The Red Sea is a constant in the top spot on the list of most diver’s favourite destinations. Consistent warm, clear waters year-round, a fantastic range of dive sites, and superb corals and marine life make Egypt one of the most popular dive destinations worldwide… But the Red Sea also offers plenty of other tempting dive spots: Jordan, Sudan, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia to name a few, just waiting to be discovered by you.
Read on for some of our highly recommended dive destinations and enjoy your next dive travel adventure taking in the underwater magic of the Red Sea…
Aqaba Adventure Divers – Aqaba, Jordan
Our Resort has something for everyone! Whether you’re an experienced diver, a beginner looking for adventure or just in need of some relaxation, bring the whole family and enjoy the fun and friendly atmosphere.
Aqaba Adventure Divers rests on a quiet hillside and provides a magnificent view over Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia surrounding the Red Sea, Spend the morning exploring one of the many beautiful sites of the Aqaba marine park guided by a member of our experienced dive team.
In the afternoon, after enjoying some lunch, take some time out and relax around the pool, or challenge our team to a game of pool. Then as the evening draws in, order a coffee or Hubble bubble (water pipe) while watching the breathtaking views of the Red Sea sunset. Don’t want to go home? No problem, stay the night in one of our 15 poolside rooms where you can get a good night’s sleep before starting it all again tomorrow!
There are many things that make Aqaba the best place to go diving in the Red Sea. The diving along the shores of Aqaba, South Beach, is as good as you can find it anywhere in the Red Sea; there are extensive efforts into coral preservation and restriction on fishing which helps to assure that divers will meet lots of fish, crustaceans, octopus, turtles and everything you wish to see. The local dive centers are very active in clean up dives and often the guests participate, this shows the involvement of both the local dive industry and the guests.
Saeed Rashid: Wrecks of Aqaba at the NUPG meeting (Watch Video)
This Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) meeting saw another top-notch guest speaker take to the virtual stage. Saeed Rashid joined the group to talk about diving in Aqaba and in particular the wreck photography opportunities this unique destination offers…
Roots Red Sea – El Quseir, Red Sea, Egypt
Roots Red Sea is a small friendly resort aimed at scuba divers, snorkelers and those who want a quiet, peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. Roots Red Sea is managed by British owned and run Pharaoh Dive Club who have an unsurpassed reputation for friendly helpful staff delivering great personal service.
Owners Steve and Clare have vast experience of the Red Sea having been working in the region for over 30 years. Their simple mantra is to deliver the holiday the guest wants and treat everyone the way they would like to be treated themselves; it is certainly a winning formula. There is a distinct no problem attitude and nothing is too much trouble for the team.
El Quseir has the reputation of providing the very best shore based diving in the Egyptian Red Sea. Diving all around El Quseir is extremely varied with a myriad of pristine coral gardens, challenging wall dives, offshore ergs, sea grass meadows and extensive cavern systems.
Whether its Learn to Dive in the Red Sea, shore diving, boat diving, camel safari diving, cavern diving, technical diving, rebreather diving, wreck diving safaris, unlimited house reef diving, or any other diving activity in the Red Sea, look no further. Pharaoh Dive Club at Roots Red Sea is the ideal location
There is something for every diver with options for shore diving, zodiac diving or hard boat diving. Further afield there are even opportunities to take excursions to visit world renowned sites such as Elphinstone and the Salem Express.
Roots Red Sea is offering Scubaverse readers a special bonus when they book a package for travel any time in 2022. Simply quote ref ‘DAVE SAID’ to receive a 50% discount on any course taken during your stay at Roots.
The Scuba Place (and MV Big Blue) – Hurghada, Egypt
Big Blue is the brand new, standard-setting Red Sea Safari vessel sailing in and out of Hurghada and Port Ghalib on Southern itineraries. Huge cabins, huge dive decks, huge dive platform and of course, a real focus on delivering the very best diving. British owned and operated means excellent standards, particularly when it comes to safety, food and service.
Nitrox is included for all charters, and Big Blue can cater for recreational, technical and rebreather divers.
A maximum of 24 passengers means there is space in abundance – even for sidemount, twin-set and CCR divers.
Itineraries include the favorites such as Northern Wrecks and Reefs, Brothers and the North, Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone and the Deep South, and then there is the exclusive 3 Wars Wreck Safari, diving 17 wrecks in one week, and venturing up into the Northern Suez. Bolt on Ras Mohammed and Tiran too on our Northern Safaris – they really pack a punch! Custom built itineraries are standard for full charters too – you tell us where you want to go, and we deliver!
FREE NITROX on all full charters comes as standard!
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Emperor Divers – Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Emperor Divers offers the best and most convenient location for diving in Marsa Alam.
Located directly on the Port Ghalib marina jetty, we provide the finest service in the Marsa Alam area with a range of trips from shallow wrecks and bays to world-class Elphinstone.
Our fleet of day boats are moored right on the marina and we provide complimentary transfers from a number of hotels in the area. So, because of our perfect location, you can enjoy easy diving from your first day in a venue which is great for both learners and experienced divers.
Emperor’s standard boat diving includes two dives per day with guide, tanks and weights, and the sites we will take you to offer excellent corals, great visibility and a chance to see sharks, dugong, turtles and dolphins.
Marsa Alam is one of three Red Sea destinations we offer, with dive sites and a fleet of boats also based in Sharm el Sheikh.
We regularly update our website with special offers so visit www.emperordivers.com to see what is available or sign up for our newsletter to get exclusive deals. You can also call us on +44 (0) 161 504 2822 where you will be given the personal touch to help you plan and book your perfect Emperor Divers holiday.
Camel Dive Club & Hotel – Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
The One Stop base for your perfect diving holiday in the Red Sea.
Camel Dive Club & Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh is a PADI five-star Instructor Development Dive Resort located in the heart of Na’ama Bay, just five minutes’ walk from the jetty from where dive trips depart.
Spend your days diving, snorkeling with our team of PADI professionals, and relaxing on our custom-built dive boats. Return to dine in our Italian inspired restaurant, enjoy our evening divers’ gatherings, and watch the stars from our rooftop bar. Retire in the comfort of our boutique hotel, wake refreshed and ready to do it all again.
We run daily boat trips to Tiran, Ras Mohammed, wreck excursions like Thistlegorm, Dunraven and Million Hope, as well as night dives and shore dives from the house reef. We offer a complete range of PADI diving lessons.
Here we have everything under one roof for your perfect Red Sea diving holiday.
Dive & Stay Special Offer
Dive back into the holiday scene!
- 7 nights at Camel Hotel, including breakfasts
- 5 days guided diving (two boat dives a day, tanks and weights)
- Free nitrox (two 12lt tanks per day, 32%)
- Airport transfers
556 Euro per person sharing a double room.
764 Euro in a single room.
Valid for bookings until 30 June 2022. Limited availability. Contact us at email@example.com mentioning the promo code ‘SCUBAV22’ to get a special price.
Top Five Snorkeling Sites in Sharm El Sheikh
One of the best things about Sharm el Sheikh is that not only is it a short flight from Europe and the UK, it also boasts some of the best marine life in the world combined with 30 metre plus visibility. Sharm is already well known for top-class diving and year-round sunshine but there is also a plethora of sites that are ideal for snorkeling…
Al-Haddad Scuba – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Al-Haddad Scuba is the leading scuba diving company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and offers the ultimate experience for all levels of diver. We are an SSI Instructor training center and offer a wide range of courses from Open Water to Instructor level, including specialties such as Deep, Wreck, Boat, Shark, Night, and many more.
We offer a professional and safe experience for all our divers. Our facility and its staff have trained and guided more than 5,000 divers in the past 11 years and your enjoyment and safety while you are with us are our top priority.
We are the only boat trip provider offering daily trips in Jeddah, where you can discover amazing dive sites such as Coral Garden, Sea Pools (AKA Jeddah Maldives), Nemo Garden, Giant Garden, and multiple wrecks. We also offer shore diving day or night, and dive trips to Rabigh, a small town nearby with beautiful untouched reefs and amazing corals that are teeming with marine life. And with other activities such as snorkeling, water skiing and sightseeing, you will always get the best experience with Al-Haddad Scuba.
Scubaverse exclusive boat trip is 370 SAR (99 USD) instead of 440 SAR (117 USD).
Book now for Underwater Video Workshop at Marsa Shagra this November
Improve your underwater video skills while meeting new dive buddies and enjoying a relaxed week of world class diving at this Underwater Video Workshop in Marsa Shagra Village, Egypt from November 19th – 26th 2022.
After the huge success they had with their first live and on location Underwater Video Workshop in Bonaire earlier this year (see what the participants said about the workshop in Bonaire), Matthias Lebo and Sebastian Kuntz from the Underwater Filmmaking School spontaneously decided to host another Underwater Video Workshop, this time in the beautiful Red Sea.
A maximum of 10 participants will be able to enjoy 7 nights at Marsa Shagra Village near Marsa Alam with 5 days of unlimited house reef diving, some trips to the famous Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Abu Dabab and the Dolphin House, all while working on their underwater videography skills.
The Underwater Video Workshop includes:
- IN WATER COACHING:
Matthias & Sebastian will be actively coaching before, while and after diving with the group, sharing their knowledge, giving tips and helping with any underwater videography related questions that may come up during the workshop.
- EVENING SESSIONS:
The evenings will be used either to learn about specific underwater videography topics or to review your footage taken during the day. Mini-challenges will help put in action what you learn during those evening session.
- EQUIPMENT TESTING:
You will have the possibility to test out different underwater camera gear that they will bring with them and will be available to you on location throughout the workshop.
EUR 1950.- per person (double occupancy – twin or double)
EUR 2600.- per person (single occupancy)
Included in the workshop cost:
- 7 nights accommodation for double occupancy
(Add 650€ for single occupancy)
- full-board including normal soft drinks, water, coffee & tea
- Transfer from/to Marsa Alam Airport
(Add 52€ per person for Hurghada Airport)
- 5 days unlimited house reef diving
- 2 speedboat trips to Elphinstone (single tank)
- 1 trip to Marsa Abu Dabab (two tank)
- Possibility for personal coaching through Matthias & Sebastian during all diving days
- Possibility to try out different underwater camera gear
- Daily presentations/mini-challenges/footage reviews
- Fun filled week with like minded divers
- Exclusive Workshop Welcome Bag (EWWB)
NOT Included in the trip costs:
- All flights
- Any required visas for travel to and within Egypt
- All beverages (besides coffee, tea, water and normal softdrinks)
- Travel and Dive Insurance (strongly recommended)
- Rental Equipment (if needed)
- 32% NITROX (2€/tank)
- 15L tanks (3€/tank)
- Privat 1:1 sessions with Matthias or Sebastian
- Additional dive trips
- Personal expenses
- Gratitudes/tips for the hotel and dive center staff
The workshop is suitable for every experience level, from beginner all the way to experienced underwater videographers.
6 Best places to go diving in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a land of contrasts, rich in ancient history and dazzling cities with dramatic desert scenery throughout. It is one of the least-dived areas of the Red Sea and offers incredible diving among untouched reefs full of life. There are shallow reefs swathed in soft corals, deep walls and challenging wrecks to discover there. Boasting a wealth of reef and pelagic marine life, plus abundant sharks and mantas, Saudi Arabia needs to be on your diving wish list. Read on for our pick of the best places to go diving in Saudi Arabia before the rest of the world discovers this hidden gem.
Diving in Makkah
The Mecca Province, also known as the Makkah Province, is home to Mecca and the main port city of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah. This historically-rich area offers spectacular Red Sea marine life and is home to some of the best diving in all of Saudi Arabia. This is where most of the cities that offer scuba diving in Saudi Arabia are found.
The coastal town of Jeddah is Saudi Arabia’s best-known dive destination and offers fantastic wreck diving for all experience levels. As well as hosting famous wrecks, Jeddah has thriving reefs busy with vibrant Red Sea marine life.
There you will find the Ann Ann wreck, the biggest wreck in Jeddah. She sunk in 1977 and is a staggering sight, covered in soft corals. This is a challenging dive, but with the right conditions, you can start at the stern at 32 meters deep and work your way up to 5 meters at the bow.
The Boiler wreck is another one of Jeddah’s top dives, offering deep reef and wreck diving from 45 meters deep up to 15 meters. As well as the wreck itself, there are caves, a tunnel, and a reef wall covered in black, pink and bright red corals. On any given day, you have the chance to see sharks, manta rays, and large pelagic fish at this remarkable dive site.
These are just two of the many highlights of diving in Jeddah. You can go diving from shore at Jeddah’s luxurious resorts or explore further afield by day-boat diving. With a range of dive centers to choose from, Jeddah is an excellent place to get a scuba certification and experience some of the best Red Sea diving there is.
- Farasan Banks, Al Lith
Al Lith, one of the largest seaports in Saudi Arabia, sits just south of Jeddah and is the gateway to one of Saudi Arabia’s best-loved dive spots; the Farasan Banks at Jabal Al-Lith Island.
Jabal Al-Lith Island is stunning; swathed in white-and beaches and surrounded by mangroves and thriving coral reefs full of marine life. This little island is fast-gaining the attention of tourists and is an unmissable dive spot.
At the Farasan Banks, you can enjoy diving in the light-filled shallows or explore the depths, which plummet down to 500 meters. It’s an excellent destination for novice divers and experienced technical divers alike.
The Banks are well-known for their diverse marine life and boast diverse corals, a mixture of Red Sea reef and pelagic fish, plus numerous sharks. White-tip reef sharks, grey reef, silky, and hammerhead sharks can all be found there.
- Five Sisters, Rabigh
Another great city for diving, Rabigh sits between Jeddah and Yanbu and offers excellent coral reef diving. It is most famous for hosting the Five Sisters Reef: a series of five coral atolls just offshore from Rabigh.
The Five Sisters Reef is Rabigh’s most popular dive area and offers outstanding diving. This area is completely untouched, and each atoll has different underwater landscapes, including steep walls, plateaus, columns, and anemone beds. The dive sites are teeming with a wealth of reef life and are covered in corals. Added to that, schools of pelagic fish, hammerheads and mantas are often seen in the blue.
Diving in Madinah
The Madinah Region hosts another of Saudi Arabia’s top dive areas, Yanbu. This ancient port city north of Jeddah dates back to around 500BC and was an important rest stop for traders navigating one of the world’s oldest trade routes, the Incense Route.
Today, Yanbu is a major port and fast-growing tourist destination, surrounded by azure waters, gorgeous beaches, and untouched reefs. With access to areas such as the Seven Sisters Reef, Yanbu truly deserves its nickname ‘the Pearl of the Red Sea’.
- Seven Sisters. Yanbu
Seven Sisters Reef is known for one thing – hammerhead sharks. This reef hosts these unmistakable sharks almost year-round and offers excellent reef diving as well. There are beautiful shallow coral landscapes to explore, plus plunging walls patrolled by schools of barracuda and snapper.
- Abu Galawa, Yanbu
Abu Galawa is part of the Seven Sisters Reef and is an underwater world covered in corals and visited by numerous sharks, including hammerheads. It is one of the most rewarding dives of the Seven Sisters Reef system.
Diving in Tabuk
Tabuk Province is less well-known for diving than other areas of Saudi Arabia, yet it boasts the longest stretch of Red Sea coastline in all of Saudi Arabia. It is home to the Red Sea Project and NEOM, two impressive coastal development projects that will put Tabuk firmly on the map of enviable places to go diving in the Red Sea.
Go diving in Tabuk before the rest of the world discovers this dive area. You will be rewarded with crystal-clear, warm waters and pristine coral reefs few people have ever dived. If you like exploratory diving, Tabuk could be the place for you.
Kathryn Curzon, a conservationist and dive travel writer for SSI (Scuba Schools International), wrote this article.