Travel to Red Sea – Marine Wonderland, a Paradise for Divers
The Red Sea stretches south from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula past Sudan and Eritrea to the border of Djibouti. Its warm waters, heated by the tropical sun and pushed north by strong currents teem with exotic sea life not found at similar latitudes elsewhere. This underwater wonderland is a paradise for divers and snorkellers alike, providing some of the world’s best underwater exploratory experiences.
The Red Sea is some 1,900 kilometres long and 300 km wide covering some 450,000 sq km. At its northern end the Red Sea splits in two, separated by the Sinai peninsula into the Gulf of Suez to the west and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east.
Its relatively small surface area is deceptive as its great depth, some 2,500 metres in the centre, coupled with the fact that over 40% of the surface area is shallow and has exceptionally strong currents create the ideal habitat for an eco-system that supports an abundant sea life.
Water temperature is relatively constant. During summer maximum 28ºc and in winter not less than 21ºc. Seldom storms and rainfall (occasionally in winter), as well as mild currents prevent sediments to slow coral growth and allow excellent visibility. Almost every section of shoreline is encrusted with coral reefs, providing divers with superb exploration sites.
Most people visit the Red Sea to enjoy a beach holiday in one of Egypt’s resorts such as Hurghada or Sharm el Sheikh or at the quieter locations of Al Quseir and Marsa Alam. Here there is wonderful diving and those that visit are rarely disappointed. The sites that are strung along the Egyptian coast of the Gulf of Aqaba and at Ras Mohammed are acknowledged as some of the world’s best places to see marine life as diverse as sharks, manta rays, corals and clown fish. With improved infrastructure places such as Dahab and Aqaba now offer the diver and snorkeller the opportunity to explore reefs that have only been receiving visitors for a relatively short period of time, whilst emerging destinations such as Al Quseir and Marsa Alam reward divers who prefer quieter resorts and dive sites.See additional information about dive sites at each location.
Everything for the diver is on offer on the Red Sea coast. Head for Sharm el Sheikh for qualification courses, day dives and liveaboards and Marsa Alam for liveaboards and day dives. The Sinai resorts of Dahab and Aqaba can also offer courses and day dives.
As with most specialist activities it’s wise to book courses and dive trips before you go rather than relying on finding someone on the ground locally – not all operations are safe and reliable. Wherever you go you’ll find snorkellers and non-divers are welcome participants too, making this destination great for all.
- Some of the best diving in the world just 5 hrs from northern Europe
- A wide variety of differing dive sites, trips, courses and liveaboards to choose from
- Great for non-divers too as there is the option to just snorkel or relax at the hotel