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Scuba Diving in the Red Sea
Dive Site: Sha'ab Khanzier
Depth: 10 - 22 metres (33 - 72 feet)
Visibility: 30 metres (100 feet)
It seems to be a common misconception that all diving in Dahab is shore based. This is far from true and in fact if you have a group of 6 or more divers it is worth considering doing all of your diving from a hard boat. Sinai Divers (based out of the Hilton hotel) offer daily boat diving for parties of 6 or more on their well equipped diving vessel - Ghazala VI. This opens up the range of diving around Dahab, with at least an additional 8 sites becoming accessible.
Sha'ab Khanzier is an hours boat ride south from Dahab. It is a sloping reef with sand gullies parallel to shore before dropping off into the depths down a coral encrusted wall. Entry from the boat is made close to the reef and a quick descent to avoid any surface current is best practice. Once at your desired depth head north along the reef into the current, if any is present (currents are not normally strong here). The sand plateau at 22m provides some great coral formations as well as a base for resting adult pufferfish. As you reach the halfway point in your dive you can turn south and head along the upper 10m of the reef with any current that may be running. There are prolific antheas in the shallows and it is possible to see eagle rays cruising along the reef in the blue.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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