Dive Site

Sheleniat

  • Current: Morning N / W, N noon, afternoon N / W
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A 25-35m, M, J, J, A 20-35m, S, O, N, D 40m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M 23-25 ° C, A, M, J 26-28 ° C, J, A, S 28-30 ° C, O, N, D, 28-24 ° C
  • Difficulty: With current very demanding / between the hills very often changing currents
  • Depth: 3m to 16m

Overview

Sheleniat I is a pearl among the reefs in the area of Wadi Gimal: hills full of corals and on the west side two beautiful lagoons teeming with young barracudas, turtles, octopuses and porcupine fish. A place where even leopard sharks can be met. What the diver's heart need more?

Description

The reef has a width of 150 m and a length of 200m. With a depth of 16m, it is one of the very shallow dive sites. The corals are mainly by lower cultures, so usually only 50cm high. The 2 to 4 m high hills are the ideal spot for damselfish.
On the west side there are two large lagoons, which are internally connected in 6m depth. They are covered with staghorn and mountain coral. On the sandy bottom you find gobies and crabs that live symbiotically there.

The north is bounded by an elongated block. On the west side, however, there are four coral hills of 2 to 8 m high.

The east side has an elongated reef wall with individual mountain coral fields and outdoor sporadically 2m high turrets. The diversity of coral and fish here is indescribable!

In the south there are some lagoons and an ancient coral that is home for bat fish, large groupers and moray eels.

This is a good night anchor place and night dive site.

Around the hill, the current changes often and forms eddies.

Hotspots

  • young barracudas, turtles, octopuses and porcupine fish

map Dive Plans

Northwest

After settling in the north, dive west. Then through the channel to the main reef and into the first lagoon. There are snub-nosed pompanos there. Follow the reef and lagoons further south. With a bit of luck you might see a leopard shark outside.

Northeast

After the cross-block, we head west. On the north side of the main reef there is a small indentation with blue mackerel. Scorpionfish or crocodile fish often cavort here. With the reef on your right shoulder, keep going back to the boat.

Night dive

Due to the current, you should dive on the southern side at night. From Spanish dancers to dancing shrimp and from bat fish to snake eels, everything is possible: shrimps and crabs, sleeping parrot fish or rabbit fish with their poisonous spines.