Is there a ‘best time’ to visit the Red Sea for diving?
Find out which season suits you best for your perfect Red Sea scuba diving holiday.
We get asked a lot ‘when is the best time to dive the Red Sea?’ and fortunately the answer is anytime! But there are certain times of the year that can suit some better than others so let us give you a summary of the different seasons so you can decide when is best for you to come visit.
It’s true that Egypt and the Red Sea maintains a relatively warm climate all year around and certainly you can always expect great visibility ranging from 15m-40m+, however there is a variant between winter and summer to both the air and water temperature which you may like to factor in to your scuba diving holiday planning.
Take the peak summer months for example, we’re talking June until around September, the water temp has risen by this point to a toasty 28 degrees meaning most of the divers you’ll see are in shorty 3mm wetsuits or even rash vests and shorts making for lighter diving. With the higher water temp comes a higher air temp as well, and it’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach late 30’s, possibly even early forties around lunchtime when the sun is at its highest point, but don’t worry as there is plenty of opportunity to jump in to the sea and cool off, even in between dives.
If you’re thinking winter sounds like it would suit you better, then expect cooler temperatures with the sea temperatures dropping to around 22/23 degrees at the coolest and air temp during the day mid-twenties, falling to the mid-teens in the evenings. We normally recommend at least 5mm full suits during the colder months from around January to March/April, although you’ll possibly see a few drysuits doing the rounds or hearty divers still in their shorty’s! Just remember that water conducts heat between 25 - 40 x faster than air so even though you may feel warm on your first day diving, by the end of day 5 you could find yourself goose-bumping half way through a dive. You’ll also want to bring a cosy towel, or have your Eagle Divers hoodie with you for in between and after dives as the wind can be stronger meaning you don’t feel as warm as before you went in the water.
In terms of marinelife, it’s the Red Sea! We’ve over 1,300 fish species and over 2,000 kilometres of some of the best coral reef systems in the world and that doesn’t change from summer to winter. You can expect every colour of the rainbow, although there may be a bit of a better chance to spot the larger pelagic’s during the warmer water months, anything and everything is possible!
If you’re thinking of coming to Sharm el Sheikh for your next Scuba diving holiday, feel free to get in touch with any questions and we’ll happily try and answer them for you. Oh, and if it ever rains whilst you’re here, consider yourself very lucky, that only happens around 1 or 2 times per year!
Photographs provided by professional underwater photographer Renata Romeo, contact us about scheduling your bespoke photography workshop with her during your next diving holiday.