Elphinstone Reef Marsa Alam, Egypt information, tours, booking
Elphinstone Reef is a finger -like which runs from the north to south in the open Red Sea, Egypt. In fact, Elphinstone Reef located 12 kilometer south of Marsa Abu Dabbab in Marsa Alam, Egypt. Moreover, the diving site features steep walls which drop to the depths on the reefs east and west sides. In fact, it reaches about 70 meter (230 feet) or maybe more. Moreover, the north and the south ends of the the diving site reef marked by submerged plateau. Furthermore, the northern plateau of the reef is shallow and offers some superb snorkeling possibilities. In fact, the southern plateau is much deeper with a drop-off at 30 meter (100 feet). It leads down to the depths.
A large underwater arch found in Elphinstone Reef, between 50 and 70 meter (164-230 feet). In fact, the arch lies beyond the range of most sports divers and has a fascinating story attached to it. A legend says that the sarcophagus of an unknown pharaoh lies beneath the arch. In fact, you can see the outlines of a rectangular and coral encrusted mass. It is in the depths of 60 meter (197 feet). In fact, Elphinstone Reef covered with soft corals. Moreover, the underwater fauna species you’ll spot there extremely diversified. The diving site also comprises barracudas, angel fish and groupers. Moreover, it also houses morays, only to name a few. The occasional visitors to the diving site include white tip and gray reef sharks.
Further details about Elphinstone Reef:
A massive number of reef species lends still more color to the already dazzling walls. In fact, it is with a ready supply of big solitary and schooling pelagic to observe. One great hammerhead is a permanent resident there. Elphinstone Reef indeed is a fascinating site and and worthy diving in it so many times. In fact, the site is convenient for both of snorkelers and more advanced divers as well. Elphinstone Reef accessed from Marsa Alam by boat. The diving site already included in the route of many live aboard dive safaris in the Red Sea of Egypt.
Elphinstone Reef diving site facts:
- Location: 12 kilometer off Marsa Abu Dabbab on the south Egyptian coast of the Red Sea.
- Access: By live aboard from any Red Sea port.
- Average Depth: 20 meter (65 feet).
- Maximum Depth: 70 meter + (230 feet+).
- Average Visibility: 20 meter (65 feet).