Scuba Diving in Egypt & The Red Sea I Ediving I Divers' Reviews

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Scuba Diving in Egypt & The Red Sea I Ediving I Divers' Reviews

  1. 1. SCUBA DIVING IN EGYPT• Introduction & Climate• HURGHADA & SHARM EL-SHEIK• HAMATA & MARSA ALAM• DIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN EGYPT• About the Author 1
  2. 2. SCUBA DIVING IN EGYPT & THE REDSEA: wonder of the Red SeaEgypt’s main scuba diving areas (all held within the Red Sea) are Hurghada andSafaga to the north, Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula, and, to the south, SaintJohn´s Reef, where Brother´s Island and Rocky Island, close to the Sudan border, areamong the most pristine areas.Egypt’s Red Sea coast is considered to be one of the seven wonders of theunderwater world, hosting more than 1000 species of invertebrates and 200 speciesof soft and hard coral.The Red Sea, Egypt’s natural border to the west, holds just under 20% of endemicmarine species.Egypt’s Red Sea coastline stretches more than 1500 km, providingimpressive scuba dive spots with wrecks, coral reefs, walls & caves dives packedof sharks, dolphins etc… Everything to enchant any diver. 2
  3. 3. CLIMATEScuba diving in the Red Sea is possible year around. For bigger pelagic species Julyand August is best.The water temperature varies depending on the time of the year, in August it canreach 86°F (30°C) or more, and it can drop to 71°F (22°C) in February. Air temperaturein August can reach 104°F (40°C) and drop to low 70°F in February. 3
  4. 4. SCUBA DIVING IN HURGHADA &SHARM EL-SHEIKHurghada (Egypt’s second largest city) and Sharm el-Sheik are separated by themouth of the Gulf of Suez. Hurghada, on the east bank of the gulf, is a maintourist center from which 48 diving sites can be accessed.The reef dive at Sha’ab El Fanadir is a classic Red Sea dive, great visibility, colorfulcorals and fish; lionfish, bluespotted rays and stonefish can be observed here.The Sha’ab El Fanadir dive is good for beginners although it can be crowded.The Shadwan and Gubal Islands have several impressive wreck dives. Abu Nuhasboasts four different wrecks in close proximity; these wrecks are shallow enoughfor beginners.Safaga is a port town and a frequently visited diving area for its reefs,walls, wrecks and caves. Panorama Reef is one of the best sites, and the SalemExpress wreck is a worthy deep dive, however you need several immersions dueto short bottom times. 4
  5. 5. Sharm el-Sheik, on the west bank of the Gulf of Suez and southern tip of theSinai Peninsula, holds 39 dive sites and is quite possibly the most visitedscuba diving destination on the Red Sea.The Ras Mohammed Marine Park is a must, the sights of lavishing coralgardens and more than 1000 species of fish make for a mesmerizing dive.The Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef are a boat ride away from Sharm el-Sheik.Yolanda Reef gets its name from the sunken Yolanda, it is the larger reef,although Shark Reef has more color and, as its name suggests, sharks can beobserved (blacktips sharks and even hammerhead sharks). Both haveincredible wall dives with a great number of fish schools.All-Inclusive liveaboards minimize the traveling time between dive sites. 5
  6. 6. HAMATA & MARSA ALAM: FEWERCROWDS, MORE SHARKS, BETTER DIVESHamata and Marsa Alam, located in Egypt’s south-eastern coast, stand infront of the Fury Shoal Reef system and are the main diving towns.These towns, however, do not see the heavy tourist traffic of the north. Infact, many divers prefer to head straight south on liveaboards to avoid thetouristy dive sites of the north.The main sites are Hamata and Marsa Alam, where silvertip, hammerheadsharks and thresher sharks among other reef sharks can beseen. Coral reefs are healthier in this part too and larger reef fish can beobserved such as snapper, unicorn fish and groupers.The Southern Red Sea is exposed to offshore currents, deep dives and surfaceswells. The marine parks of Zabargad Island and Rocky Island offer a varietyof diving environments. 6
  7. 7. Zabargad Island (also St. John’s Island), was known to Egyptian pharaohs andRoman explorers but is now an uninhabited island and a breeding site for thegreen turtle. It corals are approximately 25 meters below the surface.Brothers Island has spectacular wall dives overgrown with soft coralsand gorgonians and a World War II ship wreck. The island is accessedvia liveaboard and is for experienced divers. 7
  8. 8. DIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN EGYPTBig Blue Dahab / Desert Rose / Emperor Divers / H2O Divers Dahab / IDive Dahab / Mirage Divers Dahab / Pirates Dive Club / PenguinDivers / Sharm El Naga / Sheikh Coast / Riff Villa / Rock Stardh / Sub SinaiAdventures / TekStreme DivingRead more: http://www.ediving.com/dives-divers-scuba-diving-in-middle-est-and-red-sea/diving-in-egypt/#ixzz2LS8y8l00To find & Book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators:http://www.ediving.com/hotels-for-scuba-divers/ 8
  9. 9. About the Author Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 9

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