Liveaboard diving vacations in Egypt can be much more diverse that you can imagine. If you have already had an opportunity to explore reefs and wrecks of the North, if you have already enjoyed an action movie at Brothers, it’s time to go to the South. The experienced divers choose this area because they discover the huge attractions that the southern Red Sea offers such as the opportunity to frequently see large shoals of fish, pelagic sharks, and healthy coral reefs.


St John’s Reef

There is a great diversity of diving environments as it covers roughly 290km2. You will encounter reef predators like jacks and grey reef sharks at this area because of the strong current, pods of bottlenose dolphins are also in the area and you may also encounter manta rays and hammerhead sharks. Oceanic whitetip can be best seen in May and June. At the western and eastern sides, there is are magnificent coral formation which is in abundance on the reef walls, triggerfish, black snapper, and surgeonfish are in abundance in the area. You can explore the cavern where you will get to see groupers and cardinal fish.

Fury Shoals

This is a group of 20 or more reefs that is 30km long and they are lying in the northwest to southwest direction. The region is so diverse that divers of all abilities can go to the area. There are shallow reefs that are rich in corals, big fish, and steep drop off with current and there are also wrecks that divers can also explore. The most beautiful and colorful reef is the southern reef of Sha’ab Claudio while the diving condition is easy in the region too. It has a maximum depth of 25m. You can encounter shoals of surgeonfish, bannerfish, and yellow goatfish at the entranceway.

There is a reef at the western side that has a huge coral garden where you can see batfish, Napoleon wrasse, and Triton clams. Most of the hard corals display colors of cream, green and light blue and they are often in the same colony. Abu Galawa Kebira is among the most famous reefs in the Southern Red Sea, it has a small lagoon at the main reef section and also a healthy and large coral reef that runs along the west coast. You can head south from there and once you leave the reef you will find the Tien Hsing tugboat wreck that is lying at the smaller reef section. This is a China boat that sank in 1943 and the wreck is considered to be among the most beautiful wrecks at the southern Red Sea. The diving condition is also very easy and anybody can dive here while a night dive is excellent in this area. There are series of caverns along the east side of the smaller reef section. You can explore the walls of the reef and you will see some critters like finger coral crabs, nudibranchs, shrimps, and so on.


The region is a little bit warmer than the northern region and it has the maximum of 28-30°C between the month of July and September and the temperature drops to 26-23°C from December to February before it warms up again.

The Red sea liveaboard trips schedule can be affected by the two windy seasons at the region. There is a summer wind that blows from May to September and the winter winds which is stronger from October to April, the winter wind can also have negative effects. The dive cruise will change its course if the winds are too strong for sailing on the planned routes.

Whitetip sharks can be seen frequently at St John’s area in May and June while they can be seen at Ephinstone and the other part of southern Egypt from October till the end of the year. At the offshore islands and reefs, you will encounter thresher shark in Autumn and Winter. Schools of female hammerheads can be seen at Daedalus in the summer.

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