Best Diving sites in Hamata

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Scuba Diving in Hamata is one of the absolute best in the Red Sea because of many reasons :

  • Less numbers of boats and divers compared to the crowded northern part of the Red Sea.
  • It is closer to the south, giving it a warmer temperature, which makes it from time to time as a good site to host the migrations of many types of schools of fishes.

A sample of some of the dive sites around Hamata:

  • Wrecks from World War II
  • Drop off and pinnacles dive sites
  • Drift dives as well as Caverns
  • Coral Gardens
  • Great chances to spot Dolphins While Diving!

The famous dive sites are :

  • Satayah( dolphin reef): a very large horse shoe reef. The distance from the east to the west side is more than 3km. The depth in the inner part ranges from 3m to 15m. It is a very common to spot a pod of spinner dolphins underwater so keep an eye out.
  • Claudia ( cavern ): a cave full of many canyons. Average depth inside 5- 12m.
  • Abu Galawa ( wreck): an interesting World War II wreck.
  • Maksour ( drop off): due to strong current and great depths, this spot is reserved to experienced divers only. Here you can find sharks. Similar site as the famous Elphinstone Reef.

Some dive sites are suitable for all levels but most spots around Hamata are more suitable for advanced divers.

Locations and distances:

All dives are located North of Ras Banass, located off shore on the front of the mountains of Hamata , Lahami and close by Ras Bannas. From the marina of Hamata, they are in between 3 nautical miles till 23 nautical miles (east, south east and south).

And because Hamata is so close to the St Johns Reef, it is and excellent starting point
for safari trips and Liveaboards to this area especially if the Sea is choppy ;-).

I usually use this website to book in advance my Liveaboards in the Red Sea as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because they have an easy booking system.

In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Hamata.

Where to stay?

I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Hamata as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.

Best time to dive in Hamata

The Best time to dive runs from May to October when there is much less wind and the Sea is not choppy. It is is however possible to dive all year round.

Top liveaboards in Hamata according to divers reviews

Scuba Diving conditions

The Sea condition is always affected by the wind.

Average Water Temperature: The water is warm year round and ranges from 28°C to 31°C.
Average visibility: from 20m to more than 30 m.
Current: It varies depending on the tide, from none to strong current.

Snorkelling in Hamata

Most of the dive sites are suitable for snorkelling too. The best place to go snorkelling is at Satayah Reef when can swim with a pod of (sometimes dozens!) of dolphins!

Diving Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Hamata, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

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Travel Guide

Now that you know all about the underwater world, you might want to start planning your scuba holiday! Check out our Hamata Travel Review for information about how to get there, activities and excursions, where to stay, and more.

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Liveaboard Reviews in Hamata

MV Blue Melody

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MV Miss Nouran

Sea Serpent Fleet, a luxury-class motor

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MY Emperor Asmaa

The 30 meters Emperor Asmaa is another g

MY Emperor Asmaa Liveaboard Review

Okeanos Xplorer

The Okeanos Xplorer is a 32 meters livea

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Diving centers in Hamata

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3 dive logs in “Hamata”

  1. Hello from Canada.

    My wife and I are in the 60th, but dive all over the World. Last year- Andaman -Thailand other years Indonesia Solomon Islands Philippines Sipadan Malaysia – Palau Papua just to mention a few.
    Red Sea has been on our list for years and it has to happen. However We have no Idea about where to start or to go without coming home disappointed.
    We would love to go as far down as Sudan and hop on a live-aboard. What are the chances of just flying down to Hurghada and get on a live-aboard
    without having reservation?
    Any suggestion is welcome. Thanks Kurt

    • Hi Kurt, am I ask where/ what did you n your wife ended up going? I’m procrastinating on which part of Red Sea to go this summer ( July- aug)

  2. A good advice in the Red Sea is always to go as far south as possible. Hamata is much better than everything north as Safaga.

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