The Arabic meaning for “Gold”, the aptly named Dahab is the gold standard for divers and holidaymakers looking to relax and recharge their batteries. This laid-back beach town has it all if you’re looking for a good mix of adventure and bliss relaxation.
Located on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Dahab is a small town only a stone’s throw away from Sharm-el-Sheikh. Its prime location gives great access to many types of different adventures. From the desert to the ocean, you’ll never run out of exciting things to do and experience in Dahab.
What’s more, Dahab is known as something of a divers paradise! Scuba diving Dahab offers a refreshing and diverse experience with a wide range of different dive sites. The waters of the Red Sea are renowned for their must-see marine life and vibrant underwater landscapes.
Dahab is well-renowned as a divers paradise and it’s easy to see why. It’s almost as if the town and its surrounding waters were purpose-built with scuba divers in mind. Here are some of our favorite things about diving in Dahab.
World-Class Diving Sites
There are no two ways about it, put simply, Dahab has some of the best diving in the world. The Red Sea is full of life and vibrant colors. The large concentration of plankton in the water means there’s an abundance of marine life, such as barracuda and sharks that can be seen daily.
Pair this with a rich diversity in dive sites such as vibrant reefs, interesting canyons, and the divers mecca that is the Blue Hole, there’s something to please everyone.
Conditions to Suit Everyone
Dahab offers great visibility for divers all year round ensuring you won’t miss any of the life and vibrance below the surface. You’ll also find generally calm currents that make for pleasant diving for beginners. If you’re one for more of a challenge, Dahab has around 270 windy days per year, which can make for some more challenging diving conditions in certain spots.
You’ll also find nice warm water temperatures from March-September in Dahab, if you’re not one for the chill!
Brilliant Marine Life
The enviable conditions of the Red Sea make for exciting discovery and exploration of the world-renowned diverse marine life. This is one of the best diving destinations you can find for the marine biology geeks among us. It also makes for great opportunity for beginners to marvel over the wonders of the underwater world.
Dahab Scuba Certification
In general, you aren’t required to be certified in order to scuba dive in Dahab. In fact, there are many tour operators that cater to those of all levels of ability, no problem for a first-time diver. There are plenty of beginner-friendly and easily accessible dive sites to get your flippers wet for the first time.
What’s more, there’s plenty of opportunities to get scuba certified while you’re in Egypt. It’s an ideal location to learn to scuba dive, with calm conditions and many beginner-friendly dive sites. Check out our recommended open water course below to get yourself scuba certified!
Having said that, it’s always recommended to get scuba certified to give yourself the best, most enjoyable diving experience possible. While you’ll have a great time scuba diving Dahab as a first-time diver, there’s a lot you can miss out on without the extra confidence and diving experience, such as the more challenging cave dives and wrecks. Liveaboards in Egypt visit more challenging sites and require you to have logged 30-50 dives before joining.
In addition, becoming scuba certified will help you feel more comfortable and confident underwater. This leads to maximum enjoyment and safety from your diving experience and something worth considering.
Dahab Scuba Diving Requirements
Egyptian law prohibits the use of gloves and knives while diving in the Red Sea.
As always, tour operators state that you must be in good physical condition and have some swimming ability. Children must be at least 10 years old to scuba dive with a tour operator.
With that said, it’s always highly recommended to have a dive buddy when you’re out diving in Dahab, as it is anywhere else. This is particularly the case if you’re out diving without a tour operator or guide. In this situation, it’s also good practice to make use of diver down flags.
Best Dive Sites in Dahab
Dahab is well known for its world-class diving scene and these sites shouldn’t need much explaining. They sell themselves with incredible conditions, rich diversity, and an abundance of exciting landscapes and marine life to discover. Here are some of our favorite dive sites in Dahab.
The Blue Hole
The Blue Hole is well known and highly regarded as something of a mecca for divers. This underwater sinkhole is a wonder and one of the main reasons divers come to visit from all over the world.
The outskirts of the sinkhole are perfect for snorkelers and beginner divers as the vibrant reefs and marine life make for a great spectacle. The sinkhole itself should be reserved for the more experienced divers to get lost in its natural beauty.
If this sounds ideal to you, be sure to check out our recommended experience below!
Ras Abu Galum
The crystal clear waters of Ras Abu Galum make for great viewing of the full-of-life underwater world here. Stunning coral reefs and incredible biodiversity ensure you’ll have an unforgettable diving experience.
This is another great opportunity to experience world class diving as a beginner, due to it’s accessibility from the shore. This site starts with a sandy slope from the shore leading to walls and brilliant rock formations on either side. There’s also lots of pinnacles to explore and marine life to discover.
Check out our recommended experience below, this one is not to be missed on any diving trip to Dahab.
This site is a fantastic opportunity for more confident and advanced divers to get their fix of caverns and cave diving. Naturally forming due to volcanic activity, the canyon is home to breathtaking caves and coral gardens to lose yourself in.
The site is a canyon made up of three caves. The Fish Bowl is the shallowest, at a depth of only 12m, and fit for less advanced divers. The other two can be explored at depths of 20m and 52m for the more advanced divers. You’ll also be joined by exciting marine life such as butterflyfish and unicornfish!
Check out our recommended experience below for more details.
Best Time to go Diving in Dahab
While you’re able to dive in Dahab all year round, the greatly varying air temperature means that some times are better to visit than others. You may want to avoid August as the hottest month, and February with the coldest water temperatures, much like Sharm, Marsa-Alam, and Hurghada.
There’s no real peak diving season for Dahab, so just aim to avoid the less ideal times where it might be too hot or the water temperature too cold, as stated above.
It may also be a good idea to avoid the high season and go when the tourists are more scarce. High seasons in Dahab run from March-May and September-November.
Visibility is usually great all year, the waters remain calm but vary in temperature, with water temperatures of around 71°F from December-February and 82°F from June-September.
How Much Does Scuba Diving Cost in Dahab?
If you’re looking at booking an experience through a tour company in Dahab, you’ll find prices between $50-$100. The price includes gear rental so there are no extra fees.
In addition, a PADI Open Water Certification will set you back around $600, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Scuba Diving Gear in Dahab
There are plenty of dive shops situated in the diving paradise of Dahab so renting equipment for your dives is an option.
It’s worth noting, you’re left with one less thing to think about when going with a guided tour operator as all equipment and gear are included.
However, buying your own gear might be ideal for you if you’re a more keen and experienced diver!
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