Leave the sunshine of the desert behind you for a while and head for the seashore. The number one destination for snorkeling in the Middle East is, of course, the Red Sea, which can be reached through Egypt, Jordan, or Israel, among others.

Its waters 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.

But the Middle East has other surprises in store: the Persian Gulf and, above all, the Gulf of Oman jealously conceals top-class snorkeling spots.

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 1700km 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 islan (...)

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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 formatio (...)

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Egypt has over 850 miles of coastline bathed by the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. The Red Sea Riviera is, in particular, one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world. Put on your mask and with a few strokes of your swim fins, you will soon be enjoying clownfish in their sea anemone, shoals (...)