Other Dive Sites in the Southern Red Sea

Other dive sites in the Southern Egyptian Red Sea include Rocky Island and Zabargad Island, southeast of Ras Banas, St. John's caves, Wadi Gemal, and Ras Shona. Some of these sites are reachable by day boats from Marsa Alam.

Wadi Gemal

These sites have walls, tunnels, swim-throughs, and sea grass beds.

fire coral pillar coral fire coral and anemone tunnels Paul in tunnels tunnels wreck fire coral and damselfish

Roayl angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus

royal angelfish

Wrasse, cf Thalassoma lunare


Broomtail wrasse, Cheilinus lunalatus

broomtail wrasse

Sailfin tang, Zebrasoma dejardinii

sailfin tang

Bluespotted stingray, Taeniura lymma

blue-spotted stingray

Red Sea bannerfish, Heniochus intermedius


Red Sea anemonefish, Amphiprion bicinctus

orange anemone and clownfish anemone and clownfish

Moon grouper, Variola louti

moon grouper


brittle stars

Giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus, with common cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus

giant moray eel being cleaned

Pyjama slugs, Chromodorius quadricolor

pajama slug nudibranches

Aron's blenny, Ecsenius aroni

Aron's blenny

Giant squirrelfish, Sargocentron spiniferum

giant squirrelfish

Halfspotted grouper, Cephalopholis hemistiktos

halfspotted grouper

Bearded scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis barbata


Clearfin lionfish, Pterois radiata

clearfin lionfish

Crown-of-thorns sea star, Acanthaster planci

crown-of-thorns starfish

Speckled sandperch, Parapercis hexophthalma

soeckled sandperch

Clown sand wrasse, Coris aygula

clown sand wrasse

Swarthy parrotfish, Scarus niger

swarthy parrotfish

Tailspot soldierfish, Sargocentron caudimaculatum

giant squirrelfish

Common lionfish, Pterois volitans

lion fish portrait

Masked butterflyfish, Chaetodon semilarvatus

masked butterflyfish pair

Tiger cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus macrodon

tiger cardinalfish


lyretail hogfish

Bloodspot squirrelfish, Neoniphon sammara


Arabian Picasso triggerfish, Rhinecanthus assasi

Red Sea Picasso triggerfish

Hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata

hawksbill turtle

Chrismas tree worms, Spirobranchus giganteus

Christmas tree worms



Juvenile bicolor parrotfish, Cetoscarus bicolor

juvenile bicolor parrotfish

Chevron butterflyfish, Chaetodon trifascialis

chevron butterflyfish





Red-breasted spendour wrasse, Cheilinus fasciatus

red-brested splendour wrasse


juvenile bigeye emperor

Common bigeye, Priacanthus hamrur


Magnus' partner goby, Amblyeleotris sungami

shrimp goby

Putter, Arothron sp.

white spotted puffer

Forster's hawkfish, Paracirrhites forsteri

blotched hawkfish in coral

Pseudanthias sp.

fire coral anthias in lettuce coral

Yellowspotted burrfish, Cyclichthys spilostylus

yellow spotted burrfish

You may find unusual animals in the seagrass beds, including dugongs, Dugong dugon, and green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas.

green sea turtle with remora remora on green sea turtle dugong at the surface snorkeler and dugong dugong dugong dugong

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