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Place Category: Hurghada / El Gouna

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    Location

    North of Gota Abu Ramada (between 45 and 75 minutes from Hurghada) is a wide range of Pinnacles (ergs), standing on a 12m seabed, like a field of mushrooms. They stretch from southwest to northeast and fall into three main zones. Although ‘El Aruk’ is often seen as a dive site, it is actually three: starting in the southwest with ‘Aruk Diana’, ‘Aruk Giftun’ in the middle, and finally ‘Aruk Gigi’ in the north east. ‘Aruk’ is simply the Arabic plural for ‘erg’ but they also go by three other names – ‘Aruk Twile’, ‘Shaab Quais’ or ‘The Magic Mushrooms’. The illustration shows Aruk Diana.

    Sea Conditions

    In the lee of Giftun Kebir they are well protected but they do catch a strong current from time to time.

    Dive Plan

    No matter how you want to dive, but be careful not to get lost. If you have a poor sense of direction then choose an erg central to the area (e.g. the split erg in the illustration) and use it as a reference, passing by it each time you leave one erg and head to the next. Most people tend to dive around the base of the ergs (the least interesting part). Don’t be afraid to go shallow where the life and colour are most vivid.

    Aruk Diana is composed of 7 ergs (6 are illustrated) centred on a central split erg.  Aruk Giftun is a group of seven on a rocky seabed. One of the smaller ones has a cavern full of Glassfish, Lionfish and Scorpionfish. Aruk Gigi is an almost straight line of eleven. They are close together and each one is easy to see from the next.

    Marine Life

    There are the usual Parrotfish, Triggerfish and Rabbitfish plus Blue-spotted Stingray, Morays, various Yellowfish and an unusual amount of Snowflake Morays.

    Location

    North of Gota Abu Ramada (between 45 and 75 minutes from Hurghada) is a wide range of Pinnacles (ergs), standing on a 12m seabed, like a field of mushrooms. They stretch from southwest to northeast and fall into three main zones. Although ‘El Aruk’ is often seen as a dive site, it is actually three: starting in the southwest with ‘Aruk Diana’, ‘Aruk Giftun’ in the middle, and finally ‘Aruk Gigi’ in the north east. ‘Aruk’ is simply the Arabic plural for ‘erg’ but they also go by three other names – ‘Aruk Twile’, ‘Shaab Quais’ or ‘The Magic Mushrooms’. The illustration shows Aruk Diana.

    Sea Conditions

    In the lee of Giftun Kebir they are well protected but they do catch a strong current from time to time.

    Dive Plan

    No matter how you want to dive, but be careful not to get lost. If you have a poor sense of direction then choose an erg central to the area (e.g. the split erg in the illustration) and use it as a reference, passing by it each time you leave one erg and head to the next. Most people tend to dive around the base of the ergs (the least interesting part). Don’t be afraid to go shallow where the life and colour are most vivid.

    Aruk Diana is composed of 7 ergs (6 are illustrated) centred on a central split erg.  Aruk Giftun is a group of seven on a rocky seabed. One of the smaller ones has a cavern full of Glassfish, Lionfish and Scorpionfish. Aruk Gigi is an almost straight line of eleven. They are close together and each one is easy to see from the next.

    Marine Life

    There are the usual Parrotfish, Triggerfish and Rabbitfish plus Blue-spotted Stingray, Morays, various Yellowfish and an unusual amount of Snowflake Morays.

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