Diving in the Red Sea
Diving in the Red Sea is something that has to be experienced to be believed. The reefs of the red sea are filled with a plethora of marine wealth and have diversity at its very pinnacle. Apart from Red Sea coral dives, there are some exciting wreck dives, and these are among the best in the world. Red Sea has been famous as a diving spot since ages, and there is no parallel to diving experiences here. Diving spots here have been the reason for many an enthusiast to come here, and have brought much of foreign exchange to this region. Diving tourism is responsible for a substantial amount of growth that was experienced by this region.
The dive operators seem to have realized that being environmental can be good for business as conserving the marine wealth, the waters and the reefs is the only thing that can keep bringing in tourists. Most of the sites as well as reefs have been protected and marine parks have been established in these regions. Also the communities that are supported by these are also placed among sheltered places. There are extra charges of about 5 dollars a dive that is charged by the authorities to dive in the marine parks, and this money is used for more conservation activities. Also there is a rule that prohibits touching or interfering in any way with the underwater as well as the marine life. Fish should not be fed while you are diving here, nor should you wear gloves. Fishing and littering are among the big no nos. The Red Sea has more salt content than most other seas, and this will require that you wear more weights to go down underwater and not remain buoyant.
While deciding to visit the Red Sea it is essential that you make plans on how you want to dive. There are day dives, as well as live aboard dives. Making a choice depends upon what kind of diving you are interested in doing. Also it is dependant on whether you want a total diving holiday or if you want to dive, among other things. If you wish to see Egypt’s attractions or if you have friends or family along with you that do not dive, you can chose a resort based or pool based packages.
Live boards are excellent if you are in a group in which all love to dive, and want at least a week of excellent diving. The numerous diverse options that make up the diving sites in the Red Sea can all be explored while you are in a live aboard; live boards also make sure that you reach the diving sites well before the day trippers come. Also you can relax, sun bathe , read, write dive logs or whatever while you wait for the next dive site to be reached. There are a good range of live boards, and these range from the Spartan options to the deluxe live boards. It depends on what you are willing to pay. All prices are generally inclusive of a package that comprises 2 day dives, one night time dive as well as equipment hire and food.
Divers have to complete at least 15 hours of diving to dive from a live aboard. Also there are a variety of options that depend on where you would like to go in the Red Sea.
The live boards that set out from Marssa Allam in South Egypt and from Port Sudan in Sudan are perfect of you want to dive in some unsullied, isolated reefs where there are more opportunities of observing bigger fish such as sharks and the like.
Diving Adventures in the Red Sea
- Noted for the :
Wreck dives, value for money, visibility levels, wall diving and big marine wealth.
- Not as noted for :
smaller marine creatures
- Depth on Average :
5 meters to 40 meters
- Visibility levels :
20 meters to 40 meters
- Strength of Currents:
weak to Rough
- Surface condition :
gentle, can get rough in some locations
- Water temperatures :
22 ° Celsius to 30 ° Celsius
- level of experience required :
Beginner to advanced
- Number of dive sites :
more than two hundred
- Access via :
Day dives and live aboard dives
- duration of stay advised :
one to two weeks
Best Times for Diving
Diving can be done in there Red Sea all through the year but water temperatures tend to vary. June to August, and the temperatures reach 30 degree Celsius. February it goes down to 30 degree Celsius.