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Shore diving is the typical diving activity in Dahab, this is due to the unique nature of the Sinai peninsula.
The shore leads directly to a deep abyss and to find a depth of 70 meters and more from the shore is a common thing, for example, the Blue Hole falls directly to a depth of 130 meters, but don’t worry about it as those are extreme diving conditions, and these dive sites are done within the recreation diving limits and under the highest safety precautions.
The corals in this region are growing since thousands of years around the shore line, and all through the years they built what is called a fringing reef. Directly from the shore you can dive in the most beautiful coral gardens, even if you decide to enter the water from any spot around Dahab, you can expect to dive directly in a coral garden, This makes choosing a dive site not so easy.
The first sites to uncover are our TWO house reefs which offer unlimited unguided diving during the day.
Light House sits 5 minutes to our right Eel Garden sits 5 minutes to our left
The Light House is the central point in Dahab, and it offers great diving as well as perfect teaching setup. The classic route (A) starts with huge coral blocks rising from the sandy bottom till the depth of 30 meters, then the bottom rises to the depth of 8-12 meters following the small cave covered reef wall. The alternative route (B) is interesting for photographers and nature interested divers, a sandy slope covered with sea grass. During this dive you should take your time to identify the different fauna, and maybe you spot an octopus, puffer fish and many baby fish kinds.
It is possible to make a dive between the 2 sites
The dive site got its name from the thousands of sand eels rising from the sandy bottom. Sand eels are shy creatures that live in tunnel systems in the sandy sea bottom. The eel garden is around 50 meters away from the light house and the center of Dahab so it reached within a few minutes with a pick up. The dive starts with diving through a small canyon with sandy bottom, bordered with wonderful coral walls. Outside the canyon, the dive continues above a sandy slope, which is the habitat of uncountable sand eels. The way back is done alongside a shallow reef wall, which makes the day of any diver with its colorful corals. Sting rays and mantas are seen here many times.
Certainly there are hot spots which we recommend. too You can find the description these sites below:
RAS ABU GALUM nth
The first dive spot to the north is the national park of Abu Galum, and to go there we offer a great combination of came and diving safari, it is a must for everyone who wants to feel the thrill of combining a desert safari with diving. Ras Abu Galum north is a wonderful coral garden where the main attraction is the small creatures, there you can find big coral blocks with a lot of nudibranches, scorpion fish as well as stone fish. There is also a big chance to spot sea turtles, Spanish dancers as well as common sea dragons.
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The dive in Abu Galum south is done alongside the famous wall, which dives directly to a depth of more than 80m, hard corals dominate the wall, but different corals are often seen there, such as colourful soft corals, hanging and black corals. On the other side of the dive site there is a flat area where a lot of green anemones and in the blue between we often spot more big fish, but the wall itself is inhabited by millions of small reef fish. Predator fish can spotted often in the late afternoon diving through groups of smaller fish to insure their dinner.
The dive site itself represents a chimney in the heart of the reef, and it is done mostly in combine with the nearby “Blue Hole”. Ascending through the chimney head first to the depth of 30 m is a real thrill, after exiting the chimney we dive to the south with the reef on the right shoulder while ascending slowly and steadily in the direction of the Blue Hole, the glorious wall falls directly into the blue while covered with colonies of brown star corals, fan corals, soft and black corals as well as anemones. After 40 minutes we arrive to the coral covered saddle at the depth of 7m, which is the entrance to the Blue Hole.
This is the furthest dive done by car so it is the site with the least divers, from here you can only go with camels further. Directly at the entrance of the site there are 2 caves going to the depth of 12 meters and 4-5 meters overhang. From those two caves came the name of the dive site.
Gabr el Bint
The site is an amazing dive spot with many big and wonderful fan corals. Gabr el Bint means “grave of the girl” and the story behind the name is more like the Bedouin Romeo and Juliette. You can hear this sad story in many different forms all around Dahab. The dive spot can only be reached with a boat or by camels or on foot (not our recommendation) the boat starts from the small harbour in Dahab and it takes around 50 minutes, other way is to drive by car to the south dive spot Um Sid and from there with camels, the camel ride takes around one and a half hours. Gabr el Bint is for sure one of the best and most thrilling dive spots around Dahab, here you can find many schools of large fish like napoleons and milk fish and sea turtles, and maybe as well mantas and dolphins.
The Blue Hole is one of the most famous diving spots in the red sea; to drive to the northern dive spot is an adventure possible only with an off-road car. In the Blue Hole you can see a lot of free divers, but also there can be found small dolphin families as well as sea turtles. The forming of this 60×80 meters hole with a depth of over than 100 meter is until today, a mystery.
The entrance to this site is a 3-4 meter sandy lagoon, then crossing a reef wall and dropping to 10 to 15 meters depth, The Canyon is a crack in the beautiful coral garden, which looks like an open clam, a geographical phenomena and a high light as well. At the depth of 20 meters this crack opens and sinks deep. Inside we dive on the 28m sandy bottom, and enjoy the light effect caused by the sun rays. The Canyon itself drops deeper to 50 meters with its straight tight walls. Swarms of glass fish fill the „fish bowl“and circle the divers. It is better to dive The Canyon on the late morning, so you can see the curtain of air bubbles coming out from the chasm.
Is one of the best dive spots around Dahab and is reachable within 10 minutes. The beginning of the dive is a line of three coral-formed pools with sandy bottoms, after crossing the pools the dive is continued through a labyrinth of hard corals exiting from the north, the dive continues alongside two big coral islands with a maximum depth of 16 meters. By the outer side of the islands, we can make a small but nice drift dive along the current. There are always a group of small barracudas and napoleon fish in between the two islands. The exit point is a small 2 meter deep tunnel where you can find a couple of lion fish relaxing inside. This dive is special because of the day long sun shine and reflection of light, so when divers talk about “diver´s heaven” this is it.
Ras Abu Helal
“The head of the crescent moon” which describes the crescent shaped reef at the south of Abu Talha. Both Abu Helal and Abu Talha can be done only in high tide and perfect weather conditions; this is why those spots are less popular than other places which make the corals here in a perfect condition. The reef surrounds a 10m deep sandy lagoon, outside of the lagoon is a sloppy bay and the north part is an expanded ridge. The combination of soft and hard corals, with the diversity of marine life here is breathtaking. The most common species here are groupers, trigger fish, big puffer fish, unicorn fish, hog fish and red lion fish. Sea turtles are always seen in this site.
The golden blocks are two lively coral blocks where countless number of golden Anthias took as their home. The dive is done above two canyons, where a big and wonderful Gargonia has grown. A drift dive above scattered coral blocks and sea grass areas is done often with the Moray Garden as the exit point.
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RAS ABU GALUM STH
Gabr el bint