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Scuba Diving Red Sea

including Egypt (Dahab, South Sinai, Hurghada), Israel, Jordan, Sudan

Diving Red Sea articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Red Sea Overview

Egypt - Sharm el Sheikh

Europeans flock to the Red Sea for excellent live-aboard diving, scoffing at Americans who miss the fine diving because of their inordinate fear of terrorism. Hurghada dive operators are failing to care for their reefs, so divers head farther south. Live-aboards get divers to the best Red Sea diving. Water temperatures can drop into the cool 60s during February and rise into the 80s by August.

Red Sea Seasonal Dive Planner

Air temperatures in winter range from 60°-75°; thewater can drop down into the upper 60s, with the coolest temperatures occurring in February. Summer land temperatures slide right up past 100°, with the water temperature rising into the low 80s (take a wetsuit anyway). The hottest month is August. If you are going to do any land exploration (and how do you visit the Red Sea without at least a peek at the pyramids), the trade-off for warm water is hot weather. The manta season is from March to June.

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Diving Red Sea Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Red Sea Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Emperor Divers Review Marina Lodge Hotel Port Ghalib Craig A Wood 2016/04
Aggressor Fleet Review Red Sea Aggressor Southern Itinerary Phil Johnston 2016/04
Emperor Divers Review [same] St John's Reef - Fury Shoals Eric Eckes 2015/08
Red Sea Explorers Review [same] Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinston Lisa C. Evans 2015/11
Red Sea Explorers Review [same] South and St. Johns Lisa C. Evans 2015/10
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Diving Red Sea Articles - Land Based

Two Deadly Dive Sites, where Americans rarely go, thankfully, 1/16
Egypt? Now? Yes!, 11/14
Eritrea, Kiribati, Sipadan . . ., why to consider Wananavu, when not to consider the Odyssey, 9/13
Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Fiji, Truk. . ., plus unexpected cold water, and a liveaboard to avoid, 8/12
Yes, But Is Egypt Safe?, 2/12

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At What Cost For a Third Dive?, not so charming at Sharm El-Sheikh, 7/10
Caribbean, Hawaii, Indonesia, Red Sea…, hidden travel charges, Hawaiian fish, and a good Caribbean site, 8/09
Flashing the Marine Life, 8/09
Serious Diver Impact on the Red Sea, 1/09

Diving Red Sea Articles - Liveaboards

Egyptian Diving Market Sinks, 4/16
Red Sea Aggressor, Egypt, big critters will give you bang for your buck, 11/14
Fire Aboard!, how John Bantin escaped a burning Red Sea liveaboard, 8/14
Bahamas, Hawaii, the Red Sea. . ., one Micronesia resort worth visiting, another that’s not, 7/13
The Red Sea, Egypt, three great dive trips, three prices, 2/12

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Andromeda, Red Sea, Sudan, Americans, you’re missing out on fantastic diving, 7/11
Curacao, Fiji, Papua, Maui . . ., dive sites where you can expect the unexpected, 4/11
Heaven Diamond, The Red Sea, Egypt, a desert oasis of world-class diving, 1/07
Three Perish in Red Sea Live-Aboard Explosion, 4/04
The Red Sea, North and South, for big fish action, avoid the day boats, 2/01
Sea Surveyor, Red Sea, 1/96
Red Sea: Poseidon's Quest, 8/95
Poseidon's Quest, 11/94

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Red Sea
including Egypt (Dahab, South Sinai, Hurghada), Israel, Jordan, Sudan

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide
by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene.

I was trying to pack light for a change. Surely the Solomon Sea would have good identification books aboard. Not so; the only book on the boat belonged to a fellow passenger. It was one that I had not seen before, the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide, by two of the best fish guys around, Gerry Allen and Roger Steene. The problem was this fellow passenger kept it in a plastic baggie most of the trip and I had to beg to see it. Great book, good traveling size, and it covers everything from fish, shells, marine plants, mammals, corals, and invertebrates to sea birds and more. Now I've got my own, and it won't do you any good to beg me to borrow it. This is one of two books that I will not travel to the Pacific without. Good for travel to the Red Sea, East Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman Sea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii, it has 1,800 color illustrations in a 6x8 1/2 paperback format with 378 pages. $39.95.

You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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