The Red Sea separates Egypt and Saudi Arabia, flowing from the Indian Ocean through the Gulf of Aden. In Egypt if surrounds the Sinai Peninsula and Gulf of Aqaba.
Dotted with cruise and fishing boats, this historic stretch of sea is one of the world’s most popular diving sites. The protected coral reefs, good visibility, dive wrecks and rich variety of marine life attract snorkelers and divers from around the globe.
There are a number of popular dive sites in the Red Sea, including the Abu Talha huts, the islands south of Dahab, and the Light and the Point off Sharm el Sheikh. More than 20 sites are protected within Ras Mohammed Marine Park.
Look out for white-tip reef sharks, hard and soft corals, sea turtles, eels and angel fish.
The best way to hit the Red Sea running is on a diving tour holiday or excursion, including liveaboard trips.
Most big resorts have a dive center, with introductory dives, certification and advanced courses. You can rent all the equipment you need.