Daedalus - Rocky - Zabargad - St John’s

This dive cruise tries to give you in one week as much as possible: Daedalus Reef, Rocky Island, Zabargad, the vast reef system of St John’s and the most beautiful dive spots on the way back to Marsa Alam. It will be a week of hard working (diving) in sometimes rough sea but the effort will be more than worth it. More information about the dive sites can be found back at the other itineraries.

Note: Minimum of 50 logged dives requested and no night dives permitted in the Marine Park area by Egyptian Law. These are challenging dives, with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. Long overnight sailing is required in order to meet the itinerary. All the dive sites are subject to weather conditions. Only two dives and one night dive are achievable on some days due to the travelling distance.


Dive sites Daedalus - Rocky - Zabargad - St John’s tour

Daedalus Reef

Daedalus Reef, also part of the Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling Hammerheads, and grey reef sharks.

Rocky Island

Rocky is a small island with deep wall dives all around. Hammerheads can often be seen at the northern tip. Manta rays, Grey Reef sharks and White tip Reef sharks can be encountered around the whole island.

With a profile ranging from inshore coral playgrounds to sheer walls and open plateaux exposed to raging currents, and a range of inhabitants from glittering tiny reef fish to massive hammerhead sharks, this site promises an amazing dive, and almost always delivers.

A quick Zodiac ride takes you beyond the southeast point of the island, from where you can drift back down the east coast. Alternatively, a five-minute swim from the mooring point on the south coast takes you past rich coral shallows to Rocky’s southeast corner, the setting for some amazing big fish encounters. At 25m (80ft), a shelf juts from the reef wall, forming a natural ‘shark theatre’. Hovering over this shelf, you have an excellent chance to see sharks of all species. But sharks are not the only attraction. There is a whole range of reef and pelagic species to be spotted here.

Coral growth here is lush and varied, and in a pristine state of preservation. Soft corals and delicate branching forms are particularly beautiful in the inshore shallows between the mooring point and the southeast corner. Through the site you will find a range of stony corals, including plate and cabbage corals, Acropora and fire coral, and Xenid and Dendronephthya soft corals.

Rocky is a small island with deep wall dives all around. Hammerheads can often be seen at the northern tip. Manta rays, Grey Reef sharks and White tip Reef sharks can be encountered around the whole island.

With a profile ranging from inshore coral playgrounds to sheer walls and open plateaux exposed to raging currents, and a range of inhabitants from glittering tiny reef fish to massive hammerhead sharks, this site promises an amazing dive, and almost always delivers.

A quick Zodiac ride takes you beyond the southeast point of the island, from where you can drift back down the east coast. Alternatively, a five-minute swim from the mooring point on the south coast takes you past rich coral shallows to Rocky’s southeast corner, the setting for some amazing big fish encounters. At 25m (80ft), a shelf juts from the reef wall, forming a natural ‘shark theatre’. Hovering over this shelf, you have an excellent chance to see sharks of all species. But sharks are not the only attraction. There is a whole range of reef and pelagic species to be spotted here.

Coral growth here is lush and varied, and in a pristine state of preservation. Soft corals and delicate branching forms are particularly beautiful in the inshore shallows between the mooring point and the southeast corner. Through the site you will find a range of stony corals, including plate and cabbage corals, Acropora and fire coral, and Xenid and Dendronephthya soft corals.

Zabargad Island

Zabargad (also known as St. John's Island) is the largest of a group of islands in Foul Bay. It covers an area of 4.50 square kilometres (approx.). It is a quaternary volcanic island, slightly north of the Tropic of Cancer and three sea miles north of Rocky island. The highest point on the island is 235 metres.

This spot offers similar conditions to Rocky island and is well know for is encounters with mantas! It offers some pretty coral pinnacle diving, and good night dives.


Mirette Hotel, Villa n°1
Hurghada, Red Sea
Egypt


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