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Stuck dive boat (left) at Sha'ab Sheer, Red Sea dive site
Bannerfish at Sha'ab Sheer, Red Sea dive site
Coral at Sha'ab Sheer, Red Sea dive site
Sweetlip at Sha'ab Sheer, Red Sea dive site
Trevally at Sha'ab Sheer, Red Sea dive site

Scuba Diving in Safaga, the Red Sea

Dive Site: Sha'ab Sheer

Location: Safaga

Description: Coral garden with dive boat wreck

Depth: 6 - 20 metres (20 - 65 feet)

Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)

Rating: ***

The reef at Sha'ab Sheer is made up of lots of very large coral boulders creating a picturesque coral garden. A shoal of around twenty five bannerfish greeted us on entering the water and as we headed over the coral through a channel between the edge of the main reef and a separate erg we saw blue spotted rays, a flat fish and some big triggerfish. Just beyond the channel lies the wreck of a small dive boat that sank in 2001, the M.V. Hatour. It is very broken up and isn't that impressive a wreck, but it adds interest to the dive site and is also covered in small pipefish. Prior to diving we thought we spotted a young white top shark from the boat but unfortunately it swam away from the reef before we entered the water.

Some extra surface entertainment was laid on for us by a dive boat that the day before we arrived had driven up onto the reef and got stuck. Another boat in the area and the liveaboard we were staying on attempted to pull them back off the reef, but other than creating big plumes of smoke from the struggling engines and causing frenzied shouting amongst the Egyptians, we didn't manage to shift them. A few days later we heard that they somehow managed to get off the reef, presumably undamaged!

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