Straits of Gubal / Egypt

Reef plateau Bluff Point

Straits of Gubal is situated between the mainland part of the northern Egypt and Sinai Peninsula. It’s not very deep (the depth doesn’t usually exceed 50m/164ft). There are a lot of islands and reefs in this strait. During the safari diving in the north of the Red Sea, yachts usually visit several dive sites.

One of the most attended and popular dive sites in this area is Bluff Point. It is a shallow plateau between Big and Small Gubal Islands. There is a great number of large caves and passages on this plateau. However, the currents and winds are strong, so divers should be very careful not to be thrown on the reef.

Not far from the reef wall at the depth of 30m/98ft there is a wreck “Ulysses”. In the south-western part of Small Gubal Island there is a small lagoon with one more wreck “the Barge”. Dive sites of Shaab Mahmoud reefs, situated to the north of Gubal Islands, are less popular. They are shallow and situated in small lagoons, that’s why the visibility is not very good. This reef system is interesting because of the abundance of marine fauna.

Location: At the southern entrance, the Gubal Straits are bordered by the island of Shadwan to the west and the Sinai Peninsula to the east
What to see: The sea flora fauna is quite abundant. Glassfish, scorpion fish, angelfish, various perches, butterfly fish, clownfish, barracudas, devil fish can be found in the surrounding territory. Inside the ship it is possible to find a rare moonfish
Depth: 10-50m/32-164ft
Currents: strong
Visibility: 10-30m/32-98ft
Season for diving: All year long. The average temperature in January is 19-21C /66-69F, and in July 28-29C/82-84F


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