Dive-sites of Marsa Alam
Daedalus Reef - huge reefs formation in 100 kilometres to the south from Brother Islands. The reef from different directions is around surrounded by a steep wall. In good weather try to reach as it is possible further to the north and drift along a reef. Reefs sharks and a shark-hammer meet here very often. The underwater life here is much more plentiful, than somewhere else with the whole flights surgeons, fusiliers, carangids...
Dolphin Reef - the largest reef of a southern zone of the Egyptian part of Red sea. Enters into group of reeves Feury Shoal (to the north-east from cape of Races-banas), closing it from the south-east, located in 18 kilometres from coast to the south of bay Vadi Lahmi, in 115 km to the south from Marsa Alam. It is a barrier reef of a difficult configuration in total length about 3 km, width 60 - 100 m. In northern, central and southern part reefs file - three semiclosed lagoons. A current - along an external part of a reef, from the northwest on the southeast, moderated. Average depth round a reef of 18 m. In northern lagoon at the bottom, under sand layers on depth 8 - 10 m, found the Roman amphoras of 3 centuries AD with sunk then vessel. Large population of dolphins constantly lives in a southern lagoon - over 100 goals. Dolphins very peace, but on the territory of strangers aspire not to suppose.
ELPHINSTONE REEF (northern extremity)
In windy weather to throw an anchor it is impossible.
Bottom profile - a plateau.
Depth of 25-53 m.
Current from moderated to the strong.
Sights: hammerhead sharks, grey sharks, large sea fishes, soft corals.
Descent in depth to the first terrace, then pass to the second terrace in 45 metres where it is possible to meet numerous hammerhead and grey sharks. It is necessary to be careful because the current pushes out in the high sea. Lifting should be made slowly enough, keeping walls to come up directly at a vessel.
ELPHINSTONE REEF (a southern extremity)
Relief of a bottom of a-plateau.
Current from an average to the strong.
Sights: large sea fishes, soft corals.
From a southern extremity of a reef in 55 m from an immersing point the grandiose kind on the 3-metre arch rounded off in the form of a trunk marking an extreme point of a reef opens. In depth float flights of large sea fishes. Opposite to an arch the wall rises, above which the 20-metre terrace is located.
Elphinstone - the large isolated reef located in 12 km from coast against a bay of Mars Tarafi, in 24 km to the north from Marsa Alam, length 300 m and width 70 m.
This reef consider as a safari pearl. The reef is insignificant and has the steep walls leaving in other-wordly depth (at bottom 120м). These walls are completely covered by various corals, firm and soft, treelike and spherical, and among them scurry about small violet groupers in bright points, fishes-butterflies flit, fishes-parrots potter about.
Round a reef of depth to 100 m. Both walls of the central part of a reef abruptly leave at once in depth. On a southeast extremity of a reef the wall of more hollow leaves on depth of 25 m, further on the southeast the long (150) underwater plateau (its bottom smoothly goes down with 25 to 42 m and only then abruptly breaks downwards) lasts. From a southern extremity of a reef in 55 m from an immersing point the grandiose kind on the 3-metre arch rounded off in the form of a trunk marking an extreme point of a reef opens. In depth float flights of large sea fishes. Opposite to an arch the wall rises, above which the 20-metre terrace is located.
On a northwest extremity of a reef instead of a wall - very much a gentle slope (length of an order 100 m with fall with 3 to 8 m and only then leaving on depth 25). Further, in the same direction - a plateau similar southeast (length 150 m with fall of a bottom from 25 to 41). A current strong enough, from the northwest on the southeast. Sights: hammerhead sharks, grey sharks, large sea fishes, soft corals. Descent in depth to the first terrace, then pass to the second terrace in 45 metres where it is possible to meet numerous hammerhead sharks and grey sharks. It is necessary to be careful because the current pushes out in the high sea. Lifting should be made slowly enough, keeping walls to come up directly at a vessel.
The reef is rich with sea fauna, on it all families of coral fishes and large predators, including sharks, barracudas, slopes are presented. Flights of dolphins constantly approach to a reef, large turtles.
Shaab Abu Dabbab
Shaab Abu Dabbab - the largest and most remote reef from coast. It is located in 35 km to the north from Marsa Alam. It is a barrier reef of the oval form in length of 200 m and in the width 60 m. adjoin a northeast corner of a reef the big shallow plateau (length 80 m, width from 30 to 60 m, depth 2 - 5), incorporating to other reef. To the left of a plateau - sandy bays (depth 14 - 15) and the small separately standing reef connected to the basic reef by an underwater crosspiece (depth 10). On the right to a reef to small underwater mountains adjoin. A current - from the north on the south, average force.
Shaab Abu Galawa
Shaab Abu Galawa - one of northern reeves of group of reeves Feury Shoal (area of cape of Races-banas), located in 15 km from coast opposite to bay Vadi Lahmi, in 110 km to the south from Marsa Alam. It is a barrier reef of the crescent form in length about 500 m, width to 100 m, it from the southwest adjoin a little separately standing reeves. In northern part рифового a file - four internal closed lagoons in length 50 - 150 m. the Western wall of a reef forms ledges and apertures, on all its extent small canyons. The current practically is absent. In 100 m on the southeast from the western extremity of a reef, the small separately standing reef, has a sunk vessel: the Egyptian towing boat "Teensteen", suffered here wreck in the mid-fifties. The vessel case lays on an abrupt slope - a forage on a sandy bottom on depth of 18 m, a nose almost on a surface.
Shaab El Malahi
One of the central reeves of group of reeves Feury Shoal (area of cape of Races-banas), located in 20 km from coast against bay Vadi Lahmi, in 112 km to the south from Marsa Alam. It is a small barrier reef of the difficult form, it from the north and the West closely adjoined some by large separately standing reeves, and from the south more than ten underwater mountains. All internal part reefs a file is cut by numerous twisting passes, tunnels, the failures, hanging peaks, the caves creating effect of a labyrinth. The current - from the north on the south, weak, more often practically is absent.
Shaab Maksur-Zdes you will find three coral tops which entirely have grown with red soft corals which hide in itself some caves and crevices where hide infinite groupers, morays, glassfishes. Fish here is very various also the big flights groupers, morays and another small colleagues can be met without effort. With good luck, at plateau edge it is possible to see sharks. From northern and southern part of this long reef beautiful plateaus are located. To plunge in northern part of a reef it is possible only in windless weather when the sea is quiet. The southern part more easy also allows to make wonderful immersing. Here you will find out rocks occupied by soft corals. In rocks there are caves where you will often meet the various fishes hiding in soft corals. If will carry, it is possible to see sharks after plateau suburbs.
Shaab Marsa AlamThe large isolated barrier reef located in 5 km from coast opposite Marsa Alam. A reef will extend from the northwest on the southeast (almost in parallel coast lines), has difficult enough configuration. Length of a reef about 300 m, width to 60 m, in a southern part a thickening to 100 m. To a reef from the West, the south and the east large separately standing reeves adjoin some. All outer side of a southern thickening of the reef turned to the high sea, is generated from the powerful coral blocks similar to mountains rising from depth of 20 m and to depth 4 - 6 m from a surface. Between the blocks forming in a benthonic part some kind of a coral garden - sandy bottom sites on depth of 25-28 m, northern part of a coral garden passes in sandy avenue, in the end of avenue - very large colony redseas eels. All this zone has the area approximately 100 on 100 m.
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