Divesites

 

Lighthouse Reef

It is so called as it is located near Dahab’s Lighthouse Divecenter. Entrance is directly from the dive center. The divesite follows the reef round, with pinnacles and reefs providing a good variety of life. You are likely to see lots of lionfish, unicorn fish and anenome fish, as well as crocodile fish, octopus and nudibranchs. It also makes a nice shore dive at night. Very peaceful and quiet reef with all the beautiful reds that you don’t see during the day. You may see fish out hunting such as lionfish, squirrelfish and octopus, as well as lots of fans and urchins.

 

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 metre 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. Depth: 1 – 30 metres, Visibility: 30 metres

 

Islands

A very Dahab dive, in that the whole pace is slow and relaxing. This is pretty much diving a good snorkelling spot. Entry is from the beach near the Hilton with the pinnacles section of the dive being spent at about 8m. Very warm, light and vibrant colours due to the minimal depth, and some of the best coral in Dahab! A meandering swim around all the pinnacles teeming with glassfish, goldfish, angelfish, lionfish etc.The Islands has very interesting rock formations, with natural rifts. There are some huge brain corals here, and fish include puffers and napoleon wrasse.

 

Canyon

A fantastic dive for all levels. From a shore entry you can level off at about 30m along the gradual drop-off which continues for hundreds of metres. The canyon is a natural tunnel in the seabed which can be penetrated at several points along the rift. Once in the canyon, you can ascend up through and come out in the fish bowl, a natural cave teaming with glassfish. There is about space for six divers to rest on the sandy bed, whilst the glassfish swirl around you and cleaner wrasse will inspect masks and regs. Watch out for lionfish which guard the entrance and exit from the fish bowl. Depth: 100 metres +, Visibility: 30 metres

 

Bells & Blue Hole

An excellent dive for fans of the deep blue. The Bells is a natural small hole at 30m in a sheer wall that drops off to 800m+. You descend straight down along side the wall and dive round the hole and pop out into the blue. Blue is all you can see looking out to sea with the wall to your back. Look out for sharks and manta rays. Gradually ascending up to 15m is where all the reef life is, the usual fishes and corals. To exit from the shore you need to swim over the blue hole against some fierce currents. Depth: 200 metres + , Visibility: 30 – 40 metres

It is formed where a deep groove cuts into the reef top just north of the Blue Hole at Dahab. Being so close to the Blue Hole it is often overlooked, in favour of its big brother. However for the less macho diver it makes a beautiful dive at around 20m. The groove of the Bells breaches the reef table. A clear blue pool is formed where the dive starts. You descend through a chimney, exiting at 27m on a ledge that opens to the cobalt sea. The open water here is some of the clearest, deepest blue you will see. Drift along the wall where attractive cavelets and overhangs with a rich growth of black coral enhance the drop off. Look left into the blue and you may catch sight of a turtle or reef shark. Depth: 200 metres + , Visibility: 30 – 40 metres

 

Ras Abu Gallum

One hour camel ride from Dahab. A sandy slope descends away from the shore with the reef wall starting on both sides. Dive to the left where the reef table swings wide into a steep wall dive with pinnacles and dramatic rock formations, always keep one eye fixed on the blue as you will often see trevallies and jacks while the resident turtle crosses beneath them close to the wall. Ascend a bit shallower and you will find beautiful fire corals and schools of reef fish. Depth: 1 – 30 metres (3 – 100 feet), Visibility: 30 metres (100 feet)

 

Caves

Located south of Dahab, it has a slightly misleading name, as the ‘cave’ is in fact more of a large overhang. This is still, however, a good dive site for the unusual rock formations and variety of sealife. The dive starts by following the gentle sloping drop-off following the shore where the sandy bed provides a home for garden eels, pipefish and wrasse, which dive into the sand as you approach. The pinnacles provide an interesting site with sealife including turtles, morays, lionfish and Napoleon wrasse. Depth: 35 metres max, Visibility: 30 – 40 metres

 

Abu Helal and Abu Talha

Abu Helal and Abu Talha can only be dived at high tide in perfect conditions which leads to them being dived much less than other sites making the corals in pristine condition. This site has everything for both technical and recreational diving. The reef encircles a shallow lagoon at about 12m. Outside is a gently sloping bay and on its northern side a broad ridge. The start of this ridge features one of the finest coral garden in the Dahab area and this is the main focus of the dive site. Depth: 60 metres + (200 feet), Visibility: 30 – 40 metres

Abu Talha: Northerly site accessed by jeep from Dahab, a journey that takes approximately 17 minutes. Entry is slippery on a sandy bottom and fins must be donned before the edge of the reef table as there are many holes of various depths. It is advisable that divers do not descend until over the shallow saddle unless perfect neutral buoyancy can be achieved in shallow water. Once out of the reef table the diver will find a beautiful coral shafted like an amphitheatre. Returning to the exit between 10 and 15m swim along the reef wall and watch the hard and soft corals while a turtle and small schools of yellow tail barracuda can often be found. Depth: 60 metres + (200 feet) Visibility: 30 – 40 metres

 

Gabr El Bint

There are two dives possible here. The right side, also known as the dark side, features a steep wall that drops down to about 60m cut by numerous chasms, sandy ravines and overhangs. The drop-off is adorned with healthy table corals. The left side is a far more colourful featuring a virtual forest of gorgonians. Usually drop down to about 20-25m swimming along massive boulders protruding from the drop-off which attracts dense shoals of anthias and glassfish. Keep a good eye on the blue where you will see trevallies hunting on the shoals of fusiliers. After about ten minutes you will find some of the healthiest gorgonian fan corals in the Red Sea. Here you start to ascend to about 10m and cross the saddle then start to head back along a sandy ledge which runs parallel to the shore.

 

Small Blue Hole

Small Blue Hole is the most popular of our other dive sites that we visit by boat, and still untouched. This site was only accessible before by camels. It is 40-50 minutes from Dahab by “Romy Star” boat. We start at 8 in the morning and travel by jeep for 10 minutes to get to the marina from where we take the boat. You will see a variety of fauna and flora in the sub aqua world. The dive area begins with shallow water, after this a slope goes down to 14m. Here you will find a lot of coral , garden, and with some luck, turtles, and friendly and interested barracuda and stingrays. At 18m the wall starts dropping down with changing currents.



Frequently asked questions

  • The staff includes 12 people (1 p. the manager, 1 p. counter, 2 ps. dive guides / instructors, 1 ps. mechanics, 1 p. security, 2 p. cleaning, 2ps. cooks, 2ps. barman's).

  • For information about flight tickets click on the email link sales@dahabdive.com and write to us.

  • During our week-long safaris you can complete as many as 20-22 dives, because you can dive at dawn or at night beside the daily three-schedule

  • You can rent scuba diving equipment, but for the proper size, you need to dispose in advance Please review our price list.

  • Absolutely. There is fresh water which is constantly re-supplied by de-salting water cleaning system.

  • You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. One thing you’ll learn is that you really can breathe underwater and whether you like doing that or not. You will: Take the plunge with PADILearn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it. Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there. Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step.

  • As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.

  • To take this course, you must be: A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organisation) be a minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver) and have successfully completed a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months.

  • Most of our staff are European and can speak English, Hungarian, Slovak, German or French.





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