Diving in the Red Sea
The Red Sea is one of the world's best dive sites, and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for avid divers and first time divers alike. The Red Sea's thousands of kilometres of Red Sea coastline are blessed with extensive reef formations, islands and stunning underwater scenery, rich with coral-covered walls and beautiful gardens - an underwater wonderland that should not be missed.
Out of the water, the Red Sea's year-round good weather, fine hotels, historical sites and range of desert based activities such as quad biking and camel trekking ensure that you won't be bored on dry land either.
What will I see?
The outstanding underwater visibility of the Red Sea gives you the opportunity to observe (and photograph) over 400 varieties of coral and 1,500 species of fish, turtle and shark, including whale sharks, dolphins and turtles. Check individual resort pages to see which varieties of underwater life you can expect to see, and when.
When should I go?
The comparatively warm waters of the Red Sea make it suitable for diving holidays all year round. It does get chillier in winter months, when a full 5mm wetsuit is recommended, but these months also tend to be quieter and therefore more peaceful and relaxed. Spring and summer see an increased variety of fish and underwater mammal life, and are the busiest times of the year, when the waters are at their warmest. Shoulder seasons - May, June, September and October - often represent great value for money and are quieter than the summer months but still very warm.
What about non-divers?
If your friends or family can't be persuaded to join you diving, don't worry - they won't be missing out on all the fun. They can still appreciate the wonderful Red Sea and its inhabitants from the beach, on a snorkelling or boat trip or a kite-surfing experience. Not to mention all the options available on dry land - the Red Sea region makes fantastic base for exploring some of the world's most famous historic sites in Egypt, Jordan and Israel and is home to an array of activities that include desert jeep safaris, camel treks and quad biking. Many of the hotels feature spas and massage facilities for a spot of pampering, and then there's the pool, the beach and the famous Egyptian sun.
What do I need to know before I go?
Firstly, you need to decide what kind of diving holiday is for you. Our specialist dive team are on hand to offer you all the advice you need to decide which course or package, which dive centre and which resort are the best suited to your level of experience, interests and available time. So if you can't find what you're looking for online, don't hesitate to call us on 0844 770 4905.
You can also see our diving FAQs for answers to some of the questions we're asked most often.
Before you make any decisions, you should read the safety prerequisites - and if you have any concerns, please speak to your doctor before you travel.
For experienced divers taking their own equipment on holiday, you should also see our information relating to baggage allowance for divers.
Why should you book your Red Sea diving holiday with Longwood Holidays?
Longwood Holidays is the UK's leading independent Red Sea operator, with over 25 years experience of selling holidays to the Red Sea and beyond. Here's a few reasons why we make a great choice for your diving holiday:
Our specialist dive team have expert knowledge and first hand experience of the Red Sea region, and are able to help create your perfect diving holiday whether you're an absolute beginner or qualified diver looking for new challenges and experiences. With loads of information, insights and advice at their fingertips, our team can provide you with an unparalleled level of service.
Contact the dive team on 0844 770 4905 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The team have also created a specialist Red Sea diving brochure, full of detailed information and resort guides. Order brochure >>
Our high quality service doesn't stop in the UK - in fact we're renowned for the standard of service provided by our in-resort representatives, who many of our guests tell us are the real stars of the show. From meeting you at the airport with much-needed water to providing information on excursions or helpful tips on the local area and culture, our representatives are there to make sure that every aspect of your holiday goes smoothly.
You can book diving packages and courses online, at the same time as booking your flights and accommodation with Longwood Holidays. Look out for the extras tab after you select your hotel room and board basis.
Value for MoneyPre-booking your diving package usually means saving money. We have specially negotiated, preferential rates with our selected dive centre partners to ensure value for money. These include a range of diving offers that include buy-one-get-one-free and more. Pre-booking your diving course will also ensure that you are not disappointed during busy periods, as places on most courses are limited.
Value for Diving Groups
Mini group discounts and free places for groups are available in addition 0844 770 4905 to discuss your group booking.
Value for Singles
Health and Safety
We have a dedicated Health & Safety Officer based in the Red Sea region, who regularly visits our hotels and dive centres, actively recommending practices and methods to constantly improve existing services.
See holiday essential safety information >>
Our Red Sea diving programme doesn't finish with Sharm el Sheikh - in fact, we offer diving in Red Sea resorts across Egypt, Israel and Jordan, from the popular sites of Sharm to the lesser known attractions of Aqaba and Nuweiba. We offer a range of diving packages and courses for beginners and qualified divers and liveaboard holidays.
Our range of accommodation, featuring over 150 hotels, is truly comprehensive and represents a range of styles, atmospheres, budgets and board bases - though all offer high standards of service and facilities.