Although this route is associated with several overnight sailings to cover the large distance to St. Johns – close to the Sudan border, but it worth it! The prize is the healthy untouched reefs with unique overhangs, walls and cave formations.
St. Johns is known for its huge lagoons and reefs, long shallow caves, colourful and breath-taking cliffs that are densely covered with both – hard and soft corals. Many species of fish school to feed in the coral gardens, along with bump head parrotfish, turtles and napoleons.
Watch out in the blue and enjoy Sharks, Barracuda, sometimes Mantas and Whale Sharks.
Night dives are a must at St. Johns! Encounter Spanish Dancers, Octopus and Cuttlefish along with weird night time creatures hunting in the variety of reef plant life.
The current at St. Johns is often very demanding!
The Island of Zabargad is a superb dive spot approx 50 miles south of the port of Berenice. Perfect for drift dives along walls, hover over drop offs or dive slowly in the shallow area, watching the large amount of reef fishes or inhabitants and admire the beautiful coral garden.
The Russian wreck around 75 meters long believed to be called the Kanka lies at 24 meters in the western bay, provides an alternative to reef diving.
Rocky Island, just four nautical miles south of Zabargad, has a fringing reef, sheer walls dropping to astonishing depths, covered with beautiful soft corals, gorgonias, fans, sponges, black coral trees.
Constant currents flow all year long attracting visitors such as hammerheads, grey and white tip reef sharks. Remember to investigate the blue for manta rays, turtles and dolphins.
Diving in this part of the Red Sea is slightly warmer than the northern sites and visibility is fantastic throughout the year. However, St. John’s, Zabargad and Rocky Island are, until now, best accessed by liveaboard.
Lucky divers who have had the chance to visit Zabargad and Rocky Island claim that the best Egyptian diving is found here. Until recently, it has been completely isolated and devoid of tourism. If you have the chance, visit the bountiful marine life, crystal clear water and colourful reefs before the rest of the world learns about this hidden gem.
This route impresses with the great variety of different reefs. Snorkelling and swimming are prohibited in the St. Johns area, as well as in the Marine Park areas of Rocky and Zabargad!
However, detailed route depends on the wind and weather conditions. In the event of bad weather, the Captain may have to change the route accordingly.
This route can only be taken from / to Marsa Alam – Port Ghalib.