Required AOWD + 30 dives
Dive Sites of Saint Johns
The number one site of the area is called Umm Khararim or Saint Johns Caves and is the home of an open cavern system, with ambient light coming from the cracks just under the surface, where you can spend an entire dive in if you would like. Another famous reef is Umm Aruk, where a forrest of pinnacles stands next to the main reef. These pillars rise up from a depth of 25 meters and are fully overgrown with hard and soft corals. This awesome dive site always offers super diving as there are enough pinnacles so that each buddy team can visit one at the same time.
The dive sites of Saint Johns all offer something special. An underwater mountain on Habili Jaffer, caverns, a plateau and lagoons on Paradise, drifting on Small Gota or looking for baby sharks on Big Gota, not to forget the pinnacle forrest of Umm Aruk.
Large underwater mountains, a forrest of pinnacles, a deep plateau with the biggest anemone city in the Red Sea, reefs that do not reach the surface, deep dropping walls, Saint Johns has it all! That means for you as a diver that to enjoy this area you need to be comfortable with wall diving, drifting, currents, caverns and bumbling in shallow waters with an occasional wreck dive on the way back.
What to see in Saint Johns
As this area is only visited by a few boats the reefs are of very good quality plus the variety of shapes is amazing. Currents are usually around bringing loads of nutritions and playing an important part for the reef system. Life that you can expect in Saint Johns: hawksbill turtles, occasional Big Bottlenose Dolphins, curious Napoleon Wrasses, stone fish and Red Sea Walkmans, anemone cities with clownfish, a giant barracuda hanging under the boat, Spanish Dancers on the night dive but surely quite some nudi branches are around. All caves are nurseries for maybe white tip reefs sharks, butterfly fishes, rock mover wrasses and so on.
On your way back you might visit Marsa Shouna, known for the bigger ray species, sea turtles and an occasional dugong (sea cow). In the area of Sataya you have chance of snorkeling with spinner dolphins.
Route: Saint Johns (Deep South)
TOUR SPECS: Saint Johns (Deep South)
|Duration||8D / 7N > 6 days of diving|
|Port||Hurghada or Port Ghalib|
|Area||Saint Johns, Fury Shoal, Marsa Alam, Sataya. If traveling from Hurghada then Safaga can be included.|
|Overnight travel||To Saint Johns and on the way back to port|
|Beste travelled||April – October, however this Itinerary van be done almost all year around.|
|Dive sites||Saint Johns Caves, Paradise, Big and Small Gota, Umm Aruk, Sataya-East, Malahi, Maksour, Claudio, Abu Dabab, Elphinstone, plus local reefs depending on the Port, possibly Salem Express (from Hurghada)|
|Number of dives||18-20|
|Type of diving||Wall diving with blue water, reef diving and night diving and an occasional cavern.|
|Maximum diving depths||30-40 meter|
|Currents||None to small, an occasional medium|
|Expected marine life||Dolphins, turtles, morays, tuna, trevally, batfish, lion fish, stone fish, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, clownfish, octopus, Nudi Braches|
|Advised certification||AOWD 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.
Why dive with Lovediving2?
In organizing trips we believe that even though we do want everybody to be happy, still safety will come always first! We would like you to be more than safe, we would like you to feel at home. Therefor we prefer big boats for relatively smaller groups, so that we can travel comfortably. We like well organized trips where we dive in small groups (guided or unguided) and usually come with extra dive guides. So that we can customize to your needs, give briefings, courses and workshops in Dutch, German, English and Arabic (other languages are possible at request).
When you dive and travel with Lovediving2 you get a great value for a great price! We often offer trips with Free Nitrox and for an excellent price as its one of the lowest in the market.
Safety • Feel at home • Small groups & big boats • Well organized • Customized
GREAT VALUE FOR AN EXCELLENT PRICE
Safety comes at all times first
Make yourself at home
We brief in Dutch, English, German and Arabic50