The Red Sea is definitely one of my favorite places to dive. It has terrific beaches, crystal water and colorful corals. The average watertemperature is between 23 and 30 degrees celcius. The Red Sea region enjoys a lot of sunny days and is perfect for relaxing, diving/snorkeling and desertsafari’s.
The Red Sea is a rich and diverse ecosystem. More than 1200 species of fish have been recorded in the Red Sea, and around 10% of these are found nowhere else. There are also 200 soft and hard corals. The moment you put your head in the water, you will be amazed and feel like you are swimming in an aquarium.
It’s a shame if you visit the Red Sea region and don’t explore the underwaterworld either by diving or snorkeling. The most reknown divesites are Ras Mohammed, SS Thistlegorm (shipwreck), Elphinstone Reef, The Brothers, Daedalus Reef, St.John’s Reef, Rocky Island in Egypt. These coastal reefs are visited by pelagic species of Red Sea fish, including sharks.
Dolphins, dugongs, turtles and sharks
There are so many beautiful creatures in the Red Sea, the list is endless. The bigger animals like turtles and dolphins make always an impression when spotted. But also the smaller seacreatures like shrimps and nudibranch are worth looking for.
Where and when to look?
There isn’t a specific time or place where animals show up, you always have to be lucky and have a good eye if you’re look for the smaller stuff. I usually go early in the morning aroud 6.30 am or near the end of the day around 4.30 pm but that doesn’t mean I see great things all the time. Key is to be in the water as often as possible on different times. If you are lucky enough to encounter a turtle or dugong, stay calm, watch them and don’t touch.
In Egypt there are places called Dolphin House and Satyah where encounters with dolphins are more likely. Want to see a dugong? There is a resident one at Mubarak (Turtle) Bay next to The Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort. in Marsa Alam, Egypt.
Where to stay?
There is a variety of hotels, mostly all-inclusive and special diving accommodation. You can also choose to spend your holiday on a liveaboard luxury boat including all meals and with a lot of diving on some of the best and more remote locations. The Red Sea is great all year round but it can be a bit colder around November till March. The Red Sea is perfect if you want to start with a divingcourse!
We stayed in the Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort and found it perfect. Great housereef, Mubarak Bay at a walking distance, a beautiful tropical garden, relax beach, divecentre and good food. Ofcourse it would be a different experience for everyone but I can highly recommend it.