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Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Bluff Point


Bluff Point

Diving


Snorkelling

By Boat

By swimming

By Live-aboard

All Divers

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Location:

About 14km (9 miles) southwest of Shag Rock, in the Straits of Gubal

Access:

By day or live-aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada

Average Depth:

20m (65ft)

Maximum Depth:

30m+ (100ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

This site, at the northeast end of Gubal Seghira island, extends like a pointing finger into the Straits of Gubal. The dive is along the island's east coast, near the light which warns shipping off the sheer bluffs or cliffs.

The reef here is a steep wall, following a meandering path along the coast. It boasts some very sheer, cliff-like sections, and is peppered with caves and cavelets. Coral growth is very good, with a wide variety of hard and soft corals on the reef face. A particularly attraction is the abundant growth of antipatharian black coral bushes at depth.

A large cave lies just off the lighthouse and south of here, the reef bends inwards, eventually reaching the wreck of a barge. This is the usual pickup point for dive boats. The section of reef between cave and barge often experiences tricky currents, so stay in close to the reef. A second wreck, carrying a cargo of electrical goods, lies several hundred meters to the north of the lighthouse, well covered in corals.

Coral growth along the entire reef is good, with nice patches of dendronephthia soft corals and a wide range of stony species on display.

Fish and other marine animals abound here. The site is famous for turtles, while bottlenose dolphins are also frequent visitors. The site offers the usual broad range of colorful reef species and there are lots of jacks and fusilie

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Last Updated: May 29th, 2011

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