Egypt Diving sites, information, tours, prices and online booking
Egypt Diving sites are ones of the most popular sites all over the world. Boasting over a thousand diving sites, including some of the world’s most famous spots, Egypt is undoubtedly the dream destination for divers from all over the world. The Red Sea offers an idyllic setting for exploring underwater landscapes. You’ll be entranced by the multifarious flora and fauna, amazed by the abundant tropical coral reefs and enthralled by the impressive array of ancient shipwrecks. The water that ripples throughout this aquatic paradise is clear and warm, which – combined with high saline levels – makes it an ideal environment for over a thousand different types of coral reef, not to mention 300 species of shark.
In this fascinating underwater realm, colorful fish will happily swim alongside you as you dive, sharing in the wonders of this silent deep-sea world. The small seaside resort of Dahab lies on the west coast of Sinai and hosts a tempting selection of impressive caves. The steep drops and unusual underwater terrains of these very varied sites are certain to seduce any diver. Only those who are extremely experienced can descend to the thrilling depths of the famous ‘Blue Hole’ with its 80m deep cavern. Others can ponder the profusion of alcyonarian coral that thrives on the underwater rock face known as The Canyon.
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With over 40 diving sites stretching from Straits of Tiran to Ras Mohammed, plus a rich marine life and numerous shipwrecks, not to mention stunning coral reefs that are renowned for being the most beautiful in the world, all in all it’s no wonder that Sharm El Sheikh is the world’s number one diving destination. A myriad of species will dance before your eyes, and the walls will be thronging with colorful alcyonarians (soft corals) and acroporas, some of them up to a meter high. You are certain to be overwhelmed by the majesty of what awaits you under the waves.
Some of the best dives in the Red Sea are to be found at Ras Mohammed, famous for the SS Thistlegorm wreck which Jacques Cousteau discovered in the 1950s. The sheer walls plunge down to depths of over 800m, and here you can mingle with the multicolored alcyonarians and rich, pelagic fauna which live in harmony amongst the giant red gorgonians. Also known as “The Little Venice of the Red Sea”, the El Gouna resort rejoices in having 33 diving sites, some of which are still virgin, and others which are renowned for their mysterious wrecks. Whilst exploring the impressive reefs of Abu Nuhas, discover the colorful coral reefs and dense aquatic fauna which populate the underwater world of The Carnatic, The Chrisoula K, The Giannis D and the Rosalie Moller wrecks.
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Hurghada is one of Egypt’s most unusual diving sites, a life-size aquarium which is a must for dedicated divers. After threading your way through the swaying branches of giant red gorgonians at Police Station and admiring the fabulous alcyonarian coral at Erg Somaya, you’ll find yourself in the magical underwater garden which surrounds the coral reef islands of Shadwan, Giftun and Gubal. Safaga has numerous diving sites which are accessible to everyone, thanks to the excellent visibility and generally weak currents which characterize the local waters. Rich and colorful fauna abound in the sumptuous coral gardens, especially at Ras Abu Soma and Sha’ab Tobia. From Tobia Arbaa to the mythical spot at Panorama Reef, passing through the Middle Reef coral gardens and taking in the Salem Express wreck, any diving trip in this peaceful fishing port is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.
This area offers a wealth of interest for divers, including a variety of reefs featuring diverse underwater rock faces and an abundance of fauna, not to mention coral which is almost polychromal in appearance. In addition to the famous Elphinstone Reef, the Borbo reef, the coral gardens of Anee So Reef, the caves and canyons of Abu Dabab and the El Gotaab site, Erg Monica and Sok Bahar boast a fantastic array of reef fauna and are also well worth a visit. In the Marsa Alam areas, enjoy a dive at Samadai Reef, the ‘dolphin reef of the south’. This section of the Red Sea coastline is dedicated to diving, and is peppered with well-preserved sites in the midst of a fabulous nature reserve. At Elphinstone, you can marvel at the amazing pelagic fauna and explore the hoards of coral reefs which are home to countless species.
Whilst strong currents, choppy seas and the fact that night diving is prohibited conspire to make diving sites in the south less popular, these sites do offer a host of new challenges for more adventurous divers. Located in southern territorial waters in the center of the Red Sea, the most desirable diving spots are clustered around Zabargad Island, Rocky Island and St. John’s Reef. However, when atmospheric conditions are favorable, you will be treated to the sight of spectacular coral reefs, some of them still virgin, plus the most extraordinary marine fauna –though this rare experience is only for the most able divers.