Marsa Alam (Sataya) - Tour

marsaalamrouteThis liveaboard route doesn't go very far down South of Marsa Alam because first it goes North of Marsa Alam to dive Elfinstone reef, one of the top dive sites in the deep South. You will dive along the south coast of Marsa Alam where some top dive sites

 

 

 

 

 

Abu Dabab

40 kilometers north of Marsa Alam. This reef contains a huge number of dive sites and is especially suitable for beginners and night dives. Small shark and stone fish are often to be seen there.
Max depth: 20m

abu dabab

A collection of 7 reefs offering sheltered diving, suitable for check dives and night dives when you have a good chance of seeing a sleeping turtle and spanish dancers. Good chance of seeing white tip reef shark and many nice swim throughs and caves.

Elphinstone Reef

About 30km north of Marsa Alam and 12km offshore this reef comes up from a depth of 130m.
The sheer walls of this great reef plunge steeply into the blue. This legendary reef is one of the most beautiful in the Red Sea. It is richly decorated with soft corals, black corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks often swim over the plateaus at the North and south of the reef. The east and west walls make an excellent drift dive taking in the plateaus. Frequent sightings of Hammerheads and Oceanic White Tip sharks.torbogen
A very good spot for pelagic fishes. The north has different beautiful plateaus at 2Om 35m and 40m. At the edge of the plateau if you look down in the deep blue it's possible to see hammerhead sharks watch your depth!! After the plateaus, drift on the east side of the reef and don't forget to look in the blue and up. Encounter with big pelagic including oceanic white tip shark (carcharhinus longimanus) is possible. For experienced divers only!

Sha'ab Samadai (Dolphin House Reef)

This large horseshoe shaped reef is now the permanent home of a large pod of Spinner Dolphins thanks to its Marine Park status. There are several dives to do on this reef including its outer walls and the large group of pinnacles on its western tip. You will find caves, corals and an abundance of fish on this reef.
One of the few places in the world where it's possible to dive with dolphins... and they are wild; free and not tamed or fed.
A group of more than 100 dolphins is resident on this reef. Only on a very calm sea and by bad luck you will not be able to see them!

Abu Galawa

Although a beautiful reef, Abu Galawa is most famous for its 1950's wreck of the tug boat Tienstin. Lying from 18m to 5m in depth, this wreck, it is overgrown with all kinds of coral and is smothered with glassfish. It's shallow depth makes it an ideal night dive.

Sha'ab Claude

Very popular with all divers, this reef has multiple caves, grottos and passages. It is possible to take very impressive photographs here where the many shafts in the ceiling allow sunbeams through to illuminate the magical set.

Sha'ab Maksour

Excellent dives on both the north and south plateaus, with strong currents which favour the growth of all types of coral. Highly likely to see grey reef sharks and tuna. The south plateau has three pinnacles, overgrown with soft corals, they contain several caves and crevices where glassfish and groupers, amongst others, hide.

Shaab Sharm

Average Depth: 25m (80ft) Maximum Depth : 50m+ (164ft+)
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 reef's 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 wall's 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.
With its steep walls and remarkable large eastern plateau at about 30m you will find a lot of diversity on this reef. There is always the possibility to encounter Manta Rays, sharks and other big fish, as well as beautiful soft corals and schools of fish over the plateau.

Sataya/Dolphin Reef

dolphin reef

Location: The main reef of Fury Shoal, 28km (15 nautical miles) north-northwest of Ras Banas
Average Depth: 18m (60ft)Maximum Depth: 50m+ (164ft+)

Daedalus Island

daedalusTop dive site in Marsa Alam,

It's a small island with a light house about 55 sea miles offshore. Because of the long distance from the shore this dive site is mainly dived from liveaboard boats. The north and west part are best. Encounters with big pelagic and hammerhead sharks are on the menu. Drift dive!

Hammerheadsharks (c) Matthias Aust

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaab Marsa Alam

4km east of Marsa Alam. These 3 dive sites are on a 2km long coral reef which grows on a sandy bottom up to the surface. Nice coral and lots of reef fishes including white tip lagoon sharks. Small caves and canyons. Max depth: 27m