Snorkeling in the Red Sea … not!

The Red Sea is well known as a great place for spectacular snorkeling. There are many varieties of sealife, some of which are exclusive only to the Red Sea. Commercial fishing is a huge business here, and so are fisheries – places where fish is available for purchase, and then they are gutted and cleaned and then cooked to order, most often with the whole fish being spiced and then deep fried – all for a very reasonable price. This sign is from one of the local fisheries. I love the bright colors. This website has some awesome photos of the abundant types of sea creatures native to the Red Sea.


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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10 Responses to Snorkeling in the Red Sea … not!

  1. mike mastrangelo says:

    Hello Susie, I am an american working in Jeddah. We (myself and 4 other men) are looking for a snorkeling location for next Sunday the 23rd. We would like to take a day trip. Can you suggest a place?

  2. kaur says:

    Sounds great! Can I go on a trip as a single woman? I have just arrived and I am teaching in another city

  3. Charline Brown says:

    My daughter lives in Jeddah. I am 64 years old and have visited the last three years for 6 weeks, 7 weeks, and this year 9 weeks. We went with group of 15 Expats and Saudi (couples and children) on a snorkeling/scuba/fishing all day trip Dec. 25, 2011. It was the most wonderful experience, the fish and reefs were beautiful. Of our group 3 were Saudi/American married persons.

  4. Dina says:

    Oh the Red Sea! What a world below the surface!
    We snorkeled in northern Sinai once, way back in the early 70s. Seeing this rich marine world, even a stingray on the bottom, was the best natural highlight of my life.

  5. Chiara says:

    Great photos! It must be extra frustrating to live right in Jeddah and not be able to snorkel in the Red Sea, because of conjugal-family imperative, it seems.

    Ironically, maybe a trip to Sharm El-Sheik would give you the opportunity you lack in your municipal backyard, so to speak.

    I wonder if one can just stand in the water and see the fish, as in Mexico. Not the same as snorkeling, but it is one of the very impressive things about visiting the Gulf of Mexico, so your photos here, and the challenges of snorkeling there for you reminded me of it.

  6. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: That is one colorful fish, it is always great if they are good to eat.

  7. SandyCarlson says:

    That looks like a most excellent creature to see up close! Thanks for that.

  8. geogypsy says:

    And here I thought you took up a new sport. But then I suppose woman aren’t allowed to snorkel. After all they’d drown with all the weight of the soaking wet robes.

    • I’ve been snorkeling many places around the world – but I can only read about how beautiful the snorkeling is in the Red Sea. There are other women expats who are not married to Saudis who have gone snorkeling in the Red Sea, by the way. They get to do a lot more activities than Saudi wives and Saudi women.

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