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About Red Sea

The Red Sea is a very popular diving region. It takes its name from the recurrent algal blooms that occur here painting the sea with a reddish hue. The Red Sea includes the South Red sea region (south coast of El Quseir), the North Red sea region ( from the Strait of Gubal to El Quseir, as well as the top of the Sinai Peninsula) and the Deep North region (includes Gulf of Aqaba). Among these regions, the South Red Sea is less popular among divers, though it does offer some pristine reefs with superb corals. The most popular diving destinations in this region are Hurghada, Dahab, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh, located on the Sinai Peninsula. The Red Sea offers opportunities for wreck diving, wall diving and coral reefs teeming with varied flora and fauna. There are spots suitable for scuba divers of all levels of experience as well as snorkelers. This is an underwater paradise, a great experience for underwater photography enthusiasts.

 

Most popular dive sites

Among the popular dive sites, the most interesting ones include the wrecks like Thistlegorm Wreck, Salem Express and Rosalie Moller Wreck, the reefs like Elphinstone Reef, Abu Nuhas Reef and Carless Reef, as well as Abu Dabbab, Umm Gammar and Blue Hole sites just to name a few.

When to go to Red Sea

The Red Sea offers a year-round diving due to its arid desert climate. The rainfall is extremely low, most of rain falls happen in the winter months. The high season for visiting the Red Sea is from March to November. The average air temperature during the cool season (November to April) is about 22C/71F and during the hot season (May to October) it is about 33C/91F. The average water temperature stays around 28C/82F in the summer and 20C/68F in the winter, with temperatures being a few degrees warmer on the south part of the Red Sea. The visibility varies from 20m/65ft to 40m/131ft in deep water. The currents vary from gentle to strong.

 

What to see

These waters are inhabited by more than 1,000 species of invertebrates, over 200 species of soft and hard corals and about 1,100 species of fish, 20% of which are endemic to the Red Sea. There are different species of sharks, including thresher shark that can be best spotted during autumn and winter, whale shark watching season occurs from the end of May until the end of July, and hammerhead sharks that can be spotted during the summer months.