Abu Dabbab Dive Site

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WOW! Once in a lifetime experience!
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Good visibility: 10->20m
Level Advanced Divers
Dive depth Shallow depth, 0-10m

Abu Dabbab is one of the most famous dive sites in the Red Sea and of all of Egypt. It is one of the few places in the world where you can dive with the very rare and endangered Dugong aka the Sea Cow. In fact, there are two resident Dugongs in the Abu Dabbab bay named Dennis and Dougal. This dive site also features friendly giant Green Sea Turtles that you can swim with up close and personal. In the shallow water, it is not rare to spot the bizarre looking but completely harmless Guitar Shark.

In addition to the big stuff, there are also superb macro subjects such as the ornate Ghost Pipefish, the rare thorny seahorse and the delicate Hairy Pygmy Pipehorse!

All this Exceptional and Rare marine life makes Abu Dabbab a very special spot and a must dive for anyone visiting Marsa Alam.

Although visibility is quite poor, Abu Dabbab is still considered a beautiful dive site in the Red Sea. One can get very close to the green sea turtles, since they are accustomed to divers. Rare animals can also be spotted in this reef, which makes it more alluring not only to divers but to photographers as well.

The dive site is very easy. It is located in a sandy bay with no current and shallow depth (maximum around 18 m deep) making it suitable even for beginner divers. Underwater photographers will be delighted to take pictures easily of such rare animals. It makes a great snorkelling spot too.

However the visibility is often quite low due to the sand and be aware that the Abu Dabbab can get quite crowded as it is a very popular dive site!

Access

Abu Dabbab is located about 30 km North of Marsa Alam and day trips are organized by the dive operators of Marsa Alam to go there almost everyday.

This location is a Reef.

You can dive Abu Dabbab all year long. Access: from the Shore. See the map of Abu Dabbab on the right for the exact location.

Abu Dabbab Abu Dabbab is one of the most famous dive sites in the Red Sea and of all of Egypt. It is one of the... Julien 5

Fishes you may spot while diving Abu Dabbab

  • Guitar Shark Guitar Shark

... and more fishes & sea life, Dugong, Green Sea Turtle

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One Dive Log in “Abu Dabbab

  1. I was in Marsa Alam in May 2006 only for snorkeling. Good visibility but not very warm water; for me was sufficient a 2 mm shorty.
    I stayed in Karamana resort (very good) but for all the week long there was a terrible wind with very very bad sea. Fortunately I prevented this booking Karamana that is 10 min. bus (free of charge) from Abu Dabab and this place had for all the week the north side with very calm waters and south side terribly beaten by the waves. Fantastic snorkeling along the shallow waters reef! I want to return to this place.

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