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Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Temple


Temple

Diving


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Location:

West of Ras Umm Sid, at the entrance to Sharm El Moya

Access:

By shore, or by local or live-aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh, Naama Bay or other ports

Average Depth:

15m (50ft)

Maximum Depth:

35m+ (115ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

The Temple is located on the north side of Sharm El Sheikh Harbor. It is a group of three pinnacles that rise up from 65 feet below to the surface.

This is a flat, sloping reef with two major, and a few minor, pinnacles adding contour to the reef face. The largest of the pinnacles is 'The Tower'. Its bulk is split by two major fissures, one of which can be swum through. The second should not be entered, to avoid damaging the delicate gorgonians growing along its sides. All the pinnacles hide a surprisingly rich variety of reef animals.

The pinnacles are rather close to each other and have sand channels between them. The pinnacles have sheer walls which are covered with soft and hard corals, fan corals and reef fish. Coral growth throughout the site is good, with a density and mix of species difficult to match in the immediate area. They are a blanket of color. The fish are as pleasant a surprise as the coral, with a truly amazing range of species colonizing the reef. There are lionfish all about, as well as stonefish that do not move and are camouflaged. Around the pinnacles are schools of glass sweepers that move together.

Because The Temple is so close to Sharm El Sheikh and Na'ama Bay, it is a very popular night-dive site. At night the basket stars create the illusion of a curtain in the light current as they feed. As the basket stars are hit by your dive light, they tend to withdraw into a ball. As the light moves away, they expand back out and continue feeding. The feather stars and soft corals have many colors that are very beautiful in the dive lights. You can find parrotfish in the crevices with your dive lights. Some may even have their cocoons around them.

The typical depth range of the Temple is 10 to 65 feet deep and is best accessed by a boat dive or local guide. The expertise required for this site is a snorkeled, novice, advanced, dive master or instructor.

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Last Updated: May 29th, 2011

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