Umm Sid


An impressive entrance through a wide corridor carved into a steeply sloping reef is a highlight of this dive site 15km south of Dahab. Further down you’ll find table corals and two enormous gorgonians. Depth: 5m to 35m. Rating: intermediate to advanced. Access: shore.

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