Hurghada is one of the best locations in the world for scuba diving. With everything to suit divers of all abilities, including Reefs, Wrecks, Shallow Dive Sites, Deep Dive Sites (beyond 100m), Hurghada is perfect for anyone who loves to put on fins. Here are the 10 reasons you should choose Hurghada for your next diving holiday by our friends at Divers’ Lodge
1. GREAT DIVING – WHATEVER YOUR EXPERIENCE
Hurghada has a fantastic range of diving with dive sites suitable for divers of all levels. Outstanding reefs, wrecks, drop-offs and wrecks – Hurghada has it all in abundance – with more than 40 sites in the main area of Hurghada.
2. IDEAL FOR LEARNING TO DIVE…
Hurghada has many sheltered sites that offer safe diving at plentiful reefs. Year round sunshine and warm waters with visibility often in excess of 30m makes Hurghada ideal for beginners. Hurghada is also fantastic for family diving and kids with parts of many reefs close to the surface.
3. PERFECT FOR FAMILIES AND SNORKELLERS
Hurghada’s beautiful reefs are also fantastic for family diving. Many reefs have parts close to the surface, ideal for shallow divers and snorkellers. Hurghada also boasts many sites with almost guaranteed dolphin and turtle sightings.
4. ACCESS TO THE BEST OF THE RED SEA WRECKS
Wreck divers are spoilt by Hurghada’s easy access to the spectacular wreck graveyard of Abu Nuhas with four complete wrecks including the Giannis D and the Carnatic. Salem Express can also be reached by day boat and mini safaris are available for those wanting to dive the legendary Thistlegorm.
5. DISCOVER NEW SITES IN THE DEPTHS OF HURGHADA
Hurghada has some of the most exciting deep sites and wrecks in the Red Sea. The spectacular marine park surrounding the Giftun Islands is home to some of the best deep dives in the world including the legendary Black Canyon. Technical Divers can explore many deep wrecks in the 30m-100m range.
6. NEW – DIVE THE HEBAT ALLAH
Situated less than an hour from Hurghada, the new artificial wreck reef Hebat Allah has been open to divers only recently. It lies in 45m with the bridge at 36m and the mast touching 27m. It is ideal for training dives and has been specially set up with ropes and markers to aid penetration.
7. ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY DIVING
Divers take their environment responsibility very seriously here. Hurghada is fortunate to contain some of the most spectacular marine parks in the Red Sea. These waters are protected by both government and non-government bodies including HEPCA (Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association). Their teams regularly patrol the area and organise reef clean-ups and other eco events that divers can enjoy – even if they are just on holiday!
8. EASY ACCESS TO DIVE BOATS AND DIVE SITES
Hurghada is hassle free diving. Dive boats leave directly from the dive centres minimising equipment carrying and transfers. Most of the best Hurghada dive sites are situated less than an hour’s boat ride from resort.
9. HURGHADA IS A DIVERS’ RESORT
Hurghada was the first commercial dive base in the Red Sea and its thriving resort still caters more for divers than most other Red Sea resorts.Hurghada is home to many divers, dive centres, dive retailers and regional training agency offices – great if you need spare parts, accessories or other dive assistance.
10. DIVING SAFETY AND QUALITY ASSURED
The Red Sea has some of the most stringent health and safety requirements for diving in the world. There is an active Search and Rescue Service here. Medical checks are strictly enforced and insurance is mandatory. Hurghada also has access to three recompression chambers in the immediate area.