From one of the world’s best wreck dives to tornadoes of schooling fish, there is plenty for advanced scuba divers to love about Sharm El Sheikh. The Red Sea’s spectacular visibility makes marine life easy to spot, while Sharm’s strategic position means there are wrecks aplenty to explore. Here are some dive options.
The SS Thistlegorm sank during World War II carrying a diverse cargo of war materials—most of which are still preserved onboard. A dive into its holds yields the eerie spectacle of Norton motorcycles and trucks surrounded by marine life, while locomotives are still visible on the sand. The overhead environment makes this a challenging dive.
Straits of Tiran
Often beset by swirling currents, the Straits of Tiran are home to four distinct reefs—Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas, and Gordon—all with pristine coral. Thomas Reef offers schooling fish, a coral wall, and even the occasional shark, while a number of wrecks can be dived when conditions permit.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Closer to Sharm El Sheikh than the Straits of Tiran, Ras Mohammed National Park holds a wealth of dive sites. Shark and Yolanda Reef are a popular combo, both for the vibrant coral and the surreal sight of bathroom fittings from a wreck littering the sand. Other top sites include Jackfish Alley, Anemone City, and Ras Zatar.
Ras Umm Sid
Sharm El Sheikh’s signature advanced dive sites, including Ras Umm Sid, require a substantial boat journey from the city proper. Ras Umm Sid delivers a gorgeous landscape of gorgonian sea fans, pretty coral, and fluttering reef fish, plus the chance of big pelagics—all within shouting distance of the lighthouse.