Place Category: Hurghada / El Gouna
45 minutes southeast from Hurghada like Shaab Eshta is this dive site located behind the islands in the region of Magawish and is conditionally protected. Shaab Petra is suitable for beginners and advanced divers. Two ergs come to the surface from an 8m sandy seabed. They are about 50m apart on an east-west axis. To the east of these ergs is a small coral block (the best part of the dive).
Usually calm with a mild current from the northeast or northwest. Nevertheless, the sea can be rough on windy days.
Spend your time on the eastern erg and its outlying block. The block is teeming with life and will impress even the most jaded diver.
The coral block has a few large holes containing Glassfish and Hatchetfish which spill out onto the surrounding reef. Above swarm Silversides and tiny Goatfish. Orangespot and Bluefin Trevallies hunt amongst them. The main ergs are not as interesting but have various large holes, home to Squirrelfish, Soldierfish, Cardinal Fish, Glasseyes and Hatchetfish.