Egypt Diving Holidays: An Overview

Egypt undoubtedly offers the best diving in close proximity to the UK with the Red Sea offering up a cornucopia of marine life, from coral gardens and wrecks to sheltered reefs and beautiful coves. Oh, and the culture's not bad either...

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Egyptian Red Sea, both north and south, still offers spectacular diving despite the crowds.
  • You can find everything here from well-priced liveaboards to superb luxury resorts.
  • The history and culture on offer here is world-class - the pyramids, Luxor, the Nile...we could go on.

Our Guide to Egypt Diving Holidays

For divers, there is a huge amount on offer in Egypt and all within easy reach of the UK for a one-week holiday or even shorter break. Sharm El Sheikh is probably the best known destination on the Red Sea and, while crowds are now an issue (especially in the water), it still offers some world-class diving and if you know where to stay, some incredible hotels. Away from the Sinai Peninsula there are lesser known and therefore lesser crowded spots that also offer spectacular diving.

Dive amongst marauding jacks and barracuda schools in the Straits of Tiran or head to the Ras Mohamed National Park for larger pelagics and healthy coral reefs. Whatever your dive demands, we can arrange the perfect Egyptian diving holiday.

Did you know

  • The Red Sea is home to over 1,200 species of fish, including four species of turtle and eight species of dolphin and shark
  • Divers will find some of the most iconic wrecks to dive in Egypt, including the Thistelgorm and the Salem Express.

Egypt has long been a favourite of ours for both dive holidays and everything on land too, and we recommend Cairo itself for a day or two, despite the bedlam, because our excellent guides can show you the edited highlights among the 120,000 relics in the vast Egyptian Museum or arrange sedate sailing trips on elegant felucca yachts along the Nile. We also couldn't mention Egypt and not dedicate a moment to the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. Egypt also has roots in the Greek, Islamic and Roman worlds and there is much to explore in places like Alexandria and the Sinai Peninsula.

Top picks for Egypt

Red Sea Beach, Egypt

Northern Red Sea


Sharm el-Sheikh is an oasis in the desert covered Sinai peninsula, featuring luxurious hotels and world class diving.

Where to go

Southern Red Sea beach

Southern Red Sea


The southern Red Sea combines what we love about Red Sea diving with a more relaxed and quiet atmosphere, that is to say, not as many people know about it as they do Sharm.

Where to go

Picture of the garden at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Pyramids and the Red Sea

The place to stay in Sharm El Sheikh is the Four Seasons, an island of peace and security.

Where to stay

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

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