Dahab is a haven for shore diving, affording you the opportunity to dive in a buddy pair without a guide, should you wish. It is therefore advisable that you become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver if you're planning to explore the reefs in this way. To understand the beautiful ecosystems present here and how to protect them, we recommend the Project AWARE Specialty. As a tech diving destination, you can also explore PADI's Technical Diving Courses.
Dive right in from Dahab's coastline on vibrant dive sites such as Eel Garden or Lighthouse Reef. Alternatively, enlist the help of a jeep or camel to take you down or up the coast to a variety of amazing shore diving spots. For wreck-lovers, trips can be arranged to dive the wreck of the Thistlegorm as well as Ras Mohammed National Park. Please note that these are long days starting well before dawn.
For qualified divers travelling with snorkelers, Dahab is a great choice. As most diving is done from shore, it is often possible to dive and snorkel the same sites simultaneously. So, no need to separate the group as with some other diver-centric destinations! Top sites to visit include The Canyon, The Blue Hole, Eel Garden and Lighthouse Reef.
The Canyon - Just outside Dahab, this dive site is an open underwater cave at 14 - 22 meters below the surface. It's wide enough for divers to swim through, offering some unique topography. There's easy shore access through a sandy lagoon, and once in you can expect anemones, butterfly fish, unicorn fish, puffer fish, octopus and blue spotted rays.
The Blue Hole - The most visited of all Dahab diving spots, this deep dive site is best accessed via Bell's due to the fact currents always run from north to south. Expect dramatic drop offs covered in corals and home to many little bright orange fish.
Eel Garden - Right in the city center, just a few minutes from the promenade, this site plays host to huge colony of garden eels. Look to the sandy bottom, where these interesting creatures are swaying in unison with the waves. For the best light, visit early morning or late afternoon.
Lighthouse Reef - Also in the center of Dahab. A super popular spot for divers and snorkelers alike, this shallow wall of fringing reef offers a wide variety of corals and fish. Often turtles can be spotted here, as well as blue spotted sting rays.
Napoleon Reef - An excellent dive site for marine wildlife enthusiasts! With top-notch visibility and the chance to see huge grey stingrays, turtles, eagle rays, eels in addition to the rest of the Red Sea's usual inhabitants, make time for at least one dive here.
On peut voir une grande colonie d'anguilles de jardin se balançant ivre de leurs trous dans le sable. Les récifs sont pleins de couleurs. Attendez-vous à des nuages d'anthias oranges, à des bancs de fusilier, à des barracudas à queue jaune, à des balistes bleues, des puffrants, des poissons-scorpions, des poissons-lions et à d'innombrables rayons à taches bleues. Il est également possible de voir des tortues et des rayons de torpilles. Pour les amateurs de macro, les hippocampes, les poissons-grenouilles et le poisson-poisson fantôme sont au rendez-vous.
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