Dive sites around Safaga - and a bit further!
If newcomer, beginner or experienced divers!
- Big coral gardens, drop offs or reefs which rise from the seabed
- From small to big and in all colors – fish are a dime a dozen
- Drift diving for the „fast ones“ or only enjoying the calm underwater world
The dive sites around Safaga offer much to everyone.
With the aid of our Safaga reef map (PDF) and the following outlines, you can gain an overview:
Our house reef is particularly suitable for newcomers and settling in after a longer diving break. Here, you can always again see new, small things.
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Everyone, if beginner or old hand, will find his right way here between 7 and 30 meters. This dive site is very easy to dive at, if at the main reef or at the separately running coral blocks. This reef is often visited by some dolphins.
A huge hard coral garden, interrupted by some sand channels, you’ll find here. Here is not a rich abundance of fish but the underwater scenery is surely worth a dive.
A must for every diver. Seven tower-like blocks of corals rise from the ground to almost the water surface. Every pillar has its own distinguishing features, thus you nearly can’t loose your bearings. Soft corals in all colors, small-fish shoals, etc. make Toubia Arba special. It is ideal for night dives and photographers.
Abu Soma Garden
Parallel to the coast, a hard coral garden runs, interrupted by sand areas, to “Ras Abu Soma“. The most beautiful part lies in a depth between 5 to 15 meters. Very suitable for diving beginners and divers in education.
Ras Abu Soma
You can dive in this 2-km-long reef on different ways, what depends on the weather. Ras Abu Soma is also very suitable for drift dives. Very typical for this dive site are the big table corals, where often giant morays tarry. Here, you might have the chance to see some big fish.
Ras Um Hsewa
This dive site offers little protection from waves, thus you can only dive there if the see is calm. Ras Um Hsewa is well-known for its big and perfect corals. For giant morays, there are many cleaner stations. Because of the nearly always available current, you might be very lucky to see some big fish.
A big hard coral garden runs parallel to the coast line. Shaab Saiman offers everything, a large diversity of fish and wonderful coral formations of different sorts. For the dive site lying nearby the open sea, the chance to see some big fish is given. Only if the weather is calm and still, it is possible to dive at Shaab Saiman.
The southern block forms with the main reef a channel through which we find the way to the exterior. At the main reef, there is a small cave in a depth of about 10 meters which is full of glassfish and hatchetfish.
One Way: Toubia Kebir - Toubia Soraya
Between Toubia Kebir and Toubia Soraya, 4 bigger coral blocks are next to each other, what means that this way is ideal for drift dives, too. About 60 minutes dive time must be calculated.
The 2 main blocks form a passage and at its north-western end, 4 towers follow. In the eastern block, there is a cave in a depth of 10 meters which offers the “perfect home” for glassfish and hatchetfish.
Here, it seems as if diving in an aquarium. Gamul Soraya is a very small reef which can be surrounded in about 50 minutes. The colorful coral growing and the enormous abundance of fish make every diver’s heart beat faster. It is also very suitable for night dives.
Gamul Kebir is in the form of a horse shoe. There are 2 anchorages, one in the south at the channel which is formed by the main reef and the southern offshore block and another in the north between two blocks lying next to each other.
The main attention of this dive site is directed to the eastern offshore blocks. As this reef is not this often visited (weather-related), the coral growing and the abundance of fish is still enormous.
Here, napoleon fish, stone fish, morays and a turtle with a misshapen shell, “Quasi Modo“, live together.
Middle Reef offers a widespread reef territory as for example a labyrinth of hard corals, the so called „Swiss Cheese“ at the south-eastern side. The outside is highly suitable for drift dives. The reef is well-known for its coral scenery, but not for its abundance of fish.
Um Hal Hal
Also known as 'Shaab Quais' meaning 'Beautiful Reef“. The conditions must be very suitable for diving at this site. But if you are lucky to make a dive in Um Hal Hal, you will see one of the most colorful and lively reefs.
Shaab Sheer East
Very extraordinary is the great brain coral garden which can be reached through a sand channel. This dive site is well-known for its moon-like coral scenery and not for its fish life.
Shaab Sheer West
You will reach an intact, colorful brain coral garden on the north through a small channel. Partially, counter current must be calculated. Drift dives at the outside are possible.
Cannon Reef / Shaab Bagul
This dive site is very suitable for diving beginners and divers in education. But also for skilled divers, it is an adventure. Here, small-fish fanatics are bang on target although turtles, eagle rays and dolphins have already been seen at Cannon Reef, too.
Shaab Sheer Soraya
This dive site is very tranquil and is most suitable for diving beginners and divers in education. Here, schools of masked butterfly fish have their home.
Wreck "Salem Express"
Because of a tragic navigation mistake, the sinking of the “Salem Express“ happened on December 14th 1991. The wreck is lying on the starboard. For it is relatively new, there is not very much marine growth so that there are many singularities visible. Diving at this wreck is a unique and haunting adventure.
Some ergs are gorgeously covered with soft corals and gorgonians. The abundance of fish will fulfil nearly every wish. Diving at this site is only possible if the sea is calm because the reef offers no protection from waves to the boat.
A small but very beautiful reef which can be surrounded in about 60 minutes provided that the current conditions are ok. Especially the gorgonians, which you can discover at the southern offshore reef, are beautiful. With good luck and eye, you will also get to see the there-living longnose hawkfish.
Abu Kafan is one of Safaga’s most popular dive sites. It is a big, extended reef with a southern and northern plateau as well as breath-taking drop offs at its north and east side. For diving at this reef, the weather conditions must be excellent. Abu Kafan is excellently suitable for drift dives provided that the current goes the right direction. You might have the chance to see some big fish.
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