Why Dutch divers return time and time again to the diving paradise of Egypt

Giant Sea turtle close up Red Sea Egypt

Egypt has been a popular destination for diving enthusiasts from all corners of the world for decades. The country is known for its beautiful underwater scenery, warm waters and colorful marine life. Dutch divers often return to Egypt because it is a diving paradise.

Diving in Egypt

It is the perfect place for an unforgettable diving experience with its crystal clear waters and beautiful coral reefs. There are many dive sites in Egypt to suit everyone's needs, whether you are an experienced diver or just starting to dive. From shallow coral reefs to deeper wreck dives, Egypt has something for everyone. Dutch divers keep coming back to Egypt because of the different types of marine life you can encounter here. Underwater you often come across schools of colorful fish, such as parrotfish, clownfish and butterflyfish. In addition, there are great chances to spot sharks, turtles and even dolphins. This abundance of marine life makes every dive in Egypt a unique experience.

Diving holiday Egypt

You do not only travel to Egypt because of the beautiful underwater world, but also because of the many diving facilities and diving centers that can be found here. Another advantage of Egypt is its relative proximity to the country. There are from the Netherlands several direct flights to Egyptso the trip won't take too long. This means divers can get to their destination relatively quickly and spend more time underwater. During a diving holiday in Egypt there is also ample opportunity to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Whether you want to lie on the beach, explore historical sites or simply relax in a luxury resort, Egypt offers countless options for a versatile and unforgettable diving holiday. All in all, it's no surprise that Dutch divers return time and time again to Egypt's diving paradise. With its beautiful underwater world, diverse marine life and excellent diving facilities, Egypt offers all the ingredients for an unforgettable diving experience. For Dutch divers looking for a diving holiday, Egypt is definitely a destination that should be at the top of the list.

Scuba divers investigating coral covered shipwreck, Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Egypt

Top Dive Spots in Egypt

Here are some of the best dive sites in Egypt to explore on your next dive vacation.

Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El-Sheikh, located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, is known for its beautiful local dive sites, impressive wrecks, walls and reefs. With about 30 different locations, Sharm El-Sheikh offers varied diving experiences that are possible through day trips. Some popular destinations include Ras Mohamed National Park, SS Thistlegorm, Strait of Tiran and Dahab. In addition, Sharm El-Sheikh offers diving opportunities for both beginners and experienced divers. The region is known for its strong currents, making it popular for drift diving, but there are also dive sites for divers who prefer a more relaxed experience. In short, the diversity of dive sites, the beautiful underwater world and the availability of sites for different levels of experience make Sharm El-Sheikh an excellent choice.

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Located on the Red Sea in Egypt, Hurghada is a popular destination for divers due to its amazing underwater world. It is known for its daily dive trips and serves as a favorite starting point for many liveaboards, with several itineraries specializing in wrecks or a combination of wrecks and reefs. Dive sites such as Thistlegorm and Giannis D are easily accessible, making Hurghada ideal for beginners and wreck enthusiasts alike. There are several dive spots that offer unique experiences, such as Sha'ab Iris, known for its colorful coral towers and diverse marine life, and the Police station/Gorgonia Garden that offers an exciting drift dive down a steep wall. In short, the impressive underwater world, the various dive sites and the accessibility for both beginners and experienced divers make a diving holiday to Hurghada more than worth it.

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El Gouna

El Gouna, a beach town near Hurghada, is known for its diverse diving opportunities, including deep wrecks and the Dolphin House, where you can encounter a large group of dolphins. The area can be explored all year round, with warmest water temperatures in August (28°C) and the coldest in February (22°C). It offers a serene underwater experience with limited boat traffic and abundant marine life. You can encounter turtles, reef sharks and dolphins. The proximity to Abu Nuhas also allows for wreck diving. Diving in El Gouna is recommended for its lively reefs and relaxed atmosphere. In short, El Gouna is an excellent choice for scuba diving enthusiasts due to its diversity of marine life, calm atmosphere and the possibility to dive all year round.

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Located on the Gulf of Aqaba in the Sinai Peninsula, Dahab is an exceptional dive site known for its coral reefs and diverse marine ecosystems. It offers fantastic coastal diving, with easy access points and colorful coral reefs. The northern dive sites present mesmerizing underwater landscapes, while the southern dive sites show coral-covered rock formations. The famous “Blue Hole” is a popular spot that attracts divers. The advantage of Dahab is that it is less crowded compared to other Egyptian locations, making for calm dives. In short, Dahab is a diving tip for both novice and experienced divers because of the diversity of marine life, the peaceful atmosphere, and the unique dive sites.

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Safaga, a remote coastal town on the Red Sea Riviera, is a diver's dream destination. Known for its tranquility and lack of mass tourism, Safaga offers wonderful diving opportunities with amazing shipwrecks and reefs. The underwater world is vibrant and varied, with sharks, turtles and other marine life, as well as rays and barracudas. The destination is also known for its black sand dunes and mineral springs, adding to its unique charm. So Safaga is highly recommended for divers seeking both underwater adventure and a peaceful vacation.

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Marsa Alam

Once a small fishing port, Marsa Alam is now a thriving resort area popular with divers. Located in the southern part of the Red Sea, you have the chance to see dolphins both en route to the dive sites and underwater. In addition, the area is known for the presence of numerous large turtles. With its beautiful coastline, golden beaches, crystal clear waters and pristine coral reefs, Marsa Alam is a paradise for all water sports enthusiasts. Distinctive features of Marsa Alam are the many opportunities for diving, luxurious resorts, eco-villages and dedicated diving schools. In short, the diversity of dive sites, the beautiful underwater world and the luxurious resorts make Marsa Alam an excellent choice for divers.

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Egypt on Diver

Duikvaker is not only the place to get information about diving equipment or training, but also a platform for sharing information and experiences about diving in different parts of the world, including Egypt. On the Duikvaker: The Dutch Dive Show fair you will come into contact with divers who have experience diving in Egypt. They can give you valuable tips and advice on the best dive sites, the ideal time of year to dive, and everything you need to know before diving in Egypt.

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