Place Category: Hurghada / El Gouna
Like Umm Gamar, less than one mile to the north, Shaabruhr Umm Gamar is a thin slice of reef lying on a north south axis. Unlike Umm Gamar it has no island or beacons to mark its surface. For this reason it has claimed three ships, the wrecks of which now lie beneath the surface. On the southernmost point are the remains of an old Egyptian vessel that used to supply the army on Shadwan Island. There is also a dive safari boat at great depth and from more recently, the famous Colona IV also at great depth. All around the island is a plateau between 15 and 30m. It is narrow on the south and east sides and broad and sandy to the west. The north end has a ridge that extends at 25-30m for several hundred metres. Shaabruhr simply means small reef.
Shaabruhr Umm Gamar offers less shelter than Umm Gamar but it’s usually okay to moor up. Current can run quite strong down the east side, though the mooring area is usually calm.
There are two good dives here. Either drift the east wall, or dive the south plateau, taking in the wreck and drop-off beyond it. Return along the shallow reef where there are numerous small caves and overhangs. Finish the dive shallow on the mushroom shaped erg.
On the plateau, you may cross paths with Morays, Napoleons, large Groupers and Blue-spotted Rays. On the drop-off are White Tips, Jackfish and some big Tuna. This is the best place in Hurghada to look for Grey Reefs (especially in the afternoon).