In prime position on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera you’ll find the buzzy resort of Sharm el Sheikh. Loungers line golden sand lapped by crystal-clear water, but the real showstopper is beneath the sea, where exotic fish dart in and out of rainbow-coloured reefs. Here are its top underwater activities. 

Graduate from the Red Sea Diving College  

Want to be PADI qualified? Red Sea Diving Colleges PADI Scuba Course will get you there in two to three days with its combination of theory classes, SCUBA diving skill classes and open-water dives. 

Ras Mohammed National Park is a haven for fish and coral / Image: Adobe Stock

Explore the Ras Mohammed National Park  

Around 200 species of coral and 1,200 species of fish call the Ras Mohammed National Park home –making it one of the hottest dive locations in the world. Sharks, rays and turtles are also common. 

Take a  snorkelling  trip  

You don’t have to be a hardcore diver to witness the Red Sea’s marine life – plenty of the action is just below surface level. Skip the beach and take a  snorkelling boat trip with Mr Diver to check out the best spots –jumping into the water to see multi-coloured coral and rays. 

SS Thistlegorm sunk off the coast of Egypt during WWII / Image: Adobe Stock

Explore the Thistlegorm shipwreck   

Forget the fish (for a sec) and take a dive trip to the SS Thistlegorm, a merchant navy ship, which sank off the coast during WWII in 1941. Today, boots, motorbikes, rifles and trucks are still visible, and it’s considered one of the best wreck dives in the world. 

Dive the Strait of Tiran  

Novice or pro, there’s a dive site for you at the Strait of Tiran, which is made up of four coral reefs –named after the British cartographers who created the first nautical map of the region.