For any diving enthusiast, a liveaboard Red Sea diving trip in Egypt should be on your bucket list. If you have never been it is the ultimate diving vacation. A liveaboard diving trip is all about diving and meeting new people. No makeup necessary, no formal clothes needed for going out. All the clothing you will need are some swimwear, a few tanks or tee shirts, a sarong (for women), and a good pair of flip flops. Unless you choose a liveaboard that makes port stops, anything else will just stay in your suitcase.
Red Sea Diving Safari
What makes the Red Sea so special for scuba divers? Several things make this a unique diving region. The low amount of rainfall for this area of the world where the desert meets the sea lends to its elevated level of salinity and temperatures. Diving is a year-round activity on the Red Sea, though June through September offers the best weather conditions. Air temperatures range from 21-40°C/70-104°F, while sea temperatures range from 21-30°C/70-86°F. Visibility underwater should be 50 meters at worst and up to 200 meters. There are areas with no current and areas with strong currents. You do not want to dive without a guide knowledgeable of the region. Egypt has a rich history dating back centuries amid modern cities. The Red Sea has some of the world’s greatest shipwrecks and coral reefs. Whether you choose a trip in the Northern or Southern portion you won’t be disappointed.
Northern Red Sea Scuba Diving
For the scuba diving history buff the experience of a lifetime could be the Northern Red Sea. You do not want to miss the smorgasbord of shipwrecks offered in this locale including the Dunraven (wrecked on a huge rock in 1876 in route to Bombay) and SS Thistlegorm (gunned down by German bombers in 1941). Even a beginning diver can experience the shipwreck Giannis D. In April 1983, the Giannis D hit the threshold of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef. It was stuck there for two weeks before a storm tore the ship in half. These are only a few examples. Due to storms, strong winds, and swift currents, ships have been hitting the reefs since the 5th/6th century in this locale.
Southern Red Sea Scuba Diving
In recent years, the Southern Red Sea has become very popular with divers. One reason is to escape the hustle and bustle of day-trip dives from busy resort cities. Another is due to experienced divers recognizing the possibility of more diverse experiences, including frequent encounters with several species of sharks, and teeming large schools of other fish. Amazing coral reef systems here are abundant, more vibrant, and healthier than their northern counterparts.
Red Sea Liveaboard
What can you expect on a liveaboard Egypt? Every liveaboard trip is on a luxury yacht. You can expect a comfortable stateroom with electricity, all meals, dive equipment to rent (if you prefer), new friends to meet, and 3-4 dives per day. Rates can run anywhere from $75 to $200 a day (and more). Liveaboards offer a wider variety of dive types than shore-based divers. Along with the clothing mentioned previously, be sure to pack good sunscreen that is ocean and reef friendly, daily medication, dive computer and extra batteries, BCD, fins, mask, snorkel, booties, reef hook, surface marker buoy, flashlight, and batteries. A good book or tablet with reading choices loaded in case of a rainy day would also be recommended. If bringing underwater camera equipment, be sure to pack extra SD cards!
With so many different choices available, every scuba diver can find a liveaboard to enjoy for a Red Sea Liveaboard Safari. Where will you go for your next scuba adventure?