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Dahab – The Golden Route

The beauty of this EXCLUSIVE itinerary is that as the only Red Sea Liveaboard operator offering the routes you will find yourself aboard the only boat in the area (Ras Abu Galum and Ras Mamlach)! You are certain to be amazed at the pristine condition of the beautiful coral walls and gardens in the area, which are normally only accessed from the shore by camel safari.

Ras Abu Galum

A protected area (afforded National Park status in 1992). The area is difficult to reach, hence, we are very fortunate to be allowed to take boats in here. There are two dive sites in the vicinity: North Ras Abu Galum and South Ras Abu Galum both of which are situated just off the shore where there is the Bedouin village of El-Omeyid and where the boats can moor so that dives are conducted from the zodiac.

At North Ras Abu Galum, you will see a huge variety of corals including Fire corals, Raspberry corals, small table corals, Porites and Salad coral (Turbinaria Mesenterina). In terms of marine fauna, you can expect to see Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Anthias, Glassfish, Lionfish, Grey Eels, Snapper and Batfish.

At South Ras Abu Galum, you will come across similar corals as well as Rose coral and may encounter a turtle, Pufferfish as well as many smaller creatures such as the Grey Eel, shrimps and nudibranch.

Ras Mammlah

Famous for its caves and cracks in the sea bed.The reef starts at around 12m with a beautiful coral garden and is followed by a steep wall that bottoms out at 70m. There is a profusion of life here with stunning hard and soft corals surrounded by schools of barracuda, jacks and groupers.

Bells and the Blue Hole.

Popular and famous, these dive sites need little introduction. The boat’s zodiac will drop you near the Bells dive site from where the drift dive will start. The dive follows the coral wall in a southwardly direction, with the reef on your right. Big colonies of Star coral, Gorgonians, soft and black corals are to be found here. You will pass anemones with their anemonefish and come across Butterfly fish and Angelfish on this dive. Finally, you reach the Blue Hole and enter this circular -shaped break in the coral reef swimming over the reef wall at around 7-5 metres. You will have time for a little swim in the Blue Hole before swimming back out over the reef wall, meanwhile conducting your safety stop before rejoining the zodiac for the ride back to the boat.

The Canyon.

The boat will drop you near one of the entrances to the Canyon. There are several entrances with the main, larger one being at a depth of 22 metres. Depending on the ability of the diving group, you may have the time to penetrate a little deeper into The Canyon, the dive will then take you up through the length of the Canyon, where you can exit it at a depth of 14 metres. As you move to shallower depths, look back at The Canyon and marvel at all the little bubbles filtering out from the crevices in the roof of The Canyon from divers still inside! It’s quite a spectacle!

Gabr El Bint

The translation literally as ‘the Tomb of the girl’ and is an hour’s boat ride south of Dahab. Gabr El Bint falls within the protected area of Nabq National Park and upon arrival here one becomes immediately aware of the remoteness and tranquillity of the region.

You will see large Gorgonian Fan corals at a depth of around 20 metres. Table corals, Alcyonarians, black corals and salad corals are also found on the reef plate here. Reef fauna likely to be seen here include Parrotfish, Anthias, Crocodilefish, Triggerfish and Blue Spotted stingrays. You may even encounter an Eagle Ray gliding over the reef. Out in the blue schools of Trevallies, Snapper and Emperorfish are common.

Maria Schroeder Wreck

Build in 1920, Trondheim, Norway, then named the Rolf Jarl. A steam ship that cruised at 11.5 knots. In August 1950 she was sold to Reederei Richard Schröder from Hamburg, Germany and renamed the Maria Schröder. on 11 April 1956. On a voyage from Aqaba to West Germany. She hit the reef at Nabq Park,

Some parts of the wreck are on top of the reef plate, while the rest is scattered over the sloping reef, down to 24 meters deep.

Tiran

The waters in the Gulf of Aqaba to the east of Sinai are deep, up to 2 kilometers in places. In the narrow straits of Tiran there are four astonishing coral reefs that rise from the depths, Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse, and Jackson. As the current is funneled around these reefs the conditions created form a spectacular diving environment, walls festooned with soft corals, deep canyons and coral gardens. These reefs also attract a large variety of marine life, including white tip and grey reef sharks, and hammerheads in the summer months.

Ras Mohammed

The National Park offers fantastic diving. Famous for deep walls covered with life and huge schools breeding fish in the summer months. Shark and Yolanda Reef is probably the most famous, at the very tip of Sinai. Both reefs are standing on a plateau and the edges of fall down to more than 800 m. At the reef you will find nice soft corals, and lots of the marine life. At Yolanda Reef you can see the cargo of a Cypriot freighter “Yolanda” which ran aground in 1980: a large quantity of household toilets! Other great sites include Shark Observatory, Jackfish Alley. Ras Zatar, and Ras Gozlani.

Departing Dahab

Recommended minimum 30 logged dives

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