St. John’s Island is one of the biggest islands of Foul Bay washed by the Red Sea and located in Southern Egypt. The island is part of the Elba National Park, thanks to which it managed to preserve its pristine nature. St. John's is very popular among divers. Robust accessibility and remoteness from the continent guarantee that there is no tourist flow here, so you can peacefully enjoy diving. The underwater landscape is represented by the coral system, tunnels, caves, plateaus, and overhangs. Amidst fantastic corals, you will encounter vibrant dwellers of the underwater world. Seeing a hammerhead shark is tremendous luck. Diving on St. John's will give you an unforgettable experience!
You can get to St. John's island from Marsa Alam International Airport. Then, you would need to take a taxi or use transfer services, and go to the port. From there, you can reach St. John's by ferry or a rented boat.
The climate of St. John's is suitable for year-round diving, except for the season of strong winds (October to April). The best time for diving is from May to September when the winds are light. The average air temperature is +25-30 °C, while the water temperature reaches +24-29 °C. The sea is at its warmest in August and coldest in January.
Coral reefs, tunnels, and caves are the main dive spots of St. John's. Diving near the reefs of Habili Ali and Habili Gafaar are considered the most popular. They are covered with soft and black corals which are home to pelagic fish.
The warm waters of the Red Sea attract a variety of underwater creatures, including unique inhabitants — dugongs which are on the IUCN Red List. It harbors more than 1,200 species of marine inhabitants, old picturesque corals, which are about 2 billion years old. The Red Sea is a home for bright tropical fish, marine turtles, dolphins, octopuses, giant oceanic manta rays, gray reef sharks and whale sharks. Among natural and artificial reefs, coral gardens and sunken ships you can see shoals of tuna fish, barracudas, butterflyfish, humphead wrasses and moray eels. Some of them are dangerous: moon jellyfish, reef stonefish, whiptail stingray and pterois.