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Coral at Fellow Rocks, Red Sea dive site - courtesy of Rik Vercoe
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Moray eel at Fellow Rocks, Red Sea dive site - courtesy of Rik Vercoe

Scuba Diving in Safaga, the Red Sea

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Dive Site: Fellow Rocks

Location: Safaga

Description: Offshore Reef

Depth: 8 - 26 metres (26 - 85 feet)

Visibility: 25 - 30 metres (80 - 100 feet)

Rating: ****

Fellow Rocks is another of Safaga's more challenging dives. Seldom visited, this site is usually more suited for experienced divers and many dive boat captains need more than a little persuasion to visit here. Essentially a pair of small seamounts on a 26m plateau, these twin mounds rise side by side, reaching to within a few metres of the surface. The plateau on which they rest is actually part of a much larger seamount which rises from several hundred metres. The top of this seamount is clearly visible from the surface to the east of Fellow Rocks where a shallow 8 metre area of light blue water marks the summit. Surface conditions tend to be rough for mooring and there are often strong currents running from north to south, so this is certainly a site for calm conditions. By far the best option is to dive from a zodiac or RIB (allowing your dive boat to wait in open water and negating the necessity to moor). If the current is running this makes for a great drift dive - drop into the water as far north of the northern rock as you can and then drift past the east side of the rocks, which seem to be a hunting territory for barracuda, tuna and trevally. Current permitting, a "figure of eight" dive around the rocks is also a good option giving you the chance to enjoy both the hard and soft coral here. If there is no current at all then the dive can be started to the east where there's a deep wall to be explored before coming up over the plateau and making your way west to the rocks at around 22m.

Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor



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