Whether striking out from Hurghada or Sinai, the Red Sea offers up some of the world’s great snorkelling and scuba diving. To step out of the lip-cracking, dust-devil desert into such a riot of colour and life is one of nature’s greatest sleights of hand. Hard and soft corals provide a kaleidoscope of colours, while a panoply of fish – some 1,000 species – get up close and personal with swimmers. Choose your site: whether it’s near the shores or from a boat, formidable sights abound, with soft coral gardens, pelagic fish, huge pinnacles and unfathomable drop-offs. Whether you’re a snorkeler or diver, the variety is what makes the Red Sea so great.