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Fury Shoals Reefs, Abu Dabab, and Elphinstone


This cruise includes a visit to Abu Dabab, a collection of seven reefs offering sheltered diving in rough weather conditions.  Part of these seven reefs is Sha’ab Naba which is a popular overnight location due to the availability of a night dive, it also has close proximity to the unrivalled and exciting Elphinstone Reef.



At Fury Shoals, dive Sha’ab Claude and its famous swim-throughs and huge porite corals.  An anemone and clownfish settlement can be seen a little off the reef to the South, along with the occasional White Tip Reef Shark. Abu Galawa Soraya has a fantastic coral garden and the wreck of a private sailing boat packed with glass fish.


Wadi Gamal, with its flowing banks of hard yellow and green soft coral, resident angel and butterfly fish and, in the right season, huge schools of Jacks and Tuna visit the area.


Further north, you will pass by Sha’ab Sharm, with its wall dives and White Tip Reef Sharks.  If you are lucky, Oceanic White Tips and Silky Sharks can sometimes be found in the blue and turtles often visit the South side.


Samadai, otherwise known as Dolphin House, is a shallow turquoise water lagoon where a large pod of spinner dolphins live. In 2004, the Egyptian government made this reef a Marine Park to protect the dolphins.  The western tip provides a large group of pinnacles rising to the surface from a carpet of sea grass, populated by schools of reef fish.


Finally, Elphinstone Reef has sheer walls plunging steeply into the blue, decorated with soft corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks feed here on the abundant fish population and at the right time of the year, the southern plateau is home to Oceanic White Tip Sharks.

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