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Home » Dive sites » Egypt » The Saddle - Ras Goma

DIVE SITE
THE SADDLE - RAS GOMA

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Main characteristics

Access By boat
Current Can be strong
Depth 10 to 40 m
Life Rich diversity
Experience Unknown
Water temp. 22 to 28 °C
Dive type Reef
Visibility up to 30 m
Best dive period All year
Probable species:Pelagic, Hammerheads, Tiger sharks

ABOUT THE SADDLE - RAS GOMA

This particular dive site - known as “The Saddle” amongst the experienced guides and as “Ras Goma” by the locals - is the kind of magical spot where you would expect all sorts of pelagic species (hammerheads and tiger sharks) to appear. The dive typically starts on the northeast corner of Woodhouse and finishes on the northwest side of Jackson, after having crossed the stretch of water that separates the two reefs. The saddle connecting Woodhouse and Jackson is a sandy formation with an average depth of 40 metres at its highest point, with sides sloping down to 80 metres.

Rumours speak of an ancient colony of hammerhead sharks that inhabits the deep waters nearby. Some say that the sharks - able to detect magnetism and electricity through specialized organs - are attracted by some kind of magnetic anomaly generated by either the metal hull of the Lara (that now lies in 50 metres of water) or by a UFO.

While nobody has ever been able to see the UFO, many divers witnessed the majestic school of hammerheads patrolling the waters surrounding Jackson Reef. They are guarding its secrets, just as they have been doing ever since the Red Sea became a popular destination for scuba divers.
Extra caution must be taken when planning and executing this dive. The current can be strong, up to the point where it channels fiercely between the two reefs, creating an infamous swirling singularity - appropriately dubbed “The Washing Machine” (in other words a current-generated, weak whirlpool).

This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.

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Egypt, Ras Mohammed (Lon : 34.4704 Lat : 28.0067)
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NEAREST DIVE CENTERS AROUND THE DIVE SITE (17)

Camel Dive Club Dive center
Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh
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Distance 17.91 km
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Dahab Days Diving Center . Dive center
Egypt, Dahab
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Distance 52.82 km
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Big Blue Dahab Dive center
Egypt, Dahab
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Affiliated: PADI
Distance 53.85 km
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Scuba Dahab Diving center  Dive center
Egypt, Dahab
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Affiliated: PADI
Distance 55.91 km
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Camel Dive Club Camel Dive Club rating (0 vote) 17.91 km View
Dahab Days Diving Center . Dahab Days Diving Center . rating (0 vote) 52.82 km View
Big Blue Dahab Big Blue Dahab rating (0 vote) 53.85 km View
Scuba Dahab Diving center Scuba Dahab Diving center rating (0 vote) 55.91 km View
The Nomad Divers The Nomad Divers rating (0 vote) 56.03 km View
SEAFARI Croisières SEAFARI Croisières rating (1 vote) 104.93 km View
Scuba World Divers Scuba World Divers rating (0 vote) 105.56 km View
Dive Red Sea Dive Red Sea rating (0 vote) 105.56 km View
Diving Star Diving Star rating (0 vote) 106.35 km View
Aquanaut Diving Club Aquanaut Diving Club rating (0 vote) 106.66 km View
African Divers Nuweiba African Divers Nuweiba rating (0 vote) 108.98 km View
Dive-Hurghada Dive-Hurghada rating (0 vote) 109.18 km View
Egypt Divers Egypt Divers rating (0 vote) 118.31 km View
Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts - Hurghada Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts - Hurghada rating (0 vote) 121.1 km View
SEA STAR WATERSPORTS SEA STAR WATERSPORTS rating (0 vote) 167.58 km View
Seaworld Seaworld rating (1 vote) 267.01 km View
Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts rating (0 vote) 298 km View
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