Diving in El Gouna is one of the resort’s most popular draws and it is no surprise. Learn about it in pictures and words right here!
The town of El Gouna, along the eastern shore of Northern Egypt is actually a privately owned and operated vacation resort location. El Gouna is recognized as the most environmentally friendly location in all of Egypt and it continually works to be a top rated experience for all who visit.
While the El Gouna resort offers fourteen hotels, none with less than a three star rating, it also offers completely safe diver training programs in its own facilities and lagoon. This insures that all divers are fully trained and prepared to handle the occasionally difficult conditions of the Red Sea.
The Dive Training
Most divers in training at El Gouna will experience the facility’s heated pools and calm quiet reefs before heading out into the open waters. Entire families can receive complete training for diving in El Gouna, which include “junior” diving training and snorkeling programs.
Diving in El Gouna is also available to anyone with limited mobility or physical handicaps, with specialized trainers and equipment available to all who inquire. In fact, El Gouna has three resorts capable of training and diving with physically challenged guests.
The Underwater Sites
After receiving training and certification for diving in El Gouna, guests have exclusive access to sites no other members of the public can view. This is due to the El Gouna property’s private purchase and investment in the area’s waters, all in cooperation with the Hurghada Environment Protection Agency. The arrangement allows for no more than three boats at any particular site, and which results in a far superior experience as well as preservation of the reefs and wildlife habitat.
The most popular sites for diving in El Gouna are Syul Kebira, which in addition to its private access to El Gouna residents only is also just far enough off shore to be unpopular with visiting divers.
This allows for a wonderful secret to be kept on the north side of the island, which is the location for one of the most well preserved and beautiful reefs in the entire region. It is teeming with almost every fish imaginable, and is also a nursery location for many of the same creatures, with juvenile morays and banded pipefish everywhere. It is also home to the extremely rare leopard shark, deep sea rays and sunfish.
Another tremendously popular dive site is Dolphin House, which is exactly as it sounds, home to an enormous number of dolphins. Many lucky visitors actually enjoy the company of the resident pod of Bottlenose Dolphins during their visit, and some even get to catch a glimpse of the other unique inhabitants of the reef, including turtles and hard coral gardens.
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