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Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Giftun Seghir


Giftun Seghir

Diving


Snorkelling

By Boat

By swimming

By Live-aboard

All Divers

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Location:

Off the coast north of Hurghada, to the south of Carless Reef

Access:

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

Average Depth:

20m (65ft)

Maximum Depth:

40m+ (130ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

This spectacular wall dive lies on the eastern/southern side of the smaller of the two Giftun islands. Boat moorings on the southern side of the island offer some of the best shelter in the area for overnighting or just a lunch break.

The eastern wall drops sheer to great depths. It is very contoured, and its craggy profile features some interesting caves. Some of these lie fairly deep. One arched swimthrough at over 45m (150ft) is particularly impressive, but lies too deep for many divers. The reef shallows along the southern coast are less challenging, with depths from 18m (60ft) upward.

The reef is well covered with both hard and soft corals. The steep wall section boasts a phenomenal congregation of gorgonians, as well as dense growth of sea whips and antipatharian black corals. The reef shallows are particularly rich in friendly smaller reef fish while big impressive pelagics buzz past in the blue waters off the wall.

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Last Updated: May 30th, 2011

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