Diving holiday specialist Regaldive has noticed a surge in demand for their southern Red Sea programme of Marsa Alam, Shams Alam and Hamata, as divers flock to the impressive marine parks of the south. Divers are also reporting that access to liveaboards embarking from Port Ghalib – only ten minutes transfer from the airport – has never been easier.
The surge in popularity is due to the increased number of flights to Marsa Alam – there has never been a better time to visit. Here’s a selection of southern Red Sea resorts you can book through Regaldive:
Marsa Alam is the gateway to the southern Red Sea. Diving is a combination of shore diving and dayboat trips to sites including the legendary Elphinstone Reef – famous for shark sightings – and Sha’ab Samadai, otherwise known as Dolphin House. Trips start from £559pp, including flights, transfers and seven nights half board.
Divers staying at Shams Alam have easy access to Dolphin House, Elphinstone and Sha’ab Sharm. Exhilarating drift dives offer the chance to see large schools of jacks and barracuda as well as patrolling reef sharks, hammerheads and tuna. Trips start from £678pp, including flights, transfers and seven nights B&B.
The legendary Fury Shoal is right on Hamata's doorstep, the most-southerly resort in the Egyptian Red Sea. There are over 80 types of coral to discover in this region, all in excellent condition and inhabited by a rich variety of marine species. Trips start from £685pp, including flights, transfers and seven nights soft all-inclusive.
Many world-famous dive sites are now accessible thanks to the increased availability of liveaboards operating out of Marsa Alam, including Rocky, Zabargad and St Johns. Trips from Port Ghalib start from £887pp, including flights, transfers, seven nights full board and six days diving.