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Shaab Abu Nuhas El Gouna Egypt

Shaab Abu Nuhas El Gouna Egypt

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Shaab Abu Nuhas diving site is only an hour away by boat from El Gouna, Egypt. The diving in Shaab Abu Nuhas site is a fascinating experience. In fact, it is since this submerged reef caused the sinking of no less than 5 ships. The is why the reef called this name. In fact, Shaab Abu Nuhas means “father of bad luck reef” since it considered as a sailor’s nightmare. The diving site features four of the sunken ships which can explored by divers. In fact, the sunken ships are the Giannis D which built as cargo ship and sunk in 1983.. Moreover, the site also houses the Carnatic which was British cargo and mail ship. Furthermore, the diving site also houses The Chrisoula K which sunk in 1981. The last one is Kimon M which was a German cargo and sunk in 1978.

In fact, the British Carnatic is also one of the oldest dive shipwrecks in the Red Sea. Moreover, the ship hit the reef in 1869, laden with gold, wine and cotton on its way to India. Furthermore, the cargo ship balanced on top of the reef. But after 36 hours it broke down in two pieces which sunk parallel to the reef at 24 m. Today, the 90 m long wreck lies underwater in a good condition. Moreover, its wooden flooring rotted away. In fact, you’ll get a feeling of being inside the skeleton of some gigantic prehistoric whale. You can dive the entire length of the ship with sweepers. Shaab Abu Nuhas also features glass-fish, nudibranchs. Moreover, the diving site also houses a few bat-fish which will accompany you.

Shaab Abu Nuhas diving site facts:

  • Dive Site: Sha’ab Abu Nuhas.
  • Location: 27°34’50” N; 33°55’30” E.
  • Description: Reef with five wrecks on it.
  • Depth: 89 meters max , mostly around 24 meters (79 feet).
  • Visibility: 20 – 30 meters (65 – 100 feet).

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The Canyon Dahab Egypt

The Canyon Dahab Egypt

The Canyon diving site Dahab, Egypt information, tours, booking

The Canyon is a diving site which located 15 kilometer south of Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt. In fact, The Canyon diving site features indeed a unique adventure. This adventure makes it one of the essential dives for any diver visits Dahab. That is why the diving site is famous all over the world. Access to this beautiful site is through a shallow, sandy lagoon. In fact, the lagoon lies a few steps from the shoreline. Once you dive, you will find Anthias which covered coral pinnacles. They act like way point markers for your return. Moreover, you will also find the looms near you. They will begin to make out a cascade of diver’s bubbles which escape from the sea floor which surrounds it. In fact, it is as if you were in a giant aquarium.

The Canyon dive site indeed is a namesake. In fact, it is the classic canyon which formed from volcanic fissure in the seabed. Moreover, it winds its way up from the depths to meet the reef just off shore. Bar a few points of penetration, the walls of the rift grew together. In fact, they get close over the top and form a tunnel. The largest entry into this diving site lies at 20 meter. In fact, it is from where you can descend into the lit crack reaching the bottom at 30 meter. Looking up from this point, you will enjoy a magnificent view of The Canyon walls. The walls silhouetted against the light from surface. In small section of the full canyon, the rippling light rays penetrates the crack. In fact, it creates a tranquil atmosphere.

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The night dive here during a full moon indeed is an spiritual experience. When you head a little further up The Canyon, an exit forms in the roof. It is through which you can ascend and return into the daylight and onto the reef. Begin the slow swim back along the reef, you can start to take in some of the beautiful fauna. In fact, the diving site houses anemone-fish, lion-fish and scorpion-fish. Moreover, the site also houses unicorn-fish, octopus, morays and Torpedo rays. If you forgot to brush your teeth before the dive, there is a pair of friendly cleaner wrasse. In fact, they will give your teeth a clean if you remove your regulator near their cleaning station. The Canyon dive site indeed offers a wide variety of physical features.

Moreover, the dive site can explored in an almost limitless number of ways. The Canyon snakes its way down inside the reef to a pair of narrow and deeper exits. In fact, the first one is at 45 meter and the second one is at 52 meter. Emerging from anyone of them will put you out on the reef wall. In fact, the reef wall leads back up to the main slope. If you went south, you can spend your time floating along the exquisite drop-off. You will also have the chance to discover the beautiful soft coral gardens which line the reef. With a short jeep ride north, you will get to the Rick’s Reef. There, you can drift all the way back along the rich and healthy reef. In fact, this reef runs between there and The Canyon.

The Canyon Diving site facts:

Location: North Dahab, 28°33.294 N; 34°31.257 E.
Description: Shore; Reef; Canyon; Drop-off; Coral Garden; Night dive; Technical diving.
Depth: 100 meter +.
Visibility: 20-30 meter.
Currents: Medium

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The Blue Hole Dahab Egypt

Blue Hole Dahab Egypt

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The Blue Hole diving site located a few kilometers north of Dahab, Egypt. In fact, the Blue Hole is a popular diving location on the coast of the Red Sea. Moreover, it is only five kilometers north of The Canyon and also known as “the Bells”. In fact, the Blue Hole is a submarine sinkhole which a kind of cave, around 130 meter deep. The diving site has a shallow which opens around 6 meter deep. In fact, it known as “the saddle”. Moreover, the diving site has also a tunnel which opens out to the sea and has a 26 meter long. In fact, the tunnel known as “the Arch”. The top of the arch lies at a depth of 56 meter. The hole itself and the surrounding area has a huge number of coral and reef fish.

The Blue Hole is notorious for the number of diving accidents which occurred there. In fact, this diving site known worldwide as “World’s Most Dangerous Dive Site”. Moreover, the nickname of the Blue Hole is “Diver’s Cemetery”. Furthermore, the site signposted by a sign which says “Blue hole: Easy entry”. In fact, the accidents happen when the divers attempt to find the tunnel through the reef. The tunnel connects the Hole and the open water at about 52 meter depth. This is beyond the PADI maximum advanced recreational diving limit which is 40 meters. In fact, the effect of nitrogen narcosis is significant at this depth. Divers who miss the tunnel sometimes continue descending. In fact, they hope to find the tunnel farther down but they will have increasingly narcosis.

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The “Arch” is deceptive in several ways. In fact, it is difficult to detect it because of the odd angle. The odd angle located between the arch, open water and the hole itself. Moreover, Because the most light which enters from outside, appears shorter than it is. Divers reported that the Arch appears less than 10 meter long. But in fact, the measurements show that it is 26 meter from one end to the other. Furthermore, there is a frequent current which flows inward through the Arch towards the Hole. In fact, it increases the time which takes to swim through. The Arch continues downward to the seabed which is beyond view. As a result, there will be no “reference” from below.

You should resist the temptation of the Arch and remain within the training levels and limitations. If you did, you will be safe. Yet, the Arch proved irresistible for many. So, the diving site is unsuitable for beginners. Moreover, it indeed is a potential trap for even experienced divers. In fact, the diving through the Arch requires specific training and extra equipment. The equipment should include a mixed-gas qualification from a technical Diving training agency.  Moreover, the equipment should include redundant gas supply. Furthermore, they should also include redundant large-capacity buoyancy control device. Equipment also should include a breathing gas with reduced nitrogen content such as trim-ix.

The Blue Hole diving site facts:

Dive Site: The Blue Hole / the Bells.

Location: North Dahab, 28°34.367 N; 34°32.207 E.

Description: Reef / shore dive / drop-off.

Depth: 200 meters + (600 feet).

Visibility: 30 – 40 meters (100 – 130 feet).

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St Johns Reef Marsa Alam Egypt St John's Reef

St John’s Reef Marsa Alam

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St John’s Reef is a large reef system located south of Marsa Alam, Egypt. In fact, St. John’s Reef houses some of he most spectacular underwater wildlife vistas in the Red Sea. Moreover, it is the favorite diving destination for most of Scuba divers. Furthermore, it situated 214 Kilometer south of Marsa Alam near to Sundanese borders. In fact, St John’s Reef include Habili Ali reef and the Grey Reef. Habili Ali reef houses giant Gorgonians and black corals. The Grey Reef houses silver tip sharks and Hammerhead sharks. Moreover, St John’s Reef comprises Gafaar Reef.

In fact, Gaffar Reef is a mass of soft corals. It crowded with snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. To the north, you will find the St. John’s cave. In fact, the cave is an area where shallow cracks open up into small caverns. This site indeed is unique and you will never forget it. The shallow cracks in the reef plate open into caverns and overhangs. Fury Shoal is famous for her hard corals – do not miss Shaab Claudia, Malahi or Abu Galawa Soraya. These ancient structures are as bright as they impressive. Live aboard dive Safaris leave to St. John’s Reef from Marsa Alam.

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In fact, the tour usually includes at least 2 days on-site. Moreover, it has dives in the morning, mid afternoon, afternoon and night as well. St John’s reef houses Bumphead parrot fish, baby white tips, barracuda and napoleons . Moreover, it also comprise whereas snapper, hawk fish, batfish and morays roam. Between dives, keep an eye on the horizon. The dolphin pods move between the reef systems on the hunt for a tasty snack. The St John’s reef itinerary is perfect for every diver, no matter what experience level. In fact, the diving is straight forward. So, you can concentrate more on the mind blowing marine life. Diving takes place both from the boat and RIB.

In fact, St John’s reef house walls, pinnacles, caves, night diving over the whole week. It indeed has dives that everyone can enjoy. Currents tend to mild and minimal. In fact, the reef life is breathtaking. Everywhere you look, there is yet another fishy spot for the log book. Yet, the pristine and healthy corrals are as much a super star in St. John’s Reef. That is why, the Southern Red Sea keeps people coming back for more year after year.

St John’s Reef diving site facts:

  • Reef Basics: Turrets and walls.
  • Depth: 5 – 40 meter.
  • Visibility: 20 – 35 meter.
  • Currents: Can be strong.
  • Surface conditions: Can be choppy.
  • Water temperature: 23 – 30°C.
  • Experience level: Intermediate – advanced.
  • Number of dive sites: 20.
  • Diving season: All year round.
  • Distance: 210 km south southeast of Marsa Alam (14 hrs).
  • Access: Liveaboards.

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Daedalus Reef Marsa Alam Egypt

Daedalus Reef Marsa Alam

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Daedalus Reef is the most famous offshore in the Egyptian Red Sea. In fact, Daedalus Reef also called Abu Kizan and situated about 96 km of Marsa Alam, Egypt. Moreover, Daedalus Reef is a small reef which situated in isolated island almost halfway to Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, the island is 450 meter long, 100 meter wide and marked by a lighthouse. In fact, the lighthouse forms the only break on the horizon for many miles in any direction.

The boat trip to the reef of Daedalus takes about 6 hours from Marsa Alam. In fact, it takes longer from Hurghada. But indeed it is worthy. Daedalus Reef features an excellent opportunity for spotting big pelagic. Moreover, it also features hammerheads, manta rays and more. All around its steep walls there indeed is an extreme variety of fish life. In fact, the walls offers some of the most stunning diving in the Red Sea.

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The currents in Daedalus Reef could be strong. Moreover, the reef is a huge and submerged reef table. Furthermore, the surrounding reef wall drops off at 30-40 m to depths of 500 m. There is abundant growth of soft corals. The hard coral formations of the site indeed is huge and pristine. In fact, it is the same like its soft coral formations. As a result, there will be a great chance to spot schooling hammerheads. In fact, it is especially on the north point. Thresher sharks, mantas and whale sharks could also spotted there.

Moreover, some pretty big fishes also could spotted in Abu Kizan including hammerhead sharks. The site also features different species of trevally, tunas, moray eels, and dotty-backs. In fact, the site’s depth goes from 5 to 40 meters. Hence, it accessed by intermediate divers. But in fact, they’ll have to cope with the strong currents.

Daedalus Reef site facts:

  • Location: 96km (52 nautical miles) off Marsa Alam, Egypt.
  • Access: By live-aboard from any Red Sea port.
  • Average Depth: 25 m (80 feet).
  • Maximum Depth: 70 m (230 feet).
  • Average Visibility: 20 m (65 feet).

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Ras Shaitan Nuweiba

Ras Shaitan Nuweiba

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Ras Shaitan Nuweiba or Shetan (Devil’s Head) located at a Bedouin camp north of Nuweiba. In fact, the real name was “Ras el Shateen” which translates to “Head of the two beaches”. Due to foreigners that try to pronounce the Arabic name, it transformed to Ras Shaytan. It got the name “Head of the two beaches” because of the rock formation. In fact, it divides the place into two separate beaches. Moreover, the diving site has incredible mountain scenery. You will get the feeling of diving through canyons and superb mountain ranges. It is also famous for its amount of anemones. Species you will see red, green and purple anemones.

It is possible to experience deep diving in Ras Shaytan. There are some excellent pinnacles and beautiful coral formations. They are at depth deeper than 40 meters. In short a stunning mountain range, nice coral and marine life are vivid. After a 30 minutes drive, heading north from Nuweiba, you will reach the Bedouin camp. Over there you can access the Ras Shaitan Nuweiba diving site. A couple of palm strokes away from the shore, you will discover a maze of underwater mountains.

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You will also discover canyons, caves and plateaus. Ras Shaitan Nuweiba diving site features an rich ecosystem of hard corals and octopus. It also features puffer fish, moon groupers and most of all anemones. Anemones are red, green and purple. You will blown away by the scenic and – more preserved landscape. The diving site only advised for experienced divers. It is due to the technical skills which needed to dive. The depth is from 12 – 40 meters.

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Montaza Maamoura Archaeological sites

Montaza Maamoura Archaeological Sites Egypt

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Montaza Maamoura Archaeological sites are in a small bay in the eastern part of Alexandria, Egypt. They overlooked by Montaza Complex. Montaza Maamoura Archaeological sites are a testimony to the evident marine activity. The evident marine activity took place in the region in the period between the 1st and 6th centuries. Taposiris Parva, or the “Small Temple of Osiris” stood once on the small island. The island overlooks the bay from the east. The temple demolished in the 5th century. It was when Christians decided to destroy pagan temples throughout Alexandria. Moreover, the temple also known for its pagan High Priestess, Hypatia of Alexandria and daughter of Theon.

The Geometer who was the last head of the Great Alexandria Library before its destruction. This extraordinary historical figure known to be a talented mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. She shared her knowledge with her followers at the temple. She incurred the wrath of the church, which considered her acts as going against Christian beliefs. In March 416, Hypatia of Alexandria apprehended and beaten, before dragged into a church. Her abductors scraped her skin off with oyster shells or tiles. She believed that buried in an area known then as Cinaron.

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There are no remnants of Taposiris Parva on the island, nor in the waters. The main attraction of the site is a long (approx. 200 m) stone pier dating back to the 1st century. It lies in 3 to 6 meters of water, surrounded by pieces of amphorae and small anchors. Maamoura Archaeological site located more to the east of Montaza. There lie the remnants of another stone pier, dating to approximately the same period. The area, some 6 meters deep also littered with pieces of amphorae and anchors.

A few years ago, one could also see bronze naval artifacts. Montaza Maamoura Archaeological sites can accessed from shore. You will need to make a somewhat long swim to reach them. Boats are also available for rent. The staff at the water sports center located in Montaza. The staff will be happy to help you out and guide you through your dive.

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