Place Category: Hurghada / El Gouna
Shaab Eshta is 45 minutes to one hour far from Hurghada. It is basically two ergs, a small one to the north, a large one to the south and it is shaped a bit like a clover leaf. The meaning of ‘Eshta’ in Arabic is ‘cream’, but it’s also a term of phrase equivalent to ‘cool’ in English. The depth ranges from 9 to 12m and it is surrounded by areas of turtle grass.
The Sea is more often calm than not, and the current is always light, except in the channel between the two ergs.
It’s a small dive site and you can circle it twice in a figure 8 at different depths. Head out into the turtle grass beds, where you’ll find a wide variety of unfamiliar fish.
In the turtle grass look for packs of Lionfish, Blueline Emperors, Southern Stingrays, Turtles and Sea Horses. In the gap between the ergs, there is a school of Goatfish plus Sweetlips, Snappers and on the rubble slope, Stonefish, Humpback Scorpionfish and Crocodilefish. There is also a small cave which at night shelters a Turtle. A small gully on the southern erg houses a school of Hatchetfish and finally, look out for a large Malabar Grouper which patrols the area.