The world‘s finest diving

RS Multiple Anemones Diver BackgrndAn underwater habitat as awesome as the cradles of civilization on land. Your 1st or your 1000th dive, the walls, wrecks, hammerhead schools, fiery corals will enchant you.

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SCUBA HIGHLIGHTS


1050 Red Sea destination page 4 panel verticalsBeauty still reigns here.  Pristine HARD CORALS & COLORFUL SOFT CORALS huge gorgonian fans, black coral & sponges, too.  REEF FISH GALORE in every color, shape and size spectacular Napoleon wrasse, lionfish and pufferfish blue spotted rays, butterfly fish and angelfish.   WALLS, DROP-OFFS, CAVES & TUNNELS, overhangs & holes, canyons & passages…  some ROARING CURRENTS & rousing DRIFT DIVES.  Plenty of PELAGIC ENCOUNTERS, including mantas, oceanic white tips & hammerheads.  Ever-present DOLPHINS, larking about, simply enjoying life and ahhh, the WRECKS … if you’re a wreck-diver, the Red Sea has some of the finest.


FROM COUSTEAU .. UNTIL TODAY


The Red Sea is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think about diving.  Made famous by Jacques Cousteau, generations of divers have had visions of the Red Sea – rich corals, masses of colorful reef fish, countless amazing wrecks (from freighters to destroyers) . . . and to top it all off schooling rays and sharks and playful dolphins.

Today the northern part of the Red Sea is heavily populated with day boats, and while it is still worthwhile diving, many divers prefer to skip the crowds and head for the southern waters, exploring as far south as possible in pristine waters.


RIPE FOR EXPLORATION


{slider RS painted frogfish shutterstock 73959919 optNorthern Red Sea – Sharm al Sheikh and Hurgadah
An itinerary here includes some world famous dive sites such as Tiran Straits, the dramatic Ras Mohamed, possibly the WWII wrecks of the Thistlegorm & Rosalie Moller as well as other fascinating wrecks at Abu Nuhas (the ships graveyard).  Some of the most legendary dive sites on offer in the Red Sea and an ideal first Red Sea experience boasting over thirty dive sites. Just off shore live thousands of species of fish in beautiful crystal clear water with coral gardens, historical shipwrecks, breath-taking soft corals, pinnacles, steep reefs and caves.  … read more|dest|closed}

Marine life is too varied to adequately list here, but you can expect surgeonfish,  jackfish, groupers, snappers, barracudas, ubiquitous morays and turtles.  Circling around all of this are the white tip & black tip reef sharks, nurse and leopard sharks … and sting rays & eagle rays.  Then, all the way at the other end of the spectrum, the eagle-eyed diver will spot plenty of nudibranchs, frogfish, scorpionfish and more,

{/sliders} {slider RS Oceanic Whitetip CLEAR dreamstime m 31735934 optCentral Red Sea – Marsa Alam, Brothers, Elphingstone
Starting with Marsa Alam, there is something for everyone.  It is rated as one of the top destinations in the world, still totally unspoiled.  See dolphins at Samadai, dugongs at Marsa Mubarak, dive the cave systems, canyons & swim throughs of Shab Claude.  Plus, large bays with rays, turtles and, snake eels.  Exciting fringing reefs with pelagic and schooling fishes, white tips and mantas. The Brothers is truly unforgettable diving on a pair of remote, tiny islands, considered by many to be among the best dive sites in the world.   … read more … |dest|closed}

Spectacular reef pillars, vertical walls, fantastic hard & soft corals, gorgonians, black corals and prolific fish life, wrecks, incredible exhilarating diving awaits….

On the drop offs large schools of snappers, jacks, turtles, white-tip reef sharks, gray reef sharks, turtles, and hammerheads congregate.

Elphinstone is a legendary off shore reef which is a pelagic paradise; frequented by oceanic white tips, barracuda, tuna, hammerheads, turtles & Napoleon wrasse offering spectacular wall diving into the blue.

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Dive Furyshoal, St. John’s, Rocky Island, Daedelus, Zabargad.  Remote, offshore islands & reefs otherwise known as the Egyptian Red Sea’s ‘best of the best’, an experienced divers dream come true, will excite the most hardened & well travelled diver. Outstanding wall dives full of ‘pelagic action’, schooling hammerheads, oceanic white tips, threshers, mantas and much pelagics … plus pristine hard corals, prolific soft corals, abundant fish life, a visionary underwater wonderland….incredible diving.  … read more …|dest|closed}

Topographically, you’ll dive fringing reefs, vertical walls, swim-throughs, caves, pinnacles … and even some white sandy bottoms. 

You’ll encounter grey reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks swimming up and down the reef walls which are densely covered by hard & soft corals.   Frequently, you’ll swim with bottlenose dolphins on the surface here and sometimes underwater. Manta rays are around during the summer months and all year you’ll see butterfly fish, red sea banner fish, angel fish, and big eye bimble around in the shallows and for those that have sharp eyes, you will see large dragons and purple flabellina moving slowly over the walls.

There’s so much more that we have to leave it here.   Just know that it’s still glorious diving with immense variety of species.

{/sliders} {slider RS Thistlegorm Trolley Fotolia 66433508 optThe most notable wrecks: Thistlegorm … Rosalie Moller … Chrisoula K … Giannis D
The Red Sea has been a shipping lane since the time that trade developed between nations.  We’ve included descriptions a few of the more popular wrecks here which are included on some of the liveaboard itineraries but the options are many and varied … and if you have a specific preference, we can guide you to the liveaboard most likely to include that wreck in its itinerary.  Let’s start with Thistlegorm: The Thistlegorm sailed only 3 voyages before her final trek from Glasgow on june 2, 1941. … read more …|dest|closed}

She was heading for Alexandria, around the southern tip of Africa, toward the Red Sea & Egypt with heavy supplies for the allied efforts … as well as steam locomotives for the Egyptian National Railways. She carried Bedford trucks, armoured vehicles, Norton & BSA motorcycles, guns & ammunition, plus supplies such as boots, airplane parts and more.

The Luftwaffe bombed the Thistlegorm in October sending her to the bottom of the Red Sea with all of her cargo and taking several lives. Cousteau discovered the wreck in the 50’s but it wasn’t until the 90’s that her remains became a diving sensation. She’s easily accessible and always a stirring dive.

Rosalie Moller: A coal carrier, the Rosalie Moller followed the same route as the Thistlegorm and was sunk 2 days later. She was carrying nearly 5,000 tons of coal and very few crew so the bombing took relatively few lives. Neither the Moller, nor the Thistlegorm, were carrying troops. You will be amazed to find the Moller still in surprisingly good shape with utensils, pots & pans hanging in the kitchen and portholes still in place. The wreck is deep and is therefore for advanced and tech divers only.

Chrisoula K: Sailing from Italy to Saudi Arabia in 1981, the Chrisoula K hit the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas reef (notorious for sinking ships over the centuries). The crew was saved but the ship, a total loss, was left to sink ignominiously. The main part of the ship is relatively upright but the stern has pretty thoroughly keeled over. The wreck is easily accessible and you can get into the engine room to see the works and also into the hold, via a huge rip, to see the Italian tiles which all remain on the ship.

Giannis D: Another more recent wreck offered to wreck enthusiasts by the Aha’ab Abu Nuhas reef is the Giannis D. Transporting a load of wood from Yugoslavia to Saudi Arabia in 1983, she struck the reef and hung there for awhile (her crew were all rescued) but eventually succumbed, splitting into 3 sections as she slipped into the deep. Divers can now enter the bridge, the engine room and even the crew quarters. She is particularly photogenic … a great dive for photographers.

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globe th CopyThe Red Sea, one of the most awesome marine environments in the world, sporting an incredibly rich biodiversity  … is an inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa & Asia.   The Red Sea is connected to the Indian Ocean in the south through the narrow Strait of Bab al Mandab & the Gulf of Aden.   In the north, it splits into the Gulf of Aqaba & the Gulf of Suez where it joins the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.   Nine countries share the shorelines of the Red Sea & the waters of the Red Sea support a vital fishing industry and recreation facilities.

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