El Gouna, Egypt

Where is El Gouna?

El Gouna is on the West Shore of the Egyptian Red Sea. 25 km north of Hurghada Airport. In general when booking a package to El Gouna the destination airport will then be Hurghada International Airport.

How do I get from Hurghada Airport to El Gouna?

If you don’t have a deal with your Tour Operator, just catch a local taxi (around 70 LE) to reach El Gouna just 25 Km away from Hurghada Airport.

What travel documents do I need to go to El Gouna?

For El Gouna you will need your passport and an entry visa. The entry visa is obtained simply by purchasing the applicable stamps at the airport when you arrive.

Do I require vaccinations before coming to El Gouna?

It is not a requirement to be vaccinated before coming to El Gouna. The sanitary standard is, for sure, different from the European standard and the water and food may cause slight stomach upsets.

What kind of currency is used in El Gouna?

The main currency in El Gouna is the Egyptian pound. The Euro and US dollars are well accepted, more so than currencies from other countries.

What is the time zone in El Gouna?

The time zone for this locality is GMT+2.

What are the temperatures like in El Gouna?

In winter time the temperatures are around 20 degrees (max) daytime and 12 degrees at night. In summer time the temperatures range from around 37 degrees (max) during the day and 20 degrees at night.

What kind of clothes should I bring with me for El Gouna?

El Gouna has favorable weather all year round but from November until April at is advisable to bring with you some warmer clothes, wind-cheaters and hats are advisable as in this period it can be quite windy.

What is the water temperature?

The water temperature in the Red Sea is never less than 18 degrees. The average water temperature is 23 to 24 °C.

Which kind of wetsuit do I have to bring with me to dive in El Gouna?

We recommend bringing a 5mm suit in the winter time and a 3mm in the summer for this site in the Red Sea.

Can I expect a lot of currents on the dives in El Gouna?

The currents are characteristic of the sites but they are not overly strong. The water currents do not reduce the beauty of the dive sites, rather they help to provide a rich undersea landscape.

What is the visibility in the Red Sea?

The average visibility is 25 meters.

Can I dive with gloves in El Gouna?

No, you cannot. Using gloves to dive in the Red Sea is prohibited by Egyptian Law in order to avoid approaches to the flora and fauna of these wonderful undersea landscapes.

Can I bring a knife with me during the dives?

No you cannot. Knives are prohibited for diving in the Red Sea by Egyptian Law.

How do I find the TGI Diving Center?

TGI Diving in El Gouna is inside the Sheraton Miramar Resort. To contact our center manager call:

When I arrive in El Gouna, how can I contact the TGI Diving Center if I have purchased on-line dive packages or a course?

When you arrive at your hotel in El Gouna, you will find a welcome letter from TGI Diving. This welcome letter contains all the information you need to reach the Diving Center, to check-in at the Diving Center and it gives you the pick-up time on your first day of diving.

What information does TGI Diving need before I can begin diving?

You will need to fill out the registration forms, including medical statement and liability release, submit your diving license and log book, let us know your equipment needs, the number of dives that you wish to do, and present a copy of the confirmed booking if you purchased the dives on-line.

Does TGI Diving require a medical certificate to allow me to dive?

A medical certificate is only required in cases with recent medical conditions. If you are unsure it is wise to bring the certificate with you.

I have my license but I haven't been diving for a long time. Can I dive anyway with TGI Diving?

Yes, for sure you can! You just have to take part in a check dive to feel comfortable again in the water. The check dive is a half hour in confined water during which we test your diver competencies as a licensed diver. It is compulsory if you have less than 50 logged dives and haven’t been diving in the past 6 months, or if you have less than 100 logged dives and haven’t been diving in the last year. If you haven’t been diving for more than a year and a half you may be required to undergo a Scuba Review which is a theoretical lesson and knowledge reviews which will allow you to return more easily to the open water.

What is included in the TGI Diving packages?

The dive packages for El Gouna are inclusive of: tanks, weights, boat trip, dive guide and shuttle service to and from the Hotel.

Do I need a dive computer to dive with TGI Diving?

Yes, you must have a dive computer or tables with depthe meter and timer. It is possible to rent a computer.

What kind of tanks are used by TGI Diving in El Gouna?

TGI Diving in El Gouna uses 12 liter aluminum tanks. On Request we also have 15 ltr steel tanks (surcharge applies) all tanks are available as DIN or INT fitting.

What kind of dives are there in El Gouna?

The planned dives in El Gouna are all inside the no decompression limit and with a maximum depth of 30 meters. Our boats will allow you to dive away from the busy diving circuit of Hurghada.

Are there any special dives in El Gouna?

Yes there are. You can dive on the Rosalie Moller wreck (reachable by our boats in 2 hours), the Abu Nuhas  wrecks (1.5 hours). We also organize night dives.

How are the dives arranged by TGI Diving?

In El Gouna TGI Diving arranges the dives in full days only. This means that we offer 2 separate dives on the same boat trip, with the boat departing in the morning around 8:30am and returning around 4:00pm.

Can I have lunch on the TGI Diving Boats?

In El Gouna lunch, as an optional extra, is arranged and served on the boat.

How long are the dives with TGI Diving?

The maximum dive time is 1 hour.

Does TGI Diving organize groups with different levels of experience for the dives?

No it doesn’t. When possible, we divide the divers according to their dive experience. When organizing the diving buddies we check the logbooks and we try to match divers with the same type of license, similar experience and numbers of dives.

I am an experienced diver. Can I dive independently with TGI Diving?

Once we check your competence and your familiarity in the water through a dive with our staff you can dive without our supervision.

Where do the boats leave from?

TGI Diving boats depart from our private jetty located in front of the TGI Diving center, close to the storage room and the rinsing pool.

How many seats are available on the TGI Diving boats?

At TGI Diving El Gouna 15 to 30 seats are available on each boat.

What kinds of boats are used by TGI Diving in El Gouna?

We use wooden Egyptian boats that measure 22 to 26 meters in length. The boats are very comfortable and all of them have shaded decks and a fully enclosed lounge area. Enjoying the relaxed atmosphere is easy because the boats are very spacious.

Can I rent the TGI Diving boats privately?

Yes, you can. TGI Diving rents boats to private groups and if requested and subject to availability, you can also have a private dive guide.

Is insurance included for TGI Diving's customers?

All TGI Diving Centers have third party insurance. In particular, in El Gouna, everybody who buys a PADI course (up to and including Rescue Diver) has the DECOCARD included in the price. This DECOCARD can be purchased as an optional extra. In case of decompression sickness, it gives you immediate access to the El Gouna hospital and it’s Hyperbaric Chamber, without having to pay the normal hospital prices.

Are the TGI boats well equipped for emergencies? Are there oxygen tanks on the boats?

Yes our boats are professionally equipped for every emergency. The presence of oxygen tanks is guaranteed.

Where is the closest Hyperbaric Chamber?

El Gouna Hospital has the biggest and most modern Hyperbaric Chamber in Egypt and it is just few hundred meters from the Diving Center.

In the case of an emergency at sea are there any evacuation services available?

TGI El Gouna has a membership with Red Sea Search and Rescue, who operate speed boats fully equipped for any diving emergency, they even have AED on board, and are capable of performing underwater searches, as well as arranging Hospital treatment of the patient once evacuated.

Can I dive with TGI El Gouna if I don't have aa SSI or PADI license but I have a license from another diving school?

Yes, you can! We accept licenses from most recognized international diving schools like CMAS, BSAC, NAUI, SSI, VTLD…..

What are the TGI Diving courses on offer?

TGI Diving in El Gouna offers a wide range of PADI Courses from FREE Discover Scuba to Divemaster plus various specialties.

Can I dive without a diving license?

No, you can’t. For everybody who wants to try the dive experience or start their discovery of the undersea world TGI Diving offers the Discover Scuba Diving course that will let you make 1 dive after a short theory course and a swimming pool lesson. After your completion of the course we will issue you a Discover Scuba Diving license with a validity of 1 year. Of course you can add as many dives as you wish, after finishing the DSD program.

Is the Discover Scuba always free?

Yes it is. The Discover Scuba is always free.

In which languages do TGI El Gouna hold their courses?

TGI Diving El Gouna provides courses in 6 different languages: Italian, English, German, French, Arabic and Dutch.

What is the minimum age to start the SSI/PADI courses?

To start the SSI/PADI courses the minimum age is 10 years.

Is the equipment rental included when I book TGI Diving SSI/PADI courses?

Diving equipment is included in the following courses: Try Scuba/Discover Scuba, Try Scuba Diving/Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver Course and the Open Water Diver course.

Are there established days or dates to make the courses in TGI Diving El Gouna?

TGI Diving in El Gouna has set start days for courses. Every week, the starting days for the courses are Saturday, Monday and Thursday.

Are there special prices for services if I book on line with TGI Diving?

Yes, there are. The prices of the packages and courses have a lower price when you book on-line from the web site.

Can I make extra dives directly after the PADI license course that I bought has been completed?

Yes, for sure you can buy other dives with us! Or book them in advance on-line together with your course

Can I purchase special offers, courses and packages with TGI Diving when I reach El Gouna for the same prices as advertised on-line?

To buy the courses and the dive packages with the special on-line prices you have to reserve and pay for them on-line at least 48 hours before your arrival.

How is it possible to pay for TGI Diving services booked on-line?

You can pay the services booked on-line with credit card or by bank transfer to one of our affiliated banks.

Can I buy on-line TGI Diving packages for other people?

Yes, you can but in this case the total payment is either charged to your credit card or needs to be made by single bank transfer.

Does TGI Diving offer diving safaris in its range of services?

TGI El Gouna doesn’t offer diving safaris.

Is it possible to buy on-line, boat trips with snorkeling?

The boat trips are not available on-line, only on location.

Are there snorkeling excursions at TGI Diving in El Gouna?

TGI Diving does offer snorkeling excursions. You will snorkel with one of our guides, who will show you the wonders of the underwater world.

What does TGI Diving offer for someone who is not a diver?

TGI Diving offers snorkeling trips, boat trips and a wide range of water sports.

Can I book the TGI Diving special dive trips on line?

No, because these kind of dives are influenced by weather conditions, visibility and sea conditions. These variables mean that the special trips have to be arranged on location.

Can I re-arrange the dives with the TGI Diving staff if I book a dive package online?

Yes you can arrange your dives with our staff, according to your preferences, when you make the check in at TGI Diving center in El Gouna.