Dive Site

Shaab Rumi

Overview

The name of this fringing reef means "reef of the Romans". It lies at the height of Marsa Daror, 9 nautical miles from the mainland coast. 1.2 nautical miles long and 0.5 nautical miles wide, it forms a long reef tongue at its southern end.

Description

The east side
In the occasional current, nice drift dives can be carried out on this side. The reef wall drops steeply into the deep blue. At the southern end of the east side, the diver will find a narrow incline from 20 meters. Small step-like projections nestle into the slope at a depth of 30 or 60 meters. The entire wall is beautifully overgrown and huge gorgonian stretch their fans into the current. Jewel groupers and butterfly fish are close to the reef. Shoals of copper snappers and mackerel roam along the wall. Especially in the morning, large pelagic fish rise from the depths. In addition to various types of sharks, manta rays can occasionally be found on a dive. At the south end, in the area of ​​the plateau approach, a small collection of anemones can be admired in the flat area. Due to the attractive south plateau, dives on the east side are rarely undertaken.
The north plateau
The frequently occurring north current ensures beautiful stone and soft coral growth on the three-level plateau. The first paragraph is in shallow water at a depth of 3 to 4 meters. Numerous doctor and various butterfly fish populate the sparsely vegetated reef roof. There is a sloping slope to a depth of 12 meters, which is partially populated with colonies of white and blue antler corals. At the foot of this slope is the second plateau. It descends steadily to 30 meters and is covered with numerous soft corals. The abundance of fish on the plateau is not as great as on the steep wall, on which numerous fish and other reef inhabitants fill the corals with lively life. Below a slope, the third step begins at a depth of about 60 meters, on the north end of which there is a larger coral hill. In the channel between the hill and the slope, silhouettes of hammerhead sharks can sometimes be seen. Especially in the period from late summer to autumn, they often go their way beyond the limits that can be reached by recreational divers. Shoaling fish, such as mackerel, copper snapper and Red Sea fusiliers, swim along the reef in the shallower area on the east side.

Hotspots

  • Especially in the morning hours, large pelagic fish rise from the depths. In addition to various types of sharks, manta rays can occasionally be found on a dive.