Nabq's Scuba Diving

Nabq is considered the newest district of Sharm El Sheikh and is remote from major tourist landmarks. The South Sinai marine protected area is situated here, on the coast of Nabq Bay. It has a total area of 600 sq. km. Stretching along the coast, beautiful coral reefs are a huge attraction for divers. There are fewer tourists here in comparison with other Egyptian resorts, therefore, marine flora and fauna have remained in pristine condition. But it's not only beautiful pristine coral and numerous fearless fish that attract divers. Several ships found their final resting place near Nabq after they encountered long shallows and insidious reefs. "Maria Schröder" is one of them. It is perfectly seen from the shore as the vessel's superstructural parts point upwards from the water.

Getting There

The nearest airport is situated in Sharm El Sheikh 10 km from Nabq. After arriving at the airport, take a taxi or order transfer services at a hotel where you want to stay beforehand. The trip will take about 20 minutes. If there are no direct flights, you can catch a connecting flight from Cairo.


Nabq has a hot and dry climate with the air temperature reaching +25 °C. During summers, it rises to +35 °C. Diving is possible year round, but the best period is from November to March. In late winter, it is very windy here, therefore, sandstorms are frequent and sea storms are possible as well. The water temperature is about +29 °C in August, and +22 °C in March.

Dive Spots near Nabq

"Million Hope" is the biggest wreck in the Red Sea. The majority of cranes and the vessel's topside are still above the water. You can swim along the wreck and see massive propellers as well as the "impact zone" where the ship's head hit the reef. Remnants of the vessel "Hey Daroma" that sank many years before this wr, are scattered all over the sea bottom near the "Hope". Off the vessel's starboard side, there is a hole through which you can get inside the cargo hold. And from the deck, you can get inside the engine room.

Iconic Sea Life in Egypt

The warm waters of the Red Sea attract a variety of underwater creatures, including unique inhabitants — dugongs which are on the IUCN Red List. It harbors more than 1,200 species of marine inhabitants, old picturesque corals, which are about 2 billion years old. The Red Sea is a home for bright tropical fish, marine turtles, dolphins, octopuses, giant oceanic manta rays, gray reef sharks and whale sharks. Among natural and artificial reefs, coral gardens and sunken ships you can see shoals of tuna fish, barracudas, butterflyfish, humphead wrasses and moray eels. Some of them are dangerous: moon jellyfish, reef stonefish, whiptail stingray and pterois.