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Soft coral at Sharm Rocks, United Arab Emirates dive site - Courtesy of Jenny Pickles

Shoal of snapper at Sharm Rocks, United Arab Emirates dive site - Courtesy of Jenny Pickles

Balloonfish at Sharm Rocks, United Arab Emirates dive site - Courtesy of Jenny Pickles

Turtle at Sharm Rocks, United Arab Emirates dive site - Courtesy of Jenny Pickles

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Dive Site: Sharm Rocks

Location: 25°88'55"N; 56°21'57"E (Al Fujayrah, Indian Ocean side of the United Arab Emirates)

Description: Reef (4 rocky pinnacles)

Depth: 15 metres (50 feet)

Visibility: 5 - 15 metres (15 - 50 feet)

Rating: ****

Just offshore, about 15 minutes south from the Merdian Fujayrah, lies Sharm Rocks: four small outcrops of rock just breaking the surface. These rocks are covered in soft corals and provide a haven for all kinds of marine life. Large shoals of jacks, snapper, large-mouth mackerel and fusiliers use the rocks as shelter from large tuna which hunt from out in the blue. Life includes lionfish, morays, batfish, boxfish, shrimps, turtles and black-tip reef sharks. Whale sharks have been seen at this site, although I expect rarely and only when the waters are at their warmest. The circuit of the four rocks can be done in one dive of about an hour.

Jenny Pickles, BSAC Dive Leader



We dived this site twice in Easter 2006. The first time the visibility was so poor we had to surface twice to find our way back to the rocks. It was an absolutely terrible dive. The second dive was better but the visibility was less than 4 metres in places. We saw lots of pufferfish including one that was puffed up. We also saw quite a lot of barracuda, two batfish, scorpionfish, morays, snappers, a Picasso triggerfish and lots of anemone fish who came out to ward us off their anemones.

Anna Wright, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver


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