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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Diving Reviews for this region

Marsa Alam

Excellent Scuba Diving with great chances of spotting Dolphins, Dugongs, Oceanic Whitetip Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks. Access to famous dive sites of Elphinstone Reef and Abu Dabbab! Very Good Visibility.

Marsa Alam Diving Review

Liveaboard Reviews in Marsa Alam

MY Saphir

MY Saphir liveaboard is a 35m long motor yacht which cruises the beautiful and popular Red Sea in Egypt. It can accommodate a maximum of 16 diving guests, providing them … Continue reading

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MY Blue Pearl

MY Blue Pearl is a diving liveaboard cruising the Red Sea in Egypt. This boat has 10 standard cabins, each with its own hot water shower, towels, shower gels, vanity mirr … Continue reading

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MY Seawolf Soul

MY Seawolf Soul is a wonderful 36 meter long Red Sea liveaboard. There are 8 standard double/twin bed cabins and 3 deluxe suites available. This dive boat can accommodate … Continue reading

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MY Heaven Freedom

MY Heaven Freedom liveaboard cruises at an incredible top speed of 14 knots to reach her regular destinations at Marine Park South & St John’s. Up to 22 divers can be … Continue reading

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MY Golden Dolphin

MY Golden Dolphin liveaboard was definitely made with divers in mind. Scuba divers will be sure to love her spacious dive deck with a large diving platform equipped with … Continue reading

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MY Cassiopeia

MY Cassiopeia liveaboard regularly departs each Sunday and runs 7 night trips to and from North Red Sea & Wrecks, the marine parks, The Brothers and St. John’s Reef. … Continue reading

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MY Obsession

MY Obsession liveaboard was refurbished in 2008, all cabins have en-suite bathroom and facilities which ensures ultimate privacy for divers on board. The massive dive dec … Continue reading

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MY Golden Dolphin III

MY Golden Dolphin III is a very large Red Sea liveaboard with an innovative design. This boat can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 20 divers in her 10 beautiful cabin … Continue reading

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MY Sea Serpent

MY Sea Serpent liveaboard belongs to the popular Sea Serpent fleet that has been part of the liveaboard industry for decades. Comfortable accommodation is available via t … Continue reading

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MY Andromeda

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Dive spots reviews in Marsa Alam

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Daedalus Reef offers some of the Best Diving in the Red Sea! It is an offshore reef located 80km East of Marsa Alam. It ...
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Elphinstone Reef is one of the most famous dive sites in the World and offers some of the best scuba diving in the Red S...
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The Fury Shoals make up several reefs along the Southwest Red Sea coast, offering amazing scuba diving opportunities wit...
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The Marsa Alam Dolphin House also called the Sha'ab Samadai Reef is a popular and famous dive site of Marsa Alam. It is ...

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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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