Place Category: Safaga
Shaab Claude is about 80 minutes away from Safaga and the second in a chain of small reefs that extend southward from the east end of Shaab Sheer. It has one prominent erg to the south east, whilst on its southwest corner is a long ridge composed of several ergs that have grown together at the top. Between them are swim-through’s in the 4-6m range. The whole reef stands on a sandy seabed at 15-18m.
The reef enjoys some protection from the reefs to the north. The current, on the other hand, often rips through here at a rate of knots. Occasionally it can even make passage past the ergs on either side impossible.
The reef is small enough to circle in one dive (current permitting). We suggest going anti-clockwise. This way, at the end of your dive, you can take in the shallow swim-through’s in the outlying ridge. At the end of this ridge the reef is imposingly overhanging and at a depth of approximately 12m are a couple of huge and (for the time being) immaculate Gorgonians.
The east side of the reef seems to catch a touch more current and, therefore, boasts a higher concentration of fish than the other side. On spot Snappers and Yellow Snappers form small schools on the north end where the current splits. A small school of Bannerfish also hide out here. Unicornfish and Longnose Unicorns patrol the shallow reef, and Turtles, Burrfish and bicolour Parrotfish are also notable residents. There is also a chance of Yellowmargin Triggerfish.