A short taster of diving and staying in El Gouna. Shot for Emperor by BBC cameraman, Mark Sharman, this footage brings you closer to the Red Sea and all that El Gouna has to offer.
Diving, day boats, kitting up, fab food, clear blue water, colourful reefs, dolphins and relaxing in resort. And if you're not diving, this shows you a range of things to do above the water.
In the past few days, diesel prices have risen by 64% and dive operators have had no choice but to introduce a fuel surcharge. Accordingly, as of 28 July, Emperor will apply fuel surcharges to new bookings as follows:
€5 per day for boat diving
€3 per day for house reef diving
€55 per person per week for northern safaris
€80 per person per week for southern safaris
Existing bookings for 2014 will not be surcharged, however, new bookings for 2014 and new and existing bookings for 2015 will.
Mike Braun, Emperor Divers' General Manager, explained, "Last year we absorbed an average 75% increase in fuel costs but fuel prices, including natural gas, have risen by as much as 78% and have a direct effect on the cost of transporting food and goods as well as public transportation so we have no option but to apply this surcharge. However, with the price reductions seen in the Red Sea over the past few years, we still feel the area offers fantastic value for money."
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A glowing review for the Emperor El Gouna team via TripAdvisor.
Well done all ...
I learned to dive with Emperor Divers from 10th-14th June 2014 and absolutely loved it.
All the staff were immediately friendly, fun and welcoming. It is situated right next door to the Three Corners Ocean View Hotel, where I was staying.
My instructor was Paul, who was endlessly patient with me (I tested this at times!) and made me feel sale and calm. Every aspect was thoroughly explained and my questions answered with explanations to help me get to the solution, rather than giving me the answers. in the pool and the sea,
Paul demonstrated techniques when necessary and ensured I understood and was competent before we moved on to something else. He was encouraging and full of humour.
All the equipment was in good order and the diver boats were great! Lovely food too. There was a fun atmosphere onboard and all the staff were very safely-conscious.
The dive briefings were thorough and the diving experience heightened by the guides, such as Paul and Tiger, pointing out things divers could easily have missed, such as frog fish and octopus.
I would highly recommend Emperor Divers, both for those wanting to learn to dive, like myself, and those more experienced. I spoke to a number of other divers and all were very pleased with the service. A number are returning later in the year (lucky them!!) and will dive with Emperor Divers again.
Fascinating report from dive guide, Sonia Goggel, on Emperor Superior
Every time I am fortunate enough to submerge myself in the magical waters of the Red Sea, I am overwhelmed by the quality of the light and visibility. Like no other diving in the world, the beauty of the dive sites is enhanced greatly by the huge amount of sunlight, the clarity of the water and the often more than fifty meters visibility. Better even, we have these conditions on at least 350 days a year. How much better can it get?
The Carnatic was the perfect expression of the above. As we descended on this 19th century underwater gem, we could clearly see the whole wreck and way beyond. The atmosphere inside is magnificent with the shafts of light penetrating the portholes and rib system and reflecting on the large school of glassfish and very lush soft corals in all shades of purple and pink.
The Emperor Superior was home to eighteen British Wreck lovers last trip, and to Get Wrecked was our quest. We even had Flash Gordon visits and The Green Man on board; unbelievable but true :-)
Mike’s better half, Karen, preferred to enjoy the sun and have the boat all to herself while we were diving.
On the Chrisoula again, we enjoyed the beautiful light shafts amongst the piles of tiles in the bow and in the work shop.
The Giannis D is the most scenic of all Abu Nuhas wrecks. Great visibility and midday sunlight showed her at her best. The dense school of copper sweepers and glassfish in the engine room provide a most stunning backdrop to a photograph towards the hatch.
We were grateful for the good weather, as the Ulysses was next, gloriously covered in dense soft corals and populated by gorgeous Flabellina rubrolineata nudibranchs and egg-laying sergeant majors.
A dive on the Rosie was next, always impressive, covered in glassfish and cardinals, chased around by lionfish and jackfish. The highlight of the dive, though, met us on the safety stop; a bottlenose dolphin circling us for quite a while.
We also had a dolphin visit on our Bluff Point dive, as ten of these friendly creatures swam by us.
Four dives on the Thistlegorm followed. The last one was the best, though, as we had thirty metres visibility, wonderful light and a blanket of fusiliers being chased by jacks covering the whole wreck.
And then we were off to Shark Reef and Yolanda, one of my personal favourites.
We had it again at its best, how could it not be :-) We descended on a big school of snappers, unicorns and big-eye jacks, then drifted along the brilliant Shark Reef wall, crossed over to Yolanda and were mesmerized by the soft coral pinnacles and tons of anthias. As if the sensory overload had not been large enough, a huge swirling barracuda school performed for us during our safety stop. I feel completely privileged to be a dive guide every time I visit Yolanda.
Ras Mohamed was followed by the wreck of the Salem Express. Even though it is always a bit of an eerie dive, the visibility was crystal clear, the pipefish were floating about everywhere and our wreck fans loved it.
When diving the Safaga area, Panorama Reef is a must, especially the Northern edge of the South-Eastern plateau. There is a deep fan coral garden, covered in soft corals and huge pockets of glassfish. Say no more. I could just stay and live here. Pure bliss!
The dense and pristine fan coral forest of Giftun Drift was the cherry on our diving week cake. John O’B, our Master Nudibranch Spotter, found some gorgeous nudibranchs crawling around on the sandy patches.
El Fanadir was our last dive, and we were lucky to spot many stonefish, free-swimming spotted snake eels and two octopuses actually getting bitten by the same giant moray, while swimming by, and then cuddling up to comfort each other.
Night diving was also critter-rich with plenty of Spanish dancers, giant morays, stonefish, lionfish, spiny lobsters and cuttlefish.
We on Emperor Superior are truly blessed with Captain Ahmed Omran, who took us around safely in quite some heavy seas. He and his superb Crew gave the best of themselves on this trip, yet again. Thank you so much my Dear Superior Family, you are truly SUPERIOR!
A great thank you also goes to all our dear guests for getting wrecked with us and sharing the many wonders of the Red Sea. We wish you a safe flight home and hope to see you again soon!
Many sea hugs and safe bubbles!
An international array of feedback for the team at Emperor Marsa Alam via TripAdvisor ...
Reviewed 22 June 2014 NEW via mobile
Sono rimasto entusiasta di questo diving dove ho trovato tantissima simpatia, accoglienza, disponibilità e professionalità allo stesso tempo. Un particolare ringraziamento a Maya a Karim e a tutte le persone che vi lavorano!! Ho trascorso una piacevole vacanza. Ho potuto ammirare durante le immersioni numerosi delfini e tanto altro...... Lo consiglio vivamente. Grazie Roberto BG 14/6/2014
Visited June 2014
22 Jun 2014 A TripAdvisor Member
I was enthusiastic about this diving where I found a lot of sympathy, warmth, helpfulness and professionalism at the same time. A special thanks to Maya Karim and all the people who work there! I spent a pleasant holiday. I could see many dolphins while diving and much more ...... I highly recommend it. Thanks Roberto
“Great diving & great people”
Reviewed 24 June 2014
My husband and I just came back from a 6 day diving experience with Emperor Divers Marsa Alam, where we also did our AOW certification. The wonderful experience that we had with Emperors in Scharm El Sheik back in February convinced us to book the next diving trip also with ED. We were not disappointed.
We met some wonderful, fully dedicated to their job people, who although diving daily, still are as enthusiastic about every dive as a newcomer. The pickups were always on time, equipment in good to very good condition. The briefings and the maps were detailed and thorough. The safety of the divers and (luckily) of the reef were always stressed upon.
The crew on the boat was extremly helpful and a pleasure to be around to. We really enjoyed the lunches on the boat - there was a great variety of food. The diving sites are among the best I have ever seen - full of life and color. Unfortunatly the weather did not allow us to do Elphinstone - but that is just one more reason to go back to Egypt. :) Our next diving trip in Egypt will be surely be booked with Emperors.
And from Belgium:
“Allez en Egypte !”
Reviewed 24 June 2014
Cher plongeurs et futurs plongeurs, n'hésitez pas . Allez plonger avec les Emperors divers à Marsa Alam (ou ailleurs) . ETn'ayez pas peur de vous rendre en Egypte ,il n'y a que du bonheur en Mer Rouge et l'accueil est exceptionnel, aussi bien dans les hotels qu'à 20m de profondeur !!
"Go to Egypt!"
24 Jun 2014
Dear future divers and divers, do not hesitate. Go diving with various Emperors in Marsa Alam (or elsewhere). ETn'ayez not afraid to go to Egypt, there is only happiness in the Red Sea and was outstanding in both hotels at 20m depth!
Welcome to one of the most appealing dive destinations in the world. With its relaxed atmosphere, year-round warm water and sightings of great pelagics, the Maldives is a ‘must dive’ location. Its rich marine life teems around the coral reefs where you’ll find schools of fish, sharks, mantas and rays with regular appearances by playful dolphins.
Our liveaboard MV Emperor Voyager (formally known as Atoll Cruiser) sails from Male and she’s a rather splendid modern, spacious boat built to a high standard. She takes 20 guests in real comfort offering magical trips such as 'The Best of the Maldives' and 'Manta Madness'.
Emperor Voyager offers FREE NITROX as standard and great value. A week's diving on a full board basis including 17 dives and Nitrox costs from just £987.70pp / € 1,190.00 (excluding flights).
Save up to €200 on a lovely Emperor liveaboard!
€829 / £688
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€739 / £613
Reefs and Wrecks from Hurghada
14 - 21 November
€729 / £605
Fury & St Johns from Hamata
03 - 10 August
€599 / £497
21 & 22 October
€699 / £580
28 & 29 October
€699 / £580
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Read this insightful feedback, via TripAdvisor, from a recent guest with Emperor Sharm. Good reasons to come and dive the Red Sea now - keep the industry going and see some of the best conditions!
Birmingham, United Kingdom
“Still the Best.”
Reviewed 16 June 2014
I have recently returned from yet another scuba diving holiday in Sharm-El-Sheikh, diving with Emperor Divers based at the Bay View Hotel.
Unfortunately with the on-going political situation in Egypt, like all of the tourist businesses and hotels, Emperor Divers, while doing better than most, are not immune from the vast reduction in tourist numbers.
However despite this I am happy to report that Emperor Divers have fully maintained their standards of both safety and service.
Actually, as a scuba diver now is a really good time to travel to Sharm-El-Sheikh as there is more room on the daily dive boats and far less pressure on the various dive sites both at Tiran and within the Ras Mohammed National Park. In addition currently there are some really good low-price offers on both the hotels and the various dive packages if pre-booked on-line.
Having previously dived over many years in the area of Sharm-El-Sheikh, with less pressure on the dive sites, this last trip rates as one of the best for fish life, which even included diving with Dolphins.
So despite the downturn in business, Emperor Divers have retained some of the best English speaking Dive Leaders/Instructors in the Sharm area, so I fully recommend this company if you are either a qualified scuba diver or you are a new diver interested in taking up the sport and taking a training programme.
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