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Rocky, Zabargad and St. Johns

Departing from Port Ghalib

This exciting itinerary allows divers to explore the pristine waters of the Southern Egyptian Red Sea, including the legendary areas of Rocky, Zabargad and St. Johns.

You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives to join this safari.
As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive. 

Please note that night diving and snorkelling is prohibited in the marine park where you will normally spend 2 days of the trip depending on the route. To get the most out of these superb dive sites, many dives will be from a RIB.

Sample Itinerary

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings. This itinerary departs and returns to Port Ghalib. Please note that ports are subject to change.

Day 1: Visit a dive site local to Port Ghalib for a check dive before heading south for your afternoon dive on the way to marine parks.
Days 2-4: The next three days will be spent between Rocky and Zabargad Islands and the reefs of St Johns.
Day 5: Enjoy a relaxed day of four easy dives at Fury Shoal.
Day 6: After an early morning dive at Elphinstone, enjoy a relaxed dive local to Port Ghalib, allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

Itinerary Highlights

The island of Zabargad is an amazing dive spot. It is characterised by an enormous mountain reaching out of the water, surrounded by a lagoon and circling reef. There are a couple of wrecks and a great variety of corals and reef fish.

Rocky Island
Rocky Island hosts a fringing reef that circles the entire perimeter of the island, dropping steeply to astonishing depths. Keep your eyes on the blue for life but take care as there can be strong currents.

St. Johns
Located on the Tropic of Cancer, this chain of reefs boast stunning dive sites, most of which are very close to each other allowing you to move quickly and easily from one place to another. This adds a lot of variety to your dives; drop-offs, tunnels and stunning hard-coral formations. One of these dives; (St John's Caves or Umm Kharalim) is truly unique and is a photographer's heaven with rays of light filtering through into the beautiful tunnels. The reef formation is not the only thing that will stun you at St John's; the marine life and colours of the soft corals are some of the best in the Red Sea. With any luck, dolphins or pelagics will join you on your dives, placing St John's forever in your heart.

Fury Shoal
This large cluster of reefs offers unforgettable and easy dives. From the northern site of Small Abu Galawa to its most-southern site of Sataya, Fury Shoal can prove to be surprising and diverse. Each dive site has its own uniqueness; from dolphins to stunning hard coral formations, and not forgetting two small wrecks: 'Tug Boat' and the 'Yacht'.

Elphinstone Reef
A Red Sea legend; a finger shaped reef, with north and south plateaux covered in hard and soft corals. This unpredictable and exciting reef is a stunning location where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn.

Due to the locations of the dive sites visited on this itinerary there will be a substantial amount of travelling during the safari. This may mean that it is only possible to complete 3 dives on certain days.

Note: The above, is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The itinerary will depend on several factors including, but not limited to, weather, diving ability of guests & the number of other boats already present at the various dive sites. All dive sites visited are subject to weather conditions and are at the discretion of your dive guides and vessel captain.