An hour away by boat from the Red Sea’s famous wreck haven of Abu Nuhas and a world away from the bustle of Egypt’s major underwater tourist hotspots, El Gouna offers an excellent mix of a mellow atmosphere with serious diving.
Situated 25km north of Hurghada on the mainland Egyptian Red Sea coast, El Gouna is a self-contained tourist town built on 10km of coastline with access to more than 40 excellent dive sites.
Although El Gouna does not fall under the remit of any national marine park authority, the area has a strong underwater conservation philosophy. initiated and maintained with the help of the Hurghada Environmental Protection Association (HEPCA).
There are dives to suit all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced and technical divers. All the dive sites are within a 30-minute to two-hour boat journey.
Abu Nuhas is the biggest draw for shore-based divers in El Gouna. One of the greatest concentrations of wrecks in the Red Sea, the 19th century Carnatic, the impressive Chrisoula K, photo-friendly Giannis D and the 100m-long Kimon M wrecks are all scattered here at ideal, recreational depths.
Another nearby wreck to El Gouna’s shores is the 115m-long Rosalie Muller, sister ship of the world-famous Thistlegorm. At 20 to 46m depth, the Rosalie Muller is a popular excursion for extended range/technical divers.