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Diving in Lebanon

Quick facts

  • No visa requirements

When to go

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Water temperature

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What to see

Language:
Arabic
Currency:
Lebanese pound
Time:
GMT +2
Climate:
Mediterranean, mild winters, hot dry summers
Natural hazards:
Dust storms
Diving season:
May to October
Water temperature:
17C/62F (Winter)
26C/78F (Summer)
Air temperature:
14C/58F (Winter)
28C/84F (Summer)

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Country

Lebanon, officially the Republic of Lebanon, is a small, predominantly mountainous country in Western Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south. It's capital being Beirut.

The Lebanese coast is framed by the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Mount Lebanon Range to the east, its temperate climate bringing in sunny, hot summers and cool, rainy winters. The daytime temperature in the summer, which averages 30°C (86°F), encourages people to head to the beach or to the higher, altitude-cooled mountain slopes. In the coastal cities of Sidon and Byblos, tourists can enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel amongst long-submerged Phoenician ruins.

There is some good wreck diving in the Lebanon, the Souffleur, a French Vichy submarine at 36 meters. The Alice B which sank to 35 meters during the civil war in Lebanon in the 80s. The Macedonia, a freighter from 1962 lies at a depth of 16 meters, while The National Star, a freighter that sank in 1991 lies at a depth of 52 meters, when she started taking water.

Getting there

  • The Souffleur submarine
  • The Alice B which is only 200 meters from the shore
  • The Caves at Bwar
  • "Shark Point" during July and August, small tooth sand tiger sharks, a harmless species related to the grey nurse shark, can be seen.
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