Scuba diving in The Barge at Bluff Point
The Bluff Point dive site is located near the small island of Gubal, north of Hurghada. It is famous for its wreck, known as Gubal Barge or simply the Bluff Point wreck. The history of the wreck is unknown, but according to the locals, it was a barge that sank in 1973 during the Arab-Israeli War. There isn’t much left of the wreck itself, only some fragments of the hull that are partially covered with dark, grainy sand. However, the attraction of this dive site is that it offers wonderful night diving opportunities with an amazing array of marine creatures that made this wreck their home. Daytime diving is possible, but it is not too interesting to dive here during the day. At night, the whole dive site becomes absolutely different. Cuttlefish and octopi tend to be nighttime visitors, along with an unbelievable number of shrimp that are easily spotted at night because their eyes reflect the torch lights. The whole area gets densely covered with shoals of reef fish, and divers will also be able to watch the bigger fish that hunt their prey around the barge’s remains.
When to go
Diving is possible all year round. However, a wetsuit is required for winter diving. The average water temperature ranges from 20C/68F in winter to 27C/81F in summer.
What to see
Divers can explore the remains of an unknown wreck and will be fascinated with the variety of marine life hiding out in the many nooks and crannies in the wreckage. The marine life at this dive site includes tiny nudibranchs, little shrimp, lionfish, scorpionfish, crocodilefish, moray eels, lobsters, and octopi. Divers can also see dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks.