For a long time, the only way to dive the far south of Egypt meant having to get on a liveaboard boat. However, new international flights direct to Marsa Alam have made the region far more accessible. There are several land based areas with good facilities as well as selection of diving liveaboards.
Furthest south, the Fury Shoals lie offshore from the developing resort area around Hamata town and close to the Sudanese border. Right by the coast there are shallow fringing reefs with huge groupers, tame batfish and friendly octopus. Further offshore, a string of fringing reefs parallel the coast. These have amazing hard corals that create fascinating swim-throughs and tunnels leading beneath the reef like some sort of crazy maze. There is a charming sail boat wreck on Abu Galawa Soraya. At Sha'ab Sataya the reef has deep walls while an inner lagoon has a resident pod of spinner dolphins.
Back towards Marsa Alam, this bay is famous for resident green turtles and a lone dugong. You could hardly miss the gigantic turtles – there are ten, nine ladies and a male, who all feed on the seagrass beds. While the turtles are easy to find, the dugong, is far more elusive and easily disturbed especially if there are a lot of snorkellers and boats about. Nearby Elphinstone Reef is an absolute gem. In the winter months access from the coast is limited but the reef is well known for attracting chevron barracuda and Oceanic white tips. This has to be the most colourful reef we have ever seen in the Red Sea, plastered with hard corals, soft corals, and every Red Sea reef fish that exists.