Fantastic combination of wrecks and reefs in the north with spectacular and most famous dive sites in Dahab: The Blue Hole and The Canyon.
Sharm Area Ras Mohamed National Park Shark & Jolanda Ras Mohammed is a peninsula of land jutting out into the Red Sea at the southernmost point of the Sinai Peninsula. Most of the Ras Mohammed Peninsula is, in fact, a raised reef plate, indicating that the sea level was once higher than it is today.
You can do a variety of dives here and can take in both Shark and Yolanda as well as Anemone City on a single dive. At Anemone City you will, of course, come across sea anemones with their ever-present anemone fish darting in and out of the anemones tentacles. At Shark Reef you can enjoy the Gorgonian fan corals, while looking out to the blue where you can expect to see schools of barracuda, Batfish and Jackfish. Yolanda Reef is named after the Cypriot ship which sank here in 1980 with a cargo of sanitary bathroom ware, cases of whisky and a BMW car. New visitors to the site usually find it amusing to see all the toilets and baths, etc on the sea bed. Bluespotted stingrays are common in the area as are moray eels.
The boat will drop you near one of the entrances to the Canyon. There are several entrances with the main, larger one being at a depth of 22 metres. Depending on the ability of the diving group, you may have the time to penetrate a little deeper into The Canyon, the dive will then take you up through the length of the Canyon, where you can exit it at a depth of 14 metres Popular and famous, these dive sites need little introduction. The boat’s zodiac will drop you near the Bells dive site from where the drift dive will start. The dive follows the coral wall in a southwardly direction, with the reef on your right. Big colonies of Star coral, Gorgonians, soft and black corals are to be found here. You will pass anemones with their anemonefish and come across Butterfly fish and Angelfish on this dive.
Ras Abu Galum
Ras Abu Galum was afforded National Park status in 1992. The area is difficult to reach, hence, we are very fortunate to be allowed to take boats in here. There are two dive sites in the vicinity: North Ras Abu Galum and South Ras Abu Galum both of which are situated just off the shore where there is the Bedouin village of El-Omeyid and where the boats can moor so that dives are conducted from the zodiac. At North Ras Abu Galum, you will see a huge variety of corals including Fire corals, Raspberry corals, small table corals, Porites and Salad coral (Turbinaria Mesenterina). In terms of marine fauna, you can expect to see Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Anthias, Glassfish, Lionfish, Grey Eels, Snapper and Batfish. At South Ras Abu Galum, you will come across similar corals as well as Rose coral and may encounter a turtle, Pufferfish as well as many smaller creatures such as the Grey Eel, shrimps and nudibranch.
The Bells & The Blue Hole
Popular and famous, these dive sites need little introduction. The boat’s zodiac will drop you near the Bells dive site from where the drift dive will start. The dive follows the coral wall in a southwardly direction, with the reef on your right. Big colonies of Star coral, Gorgonians, soft and black corals are to be found here. You will pass anemones with their anemone fish and come across Butterfly fish and Angelfish on this dive. Finally, you reach the Blue Hole and enter this circular–shaped break in the coral reef swimming over the reef wall at around 7-5 metres. You will have time for a little swim in the Blue Hole before swimming back out over the reef wall, meanwhile conducting your safety stop, before rejoining the zodiac for the ride back to the boat.
Gabr El Bint
Ranks among one of the most attractive sites of North Sinai. With the access by boat, it is less frequently dived than the other dive sites in Dahab which has left this site in pristine condition. Gabr el Bint means ‘The Grave of the Girl’ in Arabic. There are two dives possible here. The right side, also known as the dark side, features a steep wall that drops down to about 60m cut by numerous chasms, sandy ravines and overhangs. The drop-off is adorned with healthy table corals. The left side is a far more colourful featuring a virtual forest of gorgonians. Usually drop down to about 20-25m swimming along massive boulders protruding from the drop-off which attracts dense shoals of anthias and glassfish. Keep a good eye on the blue where you will see trevallies hunting on the shoals of fusiliers. After about ten minutes you will find some of the healthiest gorgonian fan corals in the Red Sea. Here you start to ascend to about 10m and cross the saddle then start to head back along a sandy ledge which parallels to the shore. The ledge is riddled with exquisite coral heads that attract numerous reef species, including swarms of anthias, scorpionfish, parrotfish, crocodilefish, surgeonfish, triggerfish, trumpetfish, stingrays and very often a turtle. At the end of the ledge usually is home to a shoal of black and white snappers and twinspot snappers hang here between 5m and 10m. One of the truly breathtaking dives in Dahab.
Tiran area Thomas Reef Believed to be one of the best dive sites in the northern Red Sea, only drift dives are possible here as there are no moorings. Here you will see a variety of corals including gorgonians, colonies of black coral and large Alcyonarians. It is possible to circumnavigate the entire reef on your dive, weather and currents, permitting. You can expect to see many reef fish including Angelfish and groupers as well as pelagic fish e.g. barracuda and the Whitetip Reef Shark.
This is the most northerly reef in the Straits of Tiran and i s easily identifiable from the visible wreck on its surface of the merchant ship, Lara, which sank in 1985. Here one can expect to see gorgonian and fire corals. One may spot turtles here and the sharks which frequent this area include the Whitetip and Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerheads, particularly in the summer months from July to September