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Diving in Egypt

Diving in Egypt

Diving in Egypt

Diving in Egypt

The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba offer some of the greatest places for diving and snorkeling in the world. There are several resorts for diving here, Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada are the most famous. Dahab is a third strong candidate, together with several smaller resorts. If you want service go for the big places, if you want to be alone with the ocean, check the smaller places.
Many travellers come to the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba in order to learn open-water diving and gain an international diving sertificate, like PADI, BSAC or CMAS. The common belief that you will save a lot of money is questionable. Courses will cost between US$350 and 500 (280 and 400), while the going rate in my own expensive Oslo, Norway is between US$550 and 600. Both resulting in the same certificate. So check ahead.

By Tore Kjeilen