Itinerary

Highlights

  • The Fury Shoal tour is characterized by a colorful potpourri of the most diverse reef structures, such as small cave systems, reef blocks densely covered with corals, plateaus, canyons, coral gardens and drop-offs. Not to mention the incredible variety of fish that the Red Sea has to offer.
  • Some people would love to dive the entire Red Sea in 7 days. Those are definitely out of place on this safari. Because this tour is characterized by short driving distances and extensive dives.
  • If you think that the reefs on this tour might be a bit boring, you are wrong. Especially because there are many reefs between Marsa Alam and Hamata that cannot be visited on other routes due to lack of time. Another advantage is that at some exceptionally beautiful reef also two dives can be made and the divers do not only hear: "Sorry, we don't have time for that, we have to move on."
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Abu Dabab

A unique structure makes this reef so remarkable: there are notches and small caves, also a stunning coral garden. All kinds of emperor and banner fish are at home here, but also reef sharks. Due to its location and its maximum depth of 16m, Abu Dabab I is excellent for relaxed day and exciting night dives.
In the south, almost exactly in the middle, there is a single block. There you will see bright red lionfish, as well as feather stars and at night basket stars. In addition, dolphins keep passing by in the south. In the southeast there is another collection of ergs with soft and hard corals, around which there are occasional hawksbill turtles and sharks.

To the north is the famous "Heaven one". Many stories are told around this wreck. Not far away you will find anemone colonies and a cave system overgrown with ancient corals, before diving into two lagoons on the west side with mighty corals and schools of barbels and snappers.

On the west side, an ancient coral formation stretches south with some boulders where reef sharks like to sleep. At the edge of the reef you can find remains of amphorae.

Elphinstone

From Marsa Alam the boat goes about one and a half hours north to Elphinstone Reef! The reef top of Elphinstone Reef lies at a depth of between one and three meters, depending on the water level. Strong surface currents and lots of boat traffic make snorkeling here impossible.

Divers, however, can dive right into a challenging treat! The reef is known for its exceptional biodiversity and, of course, sightings of large fish. In the north we dive on a sloping plateau from 18 to 40 meters and in the south on the underwater terraces. The west and east walls drop off steeply into the depths. The Elphinstone reef has a total length of about 600 meters and a width of 70 meters.
In large numbers we can see hard and soft corals in all colors. In addition, there are turtles, moray eels, loceanic white tip sharks, hammerhead sharks and pretty much everything that the Red Sea has to offer.

Shaab Marsa Alam

Shaab Marsa Alam is 350m to 400m long and shaped like an inverted L. In the north it starts with 50m width and expands to 80m until the beginning of the lagoon in the middle. Then it continues on the east side with a width of 10 to 20m like a barrier to the south.
There are some real sights: In the lower part of the lagoon, west of the barrier, at a depth of 12 to 15m, there are two coral blocks - a large one of 1 by 20m and a smaller one of 6 by 6m. They stretch from the northeast to the southwest and are so intergrown that they look like a reef of their own. They are nicely overgrown with hard and soft corals in the upper part. There is a small cavern system to explore.

In the northeast you can still find the remains of a sunken safari boat. Here you will encounter crocodile fish, moray eels and schools of snappers.

To the north and west there is another beautiful coral garden. Both contain cleaning stations, are dotted with sandy areas and are home to garden eels, schools of barbels, snappers and other reef fish. You can find moray eels, octopus, snails and cheeky nemos. Both sites are easiest to access by Zodiac. The way back to the boat is doable, in any case you make it in sight of the safari boat to be picked up by the Zodiac.

Shaab Sharm/Gota Sharm

Gota Sharm has a length of 250m, a width of 100m and runs in a wedge shape from west to east. There are plateaus at both ends. The rest consists of steep walls that reach more than 100m into the depth. The plateaus are 20m (close to the main reef) to 35m deep (in the outer area). The current usually comes from the northwest in the morning and from the north at noon. Despite this predictability, you should pay attention to it, because it can get very strong and you run the risk of being blown off the plateau.
On the eastern plateau you can find the longnosehawkfish in a gorgonian, lionfish under table corals, barracudas, reef sharks, schooling fish and two cleaning stations: one in the middle of the plateau for young tuna, the other, by a large block on the south side, for surgeonfish.

On the east plateau, the current can cause turbulence that makes diving difficult.

The western plateau is narrower than the eastern one and there is also a cleaning station here. On its northern side the current usually meets Gota Sharm. So a good place for big fish like the hammerhead shark. Pretty much opposite, on the south side, manta rays have been spotted, but it is more likely to encounter reef sharks, mackerels, tuna and barracuda.

Abu Galawa Kebir

At Abu Galawa Kebir there are lagoons and several side reefs that offer everything there is to see in the Red Sea. Blue staghorn corals, wonderful landscapes.
Besides the "Rosalie Moller" and the "Numidia", the steam tugboat of Abu Galawa, the "Tien Hsing", is one of the most beautiful shipwrecks in the Red Sea. She was a harbor tug built in Shanghai in 1935. With a length of 36m, a beam of just over 7m and a draft of about 3m, it was a rather small ship for these purposes. On October 26, 1943, the tug sank and now lies at a depth of 12-13m in a slight angle on the west side behind the canal.

The wreck is easily visible on the starboard side, but less so on the port side, so many corals grow on it!

The coral garden on the west side consists of mountain corals. In the upper part, the cuts and channels are overgrown with table corals. Also here you can dive great at night.

Abu Galawa Soraya

A sailing yacht from the USA sank at "Abu Galawa Soraya" in 1980 and has since been colonized by very many soft and hard corals. An incredible sight in 17 meters depth on a length of 15 meters. But not only the great overgrown wreck convinces here.
Needlefish, blue spotted stingrays, red sea fusiliers and free swimming giant moray eels can be spotted and admired at this dive spot with a little luck. What will please many - "Abu Galawa Soraya" is also suitable for a night dive and what better way to see the various wreck dwellers than at night!
Equipped with light we can see inside the wreck also during the day the many glass fish that have made the yacht their own for a long time. Also on the sandy bottom many surprises are waiting between the coral towers and blocks.

Sataya Gota Soraya

"Soraya" means "small". This tells us that we are on the sister reef of the larger Sataya Gota Kebir. The water depth in the area to be dived is 20 to 25 meters. The reef has a length of 250m and a width of about 70m. The boat usually anchors in a small lagoon in the southeast of the reef. However, depending on the current, there is also the possibility to moor the boat in the southwest at a notch of the reef. The Sataya area almost always has current from the north.
The anchorage in the southeast, in the lagoon, is also one of the most beautiful places to dive in the midday. Very few people dive here and you get the impression that you are entering the water shortly after the coral garden is formed.

The most common diving tours, due to the current from the north, start with the Zodiac of course in the north. Then one has the free choice whether one dives left or right around. Here you can practice navigation and you have a dive of about 60 to 70 minutes in each direction. There is also a small path in the north through a cave into a lagoon. This is lined with mountain corals. The whole area is full of huge mountain corals, large table corals, leather corals and soft corals. There are a lot of juvenile fish, large schools of snappers, bigeyes and barbels. You can also find snails, as well as dolphins and young reef sharks.

There is another coral garden in the northwestern area, behind a sandy road. It consists of old and new coral formations and slopes down to 40m in the north.

Sataya Gota Kebir

Sataya Gota Kebir - "Kebir" means "big" - is located west of the main Sataya reef. The water depth in the area that is dived is from 5 to 25m. The reef is about 140m long and has a width of about 80m. The mooring is well protected, usually right by a plateau with a depth of 5 to 15m. Since the current, except in autumn, actually always comes from the north, it is an ideal day and night mooring place - perfect for exploring the plateau in the dark.
To the south, the plateau is at 5-11m, dropping to 15-18m on the outer sides. At night it is teeming with life. There is almost a guarantee of Spanish dancers, this is what this place is known for. You can also find many kinds of shrimps, rabbits fish, parrot fish in cocoon, flute fish, lion fish, gorgon heads and many more.

In the west you will find some bigger blocks at 22m. Except in the northwestern area there are actually small and big blocks everywhere. You will find among others flatworms, moray eels, small groups of hunting fish as well as slugs.

In the north there is a lagoon with a beautiful coral garden, swarm fish and an anemone colony.

Shaab Claude

Shaab Claude is about 150m long and 60m wide with a maximum depth of 24m. Boats usually anchor in the south, because there is the cave entrance in 10m depth. Also most of the fish can be found in the southern part of the reef. Here live e.g. batfish, triggerfish, bannerfish, barbels and snappers. Also big napoleons are not rare.

Often a current from the north makes diving on the west side above the coral garden difficult or impossible. After a bumpy ride by Zodiac to the channel and the anemone colonies, you will be rewarded with a nice drift dive on the east or west side.

Shaab Maksur

It is 350 to 400 m long and has three plateaus, one of them - untypical for an outer reef - on the west side. The currents are similar to Elphinstone, as both reefs have almost exactly the same orientation.
The south plateau actually consists of two levels. The first ranges from 18 to 35 meters, the second from 35 to 42 meters. Both have a length of 50 to 60 m and a width of 40 m. At the end, the reef drops steeply to 80 m and then turns into a slope to 120 m before disappearing completely into the depths.

The west side has something special, because bordered by a coral garden and a block at the end, there is a small lagoon in the middle of the plateau, which is very nicely embedded with a depth of 13-16m and a width of 20m. Here lie some wreckage of an old safari boat that hit the reef after 14 days in service. The superstructure was thrown overboard and the hull was taken to the shipyard for reconstruction. In the meantime the reef around the wreck has grown very nicely.

The eastern area is a steep wall and to the north is another plateau at a depth of 20 to 37 meters, where there are smaller mounds and a coral garden. Here, as everywhere on this reef, fall currents can occur. At the northernmost point there are two more pinnacles, separated from the reef by a gap 8 meters deep.

Sheleniat

The reef has a width of 150m and a length of 200m. With a depth of 16m it belongs to the very shallow dive sites. The corals here are mostly only 50cm high. The 2 to 4m high hills are the optimal area for damselfish.
On the west side there are two big lagoons, which are connected inside at 6m depth. They are overgrown with staghorn and mountain corals. On the sandy bottom you will find gobies and crabs living there symbiotically.

The north is bordered by a long block. On the west side, on the other hand, there are four coral mounds from 2 to 8m high.

The east side has an elongated reef wall with single fields of mountain corals and in the outer area isolated 2m high towers. The variety of corals and fish here is indescribable!

To the south are individual lagoons and an ancient coral that is home to batfish, large groupers and moray eels.

This is a good night anchor and night dive site.

Around the hills the current often changes and forms swirls.

Habili Radir

Habili Radir is a rather narrow but long plateau with a width of 60 to 80m and a length of 250m. On the west side it is defined by several main boulders that rise almost to the surface. The rest is distributed over the whole eastern side with sizes from 4 to 15m. Towards the east, the reef slopes continuously down to the outer plateau to a depth of 37 to 43m. There comes the drop-off edge. To the north, Habili Radir has a plateau-like extension with dozens of coral mounds of varying sizes.
This reef is rarely approached as there should be no wave if you like to anchor there.

The growth consists in the upper part of hard corals, on the reef wall mainly of soft corals. In the course downwards and on the plateau there is a mix in all colors and structures. In the east you can see blue fan corals.

The fish population is indescribable and ranges from white tip reef sharks to eagle rays, snappers and lots of snails. Behind every block and in every indentation you will find schools of fusiliers and mackerels.


Swimming and snorkeling should be avoided here as well, due to the currents and at times the wave.

Shaab Malahi

ShaabMalahi has a length of 100m and a width of 60m. The depth varies from 22m to 6m in the inner area. Only on the east side after about 50m there is a drop-off edge.
The reef is a conglomerate of boulders that enclose the area almost circularly. Some of them rise 16 to 20m steeply and in the upper area an overhang has formed.

The labyrinth of blocks is most relaxed to dive with a guide, and the diving depth varies often and sometimes extremely, so that the ears have to perform at their best here.
ShaabMalahi gives you the opportunity to see the formation of reefs, because due to the weather this reef is always in motion. Here you should watch out for falling objects in the overgrown corridors and caves.
Behind and below the boat is a sandy area that hosts some nice big boulders at about 20 meters depth, running far to the south. In its southeast there are two blocks that look like they are connected with table corals. Here and a little further north there are schools of banner fish. But there is a lot to discover in this area in general.

Erg Abu Diab

This spot is typical of the biodiversity of the southern Red Sea, but also known for encounters with large sharks. Often the diver meets groups of hammerhead sharks. But also the encounter with gray sharks and thresher sharks is likely here and with good luck among them also an oceanic white tip shark.

Gota Eden

A plateau with small caves, countless colorful fish, a garden of mountain, fire and staghorn corals, green sponges, gorgonians - the "Eden Reef" is a breathtaking dive spot.


If you decide to dive in this paradise in the Red Sea, you will encounter a slightly horseshoe-shaped reef with a length of about 160 and a width of 90 meters. If you arrive at the end of the reef, your breath will be taken away - it goes steeply downhill for well over 100 meters.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

After arrival in Hurghada or Marsa Alam transfer to the boat.
Check in, dinner and spending the first night onboard in the marina.


Departure

Departure in the morning.
Familiarization of the boat,
Diving, safety and equipment briefing.
Dives at Shaab el Nabaa, Shaab Marsa Alam

Day 2

Day 3

Sataya

Dives at Sataya and Shaab Claudio


Shaab Claudio

Dives at Shaab Claudio and
Shaab Galawa Kebir
Nightdive at Shaab Galawa Kebir

Day 4

Day 5

Abu Galawa Soraya

Dives at Abu Galawa Soraya and
El Bohar, night dive
at El Bohar


Shaab Ghadir

Dives at Shab Ghadir and
Shaab Marsa Alam
Nightdive at Shaab Marsa Alam

Day 6

Day 7

Return

Two dives at Marsa Shone
Return to the port.
For safety reasons you should not dive 24 hours before your flight home.


Check out

Breakfast and check out no later than 10 am.
Transfer to the airport or hotel.

Day 8