South Egypt Dive Sites

South Egypt Diving

Beit Goha

This labyrinthine coral garden is extremely easy to get lost in. To both the north and south of the entrance, exquisite coral patches alternate with sand and elaborate canyons and tunnels. The site is generally very shallow, averaging 10m (33ft), but depths of more than 30m (100ft) can be reached on the outer side of the reef.

This site has an amazing diversity of coral. The mixture and condition of both hard and soft species is excellent, with big bommies, beautiful tables, extensive soft coral patches, and branching Acropora. Thousands of small carpet anemones cover the bottom.

The extensive coral habitat reef fish and schooling species, such as unicorns and snapper; while guitar sharks, reef whitetip sharks, bluespotted stingrays and crocodilefish inhabit the sand patches. There are a great many varieties of surgeonfish here, plus grouper, trumpetfish, goatfish and triggers. The entry/exit canyon is clearly marked by a line of makeshift buoys tied to the reef.
Location: 20km (12.5 miles) north of Quseir
Access: By jeep from Quseir, then shore entry from reeftop.
Conditions: Strong winds and wave action can make access to this site impossible for most divers
Average depth: 10m (33ft)
Maximum depth: 30m (100ft)
Average visibility: 15m (50ft)

Sirena Beach Home Reef

This site is the house reef for Quseir’s Subex Dive Centre, a truly enjoyable dive just a few steps from the local dive shop. You can enter from the jetty and dive either left or right along either arm of the bay, or take a Zodiac to the outer reef, from where you can dive back into the bay for an eventual exit at the jetty. Scattered pinnacles line the reef edge on both sides of the bay, and the reef is varied in both directions, with outcrops, caves, tunnels, chimneys and a huge variety of corals.

The outer reaches of the bay are excellent for schooling fish, with deep water meeting the reef at both corners. Tuna, jacks, fusiliers, mackerel and snapper are all abundant, while on the reef Napoleon and other wrasse, lots of morays, big grouper and rock cod, lionfish, trumpetfish and goatfish are all resident. On the sand, grey morays, gobies and shrimpfeature, and in the inshore sand shallows schools of squid are a common sight.
Location: The bay at Quseir El Qadima, in front of Mövenpick Hotel, Quseir.
Access: Shore dive or Zodiac from the Subex Dive Centre jetty.
Conditions: Some surge is likely.
Average depth: 20m (65ft)
Maximum depth: 50m+ (1 64ft+)
Average visibility: 20m (65ft)

Kilo 15 South

This site is accessed through a canyon/tunnel system leading from the reeftop to a sand slope at the reef edge. The reef follows a moderate sloping profile for some distance, before steepening to vertical walls on both sides. There is a series of pinnacles and coral blocks in 10—15m (33-50ft), before the reef wall begins to curve outwards. Large table corals are scattered across the bottom from depths of 35m (115ft) or more back to the main reef, which steepens here to form a drop-off or mini-wall.
In this deeper area reef whitetip and the rarer guitar sharks may be seen. All the common reef fishes are present in great numbers. Coral growth is good overall, with a predominance of hard species, particularly acropora. There are some smaller soft corals and a scattering of anemones, but the best of the coral is the fine assortment of table corals off the southern reef.
Location: 1 5km (9 miles) south of Quseir.
Access: By jeep from Quseir, then shore entry.
Conditions: Access involves a long walk. Currents and runoff can affect entry/exit.
Average depth: 20m (65ft)
Maximum depth: 35m (115ft)
Average visibility: 20m (65ft)

Green Hole

This dive begins with a descent to about 9m (30ft) through a submerged, greenish hole in the reeftop. The dive continues from the bottom of the entry hole, past a pair of coral pinnacles with rich growth of soft corals, down a steeply sloping valley or canyon. This canyon drops to depths of 35m (115ft), and is bordered on both sides by a gently sloping reef.

Coral growth is excellent on the reef face and there is a good range of reef fishes to observe, while in the open blue eagle rays are frequently sighted.

Visibility can be poor in the hole and the reeftop surge area generally, so maintain a good reserve of air in case you need to deal with currents during your exit.
Lacation: 59km (37miles) north of Quseir on the Red Sea coast.
Access: By jeep from Quseir, then a reef entry from shore
Conditions: Some surge is likely in the entry passage
Average depth: 20m (165ft)
Maximum depth: 25m (80ft)
Average visibility: 20m (65ft)

Kilo 37 North

This site is a sloping coastal reef featuring an extensive system of caves and tunnels. The reeftop is over 100m (328ft) wide here. The canyon that marks the beginning of the dive drops from near the reef edge to a depth of about 15m (50ft) before giving way to a sandy slope running to 35m (115ft) or more.

Turning right from the canyon mouth, the reef is steeply sloping and extremely contoured. It is particularly rich in stony corals, with Acropora in table, staghorn and branching forms, big patches of cabbage coral, and plenty of plate and encrusting forms.

Fish at the site can include whitetip reef sharks, lots of schooling fusiliers, goatfish and snapper, large numbers of extra-large grouper, many unicorn and surgeonfish, triggerfish, fairy basslets, angels, butterflies and lots of tiny pipefish on the coral heads.
Location: 42km (26 miles) north of Quseir
Access: By jeep from Quseir, then a shore entry across a wide reeftop.
Conditions: Strong runoff and longshore currents on the reeftop can complicate access.
Average depth: 18m (60ft)
Maximum depth: 35m+ (1 l5ft+)
Average visibility: 20m (6 5ft)

Dive Operators and Facilities

A group of gorgonians Access to the dive sites is limited by the region's limited infrastructure. Where there are dive centres, access is generally by jeep along the shore. For more remote areas, long-range live-aboard or shore-based safaris are the only options. The logistics of access and supply and the need for official permission to visit much of the southern coast make individual expeditions difficult.

This Upper Egypt (southern Egypt) area covering hundreds of kilometres of almost uninhabited coastline, clear waters and lush coral gardens along the Red Sea coast from just south of Hurghada all the way to the southern border with Sudan. You may check Egypt geographic region and average seasonal temperatures for the Egypt regions and cities for better idea.

Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011