The Red Sea is a body of water that can be located between Africa and Asia and is an indentation off of the Indian Ocean. The Red Sea can reach incredible depths but it also has plenty of shelves which is where all of the amazing sights can be found.
It is said that there are over a thousand wildlife species to spot as well as 200 coral species. From what we’ve just said, it’s not difficult to see why the Red Sea is one of the main destinations for scuba diving and deep-sea diving.
No matter what time of year you want to visit, you’re sure to spot wonderful species. In fact, with each season there are different species to find, so you’ll want to keep coming back time and time again.
While you might want to book the first flight you can get your hands on, there are some factors to consider when Red Sea diving. Let’s dive into these now, shall we?
The Red Sea has a surface area of around 438,000 km2, so there are plenty of destinations around it for you to dive in. When diving you’ll see shipwrecks, incredible wildlife, and a number of other treasures hidden underwater.
Given the enormity of the Red Sea, there are lots of places to begin your dive from. Choose carefully, as the destination you choose will affect how many interesting things you see on your dive. Some diving spots are more exciting than others, so we’ve listed the four most sought after spots below.
The Sinai Peninsula and Gulf of Aqaba
The northern area of the Red Sea brings you these beautiful sights, full of history and plenty of legends to keep your diving experience exciting. Perhaps the most interesting fact about this diving destination is that four different countries are within close proximity.
Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and Saudi Arabia all share the Red Sea coastline so you can visit each country and still reach the Red Sea. Some of the most well-known reefs are housed here such as Jackfish Alley and Straits of Tiran.
The Sinai Peninsula and Gulf of Aqaba is one of the most visited diving destinations for the Red Sea, and with good reason. There are plenty of diving instructors to guide you through the water to ensure that you see the most important attractions.
The Egyptian Mainland Coast
There are plenty of diving options for you to take advantage of on the Egyptian mainland coast, such as dive camps and dayboat diving. All along the coast, there are different diving destinations for you to explore.
In fact, you could spend a whole week making your way down the coast finding different underwater attractions.
The Deep South on the Western Side
Here you can see the Red Sea at its most natural. You can take a boat into the Sudanese Red Sea and dive where most people don’t venture far enough to see.
Due to the secluded nature of your dive, expect to pay more for the day trip.
The western side comes with fewer attractions for holiday goers and therefore is often only used by experienced divers who are visiting specifically for that purpose.
The East Coast
Yemen and Saudi Arabia cover the east coast of the Red Sea.
These countries can be difficult to enter and therefore the east coast might be more hassle than it's worth for a diving expedition.
However, the reef is immaculate and the Ann Ann wreckage is definitely a sight to behold.
Time of Year
The Red Sea often comes with sunny and warm weather, even in winter. In fact, the winter temperatures range from 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the area that you’re visiting from, this can be very impressive and a great way to avoid the harsh winter temperatures.
The summertime can see temperatures of 86 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re a fan of hot summers being spent by the beach or in the ocean, the Red Sea is an excellent place to spend it.
Of course, the water is going to be warmer in the summer than the winter, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot dive in the winter. Just make sure that you have a high-quality wetsuit!
A lot of divers prefer to visit the Red Sea in spring or autumn as the temperatures are not as extreme as in the summer or winter. However, visiting at these times can be the busiest. So, if you want a quieter holiday we would avoid the holiday seasons.
How To Reach The Red Sea
The easiest method of reaching the Red Sea is to travel to Egypt as this is the country that houses the majority of the coast.
The airports that are most accessible to Red Sea explorers are Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.
You should always have travel insurance when diving in the Red Sea in case any accidents happen. Diving insurance might seem like an unnecessary expense but it can become invaluable if something happens in the water.
Egypt is considered a generally safe country to travel into, but you should check the current situation before booking a trip. The Egyptian revolution can be violent, but not often towards tourists. Having said that, it can still be daunting to see.
Women’s rights are not as advanced in the areas surrounding the Red Sea and therefore they should be careful when visiting. There is a civil war happening in Yemen and you cannot travel there at the moment, so the Yemen portion of the East Coast is off-limits.
Overall, there are a few important considerations to think about before booking a flight to explore the Red Sea. One of the biggest factors is where you’re going to visit as there is so much of the Red Sea to choose from.
We would recommend taking the time to research all of the different areas so that you can visit the one with the most interesting attractions for you.
The time of year is also important, and don’t forget about your safety. Insurance is a must, and check Egypt’s current status before embarking on your adventure.