Place Category: Hurghada / El Gouna
About one hour northeast of Hurghada, amid-sea reef plateau pushes up from the abyss. It is mostly in the 12-25m range, gently sloping to 22-24m at its edges where it drops off steeply. Standing on the plateau are two ergs, the larger to the northwest, the smaller to the southeast. They are surrounded by a forest of coral that swarms with fish.
The ergs offer no protection from the sea and this lack of a decent anchorage has saved Carless Reef from its own popularity (divers can’t get here every day). The current is unpredictable. On the surface, it always comes from the north but deeper down, it has been known to run any which way.
There are two good dives here. Firstly, drop into the north of the ergs and head south along the eastern drop-off finishing on the southern erg. Alternatively, dive from the moorings taking time to explore both sides of the plateau and circling the ergs in a figure 8.
This place is crawling with just about everything. On the plateau keep an eye out for free swimming Morays, White Tips, Turtles and to the north a school of Bannerfish. On the drop-off look for Tuna, Giant Trevallies, and huge Groupers; and in the early morning Hammerheads.