Red Sea Egypt Aquascope Submarine Adventure
Egypt may be most famous for the Pyramids of Giza and Valley of the Kings, but there’s another fascinating sight that you should consider. See the Red Sea Egypt, both above and under the water! Tours are available on semi-submarines. Semi-submarines feature an above-water deck for cruising and viewing the sights above ground, and a below deck underwater pod with large viewing windows to enjoy the underwater sights without getting wet! Whether you’re above or below the water, the perspective is perfectly pleasant!
The first part of the tour consists of a cruise around the harbor, viewed from the upper deck of the boat. The guides give commentary while you glide past beautiful resorts and give the many kitesurfers a wide berth. There is a nice breeze, making this an excellent location for kitesurfing. I enjoyed the rainbow of brightly colored kites and daredevils doing a variety of breathtaking tricks followed by smooth landings. I’ve never seen so many kitesurfers before – and I live in Florida! The hospitable guides provide free bottled water and soda for further comfort on the tour. The warmth of the Egyptian sun was soothing. The highlight of the tour may be the underwater portion, but don’t count out the pleasure above sea level!
The second portion of the tour involves going down below and taking your window seat to enjoy the underwater action. The guides provided a colorful brochure identifying the many types of fish and coral that are native to the Red Sea. The water here is not deep, and you get a great view of the sea floor. Coral covers practically every square inch of the sea floor here, and it comes in seemingly endless varieties. According to the National Ocean Service, “Coral reefs begin to form when free-swimming coral larvae attach to submerged rocks or other hard surfaces along the edges of islands or continents.” (oceanservice.noaa.gov.) After taking an Aquascope submarine tour three times in different parts of the world, I found the Red Sea to have the most interesting and abundant corals. They carpet the entire sea floor!
This kind of tour is a very different experience. Not only are you visiting an area you don’t usually experience (underwater), but each Aquascope submarine experience is different in different parts of the world. So far I’ve taken one in Egypt, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. All three times the views both above and below the water were different. So if you’ve already taken one somewhere else and are wondering if it’s worth doing one again, I’d say a resounding “yes!” While this one had the most interesting coral, for example, my Bermuda tour was the best for the sheer variety of colorful fish. So “once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all” does not apply here!
While this tour featured far fewer fish than the one I experienced in Bermuda, it was still interesting to see how different, and, in some cases, how similar, the fish were here. Don’t expect the fish to swarm the sub, but you can expect to see several different varieties. I also saw a few turtles! Guides identify the different types of fish and corals for you. When the crew announces it’s time to go below deck, make a bee-line for the stairs. It’s first come, first served for the seats below deck. There are enough seats for everyone, but if you want to sit next to your traveling companion and get a pristinely-clean window you’ll want a good selection.
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Thanks for coming along on my Red Sea tour! Ready to take your own tour and see for yourself? Viator has great aqua scope submarine tours in the Red Sea! Visit Sharm El Sheikh Semi-Submarine for more information. (This is an affiliate link and I may earn a commission at no cost to you if you book a tour. All proceeds will got to the maintenance of this blog.) And if you’d like to read about my trip to Turkey, check out Kusadasi, Turkey Tour!