Power Station Here the reef drops from the surface to 5mtrs then slopes to 12mtrs before dropping vertically to 200mtrs in a sheer wall. Swimming along the edge of the wall offers spectacular views and large pelagic species make this their hunting ground. Soft corals abound as nutrient rich waters gently flow along the wall. This dive requires good buoyancy control and offers some spectacular coral outcrops with huge numbers of fish. The dive can be completed in shallow water between 12 and 5 meters, where an abundance of varied hard corals each with its attendant species, keep divers entertained.A gentle slope of solid corals to 15m where there is the start of a magnificent wall dropping to the deep. With good buoyancy control, swimming along the edge is a rewarding experience where large soft coral fans and large pelagic fish abound.
First Bay Next to the Marine Reserve. A coral garden of pinnacles and tables with a wide variety of fish. A fascinating dive with lots to see at less than 18m. About 700m long reef situated just south of the Marine Science Station, entrance point south of the reef between Coastal Radio Station and Ras Al-Yamaneah. Shallow fringing reef of the fire corals and small garden about 8m Reef slopes down from 15m and is the best to stay there. Rating: N/A Average Depth: 15m - Maximum Depth: 30m Corals: Varies from fire corals, Cabbage Corals, table corals and small coral gardens. Fish Life: Puffer fish, squids and octopus, lionfish, groupers, very well camouflaged scorpion or stone fishKing Abdullah Reef
King Abdullah Reef South of the First Bay, between Ras Al-Yamania and the camping site. Entry point 150m north of camping fence. Reef extends about 500m out from the shore in front and just north of the camping. Rating: Snorkeling highly recommended, diving good. Average Depth: 13m - Maximum Depth: 30m Corals: Excellent patchy corals cover sandy bottom. Fish Life: White morays, triggers, goatfish, and angels, scorpions, lionfish, wrasses, butterflies, damsels, clownfish, and odd blue spotted stingray
Black Rock Black Rock Rating: Ideal for snorkeling, diving is good between the camping site and the Rainbow reef. Average Depth: 14m - Maximum Depth: 30m Corals: Coral garden starts just below the surface with fire corals and pinnacles. Fish Life: Emperor, snapper, Lyre tail, small trigger fish, Wrasse, Parrotfish, Lionfish and scorpion fish, box fish, many butterfly fish and regularly visited by turtles
Rainbow The dive site was named by rainbow fish, which lives there. The dive site is located 110m to the right from the shipwreck buoy. Rating: N/A Average Depth: 14m - Maximum Depth: 30m Corals: Excellent patchy corals cover sandy bottom. Fish Life: Excellent throughout with various sorts of butterfly fish, parrotfish, lionfish, wrasse fish
Cedar Pride - Wreck A Lebanese freighter scuttled in 1983 which now hosts a wide variety of hard and soft corals. She is intact and lies across two reefs on her port side. Divers can swim under her at 27m. She can take several dives to fully appreciate and is an excellent night dive. It is also the site for beautiful sea horses.The wreck of Lebanese freighter (760 tons, length 81m and 20m wide) was purposely sunk in 1986. The wreck is marked by a surface marker buoy less than 150m offshore. She lies on her port site, bridging two reefs, so you can swim underneath her at about 25m. Near the stern is a life boat in 20.5m of depth. The Ship is in good condition, tank area can be swum inside. Rating: Diving highly recommended snorkeling possible Average Depth: 10m (from Starboard site) - Maximum Depth: 28m (from port site) Corals: Very good soft corals, magnificent garden of sea fans covering the wreck inside and outside Fish Life: Lionfish and angelfish, large snappers, school of double bar break, barracuda, and the smaller reef species such as damsels are well represented
Japanese Garden Located just to the south of the shipwreck. Very good condition for snorkeling. The reef begins in shallow water with some fire corals and then gently sloping to the magnificent colorful reef. Rating: N/A Average Depth: 18m - Maximum Depth: 30m Corals: Large coral heads, cabbage corals, black coral Fish Life: Lionfish, angelfish, cornet fish, Grey moray, groupers, school fish of snappers lunar fusiliers and the butterflies fish of the reef
Gorgonian I Named after the huge Gorgonian fan coral at 16m. After a zigzag entrance thru’ fringing reef you are confront with a huge Cabbage coral, the size of a house. There are 3 pinnacles each supporting a huge variety of life, including an Arabian Angel and Yellow Mouth Moray. Max depth 17m, a good easy, shallow dive. Rating: One of the best for diving, snorkeling recommended. Average Depth: 18m - Maximum Depth: 25m Corals: Large yellow cabbage at beginning of dive, fire corals and brain corals, varieties of stony corals Fish Life: On pinnacles shoaling glass fish, or sleeping upside down lion fish
Gorgonian II Named by two Gorgonian fan corals, which is 20m and 29m depth. Site is located at the south of the Gorgonian I – just left site of the parking area in the Marine Park. This dive site has varieties of pinnacles and reefs with a different shapes and depth. Very interesting pinnacles are in the shallow water. Rating: Excellent for diving, snorkeling possible. Average Depth: 20m Maximum Depth: 30m Corals: Fire corals on beginning of dive, table corals, cabbage and stony or raspberry corals. Fish Life: Lionfish, scorpion fish, parrotfish, wrasse fish. Visited by green turtles, feed on sea grass.
7 Sisters Here 7 pinnacles of coral vie for your attention over a solid coral reef. Luckily the depth is only 8-9m so you can enjoy the wonders each has to offer New Canyon (Tank Wreck) Home of Frog fish, Crocodile fish and giant Scorpion fishes. The reef start at 12m and drops to 30m plus large squid are founding feeding in shoals around the shallow corals and octopus abounds of the fringing reef. Young turtles are often seen finding their ground around the reef. Rating: Good for diving and snorkeling Average Depth: 18m - Maximum Depth: 30m Corals: Plenty of healthy hard and soft corals, like cabbage coral, large spherical coral heads. Fish Life: Eel moray, lionfish, scorpion fish, and green turtles can be seen
Eel Canyon Home of Frog fish, Crocodile fish and giant Scorpion fishes. The reef start at 12m and drops to 30m plus large squid are founding feeding in shoals around the shallow corals and octopus abounds of the fringing reef. Young turtles are often seen finding their ground around the reef. Rating: Good for diving and snorkeling Average Depth: 18m Maximum Depth: 30m Corals: Plenty of healthy hard and soft corals, like cabbage coral, large spherical coral heads. Fish Life: Eel moray, lionfish, scorpion fish, and green turtles can be seen
Yellow Stone Reef Located in the middle of the Big Bay. Named for a type of lacy blue coral. Sloping reef about 30m wide, cut through with deeper sand gullies. The reef runs down to 40m. Rating: N/A Average Depth: 20m 20 - 40m. Maximum for divers 35m. Corals: Variety of healthy corals with a different shape. Fish Life: This site is know as a home for the razorfish (plate fish), which swim in a vertical position, head down
Moon Valley Located in the middle of the Big Bay. Named for a type of lacy blue coral. Sloping reef about 30m wide, cut through with deeper sand gullies. The reef runs down to 40m. Rating: N/A Average Depth: 20m - Maximum Depth: 35m Corals: Good range of corals, healthiest corals are in deeper water. Fish Life: Snapper, grouper, angelfish, puffers, wrasse fish, lionfish.