Liveaboard Diving in Red Sea

What To Expect On A Red Sea Liveaboard

Liveaboards in the Red Sea have long been a divers favorite destination offering amazing scuba diving with healthy, colorful reefs and abundant marine life. Egyptian liveaboards have provided divers from around the world with some amazing dive experiences on some of the world's best-known dive sites. Numerous liveaboard itineraries are available, which can visit remote reefs or wrecks from WWII.

The name 'Red Sea' is rumored to come from the seasonal blooms of red-colored algae that appear near the surface at certain times of the year. But despite its name, the waters are an amazing blue water destination boasting comfortable water temperatures throughout the year, superb visibility, and great dive conditions year-round. As some of the best dive sites are far from shore, a liveaboard dive cruise is the best way to visit the more remote areas of this region.

The Red Sea is a seawater inlet extending from the Indian Ocean and lies between Africa & Asia. It holds the title of one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth due mainly to its geological formation, leading to high evaporation levels. Due to the water's high salinity, divers should be aware that they will need to add extra weight to their normal amount to compensate for the extra buoyancy provided by these salty waters.

Whilst the Red Sea is primarily bordered by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, most diving liveaboards in the Red Sea offer diving safaris directly from Egypt, with multiple well-established tourist destinations located throughout the country from North to South. An Egypt dive safari on a liveaboard is the best way to see this amazing dive and snorkeling area.

Diving areas/regions can be split between North & South, with different dive trip itineraries offered in both areas.

Northern Red Sea

The northern area of the Egyptian Red Sea is a divers paradise, offering amazing dive cruises at world-famous dive sites such as the Straits of Tiran and Ras Mohammed National Park. If diving wrecks is your thing, then the SS Thistlegorm or Dunraven wrecks will surely be a must-do on your dive list. A dive liveaboard departing from Sharm El Sheikh, Safaga, or Hurghada is an excellent way to fully explore the different dive sites available.

Southern Red Sea

To the south awaits some fantastic dive opportunities away from the crowds for those visiting on a liveaboard dive trip. Dive sites that are only accessible by overnight dive safaris can be explored. With well-known sites such as Daedalus Reef, The Brothers, St. Johns, Elphinstone, and Fury Shoals, it will surely delight all divers. Most liveaboard itineraries that operate in this southern area will depart from either Port Ghalib (Marsa Alam), Hamata or Hurghada.

Getting There

Northern Red Sea - Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada have their own international airports, with various international airlines flying directly to them. These would be a more convenient arrival port for dive liveaboard departures. Cairo is the main International airport in Egypt and will also offer domestic flights to most areas within Egypt.

Southern Red Sea - Marsa Alam International airport to the south is used by some international airlines, mainly from Europe. It is located very close to Port Ghalib (Marsa Ghalib), so it is a perfect arrival port for liveaboard trips from this area. Domestic flights from Cairo are also available. Land transfers from Hurghada to Port Ghalib are also possible; the journey takes approximately 2.5 hours each way.


Red Sea Diving Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 368 Verified Reviews
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kiley S
  • United States United States

Overall good; lot of variety,Good

Diving Red Sea in November on the Emperor Superior

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Conor M
  • United States United States

Overall the diving in the Red Sea was great.

Diving Red Sea in November on the Red Sea Blue Force 3

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Stephen L
  • United States United States

A bit cold for me (I'm a Caribbean diver - so my being cold is not a spectacular remark). Some divers bring dry-suits, I settle for a 7 mm wetsuit. I like the Red Sea - there's always something to see on each dive.

Diving Red Sea in December on the Emperor Echo

  • 8.4 Very good
  • John A
  • United States United States

Our February trip was quite windy and cool, visibility was just okay, and water temp was 20-21C. But what can you do about Mother Nature?

Diving Red Sea in February on the Blue Planet 1

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Robert L
  • United States United States

Well, a bit disappointing compared to other well known dive spots (Raja Ampat, Alor, Cuba, etc. ). Coral is healthy but fish life is lacking. Best time for sharks is mid September to early December.

Diving Red Sea in March on the Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kevin B
  • United States United States

I was somewhat disappointed. I had seen pictures of beautiful colorful reefs and on our trip we saw very little of this. I was told the reefs are more to the south. Watch which direction your trip goes. I wished I had den some more research on this and made a better decision for such a long and expensive trip.

Diving Red Sea in November on the Blue

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Anthony M
  • United States United States

Didn't know the water could be so blue.

Diving Red Sea in October on the Snefro Spirit

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Peter G
  • United States United States

I've dove both northern and Southern routes. If I had to choose which was more enjoyable, the southern route comes out on top.

Diving Red Sea in March on the Emperor Asmaa

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • William F
  • United States United States

It was good, but would imagine it would be a great experience if better luck with wind conditions.

Diving Red Sea in April on the Snefro Pearl

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Pauline P
  • United States United States

Beautiful corals and easy shallow dives

Diving Red Sea in April on the Emperor Elite

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Maximilian S
  • United States United States

Average overall, reefs are not that good, so if there's no big fish, or a wreck, it could be a boring dive. If you've done any diving in Maldives or Asia, you won't be too impressed with reefs here.

Diving Red Sea in May on the Emperor Superior

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Maximilian S
  • United States United States

Average overall, reefs are not that good, so if there's no big fish, or a wreck, it could be a boring dive.

Diving Red Sea in May on the Emperor Echo

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Colin G
  • United States United States

Diving the Red Sea was great lots of life on the reef and corals are in great condition. Pay attention to what Wetsuit to bring at what time of year the Blue-O-Two guide was spot on. We dived in June with 5mm no hood and were comfortable

Diving Red Sea in May on the Blue Horizon

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Michael D
  • United States United States

Diving in the red sea was fantastic, lots of diverse coral and marine life, small schools of fishes and large marine life.

Diving Red Sea in July on the Blue Planet 1

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kris H
  • United States United States

Very Healthy, vibrant corals - soft & hard, warm

Diving Red Sea in July on the Sea Serpent Contessa

  • 9.2 Superb
  • David H
  • United States United States

Incredible as always for variety ! 26-28 degree water temps, low to moderate winds = smooth channel crossings

Diving Red Sea in August on the Blue Pearl

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Diane C
  • United States United States

A little different than I expected but beautiful coral gardens

Diving Red Sea in August on the Snefro Pearl

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Elizabeth P
  • United States United States

Loved all of the different fish, unbelievable coral formations and many Nemo sightings. Best place we have ever been to.

Diving Red Sea in September on the Blue

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Steven S
  • United States United States

Diving was very nice, but not our best experience. Water was warm enough so that a skin or 3 mil was all we needed. Visibility was okay but not great. No problem with current. Overall nice but not fabulous.

Diving Red Sea in September on the Blue Melody

  • 9.2 Superb
  • william G
  • United States United States

Rich coral and fish life - the best I have ever encountered

Diving Red Sea in October on the Blue Melody

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Jim B
  • United States United States

3/10. Coral good but lacking color. Plenty of small fish but nothing larger. Extremely crowded dive sights; best quote was "100 divers for every shark seen". Many time the bubbles from so many other divers prevented seeing the sharks. At one dive sight I saw ~50 divers descend from the surface right in front of me. You have to memorize your boat name because there could be 40 zodiacs at the dive sight when you surface.

Diving Red Sea in October on the JP Marine

  • 9.2 Superb
  • webster H
  • United States United States

rougher waters than expected. not as colorful as expected. water temperature perfect.

Diving Red Sea in October on the Blue Horizon

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Larry D
  • United States United States

The water was clear and a great place to dive.

Diving Red Sea in October on the Sea Serpent Serena

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Robert S
  • United States United States

The visibility was over 100 ft each day. This is my best week of diving and a new favorite destination

Diving Red Sea in November on the Emperor Elite

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Thomas R
  • United States United States

Best dives of my life--incredible light flowing through gorgeous hard and soft coral fields

Diving Red Sea in November on the Snefro Pearl

  • 5.6 Review score
  • Nico S
  • Belgium Belgium

Nice and warm and my 7mm was never too warm.

Diving Red Sea in May on the Emperor Superior

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Matevz C
  • Slovenia Slovenia

The diving in the North Red Sea was amazing and I am looking forward to now visit the South.

Diving Red Sea in August on the Ghani

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Maya K
  • Canada Canada

Not as much fish as I was expecting but I hear may/ June are the best months - we were at the end of the season ,I look forward to returning in high summer for the epic fish schools :)

Diving Red Sea in November on the Emperor Superior

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Agata P
  • Poland Poland

Good, but not world-beating like had been hyped on various sites / articles. That could be because we have been diving in the Philippines for four years. Nothing we saw compared to Tubbataha or Verde Island.

Diving Red Sea in December on the Blue Seas

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Robert K
  • Germany Germany

At between 21 to 24 degree celsius for this December trip, this was some of the „cooler“ diving we have done so far but it was well worth it and the dive sites were not as crowded as they can get during peak season.

Diving Red Sea in December on the Sea Friend

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Casper M
  • Denmark Denmark

Super great, I will make a tour to the south red sea after this great experience in the north

Diving Red Sea in January on the Emperor Elite

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mark W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

5 stars. Dolphins and coral in the north were incredible

Diving Red Sea in January on the Emperor Elite

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Pascal W
  • Switzerland Switzerland

always awesome to see the all kind of colores

Diving Red Sea in February on the Emperor Asmaa

  • 4.4 Review score
  • Cesar B
  • Brazil Brazil

Disappointing. No sharks or big animals at all. Specially because the package sold was specifically targeting diving with sharks.

Diving Red Sea in September on the Emperor Asmaa

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ralph G
  • Germany Germany

Good value for the money but nothing exceptional. Maybe we weren't lucky this time.

Diving Red Sea in September on the Golden Dolphin

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jean-Francois L
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Everything is wonderfull in the red sea !

Diving Red Sea in October on the Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Philipp A
  • Germany Germany

good temperature very good view

Diving Red Sea in November on the Blue Seas

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kevin K
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Only about 23 degrees and chilly on the surface with the wind, but very nice and good coral health.

Diving Red Sea in February on the Emperor Asmaa

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ramy H
  • Egypt Egypt

Extreme clear water with perfect marine life

Diving Red Sea in July on the Snefro Pearl

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Elena J
  • Germany Germany

I love diving the Red Sea - healthy coral and marine life

Diving Red Sea in August on the Emperor Echo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Javier G
  • Spain Spain

I loved it. Very colorful. I missed some more sharks and macro, though

Diving Red Sea in September on the Snefro Spirit

  • 8.0 Very good
  • daniel T
  • Israel Israel

beautiful reefs with a lot of colorful sea life

Diving Red Sea in September on the Snefro Pearl

  • 7.6 Good
  • Pieter M
  • Belgium Belgium

Like swimming in an aquarium

Diving Red Sea in October on the Tillis

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Yan Martin V
  • Denmark Denmark

The Red sea is always a pleasure to dive in, and the liveaboard experience just made it better.

Diving Red Sea in October on the Emperor Echo

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Benjamin B
  • France France

Great visibility and water temperature

Diving Red Sea in November on the South Moon

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • ELI A
  • Portugal Portugal

Nice dives, but we expected to see more sharks

Diving Red Sea in November on the Tillis

  • 7.6 Good
  • Petra V
  • Finland Finland

Amazing, great visibility and temperature, lots if marine life

Diving Red Sea in November on the Tillis

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • John B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Excellent, varied and beautiful

Diving Red Sea in November on the Blue

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Paola B
  • Italy Italy

Very colorful coral gardens

Diving Red Sea in November on the Blue

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Rahel L
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Good but we were not lucky to see any sharks or dugongs

Diving Red Sea in November on the JP Marine

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Raissa M
  • Switzerland Switzerland

I love it, there was as well current as easy diving

Diving Red Sea in November on the JP Marine

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Adil G
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

Amazing visibility and marine life

Diving Red Sea in November on the Blue Melody

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jonathan M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fantastic, excellent corals, but unexpectedly cold !!

Diving Red Sea in December on the Emperor Echo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Ekaterina Z
  • Russia Russia

Great but a bit cold especially during night dives , I think it could be more comfy starting from April to November.

Diving Red Sea in January on the Emperor Superior

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Margaret V
  • Canada Canada

Wonderful healthy growing reefs, lots of beautiful corals fish . Self guided but enjoyed Deano Jenkins and Oscan Gamal for guides and dive briefs.

Diving Red Sea in January on the Emperor Echo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Rob M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Diving was simple and quiet at this time of year with lots to see.

Diving Red Sea in February on the Blue Pearl

  • 9.2 Superb
  • martin T
  • France France

Wild life and environment is well protected and kept

Diving Red Sea in March on the Blue Adventurer

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Derek M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Healthy coral, many fish and life

Diving Red Sea in March on the Blue Seas

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Maxime C
  • Canada Canada

A little bit cold in march

Diving Red Sea in March on the Blue

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Richard D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

March is great for a bit of winter sun but a little early in the season really.

Diving Red Sea in March on the Blue

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ingemar H
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

Clear water, healthy corals,

Diving Red Sea in March on the South Moon

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Nasr A
  • Jordan Jordan

The Red Sea as usual is very charming, beautiful and highly recommended.

Diving Red Sea in March on the Sea Serpent Contessa

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Christian R
  • Switzerland Switzerland

great, but bad visibility in the north

Diving Red Sea in March on the Emperor Elite

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kobus M
  • South Africa South Africa

I was pleasantly surprised about the perfect health of the corals in the Red Sea

Diving Red Sea in April on the Red Sea Blue Force 2

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Bjorn E
  • Sweden Sweden

Not great visibility and a bit chilly (mid April) but still very good!,Not great visibility and a bit chilly (mid April) but still very good!

Diving Red Sea in April on the Blue Horizon

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Joanne T
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

good, less pelagics than previously sadly and quite a lot of dead coral :(

Diving Red Sea in April on the Sea Serpent

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Conchita H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

I don't think you can get better value for money diving anywhere else.

Diving Red Sea in April on the Sea Serpent Grand

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Roger A
  • Sweden Sweden

Fairly good given price and travel distance. Next time I will try the more southern part, closer to Sudan.

Diving Red Sea in April on the Red Sea Aggressor III

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Markus M
  • Germany Germany

There is not as much fish as it was back in the days, but still Egypt is very good value for money if it come to liveaboards. Just mind the tourist traps anywhre on land incl. bad divecenters.

Diving Red Sea in April on the Red Sea Aggressor III

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Tomas T
  • Sweden Sweden

At times overcrowded but the crew did a great job of managing the situation as good as possible.

Diving Red Sea in April on the Emperor Echo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Joel B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The red sea is rich in marine life with good visibility while warm. Love it!

Diving Red Sea in April on the Red Sea Aggressor III

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Alex J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Very pretty, lots of hard and soft corals and great marine life

Diving Red Sea in April on the Red Sea Aggressor III

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Axel R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Great but with less fish than before.

Diving Red Sea in May on the Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jean-Francois L
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Nice but a very windy week

Diving Red Sea in May on the Blue Storm

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • sdsd S
  • Afghanistan Afghanistan

Great overall, good value for money

Diving Red Sea in May on the Seawolf Felo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Dean T
  • Australia Australia

Visibility was amazing (20m+) but cooler than expected (24 degrees).

Diving Red Sea in May on the Snefro Pearl

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Daniel C
  • Mexico Mexico

Corals are well intact, you can spot nice life, be it big or small.

Diving Red Sea in May on the Emperor Elite

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Christian
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Still - after several Red Sea diving experiences - diving in the Red Sea is exciting! And: as THE responsibility of all of us - To be protected and preserved for future generations!

Diving Red Sea in June on the Tillis

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Goran M
  • Slovenia Slovenia

Corals are here healty and full of life.

Diving Red Sea in June on the Snefro Pearl

  • 6.0 Review score
  • Ella C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Red Sea is always great for diving although this time (in June) the water temp was lower than usual, so even a 3mm long wetsuit was a bit chilly at times, probably due to the full moon cycle churning things up

Diving Red Sea in June on the Blue Adventurer

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Ariel C
  • Taiwan Taiwan

Every trip we saw different things! And variety of diving spots too,Good

Diving Red Sea in July on the Blue Melody

  • 7.2 Good
  • mic D
  • Netherlands Netherlands

uiteraard kunnen ontmoetingen met manta's haaien etc. niet gepland en gegarandeerd worden, maar als ik mijn ervaringen met de rode zee afzet tegen andere liveboards ga ik de volgende keer ergens anders naar toe waar de kansen beter zijn.

Diving Red Sea in July on the Emperor Echo

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Clyde B
  • South Africa South Africa

Such great diving. Superb conditions, great viz, amazing sea life and incredible variety.

Diving Red Sea in August on the Snefro Pearl

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Gijs C
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Warm water, great visibility, lots and lots of fish and corals.

Diving Red Sea in September on the Grand Sea Serpent

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Francisco R
  • Spain Spain

Great (although not many big fishes)

Diving Red Sea in September on the Snefro Pearl

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jazz B
  • Canada Canada

I felt cold at 27 degrees. Getting a 5ml for next time.

Diving Red Sea in September on the Snefro Target

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Maximilian L
  • Germany Germany

Crowded, Diving is a real Mass tourism in the Red sea.

Diving Red Sea in September on the Emperor Asmaa

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Claire J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Wasn't as good as it has been. Missing the sharks, octopus and turtles

Diving Red Sea in September on the Snefro Pearl

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Florian S
  • Germany Germany

Das rote meer fasziniert mich immer wieder mit den beeindruckenden Riffen und der Vielfalt.

Diving Red Sea in September on the Blue Horizon

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ian M
  • Australia Australia

Good. Visibility and fish not. not as good as previous trips to the Straits of Tiran.

Diving Red Sea in October on the Snefro Pearl

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Igor
  • Russia Russia

Very colorful, a lot of marine life, warm 29-30C water in early-october

Diving Red Sea in October on the Emperor Elite

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Tim P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Great BUT The Red Sea needs help and a rota of boats is essential to allow reef recovery. More attention needs to be devoted to environmental preservation in the dive briefing. The golden goose of liveaboards will evaporate if more species such as the already missing garden eels disappear altogether

Diving Red Sea in October on the Blue Melody

  • 6.4 Review score
  • Nicola R
  • Italy Italy

It is an underwater paradise, I praise myself fortunate to have seen it.

Diving Red Sea in October on the Al Farouk II

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Gabriel C
  • Spain Spain

Beautiful well-preserved reefs all over.

Diving Red Sea in October on the Tillis

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Linda G
  • Germany Germany

Can only recommend - good vis and stunning reeves

Diving Red Sea in October on the South Moon

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Pau H
  • Spain Spain

Great. The colours, the life, the different kind of fishes.

Diving Red Sea in November on the Snefro Pearl

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Maria Jose O
  • Uruguay Uruguay

Amazing marine life and visibility, great weather in November.

Diving Red Sea in November on the Blue Melody

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Paul G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Overall very enjoyable! Some coral bleaching noticeable in relation to the last time I was there around 10 years ago

Diving Red Sea in November on the JP Marine

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Anastasiya D
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Always plenty of fish, turtle, lion fish, stingray. Group saw a shark 2 times!

Diving Red Sea in November on the Freedom III

  • 7.2 Good
  • Jerome R
  • France France

Warm water. Little chilly close to the coast but late in season.

Diving Red Sea in November on the Contessa Mia


Origin: US