Here you will find the answers to questions related to Diving in Hurghada. 
If you have further questions, please contact us by e-mail: info@dive-hurghada.com, or by phone: +201 06 53 32 846

There are two options: Daily Diving and Intro Diving

No previous dive experience is necessary for the intro diving. The instructor will give you instructions before diving and you will dive under the supervision of our instructor. It's a great way to discover scuba diving!

Certified divers can choose daily diving. Certified divers will be informed of dive sites before diving and will be guided underwater by one of our guides.

Yes, dive equipment rental is € 15 per day per person
Yes. It is for € 5 per tank.
The captain decides the location for each day. If you have special wishes, please inform us. Discover the dive sites in Hurghada.

The Red Sea is a great place to dive any time of year but the water temperature varies quite a lot depending on the time of the year. In August the water temperature in Egypt can reach a warmth 30°C but drops as low as 22°C in February. August's air temperature in Egypt reaches 40°C while in the winter (December to February) it can fall to 18°C.

Check which wetsuit to wear 

Daily diving gives you the freedom to dive twice a day. The cost for the third dive is € 20 per person.
Transfer from your hotel in Hurghada to the dive center (and back) is included in the price.
There is a surcharge of € 10 to € 15 per day per car (max 4 persons) for hotels outside Hurghada. (Makadi Bay, Soma Bay, Sahl Hasheesh & El Gouna) 


  • The Three Corners Royal Star Beach Resort
  • Hilton Hurghada Plaza
  • Sunny Days Palma De Mirette Resort & Spa
  • Arabia Azur Resort
  • Arabella Azur Resort

Sheraton Road:

  • MinaMark Beach Resort
  • Bella Vista
  • Sunrise Holidays Resort
  • Regina Swiss 


  • Hurghada Marriott Beach Resort
  • Elaria Hotel
  • Elysée Hotel 

Mamsha (Touristic Passage of Hurghada):

  • Sindbad Beach Resort
  • Siva Grand Beach Hotel
  • Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel
  • Continental Resort Hurghada
  • Hilton Hurghada Resort
  • The Grand Plaza Hotel & Resort
  • Alf leila Wa Leila
  • Mercure Hurghada Hotel
  • Beach Albatros Hotel

We can also offer self served apartments for rent.

Lunch, coffee, tea, water and softdrinks onboard are free of charge

Payment in Cash in Euro, US Dollar, Egyptian Pounds and Sterling Pounds. Additionally, Paying with Credit card is available on board. Also, you can pay using transferwise.com  (please ask for Dive-Hurghada bank account) or you can use Paypal

Together we speak many languages like Serbe, Russian, Polish, Dutch, German, Italian, French, and Spanish, but English is our main language. It depends on which diveguides are on board on that day.

PADI has many diving courses, but the PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular course to start with. The course gives you the freedom to dive with your dive buddy at any place in the world up to 18 meters!
After completing the PADI Open Water course you can easily move on to the following courses: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, followed by EFR + PADI Rescue Diver, followed by PADI Divemaster and PADI Instructor

Dive equipment is included in the following courses:

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Scuba Diver
  • PADI Bubblemaker

It is recommended, and we do expect that Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster students are providing themselves with their own dive equipment. It is possible to rent dive equipment as well.

Yes you can. Please inform us about this prior the course. Please provide our dive instructor with copies of your documentation (Theory, skills etc)
You probably can. Each course and agency has their own standards and we are glad to sort this out for you. Please inform us about this prior the course and we will provide you with information.
  • PADI Bubblemaker:                                 1 day (Children only)
  • PADI Scuba Diver:                                   2 days
  • PADI Open Water Diver:                          3 (to 4) days
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver:        2 days
  • EFR:                                                          1 day
  • PADI Rescue Diver:                                 4 days
  • PADI Divemaster:                                    10 to 14 days
  • PADI OWSI:                                              3 weeks

Average time: 08:00 to 16:00 o'clock.

Yes, we do provide the learning materials for your course. 

There are two ways: You can choose to learn via a manual or you can learn online via PADI E-learning. 

Manual and PIC:

The cost for the manual and PIC is fixed for all courses except for the Divemaster course and the instructor course. 

MANUAL : €50

PIC : €50

When you buy them combined, the total price is € 75


The costs for PADI E-learning depends on the course you choose. Please check Information about PADI e-learning

Please note that PADI prices are subject to change.

After completing your course, you will receive from your instructor a temporary card and a PIC (Positive Identification Card). You should keep your temporary card and send this PIC (and Photo ID) to PADI and PADI will send you the certification card. The cost of certification fees (or file fees) depends on the course you choose.

  • PADI Open Water Diver Course: 50 euro
  • PADI Advanced Diver course: 50 euro
These prices are only in combination with your booklet
Please note that PADI prices may change.
Transfer from your hotel in Hurghada to the dive center (and back) is included in the price.
There is a surcharge of € 10 to € 15 per car per day (max 4 persons) for hotels outside Hurghada. (Makadi Bay, Soma Bay, Sahl Hasheesh & El Gouna etc)
We do expect that Divemaster- and Instructor students will arrange their own transfer.
Lunch, coffee, tea, water and softdrinks are free of charge on board only.
Together we speak many languages, but English is our main language. It depends on which instructors are at work on that day.
We can make an exception if this is important to you.
This is only necessary for certified divers. For example, Divemaster students must present proof of recorded dives by completing previous courses.

Diving Safaris require a minimum level of experience of at least 30 logged dives.

  • Brothers, Zabargad, Daedalus & Rocky (Marine Park) requires 50 logged dives
  • Deep North: 30 logged dives
  • South, Deep South & St. Johns: 40 logged dives

Please bring your logbook with you

Yes you can rent diving equipment for the whole week. Please pre-book if you need to rent dive equipment:

  • Wet Suit:                     € 30
  • B.C.D:                     € 30
  • Regulator:                   € 30
  • Mask & snorkel:     € 15
  • Fins:                     € 15
  • 15 liters tank:             € 30
  • Computer:             € 30
  • Torch:                     € 10

Tanks and weights are on board.

Only tanks and weights. Please note that we do not have any spare equipment onboard. We suggest to take along spare parts like mask and fin straps, repair kit for the regulator as well as batteries, films and spare bulb for your torch.

Yes you can use Nitrox if you are certified to use Nitrox. Please pre-book if you want to make use of Nitrox:

  • Weekly package 12 Ltr: € 50
  • Weekly package 15 Ltr: € 70
  • Per bottle refill 12 Ltr:      €   5
  • Per bottle refill 15 Ltr: €   7

Marine park fees:

The government started to collect fees as marine parks (protected areas) from the divers and snorkelers through the dive centres. This money goes to Egyptian Protectorates and is equally divided between national parks in need. The prices for these permission fees and taxes are set by the government and can be subject to change.

Port fees:

When a ship enters a port, there are expenses based on a per-passenger count that must be paid. These fees usually go to support the facility, security, the longshoremen that tie up and release the vessel and related charges.

In general, the costs are € 150 per person (an amount that may change depending on the Government's indication) and must be paid in cash on board.

Generally one Dive guide by individual bookings. By Fullcharters two on request.

Each liveaboard has a special route: 

Egypt North

  • North
  • North + Ras Mohammed
  • North + Tiran

Egypt South

  • Brothers
  • Daedalus
  • Brother / Daedalus
  • Brother / Daedalus / Elphinstone
  • Brother / Elphinstone
  • Daedalus / Zabargad
  • Daedalus / Zabargad / St John
  • Zabargad / St John
  • St John
  • Abu Fendira


  • Sudan Classic
  • Sudan North
  • Sudan North - One Way
  • Sudan Mesharifa
  • Sudan Deep North
  • Sudan Deep South
  • Sudan Class + South
  • Sudan South
The Red Sea is a great place to dive any time of year but the water temperature varies quite a lot depending on the time of the year. In August the water temperature in Egypt can reach a bath warm 30°C but drops as low as 22°C in February. Sudan is generally a couple of degrees celsius warmer than Egypt. So you need to be sure your exposure suit is appropriate for the conditions. August sees air temperatures in Egypt reach 40°C while in the winter (December to February) it can fall to 20°C. Again, Sudan's air temperatures are a degree or two higher than Egypt throughout the year. The liveaboard season for Sudan is from February till May and from September till December


We do not encourage students to dive in national park areas due to environmental considerations. Yes, theoretically it's possible, but it's better if you get certified before the trip; this takes two to three days. Most of the beginner's course is theory and pool anyway, so there is really no advantage to do the course from a liveaboard boat.

Advanced Diver:

We do offer PADI advanced or specialty training. Nitrox is a very good course to take on a liveaboard trip and is immensely practical.

Please visit the website of DAN for more information about dive insurances.

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Yes, the land transfer is included in the price:

  • Airport to Harbor (Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Port Ghalib, Hamata)
  • Hotel to Harbor (Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Port Ghalib, Hamata)

Actually, you need to get a VISA to Egypt. You can buy an entry visa at the airport. The price is around 25 USD (please check frequently with authorities) and the entry VISA is valid for 30 days. 

You do not need a visa for Hurghada in particular. The visa stamp you get at the airport allows you to go around the entire country and you can visit as many cities as you can, starting from Marsa Alam and Hurghada in the south, moving to Luxor then Cairo and going up to Alexandria and North Coast. Just remember that in order to do this, you will need at least 3 weeks to be able to visit all touristic cities in Egypt 

Yes, in Sudan you will get assistance with your visa on the airport. The price of this visa is an additional cost that should be paid cash on the spot (€ 330). This surcharge includes Entry visa + expenses, land transfer, Sudanese taxes. The Sudanese authorities refuse entry and transit to holders of passports that contain visas for Israel (either valid or expired). In advance, we care about the authorization of entry for the customers into Sudan. For this, we need a copy of the passport of the customers. Once authorization by the Office in Sudan is back we will forward it to you. You must present this authorization already at the airport with the Passport. Upon arrival at the airport in Sudan, our Travel Agent will support to get locally the visa.
  • day 1: Check-in: Any time (if the boat is available and already in the harbor. If not, latest check-in 16:00)
  • day 2: Departure: 07:00 
  • day 6: Arrival: 15:00 
  • day 7: Checkout: After Breakfast between 7:00  - 9:00 
Yes you can make use of an hotel accommodation before your liveaboard starts. The price is depending on the season.

For liveaboards in the south of Egypt (Brothers - Daedalus - Zabargad - St.John - Elphinstone) we can recommend our guests to book their flight ticket to Marsa Alam.

For the North-tour you can better book your flight ticket to Hurghada.

We can advise you to search the best flight tickets via Skyscanner or Kayak or Opodo.

No requirements of the country. When you are considering to be vaccinated, then we can recommend you to ask your doctor.
Yes, Wi-Fi and USB Stick, but we can not guarantee that we always have a signal at sea.
Euro, US Dollar, Egyptian Pounds, British Pounds. Paying with Credit card is not possible
English, Arabic, Italian

Open buffet: 

  • Breakfast with daily fresh baked bread and rolls
  • Lunch and Dinner with beef, fish, chicken, rice, noodles, vegetables, salad, dessert of season, some food typical for the country
  • Snacks available free of charge

Smoking on board:

It is not allowed to smoke in the cabins or in the salon. All liveaboards have fire alarms installed for your safety which are activated with even a small amount of smoke. Please use ashtrays and don't throw cigarette butts into the sea. Cigarette filters are non biodegradable and with time may damage the reefs or harm marine life. 

Shoes onboard:

Due to damage to the boats, it is forbidden to use road shoes onboard. Please take with you bathroom slippers, warm socks, or light sailing shoes.

Diving equipment:

Diving equipment is not allowed into the salon or the cabins. The salon and cabins are strictly dry areas due to the risk of slip and fall injuries.


Please don't use too much shampoo and soap because shower water eventually ends up in the sea. It is better to buy world known ecologically friendly products that don't affect the environment.


Please don't throw anything in the toilet bowls, including toilet paper and sanitary pads, to avoid toilet blocks and damage to the ecosystem. Garbage bins are placed in the toilets, especially for that purpose.


Each cabin has portholes. We suggest that you open them as often as possible to let in fresh air to compensate for the air conditioner circulating the air. However, make sure you close the portholes while the boat is sailing

Sleeping on deck:

It is not allowed to take bed sheets, covers or mattresses out of the cabin on the deck. If you wish to sleep outside, please bring with you a sleeping bag and use the mattresses from the sundeck.

Single cabins are extremely rare. It may be, if the boat is not full and there are an odd number of passengers, that you can have your own cabin, but this situation can not be guaranteed. The only way to guarantee a cabin for yourself is to pay for 2 beds!

Yes, you need to submit a copy of your passport in advance on your tour because it is a requirement of the Egyptian coastguard. You must also provide us dive insurance details prior to the trip. Failure to provide this information could result in you in being prevented from joining the trip. We would like to help you with these details once you make a booking with us.

Please ensure that once on board you are able to provide the following details and documentation: last name, first name, nationality, passport number, flight number, time of arrival and departure, a copy of your passport (another one) and diving insurance details. Please make sure that the passport is valid for at least 6 months at the commencement of your holiday.

  • Passport
  • 2 copies of Passport
  • Diving certificate
  • Medical Certificate (not older than one year)
  • Diving Insurance
  • Logbook


  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transfer (from/to airport)
  • 6 nights, 6 days on board
  • Lend- bathrobes and towels
  • 3 / 4 Dives per day
  • 1 Diveguide
  • 12 Liter aluminum tanks, weights, and belts

Not included: 

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Marine park- and Port fees
  • Rental equipment
  • Nitrox
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • Service Tax
  • Crew Tips
  • Satellite phone use € 5,00  per minute ( € 1,00  per sms )
  • Entry Visa

All costs that are not included should be paid in cash on board.

•      Take your shoes off once you are onboard and put them in the designated space as shown by the crew

Watch your feet while on the platform and around the ropes’ areas 

During the preparation for parking, stay away from the ropes’ areas 

Move steadily and slowly on board. No running 

Stay away from the stern when the boat is moving

If you get seasick, ask the crew for a tablet

Drink a lot of water during the day to keep hydrated

Take your towel and hang it outside the salon in the designated place to dry yourself well before entering the salon or           

        moving to the upper deck 

Your children are your responsibility. Always watch them  

While snorkeling, keep a distance away from the boat’s back ladder in the sea for divers to come up 

While snorkeling, wear your safety jacket, mask and snorkel all the time

When going out of the water after diving, remove your weight belt first

Put your small gadgets (mobile/sunglass/headphone…etc) in the designated spaces. Ask the crew

Check you have all your personal belongings before leaving the boat

  • Know your guide and follow his/her instructions
  • Listen carefully to the dive briefing and always follow the plan 
  • Once your guide gives the signal, get ready  
  • Identify your buddy before diving and do a buddy check before entering the water 
  • Wait for the back ladder of the boat to be in the sea and watch for the signal from your guide before entering the water 
  • Always keep your equipment in the same box and remember its number
  • After use, clean your equipment in the designated basins on the platform 
  • Hang your suit in the designated area ONLY, and close the zipper to prevent it from flying
  • Hang your towels in the specified areas on the platform 
  • Put your cameras/housing to dry in the designated areas 
  • Place tanks gently in the designated places 
  • For any inquiries about the equipment, ask the responsible crew member 

For COVID-19 Prevention: 

Sterilize your hands regularly, using the sanitizer on board to 

Keep social distances while on deck or in the salon

When not diving nor eating, please wear your medical face mask

Do not share your water bottle or any personal belongings 

Ask the crew for a one-time-use mouthpiece if needed (extra charge applies)  

In the toilets, save water, use less soap, and throw toilet paper/tampons in the trash bin

Flush the toilet when the boat is moving, not when it is parked. Think of the divers below 

Smoking is PROHIBITED inside the salon or toilets or on the platform 

Eating/drinking is NOT allowed inside the salon and the toilets

Please return your plates to the salon after eating and put your cups in the designated area in the bar

Dry yourself well before entering the salon or accessing the upper deck to prevent slipping

Always hold the ladder firmly while going up/down 

Throw trash in the designated bins. Use ashtrays for cigarette remains 

A medical kit is available onboard as well as cylinders of oxygen to be used in case of emergency

Do not sit on the boat gunwale

Do not jump off of the high deck 

Lunch and snacks are available for everyone on board. Consume what you take and reduce waste

Smoking is allowed ONLY on the upper deck.

Eating and drinking are allowed ONLY on the platform and the upper deck 

Nescafe, tea, milk, and water are available in the upper deck bar free of charge

Nespresso and flavored tea are available for an extra charge

Wi-Fi service for WhatsApp/messenger/email checking is available free of charge

Printing service is available for an extra charge 

3rd dive option is available for an extra charge 

Night dive is available for an extra charge (minimum 6 divers interested) 

Torches for night diving are available. Extra charge will be applied

Trips to Thistlegorm/Abu Nuhas / Salem Express can be pre-booked onboard 

Souvenir merchandise/ videos/ photos are available for an extra charge 

Diving computer rental is available for an extra charge

Nitrox is available for an extra charge (pre-booked) 

15 L tanks are available for an extra charge 

The boat has 8 cabins for safari tours, accommodating 16 to 18 divers

Respect the privacy of the sea creatures: no touching/no picking/no souvenirs

Fish are self-reliant. DO NOT feed them your food

Throwing plastic in the sea damages marine life, so don't do it 

Throwing toilet paper in the toilet damages marine life, so don't do it

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