Today is World Ocean Day, a day to reflect and remind the world of the vital and pivotal role our oceans play in our everyday lives and well-being. The oceans are the lungs of our planet, serve as a major source of food for humanity, and are undoubtedly essential for our biosphere. As we recognize this day, it is important to prioritize and acknowledge the devastating effects humans have had on the oceans and all the magnificent and majestic lifeforms that exist within it. So, without further ado, we present to you some of the most enchanting and top choices for diving in Egypt as a way to celebrate this day. The ones that arrest each of those that witness it, as they delve deep into the abyss of our seas. The ones that contain within them a portal to another cosmos and remain vibrant with all evidence of life.
Shark and Yolanda Reef, Red Sea
Situated at Ras Mohammed and teeming with tuna, jackfish, batfish, schools of barracuda and grey reef sharks, the shark and Yolanda Reef consists of three special dives in one which include: anemone city, shark reef, and the wreck of the Yolanda.
Thistlegorm Wreck, Red Sea
A massive British ship that sunk in 1941 as it was attacked from the air during World War II, Thistlegorm carried within it war supply shipments such as motorcycles, ammunition, weapons, trucks, and more. You’ll probably need several dives to fully discover the entirety of the ship.
St. John’s and the Deep South, Red Sea
Located on the Tropic of Cancer, the St. John’s dive offers some of the most vibrant colors of coral throughout the Red Sea, with several caves to explore. This specific site is a chain of reefs, allowing divers to easily finish one off and move on to the next, with no shortness of beauty up ahead. As the rays of light point their aim towards the tunnels down below, you might never leave this eternally and timeless boast of nature.
Brothers Island, Red Sea
At the Brothers Island dive sites, you’ll be greeted by several types of sharks such as Grey Reef Sharks, Silvertip Sharks, and schools of Hammerhead Sharks to name some, as well as manta rays and several kinds of dolphins. In addition, the corals down in the deep blue of the dive sites within this are not to be missed, as well as other two wrecks, the Numidia and the Aida.
Speaking of wrecks…
Salem Express Wreck, Red Sea
This specific wreck dive, though an exhilarating experience, remains a controversial one due to the over 470 passengers onboard the ship returning from a pilgrimage in Mecca, who lost their lives as the ship struck the Hyndman Reef on December 17th, 1991. Since then, marine life has thrived in and around the wreck, where divers can witness snapper fish, colored parrotfish, butterfly fish, and more. In addition, divers might also be experiencing a sense of eeriness on this dive, as personal belongings to victims of the wreck still remain in sight.