Diving in Dahab Egypt: 6 dive sites not to miss- part 2

Diving in Dahab Egypt: 6 dive sites not to miss- part 2

February 19, 2016

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Diving in Dahab Egypt: 6 dive sites not to miss’ was one of the first travel blogs I wrote. To this day it’s my most read and most shared blog. Time for a part 2: another 6 dive sites in Dahab that are worthwhile diving.

Bannerfish Bay

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Bannerfish bay is located just right of the Lighthouse dive site and it’s a really good site for underwater photography. A large sea grass area is abundant with underwater life: sea horses and pipe fish hide in the sea grass. And with some luck you will see a turtle having lunch, or in my case see a turtle set off for breathing. Car tyres and clay pots offer houses for eels, octopus and anemones. There is always something to see in Bannerfish Bay.

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Ricks Reef

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Ricks Reef lies between the Canyon dive site and the famous Blue Hole. It is a small lagoon with a rocky bottom. During a relaxing dive you see numerous table corals and also some pinnacles where you can spot Pufferfish and Parrotfish. A wall begins at 3 metres and has a maximum depth of 18 metres. While following this wall look into the big bue every now and then to look for Napoleon wrasse.

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Moray Garden

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Moray Garden is located around twenty minutes by car south of Dahab. At the entry and exit point you have a sandy slope from where you can go either right or left or do drift dives to Golden Blocks or to Three Pools. On the right side you will find a coral garden with a small wall dropping off to 50 metres. Look out for morays, nudibranchs and scorpionfish. Following the coral slope you will pass a glassfish pinnacle at about 22 metres. Moray Garden is also a nice place to sit, have lunch and relax.

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Three Pools

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This dive site in Dahab South has three natural pools with a sandy bottum. It’s not a real spectacular dive site but it’s fun to swim through the pools. High tide makes it easier passing through one pool to another. The third pool is the biggest one and after this you end up in open water. Many Clown Fish inhabit these pools.

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Golden Blocks

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Golden Blocks is named after a large golden pinnacle close to the entry. This dive site has a coral slope with three sandy alleys. It’s a mix between sandy areas and coral gardens. The Golden Blocks are large coral blocks that are covered with anthias. You can look for almost all coral species here. You have a good chance to spot Napoleon wrasse here.

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Um Sidd

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The entry to this dive site is through a wide corridor carved into a steeply sloping reef. The reef drops down to a sandy slope with garden eels. Check for blue spotted rays here and with some luck you even may see Napoleons or eagle rays. Follow the slope down into a beautiful coral garden. Advanced divers can descend to 30 metres and view the spectacular giant gorgonians.

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