Eel Garden is the home to Dahab’s largest colony of garden Eels. They live in permanent tubular burrows on the sandy bottom, standing upright, heads bent into the current and picking at passing food. Eel Garden lies about 500m north of the centre of Dahab and can be reached by pickup within a few minutes. Eel Garden is an especially popular and exciting dive site with different habitats (sandy slopes, shallow lagoons and reef walls). You enter the water at a channel in the reef shelf, and can usually expect to see Napoleons , flounders, whitespotted puffers and morays as well as more rarely Dolphins and eagle Rays.
Difficulty: ** / Tide: medium to high / Level: OW+ / Tec: – / Depth: 18-40 m / Snorkelling: if calm (!)/ Current: **
Eel Garden gets its name from the population of hundreds of Red Sea garden eels which inhabit the area. Eel garden is situated in Assalah bay, connected to Lighthouse by a pedestrian walkway (approximately 1.5 Km). The reef platform here is about 60 metres wide and as always it is wise to enter the water at high tide so you can swim over the reef rather risk damaging it by walking on it. Leaving the reef via a winding channel you skirt a promontory on your left. After a few metres, you reach a white sandy slope where hundreds of garden eels come out and wave with the waters. Approach too close, or too quickly and the eels retreat into the sand. On the way back, look out for the abundance of Pore Corals, Butterflyfish and Grey Morays which inhabit the area.