Liveaboard Diving in Red Sea

What To Expect On A Red Sea Liveaboard

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

The name 'Red Sea' is rumoured to come from the seasonal blooms of red coloured algae that appear near the surface at certain times in 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 actually a seawater inlet extending from the Indian Ocean and lays between Africa & Asia. It holds the title as one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth, due mainly to it's geological formation, leading to high evaporation levels. Due to the waters high salinity divers should be aware that they will most likely 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 operate directly from Egypt, with multiple well established tourist destinations located throughout the country from North to South. An Egypt dive liveaboard is certainly the best way to see this amazing dive and snorkelling 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, 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 either 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 both have their own international airports which have 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 and is located very close to Port Ghalib (Marsa Ghalib), so is a perfect arrival port for liveaboard trips leaving 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

  • 9.2 Superb
  • 126 Verified Reviews
  • 9.2 Superb
  • adam K
  • United States United States

i preferred the reefs closer to hurghada than the brothers. i found much more variety of wildlife on the reefs closer to shore

Diving Red Sea in October on the Seawolf Dominator

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Goran M
  • Slovenia Slovenia

Current is always issue but you MUST have experienced dive master who nows when and where to go.

Diving Red Sea in October on the King Snefro 6

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Saro T
  • Switzerland Switzerland

It was nice, I recommend it for those who'd like to see a lot of fish, soft corals and some awesome hard coral formation. There are a lot of swim throughs too. It is colourful and warm to dive (I used a 3mm shorty with a rashguard).

Diving Red Sea in September on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Dmitry M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Splendid as always - water was 30c+, would not recommend a 5mm even for a trip with over 30+ consecutive dives.

Diving Red Sea in August on the Nouran

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Stefano P
  • Italy Italy

Fantastic, clear waters, big pelagics, pristine corals, we loved it

Diving Red Sea in August on the Blue Fin

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Sujeong O
  • South Korea South Korea

It was great to dive in the Red Sea thanks to good visubility, mild current, variety grographical features, beautiful marine life, accessibility, warm underwater temperature and reasonable diving price.

Diving Red Sea in August on the Blue Melody

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Joel V
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Still one of the best locations to dive

Diving Red Sea in July on the Contessa Mia

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Michael G
  • United States United States

In the south, we did not have any close encounters with hammerheads since the water was too warm

Diving Red Sea in July on the Blue Horizon

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Marc D
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Interesting divesites nice wrecks no sharks

Diving Red Sea in July on the Red Sea Adventurer

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Douglas R
  • United States United States

A little sparce, but some interesting citing. Wreck lovers will enjoy!

Diving Red Sea in June on the Blue Planet 1

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Stefano P
  • Italy Italy

Red Sea diving is my absolute favorite, after having seen Central America and the Caribbean, Central Pacific, Mediterranean, Great Barrier reef, Maldives and Oman, this was by far the very best diving I have ever experienced.

Diving Red Sea in June on the Tillis

  • 9.2 Superb
  • david R
  • United States United States

I could not ask for better.

Diving Red Sea in June on the Excellence

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alex S
  • United States United States

Great area to dive and visit. Will certainly return.

Diving Red Sea in June on the Tillis

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Nicolai J
  • Denmark Denmark

The red offers really nice diving for all levels

Diving Red Sea in June on the Blue Melody

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • PRAPHAPHORN K
  • Thailand Thailand

Good if who like shark don't miss.

Diving Red Sea in June on the Tillis

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Annmarie C
  • United States United States

Overall good. Visibility was 50-75’ and a little disappointing. Had heard visibility was 100’ plus. Many reefs were heavily covered with silt. Some fish species were quite large, e.g. Napoleon Wrasse, Moral eels, which were fun to see. There were lots of colorful tropical fish and a high concentration of Crocodile Fish were seen. After hearing many accolades from other divers and reading about great diving in the Red Sea, I was a bit underwhelmed with the variety of species. After 10 dives (including 2 night dives) I did not see a single crustacean, shark or turtle.

Diving Red Sea in May on the King Snefro 5

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kaylan M
  • United States United States

Brilliant - amazing visibility most of the time!

Diving Red Sea in February on the Emperor Superior

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andreas H
  • Germany Germany

Great even in winter - a 5mm will do. Not very busy this time of the year, so great if you don’t fancy queuing up underwater to see an eel or an anemone

Diving Red Sea in December on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Basim J
  • Canada Canada

Very pleasant relaxing dives.

Diving Red Sea in December on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Sonny C
  • United States United States

Always a beautiful way to spend a day in your life

Diving Red Sea in June on the Emperor Superior

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Giovanni C
  • United States United States

Memorable to say the least!

Diving Red Sea in April on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jos G
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Perfect. Beautiful divespots.

Diving Red Sea in October on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Marc F
  • France France

Very nice destination for divers who wouldn't travel too far from Europe to live good experience underwater...

Diving Red Sea in September on the Emperor Asmaa

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Paulo A
  • Brazil Brazil

Really nice, very nice water

Diving Red Sea in September on the King Snefro 5

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Vladislav P
  • Germany Germany

Great combination of wrecks, coral reefs and dolphins

Diving Red Sea in August on the Blue Pearl

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Nasr A
  • Jordan Jordan

Diving in the Red Sea is just amazing, one of the greatest diving spots in the world that any diver should have.

Diving Red Sea in August on the Excellence

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kathleen P
  • United States United States

Amazing! A dream come true

Diving Red Sea in July on the Miss Nouran

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sang L
  • United States United States

Excellent and beautiful as i had imagined.

Diving Red Sea in July on the Red Sea Adventurer

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ian J
  • Australia Australia

Clear water, barely any current, lots of small colourful fish.

Diving Red Sea in June on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ian J
  • Australia Australia

Diving was good with virtually no current, clear seas and plenty of things to see.

Diving Red Sea in June on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Annika A
  • Germany Germany

First time there, so I didn't expect to see lots of big stuff. But still we saw few hammerheads and oceanic white tip. The coral formations are amazing and visibilty pretty good.

Diving Red Sea in May on the Emperor Elite

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Frank U
  • Germany Germany

Wonderful and colorful as always

Diving Red Sea in May on the King Snefro 5

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sergey Z
  • Russia Russia

Visibility is perfect, weather is fine, sea life is beautiful

Diving Red Sea in May on the Emperor Superior

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jonathan B
  • United States United States

In general, I would summarize the Red Sea as beautiful reefs and anthias. These are some of the prettiest reefs I have seen anywhere in the world (and I have been virtually everywhere, from the arctic to the antarctic and everywhere in between.). The reefs have all the color of Raja Ampat except with super clear water. The down side is that it is rare to see anything larger than a shoebox. A single whitetip reef shark sitting in a hole is a big deal. This is not the place to come for "big stuff."

Diving Red Sea in May on the Seawolf Felo

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrei P
  • Sweden Sweden

Wonderfull. Great sea life and fauna. Although Egypt doesn't take care of the reefs as it should.

Diving Red Sea in March on the Emperor Elite

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Peter S
  • South Africa South Africa

Love it - the water could have been a little warmer but it was such a great experience that didn't matter

Diving Red Sea in March on the Emperor Superior

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • ELI A
  • Israel Israel

Amazing dives. I've already done a number of safaris in the Red Sea

Diving Red Sea in March on the Blue Melody

  • 9.2 Superb
  • stefan D
  • Switzerland Switzerland

great as always, perfect visibility

Diving Red Sea in February on the Red Sea Adventurer

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Frances D
  • United States United States

scuba diving in the Red Sea is always beautiful. many fish and beautiful coral. i think i saw one piece of plastic the entire week i dived.

Diving Red Sea in February on the Red Sea Adventurer

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Adrian R
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Nice and diverse, but not a lot of "big stuff" in February.

Diving Red Sea in February on the Snefro Pearl

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Garion K
  • South Africa South Africa

Fantastic. Visibility, water temp, fish life, coral life.

Diving Red Sea in December on the Blue Seas Liveaboard

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Andrew J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

No place better within 5 hours of the uk

Diving Red Sea in December on the Emperor Elite

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Julia R
  • Germany Germany

Really nice, we saw many beautiful coral gardens, visability is great. as promised, there are also some big things like sharks to see =)

Diving Red Sea in November on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • John G
  • Denmark Denmark

The visibility in the red sea is the best I have seen.

Diving Red Sea in November on the King Snefro 5

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Frances D
  • United States United States

Diving in the Red Sea is great. Water had good visibility. The dive guide always seemed total me to places that were amazing.

Diving Red Sea in November on the MY Seawolf Dominator

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sabrina H
  • Germany Germany

in general a good place for diving. A lot of beautiful corals, and clean.

Diving Red Sea in November on the Snefro Love

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Stephane M
  • Canada Canada

Very nice corals and small fishes! Many sharks, especially oceanic white tip, and hammerheads in Daedalus.

Diving Red Sea in October on the MY Seawolf Dominator

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Patrick H
  • Germany Germany

Best time currently as not too many boats were cruising

Diving Red Sea in September on the Blue Horizon Liveaboard

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jason W
  • United States United States

Diving in the Red Sea was lovely. There are many things to see in such close proximity: vast coral gardens, tons of varieties of fish, wrecks, walls, large marine animals (mantas, rays, Dolphins, turtles, etc)

Diving Red Sea in September on the Snefro Love

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • John F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

As expected, utterly brilliant!

Diving Red Sea in August on the Blue Fin Liveaboard

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Qais M
  • United States United States

Best I have ever done , warm and exceptional viability

Diving Red Sea in August on the Blue Fin Liveaboard

  • 9.2 Superb
  • mohammad M
  • Kuwait Kuwait

Very good & good locations

Diving Red Sea in August on the King Snefro 5

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Kenneth Broberg F
  • United States United States

Some of the dives are amazing! been many places. Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Borneo, Egypt, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, US, Brazil and colombia, panama, cuba all been doved.

Diving Red Sea in July on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ozgur T
  • Canada Canada

We like very much our dive axperience in Red Sea

Diving Red Sea in July on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jasper O
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Great experience and will have to come back and do it again.

Diving Red Sea in July on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • James D
  • United States United States

Amazing! Better than I remembered. The visibility was amazing and the variety of life superb!

Diving Red Sea in June on the Blue Seas Liveaboard

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marc B
  • Netherlands Netherlands

As I expected. I know the Red Sea for some years but then the Tiran and Rad Mohamed area. This was my first trip to Brothers. Was amazing.

Diving Red Sea in June on the Blue Pearl Liveaboard

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Thibault B
  • France France

Very good, the coral is still beautiful.

Diving Red Sea in May on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Genevieve G
  • Canada Canada

Amazing Visibility. Lots of life and things to see.

Diving Red Sea in April on the Snefro Pearl

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alexander J
  • United States United States

Coral and reef life was gorgeous. A bit colder than expected

Diving Red Sea in March on the Blue Fin Liveaboard

  • 7.2 Good
  • QIAN B
  • China China

Not the right season. So it is just ok.

Diving Red Sea in February on the Red Sea Adventurer

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Annette E
  • Norway Norway

Beautiful corals and small stuff, also exciting wrecks

Diving Red Sea in December on the Emperor Asmaa

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • BARBARA B
  • United States United States

Most beautiful place I have ever dove

Diving Red Sea in December on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Corinne K
  • France France

Impressive and dramatic seascapes full of beautiful colors. Not as much life as expected though and some dive sites not so intersting. But I overall really enjoyed the trip and most of the divings.

Diving Red Sea in December on the Red Sea Aggressor

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Hazleen Z
  • Malaysia Malaysia

Diving over Christmas was amazing, cold-ish water, but there was plenty of sun when we got out of the water. Stay out of the wind though! Do bring your fleece!

Diving Red Sea in December on the Blue Melody

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Catherine R
  • Canada Canada

Excellent ! Lots of fishes and corals. I saw only two leopard shaks and few turtles but all the other beautiful creatures I saw compensated amply !

Diving Red Sea in October on the Snefro Love

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • nils peter G
  • Denmark Denmark

Fantastic visibility and wildelife.

Diving Red Sea in May on the King Snefro 6

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Some of the best I've experienced. Sadly the time of year led to the absence of some of the biodiversity but most dives held something special to see.

Diving Red Sea in February on the Emperor Asmaa