CANYON

A mystic adventure

The canyon is one of the most popular dive sites in Dahab and an essential dive for all fanatics of caves and cavern diving. It is quite a phenomenon. Up to 40m deep and virtually closed over at the top, it snakes its way up from the depths.

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate

DEPTH: 40m

CURRENTS: sometimes

SNORKELING: yes

After an easy shore entry, you cross a sandy lagoon that opens onto a gently sloping reef marked with coral heads. The amazing and eerie canyon soon comes into view. It has three main openings. At about 12m is the fishbowl. Below that is another large bowl, opening at about 20m. Deepest of all is a narrow exit at 52m.

In between these openings, the walls have grown together to virtually close over the top of the canyon, forming a tunnel. From the top, it has the appearance of the fluted mouth of a clam shell. Descend into the Canyon at 20m and drop to the bottom which sits at around 30m. Make sure you stick to a depth well within your ability.

Take a minute at the bottom and enjoy the magnificent view, the light coming through the crack that forms the entry of the canyon while you sit in semi-darkness, it is an amazing sight. Finish the dive by swimming through a sensational coral garden at about 8m. Very good chances to find the resident octopus.

Particularity

To dive the deeper section of these fascinating formations one has to be a TEC-diver, using special gas-mixtures. Several dive operators in Dahab offer TEC-courses and diving.