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The Red Sea Diving Guide

23 November 2015
The Red Sea has some of the best diving in the world. It is part of the Great Rift Valley: a trough running from Israel to some degrees south of the equator. This immense crack in the Earth's surface makes for an extremely deep sea, reaching nearly 3000 m. It also explains small islands like the Brothers dive site. Steep-sided and far from land, they were probably thrown up by volcanic actions as the rift opened.

Diving in the Red Sea
Diving in the Red Sea. Photo credit: Tim Nicholson

With around 1000 species of fish and 150 species of coral, the Red Sea is rich in life.

The average water temperature ranges from around 22 oC in March to 31 oC in September in the far south. The winds are often weakest during full moon. As the Red Sea has few storms, her corals are intricate and beautiful.

Currents in the Red Sea are normally, like the wind, from north to south. But there are many exceptions to this.

The Red Sea borders many countries: learn more about diving in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Jordan, Sudan and Eritrea.

Diving in Egypt

Members of the SCUBA Travel team flew back from Egypt just hours before the Russian plane crash. Our thoughts are with not only those who lost people who were on the plane, but also with the Red Sea dive operators.

The dive operators, hotels and restaurants in the northern Sinai, in Dahab and Nuweiba, are already struggling as many European countries have advised their citizens to avoid “non-essential” travel there. After this tragic crash things can only get worse for them.

The men who work in the hotels, dive centres and restaurants – and the vast majority are men – are from all over Egypt and spend months away from their families. School teachers work as receptionists because they can earn more money that way.

Many European countries are now not flying into Sharm El Sheikh. Flights to Hurghada and Marsa Alam are still operating, although Russia has ceased all flights to Egypt. Make sure you have comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. The British Foreign Office has up-to-date security information about the Red Sea.


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