Diving in Sharm El Sheikh
To the northeast of Hurghada, the Red Sea splits into the Gulf of Suez which breaks northwest towards Egypt and the Gulf of Aqaba which slants to the northeast towards Saudi Arabia. In between these two Gulfs is the Sinai Peninsula. Sharm El Sheikh is a city that sits on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, on the Red Sea. Its name is not only synonymous with dreamy beaches and luxury resorts, it is also a great dive destination with around 30 dive sites accessible on day excursions and a whole variety of liveaboards departing from here to explore sites that are further afield. Whatever you love to dive, you’ll find it here, from dazzling reefs to dramatic walls and even wrecks. In some places the currents can be strong, and the area has become really popular for its range of drift dives. But if you want to simply step off the sands into the water, there are some shore dives available too. If you’re looking to combine your diving with other activities, you won’t be short of them in Sharm El Sheik, where you can also enjoy windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, and even sky diving or parachuting from helicopters.
Dive Sites in Sharm El Sheikh
Aquatic Life in Sharm El Sheikh
There is great marine life to see in the Sharm El Sheikh region and you get a very good sampling of what you will see across the Red Sea. A beautiful, unique ecosystem, here you will find a wide variety of colorful reef fish such as the purple and orange anthias fish. There are also barracuda, tuna, jackfish and batfish, grouper, pufferfish and an abundance of turtles and moray eels here. As you explore this richly-varied seascape, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of a giant whale shark here if you are very lucky.