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6 Unbeatable Drift Diving Destinations



There’s nothing like a dive with ripping current; coral whizzing by, a frenzy of fish and little critters trying to hide from the current. Drift diving really is one of the most exhilarating types of diving on offer. There are some great liveaboard diving destinations where you can dive in and enjoy the ride.

Elphinstone Reef, Southern Egypt

This long sausage-shaped reef sits in the open ocean and is perfect for drift diving. The walls of the reef drop thousands of meters and are covered in hard and soft corals. The currents will take you along the walls at speeds of up to 2 knots, with no diving effort needed at all on the right day. Scuba diving in Elphinstone is definitely one for experienced divers looking for adventurous dives.

Don’t miss the Emperor Elite’s ‘Simply the Best’ itinerary. This safari visits some of the best Red Sea drift diving sites, including Elphinstone Reef, Daedalus and the Brothers. Enjoy the colourful corals and critters but don’t forget to look at the blue for passing oceanic whitetip sharks.

Shark & Yolanda Reef, Northern Egypt

Egypt is known for its vibrant and colourful dive sites. Shark and Yolanda in the gorgeous Ras Mohammed national park is one of northern Egypt’s most well-known dives, full of colour and life. This dive site features plenty of corals, large schools of reef fish, blue-spotted stingrays, lion fish and fun current diving between two reefs. The currents are easier going than at Elphinstone but are still reasonably strong. This is a great site for intermediate divers who want to try drift diving, but without very strong currents.

The Blue Pearl liveaboard is a great choice for exploring Egypt’s best dive sites, as there are a number of safari routes to choose from. Be sure to check out the Northern routes that include Ras Mohammed and the equally unmissable Straits of Tiran.

The Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands scuba diving is considered one of the best dive experiences in the world, thanks to the abundant and unique wildlife found at these special islands. There is no shortage of currents at the islands, bringing nutrients and large pelagics to top areas such as Wolf and Darwin Islands. Dive in, go with the flow, and enjoy numerous sharks, rays and more as they pass you by.

Be sure to also visit Cabo Douglas. You’re unlikely to see big pelagics there but go Cabo Douglas liveaboard diving and you can watch playful Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and turtles as you drift along in the current.

The Nortada liveaboard is ideal for more personalised Galapagos safaris, as there are only 4 cabins on board and a maximum of 12 guests.

3 More Great Drift Diving Destinations

Read our guide to the Best Places in the World for Drift Diving and you can find out more about these top drift diving destinations:


The Maldives

Komodo, Indonesia

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