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Diving in Sharm El Sheikh

The Sinai Peninsula Dive Sites

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...Good for: Wrecks, value-for-money, wall dives, underwater photography, drift dives and visibility...
...Not so good for: Small animals...

The historic peninsula of Sinai lies at the extreme northern end of the Red Sea, cut off on its west coast from the Egyptian mainland by the Gulf of Suez, and from the Arabian peninsula on its east coast by the Gulf of Aqaba. This area has had a rather bloody past but that doesn't stop scuba divers flocking to see this underwater wonderland now.

Located quite close to the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is the most popular dive destination in the Red Sea and is the departure port for many liveaboard safaris around the peninsula and the northern Red Sea, as well as for diving day trips from the local holiday resorts. Show more

Dive Site Descriptions

Dunraven Wreck - The 80m long Dunraven steamship was built in Newcastle, England in 1873. In March 1876, on her voyage up the Suez from India to the UK, she ran on to the reef and stuck fast off Shaab Mahmoud, south of Sharm El Sheikh. The crew worked frantically for 14 hours to dislodge her but she capsized and sank to the seabed at 30m with her cargo of cotton and wool. The crew were eventually rescued by local fishermen. The wreck was only rediscovered in 1979. Show more

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How to Dive the Sinai Peninsula

For more information on your diving options, and all the other travel information you might need to visit Sharm El Sheikh and the Red Sea, view our:

Some Red Sea liveaboard trips out of Sharm El Sheikh take in the best of the Sinai Peninsula diving region, from the straits of Tiran across to Ras Mohammed and the Thistlegorm. Other Sinai liveaboard itineraries focus on the southern section of the peninsula and the wrecks of northern Hurghada. Fully-inclusive liveaboards are highly cost-effective and minimise travel time between sites.

Day trips from Sharm El Sheikh will visit the local dive sites, as well as the Straits of Tiran, Ras Mohammed, the Thistlegorm, the Dunraven, and even up to the Blue Hole at Dahab. Day trips are good for those that prefer to sleep on land, but daily travel times can be as long as 3 hours each way. Note: we have currently suspended our our daytrip options.

For the ultimate Red Sea holiday of a lifetime, why not combine your dive trip with a tour to discover the historical sights of Egypt? You can take an overland tour of Cairo or a Nile River cruise: Egyptian antiquity tours.

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Diving Season

It is possible to dive Sharm El Sheikh all year round. Water temperatures in the Sinai Peninsula peak at 27-28°C during July to September. After the European summer the temperatures fall from 27-25°C in October and November. They continue downward from December to January, before reaching an annual low of 22°C in February. The water warms up again from 23-26°C between March and June. Air temperatures follow a similar pattern with an average of 35-38°C in the summer and 22-24°C in the November to February winter period.

October and November are peak season for scuba diving in Egypt with what could be described as 'low season' being the winter months of December to January, when the surface can become choppy. This can bring the otherwise excellent winter visibility down a little and even make some of the sites inaccessible.

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Where is Sharm El Sheikh and How Do I Get There?

Review our maps below of the Sinai region and its host country Egypt. Here, you will find information on how to get to Sharm El Sheikh.

Map of the Sinai Peninsula (click to enlarge in a new window) Map of Egypt (click to enlarge in a new window)

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Reef Summary

Depth: 5m - >40m
Visibility: 20m - 30m
Currents: Gentle - moderate
Surface conditions: Generally calm
Water temperature: 22°C - 28°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: ~40
Recommended length of stay: 1 week

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