Dive Site

Panorama Reef

Overview

Welcome to Panorama Reef, the most famous reef in Safaga; a steep face in the open sea with a plateau to the north and to the south respectively. The current here is usually very strong. What does that tell us? We have a good chance of seeing large fish here! In addition to this, a turtle called Quasimodo has been living here for years - but to be honest, she cannot help the shape of her shell!

Description

In 60 to 90 minutes we will have reached Panorama Reef by boat. The east and west sides drop steeply; to the north and south, however, we find very interesting plateaus with a whole lot of life and, what else, but a spectacular panorama. We can see unicornfish, barracudas and giant trevally. The west side is where we are most likely to see whitetip reef sharks and, particularly in the afternoon, grey reef sharks, moray eels every now and then, flatheads, eagle rays, dolphins, silvertip sharks, humphead wrasses and the famous turtle with the deformed shell.
Wonderful hill-forming corals, large table corals and thousands of anthiinae are to be found on the northern plateau at Panorama Reef. The current comes from the north to 95 percent, which means it is often quite ‘stormy’ here. The south plateau is more protected; it begins at a depth of 18 metres and falls slowly to a depth of 30 metres. Giant gorgonians grow up the chimney. The large field of sea anemones is also part of it, as are the almost obligatory sightings of stonefish.

Hotspots

  • Sea anemone field: On the south plateau we are spoiled with a field of sea anemones, where a multitude of clownfish and Red Sea dascyllus feel at home.
  • Turtle: As everybody is talking about her, of course we want to see Quasimodo too on our dive at Panorama Reef. The turtle with the deformed shell has been living here for years and will hopefully continue to live a long and happy life.

map Dive Plans

Drift dive

We start with the Zodiac at the northern plateau and explore this first. There are always some surprises hidden under the table corals. Continue on the east or west side in a southbound direction. Maybe just dive down the page that feels "right". There should already be enough current, otherwise the path could be too long. When we have reached the south plateau, visit the anemone field. Happy and satisfied, we appear at the boat.

The south

We dive from the boat and are immediately on the southern plateau, which is protected from the current. Here we explore the huge sea fans at a depth of 30 meters. The coral splendor will amaze us, we also take a look into the blue water, maybe to see big fish and definitely stop by the anemone field before we emerge again.