Fury Shoals & St Johns - Southern Safaris
Sailing to the southernmost reefs, this cruise departs Hamata Port so you don't waste anytime travelling to and from Port Ghalib. You'll start with a very short sail to a nearby site that's perfect for that first check dive. You then spend a week diving, diving, diving. You'll dive Fury Shoals sites at the beginning and end of the trip with the St Johns in the middle. Below are some of the sites that can be visited during your trip and your guides will ensure you get the best experience possible allowing for prevailing weather conditions.
At Fury Shoals, dive Sha'ab Claudio with its famous swim-throughs and huge porites corals. White tip reef sharks and an anemone and clownfish settlement can be seen a little off the reef to the South. Abu Galawa Soraya has a fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat packed with glass fish.
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 diving experience is beneficial. North and South plateaus start at around 20 metres and extend to around 40 metres, 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!
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.
Then further south to St Johns. A vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving in the Red Sea. Habili Ali has giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side. Habili Gafaar is a mass of soft corals teaming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can be seen in the blue.
Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas can be seen and the occasional manta. The tunnels are ideal for novice cave divers.
Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives in the Red Sea, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers as well as an abundance of corals, grey reef, silvertips and hammerhead sharks.
Trips start on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Due to the Hamata Port being so close to Fury Shoals and St Johns, we are able to offer departures on Wednesdays and Thursdays as follows:
Guests arriving Wednesdays
Check-in around 10 pm.
Overnight in port. Thursday: diving at Fury Shoals all day with an early eveningdive; return to port to collect Thursday-arriving guests, check-in around 10 pm. Overnight in port, depart next morning. 5 more days diving. Next Wednesday morning, transfer to our dive centre at the Zabargad Berenice Resort to pack before leaving for the airport. Total number of diving days: 6.
Guests arriving Thursdays
Check-in around 10 pm.
Overnight in port, depart next morning. After 5 days' diving return to port; guests who arrived on Wednesday disembark. You stay on board for one more diving day until afternoon, making sure to allow 24 hours before flying. Return to port and transfer to the Zabargad Berenice Resort for an overnight stay on Half Board. Transfer to the airport on Thursday morning for your flight. Total number of diving days: 6.
- Flight including meal
- Egyptian visa
- Meet and greet service by ST staff
- Transfers from the airport to the boat
- 7 nights in a shared double cabin with ensuite bathroom
- All meals, snacks, drinks (not alcohol)
- 6 days of diving @ 3-4 dives per day including guide, weights, weight belt and 12L cylinder
- All marine park fees and taxes
Note: You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent, with a minimum of 30 logged dives to do this trip. However to get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 meters and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent.
The safaris route is dependent upon the weather, wind, water currents, time, the participating divers experience, and all other unforseen events.