The Red SeaThere are more than 1,100 fish species in the Red Sea; many of them sport dramatic markings and coloration. A good example: the spotted and striped Red Sea (or Desjardin’s) sailfin tang. Photo by: Carlos Villoch
Ask any European diver what his favorite destination is, and he’ll likely say the Red Sea. That’s because its close-to-home sites are famed for their mind-boggling concentration of marine life, one of the planet’s richest marine ecosystems in a sea that’s bordered on three sides by desert.
A Divers Guide To: The Red Sea
Average water temp: low 70s in winter to low 80s in summer
What to wear: 7 mm wetsuit in winter; 3 mm wetsuit or dive skin in summer
Average viz: 100 feet, except during occasional plankton blooms
When to go: The Red Sea is good year-round
More Info: sportdiver.com/destinations/red-sea
Rosalie Moller: This 360-foot former cargo vessel is deep — the dive starts at 100 feet — but the wreck is smothered in marine life, including silversides, glassfish, jacks and trevally.
Abu Nuhas: A number of vessels have run aground on the Abu Nuhas seamount in the Straits of Gubal at the southern end of the Gulf of Suez — you can dive the Giannis D, Carnatic and Chrisoula K, among others.
Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas and Gordon Reefs: These four reefs line the entrance — the Straits of Tiran — that leads to the Gulf of Aqaba. Strong currents bring barracuda, tuna and sharks.
Dunraven: Located off Ras Mohamed, this former English steamer is covered in coral.
Before You Go:
PADI Wreck Diver: To fully explore Red Sea wrecks, take this course to be prepared. Go to padi.com.