Shaab Sabina or otherwise said Reef Sabina is located on the southern part of Giftun Island in a channel between 2 islands - Big and Small Giftun
Shaab Sabina or otherwise said Reef Sabina is located on the southern part of Giftun Island in a channel between 2 islands – Big and Small Giftun – belonging to the Giftun National Park. It lies 60 to 90 minutes from Hurghada by boat.
The Red Sea here is perfectly calm on the surface but beware of occasional strong currents. And being a shallow dive site, it is suitable for all level of divers, from beginners to advanced. The depth of a dive at Shaab Sabina can range from 5 to 14 meters. Shaab Sabina is also suitable for drift dives.
Shaab Sabina is consisting of a main reef, a protected sandy lagoon and an erg standing alone on the north.
North of the main reef, a maze of ridges and ergs makes the underwater landscape exciting and in the northwest is a delightful coral garden. The hills are densely covered with hard corals which are the shelter for small species of fish. It is like being in a valley surrounded by mountains of corals.
The corner of the top reef divides the northern coral garden from the sheltered southern side. The southern part of this reef is mostly dead. At about 150 meters of the main reef, is a picturesque shallow lagoon.
The nutrient rich water has made the north side of the reef wall sparkle with life and the bottom around the erg is mainly sandy with some fire coral formations.
The most beautiful table and brain corals can be found at Shaab Sabina. Shaab Sabina is mainly dived for its impressive coral landscapes.
Dive into this exceptional coral garden, which drops in steps from the upper part of the reef to the bottom at 14 meters. A labyrinth of coral provides a wonderful view as the waves send down light reflections dancing on the bright sandy bottom. In the south of this maze, the wall of the main reef stretches from a depth of 8 to 10 meters to the surface. The hard corals grow over each other and give the impression of a Japanese garden.
Reef sharks, barracudas or eagle rays are regularly spotted here.
During your dive you can encounter puffer fish, turtles, butterfly fish, porcupine fish, parrot fish and surgeonfish.
The beauty of the corals and the topography of the place makes your dives unforgettable and one of the best around Hurghada.