Diving vacations in Dahab

Dahab dive sites

“Diving is the closest you can get to zero gravity without leaving the earth's atmosphere. Being able to float mid water, neutrally buoyant, is amazing enough but mix in the blue sea, colourful fishes and the vibrant and diverse corals and you’re immersed in the most amazing new world that you’ll want to visit again and again.” – Lynne Helal-Gillis, manager of Dive Urge, a Responsible Travel tour partner since 2003.

If you’re hoping to get your water wings or you’re already an experienced diver, the Bedouin fishing village of Dahab, on the Sinai Peninsula’s southeast coast, has unlimited shore dives as well as an authentic ambience a world away from the ‘charms of Sharm’. Diving vacations in Dahab don’t just offer the chance to explore below the surface they invite you to live in a vibrant village with families, kids, goats, camels and a wide range of international travelers who have also decided to make the village their home.

“The diving in Dahab is absolutely spectacular, but there are also other great things to do there as well - such as the camel safari which we did and also climbing Mount Sinai.” Joanne du Plessis, from our traveler reviews

Furthermore, reaching the nearby mountains of Ras Abu Galum National Park by camel or by boat introduces you to the unbeatable hospitality of the Bedouins as you dine around an open fire and soak up the stunning scenery and seclusion of this beautiful, untouched area.

“If you want to learn to dive without the mega commercialism of Sharm El Sheikh, then go to Dahab in the Red Sea. The waters are just the right temperature, crystal clear and the sea life/coral is fantastic.” – Tanya Jacobs, from our traveler reviews

If you’re hoping to discover what lies beneath the beaches and learn a new skill to keep for life, then what are you waiting for? Dive right in.


Access to the Lighthouse is perfect for undertaking PADI Open Water courses with lionfish, Spanish dancers, moray eels and a resident hawksbill turtle adding to the perfect conditions for new divers. Once you’re ready to descend you’ll find towers of hard coral, gardens of sea grass and a fringing reef plate alongside several shelters and sandy ledges to also allow experienced divers to make the most of the range of depths.

Eel Garden

Situated just five minutes from Dahab, the fantastical Eel Garden is named after a Medusa’s nest of sand eels that populate sandy slopes and swaying fields of sea grass. The underwater lunar landscapes leave folk speechless and the shallow nature of the dive (maximum depth 18 metres) help to make Eel Garden a photographer’s dream, with a shallow reef wall and pinnacles providing ideal light alongside an abundance of subject matter.


These two huge coral formations feature well over 100 different types of coral and several of the Red Sea’s largest coral colonies as well as parrotfish, triggers, barracuda, trevallies and even blue spotted stingrays. A wide reef plateau requires Islands to be best negotiated at high tide with a series of hard coral pools and a sandy road leading through cabbage, brain and labyrinth coral colonies, adding to the action at less than 20 metres.


Situated south of Blue Hole, Canyon was formed by ancient seismic activity that caused a huge rift in the reef table. From outside it can be intriguing and from inside you’ll see a ceiling of beautiful blue hues decorated in fishes enjoying a curtain of bubbles. For shallow divers there’s a drift dive past the Canyon, via a beautiful coral garden, alongside Red Sea walkman, Red Sea anemone and everyone’s favourite, Nemo! Sorry, clownfish.

Ras Abu Galum

The high mountains, sand dunes, and raised fossil reefs of Ras Abu Galum National Park are virtually untouched and present an authentic insight into Bedouin culture. As you can only access this area via a camel trek or boat ride it’s incredibly remote and provides shallow, deep, wall and drift dives amongst a profusion of brightly coloured fish and corals.

Blue Hole

The Blue Hole, accessed via Bell Tower, is one of the Red Sea’s most famous dives and features a semi open tunnel which leads down to the start of a drift dive which takes you across a huge sink hole. Blue Hole is only for experienced advanced level divers that have had a thorough check dive and have mastered their neutral buoyancy. This is one of those dives that will leave you gasping and then wanting to turn around and do it all over again.

Gabr El Bint

Thanks to its remote location, Gabr El Bint is one of the coastline’s rarely dived sites and can only be accessed via an hour-long boat safari. However, once you’re immersed there’s a real treat in store with an extensive garden of Gorgonian fans from a depth of 20 metres and a series of shelters and sand valleys to be found either side of the hard coral buttress above.

“This is not a vacation for anyone looking for the familiarity and reassurance of a five-star chain – but what it may lack in 'luxury' it more than makes up for with charm, character and hospitality. And, of course, the diving is brilliant.” Sheona Small, from our traveler reviews
Red Sea diving vacations

Red Sea diving vacations

Best shore diving @ Dahab, super private with our 4-1 ratio

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Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

Learn to dive, safely, in the warm waters of the Red Sea.

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Family scuba diving holidays for certified divers, Red Sea

Family scuba diving vacations for certified divers, Red Sea

Family Scuba diving vacations for certified divers

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Family learn to scuba dive holidays

Family learn to scuba dive vacations

P.A.D.I. Learn to scuba dive, fun for the whole family

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Advanced diving holidays in Dahab

Advanced diving vacations in Dahab

Enjoy exciting new dive adventures, with your instructor.

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