This reef in the center of Sataya is most famous for a wreck: the "Tien Hsing". But there is also one of the largest coral gardens in the area and a safe anchorage in bad weather and overnight.
At Abu Galawa Kebir there are lagoons and several side reefs that offer everything there is to see in the Red Sea. Blue staghorn corals, wonderful landscapes.
Besides the "Rosalie Moller" and the "Numidia", the steam tugboat of Abu Galawa, the "Tien Hsing", is one of the most beautiful shipwrecks in the Red Sea. She was a harbor tug built in Shanghai in 1935. With a length of 36m, a beam of just over 7m and a draft of about 3m, it was a rather small ship for these purposes. On October 26, 1943, the tug sank and now lies at a depth of 12-13m in a slight angle on the west side behind the canal.
The wreck is easily visible on the starboard side, but less so on the port side, so many corals grow on it!
The coral garden on the west side consists of mountain corals. In the upper part, the cuts and channels are overgrown with table corals. Also here you can dive great at night.
- Wreck: The Tien Hsing doesn't like to reveal itself, but unfortunately it can't really camouflage itself as a "normal reef" anymore on the starboard side.
- Blue Staghorn Coral: During our dive we see this coral again and again. The wonderful light reflections of this coral are caused by larger polyps on the tips of the branches.