Dive Site

Masamirit

Overview

Coming from the north, this island forms the entrance to the reef area of the southern Suakin group. Visitors will find dive sites that house magnificent underwater flora and fauna that can hardly be more breathtaking in the Red Sea

Description

Masamirit is about 0.8 nautical miles long and overgrown with green bushes. At the south end is a 29 meter high lighthouse. At night, its light can be seen up to 15 nautical miles. On the west and south side, the reef drops steeply to great depths. At the north end and on the east side there is a plateau on which the underwater life can be observed in all its splendor. Due to the prevailing north current, the west and north sides are more interesting for diving. Near the island, the ocean floor reaches depths of more than 350 meters. As a result, there are good chances of encountering ocean dwellers such as silvertip sharks and bowhead hammerheads.
North plateau
At a depth of 3 meters there is a flat plateau on the north side of the island. There is a lot to discover on this surface covered with coral heads: ball-headed parrotfish and tobacco butterflyfish sway in time with the waves. At the outer edge there is a steep slope. It is beautifully overgrown with stone and soft corals. Numerous small reef fish swim between the colorful cnidarians. Shoals of banner fish move across the corals. White crescent jewelfish and squirrel fish swim at the bottom. The outer wall offers the opportunity to meet different pelagic sea creatures. Shoals of tuna as well as individual blacktip or bowhead hammerhead sharks can be seen from time to time. Large fan gorgonies grow on the steep slope and catch plankton from the water with their polyps.
East Side
The outer wall is slightly curved inwards and drops steeply to great depths. The upper area is rugged and has many small caves and crevices. Small reef dwellers seek shelter in these. Shoals of various snappers and prickly mackerel pull along the steep drop. Flocks of jewel groupers are grouped around small ledges. Colorful magnificent corals hang from overhangs. In the middle of the east side, a plateau extends into the open water. Its approach begins at a depth of 20 meters and quickly drops to 40 meters. A coral garden has developed on the plateau. Especially forests of soft corals have settled, which are populated by a lively fish world.

Hotspots

  • At the eastern tip you should also look into the open water: schools of hammerhead sharks or other large fish can emerge from this. The chance of encountering sharks is so great that attentive divers will see these hunters of the sea on every dive.