A photo essay of diving in the Red Sea

The Red Sea in Egypt is without a doubt one of the most famous and most popular dive locations in the world, and with reason.

If you research the diving here, you will read that it has been over-fished and over-dived, that the reef isn’t teeming with life as it was 10 or 20 years ago.

However, if you have never dived here before and have nothing to compare it against, then it is absolutely spectacular.

With well over 100 dives sites, and whether you are new to the water or an experienced diver, the Red Sea has got something for everyone.

Me and my two brothers based ourselves in Hurghada, and we were keen to get under the water as soon as possible.

After searching around on the internet, we decided to go with Sharon and Honda from Splash Red Sea due to their reviews on Trip Advisor.

As a mobile dive school (as in, no fixed shop), it means they can create unique and tailor-made packages just for you; the three of us wanted it to be alone, so it was perfect for us.

The dive shop at Sharm el Naga

We used this to our advantage, and on our first day drove along the coast to Sharm el Naga, a little resort location set up specifically for diving and snorkelling.

There are a couple of really nice crevices at Sharm el Naga, and due to the remote location on the coast you won’t find many other divers (if any). Almost immediately we saw three or four blue spotted stingrays, so it was evident life in the Red Sea was good, and it was only to get better.

On our second day we took to the waters and jumped on one of the boats going a little further afield.

In my eye’s, there’s nothing quite like spending a day on a dive boat. Everyone’s in it together, the food’s always good, and you get to chillax on the sundek. What’s not to love about all of that?

We went to a couple of really nice dive sites, one being a nice long drift dive, and there was always plenty to see in the Red Sea.

Both Sharon and Honda from Splash Red Sea were great guides and hugely accommodating; nothing seemed too much for them and they were a pleasure to be around.

And of course, diving with your two older brothers is always a unique and an enjoyable experience, especially when one of them puts on a wetsuit back-to-front nearly every time.

For the people who say the Red Sea is dead, that there’s nothing to see anymore, I implore you to take a look for yourself; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Oh, and if you don’t believe me, maybe this photo essay of diving in the Red Sea will help…
A green turtle in the Red Sea

A lion fish in the Red Sea

Tom swimming alongside me

A blue spotted wrasse in the Red Sea

A blue spotted stingray chilling on the sea bed

Carl diving at Sharm el Naga, Egypt

Whatssss supppppp dude!!!

Carl and I drunk off life about to start a dive

Our dive boat on the second day of diving

A mapped puffer fish in the Red Sea

A black and white lion fish

Tom taking in the coral reef

A moray eel - these things always look so grumpy

A black and white puffer fish

Carl in the big blue

Upside down brain coral. Looks even more like a brain

A green turtle drifting lazily in the Red Sea

A close up of a blue spotted stingray

Tom getting back on the boat at the end of a dive

Diving in Hurghada, Egypt