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Sharm El Sheikh Diving Holidays

By Stephanie Hall

  Sharm El Sheikh offers some of the best sites for diving and snorkeling in the world. More Europeans learn to dive here than anywhere else and the resort is ideal for diving holidays for singles, beginners and experienced divers alike.
     The climate is hot, the water warm and clear and great for diving any time of year. However if you would like to dive in extra warm waters, it is best to visit between the months of June and September.
     Sharm El Sheikh lies at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea. There are over forty dive sites in the region and nearly fifty dive centers. With such an abundance of dive sites on offer the variety of diving is amazing. From reefs, coral formations, walls and wreck, the dive sites are diverse and teeming with a range of marine life including jacks, snappers and barracudas.
     With its pristine coral reefs and countless species of fish, Ras Mohammed National Park and the Straits of Tiran are amongst the more famous dive sites. Ras Mohammed has some steep coastal cliffs that plunge underwater to depths of over seventy metres. The Straits of Tiran have four circular reefs surrounded by steep drop offs. More advanced divers can enjoy world class wreck diving by taking a day boat to Thistlegorm, if you are willing to brace the four hour boat trip or the slightly more bearable two and a half hour trip to Dunraven.
     The beauty of diving is that it is a sport that can be enjoyed by individuals or as part of a group. Complete beginners can begin with an 'intro dive' to get them accustomed to diving in the Red Sea. Reassuringly all the dive centres have qualified English speaking instructors to accompany each dive, providing and running diving courses and diving experiences. Experienced divers who already have their PADI certificate can enjoy organized dives with fellow divers.
     Aside from being one of the greatest diving destinations in the world, Sharm El Sheikh also has plenty more to offer its visitors. When you are not diving there are other water sports to keep you occupied such as swimming and parasailing. Simply relax in the cosmopolitan resort or take the opportunity in between dives to do some desert exploration and visit biblical sites. Outside of the water, test your skill and luck on the casino floors or for those who love to shop, take a leisurely stroll through bazaars and shopping centres in search of curious and exotic finds. If you are a night owl, you will get the chance to boogie the night away and meet like-minded people.
     Diving holidays to Egypt are available with most major operators, but if you are traveling alone it may prove difficult to avoid paying a single supplement. However, there are a few tour operators that specialize in offering diving holidays for singles, catering to the single, unattached traveller.


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