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Red Sea Diving
One of the beaches at Sharm El Sheik

The Red Sea, where the desert meets the ocean, is truly one of the planet's most exotic and fascinating natural seascape environments.

The Red Sea is located between Asia and Africa. At its most northerly point forms the Sinai Peninsula and stretches over 1000 miles south to join the Indian Ocean, between Ethiopia and Yemen. In the north and west are desert plains, while in the south a mountainous region (2642 meters high), which is part of the mountain range stretching from deep in Saudi Arabia, across the Sinai and then into Nubia of the African continent.

The Red Sea holds beneath its crystal blue surface an oasis of living creatures, reefs, and coral formation. Its use as a highway between East and West has attracted man since the beginning of time.

INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS

For world class diving there is not much to beat the Red Sea . It is internationally treasured for the spectacular walls, game fish, corals and collection of shipwrecks depicting marine navigation over the last fifty years. One of the most famous wrecks is that of the SS Thistlegorm, which lies with it's full cargo of military vehicles and supplies in sailing position on the sea bed. The Red Sea has superb visibility and the perfect conditions give the impression of being suspended in mid-air rather than underwater. This is ideal for underwater photography, where the spectacular corals and azure sea act as a perfect backdrop.

Best time to go for diving

The main season corresponds with the European summer (May to October). The water temperature varies little, ranging from 22 c in winter, to 26 c in summer. The scarcity of rainfall in this area, and the fact that no major river drains into the Red Sea , means that little sediment enters the water. This ensures exceptional visibility year round.

Water temperature and visibilty

Water temperature average around 24 c during the Winter months (September - January) and 26 c during the Summer Months (April - August) A three-millimeter wet-suit is fine for diving, some people use a lycra suit only. Visibility reaches 60 meters when the water is clear and there have been no rains. Visibility drops down to about 30 meters due to plankton blooms during the spring seasons.

Climate

The weather is predictably dry, sunny and warm most of the year with very little rainfall. The winter temperatures are similar to the European spring, (November through to April). June ,

July and August are rather hot, but the evenings are refreshingly cooler due to the desert breezes that blow into the Nile Valley . October to May are the colder months were the temperatures may range from 20-05 C.

Clothing

Light clothing in summer and slightly warmer clothes are recommended for the winter and cooler evenings.

Health Requirements

Malaria medication is recommended in the Nile Delta. Other than that please ensure that you have adequate supplies of whatever medication you require. DRINK BOTTLED WATER ONLY!

Voltage

220 Volts AC, 50Hz.

Miscellaneous

  • Take lots of suntan lotion.
  • Please stay within the restricted depth area which you are qualified to dive. Any dive qualification is accepted, just take proof of your qualification and your log book.
  • Diving courses and resort courses are offered by most dive schools but with the current rand/ dollar exchange rate the prices are astronomical.