One of the 7 Wonders of the Underwater World
Into One of The World's Oldest Civilizations
Home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Egypt bears testament to some of mankind’s earliest triumphs. The pyramids of Cairo are one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the nearby Museum of Egyptian Antiquities houses the legendary treasures of Tutankhamen. But Egypt is much more than ancient monuments and pyramids. It’s a cruise down the Nile, a luxury hotel and hot nightlife, it’s a vast invigorating desert and, especially for scuba divers, it’s the Red Sea. Just beyond the shore lie cool, azure waters, beautiful coves, millions of fish, fantastic visibility, sheltered reefs, towers, pinnacles, walls, coral gardens and wrecks. They all send a siren call to scuba divers and mark the Red Sea as a world-class scuba diving destination. No matter how impressive the above-water attractions, the real jewel in the Egyptian crown has to be the simply staggering diving.
A trip down the Red Sea, from Taba in the north of the Gulf of Aqaba, through Dahab and Sharm el Sheikh, to Hurghada and Safaga further south, in the south highlights the delights for divers.
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Visibility – Usually clear, visibility can range from 15-170 metres/50-230 feet
Water Temperature – Depending on the season, water temperature ranges from 21-30°C/70-86°F.
Weather – Egypt’s climate is hot and dry, however, in the winter the north is quite cool. The air temperature ranges from 21-40°C/70-104°F. Diving is always good, year round.
Featured Creatures – The Red Sea offers an amazing diversity of fish on nearly every dive. Thousands of anthias sweeping across a coral wall will compete with coral groupers, wrasse, blue spotted rays, butterfly fish and angelfish for your attention. But, don’t get too caught up in the action – you might just miss that majestic whale shark gently cruising by.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Deep Diver and PADI Drift Diver courses for diving the fabulous walls. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is also great to record your adventure.
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Language – Arabic, but given the importance of tourism, you’ll hear English, Russian, German, French, Italian, Polish, Czech and more spoken.
Currency – Egyptian Pound. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – Divers enter at Hurghada and Sharm el Sheik International airports. You can also fly through Cairo and connect to your destination from the same terminal.
Electricity and Internet – 220 volt, 50 Hz. Internet is widely available.
Topside Attractions – Visit the pyramids and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, take a camel ride through the desert or a cruise down the Nile.
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