Scuba Diving in Egypt

Egypt — is an amazing country in North Africa, where you can come face to face with marine wildlife. The majestic nature and treasures of the Red Sea have made Egypt the most visited diving site in the world. Egypt is considered to be one of the best places on the planet for diving. Amazing coral reefs, a variety of the underwater world and a lot of exciting dive sites are waiting for you here. The extended country coastline offers diving of different formats and budgets. In the National Reserve among bright tropical fish you will find sharks and marine turtles. Sunken ships invite a diver to investigate sea depths and valuable freight on their boards. Advanced divers can try challenging deep-sea diving in canyons, arches, caves. They have not been fully explored yet and enchant the diver with their mystery.

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The beauty and uniqueness of the local underwater world is fascinating. Diving in Egypt is an amazing underwater adventure where you will meet a variety of different fish, crabs and starfish. You will also see rare species of sea inhabitants — for example, dugongs, which are included in the IUCN Red List. Fabulous gardens, woven from 200 species of corals, bright reefs and breathtaking walls wait for you here. You also have the chance to see rare black corals and gorgonians.
This region is home to many magnificent marine reserves. Colorful fish and sharp coral reefs are considered to be the treasures of Ras Mohamed National Park. It harbors corals, which are 2 billion years old. The Brothers Islands are a pair of tiny islands in the south part of the park. These secluded islands attract divers by the beauty of their underwater landscapes and variety of marine life. You will be greeted by schools of sharks.
Egypt is a paradise for both advanced divers and beginners. The Marsa Alam dive site is perfect for learning to Scuba Dive. You can see pristine coral reefs with lots of colorful fish, turtles and sharks. Advanced divers will enjoy exploring sunken ships and the deep cave by the name of Blue Hole, which is considered to be the one of the most dangerous places for diving.
The Red Sea has become a haven for sunken ships. The most popular wreck in the world is the steamship Thistlegorm from the World War II. At the bottom of the sea, you can see motorcycles, locomotives, aircraft engines and other treasures. At the end of the 19th century, the ship RMS Carnatic sank here and later became a popular dive site. The ship Lovilla sank in 1981. The huge shipwreck can be seen above the water.
You should definitely visit Naama Bay to see its coral gardens, walls, coral reef fragments from the national Ras Mohamed park and artificial reefs. Egypt has many interesting diving spots. The sea life is full of bright fish, pterois, heniochus, pufferfish and whiptail stingrays. You will also meet rare green turtles.

Diving Destinations in Egypt

Egypt is the most popular country among divers. Many exciting dive sites and a fantastic underwater world will impress anyone. In Hurghada there are several well-known dive sites — Carlos reef, Petra reef, Bara Ramada and Abu Ramada. In Dahab there is a cave called the Blue Hole — one of the most fascinating and dangerous places for diving. Sharm El Sheikh offers about 40 dive spots, but the most famous are Thistlegorm shipwreck and Ras Mohamed National Park.

Memo Notes
Currency EGP - Egyptian Pound
Languages Arabic, German, English, French
Timezone UTC +2
Phone code 20
Emergency Help 123
Electricity

Type C - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type F - 220 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Egypt

Most of dive shops are located in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab. They have a lot of different diving programs that fit every taste. You can take any course you like — Advanced Open Water Diver, Specialty Diver, Rescue Diver, Assistant Instructor and Dive Master. Dive shops have all the necessary equipment which you can rent.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

In March, changeable weather prevails. The tourist season starts in April and May. In spring the air temperature is +25.. +35°C, water temperature is +25 °C.

Summer

Summer is the heat peak time. August is the hottest and least-visited month of the year. The air temperature varies between +32... +40 °C. The water temperature reaches +25... +28°C.

Autumn

Autumn is a perfect Indian summer season with cool nights. September and October — excellent time for diving, in November the intense heat tends to cool down. The air temperature is +27... +38 °C. The water temperature varies between +26... +28 °C.

Winter

Winter is a cool season, still suitable for diving. December and January bring pleasant surprises with steady warm weather. February is the coldest season with changeable weather. The air temperature varies between +20... +30 °C, water temperature is +20... +25 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

The best dive sites are St. Johns, Brothers Islands, Shark & Yolanda reef, Shark Observatory on the territory of the Ras Mohamed National Park, Thistlegorm ship, Blue Hole, Canyon and Strais of Tiran.

Health & Safety

Medical care in Egypt is generally of medium quality. Quality of care on the outskirts is much lower than in big cities and in tourist places. Therefore, in case of a serious disease, it is better to go to Cairo immediately. Medical service is provided for a fee, and fees in private hospitals are very expensive. When travelling to Egypt, medical insurance is a must have. It is also recommended that you are vaccinated against hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and malaria.
The overall level of security in the country is high, serious crimes are extremely rare. Sometimes thefts from hotel rooms happen, so do not leave your valuables unattended. In big cities and tourist areas, it is safe to walk both during the day and at night — the tourist police performs their duty.

Iconic Sea Life in Egypt

The warm waters of the Red Sea attract a variety of underwater creatures, including unique inhabitants — dugongs which are on the IUCN Red List. It harbors more than 1,200 species of marine inhabitants, old picturesque corals, which are about 2 billion years old. The Red Sea is a home for bright tropical fish, marine turtles, dolphins, octopuses, giant oceanic manta rays, gray reef sharks and whale sharks. Among natural and artificial reefs, coral gardens and sunken ships you can see shoals of tuna fish, barracudas, butterflyfish, humphead wrasses and moray eels. Some of them are dangerous: moon jellyfish, reef stonefish, whiptail stingray and pterois.

Dangerous Marine Life

Starry puffer, siganidae, Asthenosoma varium, giant sea anemones, brown-spotted spinefoot, moon jellyfish, Juncella rubra, Synanceia verrucosa, pterois volitans, whitetip reef shark, gray triggerfish, whiptail stingrays, geography cone snail, textile cone snail and Fire corals colonies are very dangerous.

Eat & Drinks

The land of the pharaohs will impress you with an amazing culinary experience. Other cultures have left their imprint on traditional Egyptian cuisine. Try Kushari, a hearty national dish made of pasta, tomato sauce, rice, lentils, chickpeas, caramelized onions and garlic. The main ingredient of Ful medames are beans, which are served with vegetable oil, lemon juice and garlic. It is worth tasting Molokhiya — a soup made from chicken broth with crushed leaves of the plant with the same name.
As for drinks, you don't have a lot of choice: coffee or Fayrouz (some kind of local soda). It is better to ask for drinking water in a restaurant or a bar or buy a bottled one. You should avoid drinking tap water.