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RED SEA REEFS

Between drop-offs and reefs, wrecks and coral gardens, should you be a veteran diver or a beginner willing to start training as a diver, the Red Sea underwater life will do nothing but amaze you.

Shaab Saiman

Shaab-Saiman In Arabic Saiman means “dove”. Beautiful reef Shaab Saiman is located north of the tip of the Bay of Safaga and Northern Cape Ras Abu Soma. This is one of the most beautiful coral gardens that we are given to know in the Bay of Safaga. Bounded on the north by a pretty pass sand against the reef front, it slopes gently up to 30 meters before plunging stepped into deep water! In particular you can meet two reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus) residents, eagle rays, hawksbill and green turtles, schools of barracudas, wrasse, giant trevally, triggerfish a colony of yellow fin, big groupers, mackerel – without forgetting the residents over the reef that are snappers, red mullet, speckled diagrams, coachmen fish, butterflies and other.

Tobia Arba

Tobia-Arba Tobia Arba, also called “7 Wonders” is a set of blocks resting on a base of 12 meters to the surface and arranged from east to west in 4 rows. Block 1: South of it, in a cave 10 meters of water where redfish delight. At the foot of the potato, scorpion fish rely on the reef. At the top, in 6 meters of water, the largest moray Safaga in his hole. Block 2: It is distinguished from others by the hill that draws on its south side. On the wall, many Firefish, Fish Emperor Angel fish at the foot of some reef octopus. Do not miss a small cave at the depth of 6 m lined with soft corals and fish glass! Block 3: The most impressive block. At the foot of it often lies a crocodile fish. On the North East area, you will find a small vault which houses the Pterois angelfish or red snapper. Block 4: This potato is divided into two columns in the depth of 9 m. Around them you can discover stone fish and scorpions! The syngnates traverse the wall and on top of multiple soft corals. Block 5: This block is divided into two columns. Don’t miss the scorpion fish and small tattooed eels. In the blue you can meet a napoleon. Ideal site for night diving.

Tobia Hamra

Tobia-Hamra Those are two mooring areas. It is possible to dive in two different locations on this reef. North: A coral garden bathed in sun begins on the deep of 3 m. Dive will take place along the sand passes on a reef sloping not exceeding 16 m. You can meet here: many clams, butterflies and colorful angels rich fauna, flutes and puffer puffers, schools of trevally, yellow goatfish, snappers… South: A steeper slope with sandy bottom and coral heads which will take you quickly to 30 m. In the region of 20-25 m to the east of the mooring, you can observe a band wrasses. You will find the garden of hard corals on the left hand reef. An area with many fishes awaits you.

Tobia Soraya

Tobia-Soraya Bordering the Bay of Safaga, Tobia Soraya is a reef consisting of a row of massive pillars and coral. On the sandy bottom in the area of 12-15 meters, you can find traditional blue spots stingrays hidden in the Acropora tables. Reef hosts clown fish and anemones, butterflies, angels, puffers, crocodile fish, scorpion fish… But the main interest of the site are the tunnels and other shallow passages that allow you to move from side to side of the reef (and play with the unique topography of this site). In the area of ​​8 meters, enjoy the play of light that illuminate the passages and highlight the colors of coral. You will come across the groups of anthias, trevally, coachmen, yellow mullet … and probably a few squid on the surface if you think to look up from time to time.

Gamul Soraya

Gamul-Soraya This diving site consists of a main reef coral and several pillars. Here you can find octopus hidden in the cracks, watching blue spots stingrays enfouillissant in the sand, parrot fish and scorpion fish. The pillars and the main reef, is full of fauna clouds of anthias, schools of yellow goatfish, spotted sweetlips, coachmen, butterflies. Looking up toward the surface you may be lucky enough to see passing school of barracudas. In blue, there are often waiting good surprises – it is not uncommon to see crossing tuna, eagle ray or a turtle.

Panorama Reef

Panorama-Reef Panorama Reef is known for its breathtaking plateaux. Northern plateaux: The depth is about 25 meters. You’re drifting weightless above beautiful gorgonians and beautiful Acropora tables. Take a look at the blue: kingfish, tuna, barracudas are often present. You will also probably enjoy the meeting with the “concierge” of Panorama, a Napoleon respectable size and very curious who can not help but come to mingle with divers! Southern plateaux: At 27 meters, in the rock shelters there are a lovely giant colony glass fish gorgonians. On the shelf live blue point stingrays, lionfish, moray eels Javanese & triggerfish all species. Do not forget to take a peek into the blue because everything is possible on this site! Return to the boat, the sharp eyes can spot some stone fish. You can do the safety stop watching the famous clown fish nursery in “Anemone City.”

Middle Reef

Middle-Reef Two great drift dives – on the east and west sides of the reef! Magnificent drop-offs. Reef is very rich in hard corals and soft corals trays. Possible encounters with: benches juveniles and adults barracudas, schools of jacks, turtles, sharks, eagle rays. South Drift: The east side of the reef is characterized by a beautiful, overhanging coral garden bathed in sunlight. You can swim into a small caves on this reef. North-West Drift: This side offers a falling coral gardens too. A beautiful gently sloping plateau, where the sandy areas are richly decorated with small reefs, coral heads and reef fish. Alcyonarians attract turtles who come to graze, we identified two different species: green turtle and hawksbill turtle. In the end, a small cave allows to penetrate slightly into the reef to watch the light show provided by the solar rays passing through the reef.

Um-Hal-Hal

Shaab-Hamdalla This site cannot be missed, when the wind and sea conditions allow your guide to take you there! This is an incredible garden of hard and soft corals, where abundant aquatic life is developping. Two large blocks of coral, the surrounding plateau stretches down, amounted to flush with the surface. Um Hal Hal will be easy to explore if the current permits. Known for its strong currents exposure, this site is considered by many divers as the most beautiful reef in the area of ​​Safaga.

Abu Kefan

Abu-Kafan South Plateau: You will go along the wall to reach the southern plateau whose exploration is a real delight. Completely covered with corals, it is home to abundant wildlife, like Javanese moray eels, groupers and turtles sometimes. Do not hesitate to take a look into the blue: tuna, kingfish, small white tip sharks, gray sharks may be waiting for you! Only experienced divers can afford to go to the southern tip of the tray (if the current permits). Violent downdrafts might make you go lower than you want or take you off! North Plateau: This dive will be probably one of the most beautiful dive (in Safaga area), but also one of the most difficult, becouse of the currents! The tray offers a spectacle of massive branches of black corals and giant gorgonians. On the plateau, 150 meters long, everything is possible! You can encounter in the blue a school of barracudas mixed with large jacks, and for the lucky maybe gray shark!

Salem Express

Salem-Express Salem Express, called “Fred Scamaroni”, a tragic end that will remain in the memories of dozens of Egyptian families. Bought by the Egyptian government in 1991. On 16 December 1991, when he was about to come to Safaga, it struck a reef. The impact made ​​him open the front door and the boat sank in 20 minutes. On board were 650 passengers, including 72 crew members and 578 passengers. This tragedy officially claimed the lives of 470 people. Only 180 of all passengers survived. For religious reasons, the wreck is considered a grave. Out of respect, the entry inside the wreck is completely prohibited! The wreck lies on a background of 30 meters and back in 10 meters of water. It measures 115 meters long and is lying on its starboard side. It is this part that are usually laid moorings. You can see the opened front door and still anchor position. To complete the dive, just up the port side along the corridors. Maybe you will have the chance to meet the caretaker of Salem, a Javanese moray, nice sizeed crocodile fish. Avoid to put your hands on the wreck! The loam forming a deposit allow the coral to settle on the wreck.
DIVING IN RED SEA
One of the world’s best scuba-diving destinations

With a length of 2250 km and an average width of 300 km, the Red Sea is amongst the best scuba-diving destinations in the world.

Its crystal-clear water which is between 20 and 30 °C throughout the year, with more than a 1 000 species of fish with 10% of them being endemic, fabulous corals and reefs, incredible wrecks, and a variety of dive sites and scuba-diving conditions… all this makes the red Sea the ideal destination for all the scuba-divers and underwater lovers.

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