Place Category: Safaga
About 3-4 miles north of Ras Abu Soma is another headland known as Ras Umm Hesiwa. To the northwest of here in the direction of Sharm El Naga is a little known reef called Shaab Saiman. A hard coral ridge runs parallel to the shoreline and is separated from the main reef by a narrow, sandy canyon. At its shallowest point, the canyon is 8m though in either direction it slopes gently to greater depths. The ridge itself has a high point at 2m and, like the canyon, it too tails off at either end into deep water. On the seaward side of the ridge is a broad plateau between 15 and 20m deep
What keeps this reef special is the weather. Nine days out of ten it is not diveable and this is how it has retained its atmosphere of virginal beauty. The current like the sea can also get fairly lively at times, running from the northwest to southeast.
Don’t go in with a plan. This place is so packed with fish you won’t know where to start. There’s no need to go deep, everything is in 15m or shallower.
Okay, here goes, Shaab Saiman has everything and by the ton. Large schools of Red Snapper, Black Snapper and Red Sea Chub hang out on the west end of the reef. Schools of Barracuda, Jacks and Batfish circulate over the plateau, as do schools of Unicornfish. On the shallows of the east end of the ridge are One-spot Snapper and the biggest school of Bream you may ever see. There is a Barracuda cleaning station close to the mooring. In the sandy canyon White Tips are often found sleeping and Morays and Crocodilefish are plentiful. Being so close to the open sea there is always a chance of big pelagics, Eagle Ray and schools of Orangespot Jacks.