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Liveaboard diving in Red Sea
It is the very classic example of where the desert meets the ocean. The Red Sea is an isolated body of water that connects the continents of Asia and Africa. Its water is known to have elevated or high temperature and salinity. Ever wondered what lies in the Red Sea? It is in this place where famous shipwrecks, exotic and bewitching creatures reside.
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Biologically speaking, the Red Sea is home to more than a thousand species of fish and corals! It is an underwater paradise waiting to be explored, where a vibrant niche of spectacular living creatures and stunning reefs and coral formations abound!
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Boosting with excellent water visibility, the Red Sea attracts divers from all over the world. The Red Sea is home to some of the world’s most popular shipwrecks such as the Dunraven and SS Thistlegorm to name a few. If you want to have the opportunity of a lifetime to awed by the jaw-dropping smorgasbord of some the world-renowned wrecks then there is no better to dive the Red Sea but through liveaboard diving!
SCUBA Diving in the Red Sea
Currents in the Red Sea vary (no current to very strong current) from one area to another . It is therefore highly recommended that divers should only dive with experienced guides or divers, who are familiar with the area and its conditions.
But before deciding to dive in the Red Sea, divers should consider and take note of these diving regulations in accordance with the Egyptian law:
- Night diving is strictly prohibited in the four offshore Marine Parks of The Brothers, Zarbagad, Daedalus and Rocky. One must have a minimum of 50 logged dives to dive these sites as well.
- Diver should use a dive computer and carry a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB). In cases of buddy pairs, at least one torch should be brought even on morning dives.
- Divers should possess medical certification of fitness to dive aside from diving accident insurance. Medical certificate should have been issued less than one year before the start of the trip.
Best time to go liveaboard diving in the Red Sea Liveaboard
Having very minimal rainfall, both part of the Red Sea (the Northern and Southern Part) can be dived all throughout the year. The northern part basically is a bit cooler than the southern part though. However, the most popular months to dive throughout the Red Sea is from June to September.
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It should be noted that some dive safaris can be re-scheduled and re-routed since strong winds can blow anytime. Diving in the months of October to April is not recommended because it is in these months that winds might make sea travel and sailing unsafe.
Red Sea Liveaboard Route
Northern Red Sea Liveaboard Route:
The Northern Red Sea cruise typically starts from the coastal city of Sharm El Sheikh. Most liveaboard itineraries for the northern part fuses and mixes its popular wrecks with the captivating coral reef gardens within the area. Needless to say, the awesome wrecks and coral reefs has been the standard and definitive route of liveaboards in the Northern Red Sea.
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The beautiful coral gardens of Tiran and Ras Mohammed are definitely two of the best dive sites in the northern part. The northern part also wouldn’t be called a wreck diver’s delight for nothing. The northern sector is home to some of the world’s most popular dive wrecks that include the following:
- SS Thistlegorm – Discovered in the late 1950s by the ever famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau, this wreck is probably the most famous shipwreck in the planet. The SS Thistlegorm is a British navy vessel that sank during the World War II.
- The Carnatic –British steamy vessel, which sank in the 1860s is the oldest wreck in the Red Sea
- Dunraven – British vessel that sunk in 1876 after hitting a reef.
- Ghiannis D – Greek cargo vessel, which was Japanese-built and sank in the early 1980s.
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Southern Red Sea Liveaboard Route:
If the northern part of the Red Sea offers wrecks, the southern part offers stunning coral reefs! This part also is less crowded and offers sites that are fresh and unspoilt. The abundant and spectacular coral reefs of the Red Sea can only be found in its southern part. Liveaboard routes usually starts from Hurghada going down to Al Ikhwan.
The following sites are just some of the many fascinating and enchanting dive sites of the Southern Red Sea:
- St. John’s – Is a huge and wide coral reef located in the Southern Red Sea specifically at the end of the Egyptian sea. This site is famous for its soft corals and is bursting with rich marine life! If you’re lucky then you can spot dolphins swimming and hunting around the reef. Do not miss to dive the caverns and pinnacles as well to complete your dive adventure.
- The Brothers – These islands are considered as one of the best dive sites in the planet! If you prefer wall diving then The Brothers Island is the perfect Red Sea diving site for you. This site has the best vertical walls with extraordinary corals and other marine life. The Brother Islands is also home of the two splendid wrecks namely the Aida and Numidia.
- Elphinstone – This cigarette-shaped island is located close to Marsa Alam.
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So whether its wreck diving, reef, wall and drift diving on the northern or southern part; your Red Sea diving holiday will definitely be an enjoyable and mind-blowing one!