Immerse yourself in an enchanting underwater world
Once an important part of the spice trade route, the ancient ports of Egypt’s Red Sea are now better known for some of the best diving and fishing in the world. Thanks to the region’s consistent sunshine, white-sand beaches and pristine coral reefs, Red Sea holidays have become popular with scuba divers and sun-worshippers alike.
It was its mineral-rich red mountain ranges that inspired the mariners of antiquity to name this sea Mare Rostrum, or the Red Sea. Hermits seeking seclusion founded early Christian monasteries here, sharing the wilderness with camel-trading Bedouin tribes. Today, the crags and limestone wadis of the Eastern Desert remain relatively unexplored, home to ibex and gazelle. The thermal winds that once sped clippers to the east now bring thousands of migratingbirds to the shores of the Red Sea; making it a paradise for bird-watchers. Here, you will also find over 800 species of fish, including stone fish and butterfly fish, as well as surgeonfish, jellyfish and even some species of shark. Not to mention the crabs that sometimes overrun the shore in the evening.
If you’re a sun-worshipper then our Red Sea holidays will afford you plenty of opportunity to relax on the beach or retreat to the shade of the mangrove lagoons that line the coast, while snorkellers will be able to fully explore the wonders of the reefs. The Red Sea is a living spectacle of vibrant corals and exotic fish, and our Red Sea holidays and Red Sea cruises are the best way of discovering this remarkable underwater world.