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Scuba Diving in Dahab, the Red Sea

 

Dahab is characterised by shore diving with depths for all levels amongst the maze of coral islands. Marine life includes reef fish, jacks, snapper, barracuda and perhaps even turtles. There are gentle reef slopes and coral gardens for beginners and some more challenging sites such as the Blue Hole or the Canyon for the more advanced. The Blue Hole is a seventy metre diameter hole in a reef table that has an archway in the bottom, leading to open sea. The Canyon is a channel that narrows at one end to become a covered tunnel. There are two marine parks in the Dahab region: Ras Mumlach, a seventy metre wall covered in hard and sot corals, and Ras Abu Galum, a wall with drop offs to over ninety metres.

The Blue Hole

It is one of only 3 'blue holes' in the world, and Dahab's most famous dive site, opening to the Red Sea through a 26-meter long tunnel known as the Arch. The roof of the Arch lies at a depth of 52 meters, and the base of the Arch rests at 120 meters after which it plunges to 1000 meters.

The Canyon

The Canyon is a natural crack in the reef plateau, which descends to 54 meters, and its walls are 15-20 meters high. In shallower areas along the reef there is the possibility to see the rare Red Sea walkman, sea moths and garden eels. This dive is conducted either as an extended range or trimix dive.

Eel Garden

Eel Garden takes its name from the countless garden eels that carpet the sea floor not far from the entry point of the dive. After walking over the reef plate to the entry spot which is a nine meter canyon, it then broadens into a large sandy area that slopes down gradually. After diving along a jutting reef that lies perpendicular to the main reef the eels slowly come into view, waving to and fro in the current like synchronized swimmers who vanish back into the sand as you approach.

Napoleon Reef

At Napoleon Reef you have a good chance of seeing the majestic Napoleon wrasses. But this quiet dive spot also offers nice table corals and giant puffer fish that hide underneath the table corals. Napoleon Reef has a maximum diving depth of around 30 meters and is suitable for all divers. The average visibility is 10-20 meters, and access to the dive site is by boat, where the current carries you along a sandy ridge with many hard and soft corals. Fish abound, Eagle Rays make their quick appearances, Scorpion fish lurk and returning to the boat will go far better than Waterloo.

The Islands

An underwater Garden of Eden, two sizable coral islands grow from an unequaled myriad of corals among a dense assortment of such an overflow of sea life that one can find barracuda, clown fish, groupers, Moray Eels, Blue Spotted Rays and much more in the same labyrinth passageways.

Lighthouse

The dive site follows the reef round, with pinnacles and reefs providing a good variety of life, and it also makes a nice shore dive at night. It’s a very peaceful and quiet reef with all the beautiful reds that can’t be seen during the day.

Golden Blocks

Golden Blocks is a mix between coral gardens and sandy areas with almost all coral species represented. It has a coral slope with three sandy alleys in it. The first one starts at 10 meters and drops down to 30 – 40 meters. The second slope is like a small canyon with a beautiful little island of corals. At the third slope you will find an impressive gorgonian fan at 22 meters and beside it is a small cave. Shallower you have sandy areas with the 'Golden Blocks'. These are large coral blocks that go from 10 meters to the surface and are covered with anthias.

Three Pools

After an easy entrance through three sandy patches sunk into the coral, one finds a gently sloping expanse of hard coral stretching away into the blue. Fan corals rise up gracefully further down the slope below 20 meters. With little current and little obstruction it's easy to explore the corals cape and gaze at the inhabitants to your heart's content, or at least until your DM heads you back to the exit.

The Caves

With no real coral platforms the two large caverns lie just beneath the rocky shore. Both feature black and other soft coral growing in the caverns, even hanging from the ceiling. A variety of fish swim among the corals, some even performing occasional acrobatics by swimming upside down along the ceiling - tipping is not necessary and feeding forbidden either way.

 
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