Scuba Diving in Safaga
Safaga, originally a major
commercial harbour in the Red Sea
Riviera, has become over the years a
divers’ favourite. Some even claim
Safaga's offshore reefs offer better
diving than Sharm el Sheikh or
Hurghada. It offers shallow easy
dive sites for beginners, and
impressive sheer walls for the more
experienced, such as fabled Abu
Qifan, with the complete range of
colours and marine life perfect for
Safaga is located in a wide large bay, adorned
with a long sandy beach where resorts cater mainly to divers,
windsurfers and families with kids. In the middle of the bay, a number
of coral “ergs” create a beautiful coral garden ideal for the beginners.
Off shore open ocean dive sites still amaze even the most experienced
live-aboard safaris from Hurghada include Safaga's best dive sites
in their itineraries.
There is something in Safaga for everybody: manta rays at Sha'ab Saiman,
the eel garden at Gamul Kabira, blue spotted stingrays at Tobia, sharp
drop-offs at Abu Qifan, the anemone city at Panorama Reef. There is
nothing like a night dive at Sha'ab Sheer.The
Safaga marine area is protected, as many other areas in
Egypt, and diving centers here operate
under environment-friendly procedures. Starting from year 1995, local
authorities, NGO’s and international bodies such as USAID have
co-operated in the conservation of the underwater life of the region.
Nowadays, regular checks and upgrades ensure the presence of mooring
buoys in all dive sites.