A number of scuba divers travel to Egypt each year in an effort to explore the Red Sea’s famous shipwrecks and marine life. The Red Sea is one of the most well-known diving locations in the world due to its crystal-clear waters, bright coral reefs, and varied marine life. Additionally, the Red Sea offers divers of all skill levels a variety of diving opportunities. From Scalloped Hammerhead to Oceanic whitetip, and whale sharks, these are just a few of the shark species that may be found in the Red Sea.
Here are the best places where you can go for a dive with different types of sharks.
Scalloped hammerheads are easily the most recognizable with their hammer-shaped head and long dorsal fin and are commonly found at Elphinstone and Daedalus reefs according to Ali Labib, a partner at TheyCallMeDugongi. Sightings are most common when the water is warm, from June to Nov.Additionally, they are sometimes spotted on the outside of Jackson Reef in Tiran, but surface conditions are often harsh and need to be perfectly flat to make the dive.
Oceanic whitetip sharks are distributed throughout the Red Sea. Specifically, they are sometimes spotted towards the reefs of Sharm El Sheikh but are spotted on an almost daily basis offshore of Brothers Islands, often waiting underneath the liveaboards and providing close encounters with divers according to Dive Magazine. They are found at other offshore reefs as well such as Daedalus and Rocky, Fury Shoal. Also, they are very common on Elphinstone’s south plateau.
Whale sharks are most likely to be encountered at the Brothers and Daedalus on liveaboards out of Hurghada. According to Dive Magazine, the best time to see them is from late spring to mid-summer. They are between 3m and 7m in length, but always a thrilling encounter and dive around. They are seen commonly when you are cruising on your liveaboard and they sometimes visit the reefs to surprise some lucky divers.
The Silky Shark is a beautiful fish that can grow up to 1.8 meters – 6 feet in length. It has a characteristic black band around its pectoral fins. They can be spotted in the Red Sea from Nov. through Jan. Interestingly, they can grow to around 3 meters in length and are spotted off small islands and offshore reefs. Also, they usually hunt in small packs and are very curious about divers, meaning that divers should proceed with caution as they sometimes come very close.
With its unmistakable vertical stripes along its 5-meter-16 feet-long body, Tiger Sharks are one of the rarest and most interesting species in the region. This creature has a preference for turtles according to ZuBlu. Tiger shark sightings are more common in the summer months, corresponding with the Green and Hawksbill turtle mating and nesting season. Thus, the top dive sites you can encounter them at Rocky Island, Safaga, and Elphinstone.
Labib also claimed that liveaboards are the most common and efficient way to go to destinations such as brothers and Daedalus as you get to have more time to dive and explore the location. Also, day trips are not available for these destinations as liveaboards are the perfect way to explore these magnificent spots. Day trips are available for Elphinstone as it can be reached out to from the shore.
However, you must keep in mind that sharks are the most stunning aquatic creatures you might come across when you dive with them. You get the unique opportunity to see them in their natural environment and take in their beauty as a diver. According to Labib, the most important things to remember before diving with sharks include respecting them as you are in their natural habitat, staying close to your group because sharks frequently like to look closer at divers swimming alone, and avoiding any erratic movements because you need to remain calm. Most essential, in shark-crowded spots, always stay beneath and never float on the surface.