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Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Paradise/Fiasco


Paradise/Fiasco

Diving


Snorkelling

By Boat

By swimming

By Live-aboard

All Divers

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3

Yes

Yes

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Yes

Location:

On the Sinai coast, between Turtle Bay and Ras Umm Sid 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:

35m+ (115ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

This is really a combination of two dive sites: the southernmost, Fiasco, lies just north of the point at Ras Umm Sid, while Paradise is the northern extension of the same reef.

The Paradise section has some amazing outcrops - like a garden of abstract sculptures. To the south, the pinnacles continue, interspersed with some very nice acropora tables. A very good density of soft corals is complemented by a wide range of hard species. The quality of coral at this site, particularly inshore, is among the finest on the coast.

Big jacks and barracuda of more than a meter (3ft) can be seen here when the current is running as can schooling and solitary reef fish. Sandy sections host interesting bottom dwellers such as crocodilefish and bluespotted stingrays.

Unless a decent current is flowing, the site can be somewhat dull as water movement brings out the full variety of fish life. With a strong current it is possible to drift from the north end of Paradise almost to the point of Ras Umm Sid on one tank.

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Last Updated: May 29th, 2011

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