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Liveaboard Diving in Safaga
What to Expect on a Safaga Liveaboard
Safaga is a port town in Egypt, just south of Hurghada on the Northern Red Sea coast. Due to the remoteness of the best dive sites in this area it is best dived by liveaboard.
What Can You See
Diving around Safaga is included in numerous Red Sea liveaboard itineraries so you can enjoy unspoiled reefs and wreck dives. One of the signature sites of the Safaga region is the wreck of the Salem Express passenger ferry, which sank on a return journey from Mecca. Though there was tragic loss of life and as such exploration of the interior has been restricted, the wreck is still of historical interest and has attracted a variety of marine life from schooling snapper to network pipefish. Sha'ab Saiman is another excellent dive site with its pristine and exciting reef, full of bright corals harboring sweetlips, batfish, snappers, jacks and tunas. Other dive sites in the area may include Panorama Reef, Middle Reef, Ras Abu Soma or Abu Kifan.
Due to its exposure, this area is not always possible to dive by day boat, thus a liveaboard trip gives you a fabulous opportunity to dive here. Our Red Sea liveaboards itineraries which include Safaga depart from Hurghada - look for northern itineraries such as 'Simply the Best' or a 'Wreck Special' from our liveaboard trip listings.
Best time to go diving in Safaga
Safaga is known to have proper conditions all year round, but it might be better to wear a wetsuit in the end of winter (February/March) due to a relatively low water temperature, even though the winters are comfortably warm. Pre-autumn (August/September) on the other hand has the warmest water temperature; around 28°C. As far as seeing underwater goes, expect a constant 22 meters visibility.
Whilst a port town in its own right, not many liveaboards depart directly from Safaga, instead, they choose the more established departure port of Hurghada to the North. Hurghada has it's own international airport and also has domestic flights to/from Cairo.
Safaga Diving Reviews
- 9.4 Superb
- 25 Verified Reviews
The wreck was eerie, beds lying around, everything untouched.
Diving Safaga in June on the Emperor Echo
check dive near to Safaga, found ornate ghost pipefish.
Diving Safaga in May on the Emperor Superior
It was great. Visibility was not the best but we really enjoy it
Diving Safaga in May on the Sea Serpent Contessa
There were some beautiful spots, but the middle reef was not a good dive site. The reef was basically dead.
Diving Safaga in September on the Sunshine
Salem Express was breath taking, panorama city was great.
Diving Safaga in March on the Sea Serpent Contessa
It is a very rich reef, many fish, nice colours, good dives. Although there should be a way to replace this dive with one more in Elphinstone.
Diving Safaga in May on the Sea Serpent Grand
Nice coral gardens & pinnacles. Not my highlight but still nice dives
Diving Safaga in February on the Blue Horizon