13 Best Diving Sites in Egypt, As Ranked By Professional Divers

8 months ago By Konafa Team

 

You might be vaguely aware that Egypt has some good scuba diving spots, but are you aware just how good, or how many? DiveZone is a site dedicated to reviews of diving sites all over the world by professional divers, and Egypt nabbed all the best dive spots in the Red Sea. So basically the below spots should be an Egypt diving bucket list for any diver:

 

1. SS Thistlegorm Wreck

Credit: Dive The World

Location: 40 km from Sharm El Sheikh

Dive depth: Deep diving (25-40m)

Level: Advanced

The SS Thistlegorm was a British ship that was bombed by the Germans in 1941 during the second World War, off the Sinai peninsula. The wreck was discovered by Jacques Cousteau in the early fifties and until today you can see the wreckage, which includes cars, tanks, motorbikes, boots, army trucks and guns. 

 

2. Abu Nuhas Reef

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Location: El Gouna/Hurghada

Dive depth: Normal depth, 10-25m

Level: Inexperienced & advanced

Home of four different wrecks open to divers, and the water is relatively shallow so even inexperienced divers can reach the wrecks. 

 

3. Blue Hole

Credit: Easy Divers

Location: Dahab

Dive Depth: Very deep, 40+ metres

Level: Advanced

Beginner divers can stick to the shallow waters, but the depths (and arch) of the Blue Hole are dangerous, to the point that up to 30 divers die there a year. Definitely worth a dive, but be careful. Also great for snorkelers. 

 

4. The Brothers (El Ikhwa Islands)

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Location: Hurghada

Dive Depth: Deep (25 – 40m)

Level: Advanced

The Brothers/El Ikhwa Islands are two little islands off the coast of Hurghada. They’re known for their pristine coral and for being one of the best places in Egypt to dive with sharks. 

 

5. Elphinstone Reef

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Location: Marsa Alam

Dive Depth: Deep, 25-40m

Level: Advanced

This famous spot is known for its great drift drives, and you have a good chance of seeing oceanic Whitetip Reef sharks, Hammerhead sharks and sea turtles. 

 

6. Dolphin House Reef

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Location: Marsa Alam

Dive depth: Normal, 10-25m

Level: Inexperienced & advanced

Also known as Sha’ab Samadai, this offshore reef has a lagoon that’s home to a pod of Spinner dolphins. You can also swim and snorkel with the dolphins. 

 

7. Fury Shoals

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Location: Wadi Lahami, south of Marsa Alam

Depth: Normal, 10 – 25m

Level: Advanced

The Fury Shoals offer all kinds of dives: lagoons, fringing reefs, drop-offs, wrecks and Dolphin Reef (Sha’ab Sataya). 

 

8. Abu Dabbab

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Location: Marsa Alam

Dive Depth: Shallow,  0 – 10m

Level: Inexperienced and advanced

Home to Dennis and Dougal, two of Egypt’s very rare dugongs or sea cows. You can also see giant sea turtles and bizarre-looking guitar sharks. For more awesome spots in Egypt, check this

 

9. Rosalie Moller Wreck

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Location: 3 hours from Sharm El Sheikh

Dive Depth: Deep, 25 – 40m

Level: Advanced

The sister ship of the SS Thistlegorm; also sank after a German air attack in World War II. It was a coal ship, so it doesn’t have the artifacts that Thistlegorm had, but has hard and soft coral growing on its hull, so definitely worth a dive. 

 

10. Daedalus Reef

Credit: Dive Hurghada

Location: 80 km east of Marsa Alam

Dive Depth: Deep, 25 – 40m

Level: Advanced

Because this offshore reef is so remote, it’s pristine and teeming with marine life, including a variety of sharks (especially Hammerheads).  

 

11. Ras Mohammed

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Location: Ras Mohammed National Park (1 hour from Sharm)

Dive Depth: Normal, 10 – 25m

Level: Inexperienced and advanced, depending on where exactly you dive

This national park is full of diving spots: Yolanda Reef, Shark Reef, Anemone City, Jackfish Alley/Stingray Alley, Shark Observatory, Ras Ghozlani and Ras Zatar. Each has its own unique characteristics and dive flavor. 

 

12. Dunraven Wreck

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Location: 2 hours from Sharm el Sheikh

Dive Depth: Deep, 25-40m

Level: Advanced

The Dunraven was a British steamship on its way back from India, when it hit a reef and sank. It sank in 1876 but wasn’t discovered until almost 100 years later, in 1979. The ship is now in two pieces and settled on the seabed upside down. 

 

13. Kingston Wreck

Credit: Rea Sea Wreck Project

Location: 3.5 hours from Sharm el Sheikh

Dive Depth: Normal, 10 – 25m

Level: Advanced

This steamship hit the Shag Reef and sank in the Strait of Gubal in 1881. It sank in relatively shallow waller and the hull is still most intact and upright, making it a good shelter for marine life. 

 

Happy diving!

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