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Scuba Diving in the Red Sea
Dive Site: Eel Garden
Location: Dahab, 28°30.300N; 34°31.194E
Description: Shore dive / coral garden / eel garden
Depth: 1 - 30 metres (3 - 100 feet)
Visibility: 30 metres (100 feet)
Eel Garden takes its name from the countless garden eels that carpet the sea floor not far from the entry point of the dive. After walking over the reef plate to the entry spot which is a nine metre canyon, it then broadens into a large sandy area that slopes down gradually. After diving along a jutting reef that lies perpendicular to the main reef the eels slowly come into view, waving to and fro in the current like synchronized swimmers who vanish back into the sand as you approach. Descend to about 20m where you will find a nearly flat section of reef with coral boulders and several table corals. It is quite common to find a thick congregation of barracudas regularly patrolling the area. On your way back at around 5 and 10m you will see healthy, wide range variety of both soft and hard corals and look out here for the rare seagrass ghost pipefish.
Dived this site last week and saw a giant moray eel. It has been spotted there quite regularly. Also saw a few small eels poking their heads out of the bottom. Great place dive but scary if you are like me and hate eels!!!
Georgie, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
I dived at the Eel garden many times, and saw those fantastic dancers who disappear as soon as you get near to them. So if you want to make pictures, you have to wait with bated breath, and if you are lucky and patient enough you can try to snap. The name of diving site well characterizes this place I have never seen such a big number of the garden eels as here.
NAUI Master Scuba Diver
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