Place Category: Safaga
Less than 15 minutes outside Safaga lies Gamul Soraya. It is the second in a chain of reefs stretching northwards from Safaga Island. It is round in shape with four outlying ergs to the southeast. Only two can be seen from the surface.
You can reach Gamul Soraya in any weather. In fact, when it’s too rough to get to the outer reefs, it is your best chance of a quality dive. The current comes from the north, splits and runs down either side of the reef.
Head straight to the ergs on the southeast side of the reef, taking in the eel garden en route. The large erg nearest the main reef reaches the surface from 13m, outside it, in 16m of water, is a hollow pillar 6-7m high with a Gorgonian inside. About 60m south of here is a very picturesque horseshoe shaped erg and 70m south of that is the best erg of all. It reaches the surface, standing in 18m water and is overhung on the south side with Glassfish, Hatchetfish, Cardinalfish and Silversides in abundance, along with their normal predators. Having completed the ergs, check your air. If you have over 100 bar, you may circle the main reef. If you have less, then work your way slowly back to the boat.
On the ergs, schools of Bream, Batfish, Bigeye Emperors, Sweetlips, Bannerfish, Fusiliers, Red and Black Snapper. Hunting the Glassfish – Redmouth Grouper and Lionfish. On the main reef, Squirrelfish, Soldierfish, Glasseyes and Cardinalfish in the many crevices. Sweetlips schooling alongside Snowflake Groupers, Lunartail Groupers and Blue Spotted Rays everywhere.
There is a green anemone on the hollow coral pillar whilst on the main reef a Frogfish is resident (position undisclosed) and in ’97 a Sea Cow made this as her home for a while.