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Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Dahab

Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Dahab

The star attractions of Dahab lie under the Red Sea, known for its outstanding visibility and vibrant coral. Once a sleepy Egyptian fishing village, today Dahab supports a wealth of scuba and snorkeling operators that lead tours to sites from underwater canyons to the notorious Blue Hole. Here are a few key options.

Blue Hole

Just steps from the shore north of Dahab, the coral reef drops away into a submarine sinkhole, reaching depths below 328 feet (100 meters). The Blue Hole is known for its arch, a tunnel so deep underwater that it’s only safely accessible by technical divers. But it also offers charming snorkeling and advanced wall dives with a spectacular entrance via a narrow crack called the Bells. 

The Canyon

The stark, sculptural underwater canyon that gives this site its name is best suited to advanced divers, with an entrance at over 60 feet (20 meters) below the surface—and a very deep exit suitable only for experienced technical divers. But the coral gardens around the top of the canyon offer color for snorkelers and open-water divers alike.

Ras Abu Galum

One of Dahab’s less-visited—yet magical—diving and snorkeling areas, Ras Abu Galum Protected Area is most often reached by camel safari. A variety of different sites offer something for all abilities, from snorkelers to advanced divers, as well as marine life including stingrays, turtles, and Spanish dancers.

Three Pools

Often combined with the shallow Golden Blocks or Moray Gardens dive sites, Three Pools is a top Dahab snorkeling pick. Three shallow pools combine with vibrant coral gardens and seagrass to yield a rewarding few hours—especially if you see one of the resident turtles.

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Day Trip to The Canyon and Blue Hole from Dahab

Day Trip to The Canyon and Blue Hole from Dahab

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Take a day trip from Dahab to two popular snorkeling spots outside the city, the Canyon and the Blue Hole. Take a short Jeep ride to the Canyon, a sandy lagoon that is the result of a crack in a huge coral garden. Popular with scuba divers, the Canyon is actually an extensive underground cave system that only extended range divers can fully explore. Next, head to the Blue Hole, a 328-feet (100 meters) deep sinkhole teeming with marine life. Have lunch in the surrounding restaurants, hike into the mountains, or just relax and take in the views.
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  • 1 day
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$35.99
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$35.99
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Blue Hole and 3 Pools Snorkel with Lunch from Dahab

Blue Hole and 3 Pools Snorkel with Lunch from Dahab

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Dahab is one of Egypt’s top snorkeling destinations. Discover two signature sites without haggling with drivers or rental guys on this convenient door-to-door trip. Spend the morning at the Blue Hole, the 328-foot (100-meter) sink hole that’s known for its sheer coral walls. Then transfer to Three Pools, a shallow site with coral towers that tropical fish just love. Enjoy lunch and another snorkeling session here before you return.
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  • 7 hours
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$41.14
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$41.14
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Ras Mohammed by Car One Day Tour from Dahab

Ras Mohammed by Car One Day Tour from Dahab

Spend a day discovering the Ras Mohammed National Park without worrying about transportation on this full-day tour from Dahab. Travel to the marine reserve, and tour its mangroves to spot wildlife with a guide to provide pointers and background. Then, enjoy the afternoon to swim and snorkel: exploring the reefs filled with fish and other marine life. Return hotel transfers, lunch, and snorkel gear are provided for a complete experience.
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  • 8 hours
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Half or Full Day Boat Trip in Dahab

Half or Full Day Boat Trip in Dahab

To really experience the Red Sea’s underwater wonders, take a boat rather than snorkeling from shore. On this discovery cruise, snorkel the brilliant corals of three classic Dahab sites—Napoleon Reef, Three Pools, and Moray Garden—and look for rays, moray eels, and more. Choose between morning, afternoon, and full-day cruises: all include bottled water, a buffet lunch, and door-to-door round-trip transfers from your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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$40.00
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Blue Hole Snorkeling with lunch from Dahab

Blue Hole Snorkeling with lunch from Dahab

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Dahab’s Blue Hole, a natural underwater sinkhole just off the shores of the Red Sea, is the town’s single best-known attraction but to get there you’ll need a tour. Choose between time-saving jeep and the classic Arabian camel to reach it, then enjoy a day spent snorkeling the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea. Tour includes all necessary equipment.
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  • 6 hours
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$20.00
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Three Pools Snorkeling Trips from Dahab

Three Pools Snorkeling Trips from Dahab

Dahab is famous for diving, yet it also offers spectacular snorkeling. Experience one of Dahab’s best sites on a trip to the blissfully shallow Three Pools. Watch bright fish flutter among white-gold sand and brilliant coral without battling for space with the scuba crew. Choose whether to ride a camel there and take the car back—the camel ride lasts about an hour—or travel by car both ways.
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  • 5 hours
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$25.65
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Ras Abu Gallum & Blue Hole Snorkel from Dahab

Ras Abu Gallum & Blue Hole Snorkel from Dahab

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Explore Dahab's surrounding nature, including Ras Abu Gallum Protected Reserve by water and land on this full-day combination tour. Snorkel in the famed Blue Hole among parrotfish, unicorn fish, and more, ride through the desert in a jeep, and ride along the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba on a camel.
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  • 8 hours
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$38.47
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Tiran Island by Boat from Dahab

Tiran Island by Boat from Dahab

Spend a day on the water off the coast of Sharm El Sheikh on a tour from Dahab that gives you the chance to swim and snorkel. Traveling by boat, you’ll stop at up to three swimming spots around Tiran Island to look for coral and tropical fish and explore shipwrecks. Booking in advance ensures you don’t risk a sold-out tour.
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  • 9 hours
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$92.31
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Nabq National Park Day Tour from Dahab

Nabq National Park Day Tour from Dahab

Spend a day at Nabq Nature Preserve (aka Nabq National Park) on a tour from Dahab that gives you the chance to explore this coastal area by both walking and snorkeling. Take in the scenery of tropical mangroves and other native plants, as well as the local birds. Booking in advance ensures you don’t risk a sold-out tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$92.31
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$92.31
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