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EGYPT DIVING HOLIDAYS

Why you'll love diving in Egypt!

  • The Red Sea offer some of the best value and choice for a liveaboard holidays anywhere in the world
  • 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
  • Reefs, wrecks and marine life are all exceptional and the conditions are suitable for the newly qualified diver or the seasoned veteran

 

The Nile, the temples, pyramids, the valley of the Kings and the Queens, these are the sites that truly put Egypt on the tourist map. But Egypt is also one of the world very best scuba diving locations, and certainly the closest to Europe for world class diving. The dive sites stretch from the world war wrecks in the North Gulf Of Suez, down to the dramatic deep wall dives dives of the southern Marine Parks, all the way to the Sudan border. Strong vibrant colours, outstanding visibility, corals teaming with life, and large pelagic visiting from in the deep, and all part of a diving holiday to the Egyptian Red Sea.

Planet Dive Holidays have almost 20 years experience arranging luxury diving holidays and tours to Egypt, this is a destination we understand intimately. We work with a select few hand picked luxury properties and luxury liveaboards (very hard to find in Egypt!!), as far away as possible from the package holiday tourist areas. We offer a bespoke tailor made tour service, combining the very best scuba diving and snorkelling locations, with an immersive cultural experience to the interior of the country. We offer a truly unique service, with unrivalled experience and knowledge.

At the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula stark desert landscape contrasts beautifully with the crystal waters of the Red Sea. Dahab is still a sleepy little resort with some big name dive sites like the canyon and the Blue Hole. Set against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks is the stylish resort of Sharm El Sheikh, with Na’ama Bay at its heart. Diving the South Sinai encompasses the dive sites of the straits of Tiran, Sharm’s ‘Local Dives’ and Ras Mohammed. Day boats can access some sites in the Straits of Gubal, including the Thistlegorm, but this area is largely the preserve of the Red Sea liveaboard.

Relatively undeveloped the Southern Egyptian coastline is gradually opening up to travelling divers. The Marine Park Islands diving can only be accessed by Red Sea liveaboard. The Marsa Alam Marina, Port Ghalib, and the new hotels between Marsa Alam and Hamata are opening up the south to land based divers. From here you can access many of the other Southern Egyptian Red Sea sites, including Elphinstone and Fury Shoal.

Egypt’s climate is easy to summarize: hot and dry, with the exception of the winter months of December, January and February, which can be quite cold in the north. The best time to visit Egypt depends on where you want to go. Generally speaking, winter (December to February) is the tourist high season and summer (June to August) is the low season in all parts of the country except on the coasts, and to a lesser degree in Cairo. Hotel prices reflect this.

Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Average Temperature: 26°C to 32°C

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

Current Strength: Gentle to Strong

Average Visibility: 20m to >40m

Water Temperature: 22°C to 30°C

Number of Dive Sites: 200+

The Egyptian Red Sea is fantastic for diving expeditions all year round, with a warm tropical climate and a stunning range of dive sites that can be enjoyed at any time. The Northern Wrecks and Reefs make for spectacular viewing at any point in the year, as do the Southern Marine Parks and the Deep South; however, for those that enjoy the quieter seasons of the reef – it is advised to travel outside of the months April to October, as this peak time is considered the busiest and most active for The Deep South. There are many less southern Red Sea itineraries running in the winter months (November – January) because slightly rougher seas make the long journeys between dive sites a bit rockier, but they are still possible.

Egypt’s best dive sites are found all across the vast openness of the waters, and vary greatly between locations. From the photogenic wrecks littering the sea bed to the mesmeric corals of the Deep South – the diversity in dives for experienced divers is just perfect for the additional time in the water afforded by a liveaboard.

Northern Red Sea

The Northern Wrecks and Reefs are the most popular dives in the Red Sea and are perfect for the less experienced divers. With crystal clear waters and 16 major wrecks scattered across the sea bed, the dives here are close to the shore and never get old, as even the most experienced divers are happy to spend the entire holiday exploring this shipping lane ‘scrap yard’ alone.

Wrecks include: The Agia Varvara, The Aida, The Carnatic, SS Dacca, The Chrisoula K, The Dunraven, The Giannis D, The Kimon M, The Kingston, The Maidan, The Million Hope, The Numidia, The Rosalie Moller, The Salem Express, The Thistlegorm, The Ulysses.

The Ras Mohammed is another of the best known dive sites of the Northern Red Sea, as the food transporting currents of the area that separates the Gulf of Aqaba from the Gulf of Suez are a hot spot for reef fish and many pelagic species. The steep walls and drop offs found here are also very good for tech training and for guided technical dives.

The Southern Marine Parks are ideal for the more experienced divers, as the remoteness of dive sites and the lack of crowds found with the Northern Wrecks and Reefs allow advanced divers to experience some challenging conditions way offshore. With a mandatory 50 logged dives required to dive here, these waters provide more difficult conditions, but supply more unusual marine life and more pelgaics.

Most Famous Southern Marine Park Dive Sites

The Brothers are two small isolated reefs nestled around five minutes apart from one another 33 miles North East of El Quseir, and around 200km South of Ras Mohammed. The cone shaped reefs were likely formed by volcanic eruptions and are barely visible from above the sea (except from the British built lighthouse standing 32m out of the water). The diving at The Brothers is considered some of the area’s finest, and something of a delicacy amongst diving enthusiasts. Brothers Islands are sometimes included in northern itineraries, so please enquire.

Big Brother is one of the most magical dive sites in the Red Sea, with a fascinating combination of underwater visuals and the marine life inhabitants. With a fringing reef and a sheer drop to a quite daunting depth, the challenge of diving Big Brother Island is more than worth the effort as the reward is great. Deep wrecks adorn the sea bed and throngs of tuna and barracuda swim the waters, along with great schools of scalloped hammerhead, oceanic white tip, silky and reef tip sharks.

Little Brother is reputed one of the most scenic of dive sites found anywhere in the Red Sea. With a drop off of over 40m, the picturesque walls are covered in sponges, anemones, soft corals and black coral – with huge gorgonian fan corals stretching more than 3m in height. In the shallower part of the reef, caves, holes and overhangs make for some truly spectacular explorations, whilst the marine life occupying the surrounding waters also ensure the dive sites here are is of the highest quality. With little shelter, strong winds and very strong currents access to Little Brother can be limited and relies heavily on the weather conditions.

Daedalus is the furthest offshore-reef dive site in the Red Sea and consists of a massive triangular reef with a vertical drop-off to rival that of the magnificent Brothers mentioned above. With giant hard coral structures adorning the walls, large schools of hammerheads are attracted in their numbers and circulate around the Northern point. The strong currents support a garden of anemones, whose damsel residents swim between tentacles in quite spectacular fashion. Unfortunately night dives are not permitted here.

Elphinstone is considered a hot spot of marine life and the ideal place to see larger pelagic fish, including some quite wonderful shark encounters. Whilst diving Elphinstone, you could expect to see white tip, hammerhead, grey reef and thresher sharks in amongst many species of fish, such as: barracuda, angel fish, zebra angel fish, emperor fish, anthias, suez fusiliers and giant morays.

The Deep South

This region offers some fascinating diving conditions for more experienced divers, as the waters South of Marsa Alam up to the Sudan border are a challenge worth diving for. With a glorious underwater offering, the isolated remoteness of these dives are some of the most spectacular in the Red Sea and come highly recommended with Planet Dive’s stamp of approval.

Two of the best dive sites in The Deep South are:

Zabargad is the largest of Egypt’s four Southern Marine Parks lies just 7km North of Rocky Island in The Deep South. With exquisite turquoise bays, sandy beaches and a fantastic range of wall dives, shallow dives and even a wreck dive. The visually spectacular Zabargad attracts many tropical groupers which you can get up close and personal with for some memorable photo opportunities. With dozens of coral towers amongst the awesome seascape scenery, you can expect to see octopus, crustaceans and nudibranches in the coral grottos alone and much more in the surrounding waters.

Fury Shoal is another of the best Deep South dive spots, as the glorious range of caves, passages and canyons attract many groupers and morays making for some memorable dives for experienced divers. The marine life readily on display at Fury Shoal includes; hammerhead sharks, silvertip sharks, white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, bumphead parrotfish, turtles, spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, surgeonfish, jacks, tuna, reef fish, colourful coral and sponges…to name but a few!

As one of the world’s most popular dive sites, Egypt is naturally blessed with some quite astonishing marine life in every nook & cranny of the vast and historic waters. The famous dive sites are well documented for hosting an endless amount of magnificent creatures - from the macro-life hiding away in the corals and wrecks to the large pelagics feasting on the rich currents; the submarine activities of the Red Sea comes in a more than plentiful supply.

The impressive spectrum of invertebrates found throughout all three areas, but particularly around the Southern Marine Parks and The Deep South are of particular interest to the more experienced divers, as the range of hard and soft corals play host to many spectacular submarine species. Attracting large schools of hammerhead, the corals also inhabit and support many types of crustacean, sponge and hundreds of fish species. With crystal clear waters, a littering of glorious wrecks and miles of picturesque sea bed - the marine life occupying the Egyptian Red Sea is a photographer’s dream that provides an endless range of opportunities, and comes highly recommended as one of the world’s must see diving locations.

Top regions in egypt

Best for - Beginner (9/10), Intermediate (9/10), Advance (9/10), Technical_diver (9/10)

El Gouna is home to 14 spectacular hotels built along 10 kilometres of beachfront and spreads across islands interlinked by lagoons. Neighborhoods of attractive villas and apartments bustle with the activity of entrepreneurs, artists, environmentalists, sports enthusiasts and other individuals and families from all over the world who have made El Gouna their permanent or vacation home. The town is easily accessed from Europe via the nearby Hurghada International Airport and boasts a superb infrastructure and excellent services as well as natural beaches and year-round sunshine.

El Gouna is immaculately maintained and has a wide variety of activities and entertainment options, world-class cuisine and an exciting nightlife. It is also the ideal jumping-off point to experience the many historical, archeological and cultural treasures of Egypt. These aspects, as well as the stunning astounding and architectural beauty of the resort, combine to make El Gouna the Red Sea’s premier leisure destination.

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Best for - Beginner (9/10), Intermediate (9/10), Advance (9/10)

Historically speaking, Egypt is not only one of the oldest civilizations but probably also one of the oldest holiday destinations in the world. The ancient Greeks, Romans and others came here to rest and recuperate. There is much more in Egypt than pyramids and monuments - windsurfing and scuba diving in the Red Sea, for example, vibrant nightspots, luxury hotels and restaurants. Egypt is a rewarding cultural experience. Nowadays, besides the gigantic pyramids from the era of the Pharaohs, we find modern wonders of the world such as the huge Aswan Dam, which has given the Upper Egyptian Nile Valley a new face. Marsa Alam is an unfinished rare diamond, just waiting to be shaped. With the beautiful Wai El-Gemal National Park, Marsa Alam is an unspoilt protected area, appealing to nature orientated people. It is not uncommon to see turtles coming to lay their eggs on the beach!

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Best for - Beginner (10/10), Intermediate (10/10), Advance (10/10), Beginner (10/10), Intermediate (10/10), Snorkelling (8/10)

Soma Bay is a luxury holidays resort on the Red Sea Coast in Egypt at 45 kilometres south of Hurghada International Airport, the ten million square meters, self-contained community of Soma Bay is surrounded on all sides by the sea. It boasts year round sunshine and mild temperatures. Unique to Soma Bay are its white sandy beaches and panoramic views of desert mountains. The resort offers a combination of a high standard of hotels and a quiet relaxing location. The resort is split into 2 areas: Abu Soma (to the south of the main bay) and Soma Bay (the main resort on the north side). Soma Bay is a secluded spot for those wishing to just relax in luxury if not on the water. However, there are a variety of excursions, tours and day trips to the interior of this fascinating country. Egypt is probably the oldest civilization having emerged from the Nile Valley around 3,100 years ago. This Gift of the Nile, as described by Herodotus, boasts a longer recorded history than any other country on earth. 
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Best for - Beginner (9/10), Intermediate (9/10), Advance (8/10), Snorkelling (9/10)

The Egyptian Red Sea cannot be beaten for value for money - within a five hour flight you have access to some of the best diving in the world with a selection of fabulous hotels and liveaboards. We specialise in Egypt, not just in the dive spots but we also have intensive knowledge of the interior of the country. Many of us have lived and worked in the area for many years so please do call for some first-hand advice and recommendations. El Quseir is a remote spot on the mid-southern coastline of mainland Egypt set along a beautiful fringing reef. There is little else to do here except relax and dive or snorkel on the pristine house reef. The resort of El Quesir and the 5* Movenpick Resort offers a tranquil setting in an astounding hotel with fabulous installations. The diving here is all very accessible directly from the jetty or from ribs (there is also the chance to do 1 or 2 day dive safaris further afield). During the winter months of November to March, the Red Sea coastal spots of Egypt offer a very comfortable 22 - 28 degrees Celsius, ideal for a bit of winter sun. As you head into the summer months the temperature rises steeply peaking to around 40c in August! However, the high temperatures are made more comfortable with very low humidity and a constant seas breeze. During the winter months, we would recommend between 7 and 5 mm wetsuit but then just a 3mm shortie for the mid summer months. Please note that on some of the deeper dive sites you can encounter colder undercurrents. Egypt can be visited year round with equally high diving.

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A Sharm El Sheikh diving holiday offers you a spectacular and diverse range of dive sites that are amongst the best in the world. From the famous Ras Mohammed Marine Park, to some of the most renowned wrecks in the Red Sea, the sheer number of sites means that there is something for all divers. Boat diving is the norm in Sharm and there are also some superb house reefs for diving and snorkelling.

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