Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Shaab Umm Qamar

Shaab Umm Qamar



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2km (1.2 miles) south of Umm Qamar island


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

Average Depth:

20m (65ft)

Maximum Depth:

35m+ (115ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

This is one of the nicest sites in the Hurghada area, packing lots of action into its small confines. There is a small wreck, lying at around 25m (80ft), as well as a very dense population of reef and pelagic fishes. The reef has a sloping wall profile, with a number of caves and crevices. Coral growth is fairly good, with a variety of species present.

Fish life is what the site is about and many of these fish are exceedingly tame and approachable, which is the result of prolonged fish-feeding. Off the reef, the show continues, with a phenomenal concentration of pelagics and schooling reef species. Sharks are also a possibility, drawn by the reefs vibrant fish population.

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Last Updated: May 30th, 2011