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Tested Red Sea Anchorages

By Sue Richards last modified Dec 15, 2017 09:36 AM

Published: 2012-05-29 15:26:49
Topics: Red Sea
Countries: Egypt , Eritrea , Oman , Sudan , Yemen

From June to August 2007 we sailed uneventfully down the Red Sea (before the Gulf of Aden was renamed into “pirates’ alley”), from Egypt via Sudan, Eritrea to Yemen and on to the Oman.

Only recently, we uploaded to the web our cruising notes with the exact latitude/longitude of our more than 30 trusted and tested anchor positions (with links to Google Maps).

If anyone is still cruising in the Red Sea, up or down, these anchor positions (and our cruising notes) might be helpful, even if they have been “tested” already five years ago.

Please find below our safe anchor positions for the Red Sea (including the Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aqaba); feel free to share them with whoever might be interested:

Gulf of Suez:

Port Suez
Cape Sudr
Marsa Thelemet
Ras Sheratib
Sheikh Riyah
Mersa Zaraba

Gulf of Aqaba:

Taba Heights
Marsa Shabir
Gordon Reef Tawila

Northern Red Sea (Egypt):

El Gouna I
El Gouna II
Port Ghalib
Marsa Alam
Renato Reef
Wadi Gimal
Fury Shoal I
Fury Shoal II
Abu Fendera
Marsa Umbeila

Central Red Sea (Sudan):

Khor El Marob
Marsa Hamsiat
Khor Shinab
Marsa Fijab
Marsa Daror
Sanganeb Reef
Port Suakin
Shab El Shubak
Talla Talla Saqir
Khor Nawarat

Southern Red Sea (Eritrea):

Port Smyth
Howakil Bay
Ras Gurmal

Gulf of Aden (Yemen):

Ras Imram

Konni & Matt
SY Kamu II

miyagi.moon says:
Nov 29, 2017 06:24 AM

Please be aware that since 2007 the rules in Egypt have changed many times. They have had 1 revolution and to all intent a military coup. You cannot go ashore anywhere without first checking in. Even after checking in and obtaining a cruising permit you can only go ashore in certain designated places. Namely, Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam, El Quesier, Hurghada, El Gouna, Port Suez, Ismailia & Port Said. If you need to stop to rest before checking in do so at an off shore reef. It is illegal to stop at any Island in Egypt except Gifton Island at Hurghada. If you stop at a Marsa or a Ras the military will come to visit. With the incorrect or non existent paperwork you may be arrested etc.
Similar applies to Sudan if you go ashore without the correct paperwork you may be arrested and fined.