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Top 5 Red Sea Dive Spotsby Tania Wheeler


On the eastern edge of the Sahara lies one of the choicest diving spots in the world. Separated from the rest of the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea has been left to develop an exhilarating reef system unparalleled in the region. To top it all off, 30 percent of the marine life here is endemic to the area. Diving

Check out the top 5 dive spots:

Sharm El Sheikh The Thistlegorm was a British Merchant Navy ship sunk on 6 October 1941 near Sharm el Sheikh and is now a well known and popular dive site. Combine that with a dive or 2 on the Ras Mohammed reef and you have got some of the best boat diving in Egypt. Dahab Numerous options for shore dives combined with warm, clear water make Dahab a popular spot in any dive itinerary. The Blue Hole and the Canyon have to be the top 2 advanced and technical dive sites and The Islands is an awesome dive for all levels of qualification. Boat trips to southern dive sites are becoming more popular.

Sha'ab Abu Nuhâs Reef in the Straits of Gobal This great reef is also known as the "ships graveyard". Numerous wrecks are within 40m of the surface and the top 3 have to be the Carnatic, Ghannis D, and Chrisoula K. These wrecks are spectacular and make fantastic material for the underwater photographer. Liveaboards out of Hurghada will get you there.

Hurghada The Giftun Islands has been a marine reserve for a few years now and this has to be one of the best boat dives in the Hurghada area.  Explore picturesque coral formations sticking out from the main reef wall decorated with soft corals. Good drift diving abounds.

Marsa Alam A relatively new dive spot, the dives and bays around Marsa Alam are home to excellent corals, large turtles, Guitar sharks and occasionally pods of dolphins. The coral reefs along the Marsa Alam coast are a real treasure trove for any diver. Well worth the extra effort needed to get there.

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