Southern Red Sea Dive Sites
A 1-week itinerary to the southern Red Sea includes reefs such as Elphinestone, Abu Dabab, Samadai and Wadi Gamal and start in El Quseir whereas the so-called ‘deep south’ safaris depart from the small port of Marsa Alam. In comparison to the reefs around Sinai, Hurghada and Safaga, it is necessary to cruise much longer distances in this region – these reefs are far from each other and to reach St. John requires cruising during the night.
The depth of most of the dives range between 10 – 25m. The exceptions are Elphinestone, Shab Sharm, Furyshoal and St. John’s.
Massive formations of stone and table corals dominate most of the reef sceneries. They form beautiful and interesting caves, undercuts and canyons (Samadai, Shab Claude, Sataya). Typical reef-dwellers are grouper, humpback wrasse, school of unicorn surgeon fish and banner fish. Currents attract barracudas, snapper, white and black tip sharks; occasionally hammerheads and manta rays can be seen.