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Diving in Safaga & Makadi Bay

Explore diving in Safaga & Makadi Bay

Safaga and Makadi Bay constitute the third most popular scuba diving area in Egypt after Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh.

Divers here are rewarded by shallow reefs, coral gardens and steep walls. Several controversial wrecks add intrigue to this Red Sea dive resort. You can expect to see a wide range of colorful corals and sponges as well as plenty of reef fish around Safaga and Makadi Bay. Crocodilefish, blue-spotted rays, trumpetfish, napoleon fish, clownfish, and humphead wrasse are regularly seen. Early divers might be rewarded with a turtle.

Certain sites are famous for their reef sharks and the lucky few might see a hammerhead. Barracuda, tuna and mackerel can regularly be seen patrolling the area’s wrecks. Stonefish, mothfish and lionfish hide among the corals.

When to dive in Safaga & Makadi Bay

Diving season is year-round. This part of Egypt experiences warm winters and very hot summers, however water temperatures can vary significantly in the Red Sea. Expect the warmest water temperatures to occur in August with an average of 82°F (28°C).

The coolest water temperatures are recorded in February when a 5mm wetsuit may be necessary to dive comfortably. Visibility remains a fairly constant 70 feet (22 meters).

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More Information

Most visitors reach Makadi Bay and Safaga via the Hurghada International Airport, which is approximately a 45-minute drive to the north. For those arriving via Cairo, a seven hour bus journey is necessary to reach this dive area.

Once in Hurghada, resort transfers, taxis and local buses allow visitors to move around.

Time Zone
220 V
Bar (bar)
C, F
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Hurghada Intl (HRG)

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