The Red Sea is considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of the underwater world, with more than 2,000 species of invertebrates and over 200 species of soft and hard coral. This forms the basis of a marine eco-system which includes 1,100 species of fish, of which just less than 20% are endemic to the Red Sea, i.e. these fish species can only been found here.

The Red Sea dive sites offer you unobstructed opportunities to spot tropical marine life in crystal clear waters, ranging from sharks and dolphins to gorgonian fans and feather-stars. Variety is in no short supply either and depending on where you choose to dive. Your diving holiday can include shallow patch reefs, drift dives and walls, or a collection of some of the most interesting wrecks you are likely to find anywhere. In other places vibrant reefs stretch out far into the sea and form intricate labyrinths of plateaus, lagoons, caves and gardens.

Diving in Red Sea as a whole is a pretty special attraction and everyone has their own favorites. Egypt is the most popular place to dive on the Red Sea, diving areas from North to South such as Dahab, Sharm el Sheik, Hurghada and Marsa Alam. Dahab is the home to the world famous Blue Hole, one of the most popular dives for technical divers. Sharm El Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula holds one of the best dives in the world, being the SS Thistlegorm World War II shipwreck, a world class wreck diving spot that really can’t be beat.

To the east at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba lies Tiran Island and the Straits of Tiran, famed for their superb reefs and large fish and shark action. The 4 reefs that made up the area of Tiran  – Jackson Reef, Woodhouse Reef, Thomas Reef, Gordon Reef – are popular with adventurous divers. The coral reef plateaus are loaded with fish life and the deep wall drop offs offer the opportunity of encounters with hammerhead sharks, rays, pelagic fish and occasional tiger sharks. On Jackson Reef you are most likely to see hammerhead sharks from June to September. To the south lies Egypt’s first marine national park – Ras Mohammed, with its colorful soft coral walls and buzzing marine life. And over on the west coast of the Sinai Peninsula but still easily accessed, is the Dunraven and the world famous SS Thistlegorm World War II shipwrecks. No trip to the Red Sea would be complete without a dive or two here.

Whale shark season occurs from the end of May until the end of July when this majestic creature can be spotted mainly in the northern Red Sea.

The summer months from June to November are the best for spotting hammerhead sharks throughout the Red Sea from North to South. Heading further south to Hurghada offer you a starting point from which to explore the incredibly rich sites and pelagic shark action at the most famous Brother Islands, Elphinstone as well as Daedalus Reef which satisfy even the most experienced divers. The great diversity of corals and marine life makes this area one of the most famous and remarkable sites of the Red Sea.  Occasionally, dugong can be spotted by divers off the coast of Marsa Alam such as Marsa Mubarak.

One of the very few places on the planet where you can experience a thrilling and unforgettable liveaboard diving are the Brother Islands of the Red Sea, accessible by liveaboard only as the exposed location in the middle of the Red Sea leaves it vulnerable to the whims of nature, especially the prevailing winds. This could make for challenging scuba conditions. However, once you meet the Brothers, the rewards certainly make the challenges worthwhile. The walls are completely overgrown with soft corals and huge forests of gorgonians. As the only significant reefs in the area, the Brothers offer the distinct opportunity to spot a variety of large pelagic fish not commonly found at other sites.

Big Brother, which is one-half of the Brother Islands, was named the second best dive site in the Red Sea and the ninth best dive site in the world by CNN in 2012.  These areas in the south of Egypt are your best bet for encounters with Hammerhead sharks, Thresher sharks, Silvertip sharks, Manta rays and the iconic fish of the Red Sea – the Oceanic Whitetip shark.  These sharks prefer oceanic waters, far away from coral reefs. However, the Southern Red Sea reefs’ close proximity to deep waters provides an ideal environment to bring divers close up to these and other pelagic sharks. Diving with Oceanic whitetip sharks is a rare event the world over.

To the deep south of Red Sea we will find the St.Johns reefs. Big and Small Habili with their fantastic drop offs overgrown with big gorgonians and colorful bright soft corals promise you to be a fantastic dive.  Full of marine life at the reef itself as well as the blue where barracudas, different type of sharks, sometimes dolphins or manta passing by. On the way up we will pass by Sataya, Hamata and Marsa Alam area. There is a great possibility to snorkel with spinner dolphins at the shallow reef of Abu Galawa in our Deep South route.

The Red Sea is a great place to scuba dive any time of year but water temperature varies quite a lot depending on the time of the year. From June to September, water temperature can reach a bath warm 30°C but drops as low as 22°C in February.  Whereas the south have a subtropical desert climate with mild warm winters and hot summers.

Best season to dive at Northern Red Sea:

Suitable for all year round diving. Best and warmest months are from May to October.

Best season to dive at Southern Red Sea:

Best and warmest months are from June to November.

 

 

 

Itineraries of Northern and Southern Red Sea

1. Classic North
(Pearl / Spirit / Love / Target / Marseliastar / Betelgueser)

A week-long diving safari starting and ending in Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada. Visit the best that the Northern Red Sea has to offer. Magnificent drift, reef, wreck and wall diving, caves, plateaus and the big blue. This itinerary will cover the area from the Strait of Tiran, Ras Mohamed National Park and the Gulf of Suez including the famous World War II wreck “SS Thistlegorm” and Dolphins’ area “Shab’b Ali” which is frequently visited when weather permits.
EX: Sharm El Sheikh / Hurghada

*This itinerary is suitable to divers with minimum requirement of OWD and at least 30 logged dives shown.


2. Wrecks and Reefs (Pearl / Spirit / Love / Target / Marseliastar / Betelgueser)

A week-long diving safari starting and ending in Sharm El Sheikh concentrating on some of the best wrecks diving of the world such as Dunraven, World War II wreck “SS Thistlegorm” and the ship’s graveyard of Abu Nuhas, a paradise for wreck lovers which is best known for the abundance of ancient and modern wrecks, to name a few, Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and the Kimon M.
EX: Sharm El Sheikh / Hurghada

*This itinerary is suitable to divers with minimum requirement of AOWD and at least 50 logged dives shown.


3. North – Brothers (Marseliastar / Betelgueser)

A week-long diving safari starting and ending in Hurghada or Port Ghalib. Visit some of the best dives sites in the north together with the famous Brother Islands in the Southern part of the Red Sea. The area that is covered on this itinerary is quite large and therefore at times the boat will be travelling during the night. The boat will stay 2 days at Brother Islands depending on weather and sea conditions before sailing up north again.
EX: Hurghada / Port Ghalib

*This itinerary is only suitable to very experienced divers with minimum requirement of AOWD and at least 80 logged dives shown.


4. Brothers – Daedalus – Elphinstone aka “BDE”                    (MarseliaStar / Betelgueser)

A week-long diving safari to the Southern Red Sea. This route is considered by many as the best diving route in the south of Red Sea.  Accessible to very experienced divers only, this itinerary takes you to the legendary sites of the Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone. You will dive on these steep drop offs teeming with sea fans, hard and soft corals with encounters of open water pelagic of all kind.
EX: Hurghada / Port Ghalib

*This itinerary is only suitable to very experienced divers with minimum requirement of AOWD and at least 80 logged dives shown.


5. Deep South  (MarseliaStar / Betelgueser)

A week-long diving safari provides you with some of the best reefs diving in the deep south of Red Sea, various pinnacles, drop offs, beautiful coral walls and plenty of pelagic. Departs from Marsa Alam or Port Ghalib to St. John, explore Fury Shoals of Sataya and the area of Marsa Alam. On the way back up we will visit Dolphin’s reef of Sataya where pod of spinner dolphins are frequently spotted here by snorkelers all year round. (Snorkel only in Dolphin’s reef)
EX: Port Ghalib

*This itinerary is suitable to divers with minimum requirement of OWD and at least 30 logged dives shown.

Important Information

  • All divers are obliged to bring along with you the dive logbook and dive certificate.
  • All divers must hold an adequate Diving Insurance for all itineraries of the Red Sea.
  • The first dive is always a check-dive, which is compulsory for all divers.
  • Dives are always guided by an experienced and qualified dive masters.
  • The use of a diving computerSMB and Torch (For wrecks) is compulsory.
  • English is the official language on board.
  • EURO / USD are common currencies throughout Red Sea including safari cruises.

Additional Information:

According to local regulations, no diving activity to be conducted within 24 hours before flight departure. For all south safaris, it is likely and common that embarkation or disembarkation port may vary between Hurghada and Port Ghalib, depends on previous and next safari’s itinerary.  The first and last night of the trip are spent in the harbour.  The boat leaves the harbour on the morning of the second day.

*Remarks: Dive sites may vary depending current conditions, time of year, weather, captain, cruise director, and guest preferences. We promised to do our best to put you at the best sites on every dive as well as maximum dive possibility daily.