Elphinstone Reef is the most famous and most colorful of the southern Red Sea reefs. Also called Sha'ab Abu Hamru, it lies about 30km north of Marsa Alam.


Its north and south plateaus and walls are covered with soft corals, and there are plenty of pelagics. It is close enough to shore to be reachable by day boats out of Marsa Alam.

black coral and wall black coral soft corals and anthias Paul off the wall Paul off the wall anthias coral head on wall soft corals and wall wall

Blacktip shark, Carcharinus limbatus

silky shark

Pseudanthias sp.

male anthia

Masked puffer, Arothron diadematus

masked puffer

cf Pseudanthias sp.

Red Sea fairy basslet

Greasy grouper, Epinephelus tauvina

marbled grouper

Common bigeye, Priacanthus hamrur


Common lionfish, Pterois volitans

Charlotte photographing lionfish lion fish

Lined butterflyfish, Chaetodon lineolatus

lined butterflyfish

Giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus

free-swimming giant moray eel giant moray eel portrait

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