Diving Stingray Station / The Alternatives
Sha'ab el Utat Stingray Station / The Alternatives

Stingray Station is the most western Erg on the Alternatives. The Alternatives is a sheltered reef just west of Raas Mohammed. It is often used as a place to wait out any rough weather either as a crossing point to Hurghada or a run up to the Thistlegorm. 


The reef plateau extend for over a kilometre underwater and is only about 12 metres deep. Allowing anyone really to dive it. There are plenty of small ergs which are covered in fish life. The shelf drops off quickly to about 25 metres and then according to the navigation charts down to over 500 metres. On calm days, a very pleasant dive can be made along the drop off edge and keeping an eye on the deep blue you are likely to see larger fish. Many divers, due to its lack of depth in the lagoon, find the dive not of interest. However, due to it large shallow area and inter-dispersed rocks, it is full of fishes (including quite large groupers), that it is a perfect area to practice your photography skills. 

Stingray Station-The alternatives

Posted on 4/28/2012 by SDA Editor

Stingray Station and The Alternatives is a shallow reef on Sha'ab el Utat, just west of Ras Mohammed. It is a well protected site that can be dived nearly all the time if the weather is too rough

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Key numbers

Dive type: Reef

Length: 1,000m

Depth: 10m to 25m

Visibility: 20m+

Location: 27°43.94N,34°11.14E

Difficulty: 1 Stars

Dive: 3 Stars

 

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