Diving The Red Sea:-
Although some tour operators offer two or even three-week diving safaris, the vast majority of people book only one week on board a liveaboard.
If you also do so, you will obviously not be able to dive throughout the entire Red Sea and will instead be limited to a regional safari route because of the size of the dive sites and distances between them.
Always take into account that the chosen route may occasionally vary depending on the weather.
MY-Mermaid offers a flexible itinerary service and should you be an organiser of a group, and select a safari date that no one is using then the routing can be changed to suit your group planning.
Dive conditions in the Red Sea can range from flat calm seas and great visibility to strong currents. There are a variety of different types of site, from flat shallow reefs to deep walls, so check out our Red Sea dive site descriptions to see what might, or might not suit you. Generally the Sinai area is more appropriate for beginner divers than the Southern Red Sea (Sudan and Egypt).
Important note: Egyptian law requires scuba divers to have a minimum of 50 logged dives, and to be a minimum of CMAS Two Star Diving qualification or equivalent, for the 4 offshore island marine parks: The Brothers, Zabargad, Daedalus and Rocky Island.
All other dives sites closer to shore a minimum of 30 logged dives and a CMAS One Star qualification or equivalent is required.
If your desired route is not there then just write to us as flexibility is our middle name!
Though the North is outside the region described in this book, it is mentioned for the sake of completeness. Here you will sail in the area around Hurghada and the Sinai Peninsula. It is also known as "The Wreck Tour”, since the greatest number of shipwrecks can be found in this part of the Red Sea in no other tour it possible to dive to a different sunken ship during almost every dive.
Tours to the Marine Parks lead to five dive sites located offshore. They are far away from the coast, between 60 and 80 km from the mainland. The most popular dive sites, the Brother Islands, or Marine Park 1, lie east of EI Oulelf. Daedalus Reef lies east of Hamata, and it takes about eight hours to sell there from the Brother Islands. Another 150 km (about 11 hours by boat) to the south lie Zabargad Island and Rocky Island, which like Daedalus Reef belong to Marine Park 2. Because of the great distances between them, all these dive sites are rarely visited in a single week. The common routes are Brother Islands, Daedalus, Elphinstone (BDE); and Daedalus, Zabargad, Rocky Island (DRZ). Note that because of the reefs’ exposure and difficult diving conditions, advances diving skills are necessary, the Egyptian government requires at least 50 dives for tours to the Marine Parks.
This route runs from Ras Banas down to the areas near the border with Sudan.
The ports of departure and arrival are usually Marsa Alam, Port Ghalib and Hamata. Though the areas in the Deep South were rarely visited a few years ago, they are booming now because of their beauty and the unspoiled state of their reefs. Many of them are suitable for inexperienced divers, and even experienced divers will enjoy themselves tremendously at the many reefs with steep walls. The highlights of a tour to the Deep South are St. John's reef (Habili Ali, Gota Kebira, Umm Arouk, Habili Gaffar) and Foul Bay (Umm Chararim, Sernaka).