This is one of the most northeastern reefs in Sataya. "Maksur" means "crack" or "crevice" and this can still be seen in the south. Shaab Maksur is more or less a drop off reef and reminds on the east side of Elphinstone. In addition there is one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Red Sea.
It is 350 to 400 m long and has three plateaus, one of them - untypical for an outer reef - on the west side. The currents are similar to Elphinstone, as both reefs have almost exactly the same orientation.
The south plateau actually consists of two levels. The first ranges from 18 to 35 meters, the second from 35 to 42 meters. Both have a length of 50 to 60 m and a width of 40 m. At the end, the reef drops steeply to 80 m and then turns into a slope to 120 m before disappearing completely into the depths.
The west side has something special, because bordered by a coral garden and a block at the end, there is a small lagoon in the middle of the plateau, which is very nicely embedded with a depth of 13-16m and a width of 20m. Here lie some wreckage of an old safari boat that hit the reef after 14 days in service. The superstructure was thrown overboard and the hull was taken to the shipyard for reconstruction. In the meantime the reef around the wreck has grown very nicely.
The eastern area is a steep wall and to the north is another plateau at a depth of 20 to 37 meters, where there are smaller mounds and a coral garden. Here, as everywhere on this reef, fall currents can occur. At the northernmost point there are two more pinnacles, separated from the reef by a gap 8 meters deep.
- Sea anemones: A colony of sea anemones is located on the western plateau at a depth of about 12 meters. Between colorful tentacles we might find some clownfish eggs!
- Lagoon: In the lagoon we discover morays, glass shrimps, cleaning station for barracudas, torpedo rays and, if we are lucky, even a whitetip reef shark.