St. Johns

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Average: 5 m
Maximum: 70 m
Slight, but there is a possibility of strong currents.
Average: 20 m
Maximum: 35 m

St. John's Island (also known as Zabargad, Zebirget, and Topazios) is the largest island in a group of islands in Foul Bay, located in southeast Egypt, near Hamata. The island is surrounded by the coral reefs that act as a barrier for the fish and other sea life. The highlights of diving here include terrific coral walls and gardens, plenty of tunnels, caves, caverns, overhangs, pristine pinnacles, swim-throughs, and great visibility. Recently the diving industry on the island has increased and diving safaris on diving liveaboards have become especially popular, where divers have the opportunity to discover untouched sites far from civilization. There are lots of spectacular dive sites for all diver levels, including Gota Kebir, Gota Soraya, Habili Gaffar, and Habili Ali.

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

It is possible to dive here throughout the year, but conditions are best during the summer months. Hammerhead sharks and bumphead parrotfish can be seen in summer months, and whale sharks can be seen during late spring and early summer. The average water temperature is 23-30C/73-86F. January is the coolest month, with a water temperature of about 24C/75F, and August is the hottest month, with a water temperature around 32C/90F.

What to see

The marine life is abundant and the brisk currents at some of the sites attract here pelagics in great numbers, including different species of sharks (gray reef sharks, silvertip sharks, whitetip reef sharks, and hammerhead sharks), mackerel, barracudas, tuna, and jacks. Divers can also enjoy diving among the colorful soft and hard corals and sponges and spotting marine animals like octopi, crocodilefish, rays, moray eels, nudibranchs, bumphead parrotfish, spinner dolphins, and bottlenose dolphins.


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