With clear, warm water and so much marine life, Egypt’s Red Sea is one of the world’s best scuba diving spots. Its southern dive sites are best accessed from liveaboard dive boats, while those closer to the Sinai Peninsula can be reached from nearby resorts.

Considered one of the most popular wreck sites in the world, the SS Thistlegorm teems with more than sea life. Boots and motorcycles – en route to British troops in Africa when the ship was sunk in 1941 by the Luftwaffe – can still be spotted.

The dive high season runs from March to May, but shark-spotting is easier in summer. Visitors should note that because of added complexities, PADI requires divers to get a separate certification for wreck dives.