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Diving

The Red Sea is an old waterway where Egyptian Stelae and Turkish shipwrecks reveal the rise and fall of empires. It is considered one of the best diving areas in the world and the stunning coral reefs in the southern extremes of the Red Sea.

Around the numerous islands scattered along the coasts of Yemen offer some of the most abundant & varied marine life in the world.

Attracting visitors from all over the globe keen to sample the superb diving, optional snorkeling and water skiing in the warm and clear water of the Red Sea.

As well as sailing around a unique and spectacular landscape of volcanoes with multicolor lava flows is one of the best spots of the Yemen islands to combine best sailing with spectacular climbing, interesting snorkeling, swimming and unexplored emotional diving.


DIVING SITES BRIEFING
 
   
 Al Zubair group of islands:
 
 Quoin Rock
Low Island
Saba Island
Maha's Rock
Middle Reef                   
  
 East rocks
Evans Rocks
North Zubair Coast
Zubair Wreck
Shark Shoal
  
 The Zubair group of islands is located some 40 NM (Nautical miles) off the Northwest coasts of Yemen, in the Southern extremes of the Red Sea. They are comprised of over 10 isolated uninhabited volcanic islands and rock outcrops NNE to SSE over an area of over 75 square NM.

The black volcanic rocks of these dormant volcanoes rise dramatically out of the sea offering spectacular scenery and contrasting colors.

Saba island anchorage is the main anchorage offering shelter from both N and S, the black crater open on one side is surrounded by idyllic white sand beaches, turquoise lagoon with resident flamingos and of course the fringing coral reefs teeming with aquatic life. This is a popular site for one of your volcano trekking

Some challenging diving is available on the shoals and small rock outcrops which are often some 5-10 meters under the surface and are only diveable in good weather conditions due to exposed location and strong currents.

Quoin Rock in the N and Shark Shoal in the S are fantastic diving sites with great variety of coral and pelagic fish. Maha's rock will show you a large extension of anemones and a huge amount of mantas.

Low islands offer a unique opportunity to dive inside the submerged crescent of its volcanic crater.

On the S of Zubair islands, are the remains of a wrecked freighter with its huge propellers and other twisted pieces of steel lying amongst the rocks.

However, in rougher weather only more sheltered dive sites as Saba, Zubair, low islands will be possible.
 
   
 B: Kamaran group of islands:
 
 Kadman Island
Tiqfash Island
Labwan
Six foot Rocks
Merlin Shoal
Uqban Island                  
 
 
 The Southern Farasan Bank stretches South from Saudi Arabia into the northern waters of Yemeni Red Sea.

These low lying sandy uninhabited islands, which include Mayun, Tiqfash, Kadman moving Southwards to Uqban and Kamaran are all within comfortable cruising of each other. Here you will find wonderful white sandy beaches where you can enjoy your time swimming and snorkeling.

All these islands and islets are surrounded with shallow fringing reefs with a wide variety of corals and associated fish and marine life.

Many lagoons offer ideal habitat for thriving green mangroves, some of the most diverse and important Eco-systems on this planet. These islands are famous through history for their sea turtle nesting grounds, which lay their eggs in the soft sandy beaches.

Uqban is a beautiful natural anchorage with some isolated sandy bays to explore and a chance to meet some local fishermen.

Diving takes place on the fringing coral reefs of the islands, as well as the many shoals that exist in the area. Six-Foot Rocks offer diving on a rocky plateau with great schools of reef fishes.

Large brightly colored lobsters are sometimes found and make a great addition to the menu! This area is little surveyed and offers plenty of exploratory diving.
 
   
 C: Hunish group of islands:
 
 High Island
Abu Ali Island
Shark Island
Tonque Island
North Hanish Sughra
Maha's Island
Haycook Island
Addar Ail Island
Peaky Island
 
  
 Hunish Al-Kubra Cliff
South-west Rock
Maha's Reef
Cust Rock
Pin Rock
Hunish Suyul
Ship Rock
Three Foot Rock
  
 Hunish group offers surely the most interesting variety of diving sites in the southern Red Sea. Opened for tourism only 2 years ago, Katharina M is the first & the only yacht operating continuously in this area

The rough, but at the same time wonderful multicolor volcanic landscape surrounded with white color sandy beaches and green or light blue water seems as a natural swimming pool & makes the visitor feel in a magic world.

While diving, you can choose so many different sites that make it possible to see practically everything existing in marine life:

Beautiful live coral mostly at Maha's island, Hanish Sughira, High Island and Abu Ali islands.

Sharks, big Barracudas and giant Groupers mostly at South-west Rock, Maha's Reef, Cust Rock, Pin Rock, Ship Rock and Three Foot Rock.
Lots of red Snappers and tasteful Lobsters as in Shark Island and Hanish Al Kubra Cliff.

Big Jaks and Tunna in incredible quantities as in Adder Ail Island

 

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