Dive Site

Thomas Reef

  • Current: W in the morning, W at midday, E in the afternoon
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 30 m; M, J, J, A: 25 m; S, O, N, D: 35 m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 24°C; A, M, J: 26°C; J, A, S: 28°C; O, N, D: 26°C
  • Depth: 2 m to 80 m

Overview

The Thomas Reef is honestly one of the best diving spots in Northern Egypt, but the strong current can be quite challenging. With speeds of up to 12 km/h on the reef's edge, there's hardly enough time to say 'hello' to all the reef inhabitants. The Thomas Reef has no mooring points; drift diving is also recommended for the sake of protecting the coral. Warning: Undertows!

Description

Whoever likes diving in caves will burst with joy in the Thomas Reef which will win them over with its steep vertical slopes, many crevices and spectacular canyon. However, this dive is only for experienced divers: depending on the tides, the currents fluctuate greatly especially on the side facing the Woodhouse Reef. Not only are they fast, but they also cause undertows to occur.
Whoever's gutsy enough shouldn't waste any time and book the tour immediately. The Thomas Reef is simply a brilliant and unique place to dive. It's just 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'! With its three rock arches, the canyon can rightly show off what it's got: fields of gorgonians and black coral regularly put on a show for their visitors and lionfish, reef sharks, barracudas, moray eels or other family members of the 1,200 other fish species living in the Red Sea often make cameo appearances. Underwater cinematography at its best!

Hotspots

  • Canyon: Diving sites such as the ones located in the Thomas Reef give us the necessary motivation to keep honing our diving skills. A very challenging dive that is rewarded with a rarely found underwater world. Scuba divers start off the first section by diving shallow and then traverse the first archway.
  • Gorgonians: Indonesia, Algeria, Tunisia ... gorgonians! At the southern corner of the Thomas Reef, the home of an infinite number of gorgonians – otherwise known as horn coral or sea fans – can be found. We can enjoy this lavish sight in depths of approx. 30 to 35 metres.
  • Western side: We can also find gorgonians and soft corals on the Thomas Reef's western steep faces. A very special highlight is the cave located approx. 25 metres below – not only do divers love it, but so do whitetip reef sharks.

map Dive Plans

Classic tour

The starting point is the southern corner of the reef. From the boat you head north down to the sandy plateau at a depth of about 25 to 30 meters. Slightly sloping, this area leads directly to the canyon, which opens its gates at a depth of 35 meters and parallel to the east side. The classic diving route outside and above the canyon continues in a north-west direction to the west side, a highlight on the east side is the cave at a depth of 5 meters.

Drift dive

A great tour, if the current allows it: we simply drift down the west side and repeatedly encounter large predators, turtles and schooling fish in the blue water until we come across the cave at a depth of 25 meters in the first third.