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Dahab dive sites


The Bells:

(Dahab)

The Bells is located near the Blue Hole and is often overlooked. It can be accessed via a dirt track to the north. You will find the spectacular Blue Hole at the center of a circular bay, with The Bells about 100 meters around the corner.

The groove of the Bells separates the reef table, where a clear blue pool is formed. The open water here is some of the clearest, deepest blue you can find. The wall is also splendid. It is vertical and in parts overhanging, covered with intense black corals and sea fans. If you have also dived in Sharm you’ll notice differences in the reef structure, this is due to cooler waters.

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The Blue Hole:

(Dahab)

The Blue Hole is the area’s most notorious dive site, known for its hole in the reeftable, approximately 70m across, that plummets down to immeasurable depths. The main part of the dive should be made on the outer reef wall, always keeping the maximum depth limit of 30m in mind.

The Blue Hole has a bad reputation. Many have lost their lives by pushing their abilities to their limits. Diving the archway requires complex planning, special equipment, the use of mixed gas and the correct training in how to use it. In other words, a dive like this goes far beyond the limits of recreational diving.

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Canyon:

(Dahab)

The Dahab Canyon is an idyllic location for all fanatic divers of caves and caverns. The Canyon a phenomenon itself. Up to 10m deep and practically sealed above, it winds its way up from the depths, to come out in a large glassfish filled coral dome, the fishbowl.

It consists of 3 main openings, the 12 meter fishbowl, 20 meter larger fishbowl and the deepest with a narrow exit at 52 meters.

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Ras Abu Hilel:

(Dahab)

Ras Abu Hilel means “Headland of the crescent moon”, and is located about half a kilometer south of the canyon.

The reef borders a shallow lagoon at about 12m, outside can be found a stopping bay and on its northern side a broad ridge. Here you can find the finest coral gardens in Dahab, which makes it the most popular dive site in the area.

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Sharm El Sheikh dive sites


If you would like to do diving in Sharm El Sheikh, you can visit Scuba Divers Red Sea website and book with them your trips!


Tiran:

(Sharm)

The Gulf of Aquaba is a huge rift in the ocean floor, thousands of meters deep. At the mouth of the gulf lies Tiran. Down the middle of this straits a huge ridge pushes up from the seafloor. On its four peaks coral reefs have formed. These are the reefs of Tiran.

The strong currents which sweep these reefs bring schools of pelagic fish, such as snapper, tuna, barracuda and jackfish and with them come sharks, grey reefs, white –tips, hammer heads, threshers, oceanic white tips, leopard sharks and even tiger sharks have been seen here. The currents also provide nutrition for the corals and the reefs of Tiran are characterized by walls of brightly colored corals and gorgonians.

Hot desert winds come from the north and are funneled through the straits of Tiran causing rough seas. These waves break on the northern and western sides of the reefs. This area with rough water is known as “ outside”. The calm water to the south and east of the reef is known as “ inside”. The wind is usually strongest in the morning and drops in the afternoon, leaving glassy conditions by sunset. For this reason, most divers choose to dive from a mooring “ inside” in the morning and then when the weather has calmed in the afternoon, take a drift dive, which invariably leads them “ outside’.

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Ras Nasrani:

(Sharm)

Lies about 12Km to the north of Sharm El-Sheikh. The reef flat is cut away in a series of shallow bays at around 6m. Outside, the reef drops away in a wall of buttresses and sandy gullies to a depth of about 60m. the best diving here is done shallow, amongst the coral heads outside of the bays and in the caves and shallow swim- thru’s between them at night the reef comes to life with crabs, Spanish dancers and on the sand cone shells and calamari.

The shape of the reef dictates that inside of the headland currents run towards the north, if at all. If you are diving from a boat, then you have the opportunity to drift dive. The headland catches strong current, which brings in pelagic fish, such as jacks and tuna and more rarely manta and even whale shark have been seen here.

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Shark Bay:

(Sharm)

Lies about fifteen minutes north of Na’ama Bay by car it has its own dive center and camp, and unlike Na’ama retains authentic local atmosphere. The diving is easy, being accessed from the beach and is protected from currents and nearly all weather. The bay slopes gently down as a series of buttresses and sandy ledges, making an ideal playground for trainee divers. For this reason Shark Bay is very popular with local dive schools.

Further away from the beach, in either direction, it is not a bad dive site either. Electric rays are common here, as are stonefish and all kinds of triggerfish. In summer baby barracuda school next to the beach. Because of its shape, Shark Bay acts as a trap for plankton and sometimes in the evening manta cruise in to feed at the surface.

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Ras Um Sid:

(Sharm)

Is situated at the north of Sharm El-Maya. Ras Um Sid will always be one of the classic dives of the area. It is renowned for the gorgonian forest. It is especially rich in fish life. Pelagics, typically barracuda, trevallies, caranx, and grunts hang out at the corner above the drop off.

Ras Um Sid has also been the scene of some of the rare sightings of whale sharks. This is because the currents on the corner trap great pools of plankton in the bay. At slack water, Ras Um Sid can easily be dived from the moonings or the shore. Head out to the corner deep through the gorgorian forest and come back shallow, about 5m, to visit the hatchet fish caves. Take care not to pass the corner unless you are certain you will be able to make it back through the current.

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Ras Mohammed:

(Sharm)

Is a broad peninsula of land projecting seaward from the southern end of the Sinai. It is comprised of areas of low lying land, high soaring cliffs and mangrove creeks. The mangrove creeks are of particular scientific value, growing beyond the northern limit of their natural range. Ras Mohammed’s geographical position dictates almost permanent strong currents year round. In the summer when the water is warmest ( up to 28c) this acts as a magnet to vast schools of pelagic fish. Barracuda, Jackfish, Batfish and Snapper come in their tens of thousands. They are closely followed by their predators, silky sharks, sandbar sharks. In this way, Ras Mohammed is Unique, Nowhere in the Red Sea, except perhaps the Suakin Islands of Sudan, can fish be seen in such profusion. This activity mostly centers around shark reef and yolande reef.

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