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  • Varied and fascinating marine life
  • Choice of hotels and resorts to suit all budgets
  • Famous dive sites such as Ras Muhammed and Blue Hole
  • Pristine coral reefs

With resorts up and down the Red Sea Riviera each with their own personality, a large variety of accommodation to choose from, frequent flights from around the UK and excellent value for money, Egypt is the closest tropical diving to be found.

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Diving in the Red Sea is an unforgettable experience and Egypt is the number one diving destination for UK divers for a very good reason! Consistently ranked in the top ten diving destinations in the world, it is reachable in around 5 hours from the UK. With sunshine throughout the year and some of the world’s most incredible reefs and wrecks, it's got to be seen to be believed. Egypt is not just a dive destination, with its rich history and culture, you can take a day or two out of the water to combine incredible historic sites such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and Abu Simbel Temple; take on the sand dunes on a quad bike or the back of a camel; or relax on a cruise up the Nile to see the Valley of the Kings.

The main departure points for Red Sea liveaboards:

Sharm el Sheikh - This is the most popular destination for divers. Over the years Sharm has grown in to a large and vibrant city. It has some of the most varied dive sites and is home to the famous Ras Muhammed National Marine Park. It is ideal for families, singles and groups.

Hurghada - Similar to Sharm, it is a rapidly growing town with many fine resorts. The diving here has plenty of reefs and also has more wrecks on offer.

Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam - This is still a relatively new area not yet discovered by the masses. It is has some of the finest reefs and is perfect for families and couples. It is one of the few places where you can reach Elphinstone Reef by day boat, home to Hammerheads and Oceanic White Tip Sharks.

Diving and Snorkelling

The Red Sea is suitable for snorkelling, and all levels of diver, and all tastes, you can experience large schools of tropical fish-some found only in the Red Sea, drift dives, drop offs, pelagics such as Oceanic White Tip Sharks, and even Whale Sharks, Hammerheads, and Manta Rays, colourful coral gardens, wrecks and swim throughs.


For more experienced, divers liveaboards are a popular and a great way to see the Red Sea. Step onto your boat at Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada or Port Ghalib and take to the seas for the chance to see the more remote dive sites such as Daedalus, the Brother Islands and St John’s Reef in the south, or be amongst the first divers to jump on the Thistlegorm for the morning dive.

Local information

  • Time: GMT +2hr
  • Flight time: 5hrs approx.
  • Language: Arabic but English and French are widely spoken in resort areas
  • Climate: Year round sunshine. During July and August temperatures can exceed 40’C and we would recommend a liveaboard to take advantage of the cooler sea breeze.
  • Currency: Egyptian Pound £1 = EGP 8
  • Visa: Most EU passports can purchase a visa on arrival at the airport (£15 approx.)

Getting There

There are a number of direct flights from the UK to Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

UK airports include London Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

For more information please contact one of our travel consultants on 0800 699 0243.

Red Sea - Liveaboards

M/Y Emperor Superior, Egypt

Egypt, Marsa Alam / Port Ghalib, Port Ghalib
From GBP 850 / 7 Nights

M/Y Emperor Elite

Egypt, Hurghada, Hurghada
From GBP 1,000 / 7 Nights

M/Y Blue Seas, Red Sea

Egypt, Hurghada, Hurghada
From GBP 950 / 7 Nights

M/Y Blue Pearl Red Sea Liveaboard

Egypt, Hurghada, Hurghada
From GBP 1,200 / 7 Nights

M/Y Blue Planet I, Egypt

Egypt, Hurghada, Select city
From GBP 1,100 / 7 Nights

M/Y Blue Voyager, Red Sea

Egypt, Hurghada, Select city
From GBP 849 / 7 Nights

M/Y Blue Melody, Red Sea

Egypt, Hurghada, Select city
From GBP 849 / 7 Nights

M/Y Blue Fin, Red Sea Liveaboard

Egypt, Hurghada, Select city
From GBP 849 / 7 Nights

M/Y Blue Horizon

Egypt, Hurghada, Select city
From GBP 849 / 7 Nights


  •  All inclusive
     Full Board
     Half Board
     Bed & Breakfast
     Room only
  •  Twin
  •  Silver
  •  Whale Sharks
     Tiger Sharks
     Great Whites
     Manta Rays
     Reef Sharks
     Oceanic White Tips
     Coral reefs
  •  Nightlife
     Quiet area
     Sea views
     Tennis courts
     Kids area
     Suitable for non-divers
  •  Open Water
     Advanced O/W 20+ dives
     Advanced O/W 50+ dives
  •  Adults
     New divers
     Experienced divers


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