Sharm El Sheikh

A fantastic year round diving destination suitable for all types of diver.

One of the most beautiful parts of the Red Sea for diving, relaxing and exploring. This year round diving destination is an ideal spot for a quick get away!

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Sharm El Sheikh Diving Holidays - Diving Information

Sharm El Sheikh Diving Holidays - Diving Information

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Friday, 06 December 2013

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A fantastic year round diving destination suitable for all types of diver.

Sharm-El-Sheikh now a fully developed holiday resort is quite busy for most of the year. Divers are a plenty and in the last few years many holiday makers have descended upon the resort creating a much more commercialised atmosphere. The resort has all the mod cons expected and literally hundreds of shops, restaurants and not forgetting the traditional bazaars. Diving in Sharm is plentiful with Ras Mohammed National Park only an hour sail away. This park poses some encapsulating diving including a great dive Shark to Yolanda, the Yolanda being a cargo ship that shed its load of toilets at it sank in less than 18 metres of water. The park has huge drop offs to more than 1km deep which are generally drift dived at each divers safe depth limit, allowing all levels of diver to enjoy the sites.

There are all the recognised named hotels in and around the resort plus a few kilometres further along the coast. The hotels further along situate themselves upon house reefs great for snorkelling. The town is easily accessible from the hotels in the further away places such Ras Um Sid and the Hyatt Regency.

There are also wrecks to be seen from this port. The Thistlegorm is a day trip albeit an early start and sometimes a bumpy ride to get to its worth it. Lying in 30 metres of water and still well intact this 120 metre cargo ship covered with flora and fauna is a world class dive. The best wreck diving in Egypt will be achieved through a liveaboard holiday.

Keen shoppers will find a find variety of goods in the old market and Sharm El-Sheikh mall. Items found here include jewellery, leather goods, clothing, pottery and books. Naama Bay offers a more chic shopping experience at the Naama Centre where shopkeepers are less inclined to bargain, but you will also get less hassle from merchants keen to sell their produce. Here, everything from souvenirs to scarves can be found.

Between Sharm el-Sheikh and Naama Bay there is a huge selection of eateries, ranging from hotel restaurants, to fast food chains e.g. KFC. There are also local eateries and fresh fish is widely available. There is a highly multi-cultural assortment of food in the town as well ranging from Mexican, to Japanese.

If you are one to party, you will never get bored here at Sharm. Casinos, discos, pubs and bars dot the town. There are dance clubs, informal hangouts, and pubs with local favourites- the Pirates Bar, Zabadi and The Tavern Pub.

Horse and camel riding, golf, desert safaris, health treatments, and a variety of water sports are the activities on offer at Sharm el-Sheikh, alongside the obvious diving and snorkelling. The desert holds several attractions and excursions are offered to Mt Sinai and St Catherine's Monastery.

Sharm-el-Sheikh Diving Holidays - Diving Information


Diving in Sharm is plentiful with Ras Mohammed National Park only an hour sail away. This park poses some encapsulating diving including a great dive, Shark to Yolanda, the Yolanda being a cargo ship that shed its load of toilets at it sank in less than 18 metres of water. The park has huge drop offs to more than 1km deep which are generally drift dives at each divers safe depth limit, allowing all levels of divers to enjoy the site.

The Straights of Tiran are only 1 hour from Sharm and consist of 4 underwater islands dived on the south side to avoid the strong currents that exist in the area, these currents bring nutrients to the reefs so the coral is in excellent condition. These drift dives are a must when diving in Sharm. There are also about 15 dive sites located along the coast. These sites are normally dived by try divers and divers doing their check dives on day one of their holiday. They are interesting sites but due to the number of divers have suffered somewhat. A 5 day dive pack will enable you to see the varied sites Sharm has to offer.

There are also wrecks to be seen from this port. The Thistlegorm is a day trip albeit an early start and sometimes a bumpy ride to get to its worth it. Lying in 30 metres of water and still well intact this 120 metre cargo ship covered with flora and fauna is a world class dive. The best wreck diving in Egypt will be achieved through a liveaboard holiday.

Sharm El Sheikh Diving Season


In general the Red Sea climate is hot and dry year round with temperatures ranging between 22 and 30 degrees Celsius. However, from June to August the temperatures are higher and can sometimes reach 45 degrees Celsius.

The average water temperature ranges from 19 to 29 Degrees with a marked difference of 10 Degrees between the winter and the summer months.

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