Egypt and the Red Sea
Cradle of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Egypt bears witness to some of humanity’s earliest triumphs. The pyramids of Giza – Cairo – are one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the nearby Museum of Egyptian Antiquities houses the legendary treasure of Tutankhamun. But Egypt is much more than ancient monuments and pyramids.
It’s a cruise down the Nile, a luxury hotel and nightlife, it’s a vast and invigorating desert, and especially for divers, it’s the Red Sea. Just beyond the shoreline are calm azure waters, beautiful bays, millions of fish, excellent visibility, sheltered reefs, towers, pinnacles, walls, coral gardens and wrecks. All of this is an irresistible attraction for divers, and identifies the Red Sea as a world-famous diving destination. No matter how impressive the attractions above the water’s surface, the real jewel in Egypt’s crown is the diving, which is simply jaw-dropping.
Un viaggio in Mar Rosso, da Taba (nel nord del golfo di Aqaba) attraverso Dahab, Sharm el Sheikh, verso Hurgada e Safaga, più a sud, mette in evidenza tutto ciò che delizia i subacquei.
- Taba: Pharaoh’s (or Farun) Island – Located in the northern part of the Gulf of Aqaba, this area is known for its fascinating endemic marine life, such as monkfish, one of the strangest fish. Once a Phoenician port, this small island lies less than 250 metres/275 yards offshore, and a refurbished castle dominates the relatively uncrowded dive sites. Small pinnacles and walls dropping to 25 metres/80 feet feature healthy coral, schools of bream and batfish and the ever-present moray eels. It is also an ideal place for land exploration and snorkeling.
- Dahab: Blue Hole – 130 metres/430 feet deep, this is one of the most famous dive sites in the world. While recreational divers will find plenty to explore, properly trained technical divers can best enjoy the site by traversing the 56m/185ft deep “arch”. It is also a popular site among free divers.
- Sharm el Sheikh: Tiran Strait – Located at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba, the strait forms a natural narrowing and, as a result, the diving is spectacular. Divers who have visited the reefs of this area (Jackson, Gordon and Woodhouse, among others) speak of them with great respect. Beaten by strong currents, these reefs are hunting grounds for trevallies, barracudas and sharks that patrol the reef limits in search of prey. Huge moray eels meander among the corals and crevices, which are home to anthias and a host of other reef fish.
- Sharm el Sheikh: Ras Mohamed National Park – The first Egyptian national park is still one of the best. It is located approximately 20 kilometres/12 miles south of Sharm el Sheikh on the southernmost tip of Sinai where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Gulf of Suez. Due to the mixing of the waters, the area is home to healthy coral reefs and a myriad of reef and pelagic fish species. This protected area can be accessed via a day trip or with a cruise boat. At two characteristic sites, Shark and Yolanda Reef, given the considerable currents, dives are often carried out in current.
- Hurghada: Giftun Island – This marine reserve, accessible with the payment of a small entrance fee, hosts many sites characterized by overhangs, fantastic coral reefs and the possibility of observing barracudas, tunas and even larger pelagic species. That, of course, if you can keep your eyes off the sea fans and the life that populates the caves and ledges. The frequent strong currents require drift diving. The protection, obtained with the status of marine reserve, has brought abundant marine life and beautiful diving.
Safaga: Seven Pillars – At Soma Bay, seven coral pillars rise, from approximately 14 metres/45 feet, almost to the surface. Here, you will be able to observe many reef fish, including Napoleon wrasse, puffer fish and lionfish. Furthermore, it is a well-known site for night diving.Would you like to know more? To get more information on thousands of dive sites, marine species, destinations and much more, visit ScubaEarth®
Note – Conditions such as (but not limited to) security, entry and exit requirements, health, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate can negatively affect travel to any destination. Regardless of the destination, when you are planning your trip and before leaving, check the recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding that particular location.
Language – Arabic but, given the importance of tourism, you will hear English, Russian, German, French, Italian, Polish, Czech and other languages spoken.
Currency – The Egyptian Pound. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Main airports – Divers arrive at the international airports of Hurghada and Sharm el Sheik. You can also arrive in Cairo and take a domestic flight from the same terminal.
Voltage and Internet – 220 volts, 50Hz. The internet is widely available.
Land attractions – Visit the pyramids and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, take a tour of the desert on a camel or a cruise on the Nile.
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