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The Red Sea is undoubtedly one of the best diving destinations on the planet and divers are spoilt for choice in terms of underwater landscape with everything from drift dives, caves, wrecks, walls and coral gardens at their disposal.

In fact, there is so much choice when it comes to diving locations that settling on one specific area might seem like an impossible task, but rest assured that each location is unlikely to disappoint and you can always revisit this unique North African country to experience more of the unbelievable diving it has to offer.

Popular choices for diving starting points include the Sinai Peninsula areas of the north as well as the southern coastal regions nearby Marsa Alam and Hurghada.

Explore below more details about scuba diving in The Red Sea.

Table of Content

Underwater Pictures of the Red Sea

Dive Map of The Red Sea

Sinai Dive Map

Dive Map of The Red Sea

Southern Red Sea Dive Map

Best Dive Spots in the Red Sea

Whether you choose to explore the popular sites of Sharm el-Sheikh in the north or the lesser explored sites further south, diving in Egypt is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed.

Not only is the sheer variety of marine life very impressive, but around 20% of the fish species are endemic to the Red Sea, meaning that you won’t be able to see these species anywhere else in the world.

Near Sharm el-Sheikh, other dive sites worth exploring are Pharaoh’s Island and the Straits of Tiran.

In the South, other dive sites worth exploring are Sha’ab El Erg and the spectacular sites surrounding Giftun Islands.

Shark and Yolanda Reefs

Set in the spectacular Ras Mohamed national park just 20 kilometers south of Sharm el-Sheikh, these sites offer a magnificent drift diving experience in the Sinai Peninsula. Manifesting as two mountain-like peaks set on a sandy sea bed, these popular reefs offer divers the chance to see every species of fish in the Red Sea not to mention the colourful soft corals.

Drifting over Yolanda Reef gives divers the chance to see a wreck unlike any other – a 1980s merchant ship carrying sinks, toilets and bath tubs makes for an unusual underwater sighting.

The SS Thistlegorm

Another interesting wreck and a “must-dive” destination is that of the SS Thistlegorm, an impressive 120 meter long cargo ship carrying torpedoes, ammunition, trucks and motorbikes from World War Two. The Thistlegorm went down in 1941 after being bombed by German forces.

Swimming through the wreck is like going back in time with an array of diverse marine life to keep you company. Batfish, snappers and schools of jackfish are in abundance and there’s even a resident sea turtle.

The Brother Islands

These islands are world famous as they offer some of the best diving in Egypt, especially for those wanting to spot a number of different shark types. Divers can expect to encounter grey reef sharks, oceanic white tips, silver tips and intimidating hammerheads. On the rare occasion divers have been lucky enough to spot the long-tailed thresher shark in these waters.

Many of the dive locations are impressive walls accompanied by strong currents and should only be attempted with a guide who is familiar with the area.

Abu Dabbab (Marsa Alam)

With a maximum depth of only 16 metres and excellent visibility, Abu Dabbab is an ideal dive for beginners looking to get their first taste of diving in the Red Sea. The site is one of the only locations in the world where divers can catch a glimpse of the endangered Dugong, a large marine mammal somewhat similar to a manatee. In fact, Abu Dabbab has two resident Dugongs, also known as sea cows which enjoy feeding on the abundance of sea grass in the area.

The sandy dive site is also home to the odd-looking guitar shark as well as hammerheadws, white tip sharks and fun-loving dolphins.

Dive Types Overviews

Critter Diving
Wreck Diving

Best Season to Dive the Red Sea

April to October
November to March

Temperature and visibility

The warm climate, temperate waters and impressive visibility are just a few reasons that millions of divers flock to these sites just off the shores of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations.

Dive Centre or Liveaboard?

Dive centres are plentiful in the popular tourist areas of Sharm El Sheikh, El Gouna, Marsa Alam, Hamata, Hurghada and Dahab making it easy to organize a dive.

As it is a major scuba diving hub, expect nothing but the best from the numerous dive centres in Egypt, many of which have won multiple awards from industry giants such as Diver’s Magazine. Dive centres offer day trips, gear rental and liveaboard packages.

Red Sea Liveaboards

Joining a Liveaboards is very popular option to dive the best spots of the Northern Red Sea and Tiran along with the Southern Red Sea and even Sudan.

Travel tips

Feeling inspired and ready to go? Check out our Red Sea travel guide and start planning your next diving trip!

Dive Sites Reviews in The Red Sea

The Abu Nuhas Reef found close to the north coast of Shadwan Island, is a submerged reef that is now ...

A 200m diameter and over 120m deep sinkhole, nicknamed the “divers’ cemetery”. Tech divers can dive down to the arches (55m+). ...

Vertical wall with cracks, overhangs and swimthroughs and cavelets. Great dive on the way to the Blue Hole.

This fantastic Red Sea Wreck allows divers to complete some very deep dives. The Rosalie Moller Wreck was a coal ...

Elphinstone Reef is one of the most popular dive sites in the Red Sea. The reef is an easily accessible, ...

The most visited wreck dive site in the world is situated on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and is home to the ...

A popular dive spot in Dahab, perfect for all levels, from OW to technical.

Great dive site famous for dolphins in the Deep South of the red Sea, Egypt.

The world renowned Big Brother islands offer some of the best diving in Egypt, especially for shark sightings. Divers can ...

Fury Shoals is a very good dive site in the southern part of the Red Sea in the Marsa Alam ...

Liveaboard Reviews in The Red Sea

The M/V Snefro Pearl is a 29 meter luxury liveaboard providing exceptional dive holidays in Egypt’s Red Sea for as ...

The M/Y Golden Dolphin was constructed with divers in mind and operates diving trips in Egypt’s Red Sea throughout the ...

The Hurricane liveaboard is well-equipped for fantastic diving opportunities in the Red Sea. Catering for up to 22 divers, the ...

Samira liveaboard articles goes here.

The Freedom III is a popular liveaboard choice for divers looking to make the most of their time exploring the ...

The Freedom VIII is a great choice for small groups looking for a budget-friendly vessel to explore the northern parts ...

Recently constructed in 2016, the M/Y Blue is 43m of pure enjoyment and diving pleasure.

This 36m liveaboard is a great way to explore the southern region of Egypt’s Red Sea in comfort and style. ...

Visiting some of Egypt’s best known diving sites, the JP Marine is a great choice for those looking for an ...

Built by divers and with divers in mind, the M/Y Longimanus is known for providing exceptional diving trips in Egypt’s ...

Fabienne August 17, 2017

Hi 🙂
We are interested in the Dolphin Watching Tour. Is the Dolphin Watching and Sea Safari the same tour? And is it also possible to combine it with snorkeling? How much would that cost? What time is the departure?
We are from the Swiss Airline Crew and we are at least 2 persons, maybe there will be more from our crew who likes to join. We stay in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Muscat, is there a possibility to get picket up at our hotel this sunday for the tour?

Thank you for your informations!

Kind regards,


Georg March 16, 2018

Coming to southern part of Portugal in 27-29 June and wanted to dive somewhere(already have a CMAS OPW* diving license). Found you company on the web. Wanted to ask some questions.
1. Is it posible to go with you somewhere on my dates? Looking for some really beautiful place.
2. How much would it cost to me?(full equipment rent, boat travel)
3. I’m also travelling with a girlfriend – is it possible for her to go with(she is not diving) on a boat(or anything similar)?
Thank you in advance.


Marsha April 18, 2018


It’s Marsha from NYC. You may not remember me, but I took a vacation through Sunshine Diving in February of 2006 with my then boyfriend Fred Ho. We came for almost two weeks and had a wonderful time in Cairo, Hurghada and Luxor too! I remember that trip so well and it makes me smile. I was the lady from Ohio, and I think you said that you’re from Ohio too! I hope that things are still plugging along! I tried to reach out to you in 2011 after what was dubbed the “Arab Spring,” but I don’t think my message was able to get to you.

As luck would have it, I am working on board a luxury cruise ship now and we are about to head to Luxor on May 21st. I was wondering if you will be anywhere near Luxor at that time? It would be great to see you and maybe purchase one of your tours. Our ship, the Regent Seven Seas Voyager, is scheduled for an over night stay, so time is a bit limited. The unfortunate news I should also share before seeing you is that Fred passed away a couple of years ago. I wasn’t with him at the time, but was sad to hear that he had succumbed to cancer. Fortunately he left a legacy of music for all of his friends and fans.

Well I hope that I will be lucky enough to run into another Ohio gal in Egypt! 🙂 Hope you get this message and we can connect.


Donna April 01, 2019

We are 4 50 something year olds who like to combine land adventure with scuba diving ( all very advanced divers/ PADI Instructors) living in the US with a thirst for travel adventure abroad- our budget is NOT unlimited- but we are by no means economy travelers- more like most value for money- we are interested in recommendations for a land tour of the most iconic of Egypt as well as a 7 Day live aboard to dive the Red Sea on a boat with no more than 20 or so divers ( less is more) for 2020- mid year or later


Donna April 01, 2019

Interested in a combo land and live aboard trip for 2020 4adults 7 days of diving 7 days touring the best of Egypt


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