Foul Bay

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Foul Bay
Foul Bay is located in Egypt
Foul Bay
Foul Bay
Coordinates23°41′N 35°37′E / 23.683°N 35.617°E / 23.683; 35.617Coordinates: 23°41′N 35°37′E / 23.683°N 35.617°E / 23.683; 35.617
Native nameخليج برنيس
Ocean/sea sourcesRed Sea
Basin countriesEgypt
Max. length30 km (19 mi)
Max. width28 km (17 mi)
IslandsMukawwa Island,
St. John's Island

Foul Bay (Greek: Akathartos Kolpos, "uncleaned bay"; Latin: Sinus Immundus) is a bay on the Egyptian side of the Red Sea, in the Red Sea Governorate.


Foul Bay is located slightly north of the Tropic of Cancer. The town which lies at the most inland section of the bay is Berenice (Arabic: برنيس‎, Barnīs). The northern part of Foul Bay is a peninsula called Ras Banas.[2]

The ancient ruins of Berenice Troglodytica are located on the bay.


Foul Bay has many islands that were formed by an upthrust of rock near the mantle during the convergence of two continental plates under the Red Sea. Some of the most noteworthy are:


Foul Bay is popular among tourists for its diving opportunities. Strong and dangerous currents limit only experienced divers to some places where they can observe corals.


  1. ^ GoogleEarth
  2. ^ "Foul Bay". Mapcarta. Retrieved 11 November 2016.