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Dahab Dive Sites

Located 90 kms north of Sharm el Sheikh, the wonderful Dahab dive sites offer something for all experience levels. The sites offer a combination of coral gardens, reef walls, arches and canyons where you will find a rich variety of marine life. Sharks Bay Umbi offer weekly day trips to the Blue Hole, Bells and Canyon and other sites can be dived on our Red Sea liveaboard safaris.

 

Diver Level 1: from Beginner     Diver Level 2: from Intermediate     Diver Level 3: from Advanced

 

Map of the Deep North, Dahab dive sites

From the Straits of Tiran in the south, to Ras Mamlah in the north

Dahab Dive Sites, Day trip | Liveaboard

Ras Mamlah

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

Dahab dive sites in Ras Abu Galum National Park are not often visited by divers and this is the most northerly. Therefore you can see a huge variety of larger fish such as barracuda, grouper, napoleon and large rays. There are many coral covered rock formations and small canyons and to the south, a large underwater cave system. This makes it a great, quiet dive site.

Ras Abu Galum

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

This is a protected marine and wildlife reserve 20 km north of Dahab. The remote, pristine reefs are easily accessible and suitable for all divers. Sloping coral gardens lead to a drop off with many table and brain corals where you can find longnosed hawkfish, crocodilefish, scorpionfish, turtles and you may be lucky to see pelagics in the blue. To the south is a wall dive which drops down to over 80m and is covered in hard and soft corals, inhabited by schools of small reef fish and with a good chance of seeing sharks and rays.

Blue Hole, Dahab dive sites, photo by Ben Cook

The Bells

Diver level 2, Day trip | Liveaboard

A spectacular wall dive of amazing beauty just north of the Blue Hole. This is a deep sloping groove that cuts down through the reef table with a clear blue pool at the top which is where the dive begins. You descend down through the groove which is open to the sea until it closes off at 18m and opens again at 22m. Coming out and swimming along to the right you find a vertical reef wall with large overhangs which have a rich growth of black corals and sea fans. There are many anemones along this wall which comes to life with Spanish Dancers at night. We gradually ascend until you reach the entrance of the Blue Hole where the reef saddles down to 7m.

The Canyon

Diver level 1, Day trip | Liveaboard

This is a crack in the coral garden that looks like an open clam and is a great site for fans of cave and cavern diving. Extending to 55m deep it’s also a good site for technical divers. Nearly closed at the top it emerges in a large glassfish filled coral dome, the “fish bowl”. With three main openings; at 12m is the fishbowl, below this at 20m is another large bowl and numerous other smaller openings. Located five minutes north-east from the exit of the lagoon it offers easy entry and exit points that lead to beautiful coral gardens which can only be fully explored after several visits. Best suited to more experienced divers and not recommended for people who are uncomfortable in small spaces. You can dive here whatever the weather conditions but rough weather can cause rip currents which make exiting a little hard work.

Eel Garden, Dahab dive sites, photo by Jeff Rotman

The Islands

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

Located to the south of Dahab on the outside tip of the lagoon. Regarded as some of the most beautiful sites with their underwater maze of spectacular coral gardens and renowned for the range of brightly coloured corals. The site is named after what appear to be large underwater islands that are visible at low tide. The Islands have an outstanding array of coral and marine life. You can see large schools of juvenile barracuda, snappers, giant pufferfish, napoleon fish, groupers and rays. A series of passages link the three coral basins and the sandy bottom is located at a maximum of 18m. The sunlight reflecting on the reef throughout the day makes this one of the most beautiful and relaxing dives in Dahab.

Golden Blocks

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

Named because of the two pinnacles that are visible at low tide and which appear golden on sunny days and home to a variety of Anthias. This is an easy but beautiful dive site with a maximum depth of 18m and is rich in marine life. The Golden Blocks are on a sandy bottom surrounded by corals. The coral table is divided by three sandy areas that slope down to a maximum depth of 37m, at 40m you will see a beautiful fan coral at the edge of a small cave. Make sure to look out for the blue spotted rays that hide under the coral outcrops.

Umm Sid

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

The site entry at Umm Sid is off the shore where the reef slopes in and drops down. Following the sloping bottom we swim along the reef wall on the right. The reef drops down to about 24m and here we find a sandy bottom covered with garden eels. Umm Sid has a nice array of fish life along with all the pinnacles and coral heads found here. It’s not uncommon to see giant morays, giant puffers, scorpionfish and octopus to name but a few. It is another site that can be dived by both experienced and inexperienced divers. Accessible in most weather conditions but strong currents can occur here and in rough weather exiting can be difficult.

Napoleon Wrasse, Dahab dive sites, photo by Alan Riddiough
Ras Abu Galum, library photo, Dahab dive sites

Blue Hole

Diver level 2, Day trip | Liveaboard

This is probably the most famous (and infamous) of the Dahab dive sites, popular with all divers and free divers. The Blue Hole itself is 130m deep which makes it a great site for technical divers. The “saddle” is a shallow opening at about 6m which leads into the sea and the “arch” is a 26m long tunnel of which the top is at 56m. The reef forms a near vertical wall at the outer edge and is home to many clownfish. It’s a good place to spot jacks, trevallies, barracuda and maybe grey and white-tip reef sharks. Best suited to experienced, confident divers and suitable for all weather conditions.

Abu Talha

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

This is one of the less known Dahab dive sites, located between the Canyon and Abu Helal. As a result it is well worth a visit for the sheer colour and variety of the corals which are some of the best in Dahab. The entry point is a small lagoon at 6m which leads out over beautiful corals into the open sea. With fantastic table corals, soft corals and marine life this is a great dive away from the crowds. It can also be made as a drift dive.

Ras Abu Helal

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

This translates as “headland of the crescent moon” and refers to the crescent shaped reef about half a kilometre south of the Canyon. The reef encircles a shallow lagoon at about 12m. Outside there is a gently sloping bay with a broad ridge on the northern side. The start of this ridge features probably one of the finest coral gardens of all Dahab dive sites and is the main focus of this dive. Conditions need to be good to dive here which makes this much less visited than some of the other sites. As a result the marine life and corals are stunning. This dive can be combined with a visit to the “Huts” which is located just north of Abu Helal. An easy drift south from The Huts will bring you out at Abu Helal, the exit point can be chosen according to remaining air.

Green Turtle, Dahab dive sites, photo by Timo Hanninen

Eel Garden

Diver level 2, Liveaboard only

This is a gently sloping wall dive to suit all levels with easy entry and exit points through a shallow sandy lagoon. It is home to several lion fish and hundreds of garden eels. Eel Garden is one of the most beautiful reefs in the area with a huge variety of marine life. Giant moray, scorpionfish, octopus, blue spotted and eagle rays can all be seen here. Sometimes strong currents are present and its best to avoid in rough weather as rip currents can make the exit very difficult. For those divers who do not want to walk far in their kit, then you should only attempt this dive at high tide

The Islands, Dahab dive sites, Nesima library photo

Napoleon Reef

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

At the tip of the lagoon just to the south of the Islands is Napoleon Reef. Starting at 5m and dropping down to a maximum depth of 30m it is suitable for all divers. You will often find Napoleon Wrasse here and beautiful table corals where you can see giant pufferfish hiding underneath.

Moray Garden

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

Heading south on the road to Wadi Gnai is Moray Garden. Entry is easy from the shore and it’s a good site that slopes down gently to a maximum of 22m. As the name suggests you will find moray eels here along with schools of glassfish and crocodilefish. If you’re lucky you may also spot the rare red sea walkman. Moray Garden is an easy dive and the entry makes it accessible even in the roughest conditions. It is suitable for all levels of divers. It is also popular as a drift dive from the Three Pools or Golden Blocks, either as a starting or finishing point.

The Caves

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

These are the most southerly dive sites accessible by road from Dahab. Their name comes from the two caves that cut into the reef table. Not known for prolific fish life but the reef wall is covered with hard and soft corals and beautiful anemones. It’s a must for divers who enjoy cave or cavern diving. Suitable for all divers but we recommend to dive in calm weather when the tide is high for an easy exit.

Gabr el Bint

Diver level 1, Liveaboard only

One of the most spectacular Dahab dive sites, located almost 30 km south of Dahab which we can dive from our liveaboard boats. Gabr el Bint is abundant with stunningly rich marine life and offers wall diving, vivid coral gardens and gentle sandy slopes with coral outcrops.