About Camel Hotel & Dive Club
Camel Dive Club and hotel have been at the very heart of Naama Bay in Sharm el Sheikh for over 25 years and their hard work has been recognised repeatedly winning a host of Trip Advisor and Divers awards over the years. The facilities for divers and non divers have evolved greatly, but Camel remains one of the friendliest hotels with a reputation for the quality of recreational and technical training. Ever popular with families and solo divers alike, experience the superior service for your next diving holiday in Egypt.
With 38 rooms on site the 4* Camel hotel is intimate and friendly. The rooms are large and have air con, private bathroom, fridge, satellite TV and safe. Scuba Travel only book the superior rooms as standard, all of which boast a terrace or balcony overlooking the pool. Dormitory style rooms (sleeps up to 4 people) are available for anyone on a budget. There are also 5 ground floor superior rooms which are fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Camel hotel has thought of everything you could need, all a stone's throw from your room. The swimming pool has been designed for use by both divers and sun seekers. (training may take place in the pool during the day). Naama Bay beach is only a 2 minute walk from the hotel itself. All of the public areas are wheelchair accessible. Free wi-fi covers all public areas of the hotel, which also houses the superb Italian and Indian restaurants, infamous sports and roof bars, ice cream parlour and even a bakery making Camel is a regular hot spot for guests and locals alike. Few resorts in Sharm are as environmentally conscious with a number of initiatives to give back to their local environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Red Sea is between 4-5 hours flying time direct from the UK. Scuba Travel have over 20 year's experience in the Red Sea and have carefully selected a fleet of luxury liveaboards and superb hotels that meet our exacting standards. Explore the sheer beauty of the Red Sea on a Red Sea liveaboard from North to South. Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and El Gouna are popular resort locations, whilst Marsa Alam, El Quesir and Hamata are perfect for those looking for quiet escapism.
Weather and Climate
Fine weather is the order of the day pretty much throughout the year, with rainfall quite rare and short lived. The hottest time of the year is July – August with air temperatures over 30°C. Even in Egypt's so called ‘winter' the average rarely falls below 20°C. Water temperature varies from 20°C in February to 29°C in September. Please choose your exposure suit accordingly, depending on your personal preferences.
As standard our holiday packages are based on flights from London Gatwick, direct to your Red Sea hub - Sharm el Shekh, Hurghada or Marsa Alam. Where possible, we are happy to offer regional departures, in particular Manchester. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. Unfortunately, not all regional flight routings are compatible with liveaboard schedules. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.
Arrange before you go
All UK visitors to Egypt need an entry visa (valid for a 30 days). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Save time and prebook your visa with Scuba Travel's prepaid visa service. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
Most flights to Egypt are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.
Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights to Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival in Egypt, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. Our representative will be waiting either airside around the baggage carousel or in the arrivals hall. They will be holding a board with either Scuba Travel, your destination or your name on it. If you have prepaid for our visa service, you will be given your visa on arrival. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Airport transfers are always included in your liveaboard or resort holiday package when using our flights. Our representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. We try to keep transfer times as short as possible, with most being no more than 30mins travel time from the airport to the boat/hotel. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Egypt, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost
At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.
Included in your holiday
Your holiday includes flights from Gatwick, airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in a superior room (B&B, 2 people sharing) and 5 days diving (2 dives/day). Local marine park fees may apply for divers.
Excluded from your package are any meals or drinks outside of your above package, additional diving or local excursions. You will need an Egyptian visa for entry - please speak to your travel consultant to see if you are able to use our Egyptian visa service or if this needs to be arranged in advance/on arrival.
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Euro, USD and sterling cash (notes) are all widely accepted. It can be handy to have small denominations of Egyptian pounds for use outside of the hotel/tipping. Credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels and larger restaurants, but will be processed in Egyptian pounds and subject to a transactions surcharge,
Mobile phone coverage will depend on your carrier - please confirm any overseas charges before travel.
Plugs and electricity
European 2 pin plugs
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
Special trips, night dives, 3rd dives and any extras are arranged and paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Free nitrox - please mention at the time of booking
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for a holiday to Camel Dive Club is around £250 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Go diving in Sharm and see for yourself the thrilling combination of gorgeous reef diving, high impact walls, drift dives and of course, the world famous wrecks. Sharm is a veritable haven for divers with Ras Mohammed and Tiran on your doorstep and a whole host of local dive sites to boot. No matter what experience level, there truly is something here for everyone. Most sites are no more than an hour's sail from shore so you will quickly find yourself ready to jump. The local dive sites which snake along the shore are ideal for new divers, refreshers or check dives. Nor does the fun in Sharm end when the diving stops. This town is filled with cafes, bars and restaurants so you can celebrate another day of perfection in the sun.
The dive centre is only a short walk away from Namma jetty where the majority of the Camel fleet depart from daily. This smooth operation takes care of all the kit logistics so you just have to jump aboard and take a giant stride into the water. Two or three tank dives are offered every day. There are even fast boats to Tiran so you can dive the stunning reefs but still have plenty of time to relax on shore with the family too. Shore diving is also a mere moments from the dive centre. Normally a morning and afternoon guided shore dive is on offer so no matter what your passion, Camel Dive resort will tick all the boxes.
- Fleet of comfortable day boats reaching Ras Mohammed, Tiran and special trips to the Thistlegorm and Dunraven
- Great choice for solo travellers
- Daily guided shore dives
- Fast boat service to Trian
- Free nitrox for Scuba Travel customers
- Learn to dive to Instructor courses (PADI)
- Technical training available
There are few names as well known in Sharm as Camel Resort and their dive centre stands out for their excellence, attentive manner and friendly welcome. The original dive centre in Naama Bay has literally decades' of diving experience and local knowledge around Sharm's many dive sites. The team is the very definition of professionalism yet they always manage to combine this with a relaxed atmosphere and careful eye on safety. All PADI courses are available here with the on site pool for training. Technical divers too can log some bottom time or train for deeper descents.
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Camel Hotel & Dive Club.
- 1 days diving from: £60 (2 boat dives, 12ltr tanks and weights)
- 3 days diving from: £123 (2 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
- 5 days diving from: £184 (2 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: £212 (inc. full equipment hire, excl. manual and cert card paid locally)
- PADI open water course from: £244 (inc. full equipment hire, excl. manual and cert card paid locally)
- PADI advanced course from: £212 (inc. full equipment hire, excl. manual and cert card. 1 day guided dive is required before beginning of course)
- Nitrox Specialty from: £115 (excl manual and cert card)
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): £35 (per day paid locally)
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.