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Written by Simon Simmons Tuesday, 15 January 2013 12:41
Possibly one of the best areas for undisturbed Red Sea dive sites, Emperor Divers have opened a new dive centre in deep south Hamata.
Emperor Divers opens new centre in Hamata
Red Sea specialists Emperor Divers have expanded their diving operation by opening a dive centre in Hamata.
Emperor have been keen to open a dive centre in the area for some time and the opportunity arose when the Zabargad Resort invited them to manage the superb house reef and daily diving.
Mike Braun, General Manager of Emperor, describes, “This is a vast reef area, which includes some wrecks, experienced mainly from liveaboards and with few divers having dived from a shore base, until now. Our new dive centre is right on the doorstep of Fury Shoals and Qulan Islands, and can be dived daily with our team.”
Offering fabulous house reef and boat diving from the small marina, this is the divers’ choice when looking for some of the most spectacular reefs the Red Sea has to offer. Emperor’s diving boat is just three minutes away at the marina, whilst the house reef is within walking distance and a great choice for divers with non-diving partners and for underwater photographers.
This part of the southern Red Sea is pristine and delivers diving days that echo those early times of ‘pioneering’ diving, far away from the crowds. The dive sites around Hamata offer big fish, bigger corals, small critters, wrecks, shallow caverns and steep drop-offs with typically stunning visibility.
“Daily diving from Hamata offers much more flexibility and variety, which means guests can often have stunning sites like Sha’ab Hamham Said, Gota Bohar and Gota Sataya Soraya all to themselves, whilst, of course, being able to visit the famous liveaboard sites Sha’ab Claudio, Sha’ab Maksour and Malahi . There are also a few wrecks in the area such as the sailing yacht on Abu Galawa Sorayer and Tien Hsing on Abu Galawa Kebir,” concludes Mike Braun.
By mid-2013, Emperor will introduce week-long liveaboards and mini safari trips saving travelling time to St Johns, Zabargad and Rocky and allowing a full week’s diving in this divers’ paradise.
With direct flights to Marsa Alam, it's only a 2.5 hour transfer to Hamata.
Keep a look out for the resort in the DIVE magazine Travel offers section in the near future.