Place Category: Safaga
At the southernmost point of the large shallow plateau surrounding ‘Shaab Sheer’ lays Shaab Hamdallah, which is about 90 minutes far from Safaga. It is a collection of tall ergs that rise up from 18m. They are arranged in roughly the same positions as the dots making up the five on a dice. The central erg is the smallest, but perhaps the most colourful, being richly swathed in Soft Coral. The southernmost is steeply overhung and sports a lavish growth of Gorgonians. The largest erg is the northern one which has a Soft Coral lined tunnel through its middle, and to the west is a split erg through which you can swim.
This site is a bit like ‘Hal Hal’, because it’s in the open sea and need calm weather conditions, otherwise it offers zero protection for your boat. This means it can only be dived in really calm conditions. The current can be anything from nonexistent through to highly inconvenient, though it is never too strong to dive in.
Basically, circle the ergs in any order you choose. The swim-through, though tempting, should be avoided since even your bubbles can dislodge the soft corals growing within. Take care, also, as you go through the canyon of the split erg. There is a large and pristine Table Coral, so watch your buoyancy. There are several more ergs to the south but generally these five are more than enough for a single dive.
About one hundred Blue-cheeked Butterflyfish live between the northern erg and the Gorgonian erg, whilst the tunnel is home to several of the small White Greasy Grouper. On the towers themselves are numerous Scorpionfish and false Stonefish, and on the sand between them is one of the few places you can encounter Spiny Devilfish.