5 Stars

All year round

4.5 Hours

Beginner, All

From £870

Shams Alam Beach Resort

Shams Alam Beach Resort is a seafront resort, part of the Wadi El Gimal Natural Park where you can experience a beautiful long sandy beach, crystal clear waters, untouched nature and tranquillity, some of the most virgin reefs for diving and personalised fine service.

The resort has 160 guest rooms, all beach front located in two story complexes. All rooms have either a balcony or terrace offering magnificent views over the Red Sea. For those travelling with families, connected rooms are available as well as handicap equipped rooms for those that need easy access to the rooms due to medical reasons.

Shams Alam Beach Resort offers an indoor and outdoor restaurant with international, Italian and local cuisine as well as bars in different locations such as the pool, the beach or in other public areas. The resort also organises different theme food nights throughout the week and after a hard day’s diving you can choose to enjoy a lovely cocktail whilst listening to the sounds of the sea.

The resort’s dive centre is located directly on the beach next to the resort’s own marina. The dive centre has a spacious dry-room with lockable boxes and two freshwater pools available where you can clean and store your equipment. You are welcome to take your own lock with you or you can buy one at the shop counter. The large and cosy terrace invites you to relax and drink a deco beer or refreshing soft drink after diving and it let your dive day smoothly fade away.

Board Basis

All inclusive With daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and selection of drinks
Package Price From £870 for 7 nights on all inclusive board basis, flights and airport transfers
Diving £310 for 5 days diving with 2 dives a day
Superior Room

Superior Room

The Superior rooms are located to the north part of the resort directly at the sea front offering beautiful garden and sea views. These rooms offer a modern feel as they have been redecorated to offer a little more comfort.

  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini Fridge
  • T.V.
  • Balcony
  • Telephone
  • Table & Chairs
  • Safe
Standard Room

Standard Room

The Standard rooms are located to the south part of the resort directly at the sea front offering beautiful garden and sea views.

  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini Fridge
  • T.V.
  • Balcony
  • Telephone
  • Table & Chairs
  • Safe

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Wadi Gimal Diving Center

Shams Alam

The Wadi Gimal Dive Centre is located directly on the beach of the Shams Alam Hotel, next to the hotel’s own marina. The house reef is located directly at the hotel’s beach and it is divided into different parts through three sandy bays where you can easily enter and exit for swimming and snorkelling.

The north part of the reef is shallow and is just used for snorkelling, but not less interesting as there are lots of shallow lagoons and overhanging parts provide a home to lots of species and shelters for their nurseries in different seasons.

For diving there are 6 different house reef dives, 2 of them start with an easy and relaxed entrance right off the marina from the diver’s platform. The other 4 sites need a short ride by Zodiac. On these unique reefs, you can enjoy great dives with your buddy, or, if needed, with one of the local guides. The house reefs are a perfect environment to conduct the PADI Bubble Maker and Discover Scuba Program, as well as confined and Open Water training dives for several PADI courses we offer.

At the private marina right in front of the Dive Centre you can find the centre’s own fleet of dive boats which are the only daily diving boats operating inside the Wadi Gimal National Park by a friendly and skilled crew that are prepared to help you at any time.

There is a spacious dry room with lockable boxes and two freshwater pools available where you can clean and store your equipment. You are welcome to bring your own lock with you or you can buy one at the diving centre. Of course the large and cosy terrace invites you to relax and drink a deco beer or cola after diving and it let your dive day fade out.

Diving Courses:

All course calculations are based on House Reef diving. For courses on board of a boat will be taken an extra charge of 35 € per day.

All courses mentioned does not include required training materials and certification fees.

Certification fees 50€, books depending on the course you are taking 35/45€.

Student manual for SD, OWD, AOWD and Rescue + certification fee 75 €

Equipment Rental:

The equipment rental prices listed above are per person and will be paid directly by you at the dive counter.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you're short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

PADI Scuba Review

Refresh your scuba diving skills and knowledge. Go over important dive safety concepts.

You’ll go over important dive safety concepts, dive planning essentials and problem management. Your PADI Professional will have you practice putting your gear together and doing a pre-dive safety check with your buddy. In the water, you’ll review all the basic scuba skills with a focus on good buoyancy control.

PADI Open Water Diver

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

PADI Scuba Diver to Open Water Upgrade

This program will allow you to dive to depths of 18 metres and achieve the most popular dive program in the world!

From the beginning to end of the course, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including areas such as dive equipment and techniques that will give you the confidence and skill to become a responsible diver.

PADI Open Water Referral

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

From the beginning to end of the course, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including areas such as dive equipment and techniques that will give you the confidence and skill to become a responsible diver.

You attain this rating by completing five pool dives and a number of knowledge development sessions with a final exam (which is not rocket science its just diving) and by completing four open water dives.

PADI Adventure Diver

After your Open Water course, why not start a PADI Adventure Diver course and complete some 'Adventure Dives'? You can also take part in just 1 or 2 Adventure Dives if you prefer and these will also count towards the Advanced certification.

To become a certified PADI Adventure Diver you will need to have achieved 3 Adventure Dives with a PADI certified Instructor. These can be completed in as little as 1 day.

A choice of 3 dives of your choice out of a long list of possibilities with an Instructor

PADI Bubblemaker

Experience scuba diving under the direct supervision of a PADI Pro. Take your first breaths underwater in water shallower than 2 metres/6ft. For children who are at least 8 years old.

Bubble makers get a chance to:

PADI Rescue Diver

Become a Rescue Diver. A great level to be. You will have the skills to aid your fellow divers in an emergency.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

PADI Night Diver

The underwater world changes as day creatures retire & nocturnal organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, enrol in the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

PADI Deep Diver

Explore deeper dive sites with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130ft. Learn to manage your gas supply, go over buddy contact procedures, and buoyancy control.

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

PADI Drift Diver

Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating. The course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along.

Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

PADI Underwater Naturalist

Get a better understanding about the local ecosystem and the differences between terrestrial and aquatic worlds. See new things, even in the most familiar dive sites.

Through class discussions and on two scuba dives, you’ll learn:

PADI Boat Diver

This course helps you expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboard. You'll gain experience scuba diving by completing two dives from a boat.

The PADI Boat Diver course will expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboard. You’ll gain experience scuba diving by completing two dives from a boat in your local area and learn :

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy

Observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. Improve the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevate them to the next level.

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to:

PADI Search and Recovery Diver

Retrieve lost items that have fallen overboard or over a dock. Learn effective swimming patterns and using a lift bag for heavy objects.

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

PADI Divemaster

Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world.

The PADI Dive master course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include: