DIVE SITES of BRAYKA DIVERS BRAYKA BAY
70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water. This gives you an idea of how much life is going on under the sea. Scuba diving has gained in popularity in recent years – tourism has established a new niche – dive tourism. Through increased environmental awareness tour operators must comply with stricter regulations to maintain well-preserved and healthy diving areas.
There are many regions in the world where diving is rewarded with incredible views of beautiful fish, coral gardens, caverns, caves, and shipwrecks. We want to make some of them accessible to our guests. The dive sites in the Red Sea provide the opportunity of diving in very favourable conditions and befriend the beauty of the underwater world.
Diving & Snorkelling in Marsa Alam – Red Sea
Many dive sites around the fishing village of Marsa Alam in southern Egypt offer the adventure of almost untouched diving experiences. All the dive sites are near our dive centre and we can reach them either by minibus and speedboat directly from our dive centre, or by full day boat from Marsa Alam harbour approximately 20min away from our base.
The most popular dive sites are Elphinstone, Habiba Wall, Marsa Assalaya, Abu Dabab, Shaab Marsa Alam and Shaab Samadai – Dolphin house. We are offering approximately 25 beautiful dive sites and with a healthy colourful coral reef and plenty of fish they are considered one of the most breath-taking places for diving in Marsa Alam area
World famous: Elphinstone Reef
Not many dive centres have the famous Elphinstone reef so close to their dive base. It is approximately 25min away by our speedboat. Here you can see the Longimanus/ Oceanic White tip shark and occasionally Hammerheads sharks in June-July period.
Elphinstone dive is a wall & drift dive with sometimes light or strong currents. It has steep cliffs covered by soft coral, sponges, and Gorgonian fan corals. Besides sharks this dive site can offer barracudas, tunas, hawksbill turtles and Napoleon wrasses. For this dive site it is required to have min. 50+ logged dives and Advance certification level. It is highly recommended for divers, who have experiences with strong currents and shark diving.
Abu Dabab – Turtle Bay
Abu Dabab is located approximately 15min by minibus north of our dive centre. It has a wide sandy beach and large bay surrounded by coral reef from both sides. Due to the sandy, sea grass bottom in the centre of the bay, it is a hot spot for Giant Green turtles.
This place is popular not only for divers, who will enjoy the easy and safe beach entrance, but also for snorkelers, who can watch the turtles from the surface. Abu Dabab offers safe environment and creates prefect conditions also for divers – beginners, who just finished their Open Water Diver course.
Equinox – Dugong Bay (Sea cow)
Equinox is one of our most popular sites for snorkelling. Here you can see one of the most unique marine animals of the Red sea, called Dugong – sea cow. Equinox has a sandy sea bottom full of sea grass, which is the main food of a Dugong and Giant Green turtles.
It is 15min away by minibus from our dive centre. We are searching for the Dugong on our speedboat called Blue Shell. The boat provides toilet, shower, and seating area in the shade. The boat crew is there to make sure that you feel comfortable, and you can ask them for water, coffee, tea or soft drinks and snacks
Shaab Marsa Alam – Coral Garden
To the east of Marsa Alam there is a kidney-shaped coral reef called Shaab Marsa Alam. West side of the reef has a sandy bottom with many coral pinnacles and curvy channels through the coral garden. On the other hand, in the north side you can find schools of fish as yellow snappers, groupers, and moray eels.
Barracudas and occasionally tunas are found in the open water, the smaller reef fish are hiding in their caves and holes. The highlight of this dive site is sunken wreck of safari boat. The wooden planks and debris are approximately 10m long with a huge water tank on the top.
Shaab Samadai – Dolphin House
Shaab Samadai is also called Dolphin house due to the huge population of dolphins. It is a full day boat trip, and it starts at 07:45 with return at 17:00.
The transfer from our dive centre takes 25min to the Marsa Alam harbour and then approximately 60min by boat to the reef. It is a horseshoe shaped reef, where you can see schools of spinner or sometimes bottlenose dolphins. It is also a marine park and protected area by HEPCA Egyptian organisation.
The inside of the reef is organised in 3 zones to keep the dolphins safe and protected. This is a great place for divers, who can do 2 dives and enjoy the fresh cooked lunch in Egyptian style. It is also prefect for families with children and snorkelers.
It is required for snorkelers to wear a lifejacket to protect the dolphins from being chased, harassed and stressed. The boat provides toilets, shower, salon for lunch and sunny/ shady terraces.
The Coraya Divers team looks forward to welcome you in our dive centre.
The diving maps of most of the dive sites and detailed descriptions are available here.
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