Place Category: Makadi Bay
Abu Hashish is the island at the centre of a wide bay 90 minutes south of Hurghada. The island was once used as drop-off point for smugglers bringing hash into the country. A tongue of reef extends about 1km south of the island. The dive site is at its southernmost tip. There is a shelf between 15 and 22m outside, and beyond that a steep, but fairly bare, drop-off, usually with superb visibility. Inside the tongue of reef is a scattering of long ergs.
Rough seas often make this site inaccessible from Hurghada although the site itself is well protected. Current is mainly north to south and strongest along the drop-off.
Leave the lagoon through an obvious channel filled with table corals, cross the shelf to the drop-off and follows it north. There are some beautiful caves in the 30m region. Return along the inside of the shelf and finish the dive back in the lagoon amongst the ergs
Along the drop-off pelagic such as: Jacks, Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel, White Tips and, now and then, Hammerheads and Feather Tail Rays. On the shelf: Turtles, Blue Spotted Rays, Spanish Dancers, Moray Eels, Lunar Tail and Leopard Groupers. In the lagoon: Squid and Baby-Barracuda schools.