As far as you can get in Rocky & Zabargad

Rocky & zabargad (Deep South)

In the South-East of the Red Sea, the most far out sites are Rocky and Zabargad. These two Islands sit east of Saint Johns and can only be visited if the weather and sea conditions permit. Rocky is known for her dramatic walls, fully overgrown with soft corals, attracting all sorts of life, even sharks and mantas if you are lucky and in the right time of year. While Zabargad offers some cracks and caves on a plateau full of life. Note that Zabargad is also a nesting grounds for sea turtles.

Drift diving

Reef diving

Night diving

Zodiac diving

Dive sites of Rocky & Zabargad

Zabargad is an old mountain in the sea that is slowly subsiding and has a fringed reef with a lagoon on the inside. The south beach is a nesting ground for sea turtles and closed during the month of August. However in the late summer you might be able to see baby turtles around the south plateau where we dive. Other than that the fringed reef offers loads of cracks and caverns and a home for many animals.

Sitting next to Zabargad, Rocky Island has deep dropping walls with a shoulder sticking out here and there at 30 meters. The currents usually surround her attrackting some beautiful life and offer some nice drif diving. The diving on both Islands is amazing but on the way back you will visit some dive sites in Saint Johns and then hop reef by reef up north through Sataya. If you are traveling back to Hurghada there is chance of doing some Safaga Dive sites like the Salem Express.

As these reefs are quite far to travel to, the wind and sea conditions need to be great for us to be anble to do this tour. But if you get to dive it you will be blue water diving, wall diving, visit some caverns, dive stunning reefs and hang in drifts and do an occasional night dive. There for it is advisable to be comfortable doing those.

What to see in Rocky & Zabargad





The diving around Rocky and Zabargad is amazing! The reefs walls are full of life and often attract different shark species, like silky sharks, longimanus, tiger sharks and the hammerhead. And at times mantas are seen close to the reef and occasionally jumping.

The reefs itself are very beautiful as she has dramatic walls with some small caverns and swim throughs and fully overgrown with hard en soft corals. Along those reefs you are likely to encounter napoleons, barracuda, octopus, tuna, turtles, loads of reef fishes and a nudi here and there.

Route: Rocky & zabargad (Deep South)

TOUR SPECS: Rocky & Zabargad (Deep South)

Duration8D / 7N > 6 days of diving
PortHurghada or Port Ghalib
AreaRocky Island, Zabargad, Saint Johns, plus local dive sites depending on the port of departure and arrival. If coming from Hurghada you will travel through Safaga and might get a chance to visit the Salem Express.
Overnight travelTo Rocky and on the way back to port
Beste travelledMarch – November, during nesting season for the Sea Turtle, Zabargad is closed.
Dive sitesRocky Island, Zabargad South, Dangerous, Umm Aruk, Saint Johns Caves, Sataya-East, Malahi, Maksour, Claudio, Stairway to heaven, Abu Dabab, Elphinstone, plus local reefs depending on the port
Number of dives18-20
Type of divingWall diving with blue water, reef diving and night diving and an occasional cavern
Maximum diving depths30-40 meter
CurrentsNone to small is regular, an occasional medium to strong on Rocky or one of the habilies.
Expected marine lifeLongimanus, grey reef, dolphins, turtles, morays, tuna, trevally, batfish, lion fish, stone fish, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, clownfish, octopus, nudi branches
Advised certificationAOWD with 30 dives

* The executed route and dive sites are chosen depending on the wind and sea conditions where safety and comfort on board are key. The sea is not a zoo and the expected marine life is a realistic expectation based upon years of experience.

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