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Camel Hotel and Dive Club | Dive The Red Sea - Red Sea

  • 114 guest capacity
  • 38 rooms
  • 1 plus bakery and ice cream
  • Bed and breakfast or half board meal plan options
  • On site dive centre
  • Daily boat, shore and night diving
  • Full range of PADI courses taught
  • Free wifi in dedicated hotspots and on some terraces

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 30 years and their hard work has been recognised repeatedly by winning a host of Trip Advisor and Diver 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 its 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. We love the pool view rooms as standard. Thirty Pool view rooms have their own terrace or balcony overlooking the pool. Eight standard rooms are of the same quality, but without pool view and without terrace or balcony. Five of the ground floor pool view rooms are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Free wireless internet access is available at hotspots around the Hotel, including the balconies and terraces of some rooms

Camel Dive Club and 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. Please be aware, dive training may take place in the pool during the day. Dine in the superb Italian inspired restaurant, cath up with friends at infamous sports and roof bar, or grab a tasty treat from ice cream parlour or bakery. Naama Bay beach is only a 2 minute walk from the hotel itself. All of the public areas are wheelchair accessible. Few resorts in Sharm are as environmentally conscious with a number of initiatives to give back to their local environment. It's not surprise, Camel is a regular hot spot for guests and locals alike.

Pool view

Thirty Pool view rooms have their own terrace or balcony overlooking the pool. All our rooms have en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, and safe deposit box. Free wireless internet access is available at hotspots around the Hotel, including the balconies and terraces of some rooms.

Standard rooms

Eight standard rooms are of the same quality, but without pool view and without terrace or balcony.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Covid Information for Camel Hotel & Dive Club

Covid-19 update coming soon: once this destination reopens, we will update you with the in resort requirements

Country Covid Travel Information

For British nationals the FCDO currently advises against all but essential international travel to Egypt at the moment. We expect this to change soon.
Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit Egypt.

Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt.

Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

If you're returning to the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

Updated 01SEP2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

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.

Covid Travel Information

For British nationals the FCDO currently advises against all but essential international travel to Egypt at the moment. We expect this to change soon.
Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit Egypt.

Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt.

Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

If you're returning to the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

Updated 01SEP2020

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 to 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.

Travel

Flight options

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.

Stopovers

As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

All UK visitors to Egypt need an entry visa (valid for a 30 days). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Or you can npw apply online by clicking here 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

Insurance

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

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

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.

Check in

Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights out of Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.

Lounge

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

Parking

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.

Transfers

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

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.

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Tipping

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.

Currency

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,

Phone coverage

Mobile phone coverage will depend on your carrier - please confirm any overseas charges before travel.

Plugs and electricity

European 2 pin plugs

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

Special trips, night dives, 3rd dives and any extras are arranged and paid for locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Free nitrox - please mention at the time of booking

Payments

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 accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

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

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
10% off for repeat customers travelling within 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

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

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.




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. 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 Club and Hotel 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
  • 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 Dive Club and Hotel. 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.

Ras Um Sid

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30

This dive is usually done as a drift starting on a small wall reaching from the surface to 18m and dropping into deeper water when you reach the corner. This site is famous for an incredible sea fan forest that starts at about 15mt. At the far corner of the dive site, where currents meet, divers may spot schools of Snappers, Barracudas and large Napoleons. On the other side you find one of the most amazing coral gardens in Sharm El Sheikh. It has small pinnacle formations with soft coral and abundant marine life.

Temple

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 20

This dive site takes the name Temple from its majestic formation of coral columns. Temple has a large pinnacle, far from the main reef, that reaches up to the surface. Divers may find Giant Morays, Blue Spotted Sting Rays, large groups of Lion Fish, and Scorpion Fish on the pinnacle. The site also boasts colourful corals in many shapes and Gorgonian Fans.

Ras Nasrani

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 30

Ras Nasrani has a wall that reaches to about 50m, and an interesting coral plateau. The wall has small pinnacles and crevices where divers may spot Giant Morays and Puffer Fish. One of the interesting spots of this dive site is the shallow area where divers can practice buoyancy by swimming through hula hoops. A Red Anemone can be found in the coral garden at about 18m, bright red at depth. The coral garden ranges from 5 to 14m with soft coral, Gorgonian Fans and Porite Coral formations.

Thistlegorm

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20 | Max Depth: 30

Sunk in 1941 in the Gulf of Suez, the world famous wreck SS Thistlegorm was loaded with a cargo of armoured Bren-Gun carriers, BSA motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, rolling stock, aeroplane parts, stacks of rifles, radio equipment, munitions, and a plentiful supply of Wellington boots. The Thistlegorm is a heaven for wreck enthusiasts, but is also one of the most underrated fish dives in the area, attracting schooling Barracuda and providing a hunting ground for giant Tuna and Snapper. This is a special trip offered at an extra cost and can be arranged locally.

Gordon Reef

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 30

Famous for the stranded wreck Louilla this is the largest reef in diameter of all the reefs in the Strait of Tiran. There is a shallow sandy area close to the reef with Blue Spotted Sting Rays, Cornet Fish, schooling Goat Fish and baby Napoleons. Next to this spot is a plateau of hard coral with schools of reef fish, such as Banner Fish, Butterfly Fish and Parrot Fish. The plateau ends in a drop off where divers may spot magnificent creatures, such as Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Potato Groupers and often White Tip Sharks passing by.

Thomas Reef

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

This is the smallest reef in the Straits of Tiran. Dives are usually made on the eastern side of the reef where the water is calmer. When conditions are good and if air consumption permits, it is possible to circumnavigate the reef. The reef reaches from 0.5 to 28m where it forms a plateau.where two row of Gorgonian Fans are home to Long Nose Hawk Fish,. Near this spectacular site is a small soft coral garden. Here divers have a good chance of seeing turtles tunas and jacks. On the wall itself you find small pinnacles encrusted with coral and lots of Anthias buzzing around.

Woodhouse Reef

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

This is the longest reef in the Strait of Tiran. The highlight of this reef is a wall that starts from the surface, reaching about 45m. Here divers find crevices with resident Giant Morays, as well as Groupers and Puffer Fish. Near the wall are pinnacles where divers might find Nudibranchs and Pipe Fish. Giant Barracudas and Jacks cruise past in the blue away from the reef.

Jackson Reef

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

This the best coral garden in Sharm El Sheikh. and one of the most colourful reefs The site is one of the best and most famous in the Red Sea. It has an amazing underwater landscape. The most dived part of the reef is the southern end due to its calm waters. The coral garden is at the western corner of the reef, between 5 and 12m. It resembles a big aquarium, with schools of Black Snappers, Red Tooth Triggerfish and Cornet Fish. The northern part of the reef is dived when the sea is calm, usually in the summer. This dive is done in blue water, to search for a school of Scalloped Hammerheads! On this side you find the wreck of Lara at a depth of between 45 and 120m.

Shark and Yolanda Reef

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

This is considered one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. The dive starts at Shark reef with an impressive wall that drops down to 800m. The currents from the Gulf of Aqaba blend with currents from the Gulf of Suez, bringing lots of nutrients. This phenomenon creates the perfect conditions for a rich variety of corals to thrive. You see Acroporas, Brain Coral, Fire Coral, Brocoli Coral and Pulsing Polyp Coral among many others here. Huge schools of Snappers, Bat Fish, Barracudas, Unicorn Fish and Jack Fish hover by the steep wall of the reef. A large saddle joins Shark reef to Yolanda Yolanda reef has a small wall coming from the surface that forms a plateau from 12 to 20m. Many small pinnacles with colourful soft corals and abundant marine life can be found on the plateau. The ship Yolanda crashed on the reef in the 1980's and lay on its side until a storm pushed it over the edge and down to 180m. Some remains of the ship and its cargo still lie in shallow water. Yolanda carried

Jack fish Alley

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

Here is one of the most exciting dive sites in Ras Mohammed It offers divers three highlights, a wall, a coral garden and a satellite reef. The sheer wall is very porous with lots of small crevices. It has a couple of penetrable caves, each with separate entrances and exits. The wall becomes a sandy plateau where divers may find Blue Spotted Sting Rays, Feather Tail Rays and Eagle Rays. The coral garden ranges from 10 to 18m ending in the satellite reef. This reef, 50m away from the main reef, consists of small pinnacles covered with soft corals and Gorgonian Fans. For the more adventurous, the drop off on the edge of the satellite reef usually presents stronger currents bringing big creatures to feed.

Ras Za'Atar

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

This dive is a must in the Ras Mohammed National Park. There are overhangs on the wall where divers may find Potato Groupers resting, and pinnacles covered with purple, pink and green soft coral serving as homes for Nudibranchs and Pipe Fish. At 22m you see a pinnacle with a Table Coral, surrounded by Glass Fish. If divers get really close to the cavities of this pinnacle they can see Boxer Shrimps and Cleaner Shrimps having a feast. Light penetrates parts of the wall, giving the impression of a cathedral. Juvenile fish can be spotted on the plateau at the corner of the reef.

Ras Ghozlani

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

One of the most beautiful dive sites in the Ras Mohammed National Park. This is a gentle drift on a large sloping plateau between 5 and 30 meters where you see the drop off. Turtles are easy to spot in this area and the corals are pristine. The ancient table corals serve as a resting place for Marble Groupers and divers may see Crocodile Fish and Blue Spotted Sting Rays underneath them. There are many Gorgonian Fans along the edge of the drop off. Eagle Rays and occasionally Whale Sharks come to feed on plankton brought up from the depth by currents.

Dunraven

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20 | Max Depth: 30

The Dunraven is a popular wreck in the Red Sea. She was carrying spices, cotton and timber from India when she hit the reef in 1876, caught fire and sank. The wreck lies upside down at 30m and resembles a large cave. Inside divers can find schools of Yellow Goat Fish, and Giant Morays. The hull is encrusted with corals and full of marine life, such as Nudibranchs, Pipe Fish and the very rare Ghost Pipe Fish. This is a special trip offered at an extra cost and can be arranged locally

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Pomodoro

Camel's main restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its Italian coffee, and generous breakfast and lunch buffets are popular with residents and guests. Pomodoros dinner menu features Italian grilled meat , fish dishes, and homemade pizza. The terrace is cooled by fans and mist in summer, and heated in winter. ...find out more

Tendori

Camel's Tandoori Indian restaurant is a local favourite. You can watch resident Indian Chef Abhay at work in the open-air show kitchen. The menu includes meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian specialities, plus freshly-cooked breads. The courtyard is cooled by fans in summer, and heated in winter. Reservation is recommended. ...find out more

Camel Bar

Probably the most famous bar in Sharm El Sheikh, Camel Bar is actually three bars. All three bars serve extensive dinner and drinks menus, including cocktails and shooters ...find out more