Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Rocky Island: East Coast

Rocky Island: East Coast



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The east and southeast sides of Rocky Island


By live-aboard from any Red Sea port

Average Depth:

25m (80ft)

Maximum Depth:

50m+ (164ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

With a profile ranging from inshore coral playgrounds to sheer walls and open plateaux exposed to raging currents, and a range of inhabitants from glittering tiny reef fish to massive hammerhead sharks, this site promises an amazing dive, and almost always delivers.

A quick Zodiac ride takes you beyond the southeast point of the island, from where you can drift back down the east coast. Alternatively, a five-minute swim from the mooring point on the south coast takes you past rich coral shallows to Rockys southeast corner, the setting for some amazing big fish encounters. At 25m (80ft), a shelf juts from the reef wall, forming a natural shark theatre. Hovering over this shelf, you have an excellent chance to see sharks of all species. But sharks are not the only attraction. There is a whole range of reef and pelagic species to be spotted here.

Coral growth here is lush and varied, and in a pristine state of preservation. Soft corals and delicate branching forms are particularly beautiful in the inshore shallows between the mooring point and the southeast corner. Through the site you will find a range of stony corals, including plate and cabbage corals, Acropora and fire coral, and Xeniid and Dendronephthya soft corals.

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Last Updated: May 30th, 2011