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1. Posted by ctwood13 (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

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Me and my friend are wanting to go to Egypt for a diving holiday. Can anyone recommend from their experience where the best place to dive is?

Also, we are hoping to check out all the other great sites that Egypt has to offer (Pyramids, felucca down the Nile, Valley of the Kings, etc.)and would like to find a tour that includes all that I have mentioned above.

If anyone has any great experiences with a particular company, please share them with me.

Many thanks,
Claire

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3377 posts) 8y

I will be going to Egypt as well next july. I've heard that Ras Mohammed near Sharm-el-sjeik (in Sinai) is a great spot for diving.

3. Posted by stonefish (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Hi i'm a travel helper from Egypt

As Wouterr said Sharm elshaick is a great diving spot ...& also there is Dahab which is another great spot in Sinai ...Dahab can be reached by a 1 hour bus trip from Sharm Elshaick ..Although they are at the same place ( SINAI ) but things you will see under is much different ( Corals / Fish / Sharks )

well for the other sites u want to check like Pyramids & Nile is in another city which is Giza ( the north side of Egypt) but the vally of Kings is in Luxor ( the south side of Egypt )...& sinai is in the West side of Egypt ...so you have to plan your trip right ..

In my opinion In Sinai & Giza you will not need a Tour Guide ...But in Luxor & Aswan you will need as there is alot of places to visit in different areas & all of them is facinating ...so a tour guide will maximize your oprotonity to see such a rich place ...

Sorry I can't recomand any tour guide BUT i recall that there was some one who started a thread about his visit to Egypt & he advised some names who helped him & he was happy with their service ...His user name is lenz2 u can search on the forum...

Pls ask further if you need any help

Thanks & Regards

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5. Posted by USARose (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I can highly recommend Tut Egypt Tours,http://www.tutegypt.com. They are an Egyptian tour company and do custom tours so you can pretty much do what you want when you want. Mourad took great care of us and handled absolutely everything.

6. Posted by Wreckdiver (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

The main dive centres for Egypt are in the Red Sea based in Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Hurghada, El Gouna and Marsa Alam etc. For some UK travel agents offering dive packages try:

http://www.aquatours.com/
http://www.crusadertravel.com/
http://www.scuba.co.uk/
http://www.regal-diving.co.uk/home/

to name just a few.

If you want to go sightseeing as well then you would probably best split your holiday in two. Do say the diving and then get an internal flight from wherever you are diving to say Cairo or Luxor to complete the trip. The dive locations are all a fair distance from the touristy areas.

Hope that helps.

7. Posted by said (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

this is nice website to look at and to have some INFO about diving in Dahab and the Red Sea www.desert-divers.com hope that help anyone like to dive Dahab, Egypt.

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

A way you'll get a far cheaper tour than arranging whereever you live, would be wait until you get to Egypt. I stayed at Newpalace Hotel in Cairo. It was a very basic place, not exactly to flash, but they arranged a tour for me which was far cheaper ($1,500AUD cheaper) than what I could get in Australia. It was also far cheaper than what a tour shop just down the road from the hotel said. I paid $240US for a 10 day tour but the guy told me if anyone else asked how much it cost tell them $300US. The same thing down the road was $550US from memory. The tour included all transport through Egypt, all accommodation, a felucca ride down the nile. I went from Cairo, to Aswan on sleeper train, tour to Abu Simbel which is a long trip in an uncomfortable van, felucca from Aswan up to near Luxor, Luxor-Dahab, Dahab-Cairo taxied to and from all the tourist attractions. The things it didn't cover was entry in to the tourist sites, food, tips (which you are expected to give if you ask someone a question or someon does something for you, even a camel steerer who you have paid for the camel ride expects a 10 Egyptian pound tip as a minimum). When you are in Egypt remember that they run on Egyptian time, not normal time (when they say I'll be there at 11.00am they usually don't turn up until 11.20am-11.30am) except the one time that I was 2 minutes late and they turned up on time.

All the entrance fees to the attractions started to add up a lot. When you are there, make sure you never except the price they tell you for any food, drink etc as unless you find a supermarket which has prices up (only 1 in Egypt I came across), it is 1 price for a tourist and another price for a local. So you'll be getting ripped off compared to a local. The same person could arrange a tour to suit your needs. He expects US Cash, you don't get a receipt or anything to even say you have paid him the money, so it seems a bit risky. He lived up to his promise with everything.

9. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 8y

Went diving about 1/2 an hour of the coast of Hurgahada in the Red Sea using the Sheraton El Gouna. Before you Scream SHERATON !! the last I checked (www.spg.com) you can get a water / beach front room for about $40.00 US a night. 2 people that's $20.00 each with one of the most beautiful views on the planet (not to mention custom tile bathtubs that can hold up to about 4 people - these things are gigantic!). A very cool looking hotel - very spread out, topless sun bathing by the pool- pretty rare in an Arabic country, and great buffet dinners at night - good food with cheap prices. The diving deal wasn't very expensive and they take you out to a great spot (I think all the spots on the Red Sea must be great). Super clear water 15 to 20 feet down, tropical fish and sealife everywhere - AMAZING !!! The hotel can also get you on a decent bus to Luxor. We were in a convoy of about 10 cars and buses, with the Egyptian army out front and back. Ripping through the dessert at about 100 miles an hour (what is that, 160 kilometers?) - Totally safe and quite fun - took about 4 to 5 hours. If you fly you have to connect back through Cairo to get to Luxor. Bus is better for Luxor IMO. Get to Aswan Afterwards by train or bus then take the Nile trip back to Cairo (or if you get sick of it you can always catch the train back up north). Great trip - do it before things get too hot in Egypt, you never know. ZOOM

10. Posted by marksaunt (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

I can second Zoom's entry -- I, too stayed at the Sheraton in ElGouna and had my own "oh, it's disney does egypt" reaction -- and it was a great hotel. I used The Dive Tribe for dive trips, a great outfit. I think being on the "mainland" vs. Sharm is a bit less touristy and I also did the overland drive from Luxor which is an experience not to be missed!

Fly to Cairo, do the Museum, the pyramids at Giza, take a sunset faluka ride, go to the Kahn-el-Khalil for shopping, then fly to Aswan and take a cruise down the Nile to Luxor. It's worth having a guide for all the antiquities you'll see so they mnake more sense. The overland drive to El Gouna is a riot, it's a beautiful red sea location and you can fly back to Cairo from the Hurghada airport.

I'm envious...would love to be going back...enjoy!!!