St. Johns / Egypt

Coral reef

St. Johns reef is situated in 40km/24mi from the Sudan border and in 20km/12mi to the south-east of the Zabargad Island. This is the very southern group of reefs available for safari diving on the territory of Egypt. It consists of a great number of separate underwater mountains and reefs, which rise from a gigantic plateau. There are a dozen of beautiful dive-sites many of which are not well explored yet.

The most popular reef is St John’s Wood (Umm Elerog). The first thing the divers see is a huge pillar surrounded by a lot of small coral pillars. Cave reef is a true labyrinth created by hundreds of coral pillars and open caves. Divers with any experience can dive there. Habili Ali reef walls’ are rather steep. The top of the reef is at 5m/16ft depth. Big Gota reef has steep sides going down. The site also features small caves, and a small plateau at the northern part. The coral walls of Small Gota reef can be easily turned round during the dive. Dangerous reef, resembling a cut diamond by its shape, is perfect for drift diving and night dives. A peculiar feature of the reef is a cliff that has a number of caves, passages and caverns. Abu Fendera reef is 6km/3mi long and completely covered with hard corals rising above the water like pillars.

Location: the South of the Red Sea, Foul Bay

What to see: Here divers can find an enormous abundance of marine life: butterfly fish, stingrays, dog fish, barracudas, silvertip and speartooth sharks, mantas, morays, starfish, Napoleon fish, unicorn fish, surgeon fish, parrotfish, hammerheads, silvertip sharks, turtles, gorgonarias, sponges, various corals and even a true wood of coral pillars with branches where hundreds of colorful fish live.

Depth: 5-70m/16-230ft

Currents: 1 knot, sometimes more.

Visibility: 20-35 m/65-114ft

Season for diving: All year long. The average temperature in January is 23C/75F and in July 30C/98F


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