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Strait of Gubal

 

The Strait of Gubal connects the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea and is bordered to the west by the Egyptian coast and to the east by the Sinai Peninsula. Because of its different geological origin the Gulf of Suez is much shallower than the Gulf of Aqaba. Its average depth is about 80 m only.

 

The strait is flanked to the northeast by two outcrops called Beacon Rock and Shag Rock. To the southwest the southern tip of the Shadwan Island delimits the canal. The south-eastern area of the strait is characterized by two massive, half-outcropping reef systems, called Sha'ab Mahmud and Sha'ab Ali with shallow lagoons and sand floors inside.

 

Sha'ab Mahmud consists of a coral reef oriented in a northwest-southeast direction, cut through by two channels and completely open on its southern side. The lagoon is navigable and is usually used by boats when going to Thistlegorm as it is well sheltered from waves. Boats enter and exit through the Big Passage only.

 

Cross the Gulf of Suez to reach Abu Nuhas, a reef that is located at the south entrance to the Straits of Gubal between Gubal and Shadwan Island. The area is a group of small submerged islands that have been the cause of many sunken ships.


Alternatives

(27°43.748' N, 34°11.903' E) Named for its relatively sheltered position, the Alternatives are a chain of seven pinnacles running from Sha'ab Mahmud eastward toward Ras Mohamed. The best ...

Stingray Station

(27°43.000' N, 34°11.000' E) Stingray Station is a small reef at the western end of the Alternatives, a sheltered site offering a safe dive. The site itself is ...

Lonely Mushroom

Continuing north from Stingray Station towards the Dunraven takes you to an isolated pinnacle. Boats normal pass far away from this site not to hit this little reef ...

Small Passage

(27°43.884' N, 34°05.894' E) The Small Passage is also known as Small Crack. Two channels cut the reef system of Sha'ab Mahmud and connect the sheltered lagoon to ...

Big Passage

(27°46.000' N, 34°03.360' E) Sha'ab Mahmud's opening to the north is called the Big Passage or North Passage, and as the name indicates, much wider than the opening ...

El Nigh’sh

(27°47.310' N, 34°11.120' E) The site is located at Sha'ab Surur. Rarely dived, this is a gently sloping reef covered in tremendous hard corals. Away ...

Shag Rock

(27°46.438' N, 33°52.241' E) The egg-shaped reef of Shag Rock is marked by a light beacon and offers excellent diving on pristine coral reefs. The sheltered southern point ...

Yellow Fish Reef

(27°33.990' N, 33°56.010' E) The three small reefs and outlying pinnacles are located on the inside of Sha'ab Abu Nuhas offering a superb landscape filled with schools of ...