Visiting the world underneath the surface of the ocean is a real wonder, and something everyone should get to experience. I am not the world’s greatest swimmer, however I still love donning a snorkel and checking out the colourful and unusual marine life whenever I get the chance.
If you’re visiting Egypt specifically for the diverse and stunning species which call this part of the world home, then I would certainly recommend Dahab.
Sharm el Sheik is the famous Red Sea Riviera holiday resort which calls to tourists during summer and winter, however Dahab is a little more unique, in that it isn’t as neon-lit and touristic, and gives you a more authentic Egyptian experience, whilst also being a top destination for diving and snorkelling holidays.
Beginners and advanced are welcomed, however for the advanced amongst you, you’re certainly well catered for, with The Blue Hole a famous spot. On a negative point, this has been referred to as the most dangerous dive site in the world, because many divers have become injured or even died here due to not understanding the difficulty of this particular area; basically, I’d always say make sure you adhere to the rules, listen to instructors, and trust your instincts, because they will never let you down. Aside from the negative, The Blue Hole is a truly magical experience, with colourful, diverse, unusual, and sometimes downright weird fish and other species floating by you, with truly beautiful coral formations.
The Canyon is another site which I would only really recommend to the experienced divers out there, because it is quite dark and narrow, which isn’t ideal for beginners or even intermediates, so stick to your level of expertise on this one.
The great thing about Dahab is that because of its marine-life popularity, you will find countless dive trips, and you can even learn your skills from scratch, with PADI certification available. Trips will pick you up from your hotel and take you to these amazing sites by bus and boat, usually lasting a full day, and sometimes even night dives are on offer for the experienced divers out there.
Eel Garden, and Ras Abu Galum protected area are two other regions which are often advertised at tour agency stands, and offer equally clear and stunning views of the underwater residents of Dahab.
The crystal clear waters of the Red Sea makes snorkelling and diving here a pleasure, but the place itself is pretty amazing on land too, so I would always recommend checking out the land-based activities whilst you’re there too.
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