It’s no secret: Adventure travel is one of the top travel trends of the year, breaking new boundaries of how we experience a destination. More and more travelers are trading classic travel experiences with exciting pursuits like shipwreck diving and fish spotting. Dip your toes into the deep unknown and discover the best diving spots to enhance your next trip to the Middle East and Africa.
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Fujairah allows both experienced and novice divers to explore some exceptional diving sites. As the only emirate in the UAE to face the Gulf of Oman, there are many diving gems waiting beneath the crystal-clear seas. Visit the Gold Palm Dive Center for classes, or arrange a trip to Musandam, where caves, coral reefs, and colorful fish await. With 500 meters of private beach and an on-site dive center, the Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah makes the perfect spot for travelers looking to enjoy life both on and above water!
El Quseir, Egypt
On Egypt’s eastern coast, the sleepy resort town El Quseir is one of the best places to explore the wonders of the Red Sea. The diving and snorkeling center, part of the Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir, guides beginners to advanced divers to the coral reef that’s directly accessible from the hotel’s private beach. For something even more special, try night snorkeling, and admire the nocturnal fish and the reef colors with an underwater lamp.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia remains one of the least dived areas of the Red Sea—although it’s said that there are as many reefs in Saudi Arabia as there are in the rest of the Red Sea put together! Make a splash at Desert Sea Divers, with over 60 dive sites peppered along the glittering coast of Jeddah. Enjoy visibility up to 30 meters, with wrecks, coral gardens, underwater canyons, and a plethora of fish. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Jeddah is not only an elegant base, but also home to one of the best spas in the city, complete with a swimming pool, steam bath, sauna, and premium massage services.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is the dream destination for any diving enthusiast, with exciting wreck dives, cave diving, and rugged reefs to explore. Despite all this, big swells and strong currents can make it a challenging experience. Luckily, there are many diving companies to choose from, who’ll give you the downlow on diving conditions and marine life. Match this to a stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town, with its private marina and a complimentary shuttle to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Poste Lafayette, Mauritius
Mauritius offers a wealth of outdoor activities, not to mention pure tropical bliss. Enjoy the warmth of the Indian Ocean on a diving tour, with sea temperatures between 22-27°C, and choose between various diving packages, courses, and guided expeditions. Experienced divers can enhance their trip with wreck or cave diving. The Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa provides not only direct access to a secluded beach, but also to watersports such as kayaking, pedal boats, snorkeling, and glass bottom boat trips—so you’ll never fall short of things to do!