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.
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!
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.
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.
Fishes you may spot while diving Abu Dabbab
... and more fishes & sea life, Dugong, Green Sea Turtle
Clown fishes waiting in front of their blue anemone housePhoto by Jihye Lee
Blacktip Shark patrolling the crystal clear water... EPIC photo!Photo by Yann Hubert
Huge Hammerhead Shark patrolling the reef in French PolynesiaPhoto by Yann Hubert
Beautiful & Colorful Mandarin FishPhoto by Rich Guest
Yellow Seahorse in Lembeh StraitPhoto by Agnes Tjandranegara
Lion Fish swimming in crystal clear waterPhoto by Agnes Tjandranegara
Surreal LifePhoto by Jihye Lee
Artificial StructuresPhoto by Jihye Lee
PatrollingPhoto by Matthieu Billaud
Huge Turtle resting on the sea floorPhoto by Rich Guest