Diving Sharm el Sheikh, the most popular Red Sea destination

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Sharm el Sheikh has exceptional coral gardens and extraordinary shipwrecks. Pic by Cazenove+Loyd

Sharm El Sheikh has become the most popular destination for scuba diving in the Red Sea. Both his extraordinary coral reefs, like the exciting Straits of Tiran, the encounters with whale sharks or hammerhead sharks, the beautiful Ras Mohammed National Park, or world famous wrecks like the Thistlegorm make this destination a must dive for the «big blue» lovers.

Sharm el Sheikh is located near the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and its location make it one of the key diving points on the northern Red Sea and liveaboard safaris around the peninsula. Its situation allows divers to make just one day diving trips or to embark to go in search of other interesting areas in the north like the Rosalie Moller wreck or Abu Nuhas reef. The diving possibilities from Sharm el Sheik are endless, it is not surprising that it is has been recognized as one of the top diving destinations in the world.

The profusion of underwater fauna in Sharm el Sheikh is really amazing. Numerous pelagic creatures go north of the Red Sea following the rich streams that this area receives. At some points, the depth go to more than 700 meters deep bringing great amounts of food to the surface. This nutrient-laden waters results in healthy coral gardens capable of hosting all kinds of colorful reef fauna.

If you plan a diving or snorkeling trip to Sharm El Sheikh you should also note that there you can dive all year round due to its very pleasant water temperatures (ranging from 28 ° C during summer and 25° C in autumn and 22° C during winter). And when you are outside the water releasing nitrogen you have plenty of additional activities with its lively nightlife, good restaurants, bazaars where you can practice your haggling skills or safaris in the desert.

SHARM EL SHEIKH Best DIVING AREAS

CORAL REEFS

STRAITS OF TIRAN

The Strait of Tiran has four coral reefs highly demanded by expert divers that take the north Red Sea diving route. Superb coral gardens full of life and sheer walls are the main attractions of this strait. Strong currents bordering the reefs can complicate the dive but it will all be worth it when you realize impressive pelagic animals like hammerhead sharks, dolphins, whales or sea turtles. Keep riding about diving in the Straits of Tiran >>>

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In the Straits of Tiran can find some of the most extraordinary gorgonians in the Red Sea. Pic by andrzej.czyzyk

RAS MOHAMMED

Ras Mohammed is a national marine park of over 480 km² protected from fishing since 1983. Underwater life feels welcome in this reef due to its great conservation state. Here there are cataloged more than 1,200 fish species and 220 of coral and you can find from the smallest and colorful inhabitants to the biggest animals of our oceans. Ras Mohammed has 7 main dive sites that host much of the wildlife that you can see in the rest of the Red Sea … and it is very close to three of the most interesting wrecks of the northern route. Keep riding about diving in Ras Mohammed >>>

WRECKS

THISTLEGORM

The Thistlegorm is one of the most famous wrecks in the world. Sunk by Nazi bombers during World War II, diving on this 126 meter wreck of is one of the most exciting experiences in the world. Through its corridors and cellars you’ll enter the history of the bloodiest war, diving among trucks, motorcycles, the equipment of the crew, ammunition… and where many fish have found a refuge. If there is a dive you shouldn’t miss in Sharm el Sheikh this is the Thistlegorm. Keep riding about diving the Thistlegorm wreck >>>

SS DUNRAVEN

The Dunraven is not one of the most famous wrecks of the Red Sea but that does not mean that is not interesting. Sunk to the bottom of the Red Sea more than 130 years ago, you’ll see, both inside and outside, how corals have taken over what’s left of its hull. The wildlife that visits this wreck is also noteworthy, with banks of batfish, crocodile fish, napoleon wrasse or huge groupers. Keep riding about diving the Dunraven wreck >>>

KINGSTON

The Kingston is, along with Dunraven, the oldest wreck in the Sharm. Sunk in 1881 with 70 tons of coal, the passage of time and the rich waters of Sharm el Sheikh have turn this boat into a coral garden. Although the bow is gone the stern is still in good condition and you can appreciate the coral outcrops and its amazing life in an easy dive in shallow waters that has a lot to offer. Keep riding about diving the Kingston wreck >>>

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