Egypt’s reefs are brimming over with life; bright corals and clouds of fish dazzle with a kaleidoscope of colour. Stating that the waters here are calm and clear seems like a bit of an understatement.There are sites that do experience current and in some locations operators do use drift diving protocols. Egypt offers the full gambit of diving opportunities; wrecks, walls, drifts, pinnacles, shore dives, day boats and liveaboards too. There are sites suitable for all levels and some good areas to learn as well as exciting open ocean sites for the more advanced diver. Due to the excellent visibility and the easy access to excess depths it’s an attractive location for technical diving and training.Many of the diving destinations offer access to famous Egyptian historic sites, but it’s also easy to arrange a holiday split over a couple of places to take in some diving and some culture too.
Best Scuba Diving Spots in Egypt
Taba: Pharaoh’s (or Farun) Island
Dahab: The Blue Hole
Sharm el Sheikh: Straits of Tiran
Sharm el Sheikh: Ras Mohamed National Park
Hurghada: Giftun Island
Safaga: Seven Pillars
Egypt Sea Life
The reefs and marine life here are plentiful, estimates are around 800 fish species alone with at least 10% of them not found anywhere else. Expect to see dolphins on the way to dive sites. If you are lucky you may see a manatee, whale sharks are seen and so are a range of sharks. Apart from grey, white and black tip reef sharks, oceanic whitetips, hammerheads, tigers and thresher sharks can also be encountered. Sea turtles frequent the area as do many varieties of moray eels. Bluespotted stingrays are everywhere, scorpionfish and crocodilefish blend in, lionfish hover and there are many nudibranchs, flatworms, Spanish dancers and pipefish to entertain the critter hunters.
How To Get There
Divers ususally enter at Hurghada, Sharm el Sheik or Marsa Alam International airports. You can also fly through Cairo and connect to your destination from the same terminal.