Hurghada Dive Sites

Hurghada Dive Sites

Umm Gammar

A dive spot which is an extended reef of an underwater mountain, close to Umm Gammar island hence the name, and about one hour from Hurghada.

Overview: On the south of Umm Gammar there is a plateau 14-24m deep approx extended to a drop-off

Diving at the plateau “0 to 24 meters” is suitable for all levels of certified scuba divers. It is an enjoyable dive site with a beautiful coral garden where you regularly spot a turtle, batfish, moray eel, and Napoleon fish.

Diving over the drop-off wall is for more experienced divers, where they can see fantastic coral towers, all covered with mesmerizing soft corals and fan corals, and full of aquamarine life, such as glassfish and lionfish. Big pelagic fish could be seen passing by out in the blue.


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Shaabruhr Umm Gammar

Shabruhr Umm Gammar is the peak of submerged mountain which is about 1 kilometer from Umm Gammar island to the south.

Overview: This dive site has beautiful reefs between 14-40 meters that offer various dives for all levels of recreational scuba divers.

At the west side of the dive location, a nice and easy shallow reefy wall drops to 15 meters approx into a lovely coral garden.

At around 30 meters depth, there is a scattered small wreck of an Egyptian patrol boat falling further down the slope at the southeast.

There are two other wrecks deeper than 40 meters which is unfortunately not suitable for recreational scuba divers

The north side of the dive site is the best for a very nice drift dive, with a bottom composition of a steep slope to a vertical bottomless cliff.

On the plateau, you may see Morays, Napoleons, large Groupers, and blue-spotted Stingrays. Occasionally big fish might be seen passing by the drop-off, such as whitetips, grey reef sharks, jackfish, and big tunas.


Hurghada local dive sites - Gota Abu Galawa

Gota Abu Galawa

Abu Galawa is one hour away from Hurghada to the North. It is relatively big dive site with of 6 dive spots: Gota Abu Galawa, Shaab Abu Galawa, Habibi Abu Galawa, Marsa Abu Galawa, Sachwat Abu Galawa, and Abu Galawa reef.

Overview: Gota Abu Galawa dive spot is 9-20 meters deep, which is suitable for divers of all levels and experience. It is also a good spot for drift dives, but you need to be a certified advanced diver or above.

You can dive on both sides, the east and the west side, where you will find nice and beautiful corals on both sides.

Usually, drift divers start from the Northeast to the South, starting by numerous shallow Coral Banks, reaching canyons of Stony Corals divided by Coral ridges at a depth between 16-20 meters.

Besides drift diving, all divers can enjoy diving directly on the reef, which is ringed by a belt of several coral towers and a coral garden with interesting hard corals. On the east side, you can explore substantial brain corals and two huge pinnacles, as well as a lot of table corals on the west side.

Marine life varies from turtles, schools of goatfish and baby Barracudas, Triggerfish, schools of Unicornfish and sweet lips, and sometimes eagle rays pass on the other side of the pinnacles.


Liveaboard Safari – North

Hurghada Local dive sites - Shaab Abu Nuhas

Shaab Abu Nuhas

Shaab Abu Nuhas is a triangular-shaped coral reef situated north of Hurghada, at the northwest of Shadwan Island Hurghada, and one of the main dive locations in any liveaboard safari trip to the north of the Red Sea.

Overview: Gota Abu Galawa dive spot is 9-20 meters deep, which is suitable for divers of all levels and experience. It is also a good spot for drift dives, but you need to be a certified advanced diver or above.

You can dive on both sides, the east and the west side, where you will find nice and beautiful corals on both sides.

Usually, drift divers start from the Northeast to the South, starting by numerous shallow Coral Banks, reaching canyons of Stony Corals divided by Coral ridges at a depth between 16-20 meters.

Besides drift diving, all divers can enjoy diving directly on the reef, which is ringed by a belt of several coral towers and a coral garden with interesting hard corals. On the east side, you can explore substantial brain corals and two huge pinnacles, as well as a lot of table corals on the west side.

Marine life varies from turtles, schools of goatfish and baby Barracudas, Triggerfish, schools of Unicornfish and sweet lips, and sometimes eagle rays pass on the other side of the pinnacles.


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Ras Mohamed

Ras Mohamed National Park consists of 9 dive sites: Ras Ghozlani, Marsa Barieka, Ras Zatar, Jackfish Alley, Eel Garden, Shark Observatory, Anemone City, Shark & Yolanda Reefs.

Overview: The world-famous RAS MOHAMED National Park is part of Ras Mohamed peninsula and one of the most magnificent Red Sea dive locations in south Sinai. It is northern of Hurghada, about 30 minutes to the southwest of Sharm El Sheikh.

It is a food-rich spot for a variety of marine life which supports a remarkable growth of soft and hard corals, inviting large schools of both reef and pelagic marine fauna.

As a result, Ras Mohamed has become an attractive feeding station for swarms of both small and big fish, and a great location to encounter interesting fish such as Tuna, Sharks, Jackfish, Barracuda, and more.

Ras Mohamed is one of the main dive locations in any liveaboard safari trip to the north of the Red Sea.


Ras Ghozlani

Ras Zaatar

Ras Burg

Jackfish Alley

Eel Garden

Shark Observatory

Anemone City

Shark and Yolanda Reefs

Liveaboard Safari – South

Daedalus Reef ”Abukizan lighthouse

Daedalus Reef (also known as Abu Kaizen) is a long standalone reef southern of the Red Sea of Egypt, about 90 Kilometers to the east of Marsa Alam, a 5-7 hours sailing trip from there by boat depending on the speed and sea conditions.

Overview: There is a 50 years old big lighthouse standing on a small artificial island on the top of the reef.

Its remote location made it less disturbed by crowds which enhanced the existence of marine fauna and swarms of pelagic species, including various Oceanic Sharks such as Hammerheads, Longimanus.

Daedalus, located in an open sea zone exposing it to strong currents that transport large quantities of plankton and other food, supporting an explosive growth of several hundred species of soft and hard corals attracting enormous schools of both reef and pelagic marine fauna.

With such an abundance of food, Daedalus has become a prominent Red Sea dive location to encounter hundreds of exciting marine life, all well-preserved thanks to its distant location from mass tourism.

The reef has three sides Northwest, South plateau, Southeast, with steep walls that drop down to vertiginous depths.

Daedalus reef is one of the main dive sites in most South Red Sea liveaboard safaris, but it is suitable for experienced divers who are confident with currents and drift diving.


Daedalus Reef – Northwest

Daedalus Reef – South plateau

Daedalus Reef – Southeast


The Brothers islands

The brothers’ islands are among the best dive spots in Egypt’s Red sea, and it is on the world’s top ten dive sites list. It is situated 60 kilometers east of the coastal town of El Quseir, Southern of Hurghada, the Brother Islands (Big Brother and Little Brother).

Overview: The Brothers (also called El Akhawain) were named after the electrical company which done the work for the lighthouse standing on Big Brother Island. They are two small islands about five minutes away from each other

The two islands sit atop a mountain ridge that sinks over 1000 meters deep from the West to the East. The submerged mountain is of a volcanic origin. We can still witness its history today, especially on the basalt rock that is remarkably darker than the major structure of the reef.

The Brothers are home to large thresher sharks up to three-meter long with long, lance-shaped tails and two large cargo shipwrecks, the Numidia and the Aida.

Due to the strong currents, this dive site is for Advanced or higher certified divers with solid Drift-Diving skills.

The Brothers location is usually visited during a Southern or Middle route of Red Sea liveaboard Safari.

The Big Brother

The Little Brother