Scuba diving in Shaab Sataya
Sha’ab Sataya is a large oval-shaped reef (also known as Dolphin Reef) located southeast of Fury Shoals. The reef features a huge coral lagoon with a resident pod of dolphins. The dive usually begins at the western edge of the reef where divers descend and start exploring the steep wall, keeping the reef on their left. The depth along the wall ranges from 18-22m/59-72ft, lessening to12m/39ft at the lagoon’s entrance. The wall is covered in beautiful coral growth with all the associated small-sized marine life. As they go deeper along the wall, divers may encounter sleepy whitetip sharks slowly moving away when divers approach them.
The Most Popular Liveaboard Fleets in Egypt:
King Snefro Fleet - catering to both, groups and individuals with 7 liveaboards in the fleet, operate in Egypt, the Red Sea
Sea Serpent Fleet - 6 liveaboards fleet, offers diving cruises in Egypt, the Red Sea
Blue Planet Liveaboards - owns and operates 4 Liveaboards in the Sudan and Egypt
When to go
Diving at Sha’ab Sataya is possible all year round. The average water temperature ranges from 20C/68F in winter to 27C/81F in summer.
What to see
The exposed location of Sataya Reef creates good living conditions for big pelagic species, such as barracudas, sharks, trevallies, dolphins, and large sea turtles. In the many crevices in the wall, divers will also see a variety of little marine creatures, including sea anemones, nudibranchs, shrimp, scorpionfish, and colorful anthias.