Shaab Sataya, also known as the Dolphin Reef is located at the south-eastern tip of the Fury Shoal diving area off Marsa Alam. 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.
Fury Shoals area is south of Marsa Alam between Wadi Gamal National Park the port of Berenice The area includes about 20 reefs. Each one offers a beautiful dive to all levels of experience. Divers with less experience or looking for a more relaxed holiday are perfectly at home on this route. Non divers have excellent possibilities for snorkling and swimming with very high possibilities of Dolphins!
Shilineat in Wadi Gimal is an aquarium. Along the beautiful hard coral garden on the west side and in the high amount of blocks in the sandy area beside the reef you can rummage for camouflage artists like octopus and stone fish along with small critters. In a maximum depth of 16m with the white sand and the sunlight it is amazing, full of small fishes and marine species. Very often there are turtles or dolphins around.
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. 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 Maksuris 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 southeast point of Fury Shoals is Shaab Sataya. Horseshoe-shaped the huge lagoon is home for dolphins and on the very south side of the reef you have a nice shallow plateau with coral gardens and blocks ending at a drop off.
Night dive lovers should not miss this route, here the magic of the night is usually possible every day.
At the end of the week you can visit Elphinstone if you wish, and still have the chance to catch one or the other big fish or at least a little bit of current action on the beautifully overgrown walls of Elphinstone.
This route impresses with the great variety of different reefs, as well as the excellent opportunities for swimming and snorkelling.
Photographers with an eye for detail, not least because of some wrecks, will love this route!