Scuba diving in Shaab El Erg

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Diver level
Average: not available
Maximum: 16 m
Medium (1-2 knots)
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m

Sha'ab El Erg is a horseshoe-shaped reef about 7km/4mi in length, located between Hurghada and El Gouna. Diving at this place is a great chance to see dolphins and manta rays. In the center of the horseshoe is a shallow lagoon scattered with ergs, and there is a resident pod of dolphins. Sha’ab El Erg has several different dive spots on all sides. Some of these are Torfa Sha'ab El Erg, Gota Sha’ab el Erg, Poseidon Garden, Lighthouse, and on the north side, the Dolphin House and Manta Point sites. The most popular of these sites is Dolphin House in the north, which is home to a large pod of bottlenose dolphins. Another popular site is Gota Sha’ab el Erg on the southwest point, which teems with marine life. The site is also a very interesting night dive, and is frequently used by safari boats as a night dive spot.

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When to go

Diving is possible all year round with the average water temperature ranging from 22-28C/72-82F. The hottest months are July, August and September.

What to see

Divers can spot a range of colorful hard and soft corals, as well as dolphins and manta rays, moray eels, blue spotted rays, Napoleon wrasses, large shoals of goatfish, and glassfish in small crevices in the reef, as well as turtles, feather stars, nudibranchs, and other micro life. Near the shallow reef nose-doctor fish and snappers cavort, and emperor fish and bream can be seen. Dolphins can be seen all year round. The best months to spot manta rays are February and March.

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