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Far Gardens reefscape, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Claire Ritchie

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Scuba Diving in Sharm El Sheikh, Red Sea

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Dive Site: Far Gardens

Location: Sharm El Sheikh

Description: Wall / drift

Depth: 1 - 40 metres (3 - 130 feet)

Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)

Rating: ***

Boat dive on a fringing reef with caves.

Claire Ritchie, PADI Open Water

Far Garden is located east of Na'ama Bay and The Near & Middle Gardens. It gradually curves around to the north as you round the tip - there can be current here. At the tip of the headland the gentle slop drops away from around 18m and becomes a steep wall. At this point if you descend to 42 metres you will find a small cave. There are some beautiful knotted fan corals and gorgonian fans here. As you ascend up the wall turn back towards the west and head reef to your right shoulder, where there several more small caves worth looking at around the 15m mark. Finally finish your dive on the upper part of the gentle slope whilst enjoying the reef life.

Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor

Just beyond far gardens you reach a pristine area of reef where there are no buoys or blue jetties. Instead there are coral heads covered in fish and soft corals and even a fan in a protected niche at 7 metres. Look out for the giant brain coral at only 3 metres! Porcupine fish, filefish and clown fish abound. Shoals of trevally and jacks drift past, with the occasional great barracuda and napoleon baby. Make time for a feel good snorkel!

Elaine (previously BSAC dive leader, now mother and snorkeller) | Contributed 06/11/08

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