by Ricky Durrance
Coral diving in the Red Sea, Egypt
Often it is hard to think outside of the box when it comes to travelling. For example, what do you think of when someone mentions Egypt? Pyramids and pharaohs, right? Whilst these are of course must see sights, you may be surprised to know that Egypt, along with many other countries around the world, have many hidden wonders which the vast majority of people never get to see – those found in the marine parks, corals and underwater attractions which litter the coasts and attract divers from all over to explore each and every year.
Red Sea Diving
Octopus sighted diving in the Red Sea, Egypt
When you think of cheap holidays to Egypt
, the resorts that have been purposely built close to the Red Sea
coast are perhaps the most popular, thanks in large parts to the range of diving opportunities in the area. But do not think that all you will see is a few fish. On the contrary, Egypt has many underwater treasures that are just waiting to be explored. The legendary dive location Ras Mohammed
is easily accessible from Sharm el Sheikh and has over ten wrecks, such as Thistlegorm which often make it onto top ten dive location lists. You’ll also be able to see some amazing sea life including sting-rays, turtles and huge numbers of fish. If you want to head somewhere further south, head to Marsa Alam
, where you can explore the Abu Nuhas
Manta Ray lurking on the seabed, Tenerife
Tenerife has for decades been one of the premier diving destinations and its reputation as a world class diving spot is firmly established. The water is perfectly clear, warm and full to the brim with fascinating caves, coves and wrecks to explore. Whilst Tenerife as an island is known for its volcanic landscape and black sand beaches (as well as the golden ones), it really comes into its own underwater. The wildlife is simply stunning, with manta rays
, sharks, barracuda and sunfish all common sights for divers. There are many reef systems which live under the waters surface and is where most of the fish can be found. Wrecks litter the coast, with many sunken purposefully for the benefit of divers. These wrecks can lay up to 30 metres from the surface and make excellent sites for beginners as well as advanced divers on cheap holidays to Tenerife
There are of course many other destinations which can provide spectacular diving opportunities. But both Tenerife and Egypt are places which are famed much more in the main for their on-land attractions, wonders and marvels. But just because you may not be able to see underwater attractions does not mean they should be ignored – so consider a cheap all inclusive trip and discover them for yourself.
Written by Ricky Durrance for online travel specialists Beat the Brochure.
Photo Credits: coral, octopus, manta ray