The favorite and most memorable of all of my dive trips is the Red Sea. I travelled to Egypt and stayed in Sharm el Sheik at a time when it was very safe for Americans to travel there. I have been seeing a lot of promotion for diving in the Red Sea but that said, am not sure if this is directed towards European divers, etc. You would need to check with the US Embassy to determine if, in fact, it is a safe travel destination but, if it is….it is beyond incredible.
Our group was 15 divers and we left early in the morning and did 3 or 4 dives per day for 2 weeks. I saw just about everything a diver would like to see, such as whale sharks, manta rays, riso whales, pods of dolphins, schools of tuna being chased by dolphins, lionfish by the hundreds ( one of their natural habitats), hundreds of different anemones (Anemone City), Nemo…yes, tons of clownfish guarding their anemones, nesting queen trigger fish (aggressive when nesting…don’t mess with them) and tons more. There is an incredible dive site called Ras Mohammed which is a national park with a fee to dive it. It is a cylinder of coral in the middle of the sea, making it a circulative dive which is inundated with lion fish. I saw two stone fish buried at the base of this cylinder of coral…wow.