Family scuba diving vacations for certified divers, Red Sea

“This family diving trip is a really fun and safe way to learn to dive in the safest of hands as well as giving your children the gift of diving which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

Highlights

Enjoy the luxury of unrushed personalised guided diving to suit you. Tailored dives | Max 4 divers to one PADI instructor | PADI 5* gold palm, family-friendly resort | Daily beach breakfasts | Bars & restaurants of Dahab within easy reach | Options for boat safari, Ras Abu Galum national park visit, safaris organised upon request.

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Departure information

This is a year round destination and we tailor courses to suit your arrival times
Our top tip:
Don't worry about high temps in August - the wind and water will cool you down!
Trip type:
Family activity.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
6 nights 5-star Gold Palm Resort.
Solos:
This is a family trip - rooms are based on two sharing.
Meals:
All breakfasts.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, PADI Open Water Course, bottled water.
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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Responsible tourism

Family scuba diving vacations for certified divers, 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 have implemented many ideas to avoid plastics...especially the dreaded single use plastics and look for every opportunity to reduce or even eradicate our footprint and also from our guests too.
We have managed to STOP using plastic water bottles! This is huge as the impact of literally millions of single use water bottles is a worldwide problem. We now provide both glass bottles in the guests rooms as well as only providing water in glass bottles for our outside guests. We offer a free re-fill for any guests and a small cost for outside guests...any profit goes back into supplying more water stations.
All our left over vegetables and trimmings are fed to our own goats and rabbits. We encourage environmental behavior via some recommendations posted in the rooms e.g. reduced use of Air Con systems and ask customers to limit the temperature and to switch them off when not using the room; otherwise we will turn them off when the guests are out. We provide cotton shopping bags to all our guests to reduce plastic bag use. These bags are also used by our team when shopping for groceries.

All watering of our garden is done with recycled water from the dive rinse pool. We use fish, line caught, in deep sustainable waters only. We post environment advice in all our rooms of how to reduce your impact on the environment whilst you are here in Dahab. For example shorter showers, re-chargers not plugged in.

We strive to ‘make a difference’ to the environment with our diving. With a MAX ratio of 4-1 divers to guide, this is possible as it means that we can control our guest divers and improve on buoyancy techniques to help them make sure they do no damage to the precious reefs, thus dramatically reducing the impact our guest divers have on the reef.

All our instructors are aware of the importance of protecting the reef and they habitually remove rubbish from underwater during every dive, if they see any. This doubles the effect as customers see us taking care of the environment and follow suit.

We believe you will come as a guest and leave as a much more relaxed, confident diver, better informed, more responsible, and more environmentally aware diver.

Community

How do you see responsible tourism in action on this trip?
Everywhere from the rooms encouraging less waste of water, less electricity on air con, to cotton bags provided for shopping locally.
Does this trip visit or show support for one of our projects or any local projects?
We support local initiatives such as beach and sea clean ups, providing help and biodegradable bags for clean ups.
We have encouraged many cafes etc to stop using single use plastic esp. the dreaded straw which we have not used ourselves for years.
Does the trip visit anywhere where the fees paid will help with restoration/conservation/
Fees are paid locally to everyone we use, all our drivers are Bedouin for example, we pay for use of tents and shelters and tea making by our Bedouin friends on every safari.
local economic development? Do you use local leaders on this trip? Have they had training?
We use local Bedouin guides and drivers for all our safari and dive work. We have Egyptian instructors too.
Do the leaders give a Responsible Travel briefing?
All our guides are eco friendly and all encourage rubbish pick ups on the shore and in the sea, leading by example.
Do travelers receive a Responsible Travel Code of Conduct?
We suggest ways that guests can follows our eco guidelines via a ‘How to be a responsible tourist’ leaflet in their room.
Is the accommodation locally owned? Do you use local restaurants/shops/markets/transport etc.?
We encourage our guests to use the local facilities; when they are diving we take them to local cafes to rest and have shade between dives and we also recommend other places than our own for eating out in the evening.
What does the accommodation do to minimise its impact? Has it got good environmental/social practices? (eg. with regard to conserving water & energy, recycling, composting, organic gardening, purchasing of food locally, local employment etc.)
We conserve water by using well water to water our plants. We ask guest to have their air con set higher so it does not use as much energy. We recycle all our food scraps to our ducks and goats. All our food is purchased locally. Every item in the club is sourced locally if possible too, allowing small local businesses to flourish i.e. bedding, towels, food, supplies etc.,
What is the group size and how does this impact on the community and environment?
We are the only dive club in the Red Sea which stipulates a maximum number of divers to Instructor of just 4-1…this minimizes any potential for damage to the precious reef as well as enhancing the divers experience and making them better divers, for everywhere they might go afterwards.
As a company, what is your environmental policy in your office?
Refuse, Reuse, Recycle
As a company, do you support any charities or projects?
We support Responsible Travel as a company. We offer help to any local groups needing it for clean ups etc., we are always on the lookout for projects which need our help…for example we are currently looking at the St Catherine’s area and how we can support one of the may garden/Bedouin projects running there.

21 Reviews of Family scuba diving vacations for certified divers, Red Sea

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Reviewed on 20 Feb 2018 by

The most memorable was diving over the reef from Lighthouse bay with my teenage children. Feeling that we have only just touched the surface of a beautiful and fragile environment. Enjoying the gentle, humorous hospitality of the local Egyptians... Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2017 by

Its hard to pick one thing. The diving was spectacular but also the hospitality, food, rooms, people! Loved everything. Everything was perfect for us, we were taken care of so well, the kids had a lot of fun (no electronic devices either). Happy kids & happy mum and dad! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2015 by

Absolutely brilliant. Excellent service, accommodation fine, food good, beach close, great picnic in the mountains. So good we are going back in a few months. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2014 by

10/10 - you must GO!! The best parts was becoming a scuba diver and my son becoming Open Water PADI certified Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2013 by

Most memorable was getting the children snorkelling and seeing their excitement at seeing all the pretty fish! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2012 by

Completely relaxing. Met some lovely people. My sons completed their open water and advanced diving courses, and enjoyed themselves without the aid of modern technology. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2011 by

Us adults as well as our late teenage kids thoroughly enjoyed the vacations...There was a large team of local staff present who created a lovely atmosphere and a warm hospitality, they were clearly happy in their employment. The Egyptian dive instructor was careful at the coral reefs and made people aware of how to prevent damage. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2010 by

Diving through a coral maze, just me, my husband, daughters and the wonderful Kayla from the dive center was the most exciting part. The coral corridors were truly stunning...We all said it was the best vacation we have ever had. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2010 by

The most memorable part was my son being happy to be left on the beach with the lady that provided the childcare - allowing us to focus on our diving...10/10. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2010 by

Very good- an excellent place to learn to dive- very unhurried, very relaxing-plenty of time to unwind. Although, saying that the week still flew past! Yvonne our guide was just SUPERB. I felt so very safe in her hands & the boys warmed to the ever smiling Ahmed, their guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2009 by

The whole trip was very enjoyable. The most memorable part was learning to SCUBA dive and seeing all the life on and around the reef. It was amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2009 by

The diving is world class and I would recommend this vacation to all. Looking forward to going back. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2009 by

The diving was better than we could have hoped for...An enjoyable vacation, would do it again tomorrow. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2009 by

The most memorable was diving in Ras Abu galum... Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2009 by

Diving the Canyon, and coming across a turtle swimming through our own dispersed bubble field (your own exhaled air filters through the rock from when below in the Canyon) was truly memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2009 by

Wanted to learn to dive and understood Red Sea is spectacular, looked on line, found the dive center on-line, liked their web-site, resort matched up to expectations. Happy Days! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2009 by

First snorkelling trip along the edge of the reef and seeing an eagle ray was the most memorable part. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2008 by

A large number of the staff used are locals including the Bedouin Nannies who took amazing care of our children (in the process turning them into highly proficient bracelet manufacturers!!) Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2008 by

The site is beautiful, and has a very chilled, friendly atmosphere. We had some lovely shore dives from some great locations and lots of laughs with the dive team. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2008 by

Most memorale was achieving Open water Diving qualification!! Fabulous weather - fabulous people!! Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2007 by

11/10 - Best vacation in years - incredibly relaxing, but as a dive vacation physically hard work. Fantastic place, fantastic people. Read full review

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