Red Sea

From: Egypt Travel Guide

See also: Ras Mohammed National ParkOases In Egypt


Red Sea, Egypt
On Egypt's eastern side is the Red sea which is well over 2000 kilometers in length and around 350 kilometers at its widest point and due to its high evaporation it is the most saline body of water in the world.

At the Red Sea's northern tip the sea splits into the Gulf of Aqaba which is on the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsular and into the Gulf of Suez which lies to the west where it continues along the Gulf of Suez until it reach's Port Said and the Mediterranean Sea. At the Red Sea's southern end is the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait which leads onto the Gulf of Aden which joins the Arabian Ocean with the Indian Ocean.

Diving In The Red Sea
The Red Sea is well known for its stunning coral reefs and aquatic life which are both abundant in this wonderful stretch of sea which has excellent visibility for divers and snorkeling and lovely conditions for swimming also. The most popular dive sites are Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Nuweiba and Marsa Alam. Courses, equipment and advice are available from both of these places.

Aquatic Life
The Red Sea is simply filled with a huge variety of sea life such as Thorny Seahorses, Great Turtle, Blue Spotted Stingray, Angelfish, Jelly Fish, Coral Grouper, Sea Anemone and Triggerfish. Many fish such as Moray Eels, Crabs and Lion Fish tend to be found towards the bottom of the sea bed and so are not often seen by people who simply want to swim on the surface.

Red Sea Beaches
The Red Sea's most popular beach's are Sharm El Sheikh Beach and Hurghada Beach both of which offer wonderful stretches of clean sand and clear waters which are perfect for swimming or simply relaxing and watching the world go by.

These beach's have well prepared facilities for holiday makers and both Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh offer diving and snorkeling and are also an excellent base to start from.