Shore Day Trip Live Aboard
Country: Egypt Area: Red Sea Coast
Water Temp: 21 - 28°C (70 - 82°F)
Visibility: 15 - 20m (49 - 66 ft)
Depth Range: 10 - 40m (33 - 131 ft)
Hawksbill Turtle Nesting Season - Late May to Early June, Green Turtle Nesting Season – Late June to Early July, Coral Spawning – First Full Moon in April and September, Schooling Hammerheads on Jackson Reef – July to September, Schooling Hammerheads in Daedalus – May to July
A gateway to some of the most exciting and diverse diving for all levels of divers, Hurghada is the perfect place to base yourself or to catch a Liveaboard Cruise to explore the best that the Red Sea offers. It is set against a dramatic desert landscape with stretches of natural beach and has calm clear waters, this all combined with its year round warm climate make it a popular tourist destination for divers and non divers alike.
Hurghada is located on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt and is a popular holiday destination offering package holidays and luxury hotels for all, not just divers. Its placement on the coast means it has access to some of the best dive sites in the northern Red Sea and Sinai Peninsula by day boat and is also one of the main liveaboard departures points for Southern and Northern Itineraries.
The location of Hurghada and the Red Sea surrounding area is a location that every diver has to visit at some point in their diving life. Due to its diverse and numerous dive sites filled with many exciting marine species every diver is bound to come away satisfied with a smile on their face.
The climate in this area is a sub tropical desert climate with warm winters and a very hot summer, and along with agreeable water temperatures most of the year it all adds up to a year round pleasant dive season. Although the dive season is year round there are more popular times of the year than others due to marine life seasons and the water temperature. This is at its coldest in February and then warms up and peaks at its warmest of around 28C in the high season of August. This is a quite large difference in temperature so you will need to make sure you take the appropriate exposure protection for the time of year you are visiting. At its coldest a 5mm full length wetsuit will be adequate for most people, but if you feel the cold or are planning on a week of diving on a liveaboard, a drysuit may be worth considering due to the loss of core temperature that can occur with taking part in long deep dives 4 times a day.
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A wide range of diverse marine life inhabits the Red Sea from tiny nudibranches to the largest fish, the Whale Shark. This makes it an underwater photographer’s paradise as there is always something exciting and different to capture. Like any area in the world there are better places and times to see certain species. If you are a major Shark enthusiast then the Southern Liveaboard itineraries will definitely provide you the best chance to see a wide range of shark species. These sharks can include Grey Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, Silky Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Thresher Sharks and the curious Oceanic White tip Shark. A Brilliant site for these encounters are The Brothers Islands, with its resident Grey Reef Sharks, occasional Hammerheads and in the winter months the shy Thresher Shark. Some top reefs are Elphinstone which is famous for common pelagic encounters including the Whale Shark in season and Daedalus which commonly has schooling hammerheads events at the right time of year. All of these dive sites are offshore pinnacles and islands with dramatic reef walls down to 40m which then drop down to 100’s of meters deep which does mean strong currents and choppier seas, so you will have to be a more experienced diver to dive these sites and the only way is by liveaboard.
Another popular creature which is regularly seen on dives in the red sea is the Sea Turtle. The 2 most common species that can be seen year round are the Hawksbill and Green Turtle. The Hawksbill can be seen in a lot of the dive sites from the north to the south. The Green Turtles are seen less, but are almost guaranteed to be seen in the Southern dive site of Marsa Shouna, eating away at the bays sea grass. In the same bay there are also regular sightings of a Dugong, but you do have to be lucky and keep an eye out.
The Red Sea offers more than just exhilarating and memorable marine encounters; it also offers a huge variety of wrecks with some very interesting history. A lot of these wrecks can be penetrated, but before you do you should ensure you are experienced and confident enough with your general diving and in particular your buoyancy. The main wreck location near Hurghada is Abu Nuhas. This shipwreck graveyard is home to a diverse selection of wrecks that have run into the reef and sunk all very close to each other. Another very famous wreck and a must dive in the North is definitely the wreck of the Thistlegorm. This was a cargo ship which was bombed during the second world war and is now broken in half and sitting on the sea floor at 30m. The wreck is such an interesting dive site as is still holds much of its cargo in the holds such as cars and motorbikes; it is also becoming an artificial reef and is host to a large amount of marine life.
Hurghada serves a host of dive sites which you can reach from day boats and liveaboards. There is also a huge variation in type of dive that you can take part in from famous historic wreck dives, spectacular wall dives, and colourful reef dives full of diverse marine life. This means that it does truly cater for every divers experience and interests. When you choose to dive Hurghada the first decision you need to make is land based or liveaboard. Both options allow you to dive exciting and popular sites but if you do want to visit areas that you cannot reach by day boat, and are therefore less crowded and tend to have a greater chance of seeing exciting marine life then a liveaboard is the only way to do this.
Liveaboards from Hurghada visit the north and south. There are many choices of itineraries to choose from so you will need to research the routes for each before you make a decision to ensure you pick one best suited to your level and interests. A point to consider when doing this is that a lot of liveaboard itineraries also do have a minimum dive quantity and minimum experience level required. They are also completely dive focussed not really suitable to nondivers as the general day is dive, eat, sleep, dive, eat, sleep and so on with up to 4 dives a day.
The Blue Water Dive Resort is integrated in the Arabia Beach Hotel, the Arabella and the Bel Air Resort Hotel and is reachable in 3 to 4 minutes walking distance from these hotels.
There is also the option to be picked up by the shuttle service of the diving center. Of course, we also offer a free shuttle service to all other hotels in Hurghada with our minibuses.
We offer internet access, nitrox, and have facilities to deal with any equipment emergencies!
We are the only diving center in Hurghada with a very colourful and lively house reef directly in front of us. You can dive directly from the beach, the perfect alternative for divers with a non diving family!
The Grand Sea Serpent is a fantastic liveaboard, 5* accommodation. Dedalus, Rocky & St John's is a great itinerary. Lots of walls and pristine reefs. The diversity of marine life was fantastic.
Highlight of the trip - diving with two manta's, hammerheads at Elphinstone, caves at St John's. Stunning!
No dugongs which was a shame, but there's always next year!
My third January Liveaboard trip in a row, this time the itinerary was North & Straits of Tiran. This included some great sites such as the Thistlegorm, Ras Mohammed, the wrecks at Abu Nuhas and the reefs at Tiran.
Lots of marine life including plenty of Hawksbill & Green Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Moray Eels, lots of reef fish, nudibranches & a few dolphins following the boat in transit.
Unfortunately no sharks :( this was only a few weeks after the shark attacks in Sharm and the snorkelling ban was still on, so whether this and the resulting Shark Cull affected this lack of sightings is uncertain.
All in all an excellent week diving as usual with superb vis, plenty of life and good fun :)
Last minute i decided i had nothing to do for New Years so booked on a weeks Liveaboard and im so glad i did! During the week i had excellent diving, the itinerary was Brothers and Elphinstone, met lovely people lots of whom im still friends with and cant imagine a better way to spend New Years.
We saw plenty of turtles, i saw a dugong at Marsa Sharga on the way down South, unfortunately no sharks at Elphinstone but loads of other life. This lack of Sharks was made up at The Brothers when on the first dive we saw loads of Grey Reef Sharks, a couple of Hammerheads and a Thresher!
During the rest of the week the Shark Sightings continued and we even saw Oceanic Whitetips circling the boat at night using the lights to hunt! Amazing Diving and the best trip ive been on yet :)
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