This combination of relaxed dives and action is ideal for groups with individual needs and experience.
Deadulus is a remote reef, less than a kilometre wide and marked by a lighthouse, some 80 km offshore from Marsa Alam. Its isolation means it is only visited by liveaboard and this, together with its marine park status, means its reefs are in top condition and it’s one of the best loved scuba dives in the Red Sea. Strong currents tend to run from north to south along the steep walls of this outcrop and winds can cause surface swells and waves to lash the reef. However, the incredible action below the surface can make the challenging conditions seem all seem worth it.
Diving at the north point of Daedalus can be the toughest when strong currents are running since the currents tend to split here. But it’s these same conditions that almost guarantee you some predator action, Schooling hammerhead sharks frequent the area, particularly in the summer months, as do silky sharks and other large pelagic fish such as manta rays, trevally and tuna.
Due to the Earth’s rotation around the Sun, it’s best to dive the eastern wall in the morning and the western wall in the afternoon. Again, both walls make drift dives to the southern point and are thickly overgrown with fans and soft corals but the western wall that has more variety.
A ledge at 10m provides home to countless anemones and their residents: endemic Red Sea anemonefish and dottybacks. There are some huge hard coral formations on the wall and the crevices provide homes to moray eels. Cleaning stations are plentiful, where wrasse attend to queues of bluespine unicornfish and groupers.
At the southern point of Daedalus Reef, keep an eye out for a special appearance from Thresher sharks and Manta rays.
After the thrill of Deadalus, we let the week end more relaxed in the area of Fury Shoals. Fury Shoals is a large reef group off the coast of Marsa Alam. The area includes about 20 reefs. Every single reef offers a beautiful dive. Following are just a few suggestions of, for us, best reefs in Fury Shoals.
Shaab Sataya, also known as the Dolphin Reef, is located at the south-eastern tip of the Fury Shoals area. This horseshoe shaped reef has been aptly named after the friendly mammals that can be spotted regularly on site. Additionally, you’ll be amazed by whitetips, fusiliers, Spanish dancers and parrotfish at different depths, from 4 to 40 metres. On the very south side of the reef you have a nice shallow plateau with coral gardens and blocks ending at a drop off. Shaab Claudio makes fun! There you have caves, canyons, openings and passages in 5m to 16m depth. It´s easy to dive and full of marine life. The play of light in the various corridors and caves is breath taking and a highlight for every photographer! Close to Shaab Claudio there is El Malahi, the children’s playground. The single coral towers stay close to each other overgrown with hard corals and invite to cruise around to discover the small overhangs and passages. Blue fusiliers and other reef fishes stay around the blocks in the sunlight.
Shaab Maksur is a small but long reef with a plateau in the north and south and drop offs in the west and east side. At the north terraced plateau, you can see often dolphins, barracudas or reef sharks passing by. The south plateau with its bigger coral blocks is home for many species.
The safe diving at the Daedalus reef requires a certain diving experience, especially when dealing with current. Therefore, we advise against visiting Daedalus without a degree of experience! If in doubt, please contact us!
Night dives as well as snorkelling and swimming are prohibited on Daedalus! The area Fury Shoals is ideal for snorkelling and for dolphin lovers.
The detailed route depends on the wind and weather conditions.
This route can only be taken from / to Marsa Alam – Port Ghalib