Firstly, Oman enjoys an untouched coastline and diverse marine life. Here, the Hallaniyat Islands are a favourite, with sublime coral reefs, coral reefs and wrecks. Divers flock to see the resident population of humpback whales, as well as reef sharks, mantas and epic schools of fish. Oman’s Musandam Peninsula displays dramatic topography, with breathtaking cliffs plunging vertically into the ocean, where most dives are conducted. Marine life is varied here, with everything from macro creatures to whalesharks. The Daymaniyat Islands are nine protected islands beaming with life, including vibrant reefs, leopard sharks, turtles, and seahorses. Oman’s capital Muscat is similarly a diving hotspot, where it’s rich in nutrients that support an array of marine life. Here divers savour beautiful reefs, numerous fish, and even whalesharks.
Moving onto Israel, which sits between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Here, it’s caves, coral gardens and critters galore. Divers often visit Eilat, home to an exceptional protected marine reserve with easy shore diving. Furthermore, on the Red Sea side, Coral Beach Nature Reserve hosts impressive coral gardens. On the Mediterranean side, cave fanatics should dive the Rosh Hanikra Caverns, which are incredible natural chalk caverns.
Next, Saudi Arabia has a substantial amount of unexplored dive spots. It also has the lengthiest coastline on the Red Sea, meaning a myriad of diving opportunities. With pristine waters, abundant healthy corals, colourful fish, wondersome wrecks and frequenting pelagics, it’s perfect for adventure-seeking divers. Popular dive sites include the Boiler Wreck, Ala’s Reef, the Ann Ann Wreck and Redmah Wall.
Lastly, with only 17 miles of Red Sea coastline, but over 20 uncrowded dive sites, including a wreck, Jordan offers a magnificent diving experience. Four miles of its coast is inside the Aqaba Marine, home to soft and hard corals, reef fish, turtles, sharks and rays. Dive sites that you shouldn’t miss out on in Jordan include the Cedar Pride Wreck, Yellowstone Reef, The Aquarium, The Power Station, Seven Sisters and the Tank, and the Japanese Gardens.