December to March 22 to 25 °C / 71 to 77 °F
April to November 24 to 30 °C / 75 to 86 °F
20 to 60 meters / 65 to 200ft
3mm / 5mm / semi-dry
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Recommended dive sites
The Brothers Islands, The Thistlegorm wreck, Elphinstone Reef,
St. Johns, The Umbria
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With fascinating natural seascapes and underwater dive environment, rich with coral, laden with fascinating wrecks, populated by an incredibly diverse fish population including the ‘big boys’ of the sea, Manta Rays and sharks and surrounded by towering red mountains and vast expanses of arid desert, Red Sea holidays offer some of our planet's most exotic destinations and some of the best liveaboard diving in the world.
As interesting as it is unique, the Red Sea is a cul-de-sac, which results in an unusual marine life with color bursting from some of the most beautiful and delicate reefs in the world. Fabulous soft corals draped over exquisite hard coral formations, shrouded in swirling schools of glassfish are typically what Red Sea reefs have to offer, with gullies and swim-throughs adding a sense of adventure and mystery.
Fan corals, their edges an ideal perch for feather stars, sway in the current, and lionfish lurk in every nook and cranny, waiting for a tasty morsel to drift past. Sheers walls, such as those found at Ras Mohammed and Sanganeb, plunge into the abyss, and here you can dive and find patrolling sharks, schools of snapper, barracuda, jacks and other open water species. Sharm el-Sheikh has also become a favorite spot for scuba divers from around the world. It provides some of the most stunning underwater scenery and warm water making this an ideal place to dive. Ask us about cheap deals to Sharm el-Sheik or luxury liveaboard holidays in the region.
Made popular by Jacques Cousteau in the 1960’s the Red Sea is still a top notch diving destination with dives sites for every interest. From the unspoiled Sinai Peninsula in Egypt in the north to St. John's pristine reefs just north of the Sudanese border in the south, the Red Sea shimmers as an example of dedicated environmental conservation. The success of the region's sea life is largely thanks to conservation efforts implemented in the early 1990's.
The south is home to fabulous marine parks, most only accessible by dive liveaboard. Amid the pinnacles and steep walls there are ample scuba diving opportunities for pelagic encounters including schooling hammerheads, mantas, oceanic white tips, thresher sharks and other ‘wish-list’ sharks.
South of the port of Marsa Alam, the southernmost town of any size on the Egyptian Red Sea coast, is Fury Shoal, part of which is famous for its coral pinnacles and swim-throughs with some healthy, large and colorful coral heads.
The northern Red Sea offers many impressive wrecks such as the world famous Thistlegorm and Umbria, considered one of the world’s finest wrecks, stunning walls colored with soft corals, gorgonians and swarms of reef fish. Other sites offer schools of tuna, barracuda and other pelagics and sharks are not uncommon.
VISA Visitors require a passport and a visa to enter Egypt. All passports must be valid for two months beyond the period of visit. A tourist visa is required for most nationalities including US and Canada. This can be obtained on arrival, for a stay of up to 30 days for 15 US$. A return ticket or documentation for onward travel, and proof of sufficient funds (US$1,000 or valid credit card), is essential.
LANGUAGE Arabic is the official language. English and French are widely spoken.
TIME GMT + 2 (GMT +3 from last Friday in April to last Thursday in September).
CURRENCY The official currency is the Egyptian Pound, or EGP.
British pounds sterling, Euros and the US Dollar are accepted everywhere although change may be given in Egyptian pounds. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in all but the smallest hotels and restaurants throughout the country, except in the Western oases. Traveller's cheques are becoming less useful now that international ATMs are prevalent throughout the country. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Euros or Pounds Sterling.
CLIMATE Throughout Egypt, days are commonly warm or hot, and nights are cool. Egypt has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. The only difference between the seasons are variations in daytime temperatures and changes in prevailing winds. In the coastal regions, temperatures range between an average minimum of 14 °C / 57 °F in winter and an average maximum of 30 °C / 86 °F in summer.
VACCINES There are no immunizations required for Egypt. Check with your embassy or consulate, as well as with a knowledgeable doctor, for detailed information on current health issues.
ELECTRICITY Most areas 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard.
AIRPORT TAX There is no airport departure tax.