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Scuba Diving at Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai Peninsula, the Red Sea

Water temperature:

20°C (68°F) in February to 27°C (81°F) from July to October


3mm or 5mm wetsuit (November - April), shortie for rest of the year


20 - 60 metres (65 - 200 feet), 30 - 40 metres (100 - 130 feet) on average

Type of diving:

Reefs, walls, wrecks

Marine life:

Turtles, blue spotted rays, jacks, snappers, barracudas, lionfish, reef fish, colourful coral

When to go:

Any time of year, although if you are after really warm water it is best to visit the Red Sea between June and September. Air temperatures reach 40°C (104°F) in August and fall to 20°C (68°F) in the winter, which may also dictate when you travel

How to get there:

Entry visas are required when visiting Egypt. These can be purchased at the airport itself at a cost of about $25 USD / 15 GBP.
From the UK - Direct five hour flights from Gatwick and Manchester on Sundays to Sharm el Sheikh. Transfers to hotels from Sharm airport take about 30 minutes

Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh lies at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea. It offers a variety of dive sites from reefs and walls to wrecks. The climate is hot, the water is warm and clear, and the reefs are covered in life. Diving is readily available everywhere and there are nearly fifty dive Centers in the region. More Europeans learn to dive here than anywhere else in the world and diving is ideal for beginners. Whatever your experience, dive Centers require you to do one local dive before they will take you on a boat trip in order to give you an opportunity to orient yourself to Red Sea diving.

There is some shore diving from Sharm, but boat trips are necessary to access the best reefs. The popularity of these sites does mean that the water can get rather crowded, particularly once the day boats arrive. The dive sites are diverse and covered in coral formations and a range of marine life, including jacks, snappers and barracudas. The areas covered by Sharm are from the Straits of Tiran through to the marine park of Ras Mohammed. The Straits of Tiran have four circular reefs rising out of deep water and surrounded by steep drop offs. Ras Mohammed has steep coastal cliffs that drop away underwater to depths of over seventy metres. There are coral gardens that are shallow and calm as well as some excellent drifts in strong currents. For the more advanced diver, with day boats going as far as the wreck of the Thistlegorm if you are willing to get up early for a four-hour boat trip. There is also the possibility of diving the Dunraven, which takes 2 1/2 hours by boat. Alternatively, why not go on a mini safari and stay overnight on a boat?

When not diving, if you have not had enough of the water it is possible to snorkel, swim, and do other watersports such as parascending and banana boat rides. The resorts are quite lively with restaurants, bars, discos and shops and food and drink is relatively cheap. There are also various organised day trips such as quad biking or jeep safaris in the Sinai desert, trips to Mount Sinai and the 6th Century St Catherine’s Monastery. Close to the resort is a nature reserve where there are lakes and mangroves.

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