Dive Site

Shaab Sharm/Gota Sharm

Overview

Gota Sharm is one of the most beautiful steep wall reefs in the Red Sea. It plunges over 100 metres into the deep, but it luckily has two plateaus in a depth range of 20 to 35 metres and it is a real beauty to behold. Not only can we see reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and mantas, but there are also cleaning stations for surgeonfish, various cave-like depressions, unicorn fish and, of course, countless types of coral. Mooring points are available here. There is a cave at a depth of 45 metres as well as the wreck of the Oyster – a former safari boat – which at a depth of 75 metres is sadly too deep.

Description

Gota Sharm runs from west to east in the shape of a wedge and the reef's steep faces extend deeply into the world below us, which we will probably never get to know in its entirety. The two plateaus are located at 20 and 35 metres. Caution is also advised here due to the regular strong current.

On the eastern plateau, we have the pleasure of running into longnose hawkfish, lionfish under the table coral, barracudas, reef sharks, shoaling fishes and two cleaning stations: one at the centre of the plateau for young tuna, the other located close to a large block on the south side for surgeonfish. The 'cowardly triggerfish' also lives here too – however, that's a whole other story and one that is best told by the guides on site.

The western plateau is the narrower plateau where the current coincides in Gota Sharm – and it's also a spot loved by hammerhead sharks and where we might just be able to get to meet them. Reef sharks, shoals of tuna, barracudas and mackerel found here make the dive even sweeter. Wow, wouldn't it be nice to have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake to go along with this view?

Hotspots

  • Eastern plateau: On the plateau in the east, longnose hawkfish, Red Sea lionfish, barracudas, cleaning stations and reef shark welcome us.
  • Western plateau: The western plateau captivates us with various larger fish: reef sharks, tuna, barracudas and mackerel.

map Dive Plans

Cleaning station

The best time to dive the plateau in the east is in the morning or in the morning. Since the boats mostly anchor at the western end of the plateau, you can drift along the reef edge to the plateau with the current and then dive down to the plateau in peace. Make sure that the current can change once you have reached the middle of the plateau. At the end of the plateau, reef right shoulder, back to the boat.

Drift dive

You have the option of going north with the Zodiac. The jump should be in the northwest corner of the reef. Then descend to about 25 meters and, if the current is right, drift along the north side. Either you can be picked up again or, with low air consumption, you can make it back to the boat yourself.

Big fish

The west offers ideal lighting conditions in the afternoon. Again, you should be dropped off with the Zodiac at the northern end of the plateau. With a slight current from the north, you can drift over the plateau at a depth of 25 to 30 meters and then dive perfectly into the west on the steep face.