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UMM GAMMAR

 Umm Gammar

This is one of the most northern dive sites of Hurghada and is located half way between Hurghada and Shedwan Island. It is and island which from a distance looks like a whale or submarine with a small antenna on the top. It rises from the depths of the sea with rather steep walls. On its southern side there is a large plateau which is limited to the south and east with three large ergs. At the base of the last one there is a shallow cave at 26 m.

Flora & fauna:

One can see here almost the entire Red Sea marine life: from Basslets and Turtles sticking to the shallower depths to huge Travellies and Tunas or even Sharks cruising in the blue. Huge schools of Fusiliers also flood the scene of breathtaking beauty. Taking time to search for some interesting objects one can spot many Stone and Scorpion Fish. Many Giant Morey Eels can be seen close to the bottom of the plateau and pods of Dolphins are also frequent visitors here.

Depth: from 10 m to 40 m

MARSA ABU GALAWA

Marsa Abu Galawa

is located to the north from Hurghada, nearby El Gouna. It consist of a sandy lagoon, little reef placed on the south from the lagoon and main reef placed on the northern side of the lagoon. The topography creates system of reefs perfectly protected from wind and waves making this place ideal for dives even with very bad weather conditions. The depths range from 5 m inside of lagoon to 30 m on the outside reef which makes it a perfect place for both beginners and advanced divers.

MARSA ABU GALAWA

Flora & fauna:

Although this place is not reach is not reach in soft corals, it will give a shelter to millions of small species. Also Groupers and Sweepers are very often spotted here. On the Cleaning Station we can observe Shrimps cleaning mouths of bigger fish.

There are any great hard corals creating amazing formations on the ridge, where we can spot very rare species. We can see here a huge Stone Fish, Scorpion Fish and Red Sea Walkman. There is also a great opportunity to observe lots of Garden Eels. It is worthy to look for Sand Rays and Feather tail Rays. Patient and careful divers may be rewarded with meeting with very rare Stargazer!

Depth: from 5 m to 30 m

CARLESS REEF

Carless Reef  

This diving site is formed by two columns coming at about 20 m from a plateau, which is raising from the depths of the sea. This legendary reef is located to the north of Hurghada and it is perfect place for afternoon dive, on the way back from Umm Gammar or Shaab Ruhr. 

CARLESS REEF
Flora & fauna:

The reef here has been known to house many Reef Sharks and huge amounts of corals comparable to the Elphinstone or The Brother Islands. It is still a home of Sharks and other big fish as well because of the strong currents present here. Corals, however, in major part where destroyed by Crown of Thorns.

The pest was noticed years ago and collected from the reef by the local diving community disabling this way further destruction of the corals. The knowledge in those days about it was very scare therefore it was decided, when all crown of thorns where taken out, to cut the and throw them out back into the sea. When the population crown of thorns revived everybody was terrified. Unfortunately, it attacked corals with multiple strength devastating the whole place. The rescue operation was repeated one more time. Since then a significant improvement was noticed and now this place is coming back as one of first five most beautiful reef of Hurghada. The main attractions here are White Tip Reef Sharks, Dolphins and Fairy Basslets.

One can also meet Turtles feeding on the corals at the top of the ergs. Sometimes even Sailfish will come out of the depth, chasing its prey. Hard corals, especially in the northern side by the drop off create amazing, fairytale-like coral formations.

Depth: from 15 m to 40 m

FANADIR NORTH

Fanadir North

is one of the longest reefs of Hurghada. It is situated north of Hilton Plaza Hotel and stretches in almost a straight line towards the north. Fanadir itself is divided into two dive sites: Fanadir South and North. The northern part consists of 10 m high reefs wall, sandy plateau which is about 15 m wide by the mooring and narrows down reaching the depths of 40 m and over.

Flora & fauna:

You can often run into walking together Moth Fish, Stone Fish – especially during the mating period they give quite a show on the sandy bottom marching together! We can also see, in the sand on the edge of the plateau big Sand Rays or Feather tail Rays laying under a thin layer of the sand waiting for their victims. Gobies together with Partner Shrimp fill the entire bottom digging holes.

Octopuses are often visiting this reef as well. One of the most interesting and incredible kinds of fish is the Red Sea Walkman, Stargazer or Frog Fish. Manta Ray is also from time to time passing by to check what is happening in the neighborhood. We can spend a safety stop directly by the reef – at the level of 5 m it is full of life, a special show is given by Basslets and a lot of Blue Fusiliers swimming the blue.

Some big Tunas are to be seen and there are 2 resident Turtles happy to pose for some nice pictures.

Depths:

 from 10 m to 40 m

TURTLE BAY

Turtle Bay

is called so because of its shape seen from the air. It is a very interesting and rich in life coral reef situated close to Fanous East. This dive site is perfect even during bad weather – it is hidden behind the reef.

TURTLE BAY

 

Flora & fauna:

This dive site is mostly famous for its beautiful soft and hard corals, located in the lagoons. One can often spot here a Octopus, a Turtle, Stone or Scorpion Fish, Blue Spotted Ray and an Eagle Ray on the outer reef. Hidden in the holes one can find many Morey Eels.

Depth: from 4 m to 16 m

FANOUS EAST

Fanous East

which means a “lighthouse” in Arabic, is located at the eastern and more popular part of reef. The reef itself is 300 m long and extends from the east to the west. Furthermore, it is divided into two parts: El Fanous East and El Fanous West.

FANOUS EAST
Flora & fauna:

We can discover many interesting creatures hiding in the sand at this dive site: Stone Fish, Stargazer, Crocodile Fish, Moth Fish or even endemic Red Sea Walkman. All three ergs are covered with soft and hard corals forming specific colonies of life growing from the coral bottom.

Among interesting creatures we can find here; shrimps at the bottom of TV’s monitor in the second erg or huge Grouper living by the third erg. It is not really paying attention to the presence of divers and charmingly posing for photos. At reefs wall, at the depth  of about 5-6 m, there are many soft corals often attracting Turtles or small Peppered Morey Eels.

Depths:from 6 m to 16 m

HAMDA

Hamda

is located in Giftun National Park on south-eastern side of Big Giftun island. It is a wall gently sloping down to the depths of 40 m and more. On the slope one can find two small plateaus, one at 15 and the other at 18 m creating the only sandy patches on the completely covered with corals wall.

 

Flora & fauna:

As the wall is covered with many soft and hard corals, it gives shelter to many species of reef fishes. One can often find a Turtle here, an octopus, Stone and Scorpion Fish and huge Morey Eels. Small shark or a big Tuna may often be seen in the blue. Many times spotting a Whale Shark has been reported here. Hundreds of Sergeant Majors and Fusiliers create an unforgettable scenery, worth taking a picture of.

Depths: from 15 m to 40 m

ERG SABINA

Erg Sabina

is a dive site located in Giftun National Park by the place called Shaab Sabina. It is one of the most beautiful dive sites in Hurghada. The erg here is surrounded by a sandy plateau, which stretches towards the north and ends at another but smaller erg.
Flora & fauna:

Flora & Fauna:

It is definitely one of the most photographed and full of life place. We have an opportunity to see all kinds of reef fishes, from small Basslets and Butterfly Fish to huge Moray Eels, Turtles and Eagle Rays. If we are lucky we might see even a Whale Shark whose appearing is always sensational. Huge and beautiful, soft and hard corals will certainly be a great temptation for amateurs of underwater photography.

Dephts: from 8 m to 20 m

SHAAB SABINA

Shaab Sabina

means Reef if Sabina and it is located on the southern part of Big Giftun Island in a channel between the two Islands which belong to the Giftun National Park.

SHAAB SABINA
 
Flora & fauna:

The hills are densely covered with hard corals which are the shelter for small species. We will have a hance to see most beautiful Table and Brain Corals in Hurghada area. From the large species: Reef Shark, Barracudas or Eagle Ray can be spotted. This place is not maybe the richest on fish life but the beauty if corals and topography of this place makes it unforgettable and one of the best around here.

Depth: from 6 m to 20 m

SMALL GIFTUN

 Small Giftun 

This dive site is located on south eastern side of Small Giftun Island in Giftun National Park. It is considered to be the most interesting place for the drift dive in Hurghada. Underwater, the wall of the Island drops to the great depths creating the dive site with the drop off and two plateaus. The strong current are present at all times bringing food for corals and fish which makes this place one of the richest in underwater life.

SMALL GIFTUN
Flora & fauna:

As this place is famous for its strong currents, large pelagic fish can be spotted here. The plateaus are rich in soft corals which are food for Turtles. When we look into the blue, the great Barracudas and Travellies can bee seen. If we observe carefully the bottom next to the reef we will find lying there Crocodile Fish, Stone and Scorpion Fish, Stingrays and huge Moray Eels.

At the mooring site we will fid large Brain Corals and schools of Goat Fish and Fusiliers around them. There is a big chance for meeting with huge and friendly Napoleon which some time ago was fed by boats crew and still comes here hoping for free meal.

Depth: from 12 m to 40 m

GOTTA ABU RAMADA EAST

Gotta Abu Ramada East

It is probably the most popular reef of Hurghada, offering an excellent diving conditions for both beginner and experienced diver. It consist of a huge coral block, located close by the Abu Ramada Island from which the name Gotta (“a piece”) Abu Ramada comes from. Due to its size, the reef was divided into two diving sites: Eats and West. The place is often called “aquarium”. Why? Find out yourself 

GOTTA ABU RAMADA EAST
 
Flora & fauna:

This place is famous for its huge amount and variety of soft and hard corals with dominance of Brain Corals, the largest and most beautiful in the region. Moreover, as the nickname of the reef – aquarium – shows, it is a home of many kinds of fish in huge quantities. The main reef is flooded with species of Goat Fish, Banner Fish, Butterfly and Sweetlips.

Not so far away from the reef we can spot hunting species of Barracuda and Trevalliers, as well as schools pf Fusiliers passing by. Also magnificent samples of Scorpion Fish, Stone Fish, Crocodile Fish, Lion Fish can be found at the bottom of the reef. In the coral garden surrounding the reef we will encounter a lot of Stingrays, Morey Eels and sometimes Turtles as well. At the eastern side of the reef one should look out for Eagle Ray residing there.

Depths: from 8 m to 18 m

GOTTA ABU RAMADA WEST

Gotta Abu Ramada West

It is probably the most popular reef of Hurghada, offering an excellent diving conditions for both beginners and experienced diver. It consist of a huge coral block, located close by the Abu Ramada Island from which the name Gotta (“a piece”) Abu Ramada comes from. Due to its size, the reef was divided into two diving sites: East and West. The place is often called “aquarium” – why? Find out yourself!

GOTTA ABU RAMADA WEST
Flora & fauna:

This place is famous for its huge amount and variety of soft and hard corals with dominance of Brain Corals, the largest and most beautiful in the region. Moreover, as the nickname of the reef – aquarium – shows, it is home of many kinds of fish in huge quantities. The main reef is flooded with species of Goat Fish, Banner Fish, Batter fly and Sweet lips. Not so far away from the reef we can spot hunting species of Barracudas and Trevallies, as well as schools of Fusiliers passing by.

Also magnificent samples of Scorpion Fish, Stone Fish, Crocodile Fish, Lion Fish can be found at the bottom of the reef. In the coral garden surrounding the reef we will encounter a lot of Stingrays, Moray Eels and sometimes Turtles as well. At the eastern side of the reef one should look out for Eagle Ray residing there.

Depth: from 8 m to 18 m

SHAAB PETRA NORTH

Shaab Petra North

is located not far away from Hurghada next to Magawish Island. This dive site is very popular among beginners and photographers. It is a quite big erg placed on the sandy bottom. 20 m from it, on north eastern side there is other, smaller erg, very interesting as it has a tunnel going through it.

SHAAB PETRA NORTH

 

Flora & fauna:

Both ergs are covered with lots of soft and hard corals, especially the smaller one – its beauty is spectacular! Its tunnel is full of Cave Sweepers, Shrimps, Banner Fish and Butterfly Fish. It is the best dive site in Hurghada area for the night dive – we can spot here Shrimps, Lobsters, Crabs and rare Cutte Fish or fantastic Spanish Dancer. In the channel between the two ergs almost always one ca spot schools of Fusilliers and Goat Fish.

Depth: 10 m

ABU HASHISH

Abu Hashish

The name of Abu Hashish comes from smugglers who were redeploying here the hashish smuggled from Sudan. This reef is the furtherst south from Hurghada. At this dive site the boat more up in the lagoon where they are sheltered from the waves. The dive route starts just on the outside of the wall where many ergs and interesting coral formations are to be found.

Flora & fauna:

Abu Hashish is famous for its beautiful hard coral garden. You can find many hard corals there accompanied with soft ones covering every space left for them. The main attraction, however, are beautiful and impressive table corals. There are plenty of vibrant Fairy Basslets and Butterfly Fish dancing around small corals and the big ergs.

Blue Fusiliers are often passing by flooding the surrounding us blue. Just under the surface one can meet Calamari or Barracudas. There is plenty of fishes the bigger chance of spotting amazing Scorpion Fish or lurking somewhere poisonous Stone Fish. Hawksbill Turtles are often visiting this reef as well. 

Depth: from 5 m to 30 m 

BEN EL GABEL

Ben el Gabel

This dive site is located on the north-western end of Small Giftun Island and is accessible during almost all weather conditions due to the fact that it’s sheltered by the reef itself. The dive site consists of the main reef and any ergs scattered over the sandy bottom.

BEN EL GABEL

 

Flora & fauna:

It is one of the most interesting dive sites around Hurghada and surely one of most photographed. The ergs are densely covered with soft and hard corals, hundreds of fishes are swimming around them. Eagle Rays and Dolphins can b often seen here. Most interesting are the depths in range of 5 m-10 m where sunlight easily penetrate the water making it ideal spot for those best holidays underwater shots. 

Depth: from 6 m to 20 m

SHABRUHR UMM GAMMAR

Shabruhr Umm Gmmar 

is like a smaller cope of Umm Gammar although it can not be seen above the surface and its shape is more cylindrical. It is located 20 min sailing from Umm Gammar and its name means in free translation “the child of Mother of the Moon”.

UMM GAMMAR

 

Flora & fauna:

This dive site is known to host large numbers of Stone and Scorpion Fish but also the Moray Eels are the popular habitants. Schools of Blue Fusiliers and few huge Travellies are swimming around. From time to time the Reef Shark can be seen here but the real attraction is the Dolphins coming here for hunting or just to check on the divers.

Depth: from 10 m to 40 m

ABU NUGAR

Abu Nugar

This reef is one of the most northern dive sites of Hurghada, reaching almost the area of El Gouna. Here, many ergs are to be found and a main reef famous for its variety of hard corals. Fish-life lovers might not be fully satisfied when comes to fish life here, however, the fabulous table corals will for sure compensate for it. The sand on the bottom of this site is covered with clusters of corals. The wall of the reef and a very good visibility make this spot great for both beginners and advanced divers to have a long and lazy dives.

ABU NUGAR

 

Flora & Fauna:

The number of fishes in this location is quite limited, but you can often spot here Eagle rays and occasionally a small Reef Shark. What you can find amazing here is the sensational, incredibly developed hard corals, from massive brain corals to wide plates of table corals. This place has surely an unforgettable atmosphere worth catching on the camera.

Depth: from 8 m to 16 m

EL AROUK GIFTUN

El Arouk Giftun 

is situated not far from Giftun Islands. It is a sandy plateau stretching for few hundred meters from the west to the east with a slope on the northern side long which there are a lot of ergs and coral blocs scattered on the bottom. Some of them are so huge that they look like

some rock hills reach the surface and are perfectly visible from the boat when mooring.

EL AROUK GIFTUN

 

Flora & fauna:

One can meet here the representatives of almost all kinds of fish living in the Red Sea. The ergs are home to many Basslets, Goat Fish, Clown Fish, Big Eye Jacks, all kinds of Goupers, Parrot Fish, Banner Fish and Butterfly Fish. Morey Eels can be also found at the bottom of the ergs and Stingrays at the sandy bottom. Frequently, huge Napoleon and Turtle will visit this place as well as pods of Dolphins happily playing in the neighbourhood. A shadow of huge Eagle Ray will take our breath away as this animal passers by minding its own business.

Depths: from 12 m to 18 m

HEBBAT ALLAH

Hebbat Allah

The idea of sinking this ship originated in the minds of Red Sea Association quite some time ago to elevate the pressure on already heavily used reefs of Hurghada and to refresh Hurghada’s image as an attractive dive area of Red Sea.

HEBAT ALLAH

Hebbat Allah was an old cargo ship sitting for some time on a sandy patch just in front of Sindbad hotel. Thanks to kindness of it owner Mr Mohamedi Hoeidek, who had donated this vessel to the Red Sea Association, Hebbet Allah was, on the 7 th of November 2004 sunk in the El Arouk Giftun area. The entire operation took place due to help from the Governer of the Red Sea, HE General Saad Abo Rida and under direct supervision of Egyptian Navy.

Hebbat Allah is 51 m long, 8 m wide and is for wreck diving with its holds and superstructure which is an excellent condition. It presently rests at 44 m on its keel with its bridge at 25 m. The Egyptian Diving Federation did set up some rules on diving this wreck. The diver has to have a level of training of CMAS*** or equivalent, at least 100 logged dives and only one dive per day is permitted on this wreck for any given diver.

This is the first of artificial reef project in the Red Se.a

Depths: from 25 m to 44 m

ECHTA

Echta

is located near the shore of Hurghada by the Magawish Island. It is very popular reef among beginner divers and amateurs of underwater photography. It is formed by two relatively small ergs connected by shallow canal. Ideal place for bight dive.

ECHTA
Flora & fauna:

The underwater life of this reef is very rich and interesting. A lot of light and currents sweeping the entire ergs gave the possibility for growth of soft and hard corals. In the northern part of the smaller erg a school of yellow Goat Fish usually can be found. Moreover, Lion Fish, Scorpion Fish, Octopus, Turtle, Blue Spotted Rays and Calamari often can be spotted levitating just under the surface. Because of the fact that there are so many fishes around here, the place is often called a “fish soup”.

Depth: 10 m