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 kilometres from Hurghada, in Egypt. This area is built on sandy islands and is a colourful 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 centres 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 colours 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 colours. 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.

Best places to dive

The Gubal strait is the area within where the dive sites below are located. It is a popular location for liveaboards as they allow divers to really explore the large majority of the impressive dive sites here.
 
Rosalie Moller is a 108 metre long cargo ship which sank in 1941 and is a top wreck diving location. This dive is only suitable for divers certified at Advanced Open Water or above as the diving depth is between 20 metres and 45 metres. It is a breathtaking experience descending toward, and into, this wreck. It has also completely created its own ecosystem so besides the wreck itself, there is also a large variety of marine life to see here.
 
Abu Nuhas is a reef which has caused many shipwrecks over the years, there are currently five shipwrecks situated here which are all diveable. Not only are there wrecks here, there is also a large coral reef with a steep drop off on the side which expands out into the blue. The Carnatic sunk over 140 years ago and has immersed itself into the marine environment and produced an absolutely stunning wreck dive. This 90 metre long cargo ship is split and half and lying on its side. In all the years it has been on the sea bed, a lot of life has come to reside here. The average depth here is 24 metres. Giannis D is another cargo ship which lies on the sea bed of this area, this one is broken in three pieces and lies between 10-28 metres of water. It allows divers of all certification levels to explore it and see the variety of marine life which have taken up habitation here. Other wrecks at Abu Nuhas include Chrisoula K, Kimon D & Seastar.