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Scuba Diving in the Red Sea
Dive Site: Rick's Reef
Location: North Dahab, 28°33.446'N 34°31.425'E
Description: Reef / drift
Depth: 25 metres max (82 feet)
Visibility: 30 - 50 metres (100 - 165 feet)
Technically this is a drift dive, but the currents vary and were fairly gentle throughout the dive. The dive follows the shore south to the canyon with some beautiful coral gardens and reefs. The dive ends at the Canyon so you can see the
divers coming up through the fishbowl and you can explore this area again. The glassfish that have given the fishbowl its name seem to vary hugely in numbers from filling the fish bowl, to just a few shoals. In September they were fairly thin on the ground.
Jenny Pickles, BSAC Dive Leader
Rick's Reef is located just north of the Canyon. Enter into a small opening in the reef table and descend along a beautiful slope filled with salad corals. At 18 metres swim over numerous table corals and let the current drift you along towards the Canyon. Along the wall you will find a number of pinnacles that populate the area filled with anthias, coral groupers, pufferfish, moray eels and parrotfish. Keep one eye left out to the blue and you will occasionally see turtles and napoleon wrasse joining you for the dive. After approximately 40 minutes the 'Fish Bowl' of the Canyon will come into view. It is an amazing sight seeing the crack of the Canyon appear and gives you a different view of one of the most famous dive sites in Dahab. Finish the dive with a short swim through the coral garden and exit the dive through a sandy lagoon, which is marked by a couple of coral pinnacles.
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