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Scuba Diving in Dahab, the Red Sea


Water temperature:

20°C (68°F) in February to 27°C (81°F) from July to October

Suit:

3mm or 5mm wetsuit (November - April), shortie for rest of the year

Visibility:

20 - 60 metres (65 - 200 feet), 30 - 40 metres (100 - 130 feet) on average

Type of diving:

Reefs, walls, wrecks

Marine life:

Turtles, blue spotted rays, jacks, snappers, barracudas, lionfish, reef fish, colourful coral

When to go:

Any time of year, although if you are after really warm water it is best to visit the Red Sea between June and September. Air temperatures reach 40°C (104°F) in August and fall to 20°C (68°F) in the winter, which may also dictate when you travel

How to get there:

Entry visas are required when visiting Egypt. These can be purchased at the airport itself at a cost of about $25 USD / 15 GBP.
Sharm El Sheikh from the UK - Direct five hour flights from Gatwick and Manchester on Sundays. Dahab is 90km from Sharm.

Dahab camel dive safari - Courtesy of Desert Divers

Dahab is characterised by shore diving with depths for all levels amongst the maze of coral islands. Marine life includes reef fish, jacks, snapper, barracuda and perhaps even turtles. There are gentle reef slopes and coral gardens for beginners and some more challenging sites such as the Blue Hole or the Canyon for the more advanced. The Blue Hole is a seventy metre diameter hole in a reef table that has an archway in the bottom, leading to open sea. The Canyon is a channel that narrows at one end to become a covered tunnel. There are two marine parks in the Dahab region: Ras Mumlach, a seventy metre wall covered in hard and sot corals, and Ras Abu Galum, a wall with drop offs to over ninety metres.

Ras Abu Galoum, Dahab - Courtesy of Desert Divers

Above water there are plenty of other water sports available such as jet skiing and water skiing, plus there is typical resort entertainment with restaurants, bars, discos and shops. There are also various organised day trips such as quad biking or jeep safaris in the Sinai desert, trips to Mount Sinai and the 6th Century St Catherine’s Monastery.



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