The Red Sea is a popular diving destination. Many excursions include diving or snorkelling in the Red Sea, and both diving enthusiasts and tourists find these excursions very enjoyable. However, to avoid turning you are once in a lifetime trip into a nightmare, there are things that you should keep in mind on your diving excursion.
1. Don’t touch the fish. When you dive or snorkel in the Red Sea, you will find a wide variety of fish, including fish that you have never seen before. Many of these fish look cute but don’t let their looks deceive you, as they could be poisonous.
Some fish, such as lionfish and stonefish, have venomous spines.
2. Check the rental equipment. If you don’t have your own diving equipment and have to rent or borrow from the diving centre, make sure that you check the equipment before you jump into the water. It’s dangerous to dive with broken gear.
If you are worried about hygiene, it may be a good idea to buy your own mask and snorkel (you have to put it into your mouth), as they are rather inexpensive.
3. Corals are not souvenirs. It’s forbidden to break corals and bring them out of the water (or even to the surface of the water). If you get caught trying to take corals out of the country, you will be fined. Don’t be tempted to break the law.
4. Don’t stand on the reef. There could be dangerous fish, such as stonefish, lying on the reef. They are poisonous and if you step on them by accident, the result could be fatal. In addition, it took hundreds if not thousands of years to grow the reef. It is inexcusable to break something so valuable by accident.
5. Join a reputable tour. If you are looking to join one of the Hurghada excursions or Sharm Excursions, make sure that you join one that is operated by a reputable company such as Travel 2 Egypt. You may find many “tour representatives” selling various excursions on the beach.
Some of these reps might even sell the tour packages for a much lower price than you would normally pay.