Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Mangrove Bay

Mangrove Bay



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30km (19 miles) south of Quseir


By jeep from Quseir, then shore entry

Average Depth:

20m (65ft)

Maximum Depth:

35m (115ft)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

This site is on the south side of a small bay. The north side of the bay is taken up by a large hotel construction project and is occasionally dived by live-aboards which shelter there form the north wind. However, the south side has a reef in a much better state of preservation, with little anchor damage.

The sloping reef is interspersed with sandy ravines and begins midway along the south side of the bay, where a group of small pinnacles sits just off the reef. Follow the deeper section of the reef to the right, to the outside of the bay, then return at a shallower depth to the entry point.

The coral here tends more to stony varieties, with brain and other massive types in evidence. Fish life is diverse and plentiful, with surgeons, unicorns, groupers, emperors, wrasse and basslets in good numbers.

Try to avoid the many holes in the reeftop during entry/exit, as it is very easy to put a foot in one and turn an ankle or worse.

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Last Updated: May 30th, 2011