The Dive sites of Daedalus and Sataya
What a special treat that is as you dive the blue waters of the 1 kilometer long Daedalus in the search of the schooling salloped hammerhead shark. This species is quite shy but if you find what you seek you are in a real treat! A school of hammers emerging from the deep blue waters, swirling around you. If luck is with you there schools can run up to 25-30 individuals, al though 10 are more common. And if that is not enough, Sataya offers a dolphin snorkel to never forget!
From Sataya to Port Ghalib the reefs are amazing and some of them offer a cave, like Claudio, or the deep dropping of Maksour, there is even one where you swim in the reef and its called Malahi (a.k.a. playground). Close to Port Ghalib is the Wonderfull area of Abu Dahab, known for turtles. And what about the bays in that area where dugongs at times are seen.
The variety of types of diving is quite big in this itinerary, as you will meet deep dropping walls with potentially medium currents, next to doing shallow dives with swim throughs and an occasional night dive.
What to see in Daedalus and Sataya
Depending on the time of year you can expect to see quite a variety of sharks, dolphins, turtles and maybe even a dugong. Ofcourse there is no guarantee as the sea is not a zoo, but we do encounter these animals regularly.
Daedalus reef is a fully overgrown 1 kilometer long reef that offers really stunning dives. She is known to be the home of the scholing (scolloped) hammerhead and we dive with them in the blue water usually around the north of the reef. Besides the hammerhead longimanus, grey reef and silky shark is often seen. And a special treat is the oceanic manta that at times like to be around the reef.
Besides all that shark action the reef is amazing and will offer a chance to see: Napoleon wrasse, tuna, shrimps, scorpion and lion fish, giant moray, school of barracuda, trevalli hunting and much more.
In Fury shoal we have a variety of reefs that allure known for their stunning hard corals. Besides that some reefs have a cavern and there is one that is known as a dolphin house. This house is a place where spinner dolphins are seen and these animals usually are not a big fan of divers, however we do like to organize for a snorkel with them they are in the area.
Coming close to Marsa Alam there are options and chances to meet the dugong, large rays like the feather tail ray and even meet turtles including the big sea turtle.
Route: Daedalus and Sataya (south)
TOUR SPECS: Daedalus and Sataya (south)
|Duration||8D / 7N > 6 days of diving|
|Port||Port Ghalib or Hurghada|
|Area||Daedalus and Sataya (Fury shoal), Marsa Alam. If coming from hurghada it is likely that Safaga will be included.|
|Overnight travel||To Daedalus then onward to Sataya and if coming from Hurghada also a night travel to get back|
|Beste travelled||May – Oktober is the best season, however can be traveled all year round|
|Dive sites||Daedalus Reef, Sataya east, Malahi, Maksour, Claudio, Stairway to heaven, Elphinstone, plus local reefs depending on the port.|
|Number of dives||16-18|
|Type of diving||Along deep Walls, blue water diving and drifts. Maybe an occasional night dive.|
|Maximum diving depths||30 – 40 meter|
|Currents||None to small, but on the offshore reefs medium to strong currents can be expected.|
|Expected marine life||Longimanus, grey and white-tip reef sharks, silky shark, tiger shark, thresher shark, Turtles, Morays, tuna, trevally, batfish, lion fish, stone fish, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, clownfish, octopus|
|Advised certification||AOWD with 30 dives. In addition a deep speciality and a drift spec is a good thing.|
* 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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