Why choose this route?

Um /khararim

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
St. John's

St. John’s

Level: medium levels of divers .
Entrance to the water: by boat or zodiac .
Deep: 8 to 35 meters .
St. John’s is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas can be seen and the occasional manta.

St. John's

St. John’s

Level: medium levels of divers .
Entrance to the water: by boat or zodiac .
Deep: 8 to 35 meters .
St. John’s is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas can be seen and the occasional manta.

St. John's

Habili Ali at St John’s

East of St. John’s Reef. Small, oval shaped reef. Fanstastic coral formations. Many wall cracks, allowing entrance to caves.

Aquatic Panorama

  • Bottlenose dolphins
  • Grey reef sharks
  • Black snappers
  • Sohel surgeonfish
  • Titan triggerfish
  • Eyeshadow cardinalfish
  • Sea whiops
  • Gorgoninans

Rocky Island

Rocky Island is a small island, twenty minutes cruising from Zabargad and a pelagic haven, featuring a great variety of sharks, such as tigers, white tips, silvertips and hammerheads, manta rays, countless groupers, jacks and barracudas.

Its walls are tumbling down to more than 100 meters. They show tapestries of sea fans, gorgonians, mountain corals, black coral trees and staghorn corals. It’s sheer fascinating seeing the waving gorgonians, subject to the current’s rhythm,.

 

Rocky Island is exposed to the sea and the elements, attracting a fabulous range of silver tips, and hammerhead sharks. It gave rise to the sobriquet ‘shark theatre’.

Unlimited visibility adds to the fish tank feel and fascinating marine life, featuring Red Sea bannerfish, the clearfin lionfish, the zebra angelfish, blackspotted sweetlips, the rusty parrotfish and the devil scorpionfish.

Aquatic Panorama

  • Staghorn corals
  • Mountain corals
  • Gorgonians
  • Tubular sponges
  • Ruste parrotfish
  • Bi-colour wrase
  • Zebra angelfish
  • Hammerhead sharks
  • Spanish dancers

Zabargad Island

Zabargad takes its name from the mineral olivine gem, once mined on the island. It’s location is southeast of Port Berenice.  Wall drops here to 15 to 20 meters. The seabed is equipped with coral towers and pinnacles. The floral landscape is formed by innumerable species of corals, such as the staghorn coral, the honeycomb, the flowerpot and tapestries of sienna brown tubular sponges.

Zabargad Island’s claim to fame is its labyrinthine panorama of coral canyons,, grottoes and corridors. They have been created by interlinking pinnacles and pillars, forming punctured rooftops. Those punctures ‘filter’ sun rays, penetrating through crevices and cracks, turning Zabargad into a poetic affair.

Aquatic Panorama

  • Tubular sponges
  • Staghorn corals
  • Coral grottoes
  • Pinnacles
  • Grouper
  • Royal angelfish
  • Orbicular burrfish
  • Sabre squirrelfish
  • Octopus
  • Hawksbill turtle

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