Diving in El Gouna – Egypt

05.08.2019 by Editor Team

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Built on a large lagoon. Canals running through it. Magnificent to look at. With fine Mediterranean flair. Venice? No, El Gouna! The noble Egyptian place at the Red Sea. We tell you what the resort has to offer above and under water.

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Diving in El Gouna – Egypt

El Gouna is Arabic and means translated: “The lagoon”. The place lies half an hour north by car from Hurghada. One quickly noticed the potential of the location. Architects from Egypt, Italy and the USA were commissioned to design the area. The result was a new concept that was to meet the wishes and needs of the international clientele to the highest degree. The concept was a success. Over the years, hotel chains such as Mövenpick, Sheraton and Steigenberger gradually established themselves along the Red Sea. And there is still a lot of planning and building going on around the lagoon. 

Who knows the “actual Egypt”, rubs in view of the clean and blooming landscapes of El Gouna astonished the eyes. Gardens with small watercourses almost make you forget that the desert is only a stone’s throw away from here.

From the dive bases in El Gouna the eastern, northeastern and northern divespots are preferred. To avoid getting in the way of Hurghada.

What awaits the dive guest in El Gouna?

Diving in El Gouna

On the one hand a very favourable starting position for real delicacies. An absolute must for wreck fans is the descent to the S.S. Thistlegorm. It is located at Sha’ab Ali and can be reached by boat in about three hours. The wreck lies at a depth of 32 metres and with its spectacular cargo inside the ship offers great photo motifs. There you will find tanks, ammunition, jeeps and motorcycles.

Dive sites for beginners in El Gouna

East of El Gouna beginners and snorkelers will find ideal conditions. Sha’ab El Erg already offers beautiful impressions of the corals of the Red Sea at shallow depths. With the chance of turtles, dolphins and manta rays! Dolphins should be seen more often in El Gouna than elsewhere in the Red Sea. Maybe because it is a bit quieter here than at the other popular places for divers?

Drift Diving in El Gouna

Those who like to be driven by the current will be happy north of El Gouna off Gubal Island. At Bluff Point you can not only explore the wreck of the “Ulysses” but also dive with barracudas and reef sharks.

Wreck diving in El Gouna

35 minutes from El Gouna you will find the legendary Sha’ab Abu Nuhas ship cemetery. There are the Kimon M., Chrisoula K., Carnatic and the Giannis D.. Four wrecks at shallow depth. Once smashed on the steep Abu Nuhas reef. When you go diving here, don’t forget your camera! Here you get to see a fantastic scenery and almost every representative of the Red Sea.

Our conclusion 

Exclusive hotels, restaurants and night life. But also games, sports and fun for all ages. In addition, care for the children. And of course a wide range of top dive sites and recommendable diving schools. So is El Gouna your diving paradise on earth?

That depends on your expectations. Since El Gouna is an artificially created area, you would have to do without Egyptian authenticity. If that and the higher prices are not a problem for you, then you will feel comfortable here!

The best dive sites in El Gouna

Diving in El Gouna

Diving at Abu Nuhas: Top wreck spot. Here you can dive on four ships. With chances for big fish. For example whale sharks. Depth: 5 to 40 m.

Marsa: Stonefish and scorpion fish. Turtles and seahorses. The colonies of sand eels are also interesting. Depth: 3 to 30 m.

Diving at Gubal Island: famous spot for white and blacktip sharks. Barracudas and turtles can also be found here. Drop-offs with currents invite you to drift dive. Depth: 4 to 65 m. 

Diving at Bluff Point: The Ulysses is a legendary wreck. Bluff Point is also famous for its corals and gorgonians. You can also find reef sharks and barracudas here. Depth: 10 to 35 m.

Diving at Sha’ab El Erg: A spot with four dive sites. Here you can see dolphins, napoleons and blue spotted rays. Depth: 8 to 35 m.

Diving in El Gouna at a glance

The modern Egyptian resort El Gouna is located 25 kilometers north of Hurghada. It can be reached in half an hour from the airport. Not only the location at a lagoon at the Red Sea fascinates here, but also the clean ambience. Disneyland for holidaymakers with every comfort. At one of the most beautiful bays on the Red Sea of Egypt. This is how visitors characterize the holiday resort. In fact, the offer is broadly diversified.

Diving in El Gouna: Whether beginner, advanced or professional. El Gouna’s diving schools have something for all levels. You can also do everything in terms of diving training here. Since El Gouna has no house reef, the dives are connected with boat trips. Unless you make your first finstrokes in the pool of the dive centers.

Entry: Flight to Hurghada. The transfer from the airport to El Gouna to the hotel takes 35 minutes.

Best time for diving in El Gouna: From June to September temperatures rise to over 40 degrees. The best diving conditions prevail during this period. In January/February the wind can be quite cool. From March to May and October to December El Gouna offers moderate temperatures.

Accommodation: Overall the service in El Gouna is at a very high level. This applies to all services and often astonishes the guests. Here you can see a rather unusual face of Egypt.

Cuisine: El Gouna is located in Egypt. But you can find pretty much everything in international food here.

Electricity: The voltage amounts to 220 volts. 

Traffic: Ideally solved with shuttle buses and boats. A taxi and limousine service is also available.

Medical care: El Gouna has a modern hospital with a pressure chamber. In case of emergency you will be well cared for.

Other activities: Biking, golf, tennis, squash, go-kart, horse riding. Wellness in the spa, desert safaris, all water sports. Guided tours to Luxor and Cairo.

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