For the last eight months I have been doing nothing but diving in the beautiful Dahab, Egypt. I am a full time travel blogger, and until I arrived in Dahab, have been on the move constantly for the last four years. Dahab turned out to be one of those places that sucks you in and never lets you leave. How does it do this? It isn’t the amazing desert landscape and scenery, or the extremely laid back and relaxed atmosphere that keeps me here so long, even though that helps too, its the amazing diving all over the area.
The best dive sites around Dahab are The Canyon, Lighthouse (my two favorite), Eel Garden, Rick’s Reef, The Islands, Three Pools, The Caves and of course the famous Blue Hole. Each one is unique, but they all offer an abundance of amazing flora and fauna. You will definitely regret not having an underwater camera on these dives.
A lot of events are held at the famous Blue Hole, such as free diving competitions. Actually, last week an Egyptian diver went for the world’s deepest dive and made it.
Ahmed broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the ‘Deepest Scuba Dive (Male)’ this is the Deepest Dive on Open Scuba any human has ever achieved. Ahmed achieved the depth of 332.35 meters on September 18th in Dahab, near the Blue Hole.
This dive has been confirmed by the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official adjudicator as the Deepest Scuba Dive (Male)” Ahmed Gabr is now officially the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title holder for the Deepest Scuba Dive.
Blue Hole might be famous, but one of my favorite dives is The Canyon. it begins with an easy 9 minute dive towards the actual canyon through some awesome reef, where I am sure to see a lot of great things to take photos of, such as morays, octopus, many clown fish, an occasional turtle, and lion fish by the dozens.
Once at the top of the canyon, and about 20 meters depth, you descend into the narrow opening into the dark depths. there is sandy bottom at 30 meters for advanced divers, but if you follow the whole canyon (which closes at the top and becomes more of a tunnel), it opens up into the blue at about 50 meters.
I love this dive, but Lighthouse gets just about the same amount of attention from me. It’s a easy dive, not much deeper than 20 meters, but as you follow the reef wall/shelf, you see so much variety of marine life that its amazing to see. Each dive I am surprised by something new and exciting.
The site is in a protected bay or cove so the waves are a minimum. The other day there was a large whaleshark giving an appearance as well. As we speak one of the dive centers in Dahab is sponsoring and installing an underwater museum at Lighthouse which will include some giant statues and a huge metal elephant made from local scrap metal and car parts. It will definitely be something new and interesting to see, while on a search for seahorses in the Red Sea of Dahab.
The giant elephant, and two other ancient Egyptian themed statues are located right in front of the Bedouin and Sons restaurant and easy entry at lighthouse, in the novice training area at around 15 meters depth. It is definitely something new and interesting to see, and is meant to attract more divers, and relieve some of the over abused reef nearby.