The Red Sea is definitely one of our favorite places to dive. It has terrific beaches, crystal water and beautiful corals. Water temperature is nice and warm between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius. There are lot of sunny days and is perfect for relaxing, diving/snorkeling and desert safari’s.
Egypt has a rich and diverse ecosystem. More than 1200 species of fish have been recorded in the Red Sea and around 10% of these are found nowhere else. There are also 200 soft and hard corals. The moment you put your head in the water, you will be amazed and feel like you are swimming in an aquarium.
Diving and snorkelling
It’s a shame if you visit the Red Sea region and don’t explore the underwaterworld either by diving or snorkeling. The most reknown divesites are Ras Mohammed, SS Thistlegorm (shipwreck), Elphinstone Reef, The Brothers, Daedalus Reef, St.John’s Reef, Rocky Island in Egypt. These coastal reefs are visited by pelagic species of Red Sea fish, including sharks.
There are so many beautiful creatures in the Red Sea, the list is endless. The bigger animals like turtles and dolphins make always an impression when spotted. But also the smaller sea creatures like shrimps and nudibranch are worth looking for.
There isn’t a specific time or place where animals show up, you always have to be lucky and have a good eye if you’re look for the smaller stuff. We usually go early in the morning around 6.30 am or near the end of the day around 4.30 pm but that doesn’t mean we see great things all the time. Key is to be in the water as often as possible on different times. If you are lucky enough to encounter a turtle or dugong, stay calm, watch them and don’t touch.
In Egypt there are places called Dolphin House and Satyah where encounters with dolphins are more likely. Want to see a dugong? There is a resident one at Mubarak (Turtle) Bay next to The Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort. in Marsa Alam, Egypt.
The biggest airports that are close to the Red Sea are Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh and Marsa Alam. You can also fly direct to Cairo, but then you need to take another domestic flight, by bus or car. Egypt Air is the local airline.
From the local airports it’s easy to take a taxi or shuttle bus to your accommodation. Don’t forget that most counties will need a visa. Sometimes a visa on arrival is possible.
Where to stay:
There is a variety of hotels, mostly all-inclusive and special diving accommodation. You can also choose to spend your holiday on a liveaboard luxury boat including all meals and with a lot of diving on some of the best and more remote locations. The Red Sea is perfect if you want to start with a diving course!
We stayed multiple times at Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort and found it perfect. Great housereef, Mubarak Bay at a walking distance, a beautiful tropical garden, relax beach, divecentre on site and good food. Ofcourse it would be a different experience for everyone but we can highly recommend it.
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Egypt is from October to April, when temperatures are more pleasant. December and January are peak season and it is way more crowded at that time, especially at sightings as the pyramids and Luxor.
From October to March the temperatures vary somewhere between 20 and 25 degrees. The Red Sea is a bit colder, wet suit is advisable. The evenings can be chilly, just take a sweater in case your getting cold. In the summer from April to September it’s getting up to 35 degrees and higher. Best time to visit would be March to May and in October/November for warm and sunny weather with not too many tourists.
Which season you like the best, depends a bit on how much you like warm temperatures. We traveled to Egypt in March, April, May and September which were all sunny and warm. We prefer September as we like the heat. We found March a bit too “cold”, especially in the evenings.