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Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Shaab Sharm


Shaab Sharm

Diving


Snorkelling

By Boat

By swimming

By Live-aboard

All Divers

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Yes

Location:

Off the south Egyptian coast, opposite El Sharm

Access:

By live-aboard from any Red Sea port

Average Depth:

25m (80ft)

Maximum Depth:

50m+ (164ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

This large, kidney-shaped reef, said to be the top of a volcanic pinnacle, features a steep sloping wall on its east and south sides, with a considerable varied profile, especially on the southeastern and southern stretches.

The crescent of reef around the reefs southern tip offers the best diving, with rich coral growth from the surface shallows down, and the most int4eresting profile and layout in the area. There are numerous undercut sections and reef shelves harboring dense soft coral growth and a good range of hard corals. There are also some good black coral bushes on the walls deeper sections.

Fish life is excellent, with a vast array of huge grouper, schooling barracuda, massive congregations of snapper and unicorns and some very large giant, yellowmargin and yellowmouth morays.

Currents here can be forceful, and less experienced divers should pay close attention to conditions.

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Last Updated: May 30th, 2011

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