Dahab dive sites

Dahab Dive Sites

“The Dahab dive sites are fantastic, both for beginners and experienced divers”

Located 90 kms north of Sharm el Sheikh, the Dahab dive sites are truly wonderful and there is something on offer for all experience levels. The crystal clear waters and warm temperatures make many of the sites perfect for learning to dive whilst the world famous sites of the Blue Hole and Canyon are exciting dives for the experienced diver.

Dahab dive sites combine coral gardens with reef walls, arches and canyons where you will find a rich variety of marine life. All of the dive sites, including the world famous Blue Hole, are accessed by shore or liveaboad and can be dived at most times of the day, depending on wind conditions. Nesima Resort offer full day excursions by camel to Ras Abu Galum in the north. We also offer boat diving trips to the more current-exposed reefs of Gabr El Bint in the south.

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

VIEW A MAP OF DAHAB DIVE SITES 

RAS MAMLAH

DIVER LEVEL 1

The most northerly of the Dahab dive sites in Ras Abu Galum National Park is not often visited by divers. 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 is a wonderful, quiet dive site.

BLUE HOLE

DIVER LEVEL 2

This is probably the most famous (and infamous) of the Dahab dive sites and is popular with both divers and free divers. The Blue Hole itself is 130m deep and as a result is a great site for technical divers too. The “saddle” is a shallow opening at about 6m leading into the sea and the “arch” is a 26m long tunnel of which the top is at 56m. The reef is 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. Suitable for all weather conditions.

THE CANYON

DIVER LEVEL 2

This is a ‘crack’ in the coral garden that looks like an open clam and is a great site for cave and cavern divers. Extending to 55m it’s also one of the Dahab dive sites that is great for technical divers. Nearly closed at the top it emerges in a large glassfish filled coral dome, the “fish bowl”. It has a number of opening; one at 12m one at 20m and then numerous other smaller ones. 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 over 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.

ABU HELAL

DIVER LEVEL 1

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.

SHOE STUMP

DIVER LEVEL 1

Also known as the “Tunnel” due to the large crevice in the reef table that marks the site entry. From the shore we descend into this tunnel to 3m and swim through to emerge on the outer reef wall at 5m. Following the sloping sandy bottom down you will find garden eels along with table corals, pinnacles and coral outcrops. Swim to the left and slowly circle back towards the reef wall which is covered with large and small fish and follow the reef back to your entry / exit point, again swimming through the tunnel to exit.This is best enjoyed as a shallow dive so suits all levels of divers. It is best avoided in rough weather as it can make entering and exiting difficult and its recommended to wait for high tide for ease of entry.

MASHRABA

DIVER LEVEL 1

This site is in the south side of the bay and due to its location we consider it our “house reef” at Nesima Resort. The shallow sandy area is good for training dives and this slopes down into a seagrass area at a depth of 12m. At the entrance to the site you will find a large pinnacle known as the “Roman rock” which is alive and vibrant with marine life. To the south you will see some large coral formations at 20m and a swim-through at 30m.

THE ISLANDS

DIVER LEVEL 1

Located to the south of Dahab on the outside tip of the lagoon. Regarded by many as some of the most beautiful sites with their underwater maze of spectacular coral gardens and 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.

MORAY GARDEN

DIVER LEVEL 1

Located as you head south on the road to Wadi Gnai is Moray Garden. You can enter this site easily from the shore and from there it gently slopes down to a maximum depth 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. 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.

THREE POOLS

DIVER LEVEL 1

This site is named after the three sandy bottomed pools that mark its entrance. We enter the first pool and reach a maximum depth of 3m, swimming over shallow saddles in the reef through the pools. All range in size and depth. At 18m there are large cabbage corals and hard corals on the sea bed. You can also dive this site as a drift dive in conjunction with Moray Garden. The is one of Dahab dive sites that is suitable for all levels of divers but it’s recommended to dive at high tide.

THE CAVES

DIVER LEVEL 1

These are the most southerly dive sites that are accessible by road from Dahab. Their name comes from the two caves that cut into the reef table. Although they are not known for prolific fish life the reef walls are covered with beautiful hard and soft corals and gorgeous anemones. A dive that is a must for anyone who enjoys cave or cavern diving. This site is suitable for all divers but we recommend that you only dived in calm weather when the tide is high for an easy exit.

RAS ABU GALUM

DIVER LEVEL 1

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. Here you can find longnosed hawkfish, crocodilefish, scorpionfish, turtles furthermore you could be lucky and 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.

THE BELLS

DIVER LEVEL 2

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.

RICKS REEF

DIVER LEVEL 1

A pleasant drift dive following a meandering wall covered in numerous varieties of corals. Enter where the reef slopes into the shore at about 3m and swim to the right following a sloping sandy bottom covered with coral heads and pinnacles. The best dive is at 18m gradually ascending and coming closer to the sloping reef wall as you head towards the Canyon. Passing the Canyon and keeping close to the reef, you enter a sandy lagoon where the reef saddles down to 3m and swim through the lagoon to the exit point. The site is suitable for all dive levels and in all weather conditions. On the coral outcrops you can see lionfish, moray, rays and, if you’re lucky, turtles. Ricks Reef also gives the diver an opportunity to inspect The Canyon from above before finishing in the sandy lagoon.

ABU TALHA

DIVER LEVEL 1

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.

LIGHTHOUSE

DIVER LEVEL 1

This site is located at the northern end of the bay in Dahab. The sandy slopes and gentle drop offs result in it being the perfect dive site for beginners and for training dives. The colourful coral gardens offer an abundance of marine life up to 30m that extend far from the shore. The Lighthouse is made up of a large rocky wall that wraps around the point heading north to Eel Garden. The wall and the coral gardens offer varying depth ranges and is therefore a dive site suitable for everyone. Larger aquatic creatures and a spectacular coral result in it being a popular dive site. It is a very good night dive area where it is not uncommon to see sleeping parrotfish, Spanish dancers, Red Sea lobsters and much more. Suitable for all divers, the ease of entry makes it accessible even in the roughest weather conditions.

EEL GARDEN

DIVER LEVEL 2

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.

NAPOLEON REEF

DIVER LEVEL 1

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.

GOLDEN BLOCKS

DIVER LEVEL 1

Named because of the two pinnacles that are visible at low tide and which appear golden on sunny days. This site is home to a variety of Anthias and is an easy, but beautiful, dive site to a maximum depth of 18m. 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 you look out for the blue spotted rays that hide under the coral outcrops.

UMM SID

DIVER LEVEL 1

The entrance to Umm Sid is off the shore and then the reef starts to slope before dropping down. The most usual way to dive this site is with the reef wall on the right. The reef drops down to a sandy bottom and around 24m which is covered with garden eels. Umm Sid has a wonderful array of fish life amongst the coral pinnacles and coral heads. It’s not uncommon to see giant morays, giant puffers, scorpionfish and octopus to name but a few. It is another of the Dahab dive sites that is great for both experienced and inexperienced divers alike. Accessible in most weather conditions but strong currents can occur here and in rough weather exiting can be difficult.

GABR EL BINT

DIVER LEVEL 1

One of the most spectacular Dahab dive sites, Gabr el Bint is located almost 30 km to the south. Only reached by unconventional means; we can take you there by camel or by boat. The trek takes you along the coastline, shadowed by the majestic mountains of Sinai, to reach these virgin reefs. Nesima Resort can offer you a one or two day camel safaris. Gabr el Bint is abundant with stunningly rich marine life. It offers wall diving, vivid coral gardens and gentle sandy slopes with coral outcrops. You can combine this diving experience with an insight into the culture of the local Bedouin who prepare traditional food and drinks and care for their camels. Nowadays, the alternative way for you to reach this amazing Dahab dive site is by boat which makes it yet another experience.  

Nesima Resort & Dive Center, El Mashraba, Dahab, Sinai, Egypt.
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