The Kingdom is ranked amongst the best diving spots in the world, yes one of the BEST. With more than 1,900 km of coast along the Red Sea and just under 800 km on the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular diversities. It is also the last untouched tropical coral reef in the world.

The Red Sea has a diverse ecosystem, which includes more than 1100 species of fish. Around 10% of these species are only found in the Red Sea. From turkey fish, barracudas, clownfish (otherwise known as the beloved Nemo), gropers, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers to name a few, the diversity of species is an amazing sight to witness. This diversity is due to the 2,000 km of coral reef that extends along the coastline. These coastal reefs are also visited by pelagic species of red sea fish, which includes around 44 species of sharks. The Red Sea topography is one to take note of; as approximately 40% of the Red Sea is quite shallow (under 100 meters) and about 25% is under 50 meters deep.

Beaches along the coast are plentiful and you won’t have a problem finding hotels to rest your bones after a long day of diving. Most of the hotels have contacts with the diving shops and can arrange for lessons or diving trips; some also have private beaches that allow for shore dives. You can also book a space on one of the excursion boats or for the more advanced diver- go on a night time dive.