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Hamata: 7 nights + 3 day's diving - just £212

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Great value - Great diving!

Zabargad Berenice Resort people decking cy.jpgCome and dive Hamata with some great value diving prices.

TOP TIP: Our guests are finding new ways to get to Hamata by flying into Hurghada and booking a two-centre holiday using a couple of days' diving in Marsa Alam to break the journey to Hamata. Now that really is the best of both worlds.


And here are three very good reasons to book today...

  • Unlimited house reef diving & boat diving. RIB/Zodiac day diving
  • NEW house reef jetty. Fabulously improved
  • Shaab Sataya for diving and snorkelling with dolphins
The offer:

7 nights Zabargad Berenice Resort + Marsa Alam airport transfers + 3 days' house reef diving
Just €252 / £212 per person
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7 nights Zabargad Berenice Resort + Marsa Alam airport transfers + 5 days' house reef diving 
Just €308 / £259 per person

Please note:
The above prices are per person based on a twin
share and on a half board basis.
Return transfers are included to/from Marsa Alam Airport. Hurghada and Luxor are available on request.

To book your getaway, email our really helpful team reservations@emperordivers.com

or book online

Thanks to BBC News for this little snippet...

Divers in near miss with humpback whales

A group of friends snorkelling off the coast of California got closer then they expected to a pair of feeding humpback whales.

Shawn Stamback was in the water when he was surrounded by a school of small fish, attempting to evade the predators below.

The whales breached and collected a huge mouthful of fish and water, and narrowly missed the divers.

Click here for the video

NEW! 'Dive to the Max' liveaboard routes

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Hamata Fury Shoals Coral Reef Luke for Facebook.jpgNow you can MAX your diving thanks to our new liveaboard itineraries.

Fury & Friends and Fury & St Johns now offer up to 30 dives per seven-day trip in the summer months and up to 24 dives in the winter, giving you more opportunity to explore these iconic reefs.  

"We have achieved this through the combination of operating from Hamata to the nearby and plentiful dives sites in the Fury Shoals and St Johns areas. The diving just gets better here as both areas boast some of the best dives the Red Sea has to offer," explained Mike Braun, General Manager, Emperor Divers.

The recently refitted Emperor Asmaa is used for these itineraries. A firm favourite with guests, Asmaa ext.jpgshe is a comfortable boat to dive from offering excellent value for money. These trips are all about diving so, although we offer more luxurious boats, it was important to provide a high level of service with lots of diving but at an affordable price.

Hamata port is only 2½ hours south of Marsa Alam airport and it’s this transfer that allows the itinerary to have two start days, Wednesday and Thursday, without guests losing any dive time. Dive sites are nearby, plentiful and offer an enjoyable variety allowing you to spend more time underwater and less time travelling.

Prices start from just £520 including transfers to and from Marsa Alam airport. Transfers are available from Hurghada at a supplement.

Visit here to see more about the itineraries or Book Online today.



Superb account of diving Hamata - do read!

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, but just sometimes it's the words that paint the picture. Read this insightful TripAdvisor review of diving in Hamata from a recent guest and enjoy the imagery!

Tim W
“The Hidden Gem of Egypt”
via TripAdvisor

After diving numerous times in Egypt in both El Gouna and Marsa Alam, I read about the promise of pristine diving in Hamata and decided to take the plunge in trying somewhere different.

Having dived with Emperor Divers in El Gouna and Marsa, I booked with them directly to stay at the Zabargad Bernice Resort, Hamata.

Communication with Emperor was first Class (as always). On Arrival at Marsa Alam Airport we were greeted by Emperor Divers as promised, and travelled to Hamata in a comfortable air conditioned minibus. The journey was as promised - About 2 hours, and on arrival at the hotel we were greeted warmly, given refreshing drinks and shown to our rooms where we found more snacks and water waiting for us.

Information from Emperor Divers was waiting for us at reception with the information about where to be, and what to bring for the next days diving.

The bungalow style rooms are exactly as advertised - Very clean, fully air conditioned, electronic safe, comfortable beds, and satisfactory furniture. A Fresh bottle of water was provided daily without any extra charge.

TZabargad Berenice Resort pool cy.jpghe hotel has only recently re-opened and is under new management, as such there were not many guests onsite however the food choice was fantastic, and the staff could not have been more helpful or more professional. If there was something you wanted, you only had to ask, and it would be provided.

Pool area and general resort is very clean and tidy - Pool area and beach area has plenty of loungers and shades, and Bob's bar is right next to the pool should you need any drinks.

There are some areas which are still being developed and these are fenced off, but no work was being carried out while we were there so this was not an issue.

The Jewel to this Hotel is having both Emperor Divers, and a stunning House Reef on site. The Dive centre is perfectly placed near the house reef, and the initial registration, before the first days diving was completed quickly and efficiently.

0211 asmaa-small.jpgTransfer to the Day boats is a 5 minute drive away, and the boat that we used for the Day Diving was outstanding. We were on the Emperor Boat 'Emperor Asmaa' - A stunning boat with sun deck on top, middle shaded deck with comfortable areas to sit and chat, lower deck with large dive deck and large salon with dining facilities for 20 guests.

Below decks and on the middle deck were excellently appointed cabins, which we did not use as we were only Day diving - However when used as a Safari boat, Emperor Asmaa would make a fantastic boat with outstanding facilities, on board compressor and plenty of hot water.

The crew and guides were (as with all other Emperor staff) extremely professional, helpful, and safety considerations were always top of the list. The food that the chef produced was absolutely stunning. You could not ask for a better boat and crew.

Hamata Fury Shoals Coral Reef Luke for Facebook.jpgThe main difference in diving @ Hamata compared to El Gouna or Marsa Alam is the pristine coral reefs. Dive 1 almost blew me away with the amount of both hard and soft corals. Somehow, every dive got better - Where ever we went all we saw was pristine and unspoilt coral reefs. When you come across a pillar rising from 18/20 metres, right up to 5 metres and know that you could spend ALL of a dive on just that pillar then you know you have come to the right place.

The Emperor Staff and Guides were extremely knowledgeable about the area and dive sites, and great at guiding, and showing us round the delights of Hamata. The Fury shoals is easily reached by Day boat, and the Dive on Shaab Claudio has been recorded in my logbook as the best dive to date. For every dive we were the only dive boat on the site giving us the possibility to experience diving at its best. Local wrecks are well worth a visit providing fantastic protography oportunities and once again stunning corals and fish life.

0413 Hamata jetty close up.jpgFor those who want to spend a day diving from the house reef, then the same experience is possible. A new jetty as just been opened allowing you to walk out to the reef from the dive centre. Once again, the house reef has pristine coral, and so much fish life, that you could dive the house reef every day, and still see something new on every dive.

Once again Emperor Divers have surpassed by expectations, and on return to the UK I have already started talking to my local dive operation to get them to run 1 or 2 holidays to Hamata with Emperor Divers in 2014. If I had the choice, I would not look at any other dive company to dive with in Egypt - Emperor Divers are the dive company to dive with.

Please -If you dive there - Look after the reefs - Then we will have many more years of diving the pristine coral Reefs that Hamata has to offer. For Photographer, then Hamata is a dream come true - Enjoy it while its so pristine and quiet.

Want to dive here? Visit today and find out more!

0713 losing nemo.jpgOur thanks to Katja Dylla, repeat guest at Marsa Alam, who was the lead designer in this animated film called ‘Losing Nemo’. It's VERY powerful, disturbingly thought provoking and slams home the fragility of the oceans. Worth clicking to watch - definitely worth sharing.

Click here to watch 'Losing Nemo'
"Most people are aware that the oceans aren't doing so well, but what is going on exactly? 'Losing Nemo' is a six-minute, 3D-animated film about the state of the oceans. The film is the result of months of work by a group of creatives from around the world. They worked on it in between projects that pay the rent. It is our message to the world that we are serious about applying our art to contribute to a better world ;-)"

Katja explains, "It was after I made an informative animation about overfishing as my graduation project and secured my diploma in communication and design that I realised my skills could be very useful to further the cause of marine conservation. Therefore I got involved in this great project with Mr Lee and a group of 32 international designers.

I was very happy to work on the character designs. Everyone shared the same opinion that there's a strong need to inform and sensitize the society about the issues of overfishing and bycatch. It´s up to us to make a change for the oceans and the next generation. After I did my OWD with Emperor, which I chose because of their good reputation and their conern about the environment, I even more realized how important it is to protect the oceans."

Perfect 10! That's the score rating for Emperor Hamata on TripAdvisor - as borne out with this fabulous recent review by Julio L...

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I would thoroughly recommend Emperor Divers as the first choice when diving in Hamata Egypt, in fact when diving in Egypt full stop. They are extremely friendly and professional, very safety conscious and have great crews on their boats. I have dived in many locations worldwide and have experienced Emperor in Marsa Alam and Hamata. I would say they have been the most professional and friendly, certainly the guides have been the best. Emperor Divers have always gone that extra mile to ensure I got the best relaxed diving experience. Particular thanks to Craig, Karina and the crew who took our group to Sha’ab Maksour.



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