Dive The Red Sea
Dive the Red Sea
The Red Sea is considered one of the world’s top dive destinations. With over 1,000 species of fish, vibrant soft corals, unique topographies, world-class wreck diving and sharks, the Red Sea is at the top of most divers’ bucket lists. Divers joining a liveaboard in Egypt can experience the SS Thistlegorm, one of the most famous wreck dives in the world. Trips to Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone reefs produce close encounters with a variety of sharks including oceanic whitetips, grey reef and hammerhead sharks. Tiran and Ras Mohamed National Park in the Northern Red Sea, is where you will find Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef which are teeming with fish life, covered with coral and home to its namesake wreckage Yolanda.
About the Red Sea
Situated below the Suez Canal, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and the Gulf of Aqaba. Hurghada, known as the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, is the departure point for northern dive trips. Dive liveaboards for the southern itineraries use the Port of Ghalib near Marsa Alam on the East Coast to access dive destinations.
Dive itineraries encompass the northern and central-southern Red Sea which covering 50,000 square miles (130,000 square km). The Red Sea is a year-round dive destination known for its clear visibility and intense sky blue waters, which contrast perfectly against the sandy terrain. The Red Sea is home to over 100 dive sites,shipwrecks and islands.
According to Egypt Tourism, due to currents flowing out of the Gulf of Aqaba, the area’s underwater inhabitants are simply exceptional. Many fish come here from the open seas in search of food and shelter. Divers may observe an abundance of hard and soft corals and big schools of tunas, barracudas, jackfish and even sharks.
With close proximity to mainland Europe, Egypt’s Red Sea is a popular getaway for tourists from the EU. Dive resorts in Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh and Marsa Alam can get quite crowded and are limited to diving the waters right off their coasts. Traveling by liveaboard allows divers to escape some of the crowds and combine multiple regions into the same dive trip, like our BDE itinerary to Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone.
How to Get to the Red Sea
All Red Sea Liveaboards departs from Hurghada or Port Ghalib, depending on your itinerary. Some direct flights can be found to Hurghada International Airport (HRG), typically with a layover over in Istanbul, Turkey; Doha, Qatar; or Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Port Ghalib’s nearest airport is Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF). Flying into Marsa Alam typically requires a connection through Cairo (CAI).