Place Category: Safaga
Ras Abu Soma is the headland that defines the northern limit of the bay of Safaga. There are two dive sites, ‘Abu Soma Gardens‘ on the inside and the ‘Ras Abu Soma’ itself (illustrated). Both take about 45 minutes to reach by boat. The ‘Ras’ has a steep outer wall that merges with a 25m plateau to the south. The place is virtually a carbon copy of Small Giftun in Hurghada, except the Gorgonians are replaced with large Table Corals.
You are well sheltered here from the weather, but if you make a drift dive you’ll notice the sea pick up dramatically as the boat rounds the corner to drop you off. Current always comes from the north and can get quite strong on the outer wall. The mooring area is current free.
The best tactic here is to make a drift dive. Jump in about 400m past the ‘Ras’ but well before the beacon. You’ll find superb visibly and a steep wall dropping into the deep blue. As you head south, you’ll notice a ledge start to develop, which leads into the plateau. Before long you’ll notice a faint bay in the reef wall and on the far (south) side of this is a superb cave at 35m. It is fringed with Soft Corals, seething with Glassfish and is guarded by a large Grouper. The plateau above is scattered with some venerable old Table Corals up to 4m across. Front here head up to the shallow reef and follow it at 4-5m, where it is nicest, until you come to your boat waiting at the moorings.
This dive is a bit of a gamble. At some times you’ll find the place loaded with big fish. At others, it’ll be completely, empty and devoid of all life. If luck is on your side you’ll see Barracuda, Jackfish, Snapper, Tuna, schooling Batfish and Surgeonfish. The big fish seen here include Grey Reefs, White Tips. Guitar Shark, Leopard Sharks, Stingrays, Eagle Rays, Hammerheads and, in March/April, Mantas. If you’re unlucky you’ll just see Boxfish.