Dive Site

Sataya Gota Kebir

  • Current: N/W in the morning, N/E at midday, N/E in the afternoon
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 25–30 m; M, J, J, A: 30–50 m; S, O, N, D: 40–50 m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 24–25°C; A, M, J: 26–28°C; J, A, S: 28-31°C; O, N, D: 30-25°C
  • Depth: 25 m

Overview

Let's try that once in Arabic: Kebir means 'large' and Gota means it's got something to do with a circular reef in the Red Sea. In summary, it's the large, circular reef of Sataya, adjacent to the main reef. No matter if we're sun worshippers or night owls, we'll all find the adventure we're looking for here!

Description

Satay Gota Kebir is located west of the Sataya main reef and we dive to a depth of approx. five to 25 metres. The mooring is well protected by a plateau; we can easily spend both the day as well as the night here. Alone the thought of this is enough to make us spring up again and set off on the next holiday!

The plateau in the south lies five to eleven metres before it plunges between 15 and 18 metres on the outer side. Almost any insurance company would close a deal with us here that we are more or less guaranteed to see Spanish dancers. That's what the Satay Gota Kebir is known and famous for. We can come up with one or two other bets to make with our guides here. Bets can also be placed on prawns, rabbitfish, parrotfish in protective cocoon, cornetfish, gorgonocephalidae and lionfish.

In the west, we find a few larger blocks in a depth of around 22 metres, where flatworms, moray eels, snails as well as small groups of hunting fish feel at home. In the north, there's a wonderful lagoon with an incredibly beautiful coral garden, various shoals of fish, a colony of sea anemones including nemo fish and every once in a while some medium-sized predatory fish.

Hotspots

  • Spanish dancers: At night, we can almost certainly request the Spanish dancers to take the dance floor. Of course, this requires some patience as well as a good sense of intuition.
  • Lagoon: The beautiful lagoon with its coral garden and colony of sea anemones radiates in the most beautiful colours during the day.

map Dive Plans

The Lagoon and the west

Descend from the Zodiac to 10m, through the gap and into the lagoon. At the end of the lagoon, continue west to the “maze”. Here you should keep an eye on your no-deco time. There are small and large blocks of anemone colonies to be admired. Then back to the reef and with the current to the south. Pay attention to your air, the route should not be underestimated. But the "inverted onion" should reach everyone. From there it is another 100m to the boat.

High Plateau at night

At night it is best to dive from the stern to the high plateau. Here you should explore the outer edge at a depth of about 15 meters. But please watch out for a possible current in the outside area! At the western end of the plateau is a sand road, where you can find hunting cone snails (see our briefing on the subject of “poisonous and dangerous”) and sea feathers. There is also a snail cemetery. Continue to the boat and the two blocks in its direct vicinity. There you will find Spanish dancers