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Erg Somaya

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Dive Site

About 75 minutes outside Hurghada, on the east side of Giftun Soraya, is Erg Somaya. To the south is the tower of Giftun police station; to the north is a prominent ridge of mountain. The reef slopes steeply to a sandy ledge between 15 m and 24 m, beyond which it drops off 50m. There are two pinnacles on the ledge. One between 18 m and 10 m has a mooring buoy attached. To the north between 20 m and 12 m is another shaped like a pyramid and overgrown with a thick crop of purple soft corals. Beneath the ledge and between two ergs is a distinct nose with two caves at 25 m and 32 m joining to form a chimney.

Dive Plan

If you choose to drift then jump in to the north and surface at the boat which waits on the moorings. Alternatively, the site connects with “Small Giftun drift”. So drop in at the moorings and follow the wall southwards until you reach the south plateau of Small Giftun. Leave the drop-off and head to the shallow reef. Shortly after you round the corner you will start to see the moorings, your boat should be waiting on one of these. Whichever way you dive it, make sure you visit the cave to be hypnotised by the billowing curtain of classfish. Go through only if you’re experienced enough and take your time along the drop-off to admire the deep rich colours of soft corals and the gorgonians.

Flora & Fauna

Batfish, barracuda, tuna, jackfish, Spanish mackerel, napoleons, morays, tunics, groupers, and if you’re lucky, whitetips. Feeding on glassfish in the cave, lionfish and redmouth groupers. You can also find Spanish dancers here by daylight.

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