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There are plenty of Dive Centres in Egypt, including PADI Dive Centres. It's extremely important to choose your dive centre wisely, and to stay aware, taking care to dive responsibly and safely. You'll find Egypt has some amazing dive opportunities!
The bed of the Red Sea is littered with more than 1800 wrecks, with a large concentration around the dangerous Straits of Gubal and Abu Nuhas - known as "the Ships' Graveyard".
The waters teem with a vast of dazzling underwater life. Where the Gulf of Suez meets the Gulf of Aqaba there's an amazing ecosystem with almost the entire range of Red Sea creatures.
The Red Sea coastline is varied, with beautiful shoreline coral reefs along east coast of the Sinai, from Ras Mohammed to Taba. Sharm el Sheikh has over 60 km of colourful reef with hundreds of different underwater species including sharks, with dramatic drop-offs and other features to excite divers. It's often the pelagic diving or the wreck diving which first attracts a diver to Egypt, but cave divers would be captivated by the coral caverns of southern Egypt - especially the maze-like coral of Umm Kharerim and Sha'ab Claude, amongst the reefs of St John’s and the Fury Shoal.
Several of the diving books featured here are written or edited by Jack Jackson, an advanced BS-AC diver, who ran a sport diving operation in the Red Sea (Sudan) for 12 years.
You don't have to scuba dive - you can also enjoy the dazzling reef lifeby hiring a mask, snorkel and fins for a whole day from a dive centre - for just a few pounds.
Despite man-eating shark scares and political unrest in 2011, the Red Sea area of Egypt has kept its tourist industry remarkably alive and well.
Photographic Poster Print from a photograph taken by Mark Webster in the Ras Mohammed National Park (Red Sea, Egypt)
Astonishing biodiversity is the hallmark of the Red Sea. It's a diving oasis in the middle of Earth's largest sandbox. Topside attractions include art, culture and architecture of biblical proportions. This guide describes more than 100 sites in the eight countries that border the Red Sea and includes tourist tips.
The definitive Red Sea dive guide. Red Sea diving logistics and detailed information about 289 dive sites - classics and new dives - from Eilat to Djibouti. Plenty of useful information and advice, including depth, skill level, typical conditions and likely underwater life at each dive site. Useful photos, maps and graphic illustrations / diagrams of reefs, wrecks, underwater life - and divers.
Other waterproof dive logbooks and underwater guides combined are available for various areas of the Red Sea, including MARSA ALAM - DIVING GUIDE AND LOGBOOK (Julien Stein and Daniel Ronen) and EL GOUNA - EGYPTIAN RED SEA - LOG BOOK PAGES, GUIDE and MAPS, SHARM EL SHEIKH: DIVING GUIDE AND INTEGRATED LOGBOOK - as well as all-purpose Diving Logs such as PADI Divers Blue Log Book and Chris Davey's Diving Log Book
One of the most popular guides to thirteen wrecks of the Northern Egyptian Red Sea. It fits a diver's folder and has space for the diver to make personal notes. Includes details of the history, location and background for each, as well as a 3D illustration of the dive site and diving notes specific to each of them.
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The definitive guide to dive-able wrecks of the Red Sea - not only for divers!
The 2010 newly revised edition explores nineteen of the most important and diveable shipwrecks. An illustrated chapter on each of 19 wrecks, 18 minor wrecks and a list of more than 250 sunken ships in the area. For each ship there are details of the history, spec and the highly readable story of the wreck recounted by Ned Middleton. Any one who enjoys tale of adventure or sea stories will be engrossed, not only divers.
Quality writing. Lavishly illustrated with 23 paintings by marine-artist Rico Oldfield, 34 historic photographs and 125 original colour photographs - plus 3 charts.
The first edition was the Underwater Publication of the Year in 2007. Shipwrecks From The Egyptian Red Sea is recommended by Diver magazine, as well as many reviewers on Amazon.
Useful info about sharks and their interactions with divers in the Red Sea - such as which part of the Red Sea coral reefs should you visit for the best chance of seeing a shark - and how likely are you to see one.
Jeremy Stafford-Deistch has also written 'Sharks of Florida, The Bahamas, The Caribbean, The Gulf of Mexico'
The Red Sea section of this book is (like all the other sections) short but fascinating, featuring diving with numerous shark species including whale sharks (off Djibouti), manta rays and dolphins, especially around Sharm el Sheikh. There's also useful information about planning your tip to each location.
Great for snorkelling and diving - also great to use with kids - it's an educational and fun way to add an element of competition!
Get it as wet as you like - this identification guide is waterproof - the pages are a special plastic, printed with waterproof ink. Importantly, it's actually worth taking underwater. Good dual index (common and Latin names). 325 species, logically arranged. Also a useful reference when filling out your dive log.
Underwater Slate and Pencil
With 200 photos and 28 plans of sites to interest divers interested in underwater biology and shipwrecks, English-only readers will enjoy browsing through this book - the photography is great. Written in French.
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More about the underwater life in the Red Sea . . .
The definitive volume about the 130 genera (in 52 families) of sea slugs in the Red Sea. Nearly 500 photos of living animals in their natural habitats, representing 188 species. Sixty of them have never before been seen in published photographs.
This is a technical book, with species accounts, taxonomy, distribution, ecology, a complete reference list and index. Dr. Nathalie Yonow, who has been studying opisthobranchs for two decades, has lived in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Greece and Wales.
By invitation, the author has joined expeditions to collect opisthobranchs from the Red Sea, Mauritius and the Maldives, and she continues to work up and written about various Indo-Pacific collections, but the Red Sea is her first love. She uses specimens from museums and enthusiastic divers, as well as those from her own collections, for her research.
An authoritative 384 page guide, gorgeously illustrated.
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Extreme wreck diving!
Marine archaeologist Franck Goddio discovered ancient Alexandria's sunken harbour on the north coast of Egypt. Over 10 years of diving he has contributed to the underwater excavation which gradually reveal lost Egyptian cities and artefacts from the years around the birth of Christ.
The exhibition 'Egypt's Sunken Treasures' collected together 500 of his discoveries - all listed and explained in this exhibition catalogue. Many hundreds of illustrations, maps and underwater photographs reveal to us the artefacts, and articles by famous scientists help to make sense of them.
Amongst Goddio's spectacular finds is an amazing statue, probably of the Ptolemaic Queen Arsinoe II - it's incredible how the ancient sculptor managed to capture the effect of her transparently 'floaty' garment - in that hardest of rocks, black granite.
The Giannis D sank in 1983, with no loss of life, and now lies in around 25 metres of water. This photograph of the ship at its resting place on the Abu Nuhas reef in the Egyptian Red Sea is available as a photographic print (framing optional), a canvas print or a jigsaw.
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Discover the underwater excavation of the ancient submerged ruins of the great city of Alexandria. Excellent underwater photography hints at the excitement of uncovering ancient monumemts and artifacts beneath the sea.
Possible to argue about the title, as the book contains no references to Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, or anywhere else in the Red Sea - and nothing from Europe at all. The images from Grand Cayman Isles, Lembognan, Indonesia and other world class dive sites are great - but . . . a 'definitive' guide? No.
A pilot for the Red Sea, from Aden to Suez, the Suez Canal, Egypt, Israel, and Cyprus. Available in French and English
The popular Footprint guide updated for travelling divers.
Diving Southeast Asia Footprint Travel Guides (2009) - Beth and Shaun Tierney have dived, photographed and reviewed over 400 popular dive sites around the world. Includes colour photography and mapping, and the 'Drying Out' sections list the best of the sights (handy for non-diving partners). Listings include who to dive with.
Includes detailed information about diving wrecks in the Red Sea.
Both authors are TV presenters as well as divers, and Miranda-Krestovnikoff is a zoologist
Other diving guides for the Red Sea include 'Egyptian Red Sea: A Diver's Guide' and 'Dive Red Sea: The Ultimate Guide'
It's also useful to take underwater identifications guides with you . . .
Desert safaris, diving on coral reefs, Biblical sites, beach side bars and more . . .
This book really does fit into a pocket - but still manages to cram in tons of useful info about Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and Mount Sinai as well as the Gulf of Suez and the coastal region all the way to Marsa Alam and the far south.