Known for its crystal-clear waters, pristine reefs shrouded with orange anthias and exciting shark action, diving holidays to Egypt are ideal for beginners and experts alike. With over 1,200 species of fish, 300 species of hard and soft coral, the biodiversity is astounding from macro to the big stuff, with something for everyone.
For those travelling from the UK, world-class dive sites can be enjoyed in just a five-hour flight making the Red Sea the perfect spot for time-poor divers wanting to escape to the reef. Picking a hotel or liveaboard in the Red Sea can be tricky, however at Reefscape we have spent time seeking out a select few boutique options to ensure divers and snorkellers get the very best experience whilst on a diving holiday in Egypt. The hotels have excellent house reefs making daily diving stress-free and the liveaboards allow divers to reach some of the best dive sites that are further offshore where the pelagics make an appearance including oceanic whitetip sharks, hammerheads and even thresher sharks. Gentle coral gardens, sloping reefs, seamounts swept by currents, walls and wrecks...the Red Sea has it all accompanied by a myriad of marine life.
blue-spotted stingray & checkerboard wrasse
coral reef & fish
oceanic whitetip shark
Sharm El Sheikh has always been one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving in the Red Sea and it is easy to see why. With over 70 dive sites to choose from that can be accessed on daily boat diving, beginners will enjoy beautiful coral gardens and sloping reefs including shore dives whilst those with more experience can get excited about strong currents and world-class wreck diving. Day trips can be organised to the bucket-list wreck dive of SS Thistlegorm, sunk in 1941 during WWII, which has an open stern allowing for easy entrance. Ras Mohammed Marine Park and the Straits of Tiran can also be reached on day trips, teeming with marine life and colourful coral.
Heading further south, Hurghada offers yet more underwater adventures and is a favourite at Reefscape for a diving holiday to Egypt. With over 40 dive sites ranging from shore dives and local dive sites reached within minutes to longer day trips, divers and snorkellers will be blown away by the variety. Giftun Island, split into Giftun Big and Small, offer vast coral gardens and hundreds of species of fish. Turtles, Napolean wrasse, moray eels as well as barracuda and jack patrolling the reef. Abu Nuhas, reached on a day trip from Hurghada, is known as the ‘Ships graveyard’, the reef having claimed more ships than any other area. There are four wrecks to be explored at the bottom of a sloping reef layered with table corals.