Scuba diving in Elphinstone Reef

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Access
From Boat
Diver level
Advanced
Depth
Average: 20 m
Maximum: 70 m
Current
Medium (1-2 knots)
Visibility
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m
Elphinstone Reef or Sha'ab Abu Hamra is one of the most famous dive sites in the Red Sea. It is a reef around 300m/984ft in length, with average depth of 20-40m/60-120ft and average water visibility of 20-30m/60-100ft. Its spectacular walls drop far below 100m/328ft on both sides of the reef. Strong currents make this a perfect drift dive along the steep walls with many species of fish, corals, sponges, gorgonias and sea whips to observe.

When to go

All year long. Water temperature ranges from 26 to 30C/78 to 86F.

What to see

Reef, walls, corals, sponges, huge gorgonia, sea whips, barracuda, angel fish, hoards of anthias, groupers, morays, whitetip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks.

Reachable from

Marsa Alam

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Reviews about Elphinstone Reef

  • 10
    Overall impression
  • 10
    Visibility
  • 9.5
    Sealife
  • 8
    Difficulty