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With fascinating natural seascapes and underwater environments, surrounded by towering red mountains and vast expanses of arid desert, the Red Sea is one of the most popular liveaboard diving destinations on our planet. As interesting as it is unique, the Red Sea is a body of water in the form of a cul-de-sac, resulting in an array of unusual marine life indigenous to the region.

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In the north, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula provides the opportunity to discover sun, sand and sea. With Sharm El Sheikh as your base, Red Sea liveaboard diving cruises to the well-known Ras Mohammed National Park are quick and convenient. Unparalleled diversity with an abundance of coral growth and prolific marine life is the park's hallmark.

The peninsula stretches from Ras Mohammed all the way to the Straits of Tiran. Within this area the reefs are healthy and vibrant, with an abundance of coral reef fish and invertebrates, the likes of octopus, cuttlefish and squid. Wrecks are the main attraction including the Dunraven and the spectacular and world-renowned SS Thistlegorm. The dive sites are full of life with the headlines being stolen by hawksbill turtles, sharks and even dolphin sightings.


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Diving Cruise Options


Other cruise options such as Red Sea North, Wrecks & Brothers will allow you to visit both the Red Sea North and also sites further south, including the world-famous Brother Islands as well as sites local to Hurghada. Note also that many of the boats from our 'Southern Red Sea' section also make liveaboard tripss of the North and Wrecks.

For the ultimate adventure of a lifetime, you can combine your Red Sea diving safari with a tour to discover the historical sights of Egypt. Take an overland tour of Cairo to visit the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the national museums, or a Nile River cruise through the Valley of the Kings: Egypt antiquity tours.

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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

Egypt's Northern Red Sea regions favour the diver all year round, with the warmest water in the European summertime (June to August). However, it should be noted that winds can blow here any time of year, especially during the winter months of October to April.

Whale shark and manta ray sightings are best from the end of April until the end of June when they can be spotted mainly on northern Red Sea liveaboards. Hammerhead sharks and schools of barracuda are more frequently seen in the Sinai Peninsula between July and September.

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Ports of Departure and How to Get There

Red Sea North & Wrecks liveaboard cruises depart either from Sharm El Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula or Hurghada.Red Sea North, Wrecks & Brothers trips which visit both northern and southern Red Sea sites depart from Hurghada, and sometimes Safaga.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from the local airport or hotels (if you overnight beforehand). We will send you full departure details during the booking process. In some cases the boats are moored at port and depart the day after the trip begins. This means you can arrive quite late on the first day of the tour and still board the boat before it sets sail the following morning.

Most people fly into Cairo International Airport. It is well serviced by over 70 international airlines from Europe, the US, Africa and Asia. Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are accessible via the domestic flights or direct from a few international airports. More information on: How to get to Egypt.

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in Egypt before or after your diving safari, you can find a large range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to ask questions, then simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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If you prefer, it's also possible to visit the dive sites in the North & Wrecks area on day trips from a hotel or resort based in Hurghada, rather than from a liveaboard.

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Useful References for Red Sea North


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