Underwater Riches in the Land of the Pharos

The land of the Pharos and pyramids is also one of the world's most celebrated dive destinations. In vivid contrast to its arid shoreline, the waters of the Red Sea teem with life. Fish watchers can tally more than 1,000 species, including some 200 that can be found nowhere else. Wreck enthusiasts have a submerged flotilla of historic and modern vessels to discover, and big animal enthusiasts are rewarded with manta rays, dolphins, pelagic gamefish and a smorgasbord of sharks. A fleet of modern liveaboards that give access to a vast range of sites that include everything from shallow bays and intricate reefs filled with small treasures to towering walls and offshore pinnacles where the big fish swim.

Highlights

  • Best for: All divers
  • Best season to visit: Year round. Water temperatures can range from a high 84 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months to as low as 70 degrees in the cooler months
  • Weather: Winter temperatures stay in the 70s, with pleasantly low humidity. Summertime highs approach 90 but cool at night

Things to Do

  • Cultural tours to historic sites

Egypt Information

About Diving in Egypt

Popular starting points for liveaboard cruises are the ports of Hurghada and Marsa Alam, which are located on the northern shore of the Red Sea. These boats typically travel to reefs in the Ras Mohammed Marine Reserve and the Straits of Tiran and visit the wrecks of the SS Thistlegorm and Abu Nuhas. Some 100 miles to the south, Port Ghalib is the starting point for cruises to the Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone, which are known for walls, sharks and mountainous hard coral formations.

Diving in Egypt Tips

The Red Sea offers a tremendous range of dive sites and underwater wrecks which means there are itineraries suitable for all divers, from novices to extended-range tech divers.

Best Places to Dive in Egypt

The coral-covered walls of the Brothers explode in a riot of color and often swarm with large schools of tuna, jacks and snapper. At Daedalus, divers have a good chance of encountering schooling hammerheads and grey reef sharks. The drop-offs at Fury Shoals attract passing pelagics. Divers are greeted by a resident pod of spinner dolphins at Sataya. The maze-like reefs of Sha’ab Claudia have maze-like coral tunnels and caverns for divers to explore

What to Pack for Diving in Egypt

Hats and loose-fitting garments for sun protection on land tours, and a light jacket for fall to spring visits, as temperatures can drop into the 60s. On liveaboards, add a windbreaker to ward off evening sea breeze chills after a day in the water. Pack in soft luggage that's easy to stow in a boat cabin.

Specials

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LIVEABOARD - SAVE OVER $900 PER PERSON ON NORTHERN RED SEA, RAS MOHAMED, STRAITS OF TIRAN ITINERARY includes 7 nights air-conditioned cabin accommodations, up to 4 dives per day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, bevearages including alcohol and roundtrip local transfers. Valid 8/3/19-12/21/19.
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LIVEABOARD - SAVE OVER $900 PER PERSON ON SOUTHERN ST. JOHN'S REEF & DAEDALUS ITINERARY includes 7 nights air-conditioned cabin accommodations, up to 5 dives per day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, bevearages including alcohol and roundtrip local transfers. Valid 7/13/19, 7/27/19, 8/10/19, 10/19/19, 11/2/19, 11/16/19, 11/30/19, 12/7/19, 12/14/19 & 12/28/19
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LIVEABOARD - SAVE OVER $900 PER PERSON ON BROTHERS, DAEDALUS, ELPHINSTONE ITINERARY includes 7 nights air-conditioned cabin accommodations, up to 5 dives per day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, bevearages including alcohol and roundtrip local transfers. Valid 8/17/19, 8/31/19, 10/12/19, 10/26/19, 11/9/19, 11/23/19, 11/30/19, 12/7/19 & 12/21/19
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Packages

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Grand Sea Explorer

RED SEA - BROTHER ISLANDS, DAEDELUS, ELPHINSTONE ITINERARY includes 7 nights twin/double cabin accommodations, up to 22 dives per week including free Nitrox, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily including 2 glasses of beer or wine with dinner and roundtrip airport transfers.
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LIVEABOARD - NORTHERN RED SEA, RAS MOHAMED, STRAITS OF TIRAN ITINERARY includes 7 nights air-conditioned cabin accommodations, up to 4 dives per day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, bevearages including alcohol and roundtrip local transfers.
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LIVEABOARD - SOUTHERN ST. JOHN'S REEF & DAEDALUS ITINERARY includes 7 nights air-conditioned cabin accommodations, up to 5 dives per day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, bevearages including alcohol and roundtrip local transfers.
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LIVEABOARD - BROTHERS, DAEDALUS, ELPHINSTONE ITINERARY includes 7 nights air-conditioned cabin accommodations, up to 5 dives per day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, bevearages including alcohol and roundtrip local transfers.
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Heaven Saphir

LIVEABOARD - HURGHADA ITINERARY includes 7 nights standard cabin accommodations, up to 4 dives per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, unlimited water, tea and coffee and roundtrip local transfers.
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Resorts

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Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh

Enjoy a seaside resort experience unparalleled in the Middle East. Superb dining, spa, fitness, Red Sea diving, sports and luxurious guest rooms gathered to mimic a hillside village above the shimmering drama of the Red Sea
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Liveaboards

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Red Sea Aggressor II

RED SEA - The Red Sea Aggressor II™ operates from downtown Hurghada at the upscale Hurghada Marina (known locally as New Marina Hurghada) which is a community that includes shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars. It is a beautiful marina area that is home to the 138 ft., 22 passenger Red Sea Aggressor II™. The Red Sea is one of the most popular world class dive destinations. The diving is split betwen the North and the South. The new Red Sea Aggressor II™ will offer guests a 7-night itinerary diving the best of the north to Ras Mohamed and the Straits of Tiran. Just off shore lives thousands of species of fish in beautiful crystal-clear water with coral gardens, historical shipwrecks, breath-taking soft corals, and pinnacles. There are over one thousand species of fish in the Red Sea, 20 percent of which can be found nowhere else in the world. Where the Egyptian desert sands end, a marine paradise begins.
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Red Sea Aggressor

LIVEABOARD - The Red Sea Aggressor I™ operates from the Port Ghalib yacht marina and resort area. It is a beautiful gated upscale resort community that is home to the 120 ft., 20 passenger Red Sea Aggressor and includes lots of restaurants and shopping. With awesome visibility and breath-taking soft corals, the Red Sea is one of the most popular scuba diving destinations in the world. There are over one thousand species of fish in the Red Sea, 20 percent of which can be found nowhere else in the world. It is hard to believe that where the Egyptian desert sands end, a marine paradise begins. Ironically, Egypt's desert climate has created an ideal liveaboard scuba diving setting.
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Grand Sea Explorer

RED SEA - The MV Grand Sea Explorer, an impressive luxury vessel, and let us guide you through mesmerizing underwater sites. The Red Sea’s dazzling reefs cape is unsurpassed elsewhere in the world. The bountiful reefs and crystal-clear visibility that the Red Sea is known for will have your excitement palpable when underwater explorations are punctuated by marine sightings. You’ll learn to expect the unexpected including the regular sightings of thresher sharks, mantas, whale sharks, oceanic whitetips, and schooling hammerheads. Coupled with diving the renowned Brothers Islands, Daedelus Reef, and Elphinstone Reef Marine Park sites - you really can’t ask for a more exhilarating diving vacation. But yes, there’s more! If you’re already in Egypt, why not visit Cairo? There is unique must-do trip extension for you to discover the famous pyramids. Explore the wonders of ancient Egypt above and below the waterline.
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Heaven Saphir

RED SEA - Featuring a length of 36m, the M/Y Heaven Saphir offers 6 spacious cabins, 2 honeymoon suites located on the upper deck, and an executive suite on the middle deck, as well as an elegant lounge and bar, 2 submersible and 3 sun decks, flatscreen TV/DVD/wifi available; this vessel provides a space that is generous, with a maximum occupancy of 19 guests. Each cabin is equipped with a fridge, air conditioning, and plentiful closet space. All bathrooms have a large shower cubicle and an electronically controlled toilet. Every week, two large and two small towels are available per guest. M/Y Heaven Saphir is accompanied by 2 experienced dive guides, who translate their excellent knowledge of the southern regions of the Egyptian Red Sea into beautiful and memorable dives.
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Diving in Egypt

The Red Sea is surrounded by desert coastlines. The lack of rainfall and minimal coastal development result in excellent underwater visibility, which can approach 200 feet. Currents are typically minimal along coastal sites, which begin with shallow shelves that transition to walls and canyons plunging to depths of more than a mile.

This combination of topographies creates sites suitable for all divers from novices to extended-range experts. In fact, the Red Sea has become a hotbed of technical diving. It also remains a favorite with underwater photographers, thanks to the excellent water clarity, and the 1000-plus species of fish and 200-plus varieties of coral that can be found in these waters. A fleet of liveaboards visits sites across the north-central regions of the Red Sea. Highlights of these cruises include the Brothers Islands, which are a pair of small, volcanic rock outcroppings located some 120 miles to the south.

These tiny islands are ringed by vertical walls riddled with caves and overhangs and decorated dense coatings of hard and soft corals. Massive schools of fish are often found around these islands, and wreck enthusiasts can explore a pair of natural wrecks, the Numidia and the Aida. The area is also known as one of the best places in the Red Sea for diving with sharks. Silvertips and grey reef sharks frequent the area and great hammerheads are sometimes seen in passing. Another top-rated liveaboard destination is Elphinstone Reef. This long, thin formation rises from the depths to within a few feet of the surface, attracting everything from sharks, tunas, mantas to large grouper, turtles and Napoleon wrasse. Currents can range from mild to strong, making for exciting drift dives. Farther to the south is the Daedalus Reef, which is a huge coral plateau surrounded by sheer walls. The reef is located within a marine park and is known for its abundant fish life. Huge schools of surgeons, fusiliers and carangids swarm the upper portions of the reef, and reef and hammerhead sharks are often spotted. Among the more distant sites visited by Red Sea liveaboards are the Fury Shoals. The shoals are an extensive collection of reefs that offer everything from shallow, sheltered dives, to walls, fast drifts, caves and wrecks.

Culture and Customs

Egypt is home to one of the world's oldest and richest cultures, dating back thousands of years to the time of the Pharos and the pyramids. This legacy has long attracted visitors, and historical sites remain the country's most important tourism resource. Sites such as the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Luxor have long been considered bucket-list destinations, and the country is rich in museums holding ancient artifacts such as ceramic art, mosaics, sarcophagi and mummies. Beyond these vestiges of ancient traditions, modern Egyptian culture is a dynamic mix forged from a wide range of culture cross-pollination from across the Arab world, as well as influences from the British Colonial period. Arabic is the country's official language, but English and French are also fairly widely spoken in more cosmopolitan areas. The vast majority of Egyptians practice the Muslim faith, and Cairo has been known as the "City of a Thousand Minarets" for its large number of mosques. The city's old town provides an intriguing link to the past, as it is a place of narrow streets and open-air bazaars where merchants haggle and residents retire to tea rooms to smoke hookahs and discuss the day's events. Egyptian cuisine blends the flavors of the Mediterranean with North African staples in favorite dishes such as isfoul, which is made from fava beans cooked slowly over low heat and seasoned with salt, lemon, cumin, and oil, and iskoshari, which is a mixture of rice, black lentils, and macaroni covered with tomato sauce and garnished with fried onions.