Why choose this route?

St John’s Adventure

St John’s is a reef system, not too distant from Rocky Island and Zabargad.

Its underwater scenery comprises many corridors and grottoes, like aquatic caves, during the day illuminated by penetrating sun rays. The visibility is great. St John’s is famous for its diversity of corals, such as black corals, serpentine corals, cabbage corals, staghorn corals and fire corals. Those corals are the perfect décor for blackspotted grunts, blue spotted rays, batfish, parrotfish, chromis, butterflyfish, squirrelfish and anemonefish.

habili ali

Shaab Marsa Alam


Shaab Marsa Alam is an offshore reef formation. There’s a steep colourful wall decorated with soft coral.  The odd moray eel  may be spotted here. The west side is covered with a large coral garden.  Depth up to 30 meters. The southern part of the reef is home to tall rising  pinnacles. Sometimes small spinner dolphins swim by here.

Aquatic Panorama

  • Table coral
  • Gorgonians
  • Blackspotted grunts
  • Barracuda
  • Napoleon fish
  • Clownfish
gota kebir

Gota Kebira at St John’s

Large reef ay St. John’s. The northern section has two plateaus that are ideal for spotting whitetip reef sharks and bluespotted stingrays. The current often splits here, making it ideal for shark encounters. The eastern and western sides have deep sloping reefs of predominant brown soft corals; the eastern side is normally dived in the morning and the western side in the afternoon.

In the southeast corner the wall is broken by deep fissures that you can enter and tunnels to dive in. Elsewhere in the south, there is a sloping plateau that unicornfish and rabbitfish make home. The shallows here have many colourful magnificent anemones and green turtles.

Aquatic Panorama

  • Soft corals
  • Mantas
  • Grey reef shark
  • Hammerhead shark
habili ali

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

Habili Gafaar

St. Johns Gota Kebir (West)

Habili Gaffar at St John’s

Gaffar is a smaller reef in the St. Johns system. Est of Umm Arak. Strength of current varies. No shelter from wind and waves. It attracts pelagic fish in numbers.

Aquatic Panorama

  • Pink coral
  • Fairy basslets
  • Bigeye snappers
  • Clearfin lionfish
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Reef sharks
St. Johns Dangerus Reef

Dangerous Reef at St John’s

South of St John’s Reef. Gentle current. Shallow. Depth up to an average of 18 meters.  Great swim-throughs. Many breaks in the reef make easy access possible. Good shelter from wind and waves.


Aquatic Panorama

  • Soft coral
  • Napoleon wrasse
  • Masked pufferfish
  • Spanish dancers
  • Moray eels
  • Squid
  • Bluespotted stingray
habili ali

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.



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

Shaab Maksour

Northeast of the Fury Shoals. Narrow reef, rich in swim-throughs, overhangs and cracks. Small and deep canyon. Monumental pinnacles. Table corals the size of small buildings. Dropping wall to 18meters at the southern tip, leading to a coral plateau.

Aquatic Panorama

  • Table coral
  • Finger coral
  • Pinnacles
  • Lyretail anthias
  • Grey reef sharks
  • Trevally
  • Tuna
Shaab Claudio

Shaab Claudio

Shaab Claudio, comfortably protected by the winds, is a fine destination with the Fury Shoals system. Here the penetrating and filtering sun rays are playing tricks with your mind. It is as if you are entering magical mystery rooms and galleries; such are the illuminating coral chambers. Its light effects are simply stunning! It does not take to much imagination to feel you are swimming through Emmenthaler cheese!

Shaab Claudio has become the playground for a plethora of fish species in each imaginable size, shape and colour!

The landscapes are fantastic coral garden, mountains of hard corals, the canyon where crystalline visibility and play of light are fascinating! Very rich, Claudia is home to nudibranch, yellowfin goatfish, triggerfish of all kinds, parrotfish, a multitude of schools of bannerfish, angelfish, snapper and nason but also napoleon and turtle.

Aquatic Panorama

  • Coral grottoes
  • Gorgonia
  • Steepheaded parrotfish
  • Humpback snappers
  • Picasso triggerfish
  • Longnose hawkfish
  • Whitetip reef shark

Abu Galawa Kebir

The Fury Shoals in Marsa Alam are the home of The Abu Galawa ‘Surayar’ reef,

not far off Ras Qulan. There’s a wreck of a small tug on the north side of the reef, 18 meters down the surface.


The wreck is in an excellent state of conservation. The crystal-clear waters make it possible to examine every minor detail of the Abu Galawa wreck. Apart from the proverbial walls of silver glassfish, you can detect many of the tug’s fixtures and fittings, lamps and containers. There’s plentiful flora and fauna to appreciate.


Finding site: medium difficulty

Visibility: excellent

Current: weak

Dive difficulty: easy

Photographic interest: high

Marine Life: medium

Type of wreck: tug

Wreck position: north of Abu Galawa reef

Minimum depths: emerging from surface

Maximum depth: 18 metres

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
Crew Gratuities