Diving Dahab: Trevally

Scuba Diving in Dahab

by Jill Studholme, 22 April 2016

Dahab, on the Eygptian Sinai peninsular in the Red Sea, is a friendly place with some very good diving. It is most famous for its Canyon and Blue Hole dive sites, but it has many others - some arguably better than these most well known dives.

The diving in Dahab is mostly shore-based: the sea quickly drops off to great depths. More remote dive sites are reached by boat, or by camel.

The Red Sea is very salty. Its salinity reaches 41 parts per thousand compared to 35 parts per thousand in oceans. This is due to the lack of rivers adding fresh water to the sea, and the hot weather causing evaporation. Make sure you use more lead than you would normally.

Although the Red Sea has been connected to the Indian Ocean for millions of years, it still has many unique species. This may be because of adaptations to the increasing salinity over time. There are also adaptations to warm water. Recent research has shown that Red Sea corals are resistant to harm from warming seas. The scientists explain this by the existence of a "warm-water barrier" at the southern Red Sea, allowing only heat-tolerant corals to enter.

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Diving in Dahab Video by David Collins, Bright Rain Photographics
Includes dives at The Caves, Canyon, El Shugiarat and Moray Garden


The Best Dahab Dive Sites

Dahab means "Gold", and it was named by the Bedouin for its golden sands. Some divers consider Dahab to be a bit out of the way, but if you like relaxed diving with just short walk into the water, then Dahab is well worth a visit.

Diving generally involves a short drive up or down the coast to a Bedouin cafe where you have a cup of tea before getting changed and walking into the water. After the dive you return to the cafe for lunch. If you have older children they can remain in the cafe whilst you dive; or go horse or camel riding along the beach.

Whilst once the exception, boat diving is becoming popular in Dahab. It is replacing the camel safaris down the coast to dive sites inaccessible by road. To be cost-effective the boats need to be full meaning that several groups of divers are in the water, on the same dive, at the same time.

Diving Dahab

The dives are listed from North to South.

El Bells | Blue Hole | Ricks Reef | Canyon | Eel Garden | Lighthouse Reef | The Islands | Moray Gardens | Golden Blocks | The Caves | Umm Sid | Gabr El Bint | El Shugiarat

Divers' Comments on Dahab

"All amazing dive sites, especially Islands, Eel Garden and the Canyon. Crystal clear water, excellent vis, beautiful fish and coral etc. Regarding accommodation, Oasis Fighting Kangaroo had some brilliant rooms for about £1 a night. "
Rachael King

"Good shore diving with amazing corals. Loads of fish including Napoleon wrasse. Good for all levels, some difficult dives with fierce currents. "
Matthew Moore

"Look out for the Red Sea Walkman when diving in Dahab. I have dived a lot in the Red sea but have only found it there. "
Nicky
Note: The Red Sea Walkman or Two-Stick Stingfish (Inimicus filamentosus) is a scorpion fish that can use its front fins to walk over the sea bed.

coral

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(6)

El Bells is a short walk north of the Blue Hole. Enter by diving down a narrow crevice to a chimney which is open at one side. At 26 m you can pop under an arch and out onto a wall dive. An excellent entrance. Alternatively you can carry on down to 30 m before exiting the chimney.

Keep the wall on your right and look out into the blue on your left. A lovely dive. Follow the wall, with its overhangs, until you reach the Blue Hole. You can enter the Blue Hole at 7 m. The hard coral is splendid outside the Blue Hole: a carpet of colours and textures. Inside the Blue Hole, though, the coral is disappointing. Swim round the Blue Hole and exit onto the shore and to the Bedouin cafes.

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Depth: 110 m

The Blue Hole

The Blue Hole
The Blue Hole is the dark patch
of water near to the shore

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(8)

The Blue Hole is just that - a very large hole about 150 m in diameter and dropping to 110 m.

We previously dived the Blue Hole in 1990 and were somewhat taken aback by the change to the on-shore environment. When we visited then, we were the only divers there, and it was at the end of a track which went for miles through unpopulated desert and felt like it was at the end of the world. Now there were about 50 vehicles (in summer the number rises to 200+), and either side of what is still a track are Bedouin cafes and tents for the divers. The Canyon too, seems overdived; worth doing, but probably best as a privately organised dive either before or after the commercially organised groups fill it up.

A tunnel at 52 m connects the Blue Hole to the sea. The tunnel is long, over 26 m. The Blue Hole itself now has few corals inside it. It is quite interesting watching the free divers though, looking like elongated seals. There is much more sea life outside the Blue Hole - exit through a dip in the wall at 7 m.

Divers' Reviews

"Lovely dive, coral wall, sea bottom over 800 m below, just a blue expanse below hence name. Several plaques to divers who died here at entry point. A bit scary to see but no need to be (apparently a tempting underwater arch at 55 m has caught a few over adventurous divers out) no danger to well behaved divers and well worth a visit. Lots of fish life: parrot fish, trigger fish, lovely coral, exciting water entry!"
Gordon

"fantastic diving! Great for deep dives along coral wall. Not too touristy either."
Tal

"Done as a full moon night dive without torches, stunning! "
Bridget Ball, February 2011

"Unbelievable! Plenty of life, beautiful corals, lion fish, turtles, (too many things to remember) excellent vis, no words can describe! "
Shanna Small

"One of the best sites in the Red Sea "
Hesham Atia, 2009

"The Blue Hole has it's own magic - we are not sure how a 70 - 105 m deep crater (about 40 - 60 m in diameter) in a shore reef 5 m from the beach came into existance. That's not all. It has a washed out arch starting at 53 m below the surface, best dived around 60 to 65 m, just magic diving through on your back, like looking at a large bridge from underneath! The deep blue due to less sunlight, the sheer straight walls down, then the arch! Great! "
Wolfgang, 2008

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Depth: 16 m

Ricks Reef

Chelidonura flavolobata

North of the Canyon. An extremely gentle drift dive. Reef goes down to around 14 m then small coral outcrops on sand. Look out for large Napoleon wrasse and, at the tiny end of the spectrum, the Red Sea Chelidonura (Chelidonura flavolobata). Just few centimeters long, this is a kind of nudibranch which looks dark red in natural light or dark blue if you shine a torch on it. It has two yellow head lobes which look just like sticky-out eyes. Only found in the Red Sea.
Photo credit: divemecressi

Depth: > 100 m

The Canyon

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(6)

One of the renowned dives of Dahab is the Canyon which starts at a round coral bowl - the fish bowl, with lots of glass fish, and descends as a tube down to around 50 m. (At the moment the fish bowl is closed to preserve the coral.) The tube is has openings in the top at which provide access and escape at various depths. Drop in through the top at a depth of 18-20 m into the canyon. The canyon keeps going down so is popular with technical divers.

Divers' Reviews

"Especially for a night dive - can get very busy so make sure you can identify your dive buddies "
Dave, UK, January 2015

"Done as a full moon night dive without torches, stunning! "
Bridget Ball, February 2011

"Amazing life, rays, lion fish, stone fish, eels etc etc. Cleaner fish swim into your mounth clean your teeth, great experience! "
Shanna Small

"Nice underwater structure descending to 30 m with big mad fishball lurking inside. Enjoyable dive for AOW. "
Gordon

Depth: 25 m

Eel Garden

moray eel

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended star star star(1)

Named after the colony of garden eels (Gorgasia sillneri) that populates its sandy slopes. A gentle, shallow dive with schools of Barracuda and many hard and soft corals.

"Very surreal. Hundreds of eels standing vertical out of the sand slowly retreat back into their holes as you swim closer. Looks amazing with an awesome blue background! "
Shanna Small

"Wonderful eels on a sandy floor. As you go forward on your dive they start to dive in the sand - words cannot describe the beauty. "
Hazem Hashem

Lighthouse Reef

Lighthouse Reef

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended star star(1)

Dive at the end of Masbat, to which you can walk from many of the dive centres. It is a lovely little reef from the surface to 10 m or more. A man-made underwater playground is nearby. Look out for the Ghost Pipe Fish, Solenastomus cyanopteris. This little fish looks exactly like a stray piece of old sea grass or seaweed. Also the Pharaoh Cuttlefish which is very pretty with beautiful blue edging.

Depth: 18 m

The Islands

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(3)

The Islands are just south of the town and are formed by a coral porites platform criss-crossed by gullies producing a confusing topography, and ideal for a shallow dive (17-18 m). Dolphins come close to shore and transit up and down the coast for week or two each year when the temperature drops in the winter. If not dolphins then you'll see schools of Yellowtail Barracuda (Sphyraena flavicauda) and Twinspot Snapper. The entry is marked by a noticeboard on the beach. Best to enter the sea at high tide.

Depth: 18 m

Moray Garden

moray eel

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended star star star(1)

Moray Gardens and Golden Blocks are close together, about 10 km south of Dahab.

Look immediately you start the dive in the sandy shallows for some very interesting fish. At around 2 m for example you may find a Short Dragonfish, Eurypegasus draconis. This is the only place in the Red Sea that I have seen one of these small, boxy, armoured fish walking along the sand propelled by its pectoral fins. Another interesting dweller of the shallows are pairs of ghost pipe fish. These red cryptic fish look more like old bits of seagrass than fish. You might also see a moray as indicated in the name.

Depth: 22 m

Golden Blocks

sea fan

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended star star star(1)

From the Bedouin cafe walk along the beach to the left, past the sunbathers in front of the Happy Life Village Hotel until you reach a sign showing a map of the dive site. Look out for the long double-ended pipe fish at the sandy start of the dive - which I have only seen in Dahab - and the flatfish Moses sole, which secretes a skin toxin which has been successfully used as a shark deterrent. You may also be lucky enough to see a turtle and a large Napoleon wrasse cruises the area. A large fan coral lives at around 20 m.

"Lots of nice fish life: turtles, lovely pipefish, cornet, trevally, lionfish, even a few squid. Nice snorkelling between dives. "
Gordon
 

Depth: 25 m

The Caves

Longnose hawkfish

The most southerly dive of the bay featuring the Moray Gardens and Golden Blocks. Entry is in front of what looks to be an unused Bedouin cafe. A sign points to the Caves. At high tide it is easy to drop straight into the water by the road. Swim south east into the first, shallow, cave. Further north there is a canyon leading up to the surface. From here you can swim back south along a drop off, finally visiting a final cave at 10-15 m, just south of the first one. The diver surfacing in the video at the top of the page is about to exit the Caves dive site.
Photo credit: Jenny Huang, CC-BY-2.0

Umm Sid

Reef dive. Good coral formations.

Wall from 8 to > 50 m

Gabr El Bint

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(1)

Reached by boat or by camel. Gabr El Bint, or Tomb of the Girl, is a wall dive at the north end of a bay. Dive down a sloping reef until you reach the wall between 8 and 20 m. Following the coastline, the wall drops to depths well past 50 m (164 ft). There are some lovely corals here, especially on the edge of the lagoon where they are spectactularly unspoilt.

"Great dive, lovely grassy area on top of the reef then a drop about 5 metres to a sort of ledge where you can see into the blue and then you can swim round the wall a bit and swim back up onto the grassy areas where then you almost freefall further to another ledge then back the way you came again! Great dive saw loads of fish, turtles and massive fan corals. Really clear water about 30 metres visibility literally! I recommend! "
Angus Whitney, UK, 2012

18 - 60 m

El Shugiarat

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(1)

An hour south of Dahab by boat, El Shugiarat means "branch of a tree". From a boat you drop in off the reef then swim to the top of a canyon. This great crack starts at 18 m and carries on to 60. When you reach your maximum depth pull out to a forest of fan coral (Anella mollis). You can then zig zag up the sloping reef looking for the shy Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus). Even if you don't see this pretty hawkfish, there are swarms of anthias, both Lyretail and Red Sea (Pseudanthias squamipinnis and Pseudanthias taeniatus). Adding to the beauty of the lower reef are bundles of Red Cluster Whip, Ellisella juncea.


Diving Centres in Dahab

Dahab roughly comprises 4 areas: Dahab City in the south, Lagoona where the windsurfers congregate and Mashraba and Masbat which hold most of the dive centres. Mashraba and Masbat are within walking distance of each other. Masbat is home to most of the shops and is the busier. The dive centres very often have a hotel attached. If you do 10 dives it will cost you around 17 Euro per dive.

There are around 40 dive centres in and around Dahab.

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Desert Divers InMo Divers Penguin Divers Poseidon Divers Bedouin Divers Nesima Dive Centre Extra Divers Black Rock Dive Centre Sinai Divers DiveIn Sunsplash Divers Aqua Divers Big Blue Dahab Divers House Pearl of South Sinai Dive Club Sub Sinai Dive Center Subex Dahab Diving Center Adventure Spot Sphinx Divers Dahab Dive Paradise Divers Down Under Fish and Friends Scuba Seekers Deep Blue Divers Sea Dancer Diver Center H2O Divers Dahab Dahab Divers Club Red Dive Center Planet Divers Red Sea Relax Sea Pioneer Lighthouse Dive Center Octopus World Dahab Blue Realm Mirage Divers Fantasea Divers Dive Urge Reef 2000 Dive Club Daniela Diving Center Lagona Divers SeaView Divers

Dive Centres > Masbat
Desert Divers

Dahab Diving Desert Divers dive from the shore, with a cup of Bedouin tea on the beach and a chat around the fire. On their Camel Diving Safari they go to remote places north and south of Dahab, like Gabr El Bint (a National Park area) and Ras Abu Galoum (a small Bedouin Village).
Desert Divers Co Ltd
PO Box 58
Dahab,
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel/Fax: +20 (0)69 3 640 500
E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.desert-divers.com/

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Dive Centres > Mashraba

InMo Divers

InMo Divers

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(1)

Named from the first 2 letters of owners' first names: Ingrid and Mohammed. One of the first dive centres in Dahab, established in 1988. You can stay with them or they will pick you up from your hotel and provide childcare for you whilst you dive. Drive you up or down the coast to the dive site where you base yourself in a Bedouin cafe between dives. You can dive their house reef without a guide which is compulsary for most of the rest of the dive sites around Dahab. Highly recommended.

Inmo Divers
Mashraba
Dahab
Tel: +20 69 640 370
E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.inmodivers.de/

Postal address:
P.O. Box 15
Dahab
Sinai
Egypt

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Dive Centres > Mashraba

Penguin Divers

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(1)

Penguin Divers
Penguin Village
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 693 641 047
E-mail: [email protected]

"Really friendly dive masters! 18 Euro per dive. GREAT dive sites!! Definitely recommend doing your advanced nitrox courses with them so you can dive the magnificent Blue Hole! Excellent value for money! Best place I have dived so far (havent been many places yet though). Dive centre linked with a hotel but be prepared for BUDGET accommodation. Salt water showers, suspiciously "clean" sheets. At only £6 per night, including the all-important air-conditioning, you can't really expect more. "
Shanna Small

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Dive Centres > Mashraba

Poseidon Divers

Reviews: 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(2)

PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Instructor Centre
Poseidon Diving Centre
PO Box 14
Crazy Camel Camp
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 69 640 091
Tel: 364 0091
E-mail: [email protected]

"Very accommodating and friendly, denifinately dive with them again "
Jane Anderson, UK

"About £25 pounds per dive including all equipment. All shore dives. Friendly people. Dives quite relaxed and laid back. Instructor very good and assistants were all decent people. Would dive with them again. "
Gordon

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Dive Centres > Mashraba

Bedouin Divers

Bedouin Divers

Accommodation in Bedouin Lodge Hotel, restaurant, daily shore diving, boat diving, camel dive safaris, desert safaris by jeep and camel.

Bedouin Divers
Bedouin Lodge Hotel
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: 00 20 (0)69 / 3640 317 or 3641 125.

"The best diving club ever. "
Friday

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Nesima Dive Centre
Nesima Dive Centre

Nesima Dive Centre
Nesima Resort
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 69 364 03 20
Fax: +20 69 364 03 21
E-mail: [email protected]

"I went to Dahab and stayed at Blue Beach Club Hotel which was amazing and has its own dive centre. However i got my open water PADI at Nesima dive centre with Gamal as my instructer. I would highly recommend this centre as the staff were all friendly and polite while enjoying their jobs. They have there own fresh water swimming pool which is unusual in Dahab, where you learn all the skills you need to go out into the Red Sea. When you are ready the dive instructors take you to some of the most beautiful dive sites in Dahab such as the Blue Hole, the Lighthouse (right in the middle of the main sea front) and of course the spectacular eel garden. I seriously urge you to go to Dahab and try the diving: it will blow your mind and I promise you once you've gone once you will want to go back again and again. "
Fran Edwards

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Dive Centres > Lagoona
Blue Realm

Blue Realm Red Sea Diving
Ibis Styles Dahab Lagoon
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 122 7444873
E-mail: [email protected]

"Excellent dive centre at the Blue Beach Hotel (editor: now moved to the Ibis). Experienced, friendly staff went out of their way to accommodate our needs. Excellent, well looked-after equipment and very safety conscious. Great deals if you book accommodation at Blue Beach and diving together. "
Lou Craig, UK

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Dive Centres > Lagoona
Extra Divers

Extra Divers
Lagoona
Dahab

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Dive Centres > Lagoona
Black Rock Dive Centre

Established 2000. At the Ganet Sinai Hotel and Tangerine Dream Hotel.

Black Rock Dive Centre
Lagoona
Dahab
Tel: +(20) 161 439420
Tel: (002)069 364 2540
E-mail: [email protected]

Postal Address:
PO Box 23
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt

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Dive Centres > Lagoona
Sinai Divers

Hilton Resort
Dahab
Tel: 069 364 0100
E-mail: [email protected]

Backpackers Masbat
Dahab
Tel: 069 364 1966
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Lagoona
DiveIn

DiveIn Dive Center
Hotel Sarah Village
Lagoona
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: (0020) 693 640 646
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Sunsplash Divers

Sunsplash Divers
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 693 640 932
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Aqua Divers

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(1)

PADI 5* Gold Palm Resort located in a 3* hotel directly on the beachfront and 5 minutes walk from all the facilities of Dahab. Offer all PADI courses, dive packages, boat and camel dive safaris around Dahab and Sharm.

Aqua Divers
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel/Fax: 069 364-1547
[email protected]

"Friendly crew, they make you feel welcome and at home. Dive sites in Dahab are fantastic. Love it. Thank you Aqua Divers, will be back soon :-) "
Cornelia, Switzerland, 24 April 2015

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Big Blue Dahab

A family run operation, catering for groups of young adventurous travellers. Despite a recent opening, boast a team of instructors and dive masters with plenty of experience within the diving and tourism fields.

Big Blue Dahab
PO Box 98
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt Tel: (+20) 069 364 0045
Email: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Divers House

PO Box 31
Mashraba
Dahab
Sinai
Egypt
Tel: (20) 693 640451
Fax: (20) 693 640451
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Pearl of South Sinai Dive Club

Pearl of South Sinai Dive Club
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Sub Sinai Dive Center

Sub Sinai Dive Center
PO Box 38
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: 00 20 69 3641 317
Fax: 00 20 69 3641 318
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Subex Dahab Diving Center

Part of a Swiss chain of four diving centres in Egypt.

Subex Dahab Diving Center
c/o SeaSun Hotel
53 Blue Hole Road
Mashraba
Dahab
Sinai
Egypt
Tel: 0020 17 130 90 93
E-Mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Adventure Spot

Adventure Spot
Between Sphinx Hotel and Funny Mummy restaurant Mashraba
Dahab
Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +2 069 364 2036
E-Mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Sphinx Divers

Sphinx Divers
Sphinx Resort
Mashraba
Dahab
Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +2 0693640494
E-Mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Dahab Dive Paradise

Dahab Dive Paradise
Eva Averdung / Harald Hess
LA REINE Hotel and Dive Resort
Peace Road
Dahab 42226
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel.: +20 (0) 11 368 368 9 E-Mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Divers Down Under

Divers Down Under
Seventh Heaven Hotel
Mashraba
Dahab
Sinai
Egypt

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Fish and Friends
Fish and Friends

Fish and Friends
Mashraba
Dahab
PO BOX 30
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 (0)69 3640 720
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Mashraba
Scuba Seekers

Scuba Seekers
Oricana Hotel
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 101 2800 555
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Masbat
Deep Blue Divers

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(2)

Deep Blue Divers
Behind Gazala Market
Masbat
P.O. Box 34
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 693 640 416
Fax: +20 121 134 668
E-mail: [email protected]

"Diving holidays which combine both safety and fun whilst experiencing a whole different culture in a truly unique atmosphere. Small groups, personal attention to all divers."
Deep Blue Divers

"I've spent one week with the Deep Blue Divers staff,and really enjoyed diving with them. Lead by Ayman,the instructor, we discovered many amazing underwater reefs, corals and coloured fishes. We went also to a protected dive zone, with camels because no way by cars. HUGE. The prices are low too. Thanks a lot to them for their kindness, I'll return soon there to share more diving adventure. Accommodation is Deep Blue Dorm, just above the dive center."
Justin, 2012

"Deep Blue Divers, Dahab, affordable prices, for sure I dive with them again. "
Nicolas, 2012

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Dive Centres > Masbat
Sea Dancer Diver Center
Sea Dancer Dive Center

Sea Dancer Dive Center
Masbat
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 69 3640 887
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Masbat

H2O Divers Dahab

H2O Divers Dahab

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(2)

H2O Divers Dahab
PO BOX 105
Masbat
Dahab 26008
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: + 2069 3642042
Fax: +2012 7498127
E-mail: [email protected]

"H2O Divers Dahab are a professional and friendly dive centre with great facilities. The best centre in Dahab "
James Saunders, UK, 2013

"H2O Divers Dahab are a fantastic diving centre. I've been to lots of dive centres around the world and have already visited Dahab. I stumbled across H2O rather than my usual dive centre and they are faultless. They are a new dive centre but all the guides have been around for years. I decided to do a couple of specialties with them - Photo and Nitrox, the Instructors were so incredibly knowledgeable, I really learned a lot. "
Matt, 24 October 2012

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Dive Centres > Masbat
Dahab Divers

Dahab Divers
PO BOX 4
El Fanar Street
Masbat
Dahab 46617
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: + 20 69 364 0381
Fax: + 20 69 364 0180

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Dive Centres > Masbat
Club Red Dive Center

Established 1995.

Club Red Dive Center
PO BOX 12
Masbat
Dahab 46617
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: + 20 69 364 0380
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Masbat
Planet Divers

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(1)

Planet Divers
Hotel Planet Oasis
El Fanar Street
Masbat
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel.: +20 69 3641 325
E-mail: [email protected]

"Very professional and knowledgeable staff, would definitely come back, good value for money. (Accommodation was) Hotel Planet Oasis nice and clean, great location "
Olka, Poland, 16 September 2013

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Dive Centres > Lighthouse > Masbat
Red Sea Relax

Red Sea Relax Resort
Po Box 78
Lighthouse
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 (0)69 3641 309
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Lighthouse > Masbat
Sea Pioneer

Sea Pioneer
Lighthouse
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 693 642058
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Lighthouse > Masbat
Lighthouse Dive Center

Dive Centre at the Lighthouse and also offer liveaboard safari to North's wrecks, Brothers, Rocky, Deep South in the Red Sea.

Lighthouse Dive Center
Nogácek Ladislav, Izso Zsuzsana
Lighthouse
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 127 615353
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Lighthouse > Masbat
Octopus World Dahab
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Octopus World Dahab
Lighthouse Area
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +22 01016106524
E-mail: [email protected]

"We know that diving in small groups is always safer and more fun, therefore we ensure we keep our group numbers small and that you always dive with others of a similar level.
All PADI dive courses are available across all levels, from Open Water though to Divemaster. You learn under the care of our highly skilled and experienced PADI Instructors.
Join us and enjoy the beauty of our reefs, secure in the knowledge that we care about your wellbeing, safety and enjoyment, along with a genuine desire to preserve and protect the underwater world.
The Octopus World family welcomes you with open arms and looks forward to sharing unforgettable diving with you!
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Emad Ahmed, Octopus World Dahab, 16 September 2013

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Between Lighthouse & Eel Garden
Mirage Divers

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(1)

Mirage Divers
Mirage Village
P.O Box 46
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 693 641 476
Fax: +20 693 641 476
E-mail: [email protected]

"Diving holidays which combine both safety and fun whilst experiencing a whole different culture in a truly unique atmosphere. Small groups, personal attention to all divers."
Mirage Divers

"Good value for money "
Ahmad Salem, Egypt, 28 April 2015

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Dive Centres > Eel Garden
Fantasea Divers

Camel dive safaris to the marine reserve of Ras Abu Galum, Boat Safaris to Gabr el Bint and the Thistlegorm, or a Desert and Dive combo.

Fantasea Divers
Coral Coast Hotel
Eel Garden
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: 002 069 3641 373
E-mail: [email protected]

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended star star star star(1)

"Very relaxed diving - give it a try. Value for money = 8/10. "
Dave, UK, 5 January 2015

Dive Centres > Eel Garden
Dive Urge

Dive Urge
Eel Garden
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
E-mail: [email protected]

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Dive Centres > Just North of Dahab
Reef 2000 Dive Club

Reef 2000 is a PADI 5* Golden Palm Resort and IANTD technical training facility. Offer guided dives, weekly boat and camel safaris, Yoga diving, PADI courses all the way through PADI Divemaster and IANTD courses all the way through full Trimix OC diver (100m). Small groups: maximum 6 clients to one guide or instructor or maximum 3 clients to one guide/instructor in technical diving. Offers Nitrox, Trimix and Oxygen fills.

Reef 2000 Dive Club & Bedouin Moon Hotel
P.O. Box 60
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: (002) 069 640 087
E-mail: [email protected]

"This hotel is home to the excellent Reef 2000 diving school. The hotel is not luxurious but it is very friendly. In the evening camels make their way home unescorted to the town from the Blue Hole. I have stayed at the Bedouin Moon several times, and I love it. "
Monica Wells, 2012

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Dive Centres > North of Dahab
Daniela Diving Center

Daniela Diving Center
Blue Hole Road
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: (002) 012 225 3999
E-mail: [email protected]

Hotel attached.

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Dive Centres > Canyon
Lagona Divers

Located North of Dahab, near the Canyon dive site.

Lagona Divers
South Sinai
Egypt

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SeaView Divers

All diving activities, PADI courses, introductory dive, snorkelling trips, camel or boat safaris to different dives sites and weekly trip to the Thistlegorm. Located only a few meters from the sea, "our house reef is already the proof that the diving in Dahab is not complicated".

SeaView Divers
P.O Box 34
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 693 641 271
Fax: +20 693 641 272
E-mail: [email protected]

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What to know before you go to Dahab

Getting to Dahab Temperature Money Diving Insurance Other Things to Do Travel Agents Books to Take Your Comments Other Parts of the Red Sea: Sharm, Sudan, etc

Getting to Dahab

The easiest way to get to Dahab is to fly to Sharm El-Sheikh or Taba then travel overland up or down the Sinai. For airlines that fly to Sharm see our Sharm flights page. You do not need a visa for Dahab, so no need to queue up for one in the airport. Go straight to the passport control queue.

Once out of the airport you can take a bus or a taxi to Dahab. Your dive company or hotel will often be happy to organise the taxi transfer for you.

To catch a bus you will need to first get a taxi to the Sharm bus station. There are 8 buses a day.


Water Temperature

Water temperatures range from 20oC in February and March to 25oC in September and October. Those that get cold will need at least a 5 mm wetsuit, with some extra protection in the winter months. The hottest months above water are from May to September, with temperatures averaging 33oC in July and August. In winter temperatures average 18 or 19oC.


Money

The official currency is Egyptian pounds but Euros, pounds and US dollars are also widely accepted at restaurants and shops. There are several cash machines in Dahab. Few of the hotels and restaurants accept credit cards.

Tipping - as a rough guide:
Non-metered taxi from airport: 20 LE (from whole party)
Dive guide: one way is to use 10% of the cost of the dives. You might like to add more if you've had very good service. The dive guides only get paid for the days they work: they get no holiday pay so some of them never have a day off.

Taxi fares - it costs less than 20 LE from Dahab to the big hotels on the Laguna. But if you get the taxi from the hotel it will probably cost you 30 LE. Always ask the price before getting in. There is no need to tip taxi drivers.


Eating

There are many restaurants in Dahab. One of the cheapest places to eat is the takeaway chicken restaurant - King Chicken - in the town, where you can also eat in. This serves excellent food. More expensive food is offered at the many restaurants along the sea front. You will be hassled to enter these - don't let this worry you. The people are very friendly and will give you good service. Not all the restaurants serve alcohol, but those that don't will generally let you go and buy your own from the off-licence.


Diving Insurance

For Diving Insurance with diving down to 50 m, we recommend Essential Travel.


Other Things to Do in Dahab

Dahab is a popular destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing. For more details see http://dahabholidays.com/Windsurfing_and_Kitesurfing.html.

Then there are the camel safaris, which may be cheaper booked through your dive company or hotel. If camels are too uncomfortable you can instead go horse riding on small, lovely-looking horses.

For sight-seeing you will have to go quite a distance. St. Catherine's Monastery is a day trip. This is a 4th Century Greek Orthodox Monastery and location of the burning bush and Moses' Well.

Bedouin Safari Tour

Specialize in desert trips enabling participants to experience the true nature of the desert, whilst preserving its unspoiled beauty. Bedouin Safari Tours endeavors to reach the places rarely visited by tourists. Finding some of the greatest views on earth still untainted by man. All in the same spirit and passion as the first intrepid desert explorers.

Dahab-Hurghada
Egypt
Tel: 002- 069- 3640 317
Fax: 002-069-3640-317
E-mail: [email protected]


Travel Agents

Although the big travel agents offer packages to Dahab, you may prefer going through a small Dahab travel agent to book your accommodation and diving. However, if you are going at peak times when the flights are very expensive, it can be cheaper to get a package. Note that packages generally go to hotels out of town or on the Lagoon.

Dahab Holidays

Reviews: 4 stars

We used Dahab Holidays to book our accommodation and diving and were very pleased with their service. The prices were the same as booking direct and they organised our efficient taxi transfer to and from the airport. Located in Dahab, e-mail: [email protected].

Dive Sharm

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

Travel agent organising diving holidays in Dahab, Sharm and Marsa Alam.
Tel (UK): +44 (0)845 09 44733
Tel (mobile, UK): +44 (0)7799 646 585
Tel (Egypt): 0020 (0)10 764 4343
E-mail: [email protected]

"I would like to recommend the travel company Dive Sharm for organising our diving holiday in Dahab. We found them to be much better than some of our previous experiences with Regal diving or Longwood holidays. It was simply great and worth every penny. I believe they should be giving a mention on your website because your customers would have more choice. "
Joanna Gould, UK, 2009

BlueSky Holiday Design

BlueSky Holiday Design
Dorpsstraat 75
5737 GB Lieshout
The Netherlands
[email protected]

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Where to stay in Dahab

There are three areas in which to stay in Dahab itself. Laguna is where the more expensive hotels are and where the windsurfers congregate. Up from Laguna are Mashraba and Masbat, home to most of the dive centres. Many of the dive centres have a hotel or apartments attached. Hotels are also dotted up and down the coast from Dahab.

Accommodation in Dahab comprises hotels and apartments to suit all price ranges. The low-cost price range is well catered for with shared rooms aimed at backpackers. Mid-range are family rooms and the big chain hotels are also represented with the Hilton, Meridien etc around the Laguna.

From Mashraba to Masbat along the sea front is a line of hotels, restaurants and dive centres. I would recommend staying in this area as you can walk around the shops and eat where you choose. Further out you are compelled to take a taxi if you do not wish to be confined to your hotel. However, taxis are plentiful and cheap.

Mashraba
InMo Divers Home

At the southern end of Mashraba. They have 20 rooms, some with a terrace overlooking the sea. For budget travellers they also have tiny backpacker rooms with a shared bathroom. Small swimming pool and restaurant. About InMo Divers dive centre.

E-mail. [email protected]
http://www.inmodivers.de/hotelen.html

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Mashraba
4S Hotel Apartments

Located on the edge of Mashraba, it is around a 10 minute walk into town or to the sea front. They have a good-sized swimming pool and a range of apartment sizes. Basic cooking facilities in the rooms. Have a pool side bar for snacks. The owner was previously the manager of the Swiss Hotel.
E-mail. [email protected].

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Just North of Dahab
Bedouin Moon Hotel

Bedouin Moon Hotel
P.O. Box 60
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: (002) 069 640 087
E-mail: [email protected]

"This hotel is home to the excellent Reef 2000 diving school. The hotel is not luxurious but it is very friendly. In the evening camels make their way home unescorted to the town from the Blue Hole. I have stayed at the Bedouin Moon several times, and I love it. "
Monica Wells, 2012

Ali's

"Dahab: Try Ali's, next to police station. Around 15 euro per night for balcony room (2 beds so bring a friend and share cost), proprietor and local people friendly, rooms pretty basic, but that really doesn't matter. Sitting on a balcony overlooking a red sea sunset to the sound of evening prayer. Lovely! Bring mosquito net and spray though! "
Gordon
 

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Mashraba
Star of Dahab

Next door to InMo Divers at the southern end of Mashraba.

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Mashraba
Penguin Divers

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

Penguin Divers
Penguin Village
Mashraba
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 693 641 047
E-mail: [email protected]

"Dive centre linked with a hotel but be prepared for BUDGET accommodation. Salt water showers, suspiciously "clean" sheets. At only £6 per night, including the all-important air-conditioning, you can't really expect more. "
Shanna Small

"You're going to the desert to go diving. Get a grip and deal with the saltwater shower - the accommodation is what you'd expect in asia for a similar price. Bargain - get involved. "
Matt, 2011

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Blue Beach Hotel

Blue Beach Hotel
P.O. Box 82
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt

"Blue Beach Hotel and diving with Blue Realm Diving together. "
Lou Craig, UK

Lighthouse > Masbat
Red Sea Relax Resort

Red Sea Relax Resort
Po Box 78
Lighthouse
Dahab
South Sinai
Egypt
Tel: +20 (0)69 3641 309
E-mail: [email protected]

Lighthouse > Masbat
Dahab Divers Hotel

Hotel and dive centre at the northern end of Masbat.

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Eel Garden
Coral Coast Hotel

Hotel with Fantasea Divers.

"Good value - food average - very friendly staff "
Dave, UK, January 2015

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North of Dahab
Tropitel Dahab Oasis

One of the last hotels before the Blue Hole. North of Dahab so will need to take a taxi if you wanted to go into the town to shop, visit restaurants, etc.

"Nice enough rooms but food awful. "
Ruth
 

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Laguna
Le Meridien

Big hotel on the Laguna.

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Laguna
Iberotel Dahabeya

4 star hotel on the Laguna.

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Books to Take to the Red Sea

Kindle

Snorkel the World: Red Sea Coral Reef Guide
by David Revill, KINDLE, 2012.
250 species of fish, turtles, dolphins, invertebrates and corals that are commonly encountered when snorkelling in the upper few metres of the reef. Each species is illustrated with a full colour image and description, together with information on their range, biology and characteristic behaviour. Download for just £1.99
Indian Ocean & Red Sea Fish Guide
by Helmut Debelius, KINDLE / ANDROID, 2013.
The fish sections of Helmut Debelius' Indian Ocean & Red Sea Reef Guides are now available as an app for Android / Kindle.Covers 650 species with more than 900 photos
The original hardback Red Sea Reef Guide is very good - with interesting observations about fish which years later scientists were claiming to have observed for the first time. For instance, a paper was published in 2011 describing how the authors had "discovered" that goatfish work together as a team to catch food. Debelius, though, had described this behaviour in the 2003 edition of his book (and possibly earlier - 2003 is the date of my copy). Download for just £1.99

Books

For those who prefer hard copies, we recommend.

Dive Red Sea: The Ultimate Guide
by Simon Rogerson and John McIntyre, Paperback, Ultimate Sports Publications Ltd, 320 pages, 2007.
In the main devoted to Egypt, but also covers Jordan, Yemen, Djibouti, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Eritrea.
buy with 21% off
Red Sea Map
Road map and chart of all the major dive sites in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Eritrea and Djibouti.
Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Collins, 384 Pages, Paperback (2004)
Coral Reef Guide Red Sea covers all common species of underwater life of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, you are likely to see while diving or snorkelling. Each species is illustrated with a full-colour photograph and the text gives details of range and characteristic behaviour. A map of good dive sites appears on the inside front cover. Includes jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles. An excellent sea life guide which I always take to the Red Sea
Sinai Diving Guide
by Pete Harrison, 94 pages, 1996.
Quite old now but if you can find a cheapish copy it is worth getting. A slim volume with detailed descriptions and line drawings of the dives around Dahab.
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