Dahab lies alongside the deepest section of the
African rift, the giant crack in the earth’s crust
that formed the Red Sea.
The jagged mountains above, continue at much the
same angle underwater, forming a dramatic seascape
of valleys, canyons and caves. Most of Dahab’s
dive-spots are geologically unique.
Two dive-sites, the Canyon and the Blue Hole, are
worldwide known amongst divers. Sport divers are
allowed to explore the two sites to a maximum depth
To dive the deeper section of these fascinating
formations one has to be a TEC-diver, using special
gas-mixtures. Several dive-operators in Dahab offer
TEC-courses and diving.
Diving in Dahab is shore-diving. With a few
exceptions you simply drive along the shore by jeep
or pick-up truck, gear up at the beach and start
your dive. When entering the water one has to be
careful, especially with high waves and during low
The most northern dive-site is “The Bell” and in the
south “The Caves”. Ras Abu Galum and Gabr El Bint
can only be reached by camel. Some dive-operators
offer one- and two-day camel-dive safari.
Our new dive boat, the Ghazala VI is available to
reach the dive sites further south.
Flora and Fauna: Due to the slightly colder water,
coral growth is quite different than in Sharm El
Sheikh. The dominant species are Acropora, Brain-
and Stone coral, Leather- and Black coral. Only
occasionally you will come across Soft corals.
Fish life is represented by the typical Red Sea Reef
dwellers, Trigger- and Surgeonfish, all kind of
Groupers, Emperor- and Parrotfish. With some luck
you can observe Pelagius, such as Jackfish,
Barracudas or even a Reef shark.
Dahab Diving Map
Dahab Blue Hole Diving Spot
Dahab Blue Hole Map Overview
Canyon Diving Map