African Divers - Diving Centre

The dive sites in Nuweiba and the Gulf of Aqaba are different to those of Sharm el Sheikh and South Sinai. While in the South, walls and currents animate the divers to drift dive from boats, in the Nuweiba area, we tend to dive from the shore.

As Nuweiba is still a relaxed and small town, we often find ourselves the only divers at a dive site, making for a truly peaceful and undisturbed dive over pristine corals.

Nuweiba is home to a huge variety of fish together with both soft and hard corals. You may not find pelagic fish such as Sharks or Manta Rays here very often, however it is quite usual to see large Barracuda, Jackfish and Snappers hunting, Turtles grazing and Moray Eels swimming between the pinnacles.

Nuweiba is especially popular with macro photographers, who choose Nuweiba as the best area to get exciting and varied pictures.

The reefs here in Nuweiba, have a large variety of soft and hard corals, offering a home to a number of different shrimps, crabs, nudibranches and in particular acts as a nursery for young fish. The sandy plateaus and areas of Sea Grass are home to both Sea Horses and Sea Moths.

Our dive sites usually begin from the beach on a sandy slope and progress onto coral gardens, reef walls or barrier reefs.

Many dives feature stunning drop-offs, ravines, chimneys and canyons.

In addition, you might also find the Black Spotted Stingray, usually not found in the southern Red Sea.

Twenty five years ago, Egypt’s diving industry wasn’t yet developed and divers had a long journey via Israel to finally get to Ras Mumlah.

However, over the years it became an insider tip amongst divers worldwide and a couple of hundred came to dive in this untouched and beautiful underwater paradise.

Today, Ras Mumlah is part of the Ras Abu Galum National Protectorate, and when it became part of the National Park, camping was restricted. African Divers Nuweiba is proud to now be able to offer this stunning excursion again – exclusively for our customers.

Frequently Asked Questions

According to Wikipedia,

Scuba diving is a mode of underwater diving where the diver uses a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) which is completely independent of surface supply, to breathe underwater. Scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas, usually compressed air, allowing them greater independence and freedom of movement than surface-supplied divers, and longer underwater endurance than breath-hold divers. 
Open circuit scuba systems discharge the breathing gas into the environment as it is exhaled, and consist of one or more diving cylinders containing breathing gas at high pressure which is supplied to the diver through a regulator. They may include additional cylinders for range extension, decompression gas or emergency breathing gas.
Anyone aged 10 and older (there are options for ages 8-10 as well), with a reasonable level of physical fitness, comfortable in the water and a spirit for adventure.
There is no upper age limit on learning to scuba dive. Certain conditions my preclude those of any age from diving, temporarily or permanently, especially conditions associated with lung functions. As long as you maintain relatively good physical and mental conditioning, it’s never too late to learn scuba diving. Many divers continue into their 70’s and 80’s.
No, it’s probably easier than you imagine, especially if you’re already comfortable in the water. PADI’s entry-level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.
PADI courses are performance based, which means that you earn your certification when you demonstrate that you’ve mastered the required skills and knowledge. Because some learn faster than others, course duration varies. The PADI Open Water Diver course can be completed in as little as three days.
You must be at least 10 years old to receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification. 10 and 11 year old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet. 12 to 14 year olds must dive with a certified adult. At age 15, the junior certification upgrades to a regular Open Water Diver certification.
No. Generally speaking, anyone in good average health and at least 10 years old can participate. You will, however, complete a medical questionnaire. If anything on the questionnaire indicates a reason to be cautious about diving, you’ll need check with a physician to make sure you can dive.
No. You need to be a reasonably proficient swimmer and comfortable in the water. You must able to swim a distance of 200 metres, without a time or specific stroke requirement. You’ll also perform a 10 minute tread/float during a swim test before or during the course.
Absolutely! The PADI Discover Scuba experience that lets you try scuba in a swimming pool allows you to make a shallow scuba dive supervised by a PADI Professional. This usually takes a few hours.

If you need equipment, African Divers Nuweiba can help you select quality equipment that fits properly and works within your budget. Most scuba equipment is very durable, so you won’t have to replace it often.

We offer internship programs to allow divers of all levels to work towards undertaking our PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). These internship programs give you the opportunity to work alongside our international and highly experienced IDC Team while you undertake the course.

During all training dives, each student diver, certified assistant and instructor must have:

  • fins, mask and snorkel
  • compressed gas cylinder and valve
  • buoyancy control device (BCD) and low pressure inflator
  • regulator and alternate air source
  • submersible pressure gauge
  • depth gauge
  • weight system and weights
  • adequate exposure protection appropriate for local diving conditions
  • at least one audible emergency surface signaling device (whistle, air horn, etc.)
  • During all open water training dives, trainees must also have a timing device, compass, knife/diver’s tool and two surface signaling device – one audible (i.e., whistle, air horn, etc.) and one visual(inflatable surface tube, flare, signal mirror, etc.)
    These can be rented or bought at our equipment store.

Most aquatic animals are passive or timid. A few do bite or sting, but you can avoid these by not touching them. Divers aren’t natural prey for sharks and therefore shark attacks are rare. Many scuba divers actually seek out shark encounters.

No, but there are potential hazards, which is why you need proper training and certification.

Any medical condition which affects your respiratory or cardiovascular systems, or which may render you suddenly and unexpectedly unable to respond quickly or at all, might mean you cannot dive. Common contraindications are asthma, epilepsy, diabetes and heart disease. If you have any of these or other illnesses, which might cause similar problems, consult a doctor before diving.It is not recommended for people with the following conditions to scuba dive:

  • People with breathing problems.
  • People with ear problems or people who have had ear surgery in the last 12 months.
  • People with a cold, flu or congestion. It is not recommended that people with a cold take decongestion medication in order to dive, as this can wear off underwater and cause problems while ascending to the surface.

Other reasons a diving student may be asked to see a doctor include (but are not limited to):

  • A history of heart or lung disease
  • An unexplained loss of consciousness or “blackout”
  • A recent history of nausea or vomiting
  • The use of prescription or non-prescription medications
  • Shortness of breath
  • Repeated trouble clearing air spaces (equalisation)

Your ears hurt because of the water pressure on your eardrum. In your scuba course, you’ll learn simple techniques to equalise your ears to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane.

No. Wearing soft contact lenses shouldn’t be a problem while you dive. However, if you wear hard contacts, you’ll want to dive with gas permeable lenses. See your eye doctor for more information. Another option is to have prescription lenses put into your mask.

  • Never drink and dive – Intoxication can put a diver in a compromised position. One being the inability to use common sense, and make rational judgments, especially when it involves safety.
  • Don’t eat a big meal before making your dive – You should wait at least two hours after eating before you make your dive. Diving on a full belly can put you in a dangerous situation. Not only creates the possibility of acquiring cramps, but also possible upchucking in your mouthpiece making it difficult to breathe.
  • Never conceal any serious or chronic medical conditions you know to exist.