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.
A more luxurious Red Sea dive destination, Soma Bay has house reefs stretching endlessly along the coast, offering numerous protected dive sites for new divers. Venture just 10 minutes offshore and you can also enjoy striking coral pinnacles on sandy bottoms and octopi mating grounds.
Diving in Safaga
Located just south of Hurghada on the northern part of the Red Sea coast, in Egypt, in Safaga is a small, but bustling, port town and diving area. Whilst shore diving is available some of the best dive sites are located away from the coast so it is a popular area for Liveaboards of which there are many that operate here. It is in the top 5 most popular diving spots in Egypt. Aside from flourishing coral gardens and coral walls, there are also some impressive wrecks to be visited and large pelagic species to be spotted.
Best time to dive
Divers wanting to dive in the Red Sea have the benefit of being able to dive any month of the year as conditions in this area are ideal for diving throughout. Apart from the days with high wind, weather conditions are never too extreme here to prevent diving. Water temperatures reach a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius in the summer months between June and September and reach a minimum of 21 degrees Celsius in February. Visibility remains constant throughout the year at around 22-25 metres.
Types of diving
What to see
Abu Kafan is one of the dive sites here which really provides divers with the opportunity to spot some larger marine life, which is definitely always a thrill. Here there is the chance for divers to spot Hammerhead sharks, Sea Turtles, Barracuda, Blacktail Sharks and more species of reef sharks. At Panorama reef you can enjoy the plethora of Anemone Fish that have set up house here and who will defend their homes to divers enjoyment. This area, in general, does allow for more shark sightings, large Napoleons, and Eagle Ray every now and then, and not to forget the large schools of brightly colored reef fish which rain down on the reef.
Best places to dive
The top dive centers are the Freedom Divers, Scuba World Divers Movenpick Resort Soma Bay and Scuba World Divers Albatros Beach Club Soma Bay.
Advanced Open Water Diver prices range from €240-€245. See all Advanced Open Water Diver courses in Safaga.
Open Water Diver prices range from €290-€300. See all Open Water Diver courses in Safaga.
You can obtain your Advanced Open Water Diver in Soma Bay.
You can obtain your Open Water Diver in Soma Bay.