Shore dives in Dahab
The Gulf of Aqaba is a very deep trench of water that divides the Sinai Peninsula / Egypt from Saudi Arabia. The coral reefs around Dahab are traditionally accessible from the shore. We visit our dive sites with Jeep and Pickup.
The fascinating mountain massifs line the coast of Dahab and Saudi Arabia. These mountain silhouettes make your thoughts meander. The farthest dive sites are reached in a maximum of 35-40 minutes.
Additionally we offer special trips by boat to the Thistlegorm wreck, to Ras Mohammed and the Strait of Tiran, respectively from Sharm el Sheikh to. Boat trips to the southern reefs of Dahab are also possible, if the wind cooperates.
The Sinai, traditionally inhabited by Bedouin land, offers the unique experience to reach dive sites by camel. The camel safaris start in the north at the “Blue Hole”, so we can advance to more remote, stunning dive sites that are not accessible by car.
Bells & Blue Hole
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The equally famous and notorious dive site of Dahab is the Blue Hole. It is the most northerly dive site which you can approach with Jeep and Pickup.
The Blue Hole is a large, oval and dark blue hole in the reef. It has a diameter of about 35 meters and drops down to about 100 m depth. The outer wall of the Blue Hole offers a beautiful coral growth, in contrast to the barely clad inside.
At this point, the deep trench draws directly along the shoreline. The cliff is breathtaking. One looks in a never-ending deep blue, and the steep wall is covered with a variety of coral.
This place offers at least three different courses to dive.
From the Blue Hole to the outside wall you cross a saddle in 6m depth. The wall can now be followed to the left or to the right side. Both sites offer the beautiful coral and the deep blue.
A little further north is the entry called Bells. After a short climb over a rock, we arrive at a notch in the shore.
The descent here is a U-shaped slot; open on one side, this cascade drops vertically to a depth of 27 m. It is a breathtaking experience and can lead to some kind of addiction.
At the end of the cascade , which is shaped like a tube , you should make sure your BC is sufficiently inflated , since at this point the cliff drops to about 800 m depth. You follow the steep wall to the right shoulder side. The overhangs and beautiful formations can be enjoyed upon leaving the depth. Slowly proceeding, you reach the saddle at 6m depth, where you turn right to exit the Blue Hole. Assuming a gentle pace, you cover the distance from Bells to Blue Hole in about 30 minutes.
Canyon & Coral Garden
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The Canyon is, together with the Blue, another highlight of Dahab’s dive sites.
This place alone invites you to several dives because of its diversity.
The entry / exit leads through a lagoon, which divides the reef.
The end of the lagoon with its turquoise waters is the beginning of the beautiful deep blue outside in the open water.
Towards north-easterly directions you come across a deep crevice in the reef plateau, presumably created by an earthquake.
This canyon starts in a hollow coral block at about 12 m depth, called the “fishbowl”, and divides the reef. The “fishbowl” looks like an igloo-shaped pizza oven and has two larger holes at its bottom. It is recommendable to follow the crevice to a depth of 20 metres and enter / exit the canyon through a large opening there. Once entered, you easily drop to 30 m depth with sandy bottom.
Here the Canyon widens up like a cave, in which you dive upward towards the “fishbowl”, then back to the exit hole. After leaving the canyon you see a curtain of exhaust bubbles coming out of the rock, striving towards the surface.
Leaving the lagoon towards southwesterly directions leads you to a very diverse coral garden.
Quite often you can see a turtle here. Lionfish and Sea Moths can be found here, too. The end of the gentle slope is a drop-off, which is nicely overgrown.
The dive site Canyon with its lagoon invites to a number of different dives – the crevice in the reef plateau, the coral garden with its many interesting inhabitants, or the drop-off with its deep blue colour. We recommend to do at least 3 dives here.
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The characteristic entry is responsible for the name of the dive site . The reef lagoon which is divided by coral walls in three basins is the entry into a fantastic coral garden . This coral garden spreads over a 30 m wide platform , which merges into a drop-off .
In the pools often are yellowtail barracuda , with a little luck you can sometimes find a seagrass ghost pipefish . Outside the lagoon a group of black and white snapper can be found.
Coral blocks protrude from the steep wall, and invite you to stay and watch the countless glass fish.
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The Islands is one of the most beautiful dive sites in Dahab. Divers who love coral are likely to confirm this. The site consists of a maze of coral. With an average depth of 5-10 meters and a maximum depth of 18-20 meters, this dive is perfectly suitable to relax. During high tide, it is easier to reach the entry, because you have to walk about 50 meters over sandy reef top. Optionally, the entry and exit may lead through a small tunnel that leads you directly into the first sand pool.
The coral maze separates four differently sized sandy pools from the shoreline. From above, the dive site looks like two islands hugging each other.
In the labyrinth you find a school of yellowtail barracuda, also blue spotted stingrays and the incredibly big pufferfish are typical for this spot.
Gabr el Bint
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The dive site Gabr el Bint can only be reached by camel or boat, and is perfectly suited for a day trip to reach more remote dive sites.
The first dive leads through clouds of little basslets and fusiliers to a coral ridge, which harbors a shallow lagoon towards the shore and evolves into a drop-off towards the outside.
After following the coral ridge for about 10 minutes, you see giant and stunningly delicate fan coral, which harbor equally delicate longnose hawkfish.
Turning the dive, you can cross the coral ridge now into the lagoon, which is spread with table coral.
Below the coral blocks you can spot crocodile fish, giant puffer fish and scorpion fish, as well as the beautiful blue-spotted stingray. Also a turtle calls Gabr El Bint her home and can be seen frequently.
The second dive can be done either in southerly direction, where you follow a plateau and drop-off, which offers, besides overhangs and a nice overgrowth, also a little cave at 27 m depth, or you simply decide to do the northerly direction again.