Snorkeling and Diving in Egypt

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Snorkeling and Diving in Egypt

When you hear the country Egypt, snorkeling and diving probably isn’t on your tip list of things to do (not when you’ve got the pyramids and other historical sites to explore) – but did you know it’s got its fair share of water activities within the Red Sea? We explore several places to visit.

  • Sharm El Sheikh – A resort and a resort town, and is one of the most popular destinations in the Middle East. Getting there is fairly easy from the UK with Monarch, there are flights from various cities in the UK to Sharm El Sheikh airport. On your diving/snorkeling trip, most operators would take you to the reefs of Tiran and Ras Mohammed – a two hour maximum boat ride from Sharm, where you can see plenty of fish due to the amount of plankton it gets, along with possible sightings of barracudas, sharks, and Moray eels. You can also see the wreck of the S Thistlegorm – hailed as one of the best wreck dives of the world. If those aren’t enough then you can also charter a boat to go on a dive safari. There are plenty of companies dotted around the area so it would be good to just ask around for the best prices and options. Some of these diving companies offer lodging with their dive packages as well. If by any chance you get tired of diving, other options to do while in Sharm are to go to the old town, go kart, or do other water sports that you can enjoy in your resort. Another excellent day trip would be to go on a camel trek or do a desert safari, so there are plenty of things to do for everyone.
  • Nuweiba – Located around 180km North of Sharm El Sheikh. If you intend to go here, you can fly to Sharm then take a local bus to get here. This place is also known for the diving options, but since it’s quite far from an airport means that it is less crowded than Sharm, which is good and bad in a way (bad in a sense that you get less options in terms of dive operators in the area, good because you can feel isolated and away from the tourist crowd).
  • Hurghada – A flight away from Sharm or other Middle Eastern countries and also known for its diving/snorkeling trips to the Red Sea. You can cruise to the islands of Giftun (there are two: big and little), and snorkel over its coral reefs, or lay in the sand.

When you decide where to go on your diving/snorkeling trip to Egypt, research local customs first as their rules might be different as to what you’re used to back home. Also note if there are any travel restrictions to the area, best be prepared for what to expect before you go. Most of all, have fun!

Photo Credit: Duncan Rawlinson – @thelastminute – via photopin cc

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