NAME & LOCATION
As the most southerly of Egypt’s Red Sea dive destinations, not many divers make it to Zabargad and Rocky Island. Those who do, often say this is the best diving in the Red Sea.
the name rocky comes from the rocky island structure above water. Ands Zabargad is named after the emerald that used to be mined there.
Rocky & Zabargad are two islands that are the farthest outpost of Egypt. They are located East of Saint Johns, a plateau that is home of amazing reefs each with a very different structure. From caverns to deep dropping walls and a forrest of pinnacles.
Zabargad Island is surrounded by coral-filled slopes, swim throughs, caverns and pinnacles perfect for drift dives. If you love a wild ride provided by strong currents, Rocky Island is the place for you. These currents attract year-round pelagic visitors like reef sharks, hammerheads, dolphins, manta rays and turtles
A hawksbill turtle, commonly found on most reefs in the Red Sea, including some wrecks. With one spot on its tail this snapper likes to hang between reef elements in a school. A juvenile black snapper with its typical white markings lives a solitude life until it becomes fully black. the bearded scorpion fish can change it colors as means to blend into the background. Sometimes few spots sometimes almost completely yellow, meet the gold dotted trevalli. 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. A conus textile shell that looks abandoned but check out the left side, somebody is home. A stunning popcorn shrimp. A bit skittish but great fun to check out with her black bandit mask looking like she came straight out of a cartoon. A tiny cowrie blending into its environment and only seen by the lucky or trained eye. A pink porcelain crab that ca be found in finger corals are usually best spotted at night. A lovely butterfly fish named after her orange head. Thesher shark with a tail as Lon g as her body uses het tail to create a whip to knock out any fish that is still close by. The silky shark is curious but shy and has a skin and color that reminds of silk. 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. The giant travail loves the blue waters next to deep falling walls with a medium to strong current, as they hunt schools of fish that hang nest to the reef. known to be vicious hunters and run after anything that is silver or blings. Green or sea turtles can become quite big (1,5 meters) and swim the blue waters hopping from reef to reef to rest for to feed Longimanus a.k.a. oceanic white tip shark. Seen on offshore reefs and giving us divers one of the most intimate shark experiences possible. This hammerhead shark can be found on offshore reefs like brother islands or Daedalus Reef. This species is quite shy although curious if we divers know how to respect them. Yellow soft coral species that often grows in places where you find a current. As current picks up the coral inflates itself to feed. 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. Small pipefish seeking food In the sand. A bundle of light falling on a leather coral. Spinner dolphins are seen mostly in the Deep South of Egypts Red Sea. They gather in large offshore lagoons to relax after hunting. Butterfly fish, often seen in pairs Banner fish found an as good as all reefs of the Red Sea. Often in a pair or small school.
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
Together with Zabargad this Island (called Rocky) is one of the farthest in the Red Sea to visit. Her deep dropping and dramatic walls and heavily overgrown with many stunning hard and soft corals. The currents bring any marine animal imaginable, you only need the luck to see them. From hawksbill turtle, manta, Longimanus, thresher shark, silky shark and even dolphins are seen hare.
Zabargad is quite a big Island in the far outskirts of the southern Red Sea. Turtle bay is known for sea turtles to lay their egg in the summer and the reef just south of that spot makes for some pretty good diving.
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: