Thirty minutes from the coast of Safaga, three chains of connected ergs come together to form an inverted Y-shape. They stand in 12-15m water on a white sand seabed and pose a navigational nightmare for the average diver, armed with anything less than a submersible GPS. To the north they join with Tobia Kebir.
Usually okay, although the moorings are not so well protected from waves. Current can get strong, especially down the east side.
The two southernmost erg chains are the best. The eastern one has a narrow canyon at 11m and a tunnel at 9m. Look in but don’t go through. It is lined with beautiful White Soft Corals, which can be knocked off by a careless fin or even by your bubbles. The western erg chain has three rubble filled channels which can be crossed shallow (4-6m). At its north end are 4 imposing mushroom shaped towers.
Blue-spotted Rays, Triggerfish and schools of Surgeonfish, Bream and Bigeye Emperors. On the east side between the tunnel and canyon, is a large school of Bannerfish.