The Red Sea is a constant in the top spot on the list of most diver’s favourite destinations. Consistent warm, clear waters year-round, a fantastic range of dive sites, and superb corals and marine life make Egypt one of the most popular dive destinations worldwide… But the Red Sea also offers plenty of other tempting dive spots: Jordan, Sudan, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia to name a few, just waiting to be discovered by you.
Read on for some of our highly recommended dive destinations and enjoy your next dive travel adventure taking in the underwater magic of the Red Sea…
Aqaba Adventure Divers – Aqaba, Jordan
Our Resort has something for everyone! Whether you’re an experienced diver, a beginner looking for adventure or just in need of some relaxation, bring the whole family and enjoy the fun and friendly atmosphere.
Aqaba Adventure Divers rests on a quiet hillside and provides a magnificent view over Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia surrounding the Red Sea, Spend the morning exploring one of the many beautiful sites of the Aqaba marine park guided by a member of our experienced dive team.
In the afternoon, after enjoying some lunch, take some time out and relax around the pool, or challenge our team to a game of pool. Then as the evening draws in, order a coffee or Hubble bubble (water pipe) while watching the breathtaking views of the Red Sea sunset. Don’t want to go home? No problem, stay the night in one of our 15 poolside rooms where you can get a good night’s sleep before starting it all again tomorrow!
There are many things that make Aqaba the best place to go diving in the Red Sea. The diving along the shores of Aqaba, South Beach, is as good as you can find it anywhere in the Red Sea; there are extensive efforts into coral preservation and restriction on fishing which helps to assure that divers will meet lots of fish, crustaceans, octopus, turtles and everything you wish to see. The local dive centers are very active in clean up dives and often the guests participate, this shows the involvement of both the local dive industry and the guests.
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Roots Red Sea – El Quseir, Red Sea, Egypt
Roots Red Sea is a small friendly resort aimed at scuba divers, snorkelers and those who want a quiet, peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. Roots Red Sea is managed by British owned and run Pharaoh Dive Club who have an unsurpassed reputation for friendly helpful staff delivering great personal service.
Owners Steve and Clare have vast experience of the Red Sea having been working in the region for over 30 years. Their simple mantra is to deliver the holiday the guest wants and treat everyone the way they would like to be treated themselves; it is certainly a winning formula. There is a distinct no problem attitude and nothing is too much trouble for the team.
El Quseir has the reputation of providing the very best shore based diving in the Egyptian Red Sea. Diving all around El Quseir is extremely varied with a myriad of pristine coral gardens, challenging wall dives, offshore ergs, sea grass meadows and extensive cavern systems.
Whether its Learn to Dive in the Red Sea, shore diving, boat diving, camel safari diving, cavern diving, technical diving, rebreather diving, wreck diving safaris, unlimited house reef diving, or any other diving activity in the Red Sea, look no further. Pharaoh Dive Club at Roots Red Sea is the ideal location
There is something for every diver with options for shore diving, zodiac diving or hard boat diving. Further afield there are even opportunities to take excursions to visit world renowned sites such as Elphinstone and the Salem Express.
Roots Red Sea is offering Scubaverse readers a special bonus when they book a package for travel any time in 2022. Simply quote ref ‘DAVE SAID’ to receive a 50% discount on any course taken during your stay at Roots.
The Scuba Place (and MV Big Blue) – Hurghada, Egypt
Big Blue is the brand new, standard-setting Red Sea Safari vessel sailing in and out of Hurghada and Port Ghalib on Southern itineraries. Huge cabins, huge dive decks, huge dive platform and of course, a real focus on delivering the very best diving. British owned and operated means excellent standards, particularly when it comes to safety, food and service.
Nitrox is included for all charters, and Big Blue can cater for recreational, technical and rebreather divers.
A maximum of 24 passengers means there is space in abundance – even for sidemount, twin-set and CCR divers.
Itineraries include the favorites such as Northern Wrecks and Reefs, Brothers and the North, Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone and the Deep South, and then there is the exclusive 3 Wars Wreck Safari, diving 17 wrecks in one week, and venturing up into the Northern Suez. Bolt on Ras Mohammed and Tiran too on our Northern Safaris – they really pack a punch! Custom built itineraries are standard for full charters too – you tell us where you want to go, and we deliver!
FREE NITROX on all full charters comes as standard!
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Emperor Divers – Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Emperor Divers offers the best and most convenient location for diving in Marsa Alam.
Located directly on the Port Ghalib marina jetty, we provide the finest service in the Marsa Alam area with a range of trips from shallow wrecks and bays to world-class Elphinstone.
Our fleet of day boats are moored right on the marina and we provide complimentary transfers from a number of hotels in the area. So, because of our perfect location, you can enjoy easy diving from your first day in a venue which is great for both learners and experienced divers.
Emperor’s standard boat diving includes two dives per day with guide, tanks and weights, and the sites we will take you to offer excellent corals, great visibility and a chance to see sharks, dugong, turtles and dolphins.
Marsa Alam is one of three Red Sea destinations we offer, with dive sites and a fleet of boats also based in Sharm el Sheikh.
We regularly update our website with special offers so visit www.emperordivers.com to see what is available or sign up for our newsletter to get exclusive deals. You can also call us on +44 (0) 161 504 2822 where you will be given the personal touch to help you plan and book your perfect Emperor Divers holiday.
Camel Dive Club & Hotel – Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
The One Stop base for your perfect diving holiday in the Red Sea.
Camel Dive Club & Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh is a PADI five-star Instructor Development Dive Resort located in the heart of Na’ama Bay, just five minutes’ walk from the jetty from where dive trips depart.
Spend your days diving, snorkeling with our team of PADI professionals, and relaxing on our custom-built dive boats. Return to dine in our Italian inspired restaurant, enjoy our evening divers’ gatherings, and watch the stars from our rooftop bar. Retire in the comfort of our boutique hotel, wake refreshed and ready to do it all again.
We run daily boat trips to Tiran, Ras Mohammed, wreck excursions like Thistlegorm, Dunraven and Million Hope, as well as night dives and shore dives from the house reef. We offer a complete range of PADI diving lessons.
Here we have everything under one roof for your perfect Red Sea diving holiday.
Dive & Stay Special Offer
Dive back into the holiday scene!
- 7 nights at Camel Hotel, including breakfasts
- 5 days guided diving (two boat dives a day, tanks and weights)
- Free nitrox (two 12lt tanks per day, 32%)
- Airport transfers
556 Euro per person sharing a double room.
764 Euro in a single room.
Valid for bookings until 30 June 2022. Limited availability. Contact us at email@example.com mentioning the promo code ‘SCUBAV22’ to get a special price.
Top Five Snorkeling Sites in Sharm El Sheikh
One of the best things about Sharm el Sheikh is that not only is it a short flight from Europe and the UK, it also boasts some of the best marine life in the world combined with 30 metre plus visibility. Sharm is already well known for top-class diving and year-round sunshine but there is also a plethora of sites that are ideal for snorkeling…
Al-Haddad Scuba – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Al-Haddad Scuba is the leading scuba diving company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and offers the ultimate experience for all levels of diver. We are an SSI Instructor training center and offer a wide range of courses from Open Water to Instructor level, including specialties such as Deep, Wreck, Boat, Shark, Night, and many more.
We offer a professional and safe experience for all our divers. Our facility and its staff have trained and guided more than 5,000 divers in the past 11 years and your enjoyment and safety while you are with us are our top priority.
We are the only boat trip provider offering daily trips in Jeddah, where you can discover amazing dive sites such as Coral Garden, Sea Pools (AKA Jeddah Maldives), Nemo Garden, Giant Garden, and multiple wrecks. We also offer shore diving day or night, and dive trips to Rabigh, a small town nearby with beautiful untouched reefs and amazing corals that are teeming with marine life. And with other activities such as snorkeling, water skiing and sightseeing, you will always get the best experience with Al-Haddad Scuba.
Scubaverse exclusive boat trip is 370 SAR (99 USD) instead of 440 SAR (117 USD).
How Scuba Diving can help you overcome physical and mental challenges
This International Disabilities Day (December 3 2022) PADI is reminding the world of the healing aspects that the ocean (or any body of water) can provide us all and how important of a modality it is for helping those with physical or mental challenges improve their wellbeing. From simply being within close proximity of it or diving beneath the salty surface for an underwater adventure, the ocean is also healing.
Regardless of your age, ability, or even limitations, the ocean can benefit us physically, emotionally and even spiritually. This is why PADI is on a mission to make those benefits accessible to all, launching their Adaptive Techniques Diving Course in the hopes that all of humanity can experience the full transformational power the ocean offers us.
While many are more familiar with traditional therapies, whether it be diving, mermaiding or freediving, people around the world have been forever changed by connecting with the water – conquering mental or physical perceived limitations.
There are an estimated one billion people on the planet that have a physical and/or mental disability – imagine the power that diving and immersion can have on this population if awarded the opportunity.
PADI’s history is replete with people whose lives have been transformed by connecting with the water because they were able to experience and explore the underwater world through PADI programme and certifications. PADI’s approach to diver education has always been inclusive and is a key pillar to their Pillars of Change. Everyone who meets prerequisites is welcome to join the global community of 29 million+ certified PADI Divers.
PADI created two courses that focus on increasing awareness of varying diver abilities and exploring adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers: the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course.
These courses further expand Instructors’ and Divemasters’ abilities to be student-centered and prescriptive in approach when adapting techniques to meet diver needs. Here are the various ways PADI helps those with disabilities overcome all their challenges by connecting them with water:
1. Improved Muscular Movement, Light Sensitivity and PTSD Symptoms
A 2011 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found, “veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.”
2. Lifts Your Mental State and Mood
Did you know that the ocean air can literally lift your mood? “The sound and vision of the ocean lift our mood,” says consultant psychiatrist Dr Arghya Sarkhel. “The touch of sand and the smell of a seaside breeze leads to relaxation. On a biological level, this audio-visual stimulus incites our parasympathetic nervous system—that activates ‘rest and digest’, as opposed to ‘fight or flight’,” he says. Now scientists are quantifying the positive cognitive and physical effects of water and the improved sense of physical health and well-being.
Equally diving into the therapeutic benefits that diving can provide is Jeffery Puncher, Director for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottowa. He is currently developing a virtual reality diving programme to help his patients find relief from stress and anxiety–using calming scenes of coral reefs and the swaying seas along with the soothing sounds of bubbles beneath the surface. This programme is currently being used with medical students, residents and faculty, with the goal of growing it to be adopted nationwide to help also support the psychological health of first responders.
3. Provides You with a Sense of Peace
Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, has done extensive research on the ocean’s unique ability to induce a state of what he calls the “Blue Mind” in human beings. Blue Mind is a mildly meditative state characterized by calmness, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. Nichols states that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and heal us on a deep level.
4. Enhanced Physical Movement
Being in the water allows you the opportunity to experience a feeling of flexibility and freedom that those with disabilities would rarely get to experience on land. This is because on land the muscles become restricted by the force of gravity. But in the water, that sensation drifts away and is replaced by the freedom to feel the freedom of movement.
5. Confidence and Control
The freedom of enhanced physical movement in the water also provides a sense of increased confidence and control. They can explore beneath the surface just like able-bodied people can do, which equally increases their own self-belief and feelings of empowerment.
6. Anxiety Relief
Those with disabilities who equally suffer from anxiety can find tranquility beneath the surface. By having to focus on your breath and being in the moment, all of the mental stress that can come with having a disability is no longer top of mind and instead allows for an escape in which you can truly enjoy the moment.
Find out more at www.padi.com
Scubapro Winter Promo: free gift!
Divers can look forward to the cold-water season this winter, as SCUBAPRO is offering a free K2 Light undersuit set (top & pants) to all scuba enthusiasts who purchase an EVERDRY 4.0 neoprene dry suit by 15 January.
The EVERDRY 4.0 is a high-quality dry suit made from compressed neoprene. It combines the slim fit, comfort and flexibility of a wetsuit with the warmth and tightness of a dry suit.
The K2 Light Set is the ideal undergarment for neoprene dry suits. Its light grid plush material reliably holds the warmth where you need it in cold waters. The Everdry’s elastic wrist loops and heel strap suspenders keep sleeves and pants in place under the suit. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.
A combination that turns your cold-water lake into a hotspot!
For more information visit the Scubapro website.
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