Deep South Marine Parks
Daedalus - Rocky - Zabargad
Yet another new itinerary launched by Diving World and the Khorafi Group and secured by special permission from the Egyptian government to sail out from the new International marina at Port Ghaleb. First trip successfully launched on 24 May 2002, and now open to all operators with licensed vessels.
Daedalus Reef, Abu El Kizan in Arabic, is the foremost offshore amongst all the reefs in the Egyptian Red Sea. With walls surrounding its entire perimeter, it is famous for its huge hard coral formations, schooling hammerheads and sightings of thresher sharks and whale sharks. Big napoleon wrasse are also frequent and interact with divers and the shear walls are covered in soft coral. Its anemone garden guarded by swarms of clown fish offer the diver and underwater photographer an experience of memorable beauty.
Rocky and Zabargad islands lie close together and are located to the southeast of Ras Banas. Rocky's shear walls are covered in stunning forests of soft and fan corals. Juvenile whitetip sharks can be observed sleeping under huge and very scenic overhangs. Mantas, hammerheads and grey reef sharks often visit the island, and napoleon fish dance in your bubbles.
Zabargad island, amazing in its spectacular beauty, was exploited by ancient Egyptians the Romans for its special mineral semi precious stones, the olivine. Along the Island's southern face a shallow shelf displays a mounts of high pinnacles, completely adorned in soft corals and clouds of antheas, offering amazing dives. The drop-off allows for fleeting hammerheads, grey reef sharks and mantas sightings. A small, shallow wreck can be dived upon just off Zabargad's Northeastern side.
On the way back, you will dive the spectacular and low lying reefs of St Johns, offering walls and shelf diving of the most pristine beauty and densely populated with a myriad of reef fish St Johns Reef is visited by many species of pelagics and is also known for the impressive and peculiar Bump-head parrotfish, not seen further north.
The trip ends with the legendary Elphinstone reef, diving its steep walls, plunging into the blue and richly decorated with soft and fan corals. The north plateau is home to schooling hammerheads and grey reef sharks, with frequent sightings of oceanic whitetip sharks.
Daedalus reef, Elphinstone, Zabargad, Rocky Island & St Johns (7 Nights)
(Or Daedalus & Zabargad, Zabargad & St John's,
Daedalus & St John)
Day 1: Arrive Marsa Alam and transfer to Port Ghaleb Marina. Check-in & overnight on board at Marina.
Day 2: Check dive at Check dive at Abu Dabbab, morning and afternoon at Elphinstone reef. Sailing at night to Daedalus
Day 3: Daedalus the full day. Sailing at night to Zabargad Island.
Day 4: Full day diving Zabargad & Rocky Islands. Night dive at Zabargad.
Day 5: Early morning dive at Zabargad, sailing to St John's reef to dive the rest of the day and night dive
Day 6: Full day diving St John's reef.
Day 7: Early morning sailing to dive Dolphin reef and Sha'ab Maksur. Sailing at night to Port Ghaleb.
Day 8: Check out and transfer to Marsa Alam airport.
Marine Park Fee $ 100