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.  
Accessible overview:
We designed our boutique hotel for folk with limited mobility in mind. We want our guests to feel comfortable staying and diving with us, no matter their physical limitations. My father-in-law walks on one leg as a result of childhood polio so I guess he’s partly responsible for the inspiration.
Please note that where one to one instruction is required, the price of the vacation will be a little higher - please talk to us for more information.
Limited mobility:
Our team, who have been with us for many years, have a wonderful ‘can do’ attitude to helping folk and not making a big thing of it. We have several guests in wheelchairs who come to us every year for this reason. Our infrastructure makes it much easier too; the whole hotel is one level and a slight ramp to the equipment cleaning area. All our doors are extra wide 1 meter +. Our Garden Rooms have one level and an open wet room style bathroom, with grab rails and low basins. Most transport here is done in a pick-up which means it is super easy to pop the wheelchair in the back. The diving here is shore based, which again makes it easier to get in and out of the water and there are always helping hands available.


Wheelchair:
We built our property with wheelchair users in mind and as well as the facilities detailed above, we do also cater for wheelchair users who wish to dive. Despite trying hard to keep the prices the same, there has to be a slight increase in dive prices as most wheelchair users need 1-1 help form their instructor...so we can adapt the trips we already have, but might need to add a slight uplift to the dive prices. Please talk to us for more information.
Blind/ limited vision:
We have had guests with limited vision before and we managed to adapt their depth gauge for diving so they could feel the bumps on it and know what air they had etc. The hotel itself is small and easy to find your way around, testament to that is our blind cat, Lady, who knows every cranny and finds her way around easily ;)
Deaf/limited hearing:
At least half of our staff have written English skills and this will help deaf guests to communicate. Also, scuba divers are all well versed in basic sign language for communicating underwater.
Our local community is made up of a mix of many nationalities from all over the world... so we all have lots of experience crossing language/communication barriers. There are also many deaf folk in our local Bedouin community and so it is very natural to communicate in sign language.
Cognitive conditions:
We encourage our prospective guests to let us know if they have any cognitive conditions or special requirements so we can cater to their needs as best as possible. We try to cultivate a relaxed atmosphere and allow our guests to guide how much or little interaction they want.
Our place has a maximum capacity of 22 guests so even during a peak season, it’s not overwhelming with regards to the number of people around the resort. We have many quiet areas around our resort – At the rear of our Garden Rooms, there is a small, private space to just sit and be away from everyone.
Our main outdoor communal area has a grassy lawn fitted with hammocks – perfect for an afternoon siesta. We also have two cushioned Bedouin-style seating areas – one on the beach and one in the garden area (which also has a fireplace for winter). We provide curved partitions (windbreakers) for privacy while sunbathing on our beach area.
'Free from' food:
All our food is locally sourced and we endeavour to cater to specialty diets upon request. We do encourage our guests to bring any hard to find ingredients with them if they are a necessary part of their diet, and our chefs will include it in their meals.
All our food is freshly prepared by our chefs to order, which means they can adapt to most dietary requirements. We have already catered for gluten free, lactose intolerant, nut and other allergies or specific dietary requirements. We do not serve seafood or shellfish at our restaurant, as part of our environmental awareness and local reef conservation efforts.
LGBT:
We do not discriminate against anyone and provide an inclusive atmosphere without judgement.
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Responsible tourism: Family scuba diving vacations for certified divers, Red Sea

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

We are proud to be member of Responsible Travel and take our role as vacation providers in this precious area very seriously.

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 3 of our children, born here in Dahab, appreciate how precious this environment is and as they are bi-lingual, are able to chat to the locals about why it is wrong to fish, why not to throw rubbish in the sea etc and is very effective coming from a kid.

Dahab is an amzming preciuos place which has increased in size over the years. We have been here for 17 years and work hard to help retain it's beauty.

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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