Egypt – The Red Sea Diving Mecca
Overview of diving in Egypt
Egypt is a European divers life line to escape from the cold winters and get their scuba diving fix. Beautiful corals colonize reefs and walls while there is always the chance of seeing big pelagic species. Freedivers congregate to Dahab to dive the famous Blue Hole. Liveaboards are popular in the Red Sea, and offer the best way to dive world class wrecks such as the SS Thistlegorm, as well as visit incredible reef dive sites.
Top Dive Sites / Locations
SS Thistlegorm wreck
Our dive trips to Egypt
We have been fortunate enough to visit Egypt on several occasions. Our first visit was to Egypt in 2014 was to the Sinai peninsula in the north, which is home to the freediving Mecca of Dahab. Just down the coast is the popular diving town of Sharm El Sheik which also has some great diving. The Ras Mohammed National Park at the southern peninsular of Sinai is known for its stunning coral reefs and pelagic encounters.
In the Strait of Gubal lies some of the most famous wrecks in the world such as the SS Thistlegorm, Giannis D and the Dunraven, which we dived on a liveaboard trip in 2015. This was our favourite trip to Egypt. The wrecks are great dives and the generally good visibility means you can take in the size of the wrecks.
To the South lies the popular resort town of Hurghada. Hurghada is a popular docking place for liveaboards, which regularly explore dive sites such as Brothers Island and Daedalus Reef. We stayed in Hurghada in 2018 and dived the nearby reefs which were excellent, and also did a trip down to Safaga to dive the Salem Express.
You can read more about the dive sites we visited at each place in the posts below.
Dahab is a popular freediving training area, with the Blue Hole providing over 100m depth just meters from the shore. Dahab also has a large scuba diving scene with some excellent shore dives along the coast.
Hurghada is a popular tourist destination, with a large number of hotels with in house scuba diving centers. Diving in Hurghada is mostly boat diving, with many liveaboard trips also departing from here.
The Strait of Gubal has some fantastic wreck dives such as the Giannis D, Dunraven and Chrisoula K, with the jewel in the crown being the world renowned Thistlegorm.