Shore Day Trip Live Aboard
Country: Egypt Area: Sinai Peninsula
Water Temp: 22 - 28°C (72 - 82°F)
Visibility: 15 - 50m (49 - 164 ft)
Hawksbill Turtle Nesting - Late May to Early June, Green Turtle Nesting – Late June to Early July, Coral Spawning – First Full Moon in Apr & Sep, Schooling Hammerheads on Jackson Reef – Jul to Sep
The most popular diving destination in the Red Sea, the waters around Sharm El Sheikh offer some of the most stunning and famous dive sites not just in the Red Sea but also the World.
Sharm el Sheikh is located on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula which is at the extreme Northern end of the Red Sea. Sharm has become a very popular tourist area for package holidaymakers and divers as it is the main departure point for many liveaboards and diving day trips as it is the most popular diving destination in the Red Sea. Sharm is easily accessible by daily flights from lots of Europe and domestic flights from the rest of Egypt. Most holidays to Sharm are package holidays including both the flight and accommodation and are very good value for money and usually a lot cheaper than organising the trip yourself with a separate flight and hotel. Lots of the dive centres are also linked to a hotel and you can get some good hotel/diving combo deals also.
The climate in this area is a sub tropical desert climate with warm winters and a very hot summer, along with agreeable water temperatures most of the year which all adds up to a year round pleasant dive season. Although the dive season is year round there are more popular times of the year than others due to marine life seasons and the water temperature which is at its coldest in February and then warms up and peaks at its warmest of around 28C in the high season of August. This is a quite large difference in temperature so you will need to make sure you take the appropriate exposure protection for the time of year you are visiting. At its coldest a 5mm full length wetsuit will be adequate for most people but if you feel the cold or are planning on a week’s liveaboard diving then a drysuit may be worth considering due to the loss of core temperature that can occur with taking part in long, deep dives 4 times a day.
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Sharm el Sheikh serves a host of dive sites which you can reach from day boats and liveaboards. There is also a huge variation in type of dive that you can take part in from famous historic wreck dives, spectacular wall dives, and colourful reef dives full of diverse marine life; Sharm does truly cater for every divers experience and interest. When you choose to dive from Sharm the first decision you need to make is how, land based or liveaboard based. Both options allow you to dive exciting and popular sites but if you do want to visit sites that you cannot reach by day boat, which are therefore less crowded and tend to have a greater chance of seeing exciting marine life then a liveaboard is the only way to do this. Liveaboards are completely dive focussed and allow non divers can book a place they are not really suitable as the general day is dive, eat, sleep, dive, eat, sleep and so on with up to 4 dives a day. So if you are travelling with a non diver or family and want to do other activities than just scuba dive then land based day boat diving is going to the choice for you.
The Red Sea is home to a wide range of diverse marine life from tiny nudibranches to the largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark. This makes it a photographer’s paradise as there is always something exciting and different to capture in a photo. Like any area in the world there are better places and times to see certain species. If you are a major Shark enthusiast then the Southern Liveaboard itineraries will definitely provide you the best chance to see a wide range of shark species, including Grey Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, Silky Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Thresher Sharks and the curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark. The best sites for an encounter with these amazing creatures are The Brothers Islands, with its resident Grey Reef Sharks, occasional Hammerheads and in the winter months the shy Thresher Shark. Other sites are Elphinstone Reef which is famous for common pelagic encounters including the Whale Shark in season and Daedalus which commonly has schooling hammerheads events at the right time of year and the chance to see all of the previously mentioned sharks. All of these dive sites are offshore pinnacles and islands with dramatic reef walls down to 40m which then drop down to 100’s of meters deep which does mean strong currents and choppier seas, so you will have to be a more experienced diver to dive these sites and the best way is by liveaboard.
An area that can be easily reached by day boat from Sharm is the Straits of Tiran which contains four reefs Woodhouse, Thomas, Gordon and Jackson. These reefs are positioned where the Gulf of Aqaba ends and the Red Sea starts which creates strong currents around the reefs and steep reef drop offs, which aren’t suitable for beginner divers. This is also the reason for the diversity of marine life and plenty of shark action. The Jackson Reef in particular is famed for its schooling Hammerheads which can be seen between July to September.
Another popular creature in the Red Sea are the Sea Turtles. The 2 most common species that can be seen year round are the Hawksbill and Green Turtle. The Hawksbill can be seen in a lot of the dive sites from the north to the south. The Green Turtles are seen less, but are almost guaranteed to be seen in the Southern dive site of Marsa Shouna, which can be reached by liveaboard, eating away at the bays sea grass. In the same bay there are also regular sightings of a Dugong, you do have to be lucky, but it can’t hurt to keep an eye out.
The Red Sea does offer more than just exhilarating and memorable marine encounters: there are a huge variety of wrecks, a lot of which have a very interesting history. Most of these wrecks can be penetrated, but before you do you should ensure you are experienced and confident enough with your general diving and in particular your buoyancy. The main wreck location is Abu Nuhas which is a shallow reef which is a shipwreck graveyard and home to a diverse selection of wrecks all very close to each other. The most famous wreck and a must dive in the North is definitely the wreck of the Thistlegorm. This was a cargo ship which was bombed during the second world war and is now broken in half and sitting on the sea floor at 30m. The wreck is such an interesting dive site as is still holds much of its cargo in the holds such as cars and motorbikes; it is also becoming an artificial reef and is host to a large amount of marine life.
Liveaboards from Sharm visit the surrounding area, such as the Straits of Tiran and Ras Mohammed along with further south dive sites such as The Brothers and Elphinstone, which tend to be visited less in the winter low season due to weather conditions and choppy seas. There are many choices of itineraries to choose from so you will need to research the routes for each before you make a decision to ensure you pick one best suited to your level and interests. A point to consider when doing this is that a lot of the Red Sea liveaboard itineraries do have a minimum dive number and experience level required. This tends to be 20 dives with PADI Open water, or equivalent, for most of the North and 50 dives with PADI Advanced, or equivalent, for the South. This is due to a lot of the dive sites in the south, such as The Brothers Islands being deeper with more difficult dive conditions and strong currents.
You don’t have to take part in a Liveaboard holiday to still see some amazing dive sites, the day boats from Sharm can still reach some of the best and most famous dive sites of the Red Sea. Just around the corner from Sharm on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula is the Marine Park of Ras Mohammed. This is a world famous dive site with some spectacular reef and wall dives and the Shark and Yolanda Reefs are the most popular dive sites. These tend to have a strong so are mostly dived as a drift dive from Shark to Yolanda Reef. The drop in location is usually above Anemone City which unsurprisingly is an area covered with thousands of colourful anemones and anemone fish with a sheer wall dropping off into the blue. The end of the drift dive finishes by the wreckage of the Yolanda, whose cargo was many bathtubs and toilets which can make for some entertaining photos!
Anthias Divers is along established dive center in the Red Sea located at the northern end of Na'ama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh at the Sonesta Beach/ Club / Royal Resort.
We are well known for our family style atmosphere and flexibility.
We are a PADI 5 Star Instructor Facility and we do have a wonderful House Reef where we do all our Entry level classes, Check Dives and Introductory dives.
We depart every morning around 7.30 am from the Dive Center to the Jetty and we do change our dive sites daily - Local, Tiran, Ras Mohamed - Dahab, Thistlegorm and you can decide if you want to dive the next day or not on the Boat. Our Daily diving boat is an all day trip with 2 dives before lunch and then an optional 3rd dive in the afternoon generally returning to the dive center at about 4pm.
Our team is multilingual and does work according EUF certified acc ISO Standards for Recreational Diving Service.
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Sharm has many other things to do than the brilliant diving and chance to explore the Red Sea, there are also many desert tours. These can include camel trekking on local Egyptian camels or Quad Biking through the deserts sand dunes. Sharm also has a busy nightlife so after your day of diving you can unwind and relax at a choice of many beachside bars or restaurants. So whether you are after a dedicated dive holiday or a relaxing week away with a couple of days of diving mixed with some time by the pool or exploring the desert, Sharm caters for every need.
06 Mar 1990 - 20 Mar 1990 !!
This was the most amazing Scuba diving experience I've ever had! The red sea is one of the most colourful and exotic oceans in the the word! On one side you've got the crumpled dried out desert mountains of Eilat (on border of the Sinai, Egypt) and on the other side you've got the ever-ultra marine stunning sea, with endless colourful glittering corals and al types of weird colourful & beautiful fish. I dived to a depth of 30 meters and felt like I'm in an underwater haven. All around you are these silent colourful sea creature and you really feel like your just one of them when you're in there. Wish I can go back there real soon. Couldn't find 'Eilat' as a diving spot so i used this sharm Al shech spot instead.. I've also been to the so called "blue hole:" which is quite frightening, you reach a depth of 1 or 2 KM deep after one step into the water, the thought that a shark might come out of the deep deep blue got me`shaking.
But I'M IN LOVE WITH THE RED SEA!!!
A MusT for anyone heading to the Mid east!
Where to go was the the dilemma, the Red Sea is always a good option, the weather and water temperature is pretty much spot on depending on the time of year and there is still an abundance of marine life along with the possibility of shark sightings.
We chose a Livaboard as we simply wanted a pure diving holiday, it was excellent value for money and the accommodation was great.
We visited all of the usual wreck sites inc. the Thistlegorm and all of the usual suspects of Sha'ab Abu Nuhâs reef, sadly we couldn't visit the Rosalie Moller due to the area around the Straits of Gobal being closed by the military.
A number of the reefs we visited are still in spectacular condition, as is Ras Mohammed National Marine Park, all in all I would recommend this holiday to any diving enthusiast.
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