Abu Hashish is an island in the center of a wide bay, 90 minutes from Hurghada to the south. If you are told that the island was once used as a warehouse by smugglers who brought cannabis to the country, do not believe it. Hashish in translation from Arabic – grass.
Between Ben el Gebel and Giftun is Banana Reef, which is also known as Gota Ben el Gebel, Gota Torfa el Shait or Shaab Farasha, which means “reef dragonfly”. It looks in the shape of the letter “Y” and has a flat bottom depth of 15 m.
Ben El Gebel
Between Giftun Soraya and Giftun Kebir there is a small reef road, the arcuate shape of which stretches along Giftun Soraya from its northern side. Ben el Gebel means “between the mountains” and is also known under the names Shaab Torfa, Shaab Dorfa and Torfa el Shait.
This is one of the three most wonderful attractions in the northern part of the archipelago of Hurghada and, perhaps, the most famous. This place is located on three madreporovye cliffs, which rise from the bottom of the sea to 10 -15 m in height, almost touching the sea surface.
North of Gota Abu Ramada (45-75 minutes from Hurghada), a wide erosion of ergs stands on the seabed (depth 20 meters), resembling a clearing of mushrooms. They are scattered in the direction from the southwest to the northeast and fall into three main zones. Aruk Diana (southwest), Aruk Giftun (central), Aruk Gigi (northeast).
Fanadir is a long narrow reef in the north of Hurghada. It can dive from the southern, eastern sides, and in good weather, also from the north side. The eastern side of the reef is considered the most popular. protected from the weather by the small curvature of the reef itself.
Erg Abu Ramada
South-east of Abu Ramada (60-90 minutes by boat from Hurghada) there is a wide sandy plateau, which extends further to the east. In the place of its immediate cliff rise three large coral blocks (18 m), rising almost to the surface of the sea. They are located one after another, the largest of which is located in the south, and the smaller in the north.
Approximately 150 meters from Shaab Sabrina, in the middle of the Giftun Strait is a small stand-alone reef Erg Sabrina. It stands on a sandy seabed, at a depth of 10-12 meters.
At a distance of 75 minutes by boat from Hurghada lies Erg Somaya, located east of Giftun Soraya. To the south of the reef you will find a police tower, and to the north of it a small mountain range. The wall of the reef descends on a sandy plateau with a depth of 15-24 m, at the end of which further to a depth of 50 m.
Fanous – East
This reef has many names: Torfa el Fanous, which means “reef with torchlighting”, Dolphin Reef or Dolphin’s Playground. Whichever name you give it, FANOUS – EAST will always remain a narrow reef, circling a large lagoon in the northwest of Giftun Kebir.
In the western part of the reef there is a narrow “fossma” or canal leading to a lagoon 9 m deep, where a coral garden with a large number of coral pillars and two bulky coral blocks is located at a depth of 12-44 m.
Gota Abu Ramada
It is a flat desert island to the east of Hurghada, surrounded by a wide barrier reef. In 400 m from its southern extremity from the bottom of the sea several coral columns-so-called “ergs” – are raised. Erg Abu Ramada is an amazing place for diving, and although the current in these places is often quite strong, it is thanks to him that you can see a real riot of colors.
Hamda is located on the northernmost part of Giftun Kebir, at the foot of a ridge of towering cliffs and opposite a white pebble beach. This reef has several names: Hamda, Umm Dom, Hamata or Stone Beach (rocky beach).
North Abu Ramada
Abu Ramada is located 60-90 minutes by boat from Hurghada. Where the island of the reef ends, its oblong plateau depths of 20-30 m begins, slowly falling into the abyss of the sea. In its northern part, it abruptly cuts off, and the southern side of the plateau will appear before the eyes of divers by a steep rock.
North Umm Gamar
North Umm Gamar includes two dive sites: the northern plateau and Halg Umm Gamar (“Neck Umm Gamara”). The northern plateau is characterized by huge corals, large fish, strong currents. Halg Umm Gamar is a bay enclosed by a wall from the south and a 60 ° coral slope from the north. In its center, on a sandy bottom there are two deep coral reefs.
About 90 minutes south of Hurghada, on the coast, there is a wide bay with an island in the center (Abu Hashish). The island is defined by a ledge on its northern part, called Ras Disha.
Shaab Abu Nugar
At a distance of 60-90 minutes east of Hurghada, Abu Nugar is located, which is a “T” shaped reef in the west and a flat plateau with a large number of coral blocks in the east.
Shaab El Erg
One of the northern reefs in the region of Hurghada is located about two hours’ walk on the boat from the port. The reef is a large horseshoe, framed
This reef, also known as Fufuleya, is 60-90 minutes from Hurghada. Reef Shaab Sabrina looms in the form of a tongue on the east side of Giftun Kebir.
Shaab Abu Nuhas
The reef of Shaab Abu Nuhas (Abu Nuhas) is the most remote of all reefs in the eastern part of the Gubal Channel. The reef is located 4 km to the north of Shadwan island reef and 3.5 km to the east of Shaab Umm Usk reef. Given the location of the reef itself and the main ship’s route passing by, it becomes clear why Abu Nuhas received the infamous reputation of the “ship graveyard”.
Shaabruhr Umm Gamar
Like Umm Gamar, located 1 km to the north, Shaabruhr is a narrow reef stretching from north to south. The reef does not have islands or lighthouses, but it has three ships that have found their permanent shelter near its walls.
At a distance of 60-90 minutes by boat from Hurghada is located Small Giftun, attracting the attention of many divers. Here you can dive in the direction of the current, passing along the gorgonian-covered reef wall, which descends to a huge plateau, passing into a steep rock.
Small Giftun (drift)
At 1-1.5 hours from Hurghada, opposite the police booth of the small Giftun, there is a place, a diver in the area of which causes more emotion and enthusiasm than anywhere else.
South Abu Ramada
(60-90 minutes driving on the boat). In the southern part of Abu Ramada there is one small islet and three large cliffs located directly on the reef, to the south of which dives are made. East of the place where the bot is anchored in the sea, the reef wall descends to a depth of 35 m.
Umm Gamar – a long thin strip of reef, lying in the direction of “north-south”, 1.5 hours drive from Hurghada to the north. On the northern and southern sides of the reef there are small plateaus with a radius of about 20 meters. The eastern side of the reef is a vertical wall, ending in a blue, silent abyss.