Dahab’s incredible underwater landscapes attract new and experienced divers from around the world. Discover world-famous Tec dives such as the Blue Hole, a crack in the earth you can descend into and a maze of coral pinnacles.
Diving in Dahab
Dahab, a small, colourful, cosy and open minded town just one hour north of Sharm El Sheik on the coast of the Red Sea in Egypt in the SInai Peninsula. It is a very popular diving town where divers from all over the world come to admire not only the gorgeous corals and thriving marine life, but also the exciting technical dives which this area has to offer. The dive sites here offer such a variety of underwater experiences for new divers and for extremely advanced divers.
The one dive site which is on a lot of divers bucket lists is the Blue Hole. A large hole in the sea bed which drops down hundreds of metres and also has flourishing corals on its walls. This is not the only exciting phenomenon, there is also the unique Canyon, a large crack in the earth which can be penetrated by divers which is a thrilling experience. There is even a third dive site which is a unique and cherished dive site; the Islands. This dive site is literally a maze of coral pinnacles which is absolutely teeming with life on every centimetre of these pinnacles, a top dive site for many of the divers which visit here. There are many more dive sites here to explore which provide divers with beautiful underwater experiences, one of them being the Lighthouse, which is the top dive site for all courses due to the perfect confined areas and the brightly coloured, and full of life, reef wall.
Best time to dive
Any divers visiting the Red Sea have the added benefit that the weather conditions here are, for the large majority of the year, perfect for diving. On windy days there may be waves but the dives are still accessible and the visibility remains at above average; between 10 and 30 metres. Water temperatures stay within comfortable diving temperatures; between 20 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius, when divers come in the winter months, with February being the coldest, they manage with a 5mm full suit and hood, and in the height of summer, in August and July, without any suit at all.
Types of diving
What to see
Dahab is not a destination which divers come to spot large species, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. In Dahab divers can come to admire the vast variety of hard and soft corals, Anemones, Sea Fans and the micro life which resides in here. Apart from the natural coral formations, there are also some statues underwater which have created their own ecosystems, including an elephant statue, donkey statue and a chair statue. DIvers can admire Lion Fish, Nudibranchs, Seahorses, Barracuda, Octopus, Sea Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Blue Spotted Rays and on lucky days Eagle Rays. There is a vast amount of micro life here so a dream for underwater photographers who like the smaller subjects.