About Mexicana Resort and Elite Diving
A warm welcome and central Um Sid location makes the Mexicana resort and Elite divers a popular choice for families or divers on a budget. Let yourself be surprised and discover what keeps people coming back to this winning combo. There are 2 main room grades available at the Mexicana resort. The standard rooms sleep 2 in either a double or twin bed with an inland view. There are also 1 or 2 bedded apartments, which are ideal for families and groups. Each has air con, TV, hair dryer, mini bar and private terrace. The in room safe and internet access are both available for a local charge. You can chose to stay at the Mexicana on a bed and breakfast, half board or even all inclusive basis. Please speak to one of the travel team for full details about the package inclusions. Meals are served buffet style but there are also a la carte options on site. The Mexicana is near to many restaurants, cafes and shops, so you can easily explore the local Um Sid area. There is a pool table, tennis court, basketball and even a fitness centre. Or grab the free shuttle bus and head to the resort's private beaches. There is even a baby sitting service (local charge and booking). Just want to dive, dive, dive? After a day with Elite Diving head back to the Mexicana and relax by one of the 2 pools as you enjoy a cool beer at the pool bar. Put your feet up and enjoy one of the weekly shows. Everything you need for an enjoyable week in the sun is here!
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 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.
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 standard 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
Nitrox is available for a local surcharge
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for a holiday to Mexicana 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
Some of the hottest dive sites in Egypt lie right on your doorstep in this vibrant town. To miss out on the action beneath the waves means is to miss out on just what brings people back time and again. A warm water destination, the sea is clear so you feel completely at ease. All along the coast are bays and shallow reefs that are bright, colourful and perfect for learning to dive. Certified divers will love the reefs of Tiran and Ras Mohammed as well as the world famous wrecks dives at the Thistlegorm and Dunraven. And once the dive centre closes, there are bars and restaurants aplenty.
The dive schedule at Elite changes from week to week, picking and choosing the dive sites customers want to visit. The dive boats depart every day for a fresh new adventure in the stunning Tiran, Ras Mohammed and local dive sites. Elite use large and well maintained dive boats, a regular is Lady Sherin, with two large saloons and a great lunch! Nitrox is free. Novice and experienced divers are guaranteed dives that will both suit their experience levels as well as thrill and amaze. Special trips can also be arranged to the famous and unmissable wrecks The Thistlegorm and Dunraven.
- Popular British run dive centre offering PADI & BSAC courses
- Small groups and class sizes
- Daily boat diving
- e learning available
Elite Diving at a British managed dive centre in Sharm, offering PADI and BSAC courses. Their motto is "no problem, it's your dive holiday. Just relax and enjoy!". Nothing to too much trouble. Chose the dive package that will suit. The dive team manage to be both professional and fun at the same time so no matter if you are learning to dive or already certified, your trip will run smoothly and safely from beginning to end.
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 atMexicana Resort and Elite Diving.
- 1 days diving from:Price on request
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Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from:Price on request
- PADI open water course from:Price on request
- PADI advanced course from:Price on request
- Nitrox Specialty from:Price on request
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit):Price on request
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.