By Emperor's Regional Manager, Luke Atkinson
The phrase ‘world class’ gets overused, and it’s true I’ve seen people turn their noses up when I say the Red Sea can offer true ‘world class’ diving. I suppose it’s comforting to think that unless you make 2 or more flight connections and spend at least a full day travelling then yeah sure, you can have great diving, but not ‘world class’.
I’m lucky enough to be able to travel around all the Emperor Red Sea centres and meet divers in every location. What surprises me is that not everybody knows about what is for me (and many, many others) one of the greatest spectacles you can see under the water anywhere in the world, and it’s just a 5 hour flight from Europe.
Sharm El Sheikh offers great diving year round, but from mid-May-ish to mid-July-ish (hey – this is nature we’re talking about), the tip of the Sinai Peninsula where the 2 gulfs collide becomes the meeting place for huge schools of fish concentrated on one or two dive sites, and it is so good you run out of superlatives. The Egyptians have known about this for years, and fortunately made Ras Mohamed area a marine reserve in 1983. For more than 30 years, divers have been able to witness enormous schools of snapper, batfish, barracuda, tuna and unicornfish among others. True world class.