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Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Pinky's Wall


Pinky's Wall

Diving


Snorkelling

By Boat

By swimming

By Live-aboard

All Divers

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Location:

On the Sinai coast, between Tower and Turtle Bay sites

Access:

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

Average Depth:

20m (65ft)

Maximum Depth:

60m+ (197ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

Access from shore requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle to get to the cliff top, then a rather strenuous scramble down a narrow wadi. You will then need to make a surf entry across the jagged reeftop. This shore entry should only be attempted by fit divers experienced in rough shore entries.

Once in the water, conditions are near perfect; generally clear visibility reveals a beautiful sheer wall dropping to great depths, well grown with coral, particularly the pink soft corals for which the site is named.

Coral growth, especially soft corals like Dendronephthya, is what this site is all about. Hard coral growth is not as dense as at many sites near here, but the profusion of soft species more than compensates. Glassfish hide in shimmering schools in the recesses and overhangs, while schooling fish hand off the reef face. There are also good numbers of parrotfish, rabbitfish, grouper and wrasse.

This site is exceptional for several reasons: as a wall site in a region of generally sloping reefs, as one of the limited number of sites with shore access, and as one of the most concentrated growths of soft coral on this stretch of coast.

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Last Updated: May 29th, 2011

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