Southern Red Sea Diving Holidays: An Overview

The Red Sea is simply the best diving closest to the UK with the added advantage of almost guaranteed sunshine, hence the regular influx visitors from around Europe.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Head to the deep south on a liveaboard and you will get better marine life and less crowds than in the north.
  • If you want a bit of luxury, the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, close to Hurghada, is excellent.
  • Combine diving and time at the beach with exploration on land in and around Luxor for a great land and sea combo trip.

Our Guide to Southern Red Sea Diving Holidays

Just a few short years ago, rather alarmingly, Hurghada was just a sleepy coastal village and then tourism arrived. The result has been an explosion of hotel building and consequently this former fishing village has morphed into a sort of second rate Torremolinos of the Red Sea.

The diving is really typical Red Sea. Perfect reefs littered with colourful hard and soft corals right into the sunlit shallows, endless Morays and Turtles, gentle drifts and even the rarity of a dolphin dive, all in crystal clear waters. Perhaps the greatest surprise is the house reef at Sahl Hasheesh, not only ideal for learning but teaming with life.


Original Highlight

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Taking my family on a diving holiday staying at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh was a great experience. It's a wonderful hotel with a beautiful house reef.

Neill, Original Diver

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  • Average Temp. — 14°C / 57°F
  • Rainfall — 0cm / 0.0 inches
Flight from London

5:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Top picks for Southern Red Sea

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Pyramids and the Red Sea

The Oberoi at Sahl Hasheesh is a wonderful base from which to explore. An all suite hotel spread over seemingly endless acres and with a wonderful wide beach, this resort offers traditional Egyptian hospitality at a very competitive price. A Red Sea bargain!

Where to stay

We had a wonderful time, unforgettable. Thanks for the amazing organisation, everything was perfect!


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