As the most southerly of Egypt’s Red Sea dive destinations, not many divers make it to St. John’s, Zabargad and Rocky Island. Those who do, often say this is the best diving in the Red Sea.
St. John’s is a healthy reef system known for abundant soft coral, black coral and schooling pelagic fish. Lucky divers might encounter schooling hammerheads. Easy tunnels represent a fantastic opportunity for beginner cave divers.
Zabargad Island is surrounded by coral-filled slopes and pinnacles perfect for drift dives, and is home to the ‘Russian Wreck'.
If you love a wild ride provided by strong currents, Rocky Island is the place for you. These currents attract year-round pelagic visitors like reef sharks, hammerheads, dolphins, manta rays and turtles.
Diving in this part of the Red Sea is slightly warmer than the northern sites and visibility is fantastic throughout the year. However, St. John’s, Zabargad and Rocky Island are best accessed by liveaboard. Diving season is year-round, but there are two windy seasons that may affect liveaboard departures. Light winds are generally felt from May to September. Stronger winds that are more likely to prevent diving blow from October to April.
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Most diving to the deep south of Egypt is conducted by liveaboard. These boats depart from Hamata, Port Ghalib or Marsa Alam. Divers can also stay in one of the resorts near Hamata or Berenice.
All of these cities are served by the Marsa Alam Airport. There are direct flights from many European capital cities, but connections are also available from Cairo.
From the airport, Hamata and Berenice are a two hour journey to the south by private transfer or boat.