Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Dahab
The star attractions of Dahab lie under the Red Sea, known for its outstanding visibility and vibrant coral. Once a sleepy Egyptian fishing village, today Dahab supports a wealth of scuba and snorkeling operators that lead tours to sites from underwater canyons to the notorious Blue Hole. Here are a few key options.
Just steps from the shore north of Dahab, the coral reef drops away into a submarine sinkhole, reaching depths below 328 feet (100 meters). The Blue Hole is known for its arch, a tunnel so deep underwater that it’s only safely accessible by technical divers. But it also offers charming snorkeling and advanced wall dives with a spectacular entrance via a narrow crack called the Bells.
The stark, sculptural underwater canyon that gives this site its name is best suited to advanced divers, with an entrance at over 60 feet (20 meters) below the surface—and a very deep exit suitable only for experienced technical divers. But the coral gardens around the top of the canyon offer color for snorkelers and open-water divers alike.
Ras Abu Galum
One of Dahab’s less-visited—yet magical—diving and snorkeling areas, Ras Abu Galum Protected Area is most often reached by camel safari. A variety of different sites offer something for all abilities, from snorkelers to advanced divers, as well as marine life including stingrays, turtles, and Spanish dancers.
Often combined with the shallow Golden Blocks or Moray Gardens dive sites, Three Pools is a top Dahab snorkeling pick. Three shallow pools combine with vibrant coral gardens and seagrass to yield a rewarding few hours—especially if you see one of the resident turtles.