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Erg Abu Nuhas

A.k.a Yellow Fish Reef It’s been disputed which of the small reefs around Shaab Abu Nuhas is the reef called Yellow Fish Reef and to be fair, it’s not easy to say just by looking at the maps in dive guide books. The general opinion though seems to be that it is this little erg to the south-east of the lagoon where the boats moor up.

It’s a small oval shaped reef surrounded by partly a shallow wall, partly a sloping coral garden. Best is to roll in at the north-east corner and put the reef on your right shoulder. The foot of the main reef meet the sandy bottom at a depth of around 17 meters and just outside, at 20 meters a few beautiful pinnacles help with navigation. After a few minutes you pass two small shelves at 16 meters just before the wall transforms into more of a slope and later on turns into a coral garden cascading down from the top of the reef.

At the south end of the reef this coral garden then gives way to a plateau and it’s now time to progressively shallow out. You swim between the main reef and a hill-shaped coral formation just as it’s time to start thinking of the safety stop. Take some time to explore the shallow part to look for octopus, scorpionfish and stonefish.

Big thanks to Anders "Samaka" Jälmsjö ( for the site map and description.

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