Diving around Alexandria can be categorized by four different dive types. In the Eastern Harbor and near to the shore, divers can discover ancient ruins from the pharaohs, Romans and Greeks.
The most popular dive site in the area in Cleopatra’s Underwater City which is full of sphinx statues and Roman columns. This city, which was built by Alexander the Great in 300BC, collapsed into the sea after an ancient earthquake. Other ancient sites include Lighthouse and Fort Qaitbey.
To the east of the city, a couple of wrecks from the Napoleonic-era Battle of the Nile offer an interesting diversion for advanced divers. For beginners, the shallow wreck of a WWII airplane gives a glimpse of the area’s modern history.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Borg el Arab Airport services Alexandria. Flights destined for Alexandria mostly originate in the Middle East or North Africa. In addition, transportation from Borg el Arab to the city center is limited to an expensive taxi journey.
If you are arriving from Europe, Asia or North America, a better port of entry is Cairo International Airport. Frequent buses and trains depart from Cairo for the 2-3 hour journey to Alexandria.
Once you reach Alexandria, taxis and local buses may be used to travel from point A to point B.