Diving in Egypte en de rode zee

Famous for iconic ancient Egyptian sites, Egypt excites the imagination like no other destination. Underwater Egypt does not disappoint either with gorgeous reefs, great wrecks and hugely diverse marine life.

Diving in Egypte en de rode zee

Quick facts

Egypt’s reefs are brimming over with life; bright corals and clouds of fish dazzle with a kaleidoscope of colour. Stating that the waters here are calm and clear seems like a bit of an understatement.

There are sites that do experience current and in some locations operators do use drift diving protocols. Egypt offers the full gambit of diving opportunities; wrecks, walls, drifts, pinnacles, shore dives, day boats and liveaboards too. There are sites suitable for all levels and some good areas to learn as well as exciting open ocean sites for the more advanced diver. Due to the excellent visibility and the easy access to excess depths it’s an attractive location for technical diving and training.

Many of the diving destinations offer access to famous Egyptian historic sites, but it’s also easy to arrange a holiday split over a couple of places to take in some diving and some culture too.

Recommended training

Take the PADI Deep Diver and PADI Drift Diver courses for diving the fabulous walls. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is also great to record your adventure.

When to go

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Where to dive

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Taba: Pharaoh’s (or Farun) Island – Situated in the northern reaches of the Gulf of Aqaba, this area is noted for fascinating endemic marine life – frogfish, which may be one of the oddest fish. Once a Phoenician port, this small island lies a mere 250 metres/275 yards off shore and a restored castle overlooks the relatively uncrowded dive sites. Small pinnacles and walls dropping to 25 metres/80 feet feature healthy coral, schools of bream and batfish and the ubiquitous moray eels. It’s a great place for topside exploration and snorkeling too. Dahab: The Blue Hole – Plunging to 130 metres/430 feet, this is one of the most famous dive sites in the world. While there’s plenty for divers to enjoy within recreational limits, appropriately qualified tec divers make the most of the site by traversing "the arch" at 56 metres/185 feet to the reef wall outside. This is a popular place with freedivers too. Sharm el Sheikh: Straits of Tiran – Situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, the straits form a natural constriction and consequently the diving is spectacular. Divers privileged to have visited the reefs here (Jackson, Gordon and Woodhouse among many others) speak their names in respectful whispers. Washed by strong currents, these reefs are favorite haunts for marauding jacks, barracuda and sharks that prowl the reef edges on the lookout for their unwary, or injured, smaller cousins. Enormous moray eels slip through the coral heads and crevices, which teem with anthias and myriad other reef dwellers. Sharm el Sheikh: Ras Mohamed National Park – The first Egyptian national park is still one of the best. It is about 20 kilometres/12 miles south of Sharm el Sheik at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Gulf of Suez. Due to the mixing of these waters, the area hosts healthy coral reefs and myriad reef and pelagic fish species. This protected area can be accessed by a day trip or liveaboard dive boat. At two of the featured dive sites, Shark and Yolanda reefs, currents are often significant which makes drift dives common. Hurghada: Giftun Island – This marine reserve with a modest entry fee has a host of dive sites characterized by steep drop offs, fabulous coral reefs and the possibility of encounters with barracuda, tuna and even bigger pelagic species. That's if you can tear your eyes away from the gorgonians and marine life that populate the caverns and ledges. The frequently strong currents often dictate drift dives. The protection coming with marine reserve status really pays off here with abundant marine life and great diving. Safaga: Seven Pillars – In Soma Bay, seven coral pillars nearly rise to the surface from about 14 metres/45 feet of depth. Many reef fish, including Napoleon wrasse, puffer fish and lionfish, call the area home. It’s also a well-known night diving spot.

What to see

The reefs and marine life here are plentiful, estimates are around 800 fish species alone with at least 10% of them not found anywhere else. Expect to see dolphins on the way to dive sites. If you are lucky you may see a manatee, whale sharks are seen and so are a range of sharks. Apart from grey, white and black tip reef sharks, oceanic whitetips, hammerheads, tigers and thresher sharks can also be encountered. Sea turtles frequent the area as do many varieties of moray eels. Bluespotted stingrays are everywhere, scorpionfish and crocodilefish blend in, lionfish hover and there are many nudibranchs, flatworms, Spanish dancers and pipefish to entertain the critter hunters.


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Egypt is famous for its ancient civilisation that evokes images of pyramids, sphinx and mummies. Long the backdrop for archaeological adventure and discovery, Egypt draws visitors to explore its unique history like no other. This reliance on the tourist dollar can feel a little aggressive so be sure to be firm with touts.

The country’s geography is unusual, the Gulf of Suez almost splits Egypt in two and the country straddles both Africa and Asia. Its coastlines enjoy both the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and while a high proportion of the land is desert, the Nile River enriches its banks with greenness. Egypt is primarily a Muslim country and as such ladies should dress conservatively away from the beach to negate any unwanted attention.

Apart from its many historical sites, Egypt is a mecca for diving offering a hugely diverse marine environment with many destinations from which to choose. There’s much more too; you can explore the desert on an ATV, go sand boarding down its dunes, take a boat trip to view dolphins, relax on the beach, take a felucca ride at sunset, and take a camel or even a hot air balloon out for a spin.

Other attractions

Often overlooked and overshadowed by typical Egyptian history Alexandria has not only some fabulous history top side but you can dive around submerged historic sites too.

Getting there

Divers ususally enter at Hurghada, Sharm el Sheik or Marsa Alam International airports. You can also fly through Cairo and connect to your destination from the same terminal.


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