Place Category: Safaga
Just north of Shadwan Island and about 20 minutes from Safaga is a large round reef, known as Gamul Kebir. At its centre is a perfect, circular lagoon. To the south is a long nondescript reef and to the northeast are three small and colourful ergs. All around are sea grass beds.
It is accessible in any weather and the moorings are very sheltered. Current comes from the northeast and can occasionally run quite strong.
Either leave the boat at the moorings and head out through the ‘fossma’ (channel) in the direction of the three ergs (it takes 20-30 minutes depending on current), or enter the water in the region of the three ergs. Your boat can then head down to the moorings where you can reach it later.
This reef is known for a mean-looking school (15-20) of big Barracuda with about 1.5m and more. They are a mixture of Chevron and Pickhandle Barracuda and operate in the region of the three ergs or over the sea grass beds to the north of the main reef. Eagle Rays are also commonly seen here, as are White Tips and also, though more rarely, Sea Cows. Around the ergs are Unicorn Fish, Snappers, Bigeye Emperors, Bream and Scrolled Filefish. In the sand live a colony of Garden Eels and if you look closely, Pegasus or Sea Moths may also be found.