Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Siyul Seghira

Siyul Seghira



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Southwest of Siyul Kebira, southern Straits of Guball


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

Average Depth:

15m (50ft)

Maximum Depth:

25m+ (80ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

Despite its name (which means 'Little Siyul' in Arabic) this is the largest reef in the immediate area at over 4km (2.5 miles) long.

The spit is the location of some of the best diving on the reef. Divers often begin their dive on the exposed northern side of the spit, to be propelled by the current along the sloping reef, before turning the corner at the end of the spit and awaiting boat pickup on the sheltered southern side.

To the south, the main body of the reef is an extremely shallow 3m (10ft), offering excellent snorkeling but not quite deep enough for most divers. Coral growth is fairly dense.

The reef spit offers a greater depth range, with good cover down to 20 to 25m (65-80ft). Coral here are luxuriant and tightly packed, with an excellent range of hard and soft varieties. Fish life is also dense and varied and the open water area nearby draws its fair share of pelagic species.

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Last Updated: May 30th, 2011