Red Sea Coast Diving

Vibrant soft coral gardens and famous wrecks attract new and experienced divers to the ever-popular Red Sea Coast. Dive in to experience elusive dugong, resident dolphin pods, mantas, hammerheads and more.

 

El Quseir

Peaceful El Quseir offers an authentic Egyptian experience and marine-rich waters. With abundant shore diving and access to one of the world’s best dive sites, Elphinstone, you can spot dugongs, mantas, sea turtles, reef sharks and hammerheads whilst you’re there.

 

Hamata

For untouched Southern Egypt diving suitable for all experience levels, visit Hamata. This small destination packs a punch with thrilling drift dives, schooling pelagics and a coral pinnacle forest.

 

Hurghada

One of Egypt’s top dive destinations, Hurghada offers dramatic walls, pinnacles and large plateaus swathed in colourful corals. Discover classic Red Sea marine life below the water and surface to stunning desert landscapes.

 

Marsa Alam

Quieter than other Egyptian dive destinations, Marsa Alam has few crowds and easy access to world-famous dive sites just offshore. Unguided shore diving opportunities offer the ultimate in diver freedom, whilst marine life such as resident spinner dolphins, dugong and endangered guitarfish will leave you coming back for more.

 

Safaga

One of Egypt’s Top 5 dive spots, Safaga offers diverse barrier and table reef diving, a striking maze of coral pinnacles and walls plunging to over 300m depth. Enjoy breathtaking marine life at the iconic Salem Express wreck.

 

 

Diving in Red Sea Coast

Year round diving, pleasant temperatures, above average visibility, marine species large and small, coral gardens beyond imagination, multiple shades of sparkling blue and exciting diving adventures; that sums up the Red Sea Coast in Egypt. Red Sea Coast diving really has something for everyone, from beautiful shallow corals and reef fish focused dives, to deep and more advanced diving opportunities for the Tec divers out there. Some areas have stronger currents and so there are some fantastic drift dives to be done here. The Red Sea has been established from a massive crack in the earth which also means incredibly deep depths, reaching up to 3000 metres. This geographical phenomenon also explains how the small islands throughout the Red Sea emerged which are also great diving areas.

The Red Sea, despite it being an incredibly popular diving destination for many years, is still in great condition and one of the main comments of divers is their surprise at the pristine state that the reefs are in.  

The conditions are never at extremes to make for unpleasant diving and the visibility in the Red Sea is known to be above average-year round, which means it can be visited whenever it works out best for divers and allows for a steady flow of diving tourism throughout the year. The main factor that some months are busier depends on the outside temperature as June to August the temperatures can increase to above 40 degrees celsius.

The dive centres and dive resorts here provide options for all types of diving. Want to learn to dive for the first time? There are enough shallower, sandy bottom dive sites for all skills to be taught in the dive courses. Want to penetrate a wreck at 30 metres with your twin set? This is also possible. Most of the dive sites are reached by boat. This can either be by daily boat trips organised by onshore dive centers or multi-day trip liveaboards which operate regularly here. 

Also, many of the diving areas are busy trying to come up with ways to educate regarding marine conservation and pollution to keep the area in its great condition. 

Best places to dive

Hurghada is the second most popular diving area in Egypt and on the Red Sea coast after Sharm El Sheik. There are multiple dive destinations here which provide divers with high quality, thrilling dive experiences. This areas main feature is the multiple dive sites with thriving and magnificent coral which is still in such great condition and absolutely teeming with life to spot. It has a variety of dives including wreck dives, drift dives and deep dives.
 
Marsa Alam is another top diving destination on the western coast of the Red Sea. This is a well-known location for shore diving as the most impressive marine life is located right off the coast. There are possibilities to drift dive past reef walls and reef sharks, spot the elusive Dugong right off the coast, a large collection of turtles and so much more. There is also a dive site here where you can dive with a large pod of dolphins which is a truly exhilarating experience.
 
The small town of Safaga has flourished in a bustling diving area and has placed itself in the top 5 diving locations in Egypt. To sum up how and why this is an exciting area to dive in; astonishing wrecks, inside and out, large marine species including Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks, Blacktail Sharks and Eagle Rays. Aside from these thrills there are also so much smaller species to admire.
 
Berenice has Wadi El Gamal national park bordering on it and this provides divers with a beautiful protected region and it holds over 1000 species of fish and 400 types of coral for divers to revel over. Berenice itself is a small, remote diving village which attracts divers whose main focus is to experience the underwater world here. It is also a popular destination for liveaboards.
 
Hamata is the most southern diving destination on the Red Sea coast of Egypt and it comes with some unique sighting possibilities. In this region, there is one dive site, Shaab Makshour, which has been said to have the largest collection of different shark species in one spot, plus dolphins! It can’t get more exciting than that. The Brothers Islands are also located in this region which means possibilities of sighting a large range of larger species while diving past impressive walls and there are even two wrecks to explore here.
 
El Quseir is a smaller dive area which provides divers with mostly shore dives and it houses one of the top 20 dive sites in the world - Elphinstone - a reef wall which drops down 150 metres and is teeming with reef life and the predators which are attracted by that; think Hammerheads and White Tip Reef Sharks.

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