Delights of Diving on All Inclusive Holidays in Egypt

Throughout history, the Red Sea has been difficult to navigate because of its dangerous currents, treacherous reefs and strong winds. This has resulted in a lot of ships meeting an untimely death and ending up at the bottom of Egyptian waters. Over time, these wrecks have attracted a multitude of diverse marine life, which in turn attracts divers to the area on all inclusive holidays in Egypt. The wrecks range from ancient sailboats to ships sunk in the war. Diving in the Red Sea is becoming increasingly popular and there is a wide range of reef, wall and wreck diving to be experienced.

Diving in the Red Sea is a pleasurable experience. The sea is an enjoyable 81°C in the months of July to October and so a shortie wetsuit is all you need. During the winter, you might need a 3mm or 5mm wetsuit. Visibility is generally good and ranges from 65 to 200 feet. The marine life is abundant and you will see turtles, snappers, barracudas, lion fish, reef fish, spotted rays as well as colourful coral. Take note that you will have to pay for all Nitrox, you must have diving insurance and a visa. Depending on where you dive, you might have to pay a 5 USD fee levied by the Egyptian government. The government has realised how vulnerable the reefs are and in order to preserve this valuable tourist attraction, they levy a fee to help conserve its infrastructure. This is mandatory on Ras Mohammed, Brothers Island and Zabargad Island. There are rules to observe as well. You mustn’t feed the fish, drop litter or wear gloves when diving.

Although there are Dive Safaris where divers hire a boat for one or two weeks, where they can log in as many dives as possible, this isn’t an option if you have a family. These Dive Safaris cost roughly £750 for a week plus the cost of the flight which can take up to 5 hours, flying from London Gatwick to Hurghada. It is far better to book holidays in Egypt where there is a beachfront hotel near the diving area, where the family can stay, when you go off diving. The Roma Hotel, Hurghada, fits the bill perfectly. This luxurious hotel has full air conditioning and very comfortable rooms, each one with a balcony. They are offering cheap all inclusive holidays in Egypt. The hotel prides itself on its food, which ranges from a comprehensive buffet to international cuisine and locally caught fish. The resort of Hurghada has plenty of facilities for a variety of sports and there are shopping malls, bars and restaurants all within easy reach of the hotel. The Roma Hotel also offers its guests a massive pool with poolside bars.

So where’s the best place to go diving? The Northern wrecks are the local attraction. Quite a few ships are buried here, including Chrisoula K, Kimon M, Giannis D, Rosalie Moller, El Mina, Carnatic, Ulysees and Kingston. All are easy diving for which you don’t need Nitrox. The most interesting though is Thistlegorn, and is the reason why many divers from all over the world come on holidays to Egypt. Sunk during WWll, its cargo can still be seen and consists of army vehicles, weapons, aircraft parts and more – all destined for the 8th Army’s campaign in North Africa but never reaching its destination. The good thing about the Thistlegorn is that she is only 30 metres below sea level, so can be reached by all grades of divers. Since she was discovered 10 years ago, over half a million divers have been to explore her.

By Harriet

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