St .Johns

Near the border with Sudan lie St. John’s reefs consisting of ten bank reefs, which extend 29 km from east to west and roughly 10 km from north to south. The reers are a highlight of any diving safari to the Deep South and offer dive sites that are equally suitable for both beginners and …

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Habili Omran

GPS: N 23°30,140 E 35° 49,36 Dive Routes Route A: circling the reef Duration: about 50 min. Difficulty: * General Information Habili Omran lies just 1.6 km south of Shaab Kentkana and is also on the eastern edge of the Shaab Aluaster group. The small coral formation is largely unknown and has only lately become …

Gota Hamera

General Information Gota Hamera lies on the western edge of St. John’s reefs just 15 km off the Egyptian coast. The crescent-shaped reef measures 410 m at its longest and therefore provides sufficient shelter to moor at overnight along its southern side. It is rarely frequented since it lies off the usual routes—Umm Arouk in …

Shaab Kentkana

General Information Shaab Kentkana is the easternmost reef of the Shaab Aluaster group and is located 32 km from the mainland. Like the other reefs in its group, it does not belong to St. John’s reefs, which are 11 km further south. Nevertheless, we have included it in this section because of its proximity to …

GOTA SOGYARA

Gota Soghayr lies 4 km east of Umm Arouk and 3.4 km west of her big sister, Gota Kebira. The reef is relatively small with a diameter of only up to 200 m, providing little shelter during rough seas. It is therefore not possible to moor here overnight. The site is mostly used for early …

Dangerous Reef

Despite its ominous name, Dangerous Reef is no more dangerous than other reefs. Its name came about because sharks would often be found sleeping in the caves to the south. The reef marks the southernmost point of St. John’s reefs and lies 30 km from the mainland. With its length of 410 m, it provides …

Gota Kebira

General Information With its length of 840 m and width of 400 m, Gota Kebira is the largest of St. John’s reefs. It lies 7.1 km southeast of Umm Arouk and 5.7 km west of Habili Ali. Because of its size, it provides sufficiently sheltered moorings and is therefore often moored at overnight. Nevertheless, night …

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Abu Basala

Abu Basala lies at the heart of St. John’s reefs, 25 km off the mainland. The southern side of this 1050 m long reef provides a safe place to moor at overnight and is therefore highly frequented. Nevertheless, because of its size, the dive groups spread out well across the reef. To the north, the …

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Umm Arouk

General Information Umm Arouk literally means “mother of coral towers”, which is a fitting name, since the reef has a great number of pinnacles that form an extensive stony forest A to the southeast. The reef lies at the centre of St. John’s reefs, 54 km from the southern tip of the Ras Banas peninsula. …

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Habili Gaffar

Habili Gaffar. (sometimes pronounced “Jaffar”) lies just 1.3 km. east of Umm Arouk .and is also at the heart of St. John’s reefs. The habili rises from a depth of over 100 m .and forms a ledge at 70 m before rising steeply to 3 m below. the surface, where it has a diameter of …