Liveaboard Diving in the Red Sea

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Liveaboard diving in the Red Sea offers scuba divers the opportunity to explore world class wrecks, journeys along healthy reefs, encounters with pelagic species as well as plenty of other magnificent marine life.

Geography

This inland sea extends for over 1200 miles (1925km) from north to south and is 190 miles (350km) across at its widest point. The salinity of the water is higher than any ocean, largely because no rivers flow into it and the average annual rainfall is less than a few centimetres.

It’s coastline is shared between Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Dijbouti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

There are 2 distinctive areas of the Red Sea with regards to liveboard itineraries.

Northern Red Sea

The northern region is home to what many divers class as some of the best wreck diving in the world. Conditions are good in this region and the varied dive sites make it suitable for divers of all levels.

Liveaboard safaris in the north Red Sea visit:

  • Strait of Tiran
  • Ras Mohammed
  • Beacon Rock
  • Sha’ab Ali
  • Sha’ab Abu Nuhas
  • Giftun Islands
  • Gubal island

Southern Red Sea

The southern Red Sea boasts, what most would consider, the best dive sites of the Sea. Conditions in the southern red sea are usually less calm than the north. Southern Red Sea liveaboard trips tend to attract experienced divers, not least of all because it is necessary, by Egyptian law, to have at least 50 logged dives to dive any of the sites.

Liveaboards visiting the southern Red Sea may visit:

  • Salem Express
  • Safaga Island
  • Brothers Islands
  • Elphinstone Reef
  • Daedalus Reef
  • Fury Shoals
  • Zabargad Island
  • Rocky island
  • St. Johns Reef

Marine Life

The Red Sea has exceptional marine life, with several hundred recorded species of fish and over 400 species of coral.

Best Time To Dive

The Red Sea can be dived year round, although the best time to visit is between June and November. Strong winds are sporadic and are more likely between October and April, which can, on occasion, affect dive conditions and it has been necessary to adjust itineraries should it be unsafe to sail.

Climate

Summer in Egypt spans from June to November and temperatures can range between 25-43° Celsius. The day time is generally hot and sunny whereas the evenings tend to be cooler. We recommend bringing some long sleeves for the evenings as it can get rather chilly if you only have a T-shirt.

Winter in Egypt lasts from December to May. During these months you can expect temperatures of between 20-30° Celsius.

How To Get There

Most trips depart from either Hurghada or Marsa Alam, so its best to fly into either airport.

There are direct flights from Cairo to Hurghada (1 hour) and Marsa Alam (1.5 hours) via Egypt Air.

From certain destinations in the UK and Europe it is possible to fly into Hurghada and Marsa Alam direct.

Visa Requirements

A tourist visa is required upon entry to Egypt for all nations other than Maltese and Arabic. For many nations this can be

You will require an entry visa to visit Egypt which, for many nationalities, can be purchased on arrival in Cairo or Hurghada for 25USD.

Your passport will need to be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your day of arrival and you must possess an onward or return ticket. As a visitor you are also required to have sufficient funds to pay for all expenses during your stay.

It is very important to ensure that you have the proper documentation for travel and regulations may vary depending on your nationality. Please do check with your appropriate consulate or embassy to ensure that proper passport and visa requirements are met.

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