Egypt’s Red Sea ranked world’s third best scuba div­ing desti­na­tion: DIVE

Web­site also high­lighted Ras Mo­hammed, de­scrib­ing it as un­doubt­edly one of finest div­ing sites on planet

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Ne­hal Samir

The scuba div­ing mag­a­zine, DIVE, ranked Egypt’s Red Sea third in terms of global scuba div­ing des­ti­na­tions in its an­nual DIVE Travel Awards which are de­cided by readers’ votes. In­done­sia and the Philip­pines were named first and sec­ond, re­spec­tively.

Af­ter com­ing in at sixth place last year, Egypt climbed the ranks ahead of the likes of Fiji, Aus­tralia, the Solomon Is­lands, the Galá­pa­gos Is­lands, and the Mal­dives.

The Egyp­tian Red Sea has over 400 recorded coral species, sev­eral hun­dred species of fish (20% of which are en­demic), stun­ning reefs, dra­matic walls, and an es­tab­lished dive in­dus­try, stated DIVE mag­a­zine.

The an­nounce­ment of the re­sults on DIVE’s web­site also came with a few par­tic­u­lar high­lights in­clud­ing Ras Mo­hammed, de­scrib­ing it as un­doubt­edly one of the finest div­ing sites on the planet.

Ras Mo­hammed is Egypt’s old­est na­tional park and con­sti­tutes a 480 sqm sanc­tu­ary for a pro­lif­er­a­tion of corals and marine life.

DIVE also high­lighted The Brothers off­shore is­lands which of­fer high-en­ergy div­ing, and St. John’s Reef as hotspots for div­ing fa­nat­ics.

The Red Sea is renowned for its reefs, which re­main sta­ble and healthy at a time when other ma­jor sys­tems are suf­fer­ing from the ef­fects of cli­mate change and marine pol­lu­tion.

“In to­tal, the reefs of the Red Sea sup­port more than 220 dif­fer­ent species of hard and soft coral. To­gether, these corals pro­vide the ba­sis of an ecosys­tem that of­fers both food and shel­ter to over 1,100 species of fish,al­most a fifth of which are found nowhere else on Earth,” ac­cord­ing to TripSavvy’s re­port.

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