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Daedalus Reef or Abu Kizanis the most offshore of all the reefs in the Egyptian Red Sea. It is approximately 52 sea miles (=96 km) east of Marsa Alam. This small, isolated reef is almost halfway to Saudi Arabia. The island is 450 meter long and 100 meter wide, it is marked by a lighthouse which forms the only break on the horizon for many miles in any direction.

Although the boat trip to the reef takes about 6 hours from Marsa Alam (and even longer from Hurghada) it is worth the while, because it features an excellent opportunity for spotting big pelagics including hammerheads, manta rays and more. All around its steep walls there is an extreme variety of fish life. The walls offers some of the most stunning diving in the Red Sea.

Currents can be very strong. The reef is a huge submerged reef table and the surrounding reef wall drops off at 30-40m to depths of 500m. There is abundant growth of soft corals. Typical of Daedalus are its huge and pristine hard coral formations, and the possibility to spot schooling hammerheads (especially on the north point). Thresher sharks, mantas and whale sharks can also be spotted here.


And if you chat with the lighthouse keepers they can offer you a cup of tea


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Taken on August 12, 2008