Egypt Diving Holidays: An Overview

Egypt is rightly famous for its extraordinary ancient world heritage: the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza and the temples of Luxor and Abu Simbel are among the world's great cultural attractions. Besides its Pharaonic history, the country has Greek, Roman and Islamic treasures to explore in Alexandria and Cairo, and numerous historic Christian monasteries such as St. Catherine's in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Egyptian Red Sea, both north and south, still offers spectacular diving despite the crowds.
  • You can find everything here from well-priced liveaboards to superb luxury resorts.
  • The history and culture on offer here is world-class - the pyramids, Luxor, the Nile...we could go on.

Our Guide to Egypt Diving Holidays

Egypt has long been a favourite of ours for both dive holidays and everything on land too, and we recommend Cairo itself for a day or two, despite the bedlam, because our excellent guides can show you the edited highlights among the 120,000 relics in the vast Egyptian Museum or arrange sedate sailing trips on elegant felucca yachts along the Nile. And there's more to Egypt than just culture - the Red Sea coast offers luxurious beach resorts and the best diving in close proximity to the UK.

While it's easy to know what to see in Egypt, it's not so easy to know what you might be missing. And it's these hidden wonders that can transform a fabulous time into an experience that's truly out of the ordinary. The secret, as mentioned earlier, is to have a top guide. Fortunately we have access to some of the best. A skilled guide is essential not just for the depth of knowledge they can share with you, but for their ability to avoid crowds and hassle. You'll feel like you're able to unlock invisible doors.

Without your guide, you might never touch the real Egypt, the one beneath the skin of everyday life. You might never find the silversmith in the souq who will engrave your name in hieroglyphics on a key-ring. Or have the chance to get your personal travel diary bound in the most beautiful decorative leather book-binding. Or visit the belly-dance costume stall. All Original touches we can arrange for you.

For divers, there is a huge amount on offer in Egypt and all within easy reach of the UK for a one-week holiday or even shorter break. Sharm El Sheikh is probably the best known destination on the Red Sea and while crowds are now an issue, especially in the water, it still offers some world-class diving and if you know where to stay, some incredible hotels. Away from the Sinai Peninsula there are lesser known and therefore lesser crowded spots that also offer spectacular diving.


Original Highlight

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For me, the highlight was probably riding quad-bikes through the desert before setting up camp under the stars - though there were too many amazing moments to mention.

Amelia, Original Diver

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Top picks for Egypt

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Northern Red Sea


Sharm el-Sheikh is an oasis in the desert covered Sinai peninsula, featuring luxurious hotels and world class diving.

Where to go

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Southern Red Sea


The southern Red Sea combines what we love about Red Sea diving with a more relaxed and quiet atmosphere, that is to say, not as many people know about it as they do Sharm.

Where to go

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Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Pyramids and the Red Sea

The place to stay in Sharm El Sheikh is the Four Seasons, an island of peace and security.

Where to stay

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Pyramids and the Red Sea

The Oberoi at Sahl Hasheesh is a wonderful base from which to explore. An all suite hotel spread over seemingly endless acres and with a wonderful wide beach, this resort offers traditional Egyptian hospitality at a very competitive price. A Red Sea bargain!

Where to stay

We felt like we were Original Travel's only clients - the service was completely personalised and all questions were answered instantly. They actively listened to our priorities and created a package that completely suited our needs. Throughout the process they will surprise you with their attentiveness and most importantly, they will not forget about you once you come back from holiday.

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