Deep South Mini Safari plus Daily Diving
Departing from Hamata
This is a 3 or 4 night safari. Minimum of 20 logged dives recommended.
The Wadi Lahmi reef system offers sites such as Abu Galawa Soraya, a stunning reef with a small wreck of a 17m sailing boat sitting at 18m depth, still intact after more than 25 years, with lots of fish life. Possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish, sweepers, grey tip reef sharks, silvertips and hammerheads. Soft and hard corals abound in sections of the reef and there are plenty of pinnacles to explore offering dive options at depths down to 24m.
Abu Galawa Kebir is close to its smaller sister, Abu Galawa Soraya, and is famous for its tunnels and south plateau. The Tien Hsing Chinese tugboat wreck has some stunning soft and hard coral bouquets running its 34m length. But the wreck is not the only reason to visit as the large reef provides plenty of opportunity for other dives along the walls and pinnacles; the tunnels are ideal for the novice cave diver.
Sha'ab Maksur is a large and varied reef that is often compared to the Red Sea classic, Elphinstone, with steep drop offs and strong currents making it a dive where some experience is beneficial. North and South plateaus start at around 20m and extend to around 40m, although the plateau has some pinnacles that can be enjoyed on the ascent and safety stop. On the plateaus, and drifting down the east wall, you can encounter some species that make a proud entry in your log book - hammerheads, reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks have all visited Maksur!
Also in the Fury Shoals system, Sha'ab Claudio captivates divers and enthrals photographers with its shallow swim-through system, perfect for leisurely exploration. With five entrances and exits and shallow in depth, you're never 'lost' and can just enjoy the shafts of light dancing through the caverns. Rays, nudibranchs, large napoleon wrasse and morays are all frequently spotted here; you may even see a white tip reef shark or turtle pass by.
Sha'ab Sataya is situated at the very south of Fury Shoals; this huge natural lagoon is formed by a massive reef (sha'ab) rising from the depths. The fame of Sataya is its steep drop offs along with pelagic sightings and protected pinnacles smothered in soft and hard corals. But the real stars can be the huge pods of spinner dolphins that frequent here, meaning Sataya has become the 'Dolphin House' of Hamata.
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.