DIVE SITES

Dive sites Dahab

A wide variety of stunning dive sites to cater for all levels …

Dahab’s coastline is a continuous fringing reef on the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba. Because of the very limited rainfall visibility rarely drops below 10-15 metres and is more than 25 metres in summer. The water temperature ranges from 28C in August to 21C in February.
The quality of easily accessible shallow dive sites, such as The Coral Garden and The Lighthouse, makes Dahab perfect for beginners.
Dahab also has fantastic topographical features, such as The Blue Hole and The Canyon. These dive sites are sure to thrill experienced divers. Deep water drop-offs close to shore make Dahab a mecca for technical divers.

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LOCAL SHORE DIVES

A pick of the dive sites you’ll explore with our Dive & Relax and Dive & Explore packages:

CANYON / CORAL GARDEN

Dive sites Dahab, Canyon

The Canyon is an underwater cavern that starts at 18 metres and has a bottom at 30 metres with loads of room to explore. Watching the light flood in from above is an awesome experience. Exit the Canyon and past ‘the fishbowl’ which teams with beautiful Lionfish, Anthias and possibly a Red Sea Walkman. The Coral Garden that surrounds this site is stunning, with shallow coral pinnacles abundant with life, often Octopus. Swim along the edge a drop-off that starts at 16 metres and slopes away into the deep blue waters.
Level: Advanced course and above

BELLS TO BLUE HOLE

Descending down the U-shaped Bells is like doing an underwater waterslide. Exit at 26 metres into a sheer wall, adorned with purple soft corals, that plunges into the depths. Swimming next to this massive wall is a sublime experience. Enjoy the life by the wall but don’t forget get to look out into the blue as you might see turtles, tuna and even the odd whaleshark. Enter the Blue Hole over a coral saddle at seven metres that is simply stunning in its colour, diversity and clouds of fish.
Level: Advanced course and above

THE ISLANDS

Dive sites Dahab, Islands

Enter thorough a crack in the reef table into a set of linked coral lagoons, look out for blue-spotted stingrays. Then swim through a labyrinth of amazing hard coral formations at six metres that links two underwater islands together. Snappers and a school of Barracuda are often seen at this dive site hanging in the current. Descend down to 15 metres and swim around the back of the island, which brings us to the exit point.
Level: Suitable for all dive levels

LIGHTHOUSE

The Lighthouse reef forms the north end the bay in the centre of Dahab (Masbat). With a sandy entry point and a gently sloping reef, complete with a stunning pinnacle adorned with Anthias and glassfish, Lighthouse is a brilliant training site for beginners. You can also do some great dives along the deeper reef. The ridge of coral that marks the head of the bay is home to two Bar Beam, a school of yellow-tailed goat fish, and trevailly. There is a good chance of spotting Napoleon wrasse, turtles and tuna.
Level: Suitable for all dive levels

EELGARDEN

Dive sites Dahab, Eel garden

Eel Garden is the home to a large colony of garden eels. They live in tubular burrows on the sandy bottom, their heads bent into the current to pick up passing food. We enter the dive site through a lagoon in the reef table, then descend to 18 metres to check out the eels. As we approach, they duck down into their borrows for safety. Our route to the exit takes us past a shallow reef that is home to a huge diversity of species. We often see Napoleons, flounders, white-spotted puffers and trunkfish.
Level: Suitable for all dive levels

UM SID

Dive sites Dahab, Um Sid

Is a site in the southern oasis area, five kilometres south of Dahab. Exit through a break in the reef table and descend down to 18 metres where more than 100 Garden eels stick out of the sand and feed. Swim over a multitude of table corals, look under them for pufferfish. Then we shallow up to 12 metres and follow a beautiful reef wall. Keep an eye out for scorpion fish and nudibranches.
Level: Suitable for all dive levels

SAFARIS

Please contact us if you’d like to add one of these trips to a Dive & Relax or Dive & Explore package.

GABR EL BINT

• 2 dives (with a 3rd dive option)
• Lunch and soft drinks
Gabr el Bint ranks among one of the most attractive local dive sites. An hour from Dahab by boat, it offers a breathtaking coral lagoon and racks of stunning Gorgonian fans. The diversity and quality of coral on this site is simply stunning, we often spot turtles, giant trevall and, snappers to name a few. Whale and hammerhead sharks have been seen here, too.
Level: Advanced and above

RAS ABU GALUM

• 2 or 4 dives, depending on whether you want to stay overnight
• Lunch, water and as much Bedouin tea as you can drink
• A camel will carry you and your dive gear
Ride your camel along the shore to the Bedouin settlement of Ras Abu Galum to the north of Dahab. Drink some tea then kit up and dive. Swim through a lagoon onto a beautiful shallow garden, pass a pinnacle teaming with Glass fish, and dive down to the drop off at 18 metres. Tuna, turtles, Picasso triggerfish and octopus. There are a few sites in the area so you can choose to spend the night sleeping on the beach and enjoy some Bedouin hospitality.
Level: All dive levels

SS THISTLEGORM

• 2 dives on the wreck
• 1 dive on Shark and Yolanda reef in Ras Mohammed National Park
• Transfers to and from Sharm el Sheikh
• Breakfast, lunch and soft drinks
A merchant navy ship, sunk in 1941, carrying military supplies to the British 5th army – dive past WW2 rifles, jeep and motorcycles. Discovered by Jacques Cousteau, its considered one of the world Top 10 dive sites. Need we say more?
Level: Advanced and above