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ABU DABAB NORTH
The dive site of Marsa Abu Dabab has not, as many other dive site locations in the area a great amount of corals, but instead a field of sea grass, which in normal cases would be rather dull. What makes this field of sea grass interesting to the dive site of Marsa Abu Dabab is the fact that it is one of the few places where divers can dive with one of the still living, but endangered species of Dugong, or also often called, a sea cow. The Dugong which is a large herbivorous marine mammal, live of the seaweed in the bay. Other animals that enjoys it are huge sea turtles often followed around by Remoras cleaning their shells. Sometimes Guitar sharks can be spotted near the sandy bottom where they keep watch for a tasty snack of silver Jacks. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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YOLANDA - SHARK REEF
The Jolanda and Shark Reef dive site is the area where two reefs rising just outside of the coast of Ras Mohamed with only a shallow channel and a smaller reef formation separating it from the main land. The Jolanda Reef is named after the 72meters long Cypriot Merchant Ship Jolanda, previously owned by the Sea Brother Marine Shipping Company, but which during a storm the 1st of April 1981 caught on to the reef and sunk after some time. She landed on the bottom with the stern hanging over the edge of a drop off with only the abyss underneath. She remained there for several years, slowly tipping over. Then one day in 1985 the wire that kept her from falling snapped and she felled down on a sloping ledge down below where most parts of her is resting at a depth between 145-160meters. Since these depths are too deep for most divers to ever see, the only trace of there ever been a wreck here are the remaining part that Jolanda left where it rested the first years as a wreck. There are cargo left including toilets, wash basins and bath tubs and broken containers next to the reef. Considering the reef, it is the bigger of the ones and have a lot of small caves and colourful coral growing on it. At the top of it there is a hollow cave formation that you can swim through. The Shark Reef is placed right on top of the ledge dropping into the abyss down to 750 meters and has a lot of colourful coral and is cramped with fish, especially during the spawning seasons. As the name implies, sharks can be seen here. The small reef is called Satellite Reef and is close to the Jolanda containers, but there's often poor visibility here. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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SS THISTLEGORM
It was around 12 o'clock, the crew of the the steamship at the Strait of Gubal in the Red sea outside of Egypt heard an airplane somewhere close by. During the ships 4th voyage, this time from Glasgow on June 2nd 1941 to Alexandria in Egypt it had a purpose carrying cargo for the Egyptian railway and the Egyptian Allied forces. Due to a collision in the Suez Canal the ship could not proceed through the canal to Alexandria as planned and moored safe anchorage in September 1941. They awaited transit through the canal until the 6th October 1941. It was during the World War 2, the 6th of October 1941 when the SS Thistlegorm lay anchor at the strait of Gubal in the Red sea when a German bomber airplane flew over the ship and managed to drop some bombs in the ships hold number 4, and maybe in number 5. When the plane had passed over, 2 explosions could be heard and large flames emerged up from hold number 4 and the ship was blasted apart. The flames were said to be so intense they lit up both sides of the Red sea. The ship sank to the bottom of the sea and was forgotten... until a day in 1956, fifteen years later was discovered by Jacques Cousteau when he raised several items from the ship, and appeared in National Geographic in 1956. Soon the ship was almost forgotten again, until in the early 1992 when Sharm el-Sheikh had started to develop as a dive resort and divers could start diving at the old wreck where it lay on it's depth of 30metres(100feet), which is the ideal maximum depth for diving without special equipment and training. Diving at Thistlegorm is like entering a museum of history under the water, where the great loss and destruction of the bomb site takes you back in time in this war grave deep under the waters of the red sea. When diving at the Thistlegorm you go down mooring connecting with the wreck through sometimes rather strong currents down to the safety of the old ship where well inside the holds, a great amount of cargo can be explored. There are motorcycles, boots, trucks, rifles, airplane parts and other vehicles and equipment almost in their original states to be seen. On the outside of the ship parts of a blown apart steam locomotive can be seen. The sea life is also very impressive with a lot of interesting fish to be seen. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot
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JACKSON REEF
Like Gordon Reef, Jackson Reef offers the possibility to moor the boat on fixed buoys (called “Shamandura”) close to the reef. This reef offers as well a variety of different dive options according to current and surface conditions. Experts agree on the fact that Jackson Reef offers the ultimate photography subjects and most beautiful dives. (A) Diving to its western side you reach a plateau at 30 metres on which reef sharks and schools of tunas may be encountered. (B) A beautiful coral garden on the eastern side and strong currents to both of the reef edges allow both relaxed diving and/or a fantastic drift dive. The northern side is well known for its possibility to sight pelagic fish.
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ABU DABAB SOUTH
Beautiful large sandy bay, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Easy shore entry, with gradual sloping sandy bottom. Home of some very old and very large Green turtles that are used to divers and snorkelers and allow you to get up close and personal with them, but please remember no touching as this can net you a large fine from the local authorities .At times there is a Dugong that can be found in the bay but this is few and far between these days. This is a divesite ideal for all levels of divers offering some nice seagrass beds, beautiful colourful coral reef fringing the bay with large shoals of masked puffers and short-nose unicornfish as well as a chance to see the rare Seagrass ghost pipefish usually found in pairs in amongst the seagrass or in the sheltered coral bays of the reef. This dive site is possible in most weather conditions although visabilty drops dramatically in rough weather. The bay itself is only around 6-10m in depth but drops off down to 18-25m at the edge of the bay. Entry fee payable at resort or usually included in organised diving and snorkelling excursions.
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ELPHINSTONE
In the middle of no-where at depths of hundreds of meters far off the coast in the Red Sea, the Elphinstone rises like a giant pillar from the deep to touch the surface with 80 meters of it's length. This giant stone covered with gardens of corals, anemones and sponges together with the often so strong current attract a wide range of fish life. It's often referred to, and famous as a place perfect for diving with sharks. Here you can swim along with huge Whale sharks, spot shy Hammerhead sharks, keep out of the way of hungry Tiger sharks and shake fins with nibbling White-tip reef sharks. In the morning when the sun shines on it's east side it makes a good choice to pick a napoleon wrasse as a guide and drift up with the current through the forests of gorgonia sea fans on the east side. In the afternoon as the sun has circled it's way to shine on the west side take another round the steep west side of small caves where squirrel fish and eels hang out and Titan triggerfish are swimming by patrolling the area. For tech divers there is on the south tip of Elphinstone a archway cave looking like a sarcophagus at a depth of 52-65 meters. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot
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BRAYKA BAY HOUSEREEF
Brayka Bay offers a great dive site close to the hotel resorts and is a very popular site for divers. The beach surrounding the bay shelter it from large waves and makes it a perfect place for diving, swimming and snorkeling. The fragile main coral reef is closed off and has been badly damaged by divers and is now closed off by some flags saying “No Enter” so be careful when you swim close to the corals so you do not break them. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot
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MARSA EGLAH
Marsa Eglah, a natural bay of living coral and fish offering a wide range of sea life for you as a diver. The name, where “Marsa” means bay, and “Eglah” means female calf probably comes from spotting Dugongs (sea cows) munching on sea grass in the bay. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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JACKFISH ALLEY
Divers appreciate Jackfish Alley because of its small but attractive caves. The first cave opens at a depth of 5 metres with an exit situated at 9 metres. The cave is spacious and well illuminated by the sun rays filtering through, therefore suitable also for beginners who can swim through it without problems. Following the reef on your right, you will find another but darker cave at the height of the sandy bay which can be explored at a depth between 5 and 14 metres. You leave the sandy bay behind you and you will spot a coral formation with glass fish and their companions. Then you encounter further to the south a sandy „alley“ with a coral garden between the reef and a satellite reef where you can look out for crocodile fish and leopard sharks. Reef sharks and guitar sharks may also rest in this place.
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THOMAS REEF
Thomas Reef is the smallest reef in the Strait of Tiran. Experienced divers may be able to drift around the entire reef when currents are favorable. Experts agree that this reef is the most beautiful in this area because its profile and structure is changing constantly to all of its four sides. Eastwards you find a plateau situated in 20 metres on which you might encounter reef sharks dozing there. Then the reef opens into a 30 metres deep canyon which is often explored by Tec divers. There are smaller and also bigger caves on its northern side, sheltering sleeping rays. To the west you drift with the current to shallower depths along the corals. Turtles will accompany you often on your tour.
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BLUE HOLE & EL BELLS
There are few dive sites in Sinai more spectacular - or more dangerous - than Blue Hole. This circular, 165m drop off looks exactly like its name. The dark hole rests in the shallows of a bright blue reef shelf, and the life clinging to the hole's rim is unusually dense. Corals, fans, eels and dozens of fish species flourish here, and the space-like depths of the hole provides a magnificent backdrop. It is best, however, not to let the Blue Hole's dark beauty lure you too far down: more than a few people have gone in and never come back, due to nitrogen narcosis.
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CARNATIC
The ship ran aground on the reef in 1869, broke and sank. The Carnatic transported passengers and mail on its way to Bombay. The sister ship “Pera Alma” shipwrecked as well later on in Yemen. The wreck is situated at a depth of 20 and 30 metres and is ideal for diving with Nitrox 32 or 36. The wooden structures have now rotten and corals have developed on the steel scaffolding. The wreck is particularly open and invites taking pictures. Jackfish and tunas can often be spotted passing over the wreck. Exploration of the Carnatic is easier than the other wrecks in the area.
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DUNRAVEN
The British cargo ship "Dunraven" sank in 1976 at Beacon Rock on its way to Bombay. Its cargo containing wood and cotton has disappeared by now. Three openings make a penetration into the wreck easy though some parts of the stern have collapsed and exploration of these parts should be avoided. Inside you find the engine room with the huge boiler. Enormous groupers and many glass fish always find shelter here. The outer structure of the wreck has developed into a coral garden and the trained eye spots easily perfectly camouflaged crocodile fishes. Diving along the reef, your dive guide will certainly find some stone fishes.
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ROSALIE MOLLER
The "Rosalie Moller" is also named the sister ship of the SS Thistlegorm because she was hit 2 days later by the same squadron of German bombers. This ship had already unloaded the cargo. The wreck was not discovered before 1993 and was kept secret among safari guides for a long time. The wreck lies at a depth between 48 and 17 metres and is overwhelmingly rich of fish.
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CANYON
The Canyon is Dahab's most famous talked about site, and easily one of Sinai's most interesting dives. The Canyon lies about 4/4 km north of, Dahab between village (Assalla) and to reach it you snorkel off the beach, through a large coral lagoon 2 to4 M deep, then left upon hitting the open sea. Coming into view is The Canyon, which looks like a big snake looking from the top begins with the tail at the drop off shallow up to 16m with the fish pool. Descend down to the rock and follow the fissure until you find the wide entrance. Passing through entrance, divers find themselves surrounded by the rich contours of The Canyon's walls. Strict attention should be paid to depth, as the floor can reach a perilous 52m but we do it only to 30m as recreational diving and deeper with technical. After exiting The Canyon, check-out the nice drop off at the canyon table.
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ISLANDS
At the southern end of having here one finds the Tauchplätz " of Iceland ". One goes with the jeep to the beach and must run approx. 30 metres through the sandy however also löcherische (!) reef and hop in the washbasin 1. The diving planning is not easy. In the offshore reefs are gulches and washbasins which make an orientation difficult (compass!). By his level structure a long dive with more than 60 is min possible. For same reason the night diving is liked here very much. Very often one can observe the schools of young yellow tail barracuda which search here protection. At the end one can dive into the small tunnel and reach still 5 metres in the reef. Then upwards the climbing out opens (relatively narrowly).
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RAS ABU GALOUM
As you may know, DAHAB is famous in the Red Sea for its shore dives. Those of you who dived in Egypt know that diving is almost exclusively made by boat since the reef table is usually impassable from shore. Well, DAHAB is the opposite. Most of our dives are made from shore. And when it comes to National Parks, there’s only so far you can go by 4x4… When the track becomes impassable by vehicle you transfer yourself and your diving equipment onto camels and follow the shore to access some more remote diving sites. Your safari will take you either to ABU GALLUM National Park to the North or to NABQ National Park to the South. The trip lasts for about 2 hours, depending on how lazy you and your camel are! You will spend the day there. The dives in both locations are spectacular and virgin which, together with Bedouin hospitality and your friendly camel will make a truly adventurous and unforgettable trip. In RAS ABU GALLUM, you can also spend the night around a nice campfire and gently drift into sleep counting the falling stars…
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RAS QUSEIR
From El Quseir harbour head north for only 10mins before arriving at Ras Quseir. Once the boat is in position jump in and head down to the bottom which is approx 15m This area is protected from strong currents and waves by a headland which makes for a nice gentle drift dive normally in a north to south direction. The reef has beautiful pristine coral gardens with a kalidascope of colours as well as a large population of short nosed unicorn fish, lion fish and Indian mackerel. Turtles are often seen here nestling in the reef and eagle rays glide curiously by, out in the blue. The coral gardens undulate so you can choose a depth to suit you. Lazily glide along looking for octopus and scorpion fish camouflaged against the reef. Moray eels are also often seen. This is a dive site suitable for all levels of divers and is especially good for photography. Depending on your air consumption you can either continue to the end of reef or send up an SMB and let the boat come and pick you up where you are.
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MARSA WALEED
This is a great dive site for all levels of divers who are able to do at least a 45 minute dive. The canyon out to the main reef is shallow, around 5-10m, and quite long often taking up to 10 minutes one way, but a very rewarding reef awaits you at the other end! By far one of the best shore dives in calm conditions, however strong currents may be present during bad weather and sometimes this results in low visibility inside the canyons. Out on the main reef you can drop down to 30+ meters to the seagrass or stay up around 18m in the coral wall. On your way back the gardens at 8m are lovely. Remember to leave enough air for your return trip through the canyons. Divers can get caught out here if there is a current.Navigation is very easy as there is a secure rope that is all along the entrance tunnel right out to the main reef with a float attached at 8 meters. On this site there are often large turtles, morays, tuna, and sometimes even dolphins and the dugong that lives in the area. Take your camera on this site for sure, you won't be disappointed!
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SERIB SORAYA
Serib Soraya is around 10km to the south of El Quseir town. This is a great little dive site within easy reach of town for both shore and boat diving. Entry is a short walk over the flat reef top. Step into the water where the depth is around 5metres. Here the bottom slopes away to 20metres where you can find garden Eels and many blue spotted rays nestling in the sand. Continue the dive to the south following the reef wall and after about 10-15 mins drop down to 30/35metres where you will find a huge anemone colony covering the small coral and rock formations littering the sandy bottom. This site is ideal for advanced divers and those with deep specialities. Visability is usually very good due to its depth. Ideal for under water photography. For those that don't mind a longer dive, as in 70 minutes plus, and have very good air consumption, this is a site that you can do as a one way ,one kilometer dive to the next site Serib Kebir.
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ABU HUMRA
This dive site is just to the north of El Hamrawen an old mining town ,north of El Quseir. It is great for the macro photographer, but it can be a rough entry if strong winds and large waves come from the north. There is a rope entry that is located just to the north of the dive set up area, within the sandy bay entry or if the weather is calm you can enter over the reef top. From the entry point you have a cavern and swim throughs which open up onto large pinnacles varying in height from 10 to 15 meters, in a depth of around 25 meters. Here the sandy floor slopes down gradually into the blue with many small clusters of rock and coral formations all teaming with small life and many nudibranchs to the observant eye. Turtles can often be seen swimming by and Moray eels hide amongst the corals. This dive site is very easy to navigate through with or without a compass.
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SOUG BOHAR
A great spot for all divers, reasonably easy entry over reef top .Beautiful unspoilt coral reef via a small tunnel, canyon entrance which is roped in case of current. Once you have gone through the short tunnel you will be treated to a group of pinnacles that harbour a huge amount of marine life, from lionfish and scorpionfish to blennies and nudibranch. You can dive to the north or south of the entrance at this site. Diving south with the reef on your right you have a beautiful shallow reef around 12m in depth, with a sandy bottom. Large shoals of Unicornfish and Masked butterfly fish grace the colourful reef. Gradually the bottom slopes away to around 30m, before the reef wall protruds out making a good place to follow the reef wall up and around, heading back to the entry point. Up in the shallows you can usually find BlueSpotted rays and Crocodile fish amongst the sandy areas and overhangs.
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GABR EL BINT
"grave of the girl " lies approx. 10 km to the south of having here and is to be reached only with the camel or with one of 2 available boats. The diving place already hears to in Sharm el Sheikh bordering national park Nabq. The relatively heavy access still guarantees long the intact underwater world. Probably this is also the reason, why here really still predatory fishs are seen in the reef. The dive is spectacular and simply at the same time. Who is by the boat here, a smaller reef will visit on the way back as 2-nd dive of the day. Unfortunately, one can anchor only with quiet sea by the boat, so that 50% of all exits cannot take place.
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ABU DABOUR
The site of Abu Dabour can be entered by boat as well as from land. Entering from land require some experience from the diver due to the shape of it's nature, and is recommended only during good sea conditions. The entrance leads through a tunnel from on top of the reef to the end of and underneath the reef. Normally the diver is recommended to follow a rope from the beginning to the end. Well outside of the tunnel there are two large pinnacles, followed by more further out. Here a lot of sand eels can be spotted sticking up from the sandy bottom of the bay. With a sharp eye you can also spot Eagle Rays and Whitetip Shark in a distance to the south. No matter spotting the rays or sharks the site of Abu Dabour offers a beautiful sea-life with black coral and fish in abundance, like Glass fish, Napoleon wrasse and Scorpion fish like Crocodile fish and Lion fish. When exiting the site there is again a tunnel leading from outside the reef to another spot where a diver can climb up on top of the reef again. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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GOTTA ABU DABAB
Gotta Abu Dabab, also known as Abu Dabab II and III belongs to the 6 reefs forming Abu Dabab, which roughly translated into English means “Father's steps” or “Father's stepping stones”. In ancient Egypt, people believed that when the ground shook in form of an earthquake it was because the gods was using the reefs as stepping stones when they were crossing the water to reach the main land. In between the two main reef pinnacles in Gotta Abu Dabab, the liveaboard boat wreckage of “Heaven One” lies on a depth of 15 meters. The vessel sank after a fire had spread on the boat during a dive in 2004. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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SHA'AB MARSA ALAM
Sha'ab Marsa Alam is an offshore reef formation not far from the main land of the south of Egypt. On the far north side there is a steep wall of colorful soft coral where moray eel can be spotted while you are drifting by on the currents. The west side is covered with a large coral garden which showcase a large variety of different corals in different formations. In the south of the reef tall pinnacles raise up against the surface above. Close by on the southwest side a retired German dive boat called “Legend” is resting on the ocean floor. Sometimes small spinner dolphins swim by there. On the far west side there is a swim through cave several meters wide inside. The entrance is big enough for two divers to enter at the same time. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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MARSA GABAL EL ROSAS
Marsa Gabal el Rosas is a u-shaped bay where the distance from the south and north side is short, making it easy to cross by swimming across. The bay is easiest accessed from the sandy land side but can be entered from boat as well, easiest from the north side where there are a lot of corals to be seen. Inside the bay there is a mix of soft and hard corals together with anemones where Clown fish is hiding around the sides of the main reef with sea grass growing in between in the sandy bottom. Here all the common fish living in reefs in the Red Sea can be seen. The area is well preserved with well reserved, untouched and healthy coral. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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MARSA ASSALAYA
Marsa Assalaya is a well protected and sheltered bay accessible from the shore or from boat. It's slowly sloping bottom making it possible to do dives from depths from 5 to 25 meters. In the shallow areas of sea grass Sea horses can be found, and close to the reef Crocodile fish can be found. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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ABU NAWAS GARDEN
Abu Nawas Garden is a garden of hard corals in a great number of shapes and formations. The dive across the coral garden is often taken from the south (where there's access from a pier over the shallow reefs) to the north where large salat coral marks the end of the site. The fact that most corals can be found at a depth of only eight meters makes this site easily accessible to most divers. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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SHARK OBSERVATORY
Shark Observatory should only be visited by experienced divers because beginners may have problems controlling their buoyancy when diving along its steep vertical walls. During the dive, you will enjoy the effects produced by the sun over the reef edge. You will probably encounter tunas in the blue as well as snorkelers from the nearby beach exploring the area from the surface. The Napoleon wrasse nicknamed „Bob“ of truly gigantic dimensions often cruises between Shark Reef and Shark Observatory while his smaller brothers are often also nearby. A variety of sea anemones with their Red Sea anemone fish will bid you farewell at the end of the dive at Anemone City
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RAS ZAATAR
Ras Za´atar represents a beautiful drift dive along a vertical reef edge down to about 35 metres. Its rugged structure offers shelter for glass fish and small creatures looking for a hideout. Two “chimneys” as well as some smaller caves make it a great dive. You might come across a counter current at low tide originating from the profound Marsa Bareika Bay once you come around the reef cape, but often pelagic fish can be spotted here as they are drifting out of the bay towards the open ocean. The reef flattens out around the cape and invites you to come up to shallower depths.
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RAS GHOSLANI
Diving in Ras Gozlani was not permitted for many years because of its worldwide unique coral gardens. It was only 8 years ago that this site was partially opened due to the increasing numbers of recreational divers. The reef plate drops in a 45° angle onto a sandy plateau starting from 10 metres. The drop-off is bordered by immense coral pinnacles reaching dimensions to 8 metres that have been growing for more than hundreds of years. Soft and hard corals are fighting for every inch of space. Table corals of huge dimensions grow on the sandy plateau, a few of which reach a diameter exceeding 6 metres. An overall striking, intact piece of art.
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GORDON REEF
Gordon Reef offers a variety of dives, according to currents and weather. The tour (C) demonstrates the diver how the crowns of thorn plague some years ago altered a wholly intact reef. Dive guides of all dive centres went into the waters and collected thousands of COTs and successfully saved parts of the northern dive site from total destruction. But the destroyed part is slowly regenerating today. Dive Tour (A) or drift dive (B) leads the diver through coral gardens along the drop off. Morays have found shelter during the day in the open oil barrels lost by a cargo ship. Encounters with pelagic fish are common.
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WOOD HOUSE REEF
Woodhouse Reef extends in north-eastern/south-western direction like a long needle. Due to its length you can only choose one side to dive. Like Thomas Reef, also this reef has a canyon on its eastern side, but unfortunately too deep for recreational divers. The dive has to be aborted at the northern end of the reef as there are often dangerous vortices between Woodhouse and Jackson Reef creating an eddy nicknamed “the washing machine”. The western reef side is not often frequented by divers although it is equally rich in coral, but strong winds from northerly directions create high waves that make the re-entry onto the boat difficult. However, you will have a higher chance to encounter pelagic fish such as sharks on this side.
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KORMORAN
The wreck of the Kormoran is situated at the northern side of the North Lagoon where it hit the reef and sank in 1984. Today, it lies at a depth between 0 and 15 meters. Exploring this wreck is easy and can be done by experienced divers in buddy teams without professional supervision. The surrounding reef is attractive due to its high number of hard corals. The constant wind from northerly directions makes it difficult to moor the boat as long waves push directly onto the reef.
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GHIANNIS D
This relatively recent wreck hit the reef in 1983, broke within 2 weeks and sank to the bottom. You can see the superstructures and localize the wreck from the surface when the sea is calm. Numerous openings are ideal to penetrate the wreck. Especially thrilling yet confusing is the exploration of the huge dark engine room as the ship does not lie in an upright position and our senses become confused (sight and balance). There are stairs and ladders all over the place leading to upper cabins from where you exit. Each diver has to have a torch and a spare torch!
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MARCUS
This wreck is the subject of arguments among experts. On this same spot the “Chrisoula K” hit the reef in 1981 and then in 1978 the “Marcus”, both with a cargo of Italian tiles. There is a photo of the “Chrisoula K” on the reef with its anchor chain coming out from the port side. The existing wreck, however, has the anchor chain on the starboard side, thus it must be the “Marcus”. The question is: where is the other ship? It is certainly the wreck of the tiles. They are lying in heaps all over You need to bring a good buoyancy control along when diving in the holds, otherwise you risk swimming in murky waters. Every diver should have 2 torches also on this site.
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KIMON M
The "Kimon M." was originally a German vessel with the name "Brunsbüttel". It left Turkey in 1978 and headed towards Bombay (like the Marcus) with a cargo of lentils. The ship lied on the reef plate for quite some time until it sank eventually into the sea. It is unknown what happened to the cargo of lentils, but the saying goes that there was a lot of fish in the late 70s… It is not wise diving into the holds as the vessel has become unstable over the time (in spite of its construction made in Germany).
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ABU SAUATIR NORTH
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ABU SAUATIR SOUTH
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MARSA MURAIN
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SERIB KEBIR
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NEMO CITY
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BARRACUDA ALLEY
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MANGROVE OUTER
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MANGROVE INNER
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SHA'AB GIGI
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SHAAB LULU
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EL MOGHAR
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FANADIR REEF
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ELPHINSTONE
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ERG LASSAL
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ERG MONICA
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GASUS
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GREEN HOLE
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ABU HASHISH
Abu Hashish has a shallow erg field laying on the south side of the island. You will see lots of blue spotted stingrays, puffer fishes and morays, swimming through a pinnacle landscape. A wonderful drift dive can be made along the eastern wall. Watch out into the blue, there is a big chance to see big fish passing by.
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EL MINA
El Mina is an Egyptian minesweeper sunk by Israeli fighters, while lying at anchor in 1969. The wreck lies in 30m on a rock sea bed. The current here can be strong from the north and the visibility poor. There is a large debris field which contains a lot of still active munitions, worth a look but for sure do not touch it. The wreck is only 70m long so there is plenty of time to explore everything including the blast hole on the starboard side, where you could have a look inside.It is not advisable to enter elsewhere on this wreck. There is not so much corals on the wreck but it does have its resident fish life, the blast hole gives shelter to shoals of glassfish and a lone anemone and resident clownfish are also in this area. Have a look up to the surface you might see shoals of jacks and small barracudas.
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ABU RAMADA ISLAND -PLATEAU
Two small islands surrounded by a single reef. It is a beautiful drift dive along the eastern wall, with big fan corals, overhangs and amazing colours. A dive only for experienced divers, with a lot of big groupers to be seen. The plateau on the southern part has plenty of ergs and lot of marine life, such as morays, blues potted stingrays, lots of anemone and clown fishes. At the end of the plateau is a small drop off. This dive is perfect for beginers as well.
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FANADIR SOUTH
Fanadir is one of the longest and straightest reefs in Hurghada. Located in the north, out of Hurghada’s bay it is a nice diving place for a calm and relaxed drift dive. Beside the main reef , the sandy plateau is slopping down from 12 to 22 meters, where the drop off starts, going down to 50 meters. Keep your eyes open, you might see stone fishes , scorpion fishes, morays and sting rays on the plateau. A lot of times an eagle ray is spotted.
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EL ERUG
Beautyful diveside with amazing coral garden. Porcupinefish, giant pufferfish and different types of ray
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SHABRUHR UM GAMAR
Corals, wall diving and wreck - all you can find in Shabruhr Um Gammar! It is an oval shaped reef surrounded by a shelf at a depth of 15-30m. On the west side it is opening to a sandy flat, on the east it narrows to down to a ledge. The drift dive from the east side along an amazing wall needs some experience. The south plateau can be done from the mooring. A coral garden with small pinnacles, where you will find the rest of a sunken army boat.
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FANOUS EAST
The fanous (small light house) which gave the reef its name is placed on top of the main reef. You will find a shallow wall rising up from a sloppy sandy bottom, with some coral blocks and pinnacles. Close to the reef you will find a shallow depth of 8-12m, at the drop off it is going down to 19-27m.
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FANOUS WEST
A shallow reef wall with a sandy bottom in front. A narrow channel leaeds into a lagoon with 9m depth through a coral garden sloping down to 14m. Either the dive is done as a drift from the north side down until you reach the pinnacles and navigate through the channel back to the boat or you start the dive from the boat through the channel, both is possible. Often there is dolphins passing by!
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SHAB SABINA
Beautyful diveside with amazing coral garden. Porcupinefish, giant pufferfish and different types of ray
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SMALL GIFTUN
Wall Dive. Amazing Gorgonias. Good chance to see big fish.
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ABU MINKAR
Abu Minkar is a very easy dive spot, which we only use for beginners and diving courses. Its sandy bottom whith a max. depth of 10m and a small wreck in the north/west makes it very easy to navigate. It is a nice spot for snorkelling as well.
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MARSA ASSALYA
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SHAAB MARSA ALAM
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GABEL EL ROSAS
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MAHELEG
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DOLPHIN HOUSE
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ABOU LOU LOU HOUSE REEF
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ABU GALAWA KEBIR
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ABU GALAWA SORAYA
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ABU KAFAN
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ABU RAMADA CAVE
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AGIA VARVARA
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BIG GUBAL ISLAND
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BLIND REEF
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CARINA
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CHRISOULA K
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COLONA IV
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EEL GARDEN
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GIANNIS D
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GUAL BARGE - BLUFF POINT
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KINGSTON (SARA H)
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KOMON M
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LIGHTHOUSE
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LIONFISH ROCK
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MILLION HOPE
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SHA AB EL ERG
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SHA AB UMM USK
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SHA ABRUR UMM GAMAR
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SHAG ROCK
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SIYUL KEBIRA
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SIYUL SAGHIRA
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SMALL PASSAGE
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ULYSSESS
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YELLOWFISH REEF
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ZINGARA
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UM SID
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MORAY GARDEN
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CAVES
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3 POOLS
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GOLDEN BLOCKS
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RICKS REEF
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TIGER HOUSE
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GIFTUN DRIFT
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MASHRABA
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EL GILWA
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RAS SIYUL
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SHAAB EL ERG
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ABU NUGAR
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FANDADIR NORTH
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DOLPHIN HOUSE SHAAB EL ERG
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POSEIDON GARDEN
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SHABAHA
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SAKWA ABU KALAWA
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MARSA ABU KALAWA
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SHAABRUOR UMM GAMMAR
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CARLESS REEF
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40M WALL
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ABU TALHA
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ABU HELAL
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EL DESHA
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ABU NAWAS
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ABU GHUSUN
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THE ISLANDS
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GABEL EL ROSAS
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FAYROUZ HOUSEREEF
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MALEK 2
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RAS DISHA
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SHARM TACHTANI
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EL KANISA
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EL SHEIK MALIK
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AKASSIA HOUSEREEF
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ERG LASSAL
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GOTA ABU RAMADA WEST
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TORFA EL SHAHED
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BANANA REEF
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ERG SABINA
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ERG SOMAYA
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NORTH ABU RAMADA
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SOUTH ABU RAMADA
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NORTH UM GAMMAR
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UMM GAMAAR
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FANOUS WEST
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TURFT EL SHAHED
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SHAAB ESHTA
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TONDOBA BAY
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BET GOHA
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CATHERDRAL
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SHARM SHOONA
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ANEMONE CITY
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NAAMA BAY - HOUSEREEF
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TEMPLE
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