Dive Site

Shaab Sheer

Overview

A brain coral garden, a few caves, overhangs and grottos, shoals of fish - this is Shaab Sheer, an immensely exciting reef at Safaga. Shaab Sheer is over one kilometre long and offers three different diving tours from the perfectly situated mooring point.

Description

The north side of Shaab Sheer is a little less quiet, but the south side in right there like a lagoon and is usually very well protected. We can expect a strong current on the west side, which faces the 'South Safaga Channel'. Most divers appreciate the area between three and 15 metres because the brain coral garden looks almost like the landscape of the moon; despite this we find a wide variety of reef inhabitants.

Picasso triggerfish, orange-striped and yellowmargin triggerfish, parrotfish, scrawled filefish and sling-jaw wrasse are to be found here in large numbers. In the area of the north plateau and at the steep wall we can also see bream, humpnose big-eye bream, mackerels, red and black snapper as well as shoals of tuna and barracuda.

Hotspots

  • Brain coral garden: A bizarre moon landscape awaits us at the brain coral garden, which is particularly popular with our divers and is definitely worth seeing.
  • Grottos and channels: They are found at the erg and provide shelter for the most interesting reef inhabitants.

map Dive Plans

The northern plateau

Big fish fans should choose this route. We get in at the anchorage and work our way north. Here we keep taking a look into the blue water, which is exactly why we are here. Along the steep drop, we can also find some reef inhabitants and explore small crevices and notches. At the end of our drift dive we set the buoy and let us be picked up.

The west side

The current is usually strongest here, but if the conditions allow it, this dive site is definitely worth a dive. With the reef on our right shoulder, we explore the coral blocks and towers and dive through the channel. After countless encounters with various reef inhabitants and maybe even some big fish, we set the buoy.

The east side

We start from the anchorage and dive through the channel at a depth of 12 meters, which brings us to the brain coral garden. Here we keep to the right and explore the caves and grottoes in the Ergs until we get back to the boat at the end of the Ergs.