ARE you planning your first Egypt dive safari on the Red Sea and are you not really sure what you should pay attention to as a beginner or what is actually important in choosing the right dive cruise …?
Maybe you have already completed one or more diving safaris in Egypt and are just looking for more tips and tricks for even better trips to diving on the Red Sea …?
In both cases you are in the right place in this article, because in the following we want to give you the 10 most important tips for a dive safari on the Red Sea – from the entry into Egypt, about the booking of the dive safari to the stay on the safari boat give the way, which you should pay attention in any case for a best possible experience and great dives.
As full-time travelers, passionate instructors – who have worked as dive guides on dive safaris in the Red Sea – and ambitious divers with several thousand dives around the globe, we are on a dive safari in Egypt almost every year and therefore not only know all the routes for a diving cruise on the Red Sea, but also the most important things you should really pay attention to.
Especially as a beginner, a dive safari out to the Red Sea is always a little adventure in itself, where many new things come to you and you will complete a rigorous diving program at beautiful and challenging dive sites …, so some helpful advice from experienced divers ( Teachers certainly do not hurt …
WHY A DIVING CRUISE ON THE RED SEA?
The Red Sea is still a real diving paradise for beginners and experienced divers and especially on an Egypt Dive Safari you can experience the most beautiful dive sites of the Red Sea intensely and you are not limited to those spots that you also have with the dive boat or Zodiac by land can reach out.
Add to this the fact that the dive sites and wrecks that you can experience on a liveaboard in Egypt are even more spectacular than those within reach of the coast, and that you usually complete at least three dives on a safari boat per day of diving.
Thus, you are on a dive safari on the Red Sea fully immersed in the diving and the underwater world of the Red Sea busy and you can exchange between dives and in the evening with like-minded divers. A truly unforgettable experience for every lover of the underwater world …
10 IMPORTANT EGYPT DIVE SAFARI TIPS FOR THE RED SEA
So that your first dive safari in the Red Sea is also a real pleasure, we have put together the following 10, in our opinion as ambitious divers and instructors, 10 key points that you should pay attention to before and during an Egypt dive safari.
From booking the liveaboard, to boarding, to the important things on board, you will learn everything that is really important to divers on a liveaboard in Egypt. So your dive cruise in Egypt will certainly be a complete success and an unforgettable experience.
01. USE THE EGYPT E-VISUM FOR YOUR DIVE SAFARI
So far, when entering Egypt, there has always been a so-called “Visa On Arrival” that you can use, for example.
At the airport in Hurghada or Marsa Alam you could simply buy at the bank counter or you were directly provided by your tour operator. Various liveaboard providers have also offered a “visa service” in the past.
Unfortunately, with the “Visa On Arrival” unfortunately also always problems, as the “agents” of the tour operators in Egypt have calculated for absurd sums and travelers thus sometimes paid 100, – € for a visa, which used to be just 15 , – has cost USD.
Today, you can easily avoid such problems when entering Egypt by simply applying online for the new “eVisum” for Egypt for your liveaboard safari.
All information about the eVisum for Egypt, as well as the possibility to apply for it – you can find here:
Official website Egypt eVisum
If you yourself are not very fit in dealing with the computer and visa matters, you can also call on a specialist for visas, who will support you for a small fee when applying for the eVisum for Egypt.
So in any case, you are sure that you have done everything right with your visa application for Egypt and so you can enter with a printout of your eVisums without further costs and waiting in Egypt and enjoy your dive safari.
02. BOOK YOUR EGYPT DIVING CRUISE SAFE
In recent years there have unfortunately been repeated incidents in Egypt, which have led to travel warnings or at least to the uncertainty of the Egyptians, even if they were never directly related to the diving tourism from Hurghada down to Lahami Bay or the dive safaris on the Red Sea ,
Therefore, you have to be so honest and just accept that during a trip to Egypt and something can go wrong quickly – for example. Flight times changed or flights sometimes completely deleted.
In such a case, it is always helpful if you have a competent partner for your trip to Egypt on your side, which may take care of travel changes or your claims to airlines, etc. if necessary.
03. CHOOSE THE RIGHT DIVE SAFARI ROUTE
Many of the dive sites you visit on an Egypt Dive Safari are much more challenging than the ones you dive ashore – so, as a beginner, you should make sure that you do not overdo your first dive safari on the Red Sea , For what use the most beautiful dive sites in Egypt, if you can not really enjoy the dives there.
In the meantime, there are even special dive safari routes for beginners on which especially dive sites are approached, which are also suitable for beginners and otherwise own especially the tours in the deep south to St. Johns for beginners on a liveaboard, as the dive sites less highlights in offer great depth and usually the flow significantly lower than, for example at the Brother Islands.
In any case, you should gradually increase and not immediately start with a Brother Islands or Daedalus liveaboard if you have just the minimum number of dives for a diving cruise.
If you prefer to take it easy and climb from tour to tour, you will not run the risk that a booked Egypt dive safari will not be fun for you.
04. BE AWARE OF ALL DIVING SAFARI FEES
Whether it is due to a certain price war in Egypt, that’s why the final price is somehow to disguise or whatever – at dive safaris on the Red Sea, it has become common that the advertised prices are usually not the final prices, which you finally at one Booking to pay.
In addition, there are usually harbor fees, depending on whether you start from Hurghada or Port Ghalib, marine parking fees if you undertake a liveaboard safari in one of the marine park zones and sometimes even surcharges for the diesel, if the price of oil in Egypt is quite high.
With some providers, you may even have to pay extra for the transfer to the safari boat.
Also, you should not forget that the travel price is still a reasonable tip – because of the boat crew lives in large parts and you should not save in any case.
In the end, it’s up to you, of course, to decide what to tip yourself, but if you were satisfied with the service and the dives on the dive safari you should tip at least 10% to the crew and DiveGuides.
With a travel value of about 1.000, – Euro for a liveaboard on the Red Sea that would be at least 100, – Euro extra tip, which in the end is not very much for the entire crew, because on such a boat are usually 10 or even more crewmembers and DiveGuides on the way, taking care of and caring for at least a week.
05. THE BEST TRAVEL TIME FOR DIVING IN EGYPT
Basically, the Red Sea offers good diving conditions all year round, but especially in a liveaboard, especially in the fall and the spring for travel, as then the great dive sites along the liveaboard routes the chances for big fish are particularly good.
Therefore, you should book diving safaris to the Brother Islands and the Daedalus Reef from the end of September to the beginning of November, because during this time the chances there are also very good to meet the well-known Weißspitzen Hochseehaie.
Even the spring around April offers good opportunities for big fish sightings, we ourselves have already experienced fantastic tours with hammerhead sharks and mantas at this time of the year.
06. DO NOT FORGET YOUR SMB (BOJE)
Even if the topic is always a little bit “laughed at” and unfortunately not taken very seriously by the DiveGuides, so you should have just on a liveaboard own SMB (surface marker buoy) with it and above all, handle it.
Since you can only dive directly back to the safari boat on a dive safari, but are picked up by a dinghy, you have to use the “buoy” to identify where you are under water when you complete your safety stop at 5 meters.
Firstly, this is important so that the riders of the dinghies know where the divers are in the water and do not accidentally “run over” when someone shows up, and secondly, you can follow the surface where the current carries the divers underwater as soon as they have removed themselves from the reef to the safety stop.
Incidentally, especially in streamlined and remote dive sites such. The Brother Islands far out on the Red Sea, you should also have an acoustic buzzer with you on your dives, with which you can make yourself heard on the surface if you are driven off in rough seas once
07. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SEA SICKNESS
Especially in autumn and spring you have to expect on a diving safari in Egypt with stronger winds and rough seas, for which the light liveaboard wooden boats are very vulnerable especially when crossing the waves on long trips or at anchor.
Therefore, you should be prepared for a diving safari in Egypt in any case on a bout of seasickness and have one of the proven remedies for seasickness with it – which means is the right one for you, you are sure to advise your family doctor.
However, away from medicines, you can also take preventive measures during the diving safari to avoid seasickness.
For this you should stay on deck and fix the horizon, because an increased risk of seasickness arises, especially in confined spaces, while the boat is moving.
08. DIVE WITH NITROX ON DIVE SAFARI
On a scuba diving safari on the Red Sea you take three or sometimes even four dives a day, so your base time when diving with “normal” compressed air adds up quickly, so that you just have a low no-stop limit in depth at the last dive ,
In this case, diving with Nitrox will help you to extend the no-stop limit, because the lower nitrogen content in the air you take during your dives less nitrogen and extend your base time.
Especially with a seven-day or even longer dive safari in Egypt diving with Nitrox contributes positively to the diving experience, because the lower nitrogen saturation in the body usually does not restrict you to your dives in the Red Sea.
09. ENOUGH LIQUID
Even with your diving license, you should have learned that you lose a lot of fluid while diving and quickly run into danger of dehydration.
Of course, this risk increases immensely on a liveaboard safari, since you do several daily dives there and that for at least 5 to 6 days in a row.
Therefore, you should always drink enough water on board the boat for your diving cruise, that you usually get on each boat for free from large water dispensers.
Even if you do not particularly like to drink water, you should make sure that you drink at least one large glass of water before and after each dive and thus keep your fluid balance in order despite the many dives.
10. CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOTTLE SIZE
Newcomers, in particular, need a bit more air on their dives, and all the new things and dive sites that you experience on a liveaboard can add to your air consumption during the dives.
Therefore, as a beginner who knows that he uses a little more air, you should order a 15 liter compressed air bottle on your first liveaboard and complete your dives during the liveaboard.
So you do not run even with exciting and deeper dives in danger to have to stop the dive early.
The only thing you should pay attention to when using a 15 liter bottle is whether your buoyancy compensator has sufficient buoyancy force to carry the 15 liter compressed air bottle, because some of the modern and lightweight “travel jackets” sometimes have only a small air bubble and thus a low buoyancy.
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