FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here you will find the answers of the most Frequently Asked Questions.
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 bath warm 30°C but drops as low as 22°C in February. August sees air temperatures in Egypt reach 40°C while in the winter (December to February) it can fall to 20°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) 

Dahar:

  • 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 

Hadaba:

  • 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. Paying with Credit card is not possible.
Together we speak many languages, 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:

The costs for the manual depends on the course you choose.

  • PADI Open Water Diver course: 30 euro
  • PADI Advanced Diver course: 30 euro


These prices are only in combination with your PIC.

PIC: €30


E-Learning:

The costs for PADI E-learning depends on the course you choose.

  • PADI Open Water Diver course: 138 euro
  • PADI Advanced Diver course: 138 euro

This price includes the certification fee.

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: 30 euro
  • PADI Advanced Diver course: 30 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.
Questo è necessario solo per i subacquei certificati. Gli studenti di Divemaster, ad esempio, devono presentare la prova delle immersioni registrate, completando i corsi precedenti.

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

  • 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

Non-diver:

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)

Yes, you have to buy an entry visa at the airport:

  • Hurghada: 25 USD (max 30 days)
  • Marsa Alam: 25 USD (max 30 days)
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.

Shower:

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.

Toilets:

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.

Cabins:

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

Included: 

  • 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.

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