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Scuba Diving in the Red Sea
Dive Site: Abu Dishet
Description: Reef dive
Depth: 1 - 14 metres (3 - 46 feet)
Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)
We dived at Abu Dishet as a weight check dive on the way to Safaga on a liveaboard. The main reef emerges up from a sandy seabed and there are a few separate coral clusters out from the main reef. The overall biodiversity was excellent and the coral very healthy. We saw plenty of the usual reef fish such as crown butterflyfish, clownfish, lizardfish, goatfish and parrotfish. There were also a lot of very small gobies perched on the sand, each one within a quick swim of its burrow. A massive pufferfish was resting on the ground, gently rocking, seemingly unperturbed by a group of divers swimming over it.
Abu Dishet is located about an hour south of Hurghada and two hours north of Safaga. The reef extends out from the shoreline and there is an old light beacon on top of the reef at its eastern point. Dive boats usually more on the south eastern side of this outcrop and divers make an "out and back" dive. Using a zodiac or RIB to drop divers around to the north is a great option where you can follow the reef wall (reef wall to right hand shoulder) back to your boat. The coral quality on the northern wall is colourful as this area is slightly less dived. On the southern part of the reef the wall segments into smaller sections which can be a little disorientating and a compass is a useful tool. To the south east is an erg (small reef piece) which is well worth a circuit or two. Large numbers of antheas (gold fish) cover the upper sections. The seabed fluctuates between 10m at the reef and 15m at the erg and is sandy making this an ideal site for novice or beginners. There are batfish and often large pufferfish rest on the seafloor. Look for lionfish in the small overhangs. It's rare to encounter any current here although if venturing far around to the north in a zodiac or RIB current could be a consideration usually running from the north to south.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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