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El Quseir is quieter than most resort areas in Egypt, offering peace and the charm of yesteryear. The diving is rich, quiet and calm, and the coast has some superb beaches upon which to relax.

Diving in El Quseir

Quick facts

House reefs lie right off the beach here, so shore diving is comfortable and perfect for every level. Operators offer boat trips to those sites not accessible from the shore. Boats are comfortable purpose built large dive boats, but there are some speedboat options available too. Some shore dives require a minibus transfer to sites further afield. There’s a myriad of excellent dive sites spread along the coast and with only a handful of dive centres, so you are most likely to find quiet dive sites. Wreck divers will be pleased to explore the Salem Express. Elphinstone, a thrilling open ocean pinnacle, is there for the intrepid too.

When to go

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USD 691Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers

What to see

Gracing the clear, calm waters are many varieties of colourful reef fish amongst the abundant hard and soft coral reefs. Crocodilefish, lionfish, batfish, humphead wrasse, many bluespotted stingrays and the occasional turtle and manatee should be expected. Oceanic whitetip and hammerhead sharks can be seen at Elphinstone while barracuda stalk the local sites and eagle rays drop in for a fly-by. Watch out for dolphins as you travel between dive sites.


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Historic port town El Quseir is quieter than most Red Sea resort areas. While still a tourist spot it has retained some yesteryear charm. El Quseir was an important trading port and gateway for pilgrims and as such is high in historical value. Central to the town is the 16th-century fortress of Sultan Selim where visitors will also find winding streets. Buildings left by the Ottoman Empire, the British and the French mingle with Bedouin bazaars.

The coastline is home to some impressive beaches, mangrove swamps and some quiet coves in which to relax. Apart from the understated historic sites, visitors come to enjoy the relative peace and snorkel or dive in the plentiful, clear, calm waters.

Other attractions

Visit the old gold mining settlement at Bir Umm Fawakir or the Roman settlement at Mons Claudianus or view the rock pictures at Wadi Russumat.

Getting there

The closest airport is in Marsa Alam with Hurghada’s coming in a close second. From there transfer is by road.


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