Experience some of the best diving in the Northern Hemisphere with one of our fabulous group

Sharm el Sheikh Red Sea April 2022 - 7 Days

Red Sea

4-11th APRIL 2021

Ghazala Gardens PoolSharm el Sheikh has been regarded as one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world. Even Jacques Cousteau had the nearby Ras Mohamed in his top 10 dive sites!

With recent political events and threats now cleared divers can once again enjoy these pristine reefs and clear blue waters.

DIVING IN SHARM EL SHEIKH

At the point where the Gulf of Suez meets the Gulf of Aqaba, these nutrient rich waters attract an abundance of marine life such as turtles, clown fish, crocodile fish, jacks, snapper and at this time of year there is a small chance of seeing whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins. Sharm el sheikh has a thriving centre in Naama Bay where we can enjoy lots of restaurants, bars and cafes.

World Class Diving

Red SeaWe have tied up with our friends at Red Sea College who have a dive centre based a short walk from our hotel. They have all the facilities you’d expect from a PADI 5* Centre, including several dive boats a short walk from the hotel.

Sharm el Sheikh is famed for having some of the best coral reefs and wrecks in the Red Sea and is also one of the few places  you can reach the world famous World War II wreck of the SS. Thistlegorm by day boat.

The SS Thistlegorm. Lying in 30m in the Straights of Gubal in the Northern Red Sea, she was sunk by a Heinkel He-111. One of a pair that were actually looking for the Queen Mary, a converted ocean liner, now a troopship carrying 1500 Aussie troops, a lucky escape!

SS-ThistlegormShe was bombed in the early morning on the 6th of October 1941 whilst lying at anchor. Full of supplies destined for the RAF in Egypt. A dive on the Thistlegorm is like a visit to an underwater museum. Still full of riffles, ordinance, trucks, Norton and BSA motorcycles and locomotives too. With the bow at only 15m she is easily accessible although the current can be strong.

This diving holiday is suitable for all levels of divers and snorkellers are welcome to join us.

There is no formal diving itinerary as we can choose the diving that suits the group including completing dive courses, enjoying the pretty house reef, doing a night dive or venture further afield by dive boat. Most people will opt for a 5-day dive package which gives you 10 dives in these clear blue waters, enough to explore the many different dive sites.

ACCOMMODATION – 4.5* GHAZALA GARDENS HOTEL

“An oasis of calm just minutes from the centre of Naama Bay”

Ghazala Gardens - LargeA tranquil oasis of calm in the very heart of Naama Bay, the Ghazala Gardens Hotel offers the very best of everything, from service and facilities to location and an impressive choice of restaurants. Relax in the contemporary landscaped gardens and large lagoon pool with an artificial beach complete with cabanas, and access to a real beach just across the road.

Location

In a fantastic location in the central Naama Bay, just 12 km from the airport. It’s 5 minutes’ walking distance to the centre of Naama Bay with its shops, bars and restaurants, and 10 minutes by taxi to Sharm el Sheikh old town. Transfer time: 20 minutes.

GHAZALA GARDENS – FOOD AND DRINK

2 buffet restaurants serving international menus
3 à la carte restaurants: Brazilian, Mexican and Italian
3 bars with waiter service

Plus, at extra charge:
24 hour Lobby Bar
Ice cream corner & cafe
Beach Bar at the Ghazala Beach Hotel

Nearest beach

Enjoy shared access to the private beach at the Ghazala Beach Hotel, just across the road. It is 300m to the beach, which is sandy and has sun loungers, parasols and beach towels, plus a beach bar with waiter service.

Swimming pool

Large lagoon pool (heated in winter) with artificial beach, sun loungers, parasols and beach towels.

Sports and leisure

Live evening entertainment
Billiards
Table tennis
Boules
Aqua aerobics

At the Ghazala Beach Hotel, at extra charge: Health club with gym, sauna, jacuzzi and massage

Additional services

Free WiFi in Reception/Lobby area
Internet café
24 hour limousine service
Laundry service
ATM machine

Your room

All rooms have a balcony or terrace with pool or garden view, king size or twin double beds, bath or shower, WC, air conditioning (seasonal), hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. There is a telephone and mini-bar, both at extra charge.

Standard Rooms sleep 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults.

Junior Suites are larger and have an open plan seating area and sleep 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults.

Junior Suites with direct Pool Access and interconnecting rooms are available at a small supplement.

Flight Times

Outbound Flight 3rd April Depart London Gatwick 09:10 Arrive Sharm el Sheikh 15:25
Return Flight 10th April Depart Sharm el Sheikh 16:25 Arrive London Gatwick 21:10

Prices

The price inclusive of return flights from London Gatwick with 20kg luggage allowance, transfers, 7 nights all-inclusive accommodation in a standard room is £915pp based on 2 people sharing. A visa is required on landing which is currently £30 and is payable at Sharm el Sheikh airport. Single room supplement and rooms upgrades also available.

Your All Inclusive° package includes: • Buffet, breakfast, lunch and dinner • Choice of à la carte restaurants as shown (some items at extra cost) • Afternoon tea and coffee and cake • Unlimited soft drinks by the glass – 24 hrs • Unlimited local alcoholic beverages by the glass – 10:00-midnight °Some bars, drinks and menu items may incur extra charges. *Extra charge payable locally.

Diving:  5 day 10 dive package including weights and tanks from £260 and is payable in advance before the trip. This price includes tank + weight. There is a Marine Park fee, which is 7 Euro per person per day, which is payable locally.

A 3rd dive and/or a night dive is offered at an extra cost, to be discussed with the dive centre upon arrive.

Equipment hire: We are offering 1 weeks full kit hire including shortie wetsuit, BCD, regulators, boots, fins and mask £95.

Please note that the above prices are subject to change and availability.


A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITES

STRAIGHTS OF TIRAN

This dive location can be found in the middle of the Gulf of Aqaba approximately one and a half hours by boat from Naama Bay.
Only accessible by boat it is still well preserved compared to some of the local dive sites on the coastline. Unpredictable currents around the reefs and steep drop offs require good diving skills. Guests diving with us will never be diving this spot on their first dive day.
Four coral reefs lined up in a row are visible on the surface, actually the top of a huge coral reef back growing out of the depth.
These reefs, named after British cartographers (Gordon, Woodhouse, Thomas, Jackson), are world famous for its extraordinary diversity of corals. Sights of sharks, turtles and other big fish are possible.
Wreck remains on the outside reefs stand as a warning to ship in the narrow straits.

RAS MOHAMED MARINE PARK

Ras Mohammed National Park and Marine reserve is an outstanding area of natural beauty on land and underwater. The area is considered significant for Marine biologists due to the diverse range of marine and coral life sustained by the two bodies of water that merge here; The Gulf of Suez and The Gulf of Aqaba.

The park is protected by marine park laws which all divers must abide by to ensure the survival of such a delicate eco-system. All of the dives are accessible by boat and a couple can be dived by shore. A daily boat trip to Ras Mohammed National Park is a must on any SCUBA diving holiday to Sharm el Shiekh.

Like the Straits of Tiran some of the dive sites are challenging with unpredictable currents and steep drop offs. To get the most out of these amazing dives, the Red Sea College prefer guests to dive local sites first and that all divers visiting the park have good buoyancy control.

WRECKS AROUND SHARM

Thistlegorm

The Thistlegorm was built in 1940 as a merchant vessel being 126m long and 17.5m wide. It was commandeered by the navy during the World War II.
In October 1941 the vessel had made its way round Africa and into the Red Sea. Loaded down with supplies destined for North Africa. It anchored in the holding area before moving towards the Suez Canal.
The anchorage is 5 miles wide between the Sinai Peninsula and the reef ‘Shaab Ali’ where the sea bottom is flat at around 30m.
In the early hours of the 6th October two German bombers from Crete found her and other vessels anchored there. The bombs landed in number four hold, which contained ammunition, ripping the stern section off and folding some of the deck back on itself. The ship went down and landed upright.

The wreck was first dived by Cousteau in the 50’s. However its position was not rediscovered until the early 90’s. Since then it has become one of the worlds best wrecks to dive. The holds are open and easily accessed showing the full range of cargo carried. Like trucks, motorbikes, plane wings and engines, trains and tenders, Wellington boots and waders!!, ammunition, armoured vehicles.

DUNRAVEN

This wreck of a British Steamer is on the Southern edge of Sha’ab Mahmoud which is also known as Beacon Rock as the wreck is directly below the South Cardinal Beacon. It is about another hour boat ride past Ras Mohammed and is prone to the weather conditions. Once at the reef there is some protection from the waves but it can still be a little rough.
The Dunraven was built in 1873 in Newcastle and hit the reef in 1876. It has sunk in 30m of water right next to the reef wall and is completely upside down in two sections. The length is about 80m and it’s about 10m wide.

The stern section is in about 29m to the sand and is open in places for those qualified to enter. This leads to a swim through by the side of the ship’s boiler and out where the wreck has broken in half. The exit being usually filled with glass fish in their thousands. The bow section is in shallower water with loads of places to stick your head into, but nowhere to get in.
After the bow section the dive is usually done by fining over the hull which is covered in coral and then moving onto the reef wall and the shallows to finish the dive.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Sharm el Sheikh Red Sea April 2022

Trip Facts

  • ACCOMMODATION – 4.5* GHAZALA GARDENS HOTEL “An oasis of calm just minutes from the centre of Naama Bay” A tranquil oasis of calm in the very heart of Naama Bay, the Ghazala Gardens Hotel offers the very best of everything, from service and facilities to location and an impressive choice of restaurants. Relax in the contemporary landscaped gardens and large lagoon pool with an artificial beach complete with cabanas, and access to a real beach just across the road. Location In a fantastic location in the central Naama Bay, just 12 km from the airport. It’s 5 minutes’ walking distance to the centre of Naama Bay with its shops, bars and restaurants, and 10 minutes by taxi to Sharm el Sheikh old town. Transfer time: 20 minutes. GHAZALA GARDENS – FOOD AND DRINK 2 buffet restaurants serving international menus 3 à la carte restaurants: Brazilian, Mexican and Italian 3 bars with waiter service Plus, at extra charge: 24 hour Lobby Bar Ice cream corner & cafe Beach Bar at the Ghazala Beach Hotel Nearest beach Enjoy shared access to the private beach at the Ghazala Beach Hotel, just across the road. It is 300m to the beach, which is sandy and has sun loungers, parasols and beach towels, plus a beach bar with waiter service. Swimming pool Large lagoon pool (heated in winter) with artificial beach, sun loungers, parasols and beach towels. Sports and leisure Live evening entertainment Billiards Table tennis Boules Aqua aerobics At the Ghazala Beach Hotel, at extra charge: Health club with gym, sauna, jacuzzi and massage Additional services Free WiFi in Reception/Lobby area Internet café 24 hour limousine service Laundry service ATM machine Your room All rooms have a balcony or terrace with pool or garden view, king size or twin double beds, bath or shower, WC, air conditioning (seasonal), hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. There is a telephone and mini-bar, both at extra charge. Standard Rooms sleep 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults. Junior Suites are larger and have an open plan seating area and sleep 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults. Junior Suites with direct Pool Access and Inter-connecting rooms are available at a small supplement.
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