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Seasons for diving in the Red Sea in Hurghada

When is the best time to dive in Egypt?

As a diving instructor working in Hurghada, I often get asked when is the best time to come diving in Hurghada. Each season has its specifics. It depends only on you, which conditions suit you and what you like. In Hurghada, Egypt, the season does not end and you can dive all year round. The weather is sunny and temperatures are above 20 degrees, both in air and water. The wind, which usually blows over the sea, has an effect on thermal well-being. Its intensity changes throughout the year. Consider that the temperature in the Red Sea does not vary much with depth. Shallow lagoons are a few degrees warmer in summer and vice versa in winter. Read what is typical for different seasons.

Diving in the Red Sea in spring (April, May and June)

In spring, as you know, everything multiplies, and the same can be said about fish and marine animals. At this time, there are huge amounts of fish fry everywhere. At the beginning of spring, they are tiny little fish, for which we are unable to determine the species. Large shoals surround coral towers and blocks, in which many can be found hiding. In late spring, the coral gardens are full of larger fish. In June, some of the coral reefs around Hurghada are crowded with schools of squirrelfish. Around the reefs, we can observe predators such as moray eels or groupers hunting these fish.

The water temperature in Hurghada is usually 23 degrees at the beginning of spring and 26 at the end. In April it can still be a little cold if the wind blows. Therefore, the higher diving season starts only in May. We recommend a long 5 mm neoprene suit. The air temperature ranges from 25 to 35 degrees.

Diving in the Red Sea in summer (July and August)

Many people think that Egypt is too hot in the summer. However, it is pleasant at sea and you can "sit" in and under water for as long as you want. There is still plenty of life at the reefs. In summer, triggerfish, for example, lay their eggs, which build a funnel-shaped nest in the sand and defend the area near and above the nest. Larger species of triggerfish - a green or titan triggerfish can attack you and bite you, for example, in the fin. In late spring and early summer there is a better chance of seeing dolphins or sharks underwater.

The water temperature in Hurghada is between 27 and 30 degrees and the air between 30 and 40 degrees. It is really hot in the direct sun in the lee, but even a weak breeze will cool you down at sea. You can dive in a thin 3mm suit or a short one and you don't need that much weight :). Families with children often travel during the holidays.

Diving in the Red Sea in autumn (September, October and November)

Autumn can be considered the peak season for certified divers. The air and water temperature is pleasant, it only starts to get cold in the second half of November. There are also plenty of fish and other sea creatures.

The water temperature in Hurghada is gradually getting colder and is between 28 and 25 degrees and the air between 35 and 25 degrees. Neoprene can be 5 mm.

Diving in the Red Sea in winter (December, January, February, March)

In winter, the sea is calmer and diving sites are not so crowded. There are fewer divers, maybe there will be a little more around the Christmas holidays. The water gradually cools and in some dive sites large stingrays such as the feathertail or mangrove stingrays appear.

Expect to wear at least a sweatshirt on the boat. If it's windy, we recommend finding a spot in the sun and leeward when changing from a wet wetsuit. The water temperature at diving sites in Hurghada is from 25 to 22 degrees. In December the water is warmer than in March. We recommend 7 mm neoprene, possibly 5 mm in combination with a neoprene vest and hood. Diving gloves are not required. The air is over 20 degrees, but thermal comfort depends mainly on the strength of the wind.

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