Bluff Point

Gubal IslandSmall Gubal Island is a small island situated to north of a small set of islands north of Hurghada. The furthest reaching west point into the Gulf of Suez is Bluff Point, a steep wall usually with a strong current. 


Normally, you get dropped off at the north side of Bluff Point and the current will carry south along a very steep wall, with some lovely small caves and shelters. As the wall sits on a current, coral growth is actually quite good for such a steep wall and at depth (25m+) you can spot some black coral bushes - they look like little thorn bushes. The current will push you up against the plateau where the barge lies and that is usually where the dive boats will pick up again. 


The barge itself has fallen to bits, and not much more than the side walls are left standing. During the day, the dive is not too interesting. The location is often used a mooring point for crossing over to the Thistlegorm if you are waiting for a break in the weather. The sheltered south side where the barge lies allows diving at any time of the day, but as a night dive the site is really worth diving.


During the night, the barge is covered with large swarms of fish and you are able to find larger fishing hunting around the barge's wall. The shallow reef wall along the sandy area is often covered with little shrimps, which are easily spotted with a torch (their eyes reflect). There is also a small inlet within the reef that banks out on a very shallow sandy bottom with only about 4m depth. 

The barge

Posted on 4/25/2012 by SDA Editor

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Key numbers

Dive type: Reef

Length: -

Depth: 18m (or 30m at Bluff Point)

Visibility: 20m+

Location: 27°40.63N, 33°48.33E

Difficulty: 3 Stars

Dive: 3 Stars

 

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Bluff Point