Diving Overview for Egypt
Egypt is primarily known for its wonderful archaeological history, its impressive pyramids, and the rolling sandy dunes of the desert but beneath the surface of the red sea, there is an exotic playground for divers to explore. If you're considering Egypt holidays, you'll be blown away by the spectacular scenery both above and below the water this great country has to offer.
There are two main scuba diving hubs in Egypt; Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada. Both areas offer a range of scuba diving activities and adventures and are popular tourist areas.
Sharm El Sheikh offers a huge range of diving opportunities that cater for every diver. From the Ras Mohammad national park located at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula to amazing shipwrecks such as the world-famous Thistlegorm and the Giannis in the area, you will simply be spoilt for choice.
Hurghada is less developed in comparison to Sharm, once a traditional fishing village, it has now become a mecca for divers around the world. There are sheltered reefs, pinnacles and local wrecks such as the El Mina for divers wishing to do day dives, or liveaboards available for those divers wanting to explore further afield. The marine life here is abundant and varied.
Water temperatures in the red sea range from 25°C (77°F) to 30°C (86°F) throughout the year. A point to note is that the Red Sea has a high salt content so divers may need additional weights to counter-balance their buoyancy. Due to the lack of regular fresh-water runoff, the visibility is excellent and normally in excess of 30m (100ft).
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