The Red Sea is dubbed Egypt’s “Garden of Allah”,
due to the wealth of underwater pristine life.
Egypt offers a year round climate for scuba diving and dive centers offering a modern service. Diving can be done here year around, with water temperatures ranging from 19 degrees in the north to 29 degrees in the south. The Egyptian land climate can be hot and dry, so the best time to go here is between November and February.
For the professional divers who have seen it all, have their own gear and know what and where to go, try to visit the southern less developed regions of Egypt. Try Quseir, Marsa Galeb, Wadi Gamal or even more south to St John's reef. Or take one of the live-aboard that visits Sudan or the remote islands in the Red Sea. You will be stunned by the coral formations, the marine life and the solitude. Egypt has places where not many divers have dived yet and that is something that reflects in the beauty of the coral.
The beginning diver is better of to go to well established diving areas such as Dahab, Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheik. Diving here is more crowded and reefs are less colorful with coral and fish, but it is easy to rent diving equipment and many schools can be found. And diving is not the only thing you can do here. Nightlife is great, beaches are very nice and there are many locals who try their best to enjoy you as much as possible.
From the gigantic coral outcrops of Taba to the vertical walls of Ras Mohammed, from the wrecks of Sha'ab Abu Nuhas to the lonely offshore islands of The Brothers and Zabargad. The Red Sea is dubbed Egypt’s “Garden of Allah”, due to the wealth of underwater pristine life.
It is no surprise therefore that Red Sea diving is one of the most sought-after holidays. Whether a hopeful wannabe or expert diver, eight year-old kid or sporting grandmother, diving can be experienced and enjoyed by nearly everyone.
And diving is not the only thing you can do here. Nightlife is great, beaches are very nice and there are many locals who try their best to enjoy you as much as possible.
Daily Diving, Liveaboard Safari Trips, Desert Safari Diving, Shore Diving, Wrecks, Reefs, Walls, Drifts, Diver Education and Technical Diving...the Red Sea has it all!!
If you plan on staying in a hotel but would still like to organize a few days diving, your options are endless. A considerable range of Dive Centers offer Daily diving. This consists of leaving by 9am, doing 2 dives, lunch and returning around 4pm. The Red Sea boasts some of the best local diving in the world with most sites accessible within an hours boat ride from established diving centers.
For those who would like to dive non stop we suggest a Live aboard Safari trip. Most dive centers also operate liveaboard boats and other companies specialize in this field. These trips accommodate a range of budgets and are usually full board with unlimited diving on more remote reefs. Mini Safaris are available for 2-3 days; however the standard trips are for 7-14 days. Most of the major liveaboard destinations start from the Tiran Straits and Ras Mohammed, the famous Thistlegorm Wreck, Gobail Straits and Abu Nuhas and South through the Safaga Reefs, Brother Islands, Elphinstone Reef and Marsa Alam.
When life on a boat does not appeal there is always Shore Diving. Many dive centers host their own house reefs or operate shore diving excursions to nearby reefs along the coast. A popular option is shore diving desert safaris. Most of these operations offer rudimentary accommodation in the form of a tent with evenings spent around the fire on the beach. When you feel you have seen all of the shore sites, most also offer short boat trips to nearby reefs.
Bring your Dive License! Any reputable center will ask you for one. No problem if you don't have a license; your options for learning to dive or for advancing your education are endless. Courses from novice all the way up to instructor level and beyond are held regularly from a range of training agencies in the language of your choice!
Visability & Temperature
Seasonal temperature changes play a big part in determining visibility. Winter tends to be the period of best visibility in Northern Red Sea areas with waters too cool to support algae and planktonic growth. Conversely, in the South, it is the summer which offers best
visibility as the blistering hot surface temperatures translate into sea temperatures too hot to support the growth of marine microorganisms. No matter where you dive in the Red Sea blooms of planktonic growth can crop up at any time bringing the visibility down. Fortunately these are rare occurrences and the normal visibility is excellent ranging from 10 - 50+ meters.