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Where to dive in Egypt: Safaga & Makadi Bay

Diving in Safaga and Makadi Bay

Right after Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh, diving in Safaga and Makadi Bay are the most popular in Egypt. Shallow reef, coral gardens and steep walls… Underwater natural resources of these regions will delight not only beginners, but also experienced divers.

Diving conditions

The average highest temperature is 30°C in July and August, and the lowest are in January – about 16°C. The water is the coolest in February, about 22.5°C and the warmest in August, because almost 29°C.

Safaga is renowned for its shipwrecks. They are present in the depths of the Red Sea, due to the large and bustling port. It was used during World War 2 by allied forces. The place has gained wider notoriety after the tragic sinking of the Salem Express ferry, which was carrying pilgrims returning from Mecca. It’s been almost 30 years since then and the area of the wreck is treated as a cemetery. A curiosity for tourists is also clean sand with medicinal properties.

The Makadi Bay captivates with richness of marine life as well as Safaga and Hurghada. It is colloquially referred to as the home reef. When diving in the waters, you will discover caves, sandstone plateau, but you will also have a chance to come across a reef shark. It is worth to know that these are one of the most popular holiday destinations not only among the European divers, but also Russian. Tourists appreciate good weather, relatively low prices and great service quality.

Diving centers:

  • 3 Turtles Diving Center
  • United Divers
  • ABC Dream Divers
  • Mena Dive
  • Barakuda Diving Team

Diving sites:

Photos from our readers:

Safaga
Photo by Antoni Urbański

 

Safaga
Photo by Antoni Urbański

 

Safaga
Photo by Antoni Urbański

 

Safaga
Photo by Antoni Urbański

 

Safaga
Photo by Janusz Andrzejczak

 

Safaga
Photo by Janusz Andrzejczak

 

Safaga
Photo by Janusz Andrzejczak

 

Safaga
Photo by Janusz Andrzejczak

 

Safaga
Photo by Janusz Andrzejczak

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Rodrigo Mendoza

Brazilian American. As a child was strictly connected with warm waters of sunny Brasil. His love to the underwater world has been increasing through the years. One of the most beautiful diving spots that he has ever been to was the Galapagos. Rescue Diver PADI certified.

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