What you can see in the Red Sea

What you can see in the Red Sea, and when?

With a wealth of things to see in the Red Sea throughout the year, we have put together this guide for what to look for, and when.

What to see



Storks migrating


Flying north in February and heading south in September

Storks are easy to spot from wherever you are as they cover the skies above.  



From late-March to mid-April



There is no particular place to spot sandstorms; and they are very changeable from one day to the next.

Blue-spotted shield slug

From the end of March to the start of May


These little creatures can be spotted over the shallow, sandy plats.

Coral spawning

Twice a year, on the first full moon after the equinox


This can be difficult to spot. The best option is to take a few night dives around the time of the full moon and hope for the best.

Blue-spotted rays mating

From the end of April to the end of May.


Take to the shallow, sandy seabed to see the blue-spotted stingrays and ringtail rays chasing each other around.

Yellow-lip shield slug


From the end of April to the beginning of June


These cute little creatures seem to be everywhere for around a month.


Jellyfish season runs from the beginning of summer to about May.

You should be able to spot different types of jellyfish everywhere, to the point where they may block visibility. The season brings more action to the reefs as some fish like to feast on jellyfish.

Eagle rays

From May to mid-June


The best place to spot these magnificent rays is in Ras Atantur, Sinai.

Octopus mating


The months of May and early June


There is no particular place to spot this special experience.

Hawksbill turtles mating and nesting

From late May, mating begins, reaching a peak in early June

The northern Red Sea is where the hawksbill normally breeds, and they nest on the beaches of the Giftun Islands, and Shedwan. Baby turtles reappear on these beaches around 8-12 weeks later, when they have hatched and are making the dangerous journey out to sea.

Whale shark season


From the end of May to the end of July


These can mainly be spotted in the north of the Red Sea, though it does take a bit of luck to track them down.

Hammerhead sharks


During summertime

There tends to be a large congregation of female hammerhead sharks on Daedalus, at around a depth of 25 metres, not too far from the reef.

Bumphead parrotfish


From late May to the beginning of August



You’ll see these very far south, in and around the Fandira and Ohrob areas, in large, magnificent schools.

Green turtles mating


From late June, reaching a peak in early July

Green turtles generally breed in the south Red Sea, and nest on Zabargad island. Hatchlings can also be spotted approximately 8-12 weeks after nesting season.

Hammerhead sharks

From July to September


Though hammerhead sharks can be spotted earlier in the year on Daedalus, these can also be seen on Jackson.

Triggerfish nesting


Around August

Triggerfish create their nests on underwater sandy bottoms in many different places. Be careful as they bite, and are territorial – they guard a space from their nests all the way to the surface.

Barracudas schooling


From mid-July to September


This only happens in Ras Mohammed national park.

Cauliflower jellyfish


From the end of August to the start of September


These magnificent jellyfish can be spotted all over the Red Sea, and sometimes in very large numbers.


Large rays, including the darkspotted, blackblotched and fearthertail stingrays, as well as eagle rays

From the end of December to the start of February



Head to the bays along the coast of the Red Sea for the best encounters; including places such as Marsa Shouna, Marsa Mubarak, and Abu Dabab.



What to see, where to find and when, with all things to do with the Red Sea.  You can also check out what marine parks are in the Sinai area of the Red Sea.

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