Red Sea snorkelling, ship wrecks and reefs

Aside from its ancient civilisation and world-famous pyramids, Egypt’s Red Sea Region is one of the country’s biggest attractions. Crowds flock here to enjoy some of the world’s most unique diving spots, explore intricate coral reefs that teem with marine life and take advantage of the impressive wrecks that adorn the sea floor.

Most hotels provide a jetty if you’re keen to discover the underwater reefs for yourself. You’ll also find some of the best areas for diving in Makadi Bay, Sahl Hasheesh Bay and Soma Bay.

Finding Nemo at Ras Mohammed National Park

Egypt’s first marine national park, Ras Mohammed, is located 12 kilometres from the popular resort of Sharm El Sheikh with the journey time to dive sites averaging an hour.

Explore a WWII ship at SS Thistlegorm

The four-hour journey from Sharm El Sheikh to the SS Thistlegorm dive site will immediately be worth it as you explore one of the best wreck dive sites in the world. This former British transport ship sunk in 1941 after a German air attack, and the impressive 128-metre-long vessel now sits 30 metres below the water’s surface.

Learn to dive in Hurghada

The region of Hurghada is steadily growing in popularity with divers and is now considered a top Red Sea getaway. Many tour operators offer day trips to nearby reefs and islands, including the Giftun Islands where you can observe beautiful coral gardens with a snorkel.