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Dahab is quiet, marine life starts to return

Dahab is quiet now, and the marine life is starting to return. Everyday our customers return to the dive center with reports of new encounters with rare underwater life.

Diving in Dahab: Napoleon
Frogfish, Dahab Lighthouse - photo Agata
Text and foto of Frogfish: 
Agata El Halawany, PADI Instruktor

The annual winter slow tourist season, and the extended downturn due to the January 25th revolution, has resulted in a bloom of reef renewal and marine life growth. Everyday our customers return to the dive center with reports of brilliant new encounters with rare underwater life.

Even our house reef has been revitalized! Diving between the ceramic vases of Banner Fish Bay one can encounter octopus and giant moray eels; nestled in the sea anemone dozens of little Nemo fish spawn their young. Our dive center has a local turtle that visits the Bay nearly every morning, and we are lucky to have a resident Frogfish who prefers to dwell on a scrap metal box just meters from our entry point. The Lighthouse dive sight is frequently visited by a number of giant Napoleon wrasse, which are comfortable with the bubbles and sounds of divers. They may even pose for a picture!

The same Napoleon are known for swimming North to the spectacular Canyon dive site, where diverse reef life meets stunning geological formations. Further North the infamous Blue Hole is home to a reef walled unparalleled in Egyptian diving. Along the sheer drop off into the blue, one often encounters Napoleon and Barracudas. Giant Groupers, an Greet Moray, and Stonefish are common here as well.

The dive sites to the South are also known for their marine life diversity and breathtaking diving. At the Islands coral formations are teeming with life. Snake eels, shoals of Barracuda, Manta Rays are common place. With a little luck you may even see a Dolphin! Further South at Moray Garden their are beautiful squid and many octopus; the shallow depths of the dive allows for bright and beautiful pictures! Continue down the road and dive Gabr El Bint, where giant Barracuda often visit, and stingrays, moray eels, turtles, and octopus are common place. Don’t be alarmed if you see what you think is a shoal of sharks, the beautiful and harmless chanos (milkfish) can be found here often as well.

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