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The HOUSE REEF at Roots Red Sea offers something for every diver from the total novice to the highly experienced. Entry is a gently sloping sand bank with a large plateaux offering an excellent training site. With closer inspection the sand is home to some elusive species. Night dives will delight all with a high chance of Spanish Dancers and the night call on our resident sleeping turtle. For photography the site is perfect with good lighting and great subjects including a fabulous pinnacle adorned with a bright red anemone and clouds of glass fish.
This site is great for the macro photographer, but can be a rough entry if strong winds and large waves come from the north, there is a rope entry that is located just to the north of the set up area for the equipment, the cavern opens to large pinnacles varying in height from 10 to 15 meters in a depth of around 25 meters, a sand floor slopes down gradually into the blue with many small clusters of rock/coral formations teaming with small life and many nudibranchs to the observant eye. Very easy to navigate through this area with or without a compass
Entry from shore. Depth 8 to 30m. In this area you will require a very good guide as the rope terminates before you reach the coral garden. Beautiful area that has a long mostly open cavern system that is roped, visibility in the cavern system is often less then 5 meters and frog finning is recommended to minimize the silting up. Large feather tailed rays often spotted here, many eel bennys and snake eels in the cavern along with the ever present giant puffer fish up to there usual tricks of sleeping everywhere and anywhere. Once you reach open sea look out a an impressive Lettuce Coral spanning 10m plus.
Entry through canyons using a rope. This is for all level of divers who are able to do at least a 45 minute dive, the canyons are rather long, but a very rewarding reef awaits you at the other end! Navigation is very easy as there is a secure rope that is throughout. From the set up area there is a 100m walk down the sand into the water, the light blue water points the way to the entrance and exit point. On this site there is often been seen large turtles, morays, tuna, and sometimes dolphins and the dugong that lives in the area. Take your camera on this site for sure, you won't be disappointed.
Entry from the beach, slow descending bottom. Well you won't get too much closer to the dive site than this place, the sandy beach is only about 15 meters from the waters edge. after this is a small patch of sea grass with many small sea creatures like to gather, very gradual sloping sand entrance can be a bit silty but to the lucky diver a great chance to see the local eagle ray. To the north is some pinnacle formation starting at around 15 meters deep and continuing down to beyond 30, just to the north of them is a very nice coral garden with plenty of marine life.
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Entry from top of reef, depth approx. 5 m. Bottom slopes to sandy area at 20 meters where you can find garden eels and many spotted sting rays around the pink soft corals, and an anemone colony that is available to those with deep specialty training beginning at 35 meters past 40+ meters. For those that don't mind a longer dive, as in 70 minutes plus, this is the site that we often do a one way one kilometre dive to the next site. After that the depth goes to 60+ meters. In case of emergency divers can leave the water only over the top of the reef.
Entry from the beach, slow descending bottom. Good for training dives but also good for advanced divers. Depth goes from 0 meters to 60+ meters, there is a couple of nice caves to dive through. At the beginning of the dive in the sandy bay there is a chance for washing machine currents, hence the rope. Fish you often see there are: Indian mackerel, calamari, puffers, trumpet fish, clownfish, blue spotted stingray, moray eel, but there's also been spotted dolphins and eagle rays.
Entry through a hole using a rope. Welcome to one of our local deep sites with a great little entry hole, start your dive with very little or no air in your jacket for a negative entry straight down by rope to a rock room that is large enough to have your whole team in for their safety stop! On your way in look out for the local grouper that is living in one of the holes in the wall, on leaving the hole you will find a long sand highway straight down to 60+ meters deep, at about 18 meters there is a black coral tree with a strange little resident inside, a long nose hawk fish. Take your camera and a good flash to this site!
Entry through canyons using a rope. A great spot for all divers, good entry to a nice coral reef via rope and tunnels, at the outside of the entrance you will be treated to a group of pinnacles that harbour a lot of marine life like the blue spotted sting rays, lion fish, trigger fish, tuna stone fish and the odd moray eel, often little to no current on the outside, but with the narrow access this is only for an incoming tide and no cross currents so is not always available
In the bay there are some big boats anchored, the outside is nice for doing drift dives getting picked up by the zodiac. An SMB per buddy team is needed. Fish you often see there are: Indian mackerel, puffers, trumpet fish, blue spotted stingray, moray eel, clownfish with cleaner shrimps, and there's also been spotted turtles and eagle rays. In case of an emergency divers should use their SMB to notify the zodiac.
Entry from the beach, slow descending bottom 0 to 30+ meters. In this site you can often find a large Napoleon just swimming around looking for something to eat, and there has been very large schools of Indian mackerel towards the entrance and if your very lucky this is home to some very large and very shy eagle rays. Mangrove Bay offers good diving for almost 365 days of the year and virtually no current. For the careful eye there are several cleaning stations on the erg's at around 15 meters
Entry from the beach, slow descending bottom. This site can be very nice in good weather, it offers a nice array of wildlife there but in bad weather it is not recommended as strong currents and very low visibility can make it hard to return. In the front of the bay there are some very large ergs that support a wide variety of marine life, the ever present blue spotted stingray, lion fish and the occasional large moray. Finding our way home can be as easy as following the reef back to the entrance or by setting the compass west from the erg with the large rope floating in the blue.
Entry from the beach, slow descending bottom. This is a nice site for the open water divers to tour the sloping sands for the occasional view of the local dugong, often an area for the feather tail rays and turtles and many blue spotted sting rays also
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Maximum depth approx. 15 meters. This one is not for the novice as it is fully enclosed for much of the cavern, and no access to the top! Big cavern system 1/2 kilometer south on the Dolphin Reef. You will require a guide and some very good conditions, this is not suitable during strong wind period as the cross current could be very dangerous making visibility low and diving very hard. Fish you often see there are: torpedo ray, stone fish, scorpion fish, crocodile fish Spanish dancers lobsters small shrimp puffers short nosed unicorn fish and the odd moray.
There is a cavern with a rope but we go by zodiac for safety. This site can become hazardous when the tide is going out and the current is strong, Visibility before getting to the outside of the reef can be poor. On the outside dolphins come to play quite often, sometimes accompanied by a dugong! Fish you often see here are: barracuda, napoleon fish, small clownfish, trumpet fish, stonefish, scorpion fish, nudibranch, crocodile fish, and turtles,
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Entry from zodiac or boat, depth approx 30 m. This site is great for a drift dive for the seriously holidaying divers amongst us, but you will require a good guide to take you to the anemone town that is there, you may pass it by for 5 minutes or so before you even notice them. The guides must have a safety balloon with them.
Entry from zodiac or boat, depth approx 15 m. This site is a bit of a shallow site and can have some poor visibility at times, but there is a very nice coral garden and is often protected from strong currents to make for a nice quiet one way dive from the Zodiac so again you will require a guide with a S.M.B. to notify the Zodiac driver at the end of the dive. This site has a very large population of the short nosed unicorn fish, spotted sting rays, lion fish and Indian mackerel.
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Entry from the beach, slow descending bottom. The home of some very old and very large turtles that are very use to the divers, but please remember no touching ! This area is ideal for all level of divers offering some nice sea grass beds and beautiful coral to the north and south, very large marine life. Lunch is usually pizza a the local restaurant only a few minutes walk from the dive site. In very bad weather this site can also have some strong currents and large waves that may hamper the divers a little, but is still usually divable, entrance from the Solimar side is very close to the coral as this area is free from the outgoing current
Entry from boat only, depth behind boat + 100 m. This site is not for the faint at heart diver! This site offers the potential to see the big stuff, Hammerhead, Oceanic and Grey Reef sharks, and even manta rays if the timing is just right! This is only available during calm weather days by boat, you require at least 50 logged dives and advanced open water certification, we also recommend the training and use of S.M.B.'s for everyone planning this trip due to the strong currents in the area. This area will always require a current check and will be done by one of the dive masters upon arrival.
Entry from boat or zodiac only, depth behind boat approx 20 m. South of the larger erg Monica, this is a double pinnacle dive with a very large gorgonian growing in between, often home to large schools of glass fish and many morays of all sizes shapes and colors, many soft corals and feather stars can also be found here. As with many dives in the red sea the presence of strong currents can be a danger and measures will be taken to ensure the safety of the dive group
Entry from boat or zodiac only, depth behind boat approx 24 m. A coral garden in the middle of nowhere, and is ideal for a drift dive by zodiac when there, This group of erg's are at a depth of around 24 meters and have some very large coral formations on the eastern side of it. Many of the large fish like to visit this site and you will often be followed around by the local tuna family there for your entire dive, home of many morays, parrot fish, barracudas, and the true unicorn fish.
Entry from boat only, depth to boat approx 12 m.,. The Salem is a very large ferry that sunk in 1991, it is situated just south of Safaga. A must for serious Photographers and wreck lovers alike, it lays in 35 meters of water that is very often great visibility and mild or no currents due to its location. The area has a neighbouring reef and has a diverse marine life that has recently included 2 frog fish, one red and one brown that have been spotted about half way along the top deck at a depth of 23 meters, very large tuna, giant barracuda, potato grouper, and schools of glass fish that move like a cloud in the water!
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