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Ain Sokhna Snorkeling Egypt

Ain Sokhna Snorkeling

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Ain Sokhna snorkeling is really pristine. In fact Ain Sokhna snorkeling didn’t become famous in the best diving locations in Egypt yet. But indeed it has the potential of becoming a big hit on the Red Sea top Diving destinations list. Ain Sokhna located on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. Moreover, it is about 100 Kilolmeter from Cairo. So, you can combine historical tour of Pyramids and Egyptian Museum with Snorkeling trip there. After renting your snorkeling gear, you’ll take a little dingy from the shore. And then come closer to the larger boats which wait for you offshore.

After a Short Sea Cruise, you’ll throw yourself into a whole new world. In fact, it is like what you might watched “Finding Nemo”. But the greatest thing is that, this time, it’s for real and in 3-D!. Ain Sokhna snorkeling will let you see the clown fish. In fact, the clown fish abounds in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. Moreover, you will also see angelfish, blue tangs and butterfly fish of all kinds. Furthermore, Ain Sokhna also features amazing corals and anemones. Moreover, the small reef fishes come to play. Soon enough, you’ll tempted to go deeper. A day trip for snorkeling over there can arranged by your hotel in Cairo. We also do it. Just contact us.

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Gabr El Bint Dahab Egypt

Gabr El Bint Egypt

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Gabr El Bint dive site located just 25 kilometer south of Dahab. In fact, Gabr El Bint means in English “Grave of the Girl”. There is an old Bedouin story about the area which is like Romeo and Juliet. The reef is the most southern of the Dahab dive sites. Moreover, it falls well within the borders of the Nabq Protected Area. In fact, Gabr El Bint is only reachable by boat. The far fewer divers visit this site on a daily basis. Moreover, they ensure this reef stays in excellent condition. After 1.5 hours sailing, the boat can moor up in the sheltered bay of the dive site. And then it ensures a stable resting place even when the sea is rough. In fact, from this base many possible dives are available.

The south side of the reef known as the dark side. In fact, it features a steep wall which drops down to about 60 meter. In fact, it cut out of the reef by an earthquake over a decade ago. Moreover, the reef punctuated by many chasms, sandy plateaus and overhangs. The reef decorated with large, healthy table corals and an plenty of fish life. Gabr El Bint also houses reef to the north. Go and skirt the huge 50 m deep coral head which shelters the bay. You will see the three main features of the dive site laying before you. They are the near vertical drop-off, the coral saddle and the sandy lagoon.

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As you descend and make your way along the drop-off keep one eye out in the blue where. You can see Giant trevallies hanging motionless which surrounded by shoals of fusiliers. The dive site has currents which run along this wall. In fact, they attract some whale sharks, manta rays and eagle rays. After 10-20 minutes swimming, you will hit four dense rows of Gorgonian sea fans. In fact, they run down the reef wall. They are some of the healthiest and largest you will find in the whole of the Red Sea. The dive site also houses some of the photogenic Longnose hawkfish.

As you make your way up onto the rich coral saddle, you may well see a Hawksbill turtle or two. They can often found grazing on soft corals. So keep your eye out for the tell-tale signs of long strands of mucus drifting by in the water. The rest of the saddle covered in swarms of Anthias and parrot fish. Moreover, it also covered with surgeon-fish and trigger-fish. Current will let you swim or drift all the way back along the saddle. Moreover, you maybe also drop into the sandy lagoon which runs parallel. This stunning coral garden has plenty to offer.

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In fact, the coral gardens of Gabr El Bint houses crocodile fish, stingrays and puffers. They rest under the expansive table corals. Whichever way you choose, keep checking around you. A large school of exclusive Milk-fish can seen hanging around in the lagoon. Gabr El Bint indeed is one of the most breathtaking of the Dahab dive sites.

Gabr El Bint diving site facts:

Location: South Dahab, 28°21.211 N 34°25.999 E.
Description: Boat dive; Reef; Coral garden; Drop-off; Drift dive.
Depth: 30 meter.
Visibility: 30 meter.
Currents: Medium-Strong.

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Salem Express Shipwreck Safaga Egypt

Salem Express Shipwreck

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Salem Express Shipwreck is a big wreckage which located in the Red Sea of Safaga, Egypt. In fact, Salem Express shipwreck is one of the most controversial wreck dives in the Red Sea. It is due to the tragic loss of life which occurred. In fact, it sank shortly after midnight on December 17th 1991. Salem Express built in the French shipyards of La Seyne in 1964. It launched under the name of Fred Scamaroni in 1966. Moreover, the ship was a roll on and off ferry for vehicles and passengers as well. Furthermore, the ship featured 100 meters long, 18 meters beam and 5 meters draft. The ship’s bow encompassed a lifting mechanism. In fact, it designed to pivot the entire forward bow upwards.

Meanwhile, ramps then lowered to allow vehicles and passengers to embark through its nose. In fact, it was directly forward of the raised bridge section on its upper deck. This lifting mechanism became a major contributing factor in its tragic loss. In fact, it was some 25 years after its launch. In 16 December 1991, Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry, based in the port of Safaga. On the evening of December 17th 1991, it was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. In fact, it overloaded with several vehicles and hundreds of pilgrims. They returning from their pilgrimage from Mecca. The ship was nearing the end of its journey. In fact, it approached the port of Safaga from the southeast. A storm had been building for some hours and was now blowing at gale force.

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Then, Salem Express struck the southeast part of a reef chain which known as Hyndman Reef. In fact, it was with catastrophic force. The ship sank fully to the seabed in 30 meters of water. In fact, it is close to the reef truck in as little as 10 minutes. Moreover, the ship rests today on its starboard side with its bow door gaping open. The demise of the ship happened with such speed that none of the lifeboats had time to launch. In fact, 470 pilgrims, 180 passengers and most of the crew died. The massive loss of life alone makes this one of the worst tragedies in the Red Sea. Salem Express shipwreck features a few box-fish and pipe-fish and the occasional lone jack. In fact, the shipwreck also features indeed an impressive dive due to the size of the wreck.

Diving the Salem Express Shipwreck is a unique experience which is not like any wreck else. In fact, it is like no other wreck in the Red Sea. Moreover, the ship’s port side is just 12 meters from the surface. Moreover, it is with its starboard side which lies on the seabed at a depth of 30 meters. Furthermore, Salem Express Shipwreck also features personal effects and luggage. Moreover, it also comprises rolls of carpet, portable stereos, even bicycles and pushchairs. Several of its lifeboats lie upright and intact where they fell from their davits to the sea floor. If you dive Salem Express shipwreck, you will have the chance to see its big structures. The restaurant, bridge and upper decks now lie perpendicular to the seabed. In fact, they are accessible.

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Many parts of Salem Express Shipwreck are fragile and susceptible to careless buoyancy control. In fact, over the years, Salem Express Shipwreck became clear. So, all who dive do not leave this wreck as they found it. The closes suitcases are now open and lots of personal items moved. It is particularly in the 3 main corridors within the ship. Any penetration of Salem Express Shipwreck should done within a divers experience. Salem Express Shipwreck features two large propellers which are intact. In fact, they are at the stern of the ship.

Moreover, it is possible to swim under the stern from the keel to the rear deck. The tables in the restaurant still fixed to the deck. Furthermore, much of the ceiling collapsed towards the seabed. Do the deepest part of your dive at the seabed on the deck side. You’ll swim over the lifeboats before and under the two funnels. Many of the glass windows gone and the ships controls are visible. As you reach the bow you’ll see the bow door is wide open. Moreover, at the seabed on the starboard side the extent of the damage clearly visible.

Salem Express Shipwreck diving site facts:

  • Dive Site: The Salem Express.
  • Location: Hyndman Reef (26º39’01″N; 34º03’48″E).
  • Description: Roll-on roll-off ferry.
  • Length: 100 meters (300 feet).
  • Depth: 12 – 30 meters (39 – 100 feet)
  • Visibility: 20 meters (65 feet).

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Hatour Shipwreck Safaga Egypt

Hatour Shipwreck Safaga

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Hatour Shipwreck located on the eastern end of Sha’ab Sheer (Hyndman Reef), Safaga, Egypt. In fact, Htour ship sank in late November 2001 in just 16 meter of the water. Moreover, Hatour Shipwreck lies to the south between the main reef and the two large ergs. In fact, the two ergs mark the most eastern part of this long reef. The boat supposed to meet another vessel at Abu Kafan which located to the east of Hatours shipwreck. In fact, the ship struck the south side of this reef and began taking water. With no alternative due to the deep water surrounding Abu Kafan, the ship put in tow. Moreover, the convoy made for the nearest shallow water at Sha’ab Sheer. It is where passengers and crew evacuated and it subsequently sank.

Over the next few months in true Egyptian style, everything of value salvaged. Furthermore, everything scavenged from  Hatour Shpiwreck which was easy accessible. Today little more than a wooden hull remains recognizable. In fact, it is through its shape and remaining features such as the railings at the bow. Dive vessels often moor on the south side of Sha’ab Sheer for the night taking advantage of the shelter. A good dive option is to head around to north side. It is in case your dive boat has a zodiac or RIB. In fact, the lovely hard coral garden is at 14 meter. The coral at Hatour Shipwreck is the large boulder type which can be a little disorienting. Yet, keeping the main reef to your right shoulder will ensure you reach the south side.

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There is a rarely current at this point on the reef. So, don’t rely on this to aid your swim back. Hatour Shipwreck is easily visible from the reef. In fact, it is although visibility tends to be poorer on the south side. Indeed it is definitely worth a stop to investigate the remains. Moreover, a popular night dive site of Hatour Shipwreck added to the south side of the reef. In fact, the south side of reef has much less coral growth and marine life than the north. Heading out from your dive boat, investigate the first of the ergs and make a circuit or two. It is where there is some soft coral growth and a fair chance of Spanish dancers at night. In fact, Hatour Shipwreck takes on a new perspective in the dark . Moreover, a large resident moray eel seems to have made his home here.

Hatour Shipwreck diving site facts:

  • Dive Site: M.V. Hatour.
  • Location: Sha’ab Sheer, Safaga.
  • Description: Offshore Reef.
  • Depth: 25 – 200 meters + (80 – 655 feet).
  • Visibility: 25 – 30 meters (80 – 100 feet).

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Al Kahfain Shipwreck Safaga Egypt

Al Kahfain Shipwreck Safaga

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Al Kahfain Shipwreck located in Sha’ab Sheer in Safaga, Egypt. In fact, Al Kahfain Shipwreck is one of the newer wreck dives in the Red Sea. The ship sank in Safaga Red Sea on November 3rd 2005. Moreover, the ship built in the British shipyard, Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd. It launched under the name of Ulster Queen in 1967. Furthermore, it was was a roll-on, roll-off ferry for vehicles and passengers. It was similar in appearance to the Salem Express. Salem Express is another shipwreck in Safaga. In fact, it lies just 10 minutes by boat to the south of Al Kahfain Shipwreck. In 2005 Al Kahfain operated as a passenger ferry, based in the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

On November 2nd 2005 , the ship returned from Suez to the port of Jeddah to collect passengers. With a crew of 58 and no passengers aboard it, an explosion in the engine room occurred. In fact, it was near Abu Nuhas Reef on the northern end of Shadwan Island. On November 3rd, the ship struck the north east part of a reef chain. In fact, the reef chain known as Hyndman Reef and locally as Sha’ab Sheer. It is near Safaga Port where it capsized and sunk upside down. In fact, it was against the reef wall in 24 meter of water. Diving at the Shipwreck is quite an experience. In fact, Al Kahfain Shipwreck is a new wreck which is far from settled. It means much of it still moves with the flow of water, particularly at the bow section.

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There, part of the ship’s superstructure and decking crushed and peeled away. So, huge sections of metal creak and groan. In fact, the diving site features a strange underwater symphony of sorrowful reverberation. It was because of the other sections of wreckage rasp and scrap, metal on metal. There is often a medium strength current which tends to flow north east along the reef. If the current runs, it makes things easier to tuck in near to the sea floor of the ship. In fact, it is at 24 meter and close to the wreck. It is where shelter from the current makes progress towards to bow less of an effort. At this level, look underneath the upturned wreck. You will see the super structure of Al Kahfain Shipwreck.

The railings and davits of Al Kahfain still have a clean white appearance. In fact, their coats of paint yet to tarnished by the effects of long term immersion in salt water. The davit winches still painted a bright orange and serial numbers are still visible. Halfway along Al Kahfain shipwreck, there is a huge tear in the structure. It is where the ship almost ripped in two. Moreover, once you approach the bow, the large starboard anchor lies on the sea floor. In fact, it no longer attached to the ship. Moreover, the port anchor is still in place in its housing on the upturned port bow. There, the name of the “Al Kahfain” is clearly visible in large blue lettering.

Al Kahfain Shipwreck diving site facts:

  • Location: Sha’ab Sheer, Safaga.
  • Description: Ferry wreck.
  • Depth: 23 meter to sea bed (75 feet), 6 meter to top of the wreck (20 feet).
  • Visibility: 20 meters (65 feet).

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Abu Kafan Reef Safaga Egypt

Abu Kafan Reef Safaga

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Abu Kafan Reef located in Red Sea of Safaga, Egypt. In fact, Abu Kafan Reef also called Abu Qifan Reef and means the father of abyss or coffin. The diving site is the most favorite diving site in Safaga. In fact, Abu Kafan Reef features occasional strong currents and vertical walls. Moreover, there is a present chance of pelagic shark action there. The reef is a large reef sliver which elongates and rises from depths of 400 meter. Furthermore, Abu Kafan Reef size and diversity mean that you need to at least two separate dives. One is in the northern and the other one in southern sections.

To the north is a sloping plateau which starts at around 15 meter at the reef. Moreover, the reef slopes to 30 meter before dropping away into deep water. There is a large erg on the northern plateau close to the main reef. In fact, this erg forms at 12 meter channel between it and the reef. Abu Kafan Reef also houses prolific soft coral. In fact, the soft coral with the upper parts of the reef are teeming with Antheas. Moreover, they have all manner of smaller marine life. The plateau itself swept with current which comes from the north. So, it dropped here by zodiac or RIB. And then, it heads down the northeast wall. In fact, it is where you can picked up or meet your dive boat to the south.

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Abu Kafan Reef comprises turtles which are often present in the shallower areas. They also re on the north plateau. The diving site also include barracuda hunt and white-tip sharks who can come in closer to the reef. In fact, it is with the larger gray reef sharks. They tend to stay further out in the current. The northeast wall is quite a vertical drop down to 110 meter where a 10 m wide ledge protrudes. In fact, it is before the wall continues into the abyss. At 30 meter depth, it becomes more barren. Yet, purple and orange soft coral, black coral and long whip corals protrude from the reef.

In the southern end of the sliver, the reef splits forming another separate erg. In fact, it is similar in topography to the one on the north plateau. This erg forms 18 meter deep and 10 meter wide channel between the erg and main reef. If the current runs, it tends to pick up and sweep you through the channel. Rather than, head south around the main reef and back to the more sheltered area. In fact, it is well worth a swim back around the outside of this southern erg. Again the reef wall drops away. There, Abu Kafan Reef house large pelagic possible with tuna. This tends to be the end of the dive as you head around the south point. In fact, the shallows here are also teeming with life at 3 meter.

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Moreover, In this area, the reef forms small fissures and crevices. They in fact, go back into the reef for quite a distance in places. The careful diver can explore these to the surprise of resident marine life. The southwest side of th reef can dived by performing to”out and back” dive. In fact, it is from your dive boat which will moor on the south end. If the current runs, it tends to be more sheltered on the southwest. In fact, a great dive is for the more experienced diver. Yet, depending on conditions it is suitable for all.

Abu Kafan Reef diving site facts:

  • Dive Site: Abu Kafan (The Deep One).
  • Location: Safaga.
  • Description: Offshore Reef.
  • Depth: 0 – 60 meters (0 – 200 feet).
  • Visibility: 25 – 30 meters (80 – 100 feet).

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Sharm El Naga Safaga Egypt

Sharm El Naga Safaga

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Sharm El Naga located only 45 km south of Hurghada. In fact, this amazing site features fantastic protected area of Sharm El Naga. Moreover, it also features a paradisiac beach. The beach is ideal for Snorkeling and relaxing in the sun as well. Get your gear from the mall in Hurghada, if you don’t want to rent it in Sharm El Naga. Hop on a bus (transportation can arranged by your hotel). Spend a day exploring the underwater lively fauna and flora of the Red Sea. In fact, the diving site comprises fishes galore and intact corals. They await you at this unspoiled spot of the Red Sea Riviera. The wide sandy beach slopes into the waters are an ideal feature for beginners.

In fact, the site also features charming beach chalets. It will be a fantastic experience if you booked one or two nights. Moreover, the diving site reef is in good condition and popular location for snorkelers. The entry and exit points are from the shore, close to where the dive shop and amenities located. Once you enter the water, the sandy bottom alters into a coral covered ledge. In fact, the slopes are away down to depths which snorkeling cannot reach. For those who snorkel, there is an area which roped off and which you asked to stay inside.

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Please do not go beyond the barriers as they are there to stop the coral becoming damaged. Yet, we do recommend that you swim out as far as you are comfortable with going. In fact, the reef improves further from the shore. Both snorkelers and divers alike should see a healthy selection of coral in this fantastic site. In fact, it houses fire, table and fan corals. Furthermore, there is also plenty of marine life with giant clams. Moreover, the diving site houses rays and octopus as more infrequent sightings. The diving site also has the usual Red Sea menagerie of sergeants. Moreover, it also houses butterfly fish, parrot-fish, lion-fish and Anthias.

Sharm El Naga site facts:

  • Dive Site: Sharm El Naga House Reef.
  • Location: Safaga.
  • Description: Sloping reef.
  • Depth: 0 – 30 meters (0 – 100 feet).
  • Visibility: 20 meters (65 feet).

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Marsa Abu Dabbab Marsa Alam Egypt

Marsa Abu Dabbab Marsa Alam

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Marsa Abu Dabbab is a semi circular bay. In fact, the bay is part of the main coastline north of Marsa Alam. Marsa Abu Dabbab used as an overnight stop by most of the live aboard. Moreover, the site is a sandy slope with sea grass patches. Furthermore, Marsa Abu Dabba has no coral reef and visibility is as little as 5 meter in the shallows. Yet, the site houses resident Dugong and large green sea turtles that munch on the sea grass. Furthermore, Marsa Abu Dabbab has a good chance of guitar sharks. In fact, the guitar sharks prefer the shallow sea grass area. This dive often done as the final dive on a south safari.

Moreover, there is little point venturing deeper than 15 meter. In fact, it allows divers to spend plenty of time in the shallow water. A good dive plan is to start at the south entrance to the bay. And then, get all the divers in the group to form a line. Placing the deepest diver in around 15 meter and spacing divers 3 or 4 meters apart will mean something. So, a group of 6 to 8 divers those in the shallows will be in just 3 meters of water. Once in position the line simple moves around the perimeter of the bay area in a sweeping formation.

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Those who are in the deeper water, should remember to swim slowly. In fact, it is because the line moves like the hand on a clock. So, those who are in the shallows have further to swim. Once divers spot something, the others can signal down the line. The visibility is usually poor at Marsa Abu Dabbab. In fact, it is due to the sand picked up by any swell. Keep an eye out for silver jacks (either lone or in pairs) close to the sea grass. These scavengers have a tendency to follow and pester guitar sharks. In fact, they scavenge the food from them. So, if you spot the silver jacks, it’s usually a good sign that there is a guitar shark below them.

If you find the large green turtles feed on the grass, then they will accompanied by large Remora fish. These fish cling to the shells of the turtles and are a pelagic marine fish in their own right. The relationship is symbiotic, the remora acts as a cleaner. In fact, it removes parasites from the turtles and in return obtains a meal. Dugong “sea cows” is a unique feature of Marsa Abu Dabbab. Indeed, you will never see such them anywhere else in the Red Sea. If you look for an easy and relaxing dive, then Marsa Abu Dabbab will be the ideal destination. In fact, it is specially if you are a beginner.

Marsa Abu Dabbab site facts:

  • Dive Site: Marsa Abu Dabbab.
  • Location: North of Marsa Alam.
  • Description: Reef System.
  • Depth: 3 – 30 meters + (10 – 100 feet).
  • Visibility: 20 meters (65 feet).

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Hamada Shipwreck Marsa Alam Egypt

Hamada Shipwreck Marsa Alam

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Hamada Shipwreck located south of Marsa Alam, Egypt. In fact, the site of Hamada Shipwreck accessed by boat from Marsa Alam. Moreover, the diving site included on many live aboard trails. In fact, it is especially for those who explore the southernmost diving sites of the Red Sea in Egypt. Hamada was a 65 meter-long cargo ship which sank in 1993 in the Red Sea Egypt. In fact, it was after a fire broke out on board. Divers explored the shipwreck for the first time in 1995. They discovered that the damage caused by the proclaimed fire was not as tragic as expected.

Most of the shipwreck lies today at 14 meters of depth at the “Abu-Gosoon reef“. The stern section is a little further away from the reef. Having sunk in shallow waters, the port side of the ship seen above water at low tide. Divers of all levels can explore this interesting wreck. In fact, Hamaada Shipwreck includes the pilothouse, the engineer room and cargo shipment. Moreover, the site houses schools of glass-fish, lion-fish and surgeon fish.

Hamada Shipwreck site facts:

  • Depth: 0-15 meters.
  • Visibility: 10-25 meters.

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Sataya Reef Marsa Alam Egypt

Sataya Reef Marsa Alam

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Sataya Reef also called Sha’ab Sataya and also known as the Dolphin Reef. In fact, Sataya reef located at the south-eastern tip of the Fury Shoal. Fury Shoal is a diving area located in Marsa Alam, Egypt. Moreover, Sataya Reef is a horseshoe-shaped reef which lies in open water. In fact, it located to the northeast of Ras Banas. The eastern side of the Sha’ab Sataya has a steeply sloping wall profile. Furthermore, it gives a way to a sandy slope scattered. It is with coral heads and pinnacles toward the reefs southeast corner. In fact, the lower reaches of the reef poorly covered. It is with the best coral growth which occurs in the top 10 m (33 feet).

The southern pinnacles of Sha’ab Sataya are rich with a wide variety of coral types throughout. The varied hard coral composition of the heads and pinnacles acts as a base for some nice soft coral growth. Fish life in Sha’ab Sataya is excellent. Moreover, Schooling fish of all types seen in large numbers. Furthermore, the reef-dwellers such as angelfish and butterflies, provide flashes of color. Cuttlefish and shrimps put in an appearance for the invertebrates. Sataya Reef also houses blue spotted and black spotted stingrays. Sharks of several types also spotted there.

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Sha’ab Sataya also features regular reports of dolphins. In fact, it is along the reef or inside the lagoon. The good shelter which provided by the reef makes this an excellent stop for live aboard. Sha’ab Sataya diving site can reached by boat from Marsa Alam. In fact, many live aboard Red Sea dive safari trails include this site. If you are not really into scuba, it is also a perfect destination for Snorkeling.

Sataya Reef site facts:

  • Location: The main reef of Fury Shoal, 28 km north-northwest of Ras Banas.
  • Access: By live-aboard from any Red Sea port.
  • Average Depth: 18 meter (60 feet).
  • Maximum Depth: 50 meter+ (164 feet +).
  • Average Visibility: 20 meter (65 feet).

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