When to visit?
You can go scuba diving in the Red Sea at any time of year, although if you want to see whale sharks close up, which is one of its main attractions, you can only do so from the end of May until the end of July, in the northern area.
If you choose to visit, you have two routes to pick from: the north or the south. In the northern area lies Sharm el-Sheikh, one of the best destinations for scuba diving in the world, from where you can reach other places such as the Strait of Tiran or the Ras Muhammad National Park, where you’ll find everything from small coral reef fish to motorbikes and train engines. The latter two are part of the shipwreck of the Thistlegorm, which was sunk by the Germans in the Second World War and is today one of the favourite sites for scuba divers to explore. Another place where you can find shipwrecks is in Hurghada. There are several and from different ages which makes it awe-inspiring to float between so many different stories buried at the bottom of the sea, There are also coral reefs where bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, tuna fish, barracudas, and whitetip sharks swim.
The southern route is not as well-known as the northern one and is more focussed on professional scuba diving. It is famous for its coral reefs, which are better preserved than in the north. In Marsa Alam you can go in search of dugongs, sea cows, that can be found in seagrass meadows. From Marsa Alam you can also find other scuba diving points in the area, such as Elphinstone or Dolphin House, where people go snorkelling with the dolphins all year round. In the south there is also one of the most photogenic dives, in Shaa Claudia. Its caverns create a pattern of lights that are perfect for those who wish to document their experience on video.