The Fury Shoals a.k.a. Sataya make up several reefs along the Southwest Red Sea coast,
offering amazing scuba diving opportunities with some of the most pristine reefs in Egypt. The hard and soft coral are unspoiled and are a highlight of many dive sites.
A very famous dive site in The Fury Shoals is called the
Dolphin Reef (Sha’ab Sataya). A pod of Dolphins is living there and can be often spotted while scuba diving or Snorkeling.
Fury shoal also known as Sataya is a reef system south of Hamata and is famous for stunning hard coral gardens and some caverns and not to forget the home of a famous dolphin house.
This area in the Red Sea is known for big hard coral gardens, some caverns and some wall diving. Each site offering quite a different kind of marine life.
The wall dives give a chance for a hammerhead or logimanus or even some dolphins passing by as Sataya itself is the local Dolphin house
The caverns offer juveniles and Audi’s and some stunning macro life.
A long armed banded boxer shrimp is know to be a cleaner of for instance the local mural eel during its daily shower. With one spot on its tail this snapper likes to hang between reef elements in a school. The blue lines snapper loves the school and as you come close they become more dense. A juvenile black snapper with its typical white markings lives a solitude life until it becomes fully black. Extremely poisonous this stonefish has mastered the ancient technique of hiding in plain sight. Please do not touch!! the bearded scorpion fish can change it colors as means to blend into the background. Just under the edge of rocks bearing corals this small common shrimp feeds of small life as she is picking them out from in-between the sand. If you see this anemone than seek for this popcorn shrimp as they are usually found together. With open fins and two strange extensions on its head this is the juvenile rock mover wrasse. Hopping on the seafloor this is the Red Sea Walkman. If you come close it might open its fins showing dragon like colors and markings. As this fish extends its lower jaw it looks like a massive sling as it extends extremely. Usually swimminglike it needs to catch a train along reef walls hunting for fish and often seen in small groups. This is the bluefin trevali. Sometimes few spots sometimes almost completely yellow, meet the gold dotted trevalli. A bit skittish but great fun to check out with her black bandit mask looking like she came straight out of a cartoon. This Glosodorid looks like a bride on het wedding day and due to the lack of colors that most nudi have in abundance, we call this one pale. The head looks just like a hammerhead and that’s why we call this nudibranch the hammerhead slug. Found in the caves of Saint Johns. The chromodiris that looks lots like its cousin but lacking the rings around the yellow dots. The size of a pea was this your nudi and she is named after yellow citrus fruit due to her yellow colors. Like a statue this freckled hawkfish tries to hide in plain sight. Only the eyes move. The gold dotted flatworm moves quite fast and can even be found swimming in the daytime. A tiny cowrie blending into its environment and only seen by the lucky or trained eye. On top of one of the 25 meter high Pilars in Umm Aruk on the plateau of Saint Johns you can find quite a nice anemone city. A clownfish a.k.a. Nemo that lives in a specific Anemone where the fish protects the anemone in the day and the Anemone returns the favor as she closes at night protecting the fish. A lovely butterfly fish named after her orange head. The grey reef shark can be found single or in a group. Usually she is shy towards divers and to be found in places where the currents change the most. Longimanus a.k.a. oceanic white tip shark. Seen on offshore reefs and giving us divers one of the most intimate shark experiences possible. The octopus is a master of disguise and extremely hard to find. A sudden movement or a change of light often triggers them to change colors. Famous around he world and native to the Red Sea, hence we do not hunt them here. At night they like to come out and hunt, being overly curious and seek company of night divers. The giant moral eel lives on most reefs of Egypts Red Sea. Sometimes running up to 2,5 meters they like to relax during the day and come out to hunt at night. Spinner dolphins are seen mostly in the Deep South of Egypts Red Sea. They gather in large offshore lagoons to relax after hunting.
DIVE SITE SPECS Access: Year round, in the winter currents and wind pick up Type of diving: Cavern, wall, night, shallow water Diver level: Advanced & comfortable with currents & depth. Depth: 0-40 meters Current: none-medium Visability: 20-30 meters FAMOUS SITES
Sataya east Sataya west Malahi Maksour Claudio Stairway to heaven
This playground known as Malahi is an absolute pearl. Large pinnacles and block come from 20-25 meters up to the surface and are sitting quite closet each other. Loads of swim-throughs are the result and those are overgrown with big hard corals.
The south plateau of Maksour extends deep into the blue and is covered with coral blocks. Good chance to spot stonefish, turtle eating, nurses in all sizes, Napoleon wrasses and some shark action if there is a current running.
Claudio or Claudia is famous for her big caves and stunning coral gardens. A must dive for many opus.
WHAT TRIPS BRING YOU THERE?
These dives can be done by Liveaboard, where you combine the best dive sites in a weeks diving. The following trips offer it as part of their program: