Dive Site: Zabargad Island

Access: Boat, zodiac

Minimum Divers: 12

Minimum Qualification: Open water

Depth Range: 8 - 35 M

Zabargad Island

 

Zabargad takes its name from the mineral olivine gem, once mined on the island. Itā€™s location is southeast of Port Berenice.Ā  Wall drops here to 15 to 20 meters. The seabed is equipped with coral towers and pinnacles. The floral landscape is formed by innumerable species of corals, such as the staghorn coral, the honeycomb, the flowerpot and tapestries of sienna brown tubular sponges.

 

Zabargad Islandā€™s claim to fame is its labyrinthine panorama of coral canyons,, grottoes and corridors. They have been created by interlinking pinnacles and pillars, forming punctured rooftops. Those punctures ā€˜filterā€™ sun rays, penetrating through crevices and cracks, turning Zabargad into a poetic affair.

 

Aquatic Panorama

  • Tubular sponges
  • Staghorn corals
  • Coral grottoes
  • Pinnacles
  • Grouper
  • Royal angelfish
  • Orbicular burrfish
  • Sabre squirrelfish
  • Octopus
  • Hawksbill turtle

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