||Straße von Gubal
* Difficulty: 1 to 3
* Current: 1 to 2
* A sheltered site offering a safe stay.
* An abundance of marine life, especially groupers and many coral species.
* Offers you the chance to see leopard sharks.
* Dives only during calmer seas offering better visibility
* Night diving takes places only under optimal conditions; make sure to bring two torches with you.
Three miles west of Ras Mohammed, a series of outcropping coral pinnacles extends in an eastwesterly direction for about a mile and a half on the southern edge of Sha'ab el-Utat, leaving a large sandy lagoon with an average depth of about ten metres. Local fishermen call this site Saba Erg (the Seven Pinnacles), while divers have renamed it Alternatives because, as it is so well sheltered, it offers the opportunity to make alternative dives when conditions in the open sea are prohibitive. The classic dive goes around the two middle pinnacles, which are on a line with a fixed mooring. Due to it’s position this site has tidal currents that greatly influence visibility, which can be quite poor when the current comes from the south - especially if accompanied by wind and waves. If, on the other hand, the sea is calm and the current is either lacking or is coming from the north, you can enjoy Alternatives, which does not offer a great underwater landscape, instead is abundant in fauna. Here you can see large groupers (epinephelus malabaricus, E. tauvina), bluespotted stingrays (taeniura lymma), calamari, nudibranchs and many coral species, while the deeper water is the home of leopard sharks.
The northwestern part of Alternatives, consisting of a large, roughly quadrangular outcrop, is known as Stingray Station because many bluespotted stingrays gather here, particulary in the spring months.