|Tobia Hamra translated from the Arabic - "hamra" is red and "tobia" is an ancient Arabic word for sand. The "Red Sand" is then the name of this site. Not meaning the underwater landscape, but more the ancient form of GPS used by the local fishermen. When you speak about the "Red Sand", they will all know you are talking about the north eastern side of Tobia Island" where barren rock breaks the surface and in the evening when the sun sets looks like it is on fire.
This vast and long reef which stretches nearly 2km north to south offers spectacular dives for all levels of experience, and features everything from massive hard coral gardens, to shallow lagoons with scattered coral blocks and lush soft coral growth. This site can be dived more than once in the same holiday. Although due to its geograpichal position on the eastern side, it is advisable to dive here in the morning when you have more ambient light. Frequent sightings of turtle's, napoleon, jacks, blue spotted sting ray, lion fisn, morays, and stone fish as well as all the usual reef inhabitants.