If you dream of unspoiled sea life and virgin dive sites located far from the beaten path, a liveaboard dive holiday to Yemen is exactly what you’re looking for.
Yemen's Red Sea is considered one of the best diving regions in the world. The islands dotting the coasts of Yemen offer some of the most abundant & varied marine life to be found. Warm, clear waters and virgin seascapes make this a superb diving adventure. Liveaboard.com offers great itineraries on the best Yemen liveaboards. Board a Yemen diving cruise to the remote Zubair islands, located 60 km from Yemen's northwest coast in the Red Sea. A chain of uninhabited volcanic islands, this is a relatively unexplored location. Shipwrecks serve as beautiful underwater habitats for abundant marine life and the black volcanic rock is encrusted with brilliant corals and sponges. It is not uncommon for scuba divers to encounter large manta rays, sharks and other pelagic fish at Quoin Rock and Shark Shoal. There is also a variety of macro reef life including nudibranchs, tiny crabs and shrimps. Off the southern coast of Yemen, in the Arabian Sea, lies Socotra Island. The majority of scuba diving in this area is drift diving along sheer walls, coral gardens, virgin reefs and historic shipwrecks. Over 200 species of dazzling hard and soft corals thrive to create spectacular underwater scenery. This seascape attracts giant groupers, black tip sharks, dolphins, barracuda, monkfish, rays, and over 600 other species of fish. Socotra Islands is the ultimate Yemen sea safari adventure. As a country only recently opened to international travelers, Yemen's liveaboard diving offers dive enthusiasts a rare opportunity to visit sites never before seen. It is likely that you will encounter no other vessels on many of your dives and therefore, have the fish all to yourself.
Scuba diving can be done year round in Yemen. However, it is best to consider the monsoon season of each region. As such, visibility can range from 10-40 meters. Water temperatures average 25C in the winter and 26C during the summer. Surface temperatures average 15C (winter) and 34C (summer).