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A list of the best rated scuba dive sites in Egypt.


Rated 4.9, 25 votes

The 126 meter long Thistlegorm was discovered in 1956 by Jacques Cousteau and is one of the most famous wrecks in the world. Thistlegorm is the local name of a British vessel, which was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941 because it carried a lot of war supplies such as guns, bombs and mines. Today you can still see items such as rifles, motor bikes, train carriages and even trucks. The stern section of the wreck lies almost horizontal to the sea bed; the rest of the wreck is nearly upright. ...

Bells and Blue Hole

Rated 4.7, 22 votes

The Bells and Blue Hole are actually two dive sites, but dive operators often dive it as a single drift dive. Accessible only by jeep, the dive often starts at the Bells. This is a hole in the reef at 5 meter from where you will be going down to a depth of about 27 meter through some kind of 'chimney', representing the shape of a bell. There you enter the open ocean after swimming past some beautiful caves and cavelets. You will pass some spectacular vertical walls swimming southward before you ...

Shark, Jolande Reef and Anemone City

Rated 4.4, 24 votes

Shark and Yolanda Reefs are two twin mounts that extends for hundreds of meters below the surface. This dive is best and most often done as a drift dive dropping in on Anenome City. Then swim across blue for a few minutes to hit shark reef, which starts at about 26 meters below the surface and resembles a submerged mountain peak. The eastern end of the site is a sheer vertical wall that extends to the sea bed downwards. Whichever side you choose the current will take you on to Yolanda reef, an...

Elphinstone Reef

Rated 4.3, 19 votes

Elphinstone Reef or Sha'ab Abu Hamra, located 20 kilometers out of Marsa Alam, is a reef not bigger than 300 meters in length. Its spectacular walls drop far below 100 meter on both sides of the reef. Strong currents make this a perfect drift dive along steep walls with many species of fish and covered in soft corals. Life which can be seen here include barracuda, angel fish, and hoards of anthias, groupers, morays and shoals of Suez fusiliers. The reef is covered in soft coral and to t...

Ras Abu Galum

Rated 5.0, 8 votes

Ras Abu Galum is one of the few dive sites that is reachable by one or two day camel safaris from Nesima. It is located to the north of Dahab and lies in a mountainous and rocky area, where a camel ride is spectacular, although touristy. It is possible to stay the night near Bedouins and enjoy the stars in the desert. Diving is often started with a sandy slope that descents the further we enter the ocean. A plateau emerges with drop-offs at all sides especially at its southern side. You will se...

Eel Garden

Rated 4.9, 8 votes

Eel Garden is reached by swimming over 100 meters of shallow reef. There you can enter a lagoon, which is not more that 1.5 meters wide at its narrowest part. The main attraction is the many eels that live in the sand outside the lagoon. They pop out of their homes to eat plankton and those long and small creatures create a landscape that resemble like grass sticking out of the sand. The current created by the narrow lagoon can make it very hard to reach the main reef. Life is excellent here an...

Rosalie Moller

Rated 4.8, 6 votes

North in the straits of Gubal lies one of the most interesting wrecks in the area. The Rosalie Moller with a length of 108 meters was originally built in Glasgow under the name of Francis in the year 1910. She was sold to the Moller Line in 1931 when she got her final name. She was a coal ship which was bombed by German fighter jets in October 1941, when she was bringing coal to Alexandria. Now she rests in waters not often visited and is one of the best remained shipwrecks in Egypt. This wr...


Rated 4.8, 6 votes

After the Thitlegorm, this is the most famous ship wreck in the Egyptian Red Sea. It was an English steam ship which was carrying spices, timber and gold from India. At the 25th of April 1876 the ship sank when it struck a reef. She lies upside-down at a depth of about 20 meters, fully covered in coral. Broken in two, creating an opening at the hull, she provides excellent views and possibilities to enter its large interiors. There is a permanent buoy linked by a line to Dunraven's stern. I...

Sha'ab Samadai or Dolphin House

Rated 4.8, 5 votes

Sha'ab Samadai or Dolphin House is probably the best known dive site near Marsa Alam. It is a horseshoe-shaped reef which protection creates a very nice and shallow turquoise lagoon. Liveaboards often spend the night here on their way south or on their return. It is famous obviously for its amount of very friendly dolphins, with which you can snorkel here. As they are very used to snorkelers it is not allowed to dive with them, although it is possible to meet them during one of your dives. D...

Gota Abu Ramada

Rated 4.8, 8 votes

Gota Abu Ramada, also named the Aquarium, is a dive site full of marine life and great for photographers. At only an hour boat ride from Hurghada it is also one of the best accessible. Actually, it is amazing how this reef survives and continuous to live with these amount of divers visiting it. You will see different types of bannerfish, anthias, parrotfish, angelfish and butterflyfish. But also eagle rays, bigeyes, snappers, sweetlips and trevallies are quite common inhabitants. Don't forget th...