Egypt, famous among divers regardless of the season. The country is surrounded by the Egyptian Riviera and tourist centers such as Dahab, Marsa Alam and Sharm el-Sheikh. With over 200 species of coral, 1,000 species of fish and 1,000 species of invertebrates, it really is a diver's dream. Add in the beautiful clear waters and perfect year-round temperature, and it's easy to see why so many people love the area (and why we've added it to ourThe best diving spots in the world).
One of the reasons we love Egypt so much is the temperature of the water. In areas like the shores of the Red Sea, the water stays at a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius most of the year. Therefore, it is perfect for scuba diving and many other activities. The water also remains relatively calm, making it perfect for spotting lots of fish and other beautiful marine life. Let's share our TOP 9 favorite dive spots:
Abu Dabbab Bay is close to Marsa Alam and is known for its snorkeling activities. The white sandy beaches in this southern part of the Red Sea are perfect for spotting green sea turtles. You'll also find lots of colorful reef fish and rays. Healthy coral reefs and extensive seagrass beds invite a diverse collection of colorful marine life.
Another plus is the bay's beginner-friendly features. If you're totally new to snorkeling, this part of Egypt might work just fine. Located about 30 km north of Marsa Alam, the area offers easy access to the water no matter which hotel you choose.
Dahab is a small town located about 90 km north of Sharm El-Sheikh. The area is famous for its Blue Hole. This underwater hole is about 394 feet deep and is impressive. Of course, the depths of the Blue Hole are only accessible to divers, but don't worry.
Divers can explore the area, which is a popular activity, to say the least. Depths range from 2 to 20 feet, which is perfect for spotting marine life. The walls of the hole contain many corals. So, if you go snorkeling around here, get ready for incredible views.
You can find small groups of Red Sea flagfish, large schools of surgeonfish, butterflyfish, moray eels, lionfish, wrasses, sergeantfish, and more. Add the colorful corals and maybe you just found your little piece of paradise.
If you like dolphins, dugongs and colorful coral reefs, try scuba diving in Marsa Alam. Diving with spinner dolphins is very popular in the area, which is available on 2 specific reefs: the first is Samadai reef, which requires a 45-minute boat ride from Marsa Alam Marina. The second is Sataya Reef which is about 2-2.5 hours from Hamata Jetty.
Whenever you hear someone talk about "Dolphin House", these two riffs are what they're talking about. The area around Marsa Mubarak is known for seeing dugongs. So, if you are a lover of these animals, you should definitely visit Marsa Mubarak (about 45 minutes drive from Marsa Alam in the north). Turtles, sharks and rays also enjoy the area. This video shows more:
Located south of Marsa Alam, this resort allows you to see a wide variety of hard and soft corals, rays, sea turtles and many species of colorful fish. It is not necessary to dive deep to be part of the underwater world. The area is best suited for intermediate and experienced divers. Maximum depth is approximately 18 feet (6 m).
The resort is located on the edge of Wadi el-Gemal National Park and only resort guests have access to this special snorkeling spot. You also have access to some ponds. These lagoons offer views of marine life such as masked and white-spotted puffers, cowtail rays, lionfish and blue-spotted dragonfish. If you are an experienced diver this place will not disappoint. Impress yourself with this video:
This 9-hour tour costs just under $40 per person and is worth every part of the price. While the dolphins are the main attraction, the beautiful colorful reefs come a close second. There is enough beauty to fill the entire day.
The tour offers to pick you up from different locations. They speak 5 different languages including English. This is a great way to snorkel and swim with dolphins while trying to avoid the crowds. A limited number of people are allowed on each tour. Between diving sessions, you can relax on the boat and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Tip: I have a separate review for diving in Hurghada, including the Giftun Islands, which I mention below. Definitely worth it if you want to visit Egypt! Here is the link for meReview for diving in Hurghada.
This cruise starts at around $45 USD. As Mahmaya (Mahmya) is uninhabited, be prepared for a variety of marine life. Lunch and snorkeling equipment are included on this 8-hour tour. This family cruise even offers hotel pickup and drop-off. A fun and exciting idea if you willdiving with children.
We often recommend joining a tour as the instructors are familiar with the area. They will make you see what you are looking for, like coral reefs and exotic fish. The image below shows the sandy beach in case you need a relaxing break. Combined with the crystal clear turquoise waters, this is definitely one of those "tropical postcard locations". The tour is offered in English and 5 other languages.
Located not far south of Na'ama Bay, Ras Um Sid is a popular peninsula for snorkelers and scuba divers. The area is surrounded by a narrow coral reef. You can expect to see angelfish, clownfish, schools of goldfish, butterflyfish and dozens of giant clams.
You have access to various facilities such as a restaurant, bar, showers, sunbeds and much more. It's a great place to spend the day, whether it's snorkeling or just relaxing.
If you don't like diving into crowded areas, consider Sharm El Naga. It is approximately 40 km south of Hurghada city and features healthy coral ecosystems with diverse marine life. The following video shows exactly what to expect in the calm shallow water areas. There is a resort nearby if you fancy staying a little longer.
Divers can also take advantage of the area for its huge colonies of gorgonians and fire corals that reside in deeper waters. Sharm El Naga is a protected and peaceful bay. In other words, if you're a laid-back type of diver, this might work.
Located at the entrance to the Straits of Tiran, this island separates the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aqaba. A variety of cruises will take you there, such as:OFor example. Many tourists opt for a day trip that includes food and drink.
You can snorkel the coral reefs and spot fish such as wrasse, parrotfish, sea turtles, eels and more. Less common but easy to find are manta rays, dolphins and sharks. Corals form huge forests just below the surface of the sea. The island also offers beautiful beaches where you can relax and sunbathe.
Egypt borders the Mediterranean Sea (to the north) and the Red Sea (to the east). Famous holiday destinations like Sharm El-Sheikh are to the east, which means people can enjoy the Red Sea.
It is easier for humans to float in water because of the high concentration of salt. Of course, you still need to track your swimming movements, but it's a notable thing to keep in mind. We once wrote an article about it.floating tips for divers, which contains tips and tricks for staying afloat (in case you're having trouble).
The Red Sea also contains its fair share of shipwrecks. If you do a little research, you'll soon find out if your destination has one too. You can also find cargo ships and oil tankers. Usually more suitable for divers, but still interesting to see.
There are several theories about the actual origin of the name "Red Sea". Many people refer to a specific type of algae that turns red when conditions permit. While there are many other explanations, this one struck us as the most plausible.
Another popular and charming Red Sea destination is Eilat. If you are interested, visit our article onDiving and Eilat(Israel).
Although the weather is not the same across the country, we have summarized what to expect in the Red Sea area. See other sections for weather details.Here.
temperature from the ground
From April to October, the average temperature in the Red Sea ranges from 77°Fj 91°F. June to September are the hottest months with possible peaks of up to 100°F. December through February are generally cooler, with temperatures averaging around 65°F.
For us divers, the sea temperature is usually pleasant. This is one of the reasons why scuba diving is such a popular and fun activity in Egypt. In summer, the average sea temperature is around 82°C°F. From January to March, the water temperature drops to around 70 degrees°Q. If it's too cold for you, try to avoid traveling during these months.
Rainfall in Egypt is very limited, sometimes even non-existent. That's why they talk about "desert climate".
With its pleasant climate and sea temperature, Egypt is an enchanting destination for divers. Over 200 species of coral and over 1,000 species of fish provide an incredible underwater experience.
We've listed a number of beautiful dive spots to get you started. Egypt offers something for everyone! It could be a quiet, secluded beach with shallow water or a boat trip where you can snorkel with dolphins. Add in the warm weather and enjoy all that Egypt has to offer.