St. John's is a group of islands in the Foul Bay area, located south of Egypt, near the border with Sudan. They are part of the Elba National Park, covering an area of 290 km² and offer one of the greatest varieties of Red Sea diving. The steep and vibrant coral walls, beautiful gardens with numerous tunnels, caves, and caverns, along with excellent visibility and temperatures of up to 24°C in winter, make this area a favorite for divers venturing south.
The profusion of reef fish is spectacular, and its depths of up to 200 meters attract many reef sharks such as gray or whitetip sharks and pelagics like hammerhead sharks, oceanic whitetips, or thresher sharks. Other common pelagics in the area include both common and bottlenose dolphin groups, large turtles, manta rays, jacks, tuna, and barracudas, which come to feed on many of the large reef fish that reside here.
This ideal environment of hard and soft corals, gorgonians, and a large variety of sponges and anemones is home to many reef species such as unicornfish, parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, lionfish, clownfish, hawkfish, batfish, various triggerfish, and emperor angelfish. Additional elements for a luxury liveaboard vacation away from the crowds.
Diving Spots in St. John's
Habili Ali is a reef teeming with corals, both hard and soft, that showcases a summary of what we can see in the southern Red Sea: various types of sharks, including hammerhead shark groups, dolphins, schools of pelagic fish, and millions of reef fish in a drift dive that turns into a spectacle of light and color with certain doses of adrenaline.
In St. John's, you will see schools of hammerhead sharks, especially in the early morning hours. Image by zlatkarp
Dangerous Reef is the southernmost of the St. John's reefs and offers, in its steep walls full of crevices and coral gardens, much of the reef life found in the Red Sea. Also, visits from groups of bottlenose dolphins are common.
Cave Reef, also called "Umm Khararim" or "the mother of tunnels," is a system of tunnels of different lengths and widths linked to extraordinary coral landscapes, where, more than the fauna, the beautiful light effects that occur stand out, a spectacle suitable for all levels.
Gota Kebira is a larger reef, over 800 meters long, with several drift dives that will allow us to appreciate the value of St. John's coral, dive with whitetip sharks, and, on its calm plateaus, see many blue-spotted rays and green turtles.