SHARM EL SHEIKH
Jacques Cousteau and his team pioneered the waters around the oncesleepy Egyptian fishermen’s refuge of Sharm El Sheikh on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, the bustling resort city is a magnet for divers. Pristine reefs, plentiful sharks and historic wrecks remain major attractions. And DPVS are still a part of the action.
“Easy access to shore diving, where divers can return to the beach at any point, makes us an ideal location for DPV beginners, and progressively more challenging sites accessible from boats keep the adrenaline flowing for intermediate to expert riders,” says Elena Ravani of Red Sea Diving College. “From Naama Bay to the high-energy locations of Ras Mohammed and Tiran Island, we offer DPV diving across the full spectrum of Sharm’s dive sites.”
Ravani and her team guide guests on high-speed current dives through “huge shoals of anthias, bannerfish and hunting jacks,” but only with the proper training. “Using a DPV gives so many options, but it’s almost like learning to dive again,” she says. “The ability to effortlessly and gracefully cover huge distances is a great attraction, and it puts us out in front of the other divers, heading into current, opening up the possibility of seeing large pelagics that would otherwise be lost out in the blue, away from the normal dive routes.”