Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - El Kaf

El Kaf



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10km (6 miles) south of Quseir


By jeep from Quseir, then easy shore entry

Average Depth:

18m (60ft)

Maximum Depth:

40m+ (130ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

This excellent dive begins with an easy shore entry through a canyon into a narrow sandy bay, bordered on both sides by coral walls and running straight out form shore. The reef to both sides of the entry canyon is varied and interesting, with pinnacles, slopes, shelves and sandy ravines, small canyons and swimthroughs. At the southern corner of the bay, a semicircular canyon lies in about 6m (20ft), with variety of cavelets, blind alleys and passages leading off from it. To the north there is also a wide selection of caves and passages to explore.

There is excellent coral cover throughout the site, with a huge variety of coral species in an exquisite state of preservation. Look out for several large 2m (7ft) dead Acropora tables which have been completely overgrown by a layer of soft corals.

The large and diverse fish population includes big grouper, dozens of starry and spotted pufferfish, blue spotted stingrays, crocodilefish, dozens of wrasse species, batfish and trumpetfish. There are plenty of schooling fish as well, with snapper, fusiliers, unicorns, glassfish and schooling goatfish to see.

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Last Updated: May 30th, 2011