Place Category: Hurghada / El Gouna
Abu Ramada is between 60 and 90 minutes out of Hurghada. Where the island stops at the north end a long plateau continues at 20-50m, tailing gently off. On the east side it drops off sheer, blending with a vertical wall to the south. Like Umm Gamar, there is a ‘Halg’ or neck on the east side of the island where your boat can often wait.
Usually too rough to moor up (except at the ‘Halg’), so the dive is done as a drift dive. Occasionally, during a south wind, boats will tie up on the plateau. A bullish current stampedes across the plateau much of the time. It makes for some thrilling diving, but take care.
Unless you are lucky enough to moor here, then drift dive it. Jump in directly north of the reef and head immediately east to the drop-off. On your way, you should pass a large coral block from 15 to 20m. The drop-off is at 25m. Just past here is an inconspicuous hump with its top at around 20m. It is packed with small holes which suggest it is hollow. It is. Follow it down to 31m where you can enter a spacious cave, that chimney up towards 25m. It is located just north of where plateau turns into wall. After the caves, follow the wall south. It is vertical and the water is very blue. If your skipper is smart (and the sea allows him) he has moored up in the ‘Halg’ (opposite a small beach).
You can join him there.
There is not a whole lot of small fish here but Barracuda, Tuna and Jacks are common. Even Sailfish have been spotted here, and now and then Hammerheads.