Remote reefs and historic wrecks make the Red Sea a sought-after liveaboard diving destination.
The Red Sea is an underwater playground with shipwrecks, towering pinnacles and coral-covered vertical walls that nearly reach the surface. The sites are filled with reef sharks, hammerheads, big tuna, Napoleon wrasse and shoals of multicolored reef fish, as well as the occasional oceanic whitetip, thresher or whale shark. With all this action, the central and southern regions of the Red Sea are diving destinations even the most seasoned divers dream about.
Many of the best dive sites lie beyond the range of day boats, and most of the land surrounding the Red Sea is desert, creating an uninviting environment for shore diving. So liveaboard diving boats are the way to go in this exotic locale. Multiple liveaboard dive boats run from each of the major diving destinations: Sharm El Sheikh in the north, Hurghada in the central region and Marsa Alam in the south. Each diving liveaboard offers a different type of scuba diving, from wrecks and walls in the north to current-washed reefs and seamounts in the central and southern regions.
When to Go
Mantas and whale sharks are most likely to appear during the spring and summer months.
Water temps are around 70°F in the winter and 80°F in the summer. Visibility averages more than 100 feet year-round. Winter brings pleasant air temperatures, but cooler water and breezier conditions.