Leave the blazing sun of the desert behind you and head for the seashore. The number one destination for snorkeling in the Middle East is the Red Sea, which can be reached through Egypt, Jordan, or Israel, in particular.

The waters of the Red Sea are crystal clear, warm, and protected from the ocean currents, giving rise to the development of exceptional underwater life that is unique in the world.

The Middle East offers other adventures, too. The Persian Gulf and, above all, the Gulf of Oman are home to top-class snorkeling spots that are not to be missed.

Snorkeling destinations in the Red Sea & Middle East


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Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, Israel is the link between two completely different underwater worlds. The region of Eilat, bathed by the warm and crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea, is arguably the country's leading snorkeling destination. Here you can swim above unspoiled c (...)

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With more than 1000 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, Oman is filled with singular and yet undiscovered snorkeling spots. Although you will probably start by snorkeling from the shore around Muscat, you shouldn’t leave Oman without having explored some of the untouched i (...)

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With about 17 miles of coastline along the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan offers excellent uncrowded spots for snorkeling. In the 4 miles of coastline protected by the Marine Park, the reef drop off is simply stunning, with amazing visibility, abundant marine life and beautiful coral formation (...)

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Egypt has been blessed with two coastlines, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and offers a truly unforgettable experience above and below water. The Egyptian Riviera, in particular, is an epic choice of places to snorkel. A few meters from shore, there are so many different creatures to see just be (...)