Why choose this route?

ParadiseReef

Paradise Reef

 

Site Position

Almost around the corner of Umm Khararim in the Foul Bay archipelago. Only 600 meters separates these dive sites. Paradise Reef is also known as Orabi amongst locals.

 

Sea Conditions

Fair weather conditions. Weak current. Mild waves. Shallow. Easy for all levels of divers.

 

Profile/Specifics

Depth 3-17 meters. Interesting aspects can be traced at the southern site with a splendid coral garden, rising ergs like dripping wax candles, overhangs and caverns. You will spot darting fish against a background of attractively encrusted coral rocks. A fine and relaxing dive with adorable coral clusters.

 

Aquatic Panorama

  • Leather & tree corals
  • Huge coral boulders
  • Red Sea Walkman
  • Striped butterflyfish
  • Klunzinger’s wrasse
  • Porcupinefish
  • Bluesotted rays
  • Sea turtles
El Kamash

El Kamash

 

Site Position

Just south of the southern tip of Sernaka Island in the Foul Bay archipelago.

 

Sea Conditions

Occasional current. Visibility often limited. Only suitable for experienced divers.

 

Profile/Specifics

The Kamash was a common fishing trawler that went down south of Sernaka Island in sweeping, windy conditions. Accurate data about its demise have been lost in the mists of time. Urban legend has it that the vessel’s nets get caught in the propeller when the engines were restarted to save it from its grave.

 

The remains and debris of the tilted vessel litter the sandy bottom at depths of 20- 50 meters. Its superstructure is inhabited by billowing swarms of glassfish. Hard and soft corals are slowing gaining territory, creating their colourful layers on railings. It is highly recommended not to penetrate the wreck The entrance of the service hatch at the helm is pretty narrow.

 

Aquatic Panorama

  • Remains of the helm
  • Front & rear boom
  • Foredeck
  • Stern
  • Loose car tyre
  • Nettings

Sernaka Island

 

Site Position

6 kilometers south of the Ras Banas peninsula in the Foul Bay archipelago.

 

Sea Conditions

Fair weather conditions. Occasionally strong current. Varying visibility.

 

Profile/Specifics

Depth 5-40 meters. From here you should be able to detect the contours of the Kamash wreck, weather permitting. You may wish to include a visit during your drive. However, do not penetrate the hazardously narrow entrance. There’s a reef wall dropping dramatically on the southern site. Compass skills required since the sandy bottom is deceptively uniform.

 

Aquatic Panorama

  • Tree corals
  • Long barbel goatfish
  • Masked pufferfish
  • Red Sea anemonefish
  • Cone snails
  • Clearfin lionfish
  • Barracuda

Moray eels

Umm Khararim

 

Site Position

25 km north of St John’s Reef and 20 km south of Sernaka island in the Foul Bay archipelago.

 

Sea Conditions

Great visibility. Acceptable currents. Umm Khararim accommodates divers of all levels.

 

Profile/Specifics

Depth ranging from 5-15meters, creating a labyrinthine landscape of caves,  grottoes, caverns and meandering passages. This is fairy tale stuff with penetrating sun rays making for a mesmerizing scenery. One formation rises above the surface from the abyss like a coral phoenix . It’s a breath taking sight. Refrain from entering branching site passages and respect the main routes.

 

Aquatic Panorama

  • Brain coral boulders
  • Tree, table, leather corals
  • Giant sea fans
  • Cube boxfish
  • Giant clams
  • Whitebelly damselfish
  • Bluespotted stingray
  • Red Sea steepheaded parrotfish
  • Whitetip reef sharks

This price includes:

Dive guides
7 nights full-board accommodation (or the last night at a 4*hotel)
Non-alcoholic beverages
3-4 dives per day (2-3 last day)
Tanks, weights
Local transfers

This price does not include:

Flights + visa
Surcharges (€60)
Rental Equipment
Alcoholic beverages
Nitrox
Crew Gratuities