NORTH UMM GAMAAR
Depth: 0-24m sloping towards great depth
Location: Around 90 mins from central Hurghada.
Conditions: Somewhat protected in the bend of the reef, but there is not a lot of space for the boat and the current can be ripping. Some experience is required for the deep sections.
A bend in the reef of Umm Gamaar with a sandy bottom sloping via two big coral blocks into the abyss. The bottom gives way to a vertical wall to the south and a steep sloping wall to the north.
Due to their depth, the two large coral blocks on the sandy bottom are the most suitable start of the dive. Then head up north along the wall until you reach the split point. Here you need to be careful not to get in the current going the wrong way.
Turn around, and work yourself shallower as you’re approaching the moorings. If you’ve got time and air, you can venture south and have a look at the cave at 8m
before making your safety stop at the picturesque top of the reef.
What to see:
Big schools of anthias, snappers and sweetlips hover effortlessly, indicating the split point in the north end. A variety of groupers hang around the reef alongside butterflyfish of every known kind. Gorgonias and soft corals drape the wall.