Umm Gamar is a small, crescent-shaped island north-east of Hurghada. The name means mother of the moon, probably due to the shape of the island. It is easily recognizable by its light house located on the north side.
The island is surrounded by an expanded coral reef up to 2 km to the north direction. The way to the Island can be a bit rough sometimes, but on the south plateau the boat will find enough protection from the wind.
The typical dive at Umm Gamar takes place on the eastern side of the island. The Zodiak will drop you at the desired site and you can dive on the eastern drop off to the south until you reach 3 coral towers that mark the beginning of south plateau. Two of the coral towers are hollow and filled with glass fish. The third has a large, sandy cave at 27m. All three are covered with purple red soft corals and clouds of glass fish cavort in the cavities.
- It would be worthwhile to take a look at the number of smaller coral blocks or caves - there can be found lionfish, crocodile fish and a lot of any "small animals".
- There are also many scorpion fish, as well as the extremely toxic real stonefish. If you look into the blue, sometimes an eagle ray or Manta is coming along.
- Once on the plateau you will find certainly Napoleon, moray eels, flute fish, bat fish and schools of butterfly fish.