Here the diving is less arduous so it’s a trip for those who want to see the best but have a more relaxed time while doing so. Sailing to the southernmost reefs, you’ll depart from Marsa Ghalib Port or Hamata (depends on the time of year) and dive the sites at Fury Shoals en-route to the vast reef system of St John’s.
When leaving Marsa Ghalib the route can sometimes take in a dive at Abu Dabab on the first or last day. Often spoilt for choice, your guides will pick sites that they know to be the best for the time of the year and can find excellent alternatives should the weather affect the normal route. On the way to Fury Shoals, dive Shaab Sharm with its wall dives and white tip reef sharks. Oceanic white tips and silky sharks can sometimes be found in the blue and turtles often visit the south side before heading further south. At Fury Shoals, dive Shaab Claudio with its famous swim-throughs and huge porite corals. White tip reef sharks and an anemone and clownfish settlement can be seen a little off the reef to the South.
Abu Galawa Soraya has a fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat populated with glass fish. St John’s is a vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving. This incredibly beautiful reef lies a short distance north of the Sudanese border. The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands. Abili Ali offers giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side. Abili Gaafar is a mass of soft corals teaming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can often be seen in the blue.
Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas swim and the occasional manta. The tunnels are an ideal for novice cave divers.
Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers as well as an abundance of corals, silvertips and hammerhead sharks.