About Scuba Diving Hurghada
Scuba Diving Hurghada can be done all year round in this beautiful desert city known as the Red Sea Riviera. It is a world famous hot spot for diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing and to enjoy desert adventures. The many levels of diving offered in the immediate area make this a great place to start with your scuba lessons.
The city is known for its small bright cafes that serve strong coffee and shisha – a hookah for smoking molasses. If you are not a scuba diver you can still enjoy the reefs by going on an excursion in a bottom-glass boat or by snorkeling just from the beach. On many of the glass boats you can also enjoy lunch.
Scuba diving Hurghada, a wonderful experience
Many of the diving areas in Hurghada area are only accessible by boat and require a cost of passage. Some hotels may pay for this for you as part of a holiday package. The waters in this area tend to be a bit rougher and many of the sites, such as Umm Gammar and Shab El Urg are best suited to more experienced divers as there can be a great deal of navigating between narrow cracks and passages.
Some dive sites, such as the Careless Reef are not accessible at all on certain days due to weather and ocean currents. It is best to consult a local dive shop and be accompanied by accredited instructors when you go to a dive site that is deep for its rough entries and exits.
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When is the best time to go scuba diving Hurghada?
Scuba diving in Hurghada can be done all year round in this beautiful desert resort which is hottest from August to October with a water temperature of 27 degrees and coolest in February with a low water temperature of twenty degrees.
Things to remember are - It is very windy in March and that makes some of the deep sea spots, such as Careless Reef too turbulent to visit. March is also not a good time to go if swimming with dolphins is on your agenda. If you love hammerhead sharks then make sure you make it to Careless Reef in the early morning where you will be able to see huge schools of them.
Must see Hurghada scuba dive sites:
There are numerous wonderful scuba diving sites in the area of Hurghada including:
- Shab El Urg – Located in the northernmost limit of the waters there is a horseshoe shaped reef that is the home of a group of dolphins that willingly play with divers.
- Gota Shab El Urg – This is a secret spot near Shab El Urg that is the home of blue spotted rays and moray eels.
- Shab Abu Nurgar – This is a remote spot near Shab El Urg that is rarely visited by tourists and boasts parrot fish and unicorn fish.
- Umm Gammar – The waters surrounding this island off the coast of the city are surrounded with shallow plateaus, coral shoals and underwater caves with spectacular views of fish and coral, however navigating this wilder diving spot is best left to the more experienced diver.
- Careless Reef – This reef is only reachable when the weather and water currents are gentler. The appeal of Careless Reef is the acres of pastel living corals as well as an abundance of white tip reef sharks, hammerhead shark and big schools of Grouper.
- Umm Dumm – This is a steep beach on the coast also known as Stony Beach. Divers can descend down the slope and encounter walls of vivid lettuce leaf coral and sharks.
Marine Life found when scuba diving in Hurghada:
- Parrot Fish
- Unicorn Fish
- White Tip Reef Sharks
- Hammerhead Sharks
- Moray eels
- Blue spotted Rays
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How to Get to Hurghada?
You can fly with Egypt Air directly into Alexandria or Cairo Airport and then take a bus into to Hurghada.
Other tips for getting to Hurghada are:
Check the schedule and pricing of the East Delta Bus Company which makes stops all along its route on the Red Sea coast. You can take an express bus from the Cairo railway station directly to Hurghada. You can find flights directly into Hurghada Airport on some airlines that fly out of Europe and the Middle East. However most land in Cairo and require you to take some other form of transportation to the coast. Some luxury hotels in Cairo and Hurghada can offer you shuttle buses to the Red Sea coast.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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