The Red Sea is a saltwater inlet of the Indian Ocean, located between Africa and Asia. The sea is known for its warm, clear waters and unique marine life, making it a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.
The Red Sea is bordered by several countries including Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
The Red Sea is unique in that it is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, with salinity levels reaching up to 40%. It is home to over 1000 species of fish, many of which are endemic to the area. It is also home to numerous species of sharks. The sea’s coral reefs are some of the most diverse and pristine in the world.
What To Expect
Scuba divers might choose to travel to the Red Sea for any number of reasons, but among them are intact shipwrecks, shoals of sharks and colorful coral reefs. Reef sharks, oceanic whitetips, hammerheads, tigers and thresher sharks can be encountered throughout the region. Whale sharks, dugongs and dolphins may also surprise lucky divers.
The reef life is also breathtaking. There are more than 800 species of fish. At least 10% of these species are endemic to the Red Sea. Sheer walls, shallow reefs, pinnacles and open ocean drifts are common, but the most popular are shipwrecks, including both the Thistlegorm and the Umbria, accessible World War II wrecks.
You might see:
- Manta rays
- Crocodile fish
Recommended Specialty Courses
- Photo & video
- Fish identification
- Coral identification
- Perfect buoyancy
- Boat diving
Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza are one of the most famous landmarks in the world. These ancient structures will take visitors back in time. There are three main pyramids, along with other pyramids, temples and various structures. The Sphinx also stands near the pyramids and is considered one of the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt. The Pyramids of Giza are remarkable not only for their size and age but also for the incredible engineering and architectural feats required to construct them.
SS Thistlegorm Wreck
If you’re going to dive anywhere in the Red Sea, make sure to dive the SS Thistlegorm. This is one of the most famous wrecks in the world. The SS Thistlegorm was a freighter used for carrying military equipment during WWII. This wreck fascinates divers because of the cargo that remains intact. When diving the SS Thistlegorm, divers can see boots, motorcycles, trucks, armored vehicles, rifles, steam locomotives and more.
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt. It is one of the oldest museums in the world dedicated to antiquities. The museum’s collection includes over 120,000 items, including a gold death mask, jewelry and other artifacts from pharaohs’ tombs. The museum has also been the site of numerous archaeological discoveries. The Egyptian Museum remains a vital institution for the study and preservation of ancient Egyptian history and culture.
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
Must be valid 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
The average high temperature is 86°F and the average low temperature is 75°F. The average water temperature is between 80º-82°F with a light to moderate current and visibility of 60-100 feet.
The official language is Arabic but many tourist areas also speak English and French.
The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). 31 EGP = 1 USD.
If visiting Egypt, drinking water from the tap is not recommended.
While visiting Egypt, visitors should dress modestly. Long-sleeve shirts, t-shirts, and pants are best. Avoid tank tops, strapless shirts, and shorts/mini skirts.
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