Local Dive Sites

Local Dive Sites

 

Utopia is blessed with an abundance of stunning dive sites within easy reach from our underwater experts, the Euro Divers DiveCenter™.

Whether taking a shore entry or Zodiac/boat trip, you will experience the best that the Red Sea has to offer and still be home in time for a sundowner drink at the Diver’s Bar.

Protecting our reef goes without saying. In order to provide an easy, yet reef-friendly access from the beach area, we have established enter and exits areas and marked them clearly so that snorkeling and diving enthusiasts know where not to step onto and help us protecting the reef area.

House Reef North: … is both, a dive and snorkel site, and is accessible directly from Utopia’s beach, about 150m north of the dive center. The maximum depth is 30m, which is a perfect diving location for beginners, and it will already prove an abundance of fish and other marine life. As this site is often visited by dolphins as well as napoleon fish, batfish, anglerfish, clownfish, there are also Zodiac trips on offer.

House Reef South: … is a dive as well as snorkel site and also accessible directly from Utopia’s beach, right in front of the dive center. The maximum depth is also 30m and again well-suited for beginners. An abundance of fish and other marine life will open up under water. As this site is often visited by dolphins as well as napoleon fish, batfish, frogfish, anglerfish, clownfish, there are also Zodiac trips on offer.

Shaab el Kenz: … is a dive site about 5 minutes north by Zodiac. Offered as a drift dive (The Zodiac will pick you up at the end of the dive.), it is not suitable for beginners. With a maximum depth of 30m, a real treasure will be revealed under water with stunning coral and reef formations. Bigger marine life is often seen here (e.g. dolphins, sharks, manta rays). Please note that it is not suitable for snorkeling.

By Boat

 

Full day boat trips with two dives – either with or without guide – can be booked with an extra boat fee of 20 Euro for divers and snorkelers; excluding diving costs either singly or through a Euro Divers DiveCenter™ dive package. There is also food on board available with €5 to be paid additionally.

Erg Monika/Erg Lassal: … are two pinnacles which can be reached by boat in app. 15 min east of the diving centre. With a maximum depth of 24m, divers can explore stunning corals accentuated by the frequent light currents. This spot is good for beginners, but unfortunately unsuitable for snorkeling.

Marsa Mubarak: … is a bay which can be reached in a 50 minute bus ride south of the diving centre. The maximum depth of 22m allows easy diving which makes it suitable for beginners and snorkelers as well. Its sandy plateau with sea grass reaching from 1 to 22m provides a perfect environment for turtles, dugong, clownfish, or stingrays.

Serib Kebir: … is a bay and app. a 45 minute boat-ride away from the north of the diving centre. With a maximum depth of 30 m, it reveals coral gardens, some small caves, and a sandy area from 2m to 5m. Stingrays often use this spot to take a rest. The spot also allows easy diving which makes it suitable for beginners and snorkeling as well.

Maheleg: … is a small bay within reach of a 20 minute boat-ride south of the diving centre. Due to the occasional light currents, bigger marine life (e.g. dolphins, sharks, manta rays) is often spotted here. Whilst the area is a good spot for snorkeling, it is not suitable for those who just started with diving (drop off – wall diving).

Sharm Fughani (Mangrove Bay): … in a 45 minute boat ride south of the diving centre, marine enthusiasts can reach this underwater spot. With a maximum depth 30m, it offers a plateau with coral gardens gently sloping from 5m till 30m. This is area suitable for beginners and is a perfect spot for snorkelers alike. In the past, there have been frequent sightings of garden eels, murray eels, clownfish, stingrays.

Sharm Tachtani: … is a bay and app. a 55 minute boat-ride away from the south of the diving centre. With a maximum depth of 25m, it offers an abundance of coral, sloping at a 45 degree angle and is the home of stonefish, clownfish, scorpion fish, and batfish. This spot is suitable for both, beginners and snorkelers.