Red Sea Diving
Hotels in Soma Bay
Diving in Soma Bay consists of some great shore and boat diving on pristine, isolated and breathtaking reefs with dramatic drop-offs, offering frequent sightings of big Pelagics.
Dive Centres in Soma Bay
Essential Diving Info
Location: On the south coast area of the Eastern Red Sea, approximately 45km south of Hurghada.
Transfer time: Approximately 45 mins from Hurghada airport
Medical: Nearest recompression chamber / medical facilities 15 minutes away in Safaga.
Diving in Soma Bay
Diving is accessed either by boat or from the shore; Orca Dive Club has a fantastic house reef. From Shaab Saiman to Shaab Hamdallah you can dive pristine sites with untouched hard and soft corals and a wide variety of marine life suitable for every level of diver. Ras Abu Soma offers sightings of Octopus and resident Morays, Stonefish and Turtles, with the occasional Napolean in the somewhat deeper section. Look out into the blue for frequent sightings of barracuda and eagle rays here. Tobia Arba is ideal for the unhurried underwater photographer. Further out, Panorama Reef to Abu Gafan offers even more excitement (see below).
One of the highlights of the area is this huge coral formation with walls dropping to over 200m. You will find numerous grottos and overhangs, Gorgonians and soft corals, Jacks, Barracuda, Dolphins, White tip, Grey Reef and Silver tip Sharks. Rare encounters with Manta rays, Oceanic white tip sharks, Hammerhead Sharks are also possible.
Possibly the best dive in the area. Superb wall diving with soft and black coral, giant fan and Gorgonians with frequent sightings of Jacks, Barracuda, Reef sharks and the occasional Hammerhead.
A famous passenger ferry wreck dive. The 100m boat is a dramatic yet eerie dive, and a reminder of the destructive and regenerative powers of the sea. Around 500 people perished in one of the worst marine tragedies of all time, when she hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly. She is now home to thriving underwater life, which includes a resident frogfish.
Hard coral formations second to none in the Red Sea. Turtles, Eagle Rays, Giant Puffer fish, Blue Spotted Rays, Lionfish, Octopus, Squid, Jacks, Barracuda, large schools of Fusiliers, Tuna, Scorpion fish and Box fish.
Nightly entertainment at your hotel.
Activities for non-divers
There are plenty of sporting activities other than diving available at Soma Bay. An 18 hole PGA golf course, for the amateur or the professional golfer in you. Desert safaris, quad biking, day trips to Luxor as well as some deep sea fishing are some of the many activities on offer.
Map of Soma Bay Dive Sites