Dahab is famous for it’s landscape diving and of course good visibility which is in generaly typical for the Red Sea.
Dahab visit card are famous Blue Hole with it’s Arch and the Canyon. Recreational and technical divers both love them. Generally speaking technical diving is very developed in Dahab. Technical divers like this place because technical depth is available off the shore and access is very easy, as almost all divesites can be reached within 20-30 minutes by car and you don’t depend on boat and port schelulle. That makes access to dive sites much easier (and cheaper). Some dive sites are located right in town (Lighthouse, Eel Garden, Islands), some North of Dahab (Canyon, Blue Hole), some South (Morray Garden, Caves).The most popular technical dive sites are (Big) Canyon, Blue Hole, Small Canyon, Neptune Cave, Shugarrat (the last one can be reached only by boat though).
Perfect dive sites for recreational diving are Light House located in downtown, Eel Garden nearby (entrance might be tricky – should be high tide and low wind). In 10 minutes drive there is diver’s favourite Islands, not deep and colorful (max depth 16 m): 2 underwater islands, shallow, all covered with various corals and full of life. You can see a lot of small fish, snappers, sometimes napoleon fish, octopus and school of baby barracuda is often around.
On the night dive you can often meet fabulous spanish dancer – bright red sea slug, about 20 cm long, looking exacly like a skirt of flamenko dancer when swiming!
Personally for me, the favorite dive site in Dahab is The Canyon. Easy beach entry, you reach the crack in the bottom after about 10 minutes. It starts at 18 meters and bottom of the Canyon is on 30. If you follow it all the way down you will end up at 53 m exiting the wall. But it’s already for technical divers. It’s not necessary to dive too deep to enjoy game of light coming throgh the holes of underwater gorge. It’s good enough to swim at recreational 30-40 meters. Here you can often see groopers, moray eels, octopus.
Blue Hole. Blue Hole. For recreation it will be better to make drift from El Bells to Blue Hole. The most difficult part of the dive is to walk through the hill to the start point 🙂 Espessially in summer when it’s too hot. There’s no drive way. The Bells itself is a narrow vertical channel in reef wall ending at 26 m. Then you just follow beautiful wall to Blue Hall entry, swim inside and exit the water from there.
And it worth special mentioning the most distant dive site avaliable by car. It’s called The Caves – 2 underwater caverns, in about 30 minutes drive. There you can make one of the most unusual night dives you’ve ever made. Why? Because in these caverns flash-light fishes live. They are named for their bioluminescent “sacks” located beneath the eyes and containing luminous bacteria.
Wanna go to space? 🙂 Easy! All you have to do is to make yourself comfortable at the cavern entrance on night dive, sit down at the sandy bottom and turn your torch off. And now magic begins! After a few minutes this fishes start to come out from the small holes all over the cave. But all you can see is luminous dots moving in chaines all around the walls. This is the fish swimming in schools. But for you it looks like a sparkling green stars on the night sky! Stay like this for some time and than finish the dive and assent. But don’t hurry to exit the water. Inflate your BCD, lie on your back and look up to the infinite sky. Space under water, space above the water…