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St John's Wood, Marsa Alam dive site - Courtesy of Carina Hall

White tip shark at St John's Wood, Marsa Alam dive site - Courtesy of Carina Hall

White tip shark at St John's Wood, Marsa Alam dive site - Courtesy of Carina Hall

Star pufferfish at Habili St John's Wood, Marsa Alam dive site - Courtesy of Carina Hall

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Dive Site: St John's Wood

Location: St John's Reef

Description: Reef

Depth: 26 metres (85 feet)

Visibility: 30 metres (100 feet)

Rating: ****

The rib dropped us on the outside of the reef. We dropped down into the sand and started to explore the 'woods' which you enter through two large habilis. It is called St John's Wood because the coral clumps and bommies make a landscape like that of a wood. The coral here is both hard and soft and in good shape and there are also fire coral and sea fans. On the bottom we saw four white tip reefs sharks resting so I approached them slowly hoping to snap that picture without disturbing them. However some other idiot from the 'multicoloured lycra wetsuit' dive boat decided to madly fin past me and make the poor shark totally irate so it disappeared. Later on in the dive I found another one who was resting and photographed it while a swarm of blue fusiliers went by. I also saw a big humphead wrasse on the top of a coral bommie which was covered in soft corals.

We did a second dive here and this time as we entered the water three humphead wrasse greeted us. Also to be seen were giant morays, star pufferfish and we surfaced with two massive tough looking barracuda. One was so big I was scared to get too close!

Carina Hall, PADI Divemaster

We first dived this site in the summer of 1998, off Coral Queen with Guido Sherif when it was unnamed. We had a competition for a name and came up with this because the site reminded us of St Johns Wood, North London with all its roundabouts. Your version is more romantic though.

Paul Rice and Sue Davies

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