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Top 7 Dive Sites in the Red Sea

Updated: May 31, 2023


The Red Sea is a world-renowned dive destination with crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs and a diverse array of marine life. Whether you're an experienced or beginner diver, a wreck enthusiast or reef lover, there is a dive site that will suit your needs. Diving the Red Sea is a must-visit on every diver’s list of destinations and can be done either by liveaboard or land-based resorts. Here are the top 7 dive sites in the Red Sea:

  1. Ras Mohammed National Park: This is one of the most popular dive sites in the Red Sea and offers a mix of coral reefs, walls, and drop-offs. The park is home to a vast array of marine life, including whale sharks, dolphins, and tuna.

  2. The Thistlegorm: This famous wreck dive site is located in the Straits of Gubal and was originally a British transport ship that sank in 1941. The massive shipwreck is now home to an array of marine life, including schools of colorful fish and curious moray eels.

  3. The Brothers Islands: These two islands are found in the far north of the Red Sea and are known for their strong currents, healthy coral reefs, and abundant marine life. The islands are a top destination for pelagics, with sightings of hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, and barracuda.

  4. Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef: These two reefs are located near Sharm El-Sheikh and are known for their vibrant coral formations and diverse marine life. The reefs are also home to several wrecks, including the Yolanda wreck, which is a popular dive site for both recreational and technical divers.

  5. The Straits of Tiran: This narrow strip of water separates the Sinai Peninsula from the Arabian Peninsula and is known for its strong currents and diverse marine life. The Straits are a popular dive site for drift diving, with sightings of manta rays, colorful schools of fish, and an abundance of reef life.

  6. Elphinstone Reef: This remote reef is located off the coast of Marsa Alam and is known for its strong currents, healthy coral reefs, and diverse marine life. The reef is a top destination for experienced divers, with sightings of hammerhead sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, and large schools of snappers.

  7. Fury Shoals: This chain of reefs is located near the coast of Hurghada and is known for its shallow waters, vibrant coral formations, and diverse marine life. The shoals are a popular destination for snorkelers and beginner divers, with regular sightings of reef fish, turtles, and an abundance of colorful reef life.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced diver, and you prefer land-based diving or liveaboards, the Red Sea offers spectacular visibility and incredible marine biodiversity. From the many shipwrecks, the shallow coral reefs of Fury Shoals, to the challenging currents of the Straits of Tiran, the Red Sea is a must-visit dive destination.


For more amazing dive sites with healthy coral reefs, read about the top ten dive sites in Cozumel.



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