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El Quseir, Red Sea and Middle East

El Quseir, in the southern Red Sea offers diving holidays with unexplored virgin reefs, an excellent house reef and BSAC and PADI dive centres. Only 2 hours south of Hurghada, El Quseir, the oldest port in this part of the Red Sea, offers a totally different feel to the hustle and bustle of Hurghada. It’s remoteness and lack of development are what makes it special. This is an excellent location in the south Red Sea where you can completely wind down and concentrate on the underwater world.

The area has some fabulous diving with relatively unexplored virgin reefs. There is diving straight from the house reef, beautiful shoreline reefs and off-shore reefs all within easy reach by dedicated day boats or jeeps. Glorious coral walls, stunning gardens of soft corals, the copious amount of marine life, turtles and napoleaon wrasse makes this an unrivalled spot. Photographers will enjoy the abundant of macro life in the sheltered sights. Day boat dive excursions are organised to the Southern Red Sea dive sites including Elphinstone Reef with sharks and Salem Express Wreck.

Culture and Activities
El Quseir is a relatively undiscovered by both tourists and divers. If you enjoy a quiet location with uncrowded diving this is for you. Our excellent dive centre offers some 30 possible dive sites to explore from you base in El Quseir. Most of the diving is shore diving, sights are accessible by jeep, truck, Zodiak or a day boat. Explore the numerous, pristine coral gardens, off shore ergs, pinnacles and sea grass meadows plus extensive cavern systems. There is an excellent diversity of marine life including moray, blue spotted stingrays, lion fish, porcupine fish, crocodile fish, squirrel fish, sea snakes as well as large pelagics and occasionally white tip or guitar shark.


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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving






Best Time: Year round

Average Air temps: 21-40°C

Average Water temps: 21-30°C

Visibility: 30-100m 

Top Dive Sites: Sharm Fugani, Ras Mahaleg & Erg Malek. Excursion available to Elphinstone, Salem Express & Abu Dabab. More Dive Sites>

Dive Centres:

Sub Aqua Dive Centre > Superb house reef, shallow lagoon.

Pharaoh Dive Club > PADI & BSAC shore & boat diving for all levels.

Great Reasons to Dive in El Quseir, Red Sea

  • 30 dive sites - varied coral gardens, caverns, wall.
  • Uncrowded diving
  • Variety of topography
  • Novice dive sites
  • White tip & grey shark
  • Shore, zodiak & day boat diving available
  • Stay right on the shore diving spot
  • PADI & BSAC dive centre



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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