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El Gouna, Red Sea and Middle East

El Gouna, on the southern Red Sea coast offers a year round diving holiday destination for all levels of diver. The place is sociable and ideal for single travellers with daily boat diving. El Gouna is approximately 20km north of Hurghada and is a purpose built desert located around a central ‘downtown’ area. Built initially around a marina concept in the early 90s it has developed into a well designed resort with a large variety of restaurants, shops, entertainment, activities and sporting options on offer.


El Gouna, like the rest of the Red Sea is an all year round destination. Air temperatures rarely fall below 22°C and reach 35+°C in the summer. This is an excellent destination for all levels with a variety of diving on offer, from deep walls & exciting drift diving to shallow reefs in sheltered waters with beautiful coral gardens and wide variety of colourful reef fish. The diving is mainly day diving trips. There are regular sightings of resident bottle nose dolphins, turtles, nudibranchs, octopus, moray, stingray and whitetip reef sharks. This is also a top wreck diving location with access to the top wreck diving sites at Sha'ab Abu Nuhas in the Straits of Gubal. Special trips can be booked in resort to the Rosalie Moeller and the Thistlegorm.  

Culture and Activities
In El Gouna it is possible to enjoy a variety of activities from wakeboarding, fishing trips or even golf at the 18 hole championship golf course. Other activities on offer include tennis, yoga, horseriding, quadbiking, sailing and volleyball. An ideal location for kitesurfing and learning to kitesurf with pre-bookable packages at one of the main beaches of Mangroovy or in front of the Movenpick Hotel. 

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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: All Year

Average Air temps: 21-40°C 

Average Water temps: 21-30°C 

Visibility: 15-70m (50-230ft)

Top Dive Sites: Shaab El Erg, Wrecks at Abu Nuhas (Ships Graveyard), Abu Dabab, Salem Express, Rosalie Moeller, Abu Nuhas, Ulysse (British freighter), Thistlegorm.

Great Reasons to Dive in El Gouna, Red Sea

  • Variety of diving - shallow reefs, deep walls, wrecks.
  • Ideal Learn to Dive resort
  • PADI 5* IDC / BSAC Centre
  • Choice of 5* & Divers hotels directly on the marina.
  • Many bars & restaurants.
  • Multi sports (golf, kitesurfing, windsurfing)
  • Family friendly resort.



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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