Sharm el Sheikh Diving
Sharm el Sheikh, a bustling desert city, framed by turquoise waters teeming with Red Sea life large and small. With numerous resorts and dive centres to choose from, you can enjoy shore, boat or liveaboard diving to discover Egypt’s world-class wrecks, reefs and more.
Sitting in the heart of Sharm el Sheikh, Naama Bay is perfectly situated for shore diving, day boats and liveaboard adventures to discover the wealth of Red Sea marine life just offshore. Whether you like sea turtles, coral landscapes or colorful reef fish, Naama Bay has it all.
A Marine Protected Area since 1992, Naqb offers pristine coral reefs, over 1000 fish species and hundreds of corals stretching across more than 600 km². Diving here will mesmerize you by the sheer volume of life around you.
The secluded beachside charm and easy shore dives of Sharks Bay make it ideal for relaxing dive holidays tucked away from Sharm el Sheikh’s busier resorts. With sandy bottoms for new divers and deeper canyons teeming with reef life, there’s something for every diver to enjoy.
Diving in Sharm el Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh is an extremely popular diving and holiday destination located on the southern coast of the Red Sea in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is a large, bustling city that rises out of the desert and borders on the sparkling turquoise waters and an exhilarating variety of dive sites. There are numerous dive centers and dive resorts to choose from here, and there are options for beginner divers up to experienced tec divers. For the avid underwater photographers, there is a variety of creatures to spot, and for the divers hoping to be wow-ed by large pelagic species, there are many opportunities to spot these. There are over 30 dive sites which are all so different for divers to explore. There are world renowned coral reefs, world famous wrecks and much, much more.
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Types of diving
One of the factors that makes Sharm El Sheikh such a popular diving destination is the variety of types of diving. There are spectacular reef diving in Ras Mohammed National Park, thrilling drift dives at the Straits of Tiran, one of the best wreck dives in the world; Thistlegorm, easy and relaxing dives from the shore in Sharm and many Liveaboard options to experience Sharm el Sheikh in a different way. There are a lot of dive centres and dive resorts which cater to all levels of diving, many offer dive courses and some also offer technical diving opportunities. The large majority of the dive sites are reached by boat and so it is mostly boat diving in this region, but there are some shore dives available here as well such as Naama Bay and also up north in Nabq.
What to see
The reefs here are alive and thriving, with every color of the rainbow and all shapes, sizes and textures. There are numerous species of hard and soft corals and these attract large schools of fish which swim around the corals as though a confetti cannon went off. Keep an eye out for the adorable Anemone Fish protecting their vibrant homes and the tiny pops of color that come in the form of Nudibranchs. These reefs also attract larger species such as Napoleon Wrasse, Sea Turtles, Manta Rays and Dolphins. At the Straits of Tiran divers should keep an eye out in the blue as a Manta Ray may fly by or a Whaleshark may pop out and surprise divers. Ras Mohammed is home to Grey Reef Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks and on lucky days, Hammerhead Sharks.
Best places to dive
Advanced Open Water Diver prices range from €220-€307. See all Advanced Open Water Diver courses in Sharm el Sheikh.
Open Water Diver prices range from €266-€376. See all Open Water Diver courses in Sharm el Sheikh.
You can obtain your Open Water Diver in Naama Bay.
You can obtain your Enriched Air Diver in Nabq.