Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling: Red Sea
of the things we want to do while in Egypt is to dive
in the Red Sea. From what I've read, the diving is
unbelievable -- rivaling (or in some cases besting)
reef diving anywhere in the world. There are a number
of world-wide guides available for diving, and many
that specialize in Red Sea diving. Lonely Planet publishes
a series of guides on Diving and Snorkeling sites
around the world that are clear, concise, and well
worth a look as references.
The Red Sea guide covers all the major dive sites
on the Red Sea coast in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Sudan,
and Yemen. Each site description covers the basics:
depth, expertise level, and any unique or interesting
features. Like all the Lonely Planet guides, this
one is written in a down-to-earth style that is reassuringly
familiar. Each site warrants a page or so, some with
stunning photographs. There are a number of titles
in this series of guides, if you want to dive any
place else, too.
There's probably not enough information for a
serious diver -- which I'm not -- since no maps or
information about currents or other dangers is really
included. However, I assume that locally available
information has more comprehensive details.
A few details of traveling in the region are included,
but the book does not purport to be a travel guide.
Neither does it detail the dive shop and/or companies
in the area (and there are a ton of dive shops in
the Sharm-el-Sheik/Na'ama Bay and Dahab regions).