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Butterflyfish at Ras Shona, Red Sea dive site - courtesy of Rik Vercoe
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Scuba Diving in Marsa Alam, the Red Sea

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Dive Site: Ras Shona

Location: North of Marsa Alam

Description: Reef

Depth: 22 - 25 metres (72 - 82 feet)

Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: ***

Ras Shona is part of the main coastal reef south of Marsa Galib and north of Marsa Alam. Boats normally moor to the south of Ras Shona's outcrop, however a good option if the current is running (normally north to south) is to get dropped to the north by zodiac or RIB and make a "one way" dive back to you moored dive vessel. Visibility can be poor here (10 metres) compared to the usual Red Sea standards, however there is still plenty to see. The reef wall drops down to around 22 - 25m and the southern area in particular is covered with dense fire coral. Blue spotted rays frequent the sandy seabed. Whilst not as prolific as the offshore reefs there is some respectable hard coral and whip coral here as well as plenty of masked butterflyfish, Red Sea bannerfish and large shoals of snapper which frequent the reef. This site is ideal for all levels of diver and is often used as a "check dive" area for southern safari's leaving from Marsa Alam or Marsa Galib.

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