A former commercial harbour, Safaga has become an increasingly popular choice for visiting divers because of its close proximity to a wide range of excellent dive sites.
Situated 53km south of Hurghada, it offers shallow and sheltered dives ideal for beginners, as well as reef-wall drop-offs and wrecks for more experienced scuba enthusiasts.
The marine life is vibrant and varied. In the centre of the bay you will find a beautiful, shallow coral garden perfectly suited for beginners, while more experienced divers can explore the drop-offs, where large pelagic creatures are often seen cruising by.
A protected marine area, Safaga’s dive centres must comply with strict environmentally-friendly procedures. Since 1995, local authorities, non-government conservation organisations and international bodies such as USAID have worked together to preserve and protect the underwater environment here. Regular monitoring ensures the presence of mooring buoys on all its main dive sites.
Many liveaboard trips running out of Hurghada visit the best of Safaga’s dive sites, particularly the wrecks. The busy commercial port has seen a number of ferry sinkings over the years, creating wrecks for divers to explore. This includes the Al Kafhain car ferry that capsized in 2005 close to Safaga’s shore.
The wreck of the Salem Express also lies near to the port of Safaga, after running aground and capsizing in 1991 with the tragic loss of hundreds of lives. A controversial wreck to dive because of the number of lives lost, nevertheless, it continues to be visited by many underwater explorers.