The undersea world is a myriad of colours and wonderfully alien-looking fish – and Egypt’s Red Sea has some of the clearest waters, formidable coral structures and diverse marine life you’ll find anywhere on the planet.
Combine that with some year-round sunshine, easy-peasy access from the beach and great value for money and you’ve found a top place to learn how to dive.
Want to know more? Here’s our expert’s top tips:
What You’ll See in the Sea
Recommended areas to dive
Sharm el Sheikh – the biggest resort on the Red Sea, there’s no end of luxurious resorts to pick from, accommodation wise. And should the coral reefs tempt you away from the all inclusive bar we’ve heard good things about these dive schools:
- Ocean College Have a confined water area so you can try out how it feels to breath underwater there if you’re not confident about open water diving. They offer a one-day Discover Scuba Diving class from £55 per person or get your PADI Open Water Diver qualification from £195 per person.
- Red Sea College just one day to explore the Red Sea? This school have a Discover the Red Sea course that will teach you the basics of diving in the morning, followed by a dive in their house reef in the afternoon with your instructor. Cost from €95 per person.
Hurghada – Further south than Sharm, Hurghada offers plenty of resorts with direct access into the Red Sea corals – sometimes as simple as a pier into the water.
- Diving World Red Sea offer a two-day introductory diving course which includes one day in a dive boat, being taken to one of the more remote dive sites. Prices from €150.
Marsa Alam – This smaller resort is one of the best to come to if you want to try the diving on the Red Sea’s south-eastern coast. It’s also home to the Dolphin House Reef, where you may spot Spinner dolphins.
Protests in Egypt have been hitting the headlines and whilst the diving areas along the South Sinai and Red Sea coast remains peaceful, you should still remember to check the FCO advice before you travel.
Words of wisdom for first time divers
5. You can’t fly for 24 hours after diving – so fit it in early in your holiday
4. Its important to pick an instructor you trust – especially when you’re learning
3. Don’t drink and dive. Being hungover underwater is not a nice feeling.
2. Breathing through apparatus will feel odd at first. Relax and breathe slowly – you’ll feel calmer and use up less oxygen!
1. You’ll be taught how to communicate underwater before your first dive, but grasp the difference between these two quickly, or else you’ll end up with some very short dives after giving your mates the thumbs up.