Liveaboard Diving in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has only recently started to open up to divers wanting to travel to the West coast of the Red Sea and explore what has previously been mostly unexplored reefs.

Whilst a relatively new destination on the scene for dive tourism liveaboard diving in Saudi Arabia can offer fantastic chances to dive in places not really touched by mass tourism.

Bordering the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia has an enviable position to offer divers wanting to be some of the very few who have seen the underwater world from this side of the Red Sea.

Dive Sites and Areas of Saudi Arabia

Currently, very few liveaboards are operating dive tours from Saudi Arabia, but a select few offer an exciting opportunity to dive new reefs, wrecks and islands. A few of the best places to dive are;

Farasan Island and Farasan Banks

Farasan Island located off the coast in the far South of Saudi Arabia is a dive hot spot not to be missed. Home to Farasan Banks, consisting of small reefs and a few islands, the diving here is not to be missed. With dive sites having a white sandy bottom and clear blue waters the marine life and corals here are very diverse. Large Gorgonian fans and walls of black coral can be seen here. Shark sightings are common including whitetip reef sharks, silky sharks, grey reef sharks and even hammerheads.


Yanbu is known as the ‘Pearl of the Red Sea’ and despite this port city having historical interest, it is also known as Saudi Arabia's diving capital. With access to dive areas such as the Seven Sisters Coral Reef boasting some of the best reef systems in the world, it hosts a reef wall, masses of healthy coral and is well known for its Hammerhead shark sightings. Yanbu is also a departure point for some Saudi Arabian liveaboard dive safaris.


Located along the Saudi coast between Jeddah and Yanbu, diving in Rabigh can offer great rewards. Amazing coral reefs with healthy numbers of marine life including barracudas, sea turtles and schools of jackfish.

Abu Galawa

Abu Galawa is part of the Seven Sisters Coral reef and is home to a famous Chinese World War II shipwreck as well as having amazing marine life and corals to explore.

How to Get There and Port of Departure

Flights to Jeddah are available from most international destinations and transfers to the ports of departure are usually arranged by the liveaboard. Popular ports of departure are Yanbu, Al Lith and Jeddah. Please check your chosen itinerary for full details of the departure port.

Saudi Arabia Diving Reviews

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An adventure that I would recommend to experienced divers only.

Diving Saudi Arabia in March on the Saudi Explorer

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