Sharm El Sheikh, or “Sharm” as it is generally known to its residents and seasoned visitors, is one of Egypt's most prominent regions for scuba diving. With its clear, temperate waters, abundant interesting sea life, and fascinating wrecks, diving Sharm El Sheikh offers something to appeal to just about every style of diver and every ability level.
In this guide we take a look at what every diver who is planning to dive Sharm el Sheik should know.
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The Best Time of Year for Diving Sharm El Sheikh
One of the great things about Sharm El Sheikh is that the climate lends itself to year round diving. The temperatures outside of the water can get pretty hot in summer, though it isn't an especially humid area so you shouldn't find it too stifling unless you are someone who just doesn't take to hot weather in general.
When you're diving, a 3mm suit will be fine for most people in the warmer months, though a 5mm or 7mm suit would be recommended in the cooler seasons or for night diving. Some divers prefer to avoid the peak tourist seasons at the start and end of the summer just because the waters can get a little crowded with other scuba divers at these times.
What Kind of Sea Life Can Be Seen When Diving Sharm El Sheikh?
Diving in Sharm El Sheikh offers a true wealth of opportunities to see fascinating sea life, including all kinds of fish and coral. Many divers choose a dive stite called "Temple" because of the reasonably high chance of spotting octopi, and Jackfish
Alley is a great place to try if you are hoping to see beautiful schools of glassfish. The Gardens is a great site for seeing spotted rays and also flashlight fish, which means it is an even better proposition if you dive it at night.
Wreck Diving Sharm El Sheikh
Another really special thing about diving Sharm El Sheikh is the sheer number and variety when it comes to wrecks.
The Carnatic, a British ship which sank in 1869, is also a great dive with some impressive coral structures, however what draws many adventurous divers to this site are the legends of sunken treasure that went down with the ship. It was originally surrounded by wine bottles from the ship, most of which have been retrieved at this point, but the rumoured gold that some believe was on the vessel has never been found!
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Lets not forget the famous wreck of the Thistlegorm. Many divers that come to Sharm El Sheik to dive this wreck. Diving Sharm El Sheikhis not complete with a dive or 2 on this wreck. The wreck was discovered by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in the early 1950's and is now one of the highlights of a dive trip to Sharm El Sheik
The wreck lies in 100ft of water and can and if you would like to dive here you would need to be advanced certified. When you explore the wreck you will find that lots of the cargo is still in tact and that the weapons on the deck are covered with corals. The wreck is a haven for marine life and on a good day you will find: Turtles, Lionfish, morray eels, snappers, Tuna and barracuda's
With so many opportunities to see really unique and special underwater environments, as well as the great quality visibility and calm, warm water, diving Sharm El Sheikh is a fantastic experience for anyone who loves to dive!
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Blog written by: Rutger Thole who used to be a scuba scuba instructor but he got stuck in a suit a couple of years ago. Now he is on his way back, as a the founder of bookyourdive he travels and dives as much as he can.