This is a place where uninhabited desert islands sit surrounded by spectacular technicolor reefs and where ancient shipwrecks await discovery. A place where the azure waters teem with schools of clownfish, sergeant majors and the aesthetically challenged hammerhead shark; a place ruled by rays, moray eels and the majestic whale shark – the largest fish in the ocean.
With ideal water temperatures, excellent all-year-round visibility and very few currents, Saudi Arabia’s coastal waters are a scuba diver’s dream, and the ancient port town of Jeddah is the perfect base for exploring them. These are some of the best dive spots within daytripping distance of the city.
The appeal of diving at Sharm Obhur is how much it feels like a boat dive, despite the fact you’ll be entering the water from the shore. A short drive north of Jeddah city centre, close to the Bahadur Resort, this beautiful and easy to explore reef is the perfect place to cut your teeth and earn your scuba stripes.
For company, expect to meet turtles, the eponymous ‘Nemo’ clownfish and lionfish, a host of eels and – if you’re luck’s really in, or not – the rare bull shark. Sharm Obhur is also popular for those that like to brave a night dive.