Diving in Egypt
Everything you have to know and the best Dive Sites
Sunshine all-year-round, the endless coasts of the Red Sea, fascinating culture and super value for your money – this is what comes to mind for many divers when speaking of Egypt. The best aspect: From Germany, the diving paradise can be reached in just 5 flying hours, therefore it is an extremely popular destination for divers of all levels. Due to the high number of visitors though, you should get detailed information before diving in Egypt. so that you can enjoy your diving experience without any disturbances. The reefs of Egypt. above all, are in danger because of the constant flow of visitors – for instance you should not dive close to Hurghada, so as not to ruin the reefs any further. If you wish to see reefs, El Gouna or Safaga are recommended instead. Your local diving guide can provide more information to that end.
Having said this, diving in Egypt. is popular and rightly so – and with a little bit of preparation, you can spend a wonderful diving holiday here.
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Our team’s favourites
“The red sea is my absolute favourite place for diving in the world. The best I’ve been to so far were the famous Dahab Blue Hole and Big Brother in Hurghada” 🙂
– Rene Broo, IT Business Engineer at rateyourdive.com
“The Thistlegorm is the most beautiful wreck I have seen so far!”
– Maria Gerstner, Service Manager at rateyourdive.com
Archaeological diving in Alexandria
The historic city of Alexandria is an interesting diving spot for fans of archaeological diving. Here you will find antique ruins such as the lighthouse, which used to rank among the world wonders in ancient times, but also a library, statues, pillars and much more. Getting to the buried antique centre of the city is only possible with guided tours. Alexandria is also a hot spot for lovers of wreck diving: Besides parts of Napoleon’s fleet which were sunk here, vestiges from the Second World War can be found (e.g. an airplane wreck) and antique ship wrecks.
Diving in Egypt at a glance
- Peak tourist season: All-year-round, September to November is the best time though due to the vegetation and temperature
- Appropriate for: All diving levels, from beginners to advanced, great diving safaris (liveaboards) are also possible
- Water temperature: 22 degrees (winter) to 28 degrees (summer)
- Entry requirement: The best way is to obtain a visa at the consulate (ca. 22 euros), and find out about possible travel warnings beforehand on the website of Foreign Office
- Particular diving experiences: Wreck diving, reef diving, archaeological diving, fascinating underwater world, snorkelling is also possible for beginners
- Duration of trip: 1 – 2 weeks, due to the short flying time (ca. 5 hours), but shorter trips are also possible
- Diving equipment: Can be rented on site in most cases
- Travelling: By plane to the tourist spots and continue from there with intercity buses. In the touristic regions, local transport is very good in most cases.
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