Speedboat in the water with a dive camp in the background

the southern underwater world

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SOUTH (SAFARI) DIVE SITES

ABU DABBAB II

BEGINNER / ADVANCED / EXPERT | CAVE / CORAL GARDEN | MAX DEPTH: 18 METER

GPS – POSITION 25° 20.846′ N 34° 46.592′ E

Located 27 km north east of Marsa Alam, accessible by boat/zodiak.

Sea Conditions -These are two large circular reefs, characterized by the gardens of soft and hard corals (mushroom corals, Acropora, staghorn and many other species) in the outer parts. The inner part, between the reef called n. 2 and n. 3, and famous for its canyons, pinnacles, you can find the wreck of the “One Heaven”, a small boat lying at a depth of 14 meters’.
Dive Plan – : Easy, less current. Suitable for all diver levels and snorkelers. As the ref is 5 km off
shore, snorkel and SMB are necessary .

Marine Life – The marine life of these sites is really special. Here you can clearly see the “fight” between the corals to reach the light, or better spaces to proliferate, and you can swim spotting almost every kind of fishes (rays, napoleon fish, snapper, moray eels, sharks, whitetip reef and gray reef sharks).

ELPHINSTONE REEF

ADVANCED/EXPERT | WALL/DROP OFF / DRIFT DIVING | MAX DEPTH: 40 METER

GPS – POSITION 25° 18.403′ N 34° 51.672′ E

This is one of the most famous dive site in Egypt. 29 km north of Marsa Allam. Located offshore, Elphinstone is a 600 meter long reef, ranging from 5 meters to over 100 meters deep. A spectacular underwater life with a multitude of fish and wonderful drop-offs.

Sea Conditions – The currents are variable and usually (but not always) run from North to South. They are often quite strong – two knots or greater – and  this can benefit those skilled in drift diving as they can start with a dive off the northern point, which is possibly the most likely location for shark encounters, and go with the flow southwards along the reef and have the boat meet them at the southern end.

Dive Plan – However the currents necessitate careful consideration and your guide should be prepared to adjust your diving plans according to any unusual changes in the current that he may notice.   This is important as this reef is fully exposed to the open sea with nowhere to shelter.

Marine Life – The dive site location, environment, and reef formation makes this site one of the most important locations for sharks such as the oceanic whitetip and hammerhead shark. You will also be able to observe the abundant life of its reef such as schools of snapper, anthias, fusilier, tuna, trevally but also Napoleon, turtle and giant barracuda. You can admire an impressive variety of soft corals of all shapes, sizes and colours.

MARSA ABU DABBAB BAY

BEGINNER/ADVANCED | SHORE / DRIFT DIVING | MAX DEPTH: 18 METER

GPS – POSITION 25°20′ N 34°45′ E

20 mins far from port Ghalib bay . Snorkelers and divers can enter the park via the jetty/zodiac, speedboat, or beach. The entrance is very easy because you enter the water from a staircase. This site is a slowly sloping reef with many plateaus and up to 40m depth. There is a beautiful canyon at 6 – 18m. Training platforms at 2,3,5 and 9m.

  •  sea Conditions – It is protected from the open sea on its’ northern and southern flanks by reefs which widen slightly near the Eastern mouth of the bay.  The bay is therefore fairly sheltered and it’s depth descends slowly as you progress further towards the sea but typically averages 15 metres.
  • Dive Plan –Abu Dabbab is a partially enclosed u-shaped bay with one of the best sandy beeches on its’ innermost western shoreline and one of the largest sandy bottom bays with sea grass in the region .
  • Marine Life – Abu Dabbab is reputedly known as the Turtles Bay and home of the one of a kind stoical dugong, the sea cow. Here, you will have a chance to come eyeball-to-eyeball with the captivating giant sea turtles. The wade-in beach of Abu Dabbab has easy access to the waters with 1-3 meters depth. It is suitable for snorkelers and good swimmers of all ages. As well, It is perfectly suitable for both early and advanced scuba diving learners.

MARSA MUBARAK

BEGINNER/ ADVANCED | DRIFT DIVING | MAX DEPTH: 25 METER

GPS – POSITION 25° 30.813′ N 34° 39.204′ E

Marsa Mubarak is a well known dive site in the south and used to be a big national park. It consists of a bay with a reef to the north and south. With sandy bottom and enclosed big sea grass area in the middle the bay.

  •  sea Conditions – It is protected from the open sea on its’ northern and southern flanks by reefs .
  • Dive Plan – Outside the bay, you can explore a beautiful coral garden during a drift dive and admire the abundant underwater life.
  • Marine Life – As you enter the water, swim calmly out towards the open sea, keeping your eyes open for any movement. The turtles can usually be found munching on the sea grass, or on the surface when they head up for air. The dugong is a bit more unpredictable, and there’s an element of luck to seeing him. Some people dive here repeatedly and see him every time; others aren’t quite so lucky. Local guides can advise you on your chances and the best time to go, but generally both turtles and dugong are best spotted on morning dives rather than afternoon ones. End the dive along the reef to the south before heading back to the beach. For the adventurous, there are a few pillars with coral growth a fair distance from the beach .

MARSA SHOUNI KEBIR

BEGINNER/ADVANCED | SHORE / DRIFT DIVING | MAX DEPTH: 25 METER

GPS – POSITION 25° 28.059′ N 34° 40.817′ E

49 km north of Marsa Allam.

  •  sea Conditions – Ras Shouna  is the corner and outside north of Shauna is unique for its sprawling sand plateau. Littered in table corals of all shapes and sizes, pick your depth on the gradual slope and see what’s hiding beneath each one. Of course blue spot rays are abundant, but certain times of year bring in breeding guitar rays and other surprises.
  • Dive Plan
  • Marine Life – Guitarfish, eagle ray, Mediterranean moray or roman eel, turtle, napoleonfish or humphead wrasse, tuna, amberjack, clownfish, sweetlips

MARSA SHOUNI SORAYA

BEGINNER/ADVANCED | SHORE / DRIFT DIVING | MAX DEPTH: 25 METER

GPS – POSITION 25° 28.059′ N 34° 40.817′ E

Marsa shouni Soraya is a very narrow bay. Its an hour by boat south of Port Ghalib. It consists of three very different dive sites, that you can easily reach from the shore: Nos Wa Nos, Talata Tabba and El Lesan.

  •  sea Conditions – Snorkelers and divers can enter the park via the jetty/zodiac, speedboat, or beach. The entrance is very easy because you enter the water from a staircase. This site is a slowly sloping reef with many plateaus and up to 40m depth. There is a beautiful canyon at 6 – 18m. Training platforms at 2,3,5 and 9m.
  • Dive Plan –Three beautiful reefs, each with their own specific characteristics. Talata Tabba offers a tapestry of soft corals, mullet and blue spotted stingrays. In the other two reefs the landscape is completely different. Nos Wa Nos consists of 3 pinnacles. You see large barracudas and stingrays. At El Lesan you stumble upon a reef tongue and a sandy plateau full of beautiful corals. This is also the turning point of your dive. In the shallow water look for well camouflaged fish such as scorpionfish and crocodile fish.
  • Marine Life – Barracuda, eagle ray, mediterranean moray or roman eel, turtle, napoleonfish or humphead wrasse, tuna, amberjack, clownfish, sweetlips.

SHAAB MARSA ALAM

BEGINNER – EXPERT | DRIFT DIVING / PINNACLE | MAX DEPTH: 30 METER .

GPS – POSITION 25° 4.291′ N 34° 56.264′ E

located 4 km south east of Marsa Allam, in direction of the open sea, reachable by boat.

  • Sea Condition –  large semi-circle reef in the form of a “bean”, surrounded by a sandy bottom, full of rock formations and reefs. The part of the northeast is home to a rich coral garden, descending in the deep. In the inner part, near a big rock, in a depth of 11-12 meters, we find a small wreck, about 25 meters in length.
  • Dive Plan – you can moor up and dive on either side of the reef. The northeast point has some shallow caves. The northwest point, on the other hand, has a particularly stunning erg. Don’t waste time on the lee (south) side of the reef. It is naturally dead. Head towards the outer reef. At the corner is a fan shaped boulder that is home to a school of bannerfish. Here you should turn away from the main reef and head west 20m away is a 4m high pinnacle, carpeted in purple soft corals, another 20m beyond that is the erg. It is overhanging on the south side with a “nest” of coral fragments beneath. The north side is sloping and also carpeted in pink, purple and lilac soft corals. Beyond it is a gorgonian clad boulder. To the north the reef slopes to 20m+.
  • Marine Life – Mainly bannerfish but also unicorns, emperor angelfish and puffers.