The complete guide to Snorkeling in Egypt in 2021

This is the ultimate guide for traveler to learn about all aspects related to snorkeling in Egypt in 2021.

Woman with mask snorkeling

Statuesque colonies of stony corals and soft corals intermixed with schools of Anthiinae – as far as the eye could see

Why snorkel in Egypt

Rich with healthy colorful coral reef. Makes it one of the top visited places for snorkeling and diving all year.

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Coral Reefs Species in the Red Sea

Diversity of marine life is full with colonies of stony corals and soft corals that mesmerize the eye.

Stoney corals

  • Table Acropora
  • Fire Corals (Millepora)
  • Montipora

Soft corals

  • Pulsating Xenid
  • Alcyonacea (Sea Fan)

Red Sea Fish Species

The perfect weather conditions makes the Red Sea the ideal place for the marine life to flourish.

  • Red Sea anemonefish (clownfish)
  • native lionfish
  • Moray eel  
  • Minnows (glassfish)
  • Angelfish
  • Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus),
  • Purple Tang
  • Redtoothed triggerfish  
  • Stingray
  • cowfish
  • Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus/ napoleon wrasse)
  • Blue-green chromis
  • Scorpionfishes
  • Short-nosed unicornfish

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Snorkeling Benefits & Risks


Snorkeling is a fun way to merge with the nature and explore the underwater world. It has a lot of benefits for body and mind.

Connects you with nature Snorkeling allows you to see some of the most vibrant species on the planet. Very similar to walking in a forest full of diverse species – but under the water.

Improves breathing Snorkelers efficiently engage in a breathing exercise by regulating in and out breaths evenly through the mouth. It boosts your maximum oxygen uptake, which is an excellent sign of aerobic fitness.

Overall fitness Snorkeling, whether with fins or without, is a total-body workout. Your muscles are forced to push against the natural resistance of the water with every movement. That is also very good for better mood

Cardiovascular health Snorkeling is beneficial to your cardiovascular system (cardiovascular fitness) it helps your heart pumps harder and stronger as your heart rate rises during snorkeling.

Joint mobility Snorkeling, like other water-based activity, has the extra benefit of delivering beneficial exercise to those who suffer from joint discomfort

Mental health According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise, such as snorkeling, can help relieve tension and anxiety. It helps your body to generates endorphins, which make you feel better and boost your self-esteem.


As with everything, there is always risk associated when encountering nature. Likely local regulations and known rules help us understand the prevent some of the risks associated with snorkeling

Your swimming skills Snorkeling requires swimming – good swimming skills – to move and roam around the snorkeling and coral reef areas. Using a life jacket is necessary for non-swimmer to go snorkeling.

Your fitness health Understanding and ensuring your cardiovascular health is optimal for long period of swimming it important for your snorkeling experience.

Use the right equipment Having the right equipment (and knowing how to use them) is an important factor in your overall snorkeling experience. Face masks, fins and UV protective suite can prevent accidental sun-burns and help you utilize your energy efficiently during your experience.

Check our recommendations on snorkeling gears.

Touching the marine life Touching corals, fishes, dolphins, or anything under water can be very dangerous. Most of the fishes won’t like it and they would try to protect themselves. It’s prohibited by the law to touch the marine life in the Red Sea.

Its strictly recommended to follow the guidance by your local snorkeling instructor to avoid being at risk.

Red Sea Snorkeling Regulations

The diversity and beauty of the Red Sea corals is a sign of its good health. Thus, it important to establish rules and regulations to protect it from bad behaviors and misuse.

Green Fins Initiative 

The Green Fins is an initiative started by the United Nations Environmental Program in collaboration with the Reef-World Foundation, a U.K-based charity and managed locally in Egypt by the Chamber of Diving & Water Sports. In collaboration with Ministry of Environment (MOE),

Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

The management approach of Green Fins seeks to assist operators decrease their negative impact on the marine environment by implementing simple and workable environmentally friendly procedures, educating staff how to be more environmentally friendly role models and passing on the information to their guests.

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The chamber of diving and watersports by Egypt's Ministry of Tourism

The Red Sea snorkeling activities are protected and regulated by CDWS: Chamber of Diving & Water Sports, by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism.

Snorkeling Gears & Equipment

Here is everything you need to know about snorkeling equipment.

Snorkeling Masks

The snorkeling mask is a viewing face-wearable device, which when worn on the face allows you to view the underwater world clearly. Without it, everything viewed under the water would be a blur and would hurt your eye. There are two types of snorkeling masks:

Full Face Snorkeling Mask

If you’re planning to snorkel only on the surface, then a Full-Face snorkel mask is a great option for you. It provides you with comfortable and a more natural way of breathing by using your nose and mouth.

Traditional Mask & Snorkel

There is nothing better than using the good old gear, it comes with different sizes that fits all faces shapes.

Snorkeling Fins

You need fins for snorkeling for your comfort and safety, they allow you to swim efficiently without overexerting yourself. They help you exert more force on the water with each kick and allow you to move faster

Snorkeling Clothes

Its perfectly normal to snorkel with your regular swimsuit. However, if you would like to maximize your protection against potential sunburns, its recommended to wear a UV protection snorkeling suit.

In the Red Sea tropical warm water, Hurghada’s water temperature range between 22 and 29 degrees Celsius – thick snorkeling suit is not necessary.

Sun Protection During Snorkeling

During snorkeling you’re exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Wearing an appropriate sunscreen can prevent you from having serious sunburns.

We recommend that everyone use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

Snorkeling & Underwater Photography

Taking underwater stunning photos require good camera and camera protection equipment.

Modern advanced camera like Go Pro is highly recommended for underwater photo and videography, it comes with highest protection gears against water and sand and there are lots of mount and accessories for various activities.

Snorkeling Activities in Egypt

Explore all snorkeling activity in Egypt and book with Red Sea Reisen

From $40.00

A sea trip with a lot of fun possibilities: sunbathe, swim, snorkel, and chill. We go snorkeling twice, stop at Paradise Island's restaurant for lunch.

From $15.00

Enjoy an easy snorkeling day trip where you will see the Red Sea's underwater coral reefs and diverse fishes. Lunch and drinks are offered onboard.

From $35.00

Orange Bay Island is the best place to snorkel in Hurghada, it's known for its calm and relaxing environment in the middle of the red sea. Starting early in the morning, a one-hour stop on our route to the best Red Sea snorkeling area. Lunch and drinks are offered onboard.

From $40.00

Fishing hobbyists will love to go fishing in Hurghada's surrounding areas, there are a plethora of fishing opportunities. This trip is with experts who know the Red Sea's best spots for fishing.  

From $35.00

Enjoy the Red Sea from Hurghada to Utopia Island. Snorkel amid natural reefs and stunning corals. Have fun on a crazy-shaped banana boat and water sledding in the Red Sea while eating great boat food. Enjoy Utopia Island's pristine sands and blue seas.

From $45.00

Sharm El Naga is a protected region around 40 km south of Hurghada. Its treasure and diversified life of the waters, including abundant coral reefs, lively fish, and other marine life.

From $30.00

This is a fantastic opportunity to see dolphins swimming and playing in the Hurghada sea. They are fully free, not guided or trained by any human. *It is entirely up to them whether they want to swim close or far away.