Taba’s peaceful coral ridges and seamounts are teeming with Red Sea reef life and swirling pelagics, yet there are no dive crowds. Whether you dive from shore, boat or via scenic Jeep and car rides, you can enjoy diving all day long in this stunning Marine Protected Area.
Diving in Taba
Taba is a small town located on the coast of the Red Sea, in Egypt, right at the border with Israel at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Sinai province. This is a smaller diving destination but it still has its underwater charms which attracts scuba divers. Flourishing corals, peaceful dives, no crowds, and some unique smaller species to be spotted, is what scuba diving in Taba offers. There are not many dive centers and resorts here, but it is a well known diving destination in its own right. This area is also a protected marine area which means that dive centers here do operate with an environmentally conscious mindset.
Best time to dive
Due to Taba being located more north on the Red Sea the waters here do get colder in the winter months; around 19 degrees Celsius from January to March. On the flip side, during the summer months, July and August, when the outside temperature reaches above 36 degrees Celsius, the water does warm up to 30 degrees Celsius. The visibility is still above average between 10 and 25 metres, sometimes much more, and no extreme weather conditions to hinder diving activities.
Types of diving
The dive sites here and reached in multiple ways, some can be done from shore from the dive centers and dive resorts, some by boat and some by jeep or car. The dive sites here are suitable for beginners as well as advanced divers and a great place to take diving courses. It is the kind of diving area which attracts divers who want to come and admire flourishing marine ecosystems.
What to see
Taba is not the top location in Egypt to come and see large pelagic life, but it has its own unique spirit and marine ecosystems that will still impress divers, There are different species of rays which have been spotted in the dive sites here, including the elusive Feather Tailed Ray and only lucky days Eagle Rays. Other species spotted here include; Barracuda, Batfish, Groupers and multiple species of Seahorses.