Liveaboard Holidays In Egypt Red Sea

Egypt liveaboard undoubtedly offer some of the best value and choice for a liveaboard holidays anywhere. The varied dive sites and choice of itineraries offer something for everyone. Reefs, wrecks and marine life are all exceptional and the conditions are suitable for the newly qualified diver or the seasoned veteran.

Planet Dive Holidays pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive collection of luxury vessels around. So we'll have a holiday for you whether you are after a mini liveaboard safari, a full week of diving or considering combining more than one safari back to back. Take a look at our liveaboard departures or give us a call.


Liveaboards in Egypt are without a doubt the best way to maximise your experience in the Red Sea’s glorious underwater. When living aboard the additional time in the water and increased access to the more remote dive sites whilst travelling around in luxury cruise boats really gives an edge over land based tours.

The added social benefit of a liveaboard is also a popular aspect to trips like this, as the shared dining facilities and close knit nature of the luxury cruise boats ensure you’ll have plenty to talk about with like minded people sharing your passion for Egyptian diving. Discussing your pre-dive aims and post-dive findings over dinner or evening drinks can open up your experience to a new level as well as sharing the secluded secrets from below can improve your future dives.


With some of the world's most breathtaking underwater scenery Red Sea liveaboard diving has something for divers of any level of experience. From the wide-eyed novices through to the seasoned technical pros; the sheer scale of what is readily available with an Egypt liveaboard quenches everyone's thirst for diving wherever you decide to drop anchor and explore in the Red Sea’s most popular diving location.

The liveaboard itineraries in the Egyptian Red Sea can broadly be split into three areas; Northern Wreck and Reefs, Southern Marine Parks and Deep South. 

Northern Wreck and Reefs

The Northern Red Sea is of course the most popular region for Egyptian liveaboards, as the gentle diving conditions combined with the stunning visuals of the overturned ships littering the seabed offer a perfect introduction for beginners and enthusiasts alike. With huge numbers of these fascinating wrecks, virtually no minimum dive restrictions and great diversity in diving discovery, including the magnificent night dives. The Northern Wrecks & Reefs itineraries provide some great value liveaboards, plus there are many flights from the UK to this region of the Red Sea. The northern area offers a greater variety with approx 40% wreck in the standard itinerary. There are also shorter distance between dive sites enabling a 'looser schedule' and the possibility of more dives in the week. The north is perfect for novice divers, wreck lovers and photographers.

Southern Marine Parks

The Southern Marine Parks of Egypt offer a more challenging set of diving conditions for advanced divers, and are definitely not for the novice. These areas are remote and provide an intriguingly diverse range of dive sites in much more isolated waters – free from the populations of novice divers and day boats from the mainland. The southern marine parks are comprised of The Brothers, Daedalus reef, Zabargad and Rocky islands. Although not a marine park, Elphinstone is often included with a marine park itinerary. These sites are underwater pinnacles far from land, so these sites require longer boat journeys from land. In exchange, divers are given excellent opportunities to dive with various species of sharks (hammerheads, oceanic white tips, reef sharks, silky sharks, and thresher sharks). There are also a few wrecks to explore on these reefs. The south however will take you to far more remote and uncrowded sites, so the distance between dive sites is greater. In the south there is a much greater chance of seeing larger pelagic life including many sharks. This area is for the more experienced diver and we recommend that you have had some experience in deep water, with the current and have done at least 50 dives.

Deep South

The Deep South itineraries take divers to the most remote dive sites of the southern Egyptian Red Sea, including St. Johns and Fury Shoals. These remote sites are some of the best for pelagics and it is very rare to run into other dive boats there. The Deep South itineraries are suitable for less experienced divers who want to experience the unique reefs of Egypt's Southern Red Sea.

If you are in any way unsure of your suitability for an Egyptian Red Sea liveaboard itinerary please just call us for advice.

Do keep in mind that even if a particular itinerary is confirmed, travel in the Red Sea can involve some long sea passages crossings. Attempting these will be at the discretion of the skipper who will take into account the safety of passengers, crew & vessel, as well as your diving enjoyment.


Q: For a liveaboard in the Red Sea what should I bring with me?

For any liveaboard, we recommend that, in addition to your standard dive kit that you have a dive computer. We also recommend a surface marker bouy (SMB) particualrly on more remote sites, a torch, your certification card / logbook.

Q: Where is best Liveaboard itinerary for beginners?

The diving conditions in the Red Sea can vary from flat calm seas with excellent visibility to the much stronger currents found off shore. With more challenging conditions of The Southern Marine Parks and The Deep South, it is generally advised that the novice and beginner divers try the Sinai area and The Northern Wrecks and Reefs – as the shallow waters and gentle conditions are ideal.

Q: What Wetsuit Should I bring?

Due to the extended time in the water of a liveaboard, we recommend a 5mm shortie or 3mm long suit. With repetitive diving and strong thermoclines, temperatures can vary greatly.

Q: Can a non-diver go on a liveaboard holiday?

Non-divers and snorkelers are welcome on all liveaboards, however there is very rarely any discount.

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