This huge, isolated Reef formation, also known as Abu el-Kizan, lies nearly halfway to Saudi Arabia and at about 180 km south of Brother islands.
The reef is surrounded by a sheer wall all around, featuring a plateau in its southern side that goes from 30 m beside the reef to 40 m on the edge of the drop-off.
Expect to see schooling Baraccuda, Jacks, Tuna, Rainbow runners, Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerheads. Threshers and Dolphins can also be seen on occasions as can Mantas and Whale Sharks.
If the weather is good, try to get as far north as possible and drift along one of the sides of the reef. Reef and hammerhead sharks are often spotted here. UW life is here more abundant than anywhere else, with schools of surgeons, fusiliers, carangids.
Rocky Island will give you some wonderful dives. The walls drop sharply from just a few metres below the surface to an astonishing depth and the constant currents that flow all along the year favor the growth of all different kinds of life. The walls are covered with the most beautiful soft corals, as well as gorgonians, fans, sponges and black coral trees. Several great caves and overhangs offer a great place to watch the sharks go by.
Because of its isolated situation and the reduced dimensions of the reef wall, everything seems to concentrate on the surroundings of this small islet. Reef sharks, especially Grey and Silver Tips, you can watch in the blue and maybe Manta Rays, Sailfish and dolphins.
The Island of Zabargad is the largest island for miles around and has a fantastic turquoise lagoon. On the southern side a sandy slope with a lovely coral tower leads to the drop off where hammerheads and manta rays can sometimes be encountered cruising up and down. At the north side of Zabargad lays a nameless wreck. The 70m long ship lies upside down in 24m depths. The whole stern section is nearly intact- stairs, rail, lings, davit and the bridge.
- Because of strong current and possibly high waves diving in Marine Park Areas isn’t easy, therefor this safari is recommended for experienced divers only (+50 dives).
- All divesites are subject to weather conditions.