About Scuba Diving Sharm El Sheikh
Scuba Diving in Sharm El Sheikh is especially known for its clear water that has a beautiful blue colour. The average visibility in the water ranges from thirty to seventy meters depending on the choppiness of the sea.
One unique feature of diving in this area is that you have access to several shipwrecks that are almost intact. These include the World War II battleship The Thistlegorm, a Greek freighter called the Gainnis D that broke into two halves and sank in 1983 and the ancient British ship The Carantic that carried wine bottles and gold and sunk in 1869.
Sharm El Sheikh is also one of the most convenient scuba diving destinations in the world because of a variety of experiences that is offered to the diver along the beach or within a relatively short walking or boating distance of the shore. Sharm has got all ingredients for a fantastic scuba dive vacation.
Best Time to Go Scuba Diving Sharm El Sheikh
There is no bad time of year to scuba dive Sharm El Sheikh because the water and the climate are temperate all year. However the most comfortable time of year to dive is from May to August. From May to August is also when you are more likely to see all different varieties of sea life at once. The water temperature sinks to 22 degrees in February so you may need to wear a thicker wetsuit if you choose to visit Sharm during this time.
Scuba Dive Sites found Sharm El Sheik
All of the best scuba dive sites are located within the National Park of Ras Mohamed and include:
- The Thistlegorm – This famous shipwreck from World War II was discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1956 and as well as the ship itself you can also see trucks artillery, motorbikes, trains and trucks. The Thistlegorm has been labelled as one of the top ten wreck dives in the world. Add to this its location in the Red Sea, Egypt and you have yourself an incredibly busy dive site that can get quite crowded at times.
- The Yolanda Shipwreck – This shipwreck is embedded in a coral reef now called The Yolanda reef and is famous for its cargo which was a load of toilets and bathtubs that are slowly being absorbed into the underwater scenery.
- The Small Crack (or Small Passage) – This is a passage that is actually accessible from the city streets of Gubal that lead into the inner lagoons of Sha’ub Mahmud where many divers opt to experience a night dive. The area is noted for its shoals of barracuda and spectacular black and fan coral displays.
- Anemone City– This dive is accessible from two twin reefs called the Shark and Yolanda Reefs. There is a fantastic array of soft and hard corals of all pastel colours in this area as well as a large variety of fish including a rare Scorpion fish that is not sighted often elsewhere.
- The Dunraven – This is the wreck of an old British ship that in 1876 sunk while carrying spices and gold from India. The ship broke in half perfectly and has large interior underwater rooms for divers to explore.
Read more about 5 famous shipwrecks found in the Red Sea
Marine Life found when Scuba Diving in Sharm El Sheikh
- Masked puffers
- Scorpion Fish
- Grey Reef sharks
- Hammer head sharks
- Eagle Rays
- Blue spotted stingrays.
How to Get to Sharm el Sheik?
Only three decades ago you could not get to this desert city unless you took a long desert trek and then set up camp at Ras Mohammad National Park. Today there are several four and five star hotels that you can stay in including the Hilton, Movenpick, the Ghazala, and the Marriot.
Most luxury hotels have pick up services from the Sharm El Sheikh airport located just outside the city and the smaller Taba airport that is 120 kilometres to the south. The East Delta Bus Company goes back and forth from most major cities to the Sinai coast. If you want to travel from Sharm el Sheikh from another big city in Egypt like Cairo or Alexandria try booking a trip with the Upper Egypt Bus Company
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About Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm is a city located on a strip of land that runs between Mount Sinai and is a scuba diver’s paradise in the warm waters of the Red Sea. The water is bright blue and very clear. Near the coast are enormous coral reefs that are home to watery graveyards of hundreds of sunken ships.
The city is located very near Ras Mohammad which is a national park that boasts mountainous reef walls that are 2,600 feet high and are home to many colorful and protected endemic species. Bigger fish can be found at spots near Sharm El Sheikh because the water is full of nutrients for marine life.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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