Dahab lies alongside the deepest section of the African rift, the giant crack in the earth’s crust that formed the Red Sea. The jagged mountains above, continue at much the same angle underwater, forming a dramatic seascape of valleys, canyons and caves. Most of Dahab’s dive-spots are geologically unique. Two dive-sites, the Canyon and the Blue Hole, are worldwide known amongst divers. Sport divers are allowed to explore the two sites to a maximum depth of 40m.
Diving in Dahab is mainly shore-diving. With a few exceptions, you simply drive along the shore by jeep or pick-up truck, gear up at the beach and start your dive. The most northern dive site is “The Bells” and in the south “The Caves”. Ras Abu Galum and Gabr El Bint can only be reached by camel or by boat. With our own 22m dive boat Ghazala VI, we are even able to reach the dive sites further south of Gabr El Bint.
Due to the slightly colder water, coral growth is quite different than in Sharm El Sheikh and further south of the Red Sea. The dominant species are Acropora, Brain- and Stone coral, Leather- and Black coral. Only on some site you will come across Soft corals due tu regular currents. Fish life is represented by the typical Red Sea Reef dwellers, Trigger- and Surgeonfish, all kind of Groupers, Emperor- and Parrotfish. With some luck you can observe larger Pelagics such as Jacks, Barracudas or even a Reef shark.