Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

“Gain confidence in open water and learn to dive safely in the beautiful Red Sea under the expert supervision of our PADI instructors, staying in comfortable, family-owned accommodation. ”

Highlights

PADI certified Open Water Courses | Max 4 students to one PADI instructor | E-learning theory course available prior to arrival with discount if purchased direct from us | PADI 5* Gold Palm, family-owned resort | Daily beach breakfasts | Bars & restaurants of Dahab within easy reach | Options for boat safari, Ras Abu Galum visit, candlelit Bedouin dinners and help with celebrating special occasions

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Courses are run throughout the year, courses start day after arrival.
Single use plastic-free:
We feel in many ways that scuba divers and even snorkellers are most aware of the impact of plastics on our oceans as they see the effects for themselves first-hand. We have been aware of the issue for quite some time and as such have put a number of plastic reduction and eradication schemes into place at our resort.
preserving food:
We use re-useable tubs for our food and try to use paper for preserving food stuffs. Glass pots are used for our jams and butter at breakfast and ceramic dishes for our ketchup.
Bags:
We provide cotton bags in guests’ rooms for local shopping, so they can say ‘no’ to plastic shopping bags. We also use these and cardboard boxes to transport the shopping we do for the club.
Tea & coffee:
Our rooms also feature a coffee and tea making tray without any plastic in sight. We offer coffee in a jar and a carton of milk, rather than the single use plastic pots.
Straws:
We have been plastic straw-free for more than 3 years now. We have also persuaded many cafés and restaurants in Dahab to follow suit and go ‘straw free’ too….and our 3 kids 11,14,19 are all committed to this and regularly make sure the cafes are on track.
Water bottles:
We use glass bottles with purified, filtered water throughout our club. Glass re-fillable water bottles are provided in the guests rooms and we have water stations available 24 hours a day for re-filling. We do ask guests to bring their own re-fillable water bottles for their own personal use but do also sell vacuum cooler bottles 500 ml if they forget or don’t have any. Even our restaurant will only sell water from glass bottles and we also provide a fill up service for a small fee, for guests not staying with us.
Rubbish:
As well as picking up rubbish whenever we see it, in or out of the water, we also are heavily involved in many local schemes to improve Dahab. One of these, ‘Plastic Free Planet’, is run by a Sea Shepherd member and involves the local kids being paid to pick up rubbish. This scheme means that the kids who would have been fishing for money are now employed to pick up rubbish. This raises awareness of the problem with the next generation as well as keeping the beaches super clean.
Education:
We continue to look for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, both with reduced plastic use as well as energy saving techniques. Our biggest goal alongside these is to raise awareness, not only amongst guests, but also our team who are both Egyptian and Bedouins….and the effect of this growing awareness is starting to show.
Change Making:
In response to Responsible Travel's  call to  reduce no single use plastics, we conducted some research and are pleased to say that we have managed to eradicate plastic drinking bottles at our resort. We now provide glass water bottles both in the guest rooms and our restaurant, have re-fillable steel bottles for sale and offer refill stations throughout our club.  
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Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

- Sourcing locally grown or produced food (with lower food miles)
We are based in a desert, far from any farm but we do support the local organic farm initiative set up in nearby Nuweiba. We buy all our fruit and veg locally, supporting independent businesses.

- Offering vegetarian/plant-based and low dairy foods (which reduce CO2 emissions)
We cater for all types of diet including vegetarian, vegan and anyone who is lactose intolerant and require low dairy foods, many folk choose these diets to help reduce CO2 emissions. We also recommend local vegan places, we have 2 superb ones in town: The Vegan Lab and Marine Garden, which is run by a lady who volunteers for Sea Shepherd.

- Reducing transport emissions - encouraging rail, public transport, walking, cycling, electric cars; and designing itineraries that reduce internal flights
Many of our guests come from Cairo and therefore drive here or take the bus. Once they are here, we encourage the use of bikes, via local hire shops which is a great way to get around Dahab.

- Using renewable energy - either generating it yourself (solar) or switching energy supplier
Solar power is not yet available easily for businesses of our size, but we are constantly monitoring it and will be investing as soon as it is available and viable.

- Reducing energy use - energy efficient buildings, heating, air conditioning, fridges, hot water, low energy bulbs, laundry, etc.
Our Garden rooms are energy efficient as they are built with a curved design which reduces the heat, and the need for AirCon.
We also ask that guests keep their A/C at 27-28 not below as this puts less strain on the environment and is better for them too. We also reserve the right to turn off their A/C if they have left it on when they go out.
We use energy efficient lightbulbs throughout the club.
Laundry is done locally, by a family run business, which means there are full loads.
All our laundry is dried naturally in the sun ?

- Hiring local staff & guides to reduce international travel
All our staff are local, our team have family living in Dahab and use bikes to go back and forth from work to home. Our Bedouins staff all live locally too.

- Anything else you have thought of (we'd love to learn more)!
We are constantly looking at way we can be more eco-friendly and have listed many above. Our next big project will be Solar Power, which is starting to become more possible in Egypt and let’s face it, we have more sunny days than any other country, so hopefully it won’t be long until this is supported for small businesses like our very soon.

Environment

We use glass bottles with purified, filtered water throughout our club. Glass re-filable water bottles are provided in the guests rooms and we have water stations available 24 hours a day for re-filling. We do ask guests to bring their own re-filable water bottles for their own personal use but do also sell vacuum cooler bottles 500 ml if they forget or don’t have any. Even our restaurant will only sell water from glass bottles and we also provide a fill up service for a small fee, for guests not staying with us. We encourage reduced use of Air Con systems and ask you to switch them off when not there. We provide a cotton shopping bag to all our guests to reduce plastic bag use. These bags are also used by our team when shopping for groceries. We only clean rooms on request, no unnecessary washing. All watering of our garden is done with recycled water from the dive rinse pool. We use fish caught in deep sustainable waters only. We post environment advise in all our rooms of how to reduce your impact on the environment whilst you are here in Dahab.

We strive to ‘make a difference’ to the environment with our diving. With a MAX ratio of 4-1 divers to guide, means that we can control our divers and make sure they do no damage, dramatically reducing the impact of our divers on the reef.

All our instructors are aware of the importance of protecting the reef and they remove rubbish from underwater, if they see any. This doubles the effect as customers see us taking care of the environment and follow suit and show a good example by removing anything underwater that should not be there.

We believe you will come as a guest and leave as a better informed, more responsible, non coral bashing, and more environmentally aware diver.

Community

We are proud to be member of Responsible Travel and take our role as vacation providers in this precious area very seriously, and are committed to finding new ways to reduce impact from tourism.

We employ Egyptian, Bedouin and Nubian workers as our full time team here. Local Bedouins run our dive cars, Camel Safaris and all the trips we do. We consider our Bedouin friends to be an extension of our family.

All of our kids are very aware of how precious this environment is and as they are bi-lingual are also able to chat away to the local kids about why it is wrong to fish, why not to throw rubbish in the sea etc and is very effective. This is the only way, via the kids, as the adults are too stuck in their ways to want to change. We pick rubbish from the beach at every site we go to both above and below water.

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Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019 by

Excellent experience, beautiful diving, and great staff. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019 by

Best ever (vacation), most relaxing and fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by

There were many memorable moments but the standout for me was our first open water dive. It was my first experience in the Red Sea and the corals and sea life were stunning. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2018 by

This might be the best vacation I've had. I can't say enough good things about this place: The family, the friends of family, the dive instructor, my dive buddy (DB)...just a wonderful time. Looking forward to continuing my dive training/excursions there. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by

One of the best vacations I've had. Went for a week for our youngest son to learn to dive and we're now planning to go back next year with the whole family. Can't wait! Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

Excellent - if you want a friendly open hearted place to stay and learn to dive then I couldn't recommend it more highly. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2015 by

Do not hesitate to book this vacation! The people are fantastic, the place is beautiful and the more relaxed nature of the area due to its more remote location made for a far more relaxing vacation than you would have at other resorts in the region The whole operation was centerd around local people and the local economy. We were actively encouraged to reduce our environmental impact and respect the environment which we were lucky enough to see Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2014 by

Everything was fantastic but the most memorable part was the diving. We went diving every day and saw lots of coral and fish. Staying with this operator was also very relaxing. They looked after us wonderfully, everything we wanted was provided and nothing was too much trouble. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2012 by

I hope to remain fit enough to explore yet more -different/ active vacation experiences from the Responsible Travel /Eco sites area and to widen my knowledge of the World . other peoples and their culture . Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2012 by

Scuba diving was awesome. Wonderfully friendly and helpful team. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Ahmed was a great instructor and we all loved the diving. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2012 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was getting my dive certificate and riding a camel into the mountains for New Year's Eve...The team is very relaxed and welcoming, but still efficient. They are fun to be around and care about the guests. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2011 by

I LOVED learning to dive in the Red Sea and the staff at the dive center couldn't have been better. I also went on a Bedouin Mountain dinner which was amazing... lying under the stars was unforgettable! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2010 by

A really excellent week. Good diving, good food, and good weather... Being amongst the fish and the coral every day - unbelievable colour and variety. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2010 by

Highlights were the spectacular location and amazing waters for diving, friendly and knowledgable staff. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2010 by

My diving instructor was excellent and managed to get me to advance open water level within a week. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2010 by

The reef and fish were amazing and the dive instruction was perfectly tailored for our needs Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2010 by

Some of the best scuba diving in the region but what really made it for us was the people. Read full review

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