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| 1. RAS MAMLAKH ***** A rocky
cape with many coral covered rock formations and small canyons. One enters through
a sandy lagoon where it is quite common to see big rays. This site is rarely visited
by divers and as such enjoys a greater number of larger fish like Barracuda, Grouper
and large Napoleon fish. Further south there is an extensive and dangerous underwater
cave system. |
RAS ABU GALLUM *****|
Reached only by camel, Ras Abu Gallum is a sandy
cape with two Bedouin villages and many dive sites. As a protected area, one can
easily relax and just enjoy the peace and quiet. It is possible to stay overnight
and partake in some genuine Bedouin hospitality.
THE BELLS *****|
A beautiful array of soft corals growing under overhangs
and in caverns in the crystal clear water. A short walk past the famous "Blue
Hole" rewards every diver with an exciting and easy entrance through a small arched
fissure to this enjoyable dive site.
BLUE HOLE *****|
This notorious site is essentially a one hundred meter
cylindrical abyss only five meters offshore. Its gigantic arch at 70 meters opens
through the outer coral wall and into the open sea.
5. RICK'S REEF ***|
This site is normally the start of the drift dive
south towards the Canyon. Rick's Reef itself is composed of a small wall dropping
roughly 5 meters to a rocky slope out of which mostly hard coral grows. Similar
fauna to the Canyon's coral garden.
CANYON ***** |
A personal favorite of many of Dahab's Divemasters, the
Canyon is an underwater crevasse that begins at around 15 meters in a coral dome
inhabited by hundreds (1001) glass fish and extends downward through closed and
open sections to approximately 50 meters.
ABU TALHA ****|
An exceptional collection of coral pinnacles leads divers
from the coral wall to a large sheltered bend inhabited by many fish living among
the table corals that grow in abundance here.
ABU HELAL **** LITTLE CANYON|
A rocky peninsula and three coral islands
protect the inner lagoon from strong currents and provide an excellent starting
place from which to explore the area, spy on the local barracuda and even venture
further out to the kilometer long "Little Canyon".
EEL GARDEN ****|
Hauntingly beautiful sandy slope where burrowing eels
emerge to sway rhythmically in the current among a background of vibrant shallow
coral and sea life.
|10. LIGHTHOUSE ***|
Overtrafficked and underrated, this Dahab favorite often surprises even local
veterans with graceful turtles, large Napoleon fish, and elusive groupers among
its coral pinnacles and farther "beyond the saddle" stretches.
|11. MASHRABA REEF ***|
Similar bottom arrangement
to The Lighthouse, Mashraba is good for beginners, refresher dives, and night
dives. A sandy slope leads divers to the large pinnacle, Roman's Rock, and farther
down to a small arch at 36 meters.
An underwater Garden of Eden, two sizable coral islands
grow from an unequaled myriad of corals among a dense assortment of such an overflow
of sea life that one can find barracuda, clown fish, groupers, Moray Eels, Blue
Spotted Rays and much more in the same labyrinth passageways.
| 13. FOURTH ISLAND ****|
Another underwater island
only 250 meters from "The Islands," this island stretches for more then
300 meters at a depth of 8 to 25 meters. With a lesser traffic flow than the nearby
"Islands", Fourth Island benefits from a larger population of fish.
One can reach this site by brisk swim from the shore or easily by small boat.
NAPOLEON REEF ****|
Napoleon himself never dived here, but this is the
home of many of the fish that share his name. Most often done as a drift dive
from a boat, the current carries you along a sandy ridge with many hard and soft
corals. Fish abound, Eagle Rays make their quick appearances, Scorpion fish lurk
and returning to the boat will go far far better than Waterloo.
|15. SOUTHERN OASIS ***|
Though not a mirage this
dive site will leave you thirsty for more. Best done as a drift dive towards Three
Pools, many interesting spots along the way wait for the observant diver. This
particular drift dive can be started at another entry point, such as Shark's Cave
which oddly enough has neither sharks nor a cave, to provide a greater variety.
|16. THREE POOLS ****|
an easy entrance through three sandy patches sunk into the coral, one finds a
gently sloping expanse of hard coral stretching away into the blue. Fan corals
rise up gracefully further down the slope below 20 meters. With little current
and little obstruction it's easy to explore the coralscape and gaze at the inhabitants
to your heart's content, or at least until your DM heads you back to the exit.
|17. THE CAVES***|
With no real
coral platforms the two large caverns lie just beneath the rocky shore. Both feature
black and other soft coral growing in the caverns, even hanging from the ceiling.
A variety of fish swim among the corals, some even performing occasional acrobatics
by swimming upside down along the ceiling - tipping is not necessary and feeding
forbidden either way.
|18. UM SID ***|
Weave your way among huge coral pinnacles and rocks towards the deep blue
where it just might be possible to spy the ghostly shadow of a shark.
Don't be dismayed by the smelly, grunting camels departing
from this site on safari south to Gabr el Bint, there'll be more when you exit.
Drop over the coral wall and head roughly 50 meters across the flat sandy bottom
to a wide coral barrier composed of hard corals with many of the "cabbage"
corals seen to the right.
FAN FOREST ***** |
Enjoy a swim over a large open canyon before getting
to the heart of this fantastic site. Literally hundreds of fan coral wave in the
current along a falling slope for as far as the eye can see. Large black coral
provide relief in a collection of big yellow fans surpassing even that of Ras
GABR EL BINT *****|
Pass by the hard coral wall and large rocks, taking
in along the way many kinds of beautiful coral. At the halfway point cross up
and over the wall's ridge framing a sheltered lagoon. The ridge itself is composed
of hard and then soft coral, many of which it is hard to find elsewhere in Dahab.
Turtles often join the crocodile fish and schools of fish that roam the lagoon
. On the way to the exit a diver with sharp eyes has a chance of spotting a shark
or some of the large grouper that live in the area.
"SHAT DABOUR" **** |
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