Sharm El Sheikh is located at the northern end of the Red Sea and is one of Egypt’s premiere diving destinations.
And while it’s technically possible to dive there anytime of the year, you’ll get a different experience depending on when you go.
The water temperatures and air temperatures are peaking at 27-28C (80-82F) between July and September, but the area is often packed at this time, and some diving tours tend to get booked up fast.
The waters cool off a bit more to 25-27C (77-80F) between October and November in what is considered peak season, but you’ll still have to deal with some tourists.
If you book early at this time, it’s probably the best time to go regardless, as the water is optimal for viewing.
In the winter months of December-January, the water gets cooler (as does the air) and the water surface gets much choppier.
Unfortunately, this can make visibility poor and make some dive sites like the Dunraven Wreck and HMS Thistlegorm inaccessible.
The coldest month to go is in February when the water is only 22C (71F), and the water warms up from there to around 23-26C (73-79F) between March and June.
You’ll need to bring a thicker suit throughout the winter, a 5-7mm is usually enough, whereas a 3mm shorty will work in the summer.
Other decisions to make should be based around what you want to see.
For example, whale shark season is from around the end of May to July, and you’ll also be able to see manta rays, hammerhead sharks, and sea turtles at this time of year.
For milder temperatures and better visibility (with the exception of choppy water), the winter is a better time to go.
No matter what time of the year you go, you’re sure to have a great time diving at this amazing location.