Dive Sites in Egypt: The South

 

 
The South

The itinerary of the one-week southern excursions includes reefs like Elphinestone, Abu Dabab, Samadai and Wadi Gamal and start in El Quseir. 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. These reefs are far away of each other and to reach St. John we even have to cruise 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, and occasionally hammerheads and manta rays can be seen.


 

The South Diving Map

 



Elphinstone Diving Map




Shab Claude Diving Map


 

 

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Sharm El Sheikh: Ras Mohamed
Housereef Naama Bay
The "Locals"
Wrecks
Dahab
Hurghada
Brother Islands
The South