While it is no secret that Egypt is rich in culture and history, it is also home to some of the best diving locations in the world. This past fall, readers of DIVE Magazine voted Egypt’s Red Sea the second best diving destination in the world. Divers all over the world travel to Egypt’s Red Sea for their wide variety of dive sites with a wide variety of marine life that offer something for divers of all skill levels.
While the Red Sea is relatively close to Cairo, we recommend traveling south to Hurghada where the weather and water temperature is warmer and the marine life is more abundant. It’s totally possible to make Hurghada a weekend destination!
Egypt’s Red Sea boasts some of the healthiest coral in the world. Largely unaffected by coral bleaching, many of the off-shore dive sites are flourishing.
The Southernmost point of the Sinai Penninsula is where the Gulf of Aqaba and Gulf of Suez converge. This intersection is where you will find some of the best diving in the Red Sea, Ras Mohammed National Park. With plunging walls, it draws in large schools of fish and has some of the most beautiful and vibrant corals.
The legendary SS Thistlegorm was a British supply ship that sunk during WWW II on its way to Alexandria. Left undiscovered for several decades remnants of jeeps, motorcycles, military boots, and ammunition are still present.
Last but not least, we can’t forget the sharks of the Red Sea. Catch a liveaboard boat and complete Egypt’s most famous safari route to Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone. Brothers is known for its almost guaranteed oceanic whitetip shark encounters, Daedalus for its large and social schools of hammerhead sharks, and Elphinstone combines the best of both worlds with frequent hammerheads and ocean white tip sightings.