Scuba Diving in the Red Sea: What You Need To Know Before Going
Nestled in the south east corner of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el Sheikh is one of Egypt’s hottest beach destinations. It is also the country’s premier diving spot with travellers arriving from all over the world to experience the underwater allure of the Red Sea.
Whether you’re a beginner or pro, the warm water and rainbow coral here give Sharm el Sheikh a unique charm. Beginner divers can learn the craft of diving at local dive sites near the resort whilst more experienced divers can visit the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm and Ras Mohammed Marine Park.
Beginner Red Sea Diving
Sharm el Sheikh is a thriving centre for diving instruction with PADI Diving Instructors and SCUBA courses widely available. With class room sessions, confined water practice and supervised open water dives you can learn to become a safe, competent diver in just a few days. Full equipment hire is often included in the price of diving courses, but you may need to buy textbooks that accompany the courses.
Diving Ras Mohammed National Park
Ras Mohammed National Park, one of the best natural dive sites in the world, is just an hour by boat away from Sharm el Sheikh. The coral reefs and sea walls here are home to a spectacular array of fish and wildlife, including turtles and tuna fish. Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef are legendary areas where you can see everything the animal kingdom of the Red Sea has to offer in all its glory. Prepare to see fish in considerable numbers in the coral-lined corridors of Ras Mohammed.
Diving The SS Thistlegorm
Sunk during World War II, this merchant ship is considered the Red Sea’s greatest wreck. Much of the ship’s original cargo still remains at the site, including motorbikes, trucks and guns. This incredible underwater museum and poignant war grave offers a fascinating insight into 20th century history. Divers can visit the wreck from Sharm El Sheikh by daily boat.
Where To Stay
Spend your evening relaxing at The Sharm el Sheikh Imperial. When you’re not diving, you’ll find a bumper programme of sports and activities here, including tennis, dance classes and archery.
The Sharm el Sheikh Imperial has beautiful swimming pools for relaxing in the sunshine. Travellers will also find some superb evening entertainment featuring an in-house team of performers as well as lounge bars with big screens where you can watch live sports. Sharm el Sheikh also has a celebrated food scene.
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