Daedalus and Rocky | Red Sea Dive Holiday

Daedalus and Rocky - Red Sea

  • Water temp 18 - 28 C
  • Air Temp 18 - 35 C
  • Visibility 15 - 25m
  • Good for... Walls, Big Fish, Caves
  • Suitable for beginners No
  • Highlights Big walls mean big fish and with lots to see out in the blue at Daedalus and Rocky. But don't get distracted from the stunning corals at Zabagad and beautiful underwater scenes at Fury Shoal.

About Daedalus and Rocky

The southern Red Sea is a treasure trove for scuba divers. Spanning the bottom half of the Egyptian Red Sea this large expanse of water has it all, from plunging walls to intricate shallow caves. Meander between soft coral pinnacles or gape at the enormous hard corals that flourish on healthy and vibrant reefs. The Daedalus and Rocky itinerary mixes up big fish encounters with plenty of macro and reef fish to interest even the most seasoned diver. The focus of this itinerary is the southern Marine Parks which means you get to spend more time than ever exploring these undeniably stunning reefs.

Starting off from Marsa Alam with a check dive, the first day is a chance to trim weights and get used to the clear warm waters. Sailing that night to Daedalus, the big wall dives commence with a bang. Every inch of Daedalus is covered in hard corals, sea fans, cleaning stations and anemones. But the main attraction here are the schooling hammerheads. Threshers are common in the winter, oceanic white tips all summer long and there is nearly always a grey reef circling on the corners. After 2 days of fast drifts and high octane diving the boat moves on the the furthest most southern reaches. Rocky and Zabagad complete the southern Marine parks and are well worth the journey down. Rocky is a slim island pushing up from the abyss with steep walls and overhangs. Zabagad is a much larger island with a magical reputation. Home to breeding turtles today, Zabagad was once an green gem mine and the ghostly remains of island living can still be made out. The coral towers will not disappoint and a mysterious Russian boat makes a great wreck dive. Lopping back round, you then head through Fury Shoal. Wind through the cracks and caves or take a peak inside a private yacht that met its end one stormy night. Shaab Sharm and a trip to Marsa Abu Dabab complete this outstanding itinerary.

The Daedalus, Rocky and Zabagad itinerary will appeal to anyone that wants to see more of the southern Red Sea - stay longer at these impressive dive sites. Whilst night dives are prohibited in the Marine Park there will be a chance to hunt out those nightly critters elsewhere on this itinerary. The sheer wealth of marine life at dive sites will keep everyone interested. Nitrox is available on all of the boats and technical divers can spend many an hour surveying the wall dives in the comfort of warm water. The characteristic great visibility of the Red Sea will delight photographers particularly. Daedalus, Rocky and Zabagad are iconic dive sites in the southern Red Sea and if you have not yet experienced just what all the talk is about - book your place to find out for yourself. you are guaranteed no end of exciting new entries in your log book and over the week, the sighting come in thick and fast. With something on the itinerary to suit all types of divers, splash into a new adventure every day.


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Scuba Travel have scheduled departures of the Daedalus and Rocky itinerary throughout the year

Hurricane will depart from Port Ghalib in Marsa Alam.

Trip Duration
All of our Daedalus and Rocky trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 3 day dives whilst in the marine park areas where night diving is prohibited. On your first and last day there will be an average of 2 dives a day. There are around 18 dives on an average week but this can vary depending on local weather conditions.

All liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and changes in local Government approval. Whilst our boat operators make every effort, we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. In adverse weather conditions, the guides and captain of the boat will have the final decision about which dive sites to visit to ensure that the safety of guests, staff and boats is not compromised in any way.

Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.

After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.

A normal Daedalus and Rocky itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.

Daedalus is a huge toblerone triangle shaped reef with many dives on offer. The north tip is the best place to hang out for hammerheads and then drift down the walls. The west wall in particular is another great place to literally bump into the odd hammerhead as there are several cleaning stations. The east wall is home to the anemone city, with a narrow band of splendid anemones and clownfish sprawling down the reef. The south plateau is a brilliant boat dive with chances to see reef sharks, huge barracuda and tuna racing on the edge of the drop off. and camouflage fish on the plateau itself. The hard corals are simply spectacular too and worth investigating in their own right - loads of macro especially flabellinas.

Rocky and Zabagad
Rocky and Zabagad form the southern most marine parks but are quite different dives!

Rocky is similar to Elphinstone in size - a narrow island that juts out of the water with steep drop offs all around. You can look for shark on the tips where the current is strongest but after this head up to the shallows to enjoy the many overhangs. Fish are usually darting about all over the place so there is plenty to check out.

There are normally 2 sites to pick from at Zabagad. The trawler in the natural harbour is a fun little wreck dive and one of the only bit of metal in the whole area! So if you are a metal head this is the dive for you. Alternatively head round to the southern plateau where the reef runs up to a sandy beach used by turtles. You can see plenty of turtles out and about here and the coral pillars are quite simply stunning, draped in soft corals.

Fury Shoal
Fury Shoal is all about the spectacular corals here and abundant marine life. Sataya is the most southerly of the reef system and there are so many ways to dive it, including a shallow dive to see some Roman amphora. Shaab Claude is perhaps one of the most famous hard coral gardens and simply divine. with a shallow cave system to explore Maksour is a great wall dive with beautiful southern plateau and pinnacles. Malahi is a fun dive with narrow swim throughs to explore. Aub Galawa Soraya and Abu Galawa Kebira are home to small wrecks, a great start to both dives around these coral playgrounds.

Shaab Sharm and Marsa Alam
Shhab Sharm is a steep wall dive with a wonderful plateau at the south extending away from the coral wall. Drift down the walls where you can encounter turtles. Large schools of snapper can congregate on the corner of the plateau. Make your way along the plateau to find baby barracuda and a myriad of camouflage fish hiding on the coral heads that pepper the plateau.

Marsa Alam itself has many dive sites to finish off your week. Popular sites include Ras Shona or Ras Trombi where the hard coral reef gives way to a seagrass bed in the middle of the bay. Turtles, bat fish and sometimes even the rare dougong can be found here.

You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day and be transferred to a hotel for the day. Your final transfer will take you to the airport for your return flight home. Please do speak to the travel consultant at the time of booking to confirm the exact last day arrangements as it can vary.