This reef is one of the outstanding dive sites in Sudan. It has a breathtaking variety of underwater fauna and flora.
The south side with the southwest plateau
By far the most dives are carried out on the southwest plateau. The underwater life unfolds here a breathtaking splendor.
The south side forms a vertical reef wall down to a depth of 10 meters and merges into an inclined slope below. The slope bends vertically in the area of 35 meters. The upper area is rugged and forms numerous small caves and crevices. One encounters short-spined hedgehog fish over forests of leather corals. At a depth of about 50 meters, a small sandy step nestles against the reef before the wall below disappears vertically in the deep blue.
The southwest plateau connects to the west. Large table corals stand on its base, at a depth of 10 to 15 meters. Numerous whip corals rise from the bottom, some of which form entire forests. With such an abundance of species, it is difficult to decide in which direction the dive should continue. On the one hand, the vibrant life on the plateau attracts, on the other hand, gray reef sharks, black tip and hammerhead sharks can be found in the area of the edge, as well as on the entire outer wall of the reef. With a little luck, sea turtles or passing mantas can be spotted.
The outer edge of the plateau begins at its base at 10 meters and sinks to about 33 meters at the extreme south-west tip. The strongly jagged outer wall runs almost vertically on it and forms overhangs. The entire splendor of the Red Sea unfolds on the plateau. A number of small coral columns, some of which are beautifully decorated with purple soft corals, invite you to look at and take pictures. A large swarm of Barakudas, loyal to the location, is circling. It is so trusting that a cautious diver can swim up to the arm length of individual animals. A huge swarm of mackerel is also common. Jewel flagfish appear in this coral garden in an unlimited number. A large number of sponges, leather corals, gorgonians and fire corals settle on the bottom. At the foot of the upper reef wall, a strip of sand stretches across the plateau, on which large green giant triggerfish have dug their eggs in the sand. Care should be taken there as they aggressively defend their nests. The reef wall above the plateau is so jagged up to 10 meters that canyons have formed. They are easy to dive.
An elongated plateau connects directly to the northern tip. There is hardly any diving because the highlight on the Sanganeb reef is the southwest plateau. However, eventful dives can also be carried out at the north end.
The approach of the plateau begins at a depth of 4 meters. Due to the waves and the frequently occurring strong currents, it is rarely suitable for diving. From its outer edge, however, you can beautifully observe the many small reef fish that swim around in the game of the waves.
Below the first step there is a sloping slope very nicely covered with soft and stone corals. It flows into a canal at a depth of 25 meters. The often strong current makes it impossible to swim against it.
In the northern direction, the plateau initially rises again to 20 meters, in order to then change into a steep drop. Shoals of barbed mackerel, fusiliers and copper snappers pass by on the outside. Below them, soft corals sway in the current.
A further plateau begins at a depth of 40 meters, which descends continuously to a depth beyond 60 meters in order to drop steeply below. At this level there are good chances to spot gray reef sharks and hammerheads. The sloping slope offers a magnificent sight. It is overgrown with numerous soft corals and fan corals stretch their bodies into the free water.
In the shallower area you can encounter a swarm of baracuda or large groups of double-spot snappers.
- Gray reef sharks, blacktip and hammerhead sharks