El Quseir is a beautiful place, situated on the mid southern coast of mainland Egypt, between Hurghada to the North and Marsa Alam in the South. It can be accessed easily by either of the 2 Airports.
Once an important and busy port, the city stands at the end of the shortest route between the Nile and the Red Sea, making it a vital trade route between Egypt and the wider world in the days before the Suez canal. It was also one of the main shipping routes for Pilgrims heading to Mecca. It is for this reason that many buildings in the town have a strong architectural Islamic influence. Visitors can still see the Old Fortress and port buildings scattered around the now quiet harbour.
Today there is little else to do except relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the small town and marvel at the beautiful fringing reefs that run the length of the coastline, whether by snorkelling or diving.
The coral reefs here are extremely diverse and provide excellent diving with a huge variety of dive sites from scattered pinnacles and out crops to pristine coral gardens and labyrinths of coral caverns and canyons just waiting to be explored. The sheer variety of coral growth is astonishing with a full mixture of hard corals as well as the wonderful multi coloured soft corals.
The marine life is just as impressive, with Napoleon Wrasse, lionfish, trumpetfish, moray eels, nudibranch and goatfish inhabiting the reef areas while bluespotted rays, crocodile fish, cuttlefish and gobies are in the shallows. Out in the blue, Indian mackerel, tuna, jacks and snapper can be seen patrolling. And if you are really lucky you will get to see the elusive and shy Dugong or a friendly Dolphin interactive encounter.
Diving parties here are small, to help preserve the reefs so you will find your underwater experience to be tranquil and peaceful.
Further afield those wanting to see more of Egypt and it’s culture can easily visit Luxor as a full day or overnight trip. Travel time is approx. 3.5 hours each way. For the more adventurous Quad bike and horse/Camel safaris are an excellent way of seeing more of the magical desert scenery and meeting the local Bedouin people. These nomadic people offer a warm welcome to visitors who get to enjoy Bedouin hospitality before heading back across the desert to the beautiful resort hotels.
For general information about travelling and diving in Egypt, see the main destination page for Egypt.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DIVING IN THE RED SEA
Avoid Rogue Operators - Dive only with legal diving operators on your next trip to Egypt’s Red Sea.
All CDWS member dive operators have met ISO standards EN 14467 / ISO 24803 for diving to ensure your diving safety.
Look out for the CDWS logo for the symbol of quality and safety.