LIVEABOARD DIVING IN Saudi Arabia

LIVEABOARD DIVING IN Saudi Arabia
Discover Saudi Arabia's hidden underwater treasures, where ancient wrecks and vibrant reefs await in the Red Sea's azure depths
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Saudi Arabia, extending from the desolate deserts above to the pristine waters below, is a land of stark contrasts and hidden gems. While it may be renowned for its rich history, cultural heritage, and vast deserts, Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastline is a burgeoning diving destination that beckons with untouched coral reefs, abundant marine life, and sunken treasures. The Red Sea is celebrated for its crystal-clear waters, spectacular coral formations, and diverse ecosystems, making Saudi Arabia a must-visit for divers and snorkelers alike.

From the bustling city of Jeddah to the tranquil shores of Yanbu and the unspoiled islands of the Farasan Archipelago, Saudi Arabia offers an array of dive sites suited to all levels of experience. Divers can explore vibrant coral gardens, dramatic underwater landscapes, and wrecks that narrate the maritime history of the Red Sea. The warm waters are home to over 1,200 species of fish, a third of which are endemic to the Red Sea, including the colorful clownfish, majestic manta rays, and elusive whale sharks

 

When To Go Dive in Saudi Arabia

The best time to dive in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea is from September to May when the weather is cooler and the water conditions are ideal. During these months, water temperatures range from 22°C (72°F) to 30°C (86°F), offering comfortable diving conditions with excellent visibility often exceeding 30 meters (100 feet)
Water temperature
°CF
20 C
 
Jan
18 C
 
Feb
20 C
 
Mar
22 C
 
Apr
27 C
 
May
30 C
 
Jun
30 C
 
Jul
33 C
 
Aug
32 C
 
Sep
29 C
 
Oct
26 C
 
Nov
22 C
 
Dec

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Best Diving Destinations in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast is rapidly becoming a hotspot for diving enthusiasts, offering an array of spectacular dive sites renowned for their vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and crystal-clear waters. Among these treasures, the Farasan Banks stand out as a premier destination for both novice and experienced divers seeking an unparalleled underwater adventure.

Located off the southwestern coast of Saudi Arabia, near the Farasan Islands, the Farasan Banks are celebrated for their untouched beauty and ecological diversity. This area is a maze of coral reefs, offering an extensive range of diving experiences from shallow coral gardens to dramatic drop-offs and thriving reef systems. The banks are part of the larger Red Sea coral reef ecosystem, one of the most well-preserved marine habitats in the world.

Marine life at the Farasan Banks is both abundant and diverse, with the reefs serving as a habitat for hundreds of species of fish, including the brightly colored clownfish, majestic angelfish, and schools of barracuda. Divers might also encounter larger pelagic species such as manta rays, reef sharks, and occasionally, dolphins, making each dive an unforgettable experience

 
What Marine Life Can I Expect to See?

Diving in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Red Sea, offers an opportunity to witness an astonishing array of marine life, known for its diversity and abundance. The nutrient-rich waters serve as a vital habitat for a wide range of species, from colorful reef fish to majestic pelagic creatures. Here’s what divers can expect to encounter under the waves:

  • Reef Fish: The coral reefs of the Red Sea are bustling with life, home to hundreds of species of colorful reef fish. Divers can expect to see clownfish nestled in anemones, vibrant parrotfish grazing on coral, schools of butterflyfish, and the ever-curious angelfish, among others.
  • Pelagic Species: The open waters off the Saudi coast are a pathway for larger marine creatures. It's not uncommon to encounter manta rays gliding gracefully through the water, schools of barracuda, and even the occasional whale shark, the largest fish in the sea.
  • Sharks: The Red Sea is home to several species of sharks, offering thrilling encounters for divers. Species commonly seen include reef sharks, hammerheads, and occasionally, oceanic whitetips. These apex predators are often found patrolling the reef edges or cruising in the blue.
  • Turtles: Sea turtles are frequent visitors to the reefs of Saudi Arabia. Both hawksbill and green turtles can be seen, often found feeding on seagrass beds or resting on the reef.
  • Moray Eels: These secretive creatures are a common sight among the crevices of the reef. Divers can spot various species of moray eels, peeking out from their hiding spots or, less commonly, swimming freely.
  • Nudibranchs: For lovers of macro life, the Red Sea offers a plethora of nudibranch species. These small, colorful sea slugs are found on the reefs, displaying a wide range of patterns and colors.
  • Coral Gardens: Beyond the fish and mobile creatures, the reefs themselves are alive with a diverse range of hard and soft corals. The Red Sea is known for its exceptionally healthy coral reefs, offering divers landscapes of branching corals, massive brain corals, delicate sea fans, and vibrant soft corals.
  • Wrecks: While not marine life, the wrecks submerged within the Red Sea have become artificial reefs, teeming with life. These underwater museums are covered in coral and inhabited by a diverse range of marine species, adding an extra layer of fascination to dives.
  • Seasonal Visitors: Depending on the time of year, divers might also encounter migratory species such as dolphins and various whale species, adding to the excitement of diving in Saudi Arabia
 

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Royal Evolution
The crew were top notch.
Dates Nov 18th -25th 2021 We had a great time. Didn't see as much aquatic life as we hoped, but the boat and crew were very hard working. They made a huge amount of effort to make sure w... Read more
e had a good time.
R. Lisa
2021-11-28
Almonda
FaraSan banks may
I felt like a big family, diving were excellent, food very good, cabin were spacious with a/c . Would recommend it!
M. Chiara
2024-05-28