Scuba diving in Egypt's Red Sea invigorates divers as they navigate spectacular reefs, millions of brilliantly-colored fish and corals, or ancient wrecks.
Liveaboard Diving in the Egyptian Red Sea is spectacular, the land known for its ancient history, Pharaohs and Pyramids, is also a mecca for scuba divers and snorkellers. Wrecks, colourful corals and big fish abound but it's the off-shore sites only reachable by dive liveaboards which can provide the ultimate thrill and the best experience. Our Red Sea dive liveaboards offer a wide variety of itineraries to bring you to the best dive sites Egypt has to offer.
Departing on a Sharm el Sheikh Liveaboard or Hurghada Liveaboard mean you can dive into history at the wrecks of the SS Thistlegorm and Abu Nuhas combined with the stunning reefs in the Ras Mohammed Marine Reserve and the Straits of Tiran. From Hurghada or Port Ghalib our Red Sea liveaboards bring you to the Brothers Islands to offer amazing dive tours, most famous for their multitude of shark action, brightly coloured corals and anthias. You could spend a week at the Brothers Islands alone, but a 'Simply the Best' route to the Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone provides the opportunity to see Manta rays, Oceanic white tip sharks and the wonderful Anemone City. Some liveaboard dive safaris also stop at Marsa Alam where dugongs can be sighted. Explore the Deep South from Port Ghalib (Marsa Ghalib) with a dive safari to Fury Shoals, St Johns reefs or Rocky and Zabargad. Dive sites vary from steep walls to caverns and wrecks with plenty of pelagic action to be expected. The best Egypt liveaboards make it possible to dive these magnificent areas all year round though itineraries offered may vary with the seasons.
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The M/V Red Sea Aggressor is a 36.5m world class liveaboard yacht scheduling year round seven and ten day Egyptian diving cruises. Aboard Red Sea Aggressor, divers will swim among hammerheads, dolphins and abundant reef fish.
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- Free WiFi
The 37m Blue Seas luxury liveaboard features a varied itinerary, visiting all the best sits of Egypt’s Red Sea, from St. Johns, the Brothers, Elphinstone and Daedalus. All 12 cabins are deluxe.
- Free Nitrox
- Free WiFi
Dive the crystal waters of the Red Sea while aboard the 30m custom built MY Emperor Asmaa. This luxury liveaboard accommodates up to 20 guests and was completely refurbished in January 2015.Emperor Asmaa
Liveaboard Dive Trips in Egypt
Liveaboard.com hosts a wonderful variety of over 29 different liveaboard boats. Most of our boats are MV's motor vehicle yachts ranging from 22 meters to 40 meters in length. Our boats can host anywhere from 10 to 26 divers depending on the liveaboard yacht, with a choice of budget friendly up to luxury liveaboard. Electricity and internet connections are sometimes available, but are subject to additional fees depending on the boat.
Guests usually arrive the day or night before the departure from the port. The boats tend to depart from the ports very early in the morning so that guests can immediately enjoy their first 'check dive' with their dive guides, on a shallow, current free, yet stunningly beautiful reef dive, and can then expect 3-4 dives per day usially. The Red Sea is renowned for incredible underwater visibility and lush wildlife. It is very rare to be disappointed with any dive site in Egypt.
The check dive will allow the dive guide to gauge the experience and comfort level of the group and individual divers. This information will help the captain and crew to choose the best dive sites suited to the guests and the current weather conditions.
Guests can ask to visit specific dive sites, and most boat captains will do everything they can to oblige. Liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions. All dives and especially some wreck dives are subject to divers experience and weather permitting. Live aboard itineraries are dependent on the Egyptian government, coast guard and/or marine police approval. Every effort is made but liveaboards cannot guarantee diving at specific dive sites. The final decision lies with the captain and guide. Safety always comes first!
Dive Sites and Areas of Egypt
FURY SHOALS is located in Southern Egypt this area is best reached by liveaboard boat from Marsa Alam. This magnificent dive site has some of the most beautiful reefs in the Red Sea.
DAEDALUS is an amazing reef about 90 km southwest of Marsa Alam and is accessible by liveaboard boats. It surrounds a very small island with a lighthouse on it to warn passing boats that the water is very shallow. The reefs there are close to the surface and so offer a huge variety of wildlife in extra warm water. Perfect for diving and snorkeling.
ABU NUHAS or Shaab Abu Nuhas reef is in the Shadwan Channel, just off the northern coast of Shadwan Island. There are 5 shipwrecks excellent for wreck diving.
RAS MOHAMMED MARINE RESERVE is an underwater national park at the southern extreme of the Sinai Peninsula near Sharm el Sheikh. Completely protected from fishing and commercial activity, its reefs are glorious and untouched.
ELPHINSTONE reef is a 400 meter cigar-shaped reef located in the southern Red Sea, close to Marsa Alam. It was named after Admiral George Elphinstone, a 19th century British naval commander. Elphinstone reef is about 7 miles from the shore so it's best reached by liveaboard cruise.
ST JOHNS reefs are far removed from the coast of Egypt, not far from the Sudanese border. The St. Johns reefs cover an area of more than 290 square kilometers. This dive area can only be reached by liveaboard, but is more than worth the trip.
THE BROTHERS Islands are two small islands in the Red Sea near Egypt. The islands are Big Brother and Small Brother Island. Big Brother has a lighthouse on it and Small brother is located just under 1 mile to the south. The best way to reach the Brother Islands is by liveaboard cruise.
STRAITS OF TIRAN are located in Northern Egypt at the beginning of the Gulf of Aqaba and is one of the best dive areas in Egypt. Four amazing dive sites, Jackson reef, Woodhouse reef, Thomas Reef and Gordon reef make diving here on a liveaboard trip very special.
When to go
The best time to dive in Egypt is all year-round. With depths ranging from 5 meters (15 feet) to depths limited to recreational divers to even deeper dives for technical divers and visibility ranging from 15 meters (50 feet) to 70 meters (230 feet), Egypt diving season knows few limits. But be sure to take note of the currents, which could make for nice drift dives when planned properly. The water temperature in Egypt's Red Sea is 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) at its coldest and 30 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) at its warmest, which is like a soak in a bathtub of luxury with great visibility and underwater life.
Tips For Travellers
Minimum logged dives are required by some Red Sea liveaboards or on certain itineraries. Ensure you bring along your dive certification card and proof of dive experience (log books). Check dives are common on liveaboards and are often held on the first day.
The Red Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, so adjusting your weights to compensate for greater buoyancy will be necessary.
The official language of Egypt is Egyptian Arabic, but English is widely spoken by crew and guides on most liveaboards. The main currency is the Egyptian Pound, but Euros, UK Pound Sterling and US dollars are widely accepted or easily exchanged also.
Electricity voltage runs at 220-240 volts; the standard socket is EU-style two-pin. Remember to bring plug adaptors for your electrical gadgets. A step down transformer will be required for appliances that normally operate on 110-120volts (USA/Canada), to avoid serious damage. This will convert 220/240 volt electricity to 110/120 volts.
How to get there & Ports of Departure
Cairo is the main airport city of Egypt. But there are other airports closer to the liveaboard departure points. Marsa Alam airport, Sharm El Sheikh airport and Hurghada airport are the principle airports for liveaboard departures in Egypt.
There are many direct flights to these locations from all over the world. But many more flights will connect to the Cairo airport before flying to the final destinations.
Upon arrival to Egypt, all guests must pay an entry visa of $25.00 to the Egypt immigration service. Some liveaboards offer free transfers from the airport or hotel as a part of the liveaboard package deal.
However, when transfers are not included in the price, visitors can expect airport transfers to range from $10.00 to $70.00 depend on the airport and departure port.
SAFAGA PORT is a port town in Egypt and often the departure point for liveaboard cruises. Many dive sites are accessible from Safaga like Panorama reef, Salem Express, Gassous Bay and many more. The nearest arrival/departure airport to Safaga is Hurghada International.
HURGHADA is located on the Egyptian mainland at the mouth of the Gulf of Suez. It is the main gateway for liveaboard trips to both the northern and southern sections of Egypt's Red Sea. Hurghada has it's own International airport for liveaboard departures from this area.
SHARM EL SHEIKH is located on the Sinai Peninsula and overlooks the Straits of Tiran at the southernmost tip. Renowned for its beautiful reefs, and vibrant nightlife, it is a major tourist destination, liveaboard launch point and has its own International airport.
MARSA ALAM (Port Ghalib/Marsa Ghalib) is a town in south-eastern Egypt renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches. Sea turtles are extremely common near Marsa Alam so if you love diving with turtles, this is the place to visit. Flights are available directly to Marsa Alam International airport for liveaboard departures from this area.
There are also various marine park fees per person per day to consider. Some liveaboard boats will include these fees in the package while others will require guests to pay onboard. These fees are paid onboard the boat and may be paid by Visa, Mastercard, cash or travelers checks if they are not already included in the package deal (Please check what option is best for your chosen liveaboard).
Extra Marine Park Fees may be payable onboard for some liveaboard trips.
When traveling abroad most countries will require you to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after entering the country and also a return ticket to leave. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date you intend to enter. It's recommended that you check well in advance to arrange any necessary visa requirements for the country you intend to visit. See www.mfa.gov.eg for further information.
Please contact your doctor around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures. Make sure you arrange comprehensive travel/medical insurance before you travel.
Egypt Diving Reviews
Of my ca.500 dives around the world, I made about 250 in the red sea. And for me the red sea is the most beautifulDiving Egypt in June on the Blue Planet 1
Amazing. I REALLY want to go back! Great value for your money!!Diving Egypt in May on the Emperor Superior
in general much peaceful than i thought, especially in red sea area. very careful security check in the airport, even sun glasses go through X ray!Diving Egypt in May on the Emperor Superior
Good dive sites though water is a bit cold (in late May)Diving Egypt in May on the Red Sea Aggressor
One of the best places in the world to dive from EuropeDiving Egypt in May on the Red Sea Adventurer
The Liveaboard team organized several transfers to resorts around Hurghada for me at very short notice - thank you very much indeed!Diving Egypt in April on the Emperor Asmaa
Definitely one of the best places for diving.Diving Egypt in May on the Emperor Superior
I could write a book on my bad experiences with Egyptian customs, who confiscated my camera because it looked "too professional." I would urge visitors not to arrive into Egypt via Cairo but via Hurghada where they are more familiar with divers and their gear. As an American, I was pleasantly surprised how nice people were to me. (One shop owner expressed genuine happiness that some Americans had returned and said that he hadn't seen any in 5 years, since the revolution.) I would urge people that Egypt is perfectly safe for tourists and the Egyptian people are extremely friendly and welcoming. Egypt is inexpensive and the Red Sea diving is wonderful.Diving Egypt in May on the Seawolf Felo
Need to do more than this first timeDiving Egypt in April on the Sea Serpent
This was my 5th trip to Egypt for diving and it was BY FAR the best of them all. This trip will be extremely difficult, if not impossible to beat.Diving Egypt in April on the King Snefro 5
I really enjoyed the diving here! The water was clear, but cold (February). It wasn't over-run with divers. The vis was okay. The coral was incredibleDiving Egypt in February on the Snefro Pearl
perfect, coming back every yearDiving Egypt in February on the Red Sea Adventurer
the entire team are very friendly, professional and nice on board the Blue O Two - Red Sea Adventurer liveaboard.Diving Egypt in February on the Red Sea Adventurer
Can't fault it. Yea there are better places globally with more chances of seeing sharks, rays and wrecks but the proximity to the UK and value for money simply can't be beaten.Diving Egypt in December on the Emperor Elite
i would go there again definitely, it's great value for the money, visability is great, people were very nice, so was the wheather. there are very beautiful corals and lots of fish, including some sharks as promised in the itinerary =)Diving Egypt in November on the Red Sea Aggressor
Great country, It is safe and the people are welcoming. Prices are especially good because tourism is slightly down. I have travelled across the whole country never felt unsafe or threatened. Highly recommend a trip even if you are not diving.Diving Egypt in November on the Blue Planet 1
My top destination. Short flight + world class reef.Diving Egypt in November on the MY Seawolf Felo
The Egyptians are very kind and funny. I recommend visiting Egypt to everybody.Diving Egypt in November on the Emperor Superior
Amazing. Did enjoy it a lot!Diving Egypt in September on the Sea Serpent
Nice but I guess April / May or October / November is better for variety of marine life.Diving Egypt in September on the Emperor Asmaa
Especially at the moment and on a liveaboard unbeatable.Diving Egypt in September on the Blue Horizon Liveaboard
So beautiful I hardly recommendDiving Egypt in September on the MY Seawolf Soul
Great and excitingDiving Egypt in August on the Emperor Asmaa
Fantastic peopleDiving Egypt in August on the Emperor Asmaa
I loved it and would absolutely do it again! I also got my advanced open water diving certification here and highly recommend it.Diving Egypt in September on the Snefro Love
One of the best adventures I have ever been on! I am hooked can't wait for the next one Each site we went to just kept getting better and betterDiving Egypt in August on the Blue Fin Liveaboard
IT WAS AMAZING, INCREDIBLE. ME AND M SISTER WOULD DEFINITELY GO BACK ANY TIME SOONDiving Egypt in August on the Emperor Superior
It was very good, among the better dive sites with visibility at brothersDiving Egypt in July on the Red Sea Aggressor
Diving in Egypt was a great experience.Diving Egypt in July on the Red Sea Aggressor
The only thing that's bad about diving in Egypt is that it isn't closer and we can't do it more often!Diving Egypt in June on the Blue Seas Liveaboard