Shaab Sharm / Egypt

Fire coral on the wall
      Shaab Sharm is a separate island, volcanic in origin, situated in 8km/4mi to the east of Marsa Alam. The northern and southern parts of the island are steep walls going down to the depth of 50-75m/164-246ft.
       Currents are very strong, so drift diving is used. Usually the dives start at the northern side and then with the help of the currents divers move to the eastern side where a huge plateau at 20-30m/65-98ft depth is situated. At the north-eastern part there are several reef ergs and at 30m/98ft depth divers can also spot a small cave. At the western part of the island there is a small area at 17-25m/55-82ft depth. Divers can dive there and move to the southern and northern parts of the island to explore steep walls and breaks. At 40-55m/131-180ft there is a system of caves, though it is available for technical divers only.
Location: the western part of the Red Sea, 8km/4mi to the north-west of Marsa Alam
What to see: various soft and hard corals, even rare black hard coral and fire coral, glassfish, lionfish, snappers, barracudas, napoleon fish, tunnyfish, hammerhead sharks, various reef sharks, rays.
Depth: 17-75m/55-246ft
Currents: 2 knots
Visibility: 10-30m/32-98ft
Season for diving: All year long. The average temperature in January is 22C/71F and in July 26C/79F


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