Gota Shambaia is one of the best spots to encounter whitetip reef sharks. The reef gently slopes towards the bottom and, without a current, you can swim to explore several beautiful coral heads. There is also a great variety of hard corals, beautiful intact table corals, lush vegetation, and thousands of lively Red Sea inhabitants waiting to amaze every diver.
From the anchorage point, reach the northern tip with the zodiac and back-roll into the water, or rather into the aquarium. The depth near the reef wall is 6m, there’s ample shelter from the current and the sunlight makes the reef shine in all colours as the clouds of fish surround the divers.
Slowly descend along the reef, keeping it on your right-hand side. Not far from the mooring point, you will see a coral formation that looks like a giant mushroom. Beautiful soft coral in shades of violet, white, and blue cover the coral head entirely. It is worth taking a close look to discover the many colourful flatworms hiding within the lush vegetation.
A large school of barracudas often patrols the area with amazing serenity regardless of the divers’ presence. A considerably-sized napoleon wrasse will most likely shy away from divers unless you approach it calmly. Once close to the boat, you can continue the dive on the reef in a depth of 5 metres or head directly under the boat to spend the remaining time with a school of black-spotted sweetlips.
The second option would be to jump off the boat and dive with the reef on your left-hand side. Dive around the big, mushroom-shaped coral head and head back with the reef on your right-hand side when you reach 100 bars to be able to reach the boat. This is a stunning dive site that is easy, enjoyable, and has a great variety of marine life.
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.