Rocky Island / Egypt

Rocky Island

Rocky Island is situated in 20km/12mi to the south of Zabargad. It is the only dry land in this area till the St. Johns Reef. It is 500m/1640ft long from West to East and about 200m/656ft wide from South to North. A marvelous coral reef, surrounding the entire island, makes the dives very interesting. Nevertheless, landscape differs a lot. The southern part is the most difficult place for diving. It doesn’t have any bays or atolls, so the currents are very strong. The reef sharply goes down, so novices are forbidden to dive there.

More often dives are performed at the north-western part of the island, where it’s more safely. Reef looks amazing in this part because of gigantic pillars and walls covered with gorgonarias. However, here divers should also be careful: northern currents, striking into the wall, create dangerous vortexes. The southern part of the island is even more comfortable for dives. This area has numerous cracks, passages and small caves. The salt of the whole place is so called “shark theatre” in the south-eastern part.

Location: the South of the Red Sea, Foul Bay
What to see: At the north-western part there are a lot of caranxes, barracudas, hammerheads, devilfish, silvertip sharks, Napoleon fish, lionfish, sniper fish, large groupers and morays. The southern part is rich with various corals: acroporas, cabbage corals, porites, grunt fish, parrotfish, angelfish, schools of jobfish and butterflyfish.
Depth: 25-30m/82-98ft
Currents: 1-2 knots
Visibility: 10-30m/33-98ft
Season for diving: All year long. The average temperature in January is 23C/73F and in July 30C/86F


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