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Sharm el Sheikh Holidays

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Egypt - Sharm el Sheikh

Diving in Sharm el Sheikh

Dive Centres in Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh is undoubtedly one of the most popular and best known dive destinations in the world offering world-class diving on spectacular reefs and fascinating shipwrecks steeped in history. Leaving from the jetty in Naama Bay, the majority of diving from Sharm el Sheikh is by day boat. These large fully equipped dive boats offer divers a high degree of comfort and most have saloon, sundeck, bathroom facilities and a kitchen providing all that is needed for a great days diving. The diversity and sheer number of dive sites in Sharm el Sheikh, including the Straits of Tiran, Ras Mohamed National Park and the nearby wreck of the S/S Thistlegorm are a major attraction to divers. The vast array of shallow reefs also make for great snorkelling and many hotels are fortunate to have their own house reef affording guests the luxury of stepping off the beach straight into this mesmerizing underwater paradise. Sharm el Sheikh offers so many diving options that it’s ideal for experienced, qualified divers and for those wanting to try diving for the first time. With so many first class PADI dive centres and superb diving on offer, Sharm el Sheikh is the ideal place to learn to dive.

Best months for weather/visibility/marine life

Sharm el Sheikh is great for diving all year round. In the summer with the soaring temperatures the water is warm and the marine life plenty. The gentle sea breeze is a cooling refreshment after an action packed dive on one of Sharm el Sheikhs many dive sites bursting with life.  
With water temperatures from November - April rarely dropping below 21°C, Sharm is also a safe bet for a winter diving holiday.

Marine life in Sharm el Sheikh

If it lives in the Red Sea, it’s possible to see it in Sharm el Sheikh.
The diversity of marine life encountered on the dive sites off the sinai coast from Sharm el Sheikh is what made the Red Sea as popular as it is today. The waters in this part of the Red Sea are packed with flora and fauna of all shapes, sizes and colours. Dolphins, turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, whitetip sharks, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, to name a few, are some of the larger marine species that can be encountered in the waters off of Sharm. In addition to the beautifully coloured soft and hard corals the reef is also alive with grouper, angel fish, clown fish, trumpet fish, butterfly fish, batfish, surgeonfish, snappers, lionfish, scorpion fish, stone fish, triggerfish and more. The list is endless as are the opportunities for diving in this magnificent part of the Red Sea.

Sharm el Sheikh’s Dive Highlights

Many of the local dive sites in Sharm offer excellent diving for novice divers and also manage to conjure up a few surprises for experienced divers when they least expect it. Although many of the local sites are a less challenging than some of those a little further afield the marine life is not fussy. Quite often a manta ray or whaleshark will put in an appearance at Middle Garden, Ras Katy or one of the many other local sites visited daily by intrepid divers venturing out from Sharm el Sheikh.
The icing on the cake for most divers is a visit to the Straits of Tiran, Ras Mohammed national park or the wreck of the S.S Thistlegorm.

The Straits of Tiran

In the middle of the Gulf of Aqaba, about one and a half hours boat journey from Naama Bay are the Straits of Tiran. The Straits of Tiran are home to a chain of four reefs lined up in a row and visible from the surface. Jackson Reef, Woodhouse Reef, Thomas Reef and Gordon Reef, named after the 19th Century English cartographers who drew the first nautical map of this region, are world famous for their extraordinary diversity of corals, strong south westerly currents and sightings of sharks, turtles and other large marine species that frequent this area.

Ras Mohamed National Park

Situated at the tip of the Sinai, the Ras Mohamed National Park area is home to numerous, popular dive sites, the most spectacular of which are Shark and Yolanda Reefs. Ras Mohamed has earned itself a reputation as one of the top diving areas in the world. Over a thousand species of fish and over a hundred different hard and soft corals have been recorded in the Ras Mohamed area due to underwater currents providing a feast of nutrients. The whole of this area is big fish territory so you never know what may appear out of the blue. Sightings include schools of batfish, barracuda, trevallies, tuna and jacks, numerous species of shark including the elusive whale shark plus scorpionfish, crocodilefish, groupers, turtles, unicornfish, barracudas, napolean wrasse, moray eels and a whole host of other Red Sea favourites. 

S.S. Thistlegorm - Shaab Ali Picture
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 126 metre long merchant vessel commandeered by the navy during World War II and carrying cargo for the War Effort in North Egypt was attacked and sunk by two German bombers on 6th October 1941.
Rediscovered in the early 90s, sitting upright at 30m she creates an artificial reef, home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish. Her holds are open and easily accessed, showing the full range of cargo which includes ammunition and Lee Enfield rifiles, Bedford trucks, Triumph motorbikes, armoured vehicles, airplane wings, engines, trains and tenders, wellington boots and waders. Every dive on the Thistlegorm is a visit to an underwater museum.

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Dive Centers in Sharm el Sheikh Holidays


Red Sea Diving College

Red Sea Diving College

Sharm el Sheikh Holidays

Red Sea Diving College, Sharm el Sheikh has a great reputation for professionalism and its wide range of packages, it is without doubt one of the best.

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Red Sea Waterworld Sharm

Red Sea Waterworld Sharm

Sharm el Sheikh Holidays

Red Sea Waterworld is a 5 star PADI resort, and is ideally located at the Hyatt Regency Sharm el Sheikh by the Middle Garden dive site.

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Sinai Blues

Sinai Blues

Sharm el Sheikh Holidays

Sinai Blues Diving and Watersports Centre is ideally located for guests of the Four Seasons Resort, Sharm el Sheikh. Sitauted on the Four Seasons Beach a few steps from a magnificent house reef.

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