everyone being so pleasant and helpful, with nothing being to much bother and I was very sad to have to leave at the end of the holiday. Though I am a repeat guest, I got the impression that the same attention was applied to all the guests.
Itineraries were excellent, though as already mentioned I personally missed out on Daedalus in the first week. Having been going South since 2000, I am still being surprised on “South & St Johns” with new sites that I haven’t previously done with an excellent mix of great sites being arranged. The pre-flight hotel in Hurghada was fine, though I didn’t see much of it, other than the room, because I just slept!
Favourite memory was probably the all round friendliness shown by everyone on Elite.
All arrangements were excellent and the luggage allowance worked out fine - slightly over the top – but better that than finding that I was over the paid-for allowance and being charged excess."
- UK | 26 September 2016
Best Diving Holiday Ever!
"Firstly I would like to start with a massive thank you to you all for the best diving holiday ever! I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of my trip on the Emperor Elite last week. From the diving through to the food finishing with the boat, it was all amazing!
I can't say a big enough thank you to the crew - Alaa, Mustafa, Hassan,Mohamed, Ibrahin, Alaa, Ahmed, Yasser, Saeed , dive guides - Ahmed & Momo and the Captain - Mahmond Hassan for making it a pleasure to dive each and everyday - they made the week run so smoothly - from the start they made it feel like home.
It was my first time in Egypt and my first time on a liveaboard and I won't be hesitating to come back next year for another week on the Elite! Everyone should try it!
After the diving experience I have had I would be very interested in completing my DM course in Egypt with you.
Once again thank you!"
- UK | 14 July 2016
Fantastic Trip with Great Diving
"We had a fantastic trip on Superior's Simply the Best itinerary and are sad to be home after some great diving. The boat was excellent, the staff and crew were great and the food amazing.
Your rep was very helpful at the airport and also on transfer to the hotel, he gave me a happy form but I forgot to leave it with the hotel reception but I gave you all a massive ‘thumbs up’ for a splendid trip and I would like to say thanks to him again. We would definitely book with you again."
- UK | 16 June 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
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
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
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
Our trip on the Pearl
"We had such a good trip on the Pearl! The guides were fantastic and the other people really were very nice. The weather was a bit dodgy but did not matter as the dive sites were a lot quieter, just a bit chilly! "
- UK | 19 January 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
Sharm diving and the Mexicana Hotel - Fantastic Trip!
"This was originally meant to be a shore-based diving holiday in Dahab, Egypt but was re-sited to Sharm El Sheikh when the Foreign Office advised that certain parts of Sinai were too dangerous to visit due to recent unrest in such areas. Any disappointments that might have been initially felt by the rescheduling of this trip were quickly dispelled as soon as we set off. We were only a small party but this encouraged a very rapid camaraderie that was sustained throughout the entirety of our adventure.
The hotel - the Mexicana Sharm Resort - was really very nice and proved that Trip Advisor commentators cannot necessarily be relied upon for objective summaries of facilities. The rooms were spacious with private patios overlooking one of two pools and the staff were friendly and helpful. Decent shops and restaurants were within walking distance and the bright lights and night life of Namma Bay itself was a ten minute taxi ride away.
We were diving with Emperor Divers and their staff couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. Our kit was loaded into the boat for us and we felt reassured that our safety, comfort and enjoyment was their highest priority. They collected and returned us every day. The boat - The Emperor Markus - was crewed by the most amenable staff. They couldn't do enough to help us (with kit and entering/exiting the water in particular) but the chief highlight had to be the daily cake, home-made, on board, daily, baked by the lovely chef. The lunch was always tasty, varied and plentiful and drinks were unlimited.
We were a mixed group of divers - in terms of experience and motive for coming on the trip - but this, yet again, had no impact on the extent to which we all enjoyed it and fulfilled our personal goals. Emperor Divers planned sites and dives for us that enabled everyone to dive to their level of experience and achieve their certifications. We spent two days diving locally in Namma Bay, one day at Tiran Island and two days at Ras Mohammed National Park. The conditions were spectacular. The temperature peaked to the low thirties on most days and the sea temperature averaged 23 Degrees.
The variety of dive sites meant that we were able to see and photograph a diverse variety of fish and plant life as well as experience a range of sea conditions - from tranquil drifts to quite brisk swells on one morning only. On the final day we were privileged to see a school of dolphins swim past the boat. No-one made it to their cameras fast enough to capture them in anything other than our memories because we were momentarily struck by the profundity of the moment. They weren't hanging around either. We blinked and they were gone. However we did manage between us over the course of the week to take hundreds of still and moving images of Napoleon Fish, Moray Eels, Barracudas, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Puffer Fish, Turtles, Lion Fish and that amazing Spanish Dancer spotted on the final dive - a night dive at Shark Bay - of the week. There were so many more than just these however. There isn't enough space here to list them all!
This was a fantastic trip!"
- UK | 06 May 2014
Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz Resort
Nice Time in Sharm!
"We had a nice time at the Fayrouz. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room was nice, and the hotel has an absolutely perfect location - close enough to Naama Bay to allow easy access, but not so close as to be loud or obnoxious or unpleasant. There are tonnes of restaurants within walking distance, too. Our room had a huge, very comfy bed.
We thought to mention just a few downsides. We had a great time, but these things kept it from being a 10/10:
-We travelled in March, and it seemed that most of the restaurants at the hotel were closed. This isn't a big deal, because of the proximity of other places to go.
-What food we did have at the hotel was only so-so. 'international' night was okay, but overpriced relative to going off-site. The burgers and mezze selection at the Pirate Bar were forgettable.
-It rained heavily one day. This obviously isn't the hotel's fault. But what is the hotel's responsibility is the fact that it is so poorly equipped to deal with rain. Our ceiling gushed water into the room - luckily only in the bathroom, but still enough to soak our toiletries. We had to change room to a less nice room, and they tried to make this seem like it was A Big Favour, rather than something they obviously needed to do for us. In addition, all of the footpaths flooded, making it hard and potentially dangerous to walk around. It seemed to play havoc with the electricity, too. There was no wet-weather entertainment on offer.
-Some stuff is broken - half of the cardio equipment in the gym didn't work right, and a few of the sun loungers. Not a big deal, given how empty it was but it's a minor annoyance."
Marty and Natasha
- London | 18 March 2014
Falcon Naama Star
Naama Star - Great Divers' Hotel
"Good hotel for the weary diver. Comfortable, clean, close to Emperor Divers (5mins walk) and centre of Naama Bay (10mins max) and staff very friendly. Only stayed B&B but breakfast provided a good choice to start the day. Second time I have stayed and would happily go back when next in Sharm diving."
- Scotland | 04 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
M/Y King Snefro 5
Feedback - Snefro 5 Mini Safari
"Good morning Clare / Simon,
Just a quick note to say “thank you” for all your assistance in organising the liveaboard.
The boat “King Snefro 5” was great. The crew were fantastic and treated us like royalty, nothing was too much with help and assistance offered at every turn with a smile. The food was amazing and compliments to the chef on the variety and quality.
One point only, you were advised that Charles doesn’t eat meat and although there was fish at lunch time no meat alternative was available for the evening meal. However, this is the only issue we experienced on what was overall a gold star experience.
It was our first liveaboard and we will definitely go again. Please pass on our comments to Emperor and the crew.
- UK | 20 November 2012
Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm trip - Deep Blue Scuba
Just a quick note to let you know our trip to Sharm went really well and everyone had a great time.
We where all impressed with the service Regaldive and Emperor Divers provided.
What are you prices for a similar trip in November?
10 October 2012
Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz Resort
We really enjoyed our holiday we booked with you.
From the time we arrived at the airport the service we got was excellent. Our visas were sorted out quickly, we weren't kept waiting around and the transfer went smoothly.
The Hilton Dreams hotel was great value and the room was ideal for us, as it was on the ground floor. We'd also like to pass on our thanks to your rep in Sharm, Lisa.
Lisa arranged for us to return early after a death in the family. She was great and kept in touch throughout to make sure we got back. Paul helped in arranging the flights. This reflected really well on your company and I would definitely choose Regaldive again.
Please tell them we are very grateful and my wife has made it to Ireland so can attend the funeral - all thanks to them.We will be recommending your company to all our friends.
Bob & Eileen Keeble"
10 October 2012
Sharm El Sheikh
Feedback and thanks
Just wanted to write to say thank you for two reasons.
The initial reason was the holiday to Sharm was great, excellent diving but mostly great service from your local
rep from being picked up at the airport to arriving at the hotel.
We were then stuck due to the volcanic eruptions, and should have returned on Sat 17th, instead we got home last night (22nd April). Lisa, your local Regaldive rep was 100% excellent. She kept us informed at all times, we were put up in a very nice hotel and all expenses covered. She e-mailed, texted or phoned us everyday, sometimes 3 or 4 times a day to keep us up to speed. Even on our eventual departure we were treated really well, with a private pick up and then supported at the airport.
WELL DONE. It really has made us appreciate going with you, when we met other divers, travelling independently who were stranded.
We will definitely be travelling with Regaldive in the future. So thank you for everything and please pass on our
special thanks to Lisa.
The Nolan Family"
10 October 2012
Sharm El Sheikh
Perfect Regaldive Booking - Great Hotel and Diving
"Just wanted to say thanks for a fabulous week. Hopefully, I will be in touch soon to book another diving trip. Everything was perfect with both the hotel and with Emperor Divers - all first class. Thanks again!
| 10 October 2012
Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz Resort
Fantastic Holiday at Hilton Fayrouz!
"I had a fantastic holiday, I couldn’t fault anything. I was very pleased with the Rep, very attentive. In fact we’ve never received this kind of service from a resort Rep - I can’t speak highly enough of Amr. No complaints with the hotel, I was very happy. I was also happy with Regaldive's service and the arrangements, everything went very smoothly."
| 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