El Gouna Diving
A wreck diving hub, El Gouna offers easy access to the famous Abu Nuhas wrecks. With over 40 other offshore dive sites and thriving coral reefs, there’s something for all dive experience levels to enjoy.
Diving in El Gouna
El Gouna is a sparkling diamond on the Red Sea Coast, 20 kilometers from Hurghada, in Egypt. This area is built on sandy islands and is a colorful collection of resorts, restaurants and a bustling vibe. The area is made up of sandy beaches which border the sparkling blue waters of the Red Sea and all the life it holds inside of it. There are over 40 dives sites which are reached by boat, not ever more than two hours from shore. There is a variety of dive sites here which means something exciting for all divers El Gouna diving’s main spectacles are the multiple stunning wrecks, which absolutely should be on divers bucket lists.
Best time to dive
Divers wanting to visit the Red Sea and dive there are lucky it’s possible all year round as the diving conditions are, for the large majority, never too extreme to prevent diving activities. This is a desert area and the climate here may reach extreme highs but never drop down too low. The water temperatures here vary between 19 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius. February is the coldest month in and out of the water, and September the hottest. During the winter months of November to February, there may be days of strong winds but mostly the boats are still able to go out.
The visibility in the Red Sea is known around the world to always be great, averaging between 10 metres and 20 metres with it sometimes reaching up to 60 metres on the best day.
Types of diving
All the dive sites in El Gouna are located offshore, so all the diving here is done from boats through dive centers and dive resorts. Should divers be visiting here to do a dive course, this is a great place to choose. More advanced divers wanting to revel over the steep wall drops and stunning drift dives and to admire the vibrant colors and vibrant marine life activity, it is also possible here.
There are walls here which divers can experience through drift dives, there are relaxing dives with no current but with enough to see and this area is known for its impressive wreck dives.
What to see
El Gouna provides divers with the opportunity to spot species of all shapes, sizes and colors. It is known for the thriving coral reefs, and corals reefs this healthy and flourishing, will attract many other species to build their homes and those species will then attract larger predatory species. Divers here can spot, among others, Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Moray Eels, Barracuda, Tuna, large Napoleon Wrasse, Scorpionfiish and on lucky days; Dolphins.