South of the Red Sea, Zabargad and Rocky Islands

The deeper to the south you go, the more pristine and colorful marine life surrounds you. Liveaboard diving in the Red Sea ensures outstanding experience for your holidays. South itineraries attracts those who seek for more, more bright and colorful coral reefs, diverse underwater inhabitants, exciting drifts and much more.

TOP DIVE SITES

Rocky Islands

Small oval shaped barren sand island that are not far from Zabargad and features steep walls that are exposed to strong current. Soft reef plateau surrounds the region that you can use to do a safety stop at the end of your dives. The eastern part of the island is the diver’s favorite part because of the huge schools of marine species that are found here, there is a large shoal of snappers and surgeonfish that lives in the area. Sharks also come to this area to hunt and feed on them. Blackspotted sweetlips and Arabian angelfish can be found in the cracks at the Southern coast and you can also encounter shoals of bannerfish that will cover the walls that are found in this region.

The most exposed area of the island is the northern coastline and only the experienced divers are allowed in the region. This is because surface condition can be rough and the current can also be strong and they are unpredictable too. As you drift along the current you will encounter colorful soft corals, napoleon wrasse, large groupers, and shoals of rabbitfish and unicorn fish.

Zabargad Island

This is the largest among the southern Red Sea marine parks and it lies 5km of the Rocky Island in the south and it is 70km away from the mainland. There are mind-blowing turquoise bays, sandy beaches at the region. At the south-east coast, there is a Turtle Bay where you will find a wall to 15m and then as you slope down to 30m you will see a coral reef. At the reef, you will find puffer fish, sweetlips, and also invertebrates like octopus and cuttlefish. Bluespotted stingrays, scorpionfish, and crocodile fish, as well as turtles, are found on the floor of the ocean. In the month of August, the green and hawksbill turtles hatch on the beach. There are steep walls for a great drift diving outside the sheltered bays. Moreover, sharks like oceanic whitetips and grey reef shark can be found in this area. You can also encounter manta rays in the region.

There is a wreck called Khanka Wreck at the northeast coast of the region, this is a USSE transport and surveillance ship which sank into the sea in the 1970s and it is 70m long. You can explore the ship as you will find many interesting sections like the bridge and engine room, where you will find glassfish. There is a small coral growth in the wreck.

DIVING SEASON

Southern region is much warmer, so it still remains comfortable for diving during winter months. At winter water temperature varies from 23°C to 26°C. At summer water temperature is at its max at 28-30°C.

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Red Sea Master

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Odyssey

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Blue Seas

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