Rocky Island offers plenty of dive sites, from the northern end, which is exposed to the north winds and can be subject to large swell and surf. The walls here are a sheer vertical drop to 50m and more, but the first 20m are smothered in the most beautiful soft corals. Currents can be very strong and expect some fast drift dives. Pelagics can be spotted here, as well as large groupers and Napoleon wrasse. The south and southeastern sides are more sheltered, although shark encounters are still a possibility, and the reef has plenty of ledges and overhangs to explore. Also, you can find plenty of macro life. The east side has a mixture, from coral bommies to walls and open plateaux. This dives can be amazing. Nearby is the deep technical dive of the wreck of the Maiden.
The Island of Zabargad is a large island that offers shelter for liveaboard boats diving here and at the neighbouring Rocky Island. The dives are fairly shallow and relaxed, with reef slopes interspersed with beautiful coral pinnacles smothered with anemones and soft corals and surrounded by schools of glassfish. Zabargad has an interesting underwater topography, with lots of small nooks, caves and swim-throughs, one of which takes you right through to the inner lagoon. It also offers good night dives. At the north East of Zabargad lies the ‘Russian’ wreck. The 70-m long ship lies in 24m. On the opposite side of the island an unknown wreck lies at 40m waiting to be explored.
Deep in the south are the St. John’s Reefs. 14 square miles of complex coral atolls and reefs. The whole area has an incredible topography and being relatively sheltered, offers year-round diving. You will find here exciting drop offs, pristine coral gardens and huge variety of fish life. Many species of shark can be seen, including Hammerheads, Silkies, Grey reefs and Oceanic white-tips. Mantas can be seen especially in the summer months.
Note:We can include ABU FENDERA on request for private charter.
Departing Port Galeb, Marsa Alam.
Minimum 50 logged dives and Advanced O/W