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Gabr El Bint, Dahab, Red Sea, Egypt

A FANTASTIC DAY OUT – BEST BOAT DIVES IN DAHAB

Gabr el Bint ranks among one of the most attractive sites in Dahab. With the access by boat or camel, it is less frequently dived than other dive sites in Dahab. Gabr el Bint means “The Grave of the Girl” in Arabic and is found roughly 20 km south of Dahab.

There are 2 dives possible there, with more drift dives on the way out or back to Dahab. The South dive (dark side) features a steep wall that drops down to 60m cut by numerous chasms and caves (for cave divers, entrance around 22 m), sandy ravines and overhangs. The drop-off is adorned with table corals. Look out in the blue for reef Sharks and Milkfish. The North dive is more colourful and begins on a wall featuring a forest of gorgonians. Here’s a really good chance of seeing Trevallies, Turtles, big Wrasses, Dolphins and Whale Sharks! When crossing over the saddle to come back to the boat, you will enter a beautiful large sandy lagoon which runs parallel to the shore. The ledge is riddled with exquisite coral heads that attract numerous reef species, including swarms of Anthias, Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Crocodilefish, Surgeonfish, Triggerfish, Trumpetfish, Stingrays, Squids and very often a Turtle. At the end of the ledge usually is home to a shoal of black and white snappers hang here between 5m and 10m. One of the truly breathtaking dives in Dahab.

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Difficulty: * / Tide: – / Level: OW+ / Tec: yes / Depth: 18–60 m / Snorkelling: yes / Current: ** / Freediving: fun diving

Gabr el Bint means the ‘Tomb of the Girl’ in Arabic, although it is not known where the name comes from.  This site is situated some 7 ½ kilometres south of the caves, and is only accessible by camel or boat from Dahab marina.  The site is absolutely stunning, and is part of the protected area of Nabq. It has not been affected by tourism, and with its’ impressive mountainous surroundings and untouched coral reef, the site is truly one to experience.  The boat ride takes approximately 60 minutes from Dahab marina and is well worth the trip.
Gabr el Bint offers two dives; the one to the North of the buttress being the more beautiful of the two. It is dominated by a splendid wall which descends into the blue, and is decorated with numerous species of coral. You drop down to about 20-25 meters swimming along massive boulders protruding from the drop-off which attract dense shoals of Anthias and Glassfish. Keep a good eye on the blue where you will see Trevallies hunting shoals of Fusiliers.

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This dive is the more colourful of the two, with some of the healthiest Gorgonian Fan Coral in the Red Sea. When turning back, you ascend to about 10m and cross the saddle then start to head back along a sandy ledge which parallels the shore. The ledge displays some exquisite coral heads which attract numerous reef species, including swarms of Anthias, Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Crocodilefish, Surgeonfish, Triggerfish, Trumpetfish, Puffers, Stingrays and very often a Turtle. The end of the ledge is usually is home to a shoal of Black and White Snappers and Twinspot Snappers, usually swimming around at 5 to 10m. The right side is also known as the dark side, but don’t let the name put you off, the site is truly beautiful! It features a steep wall that drops down to about 60m cut by numerous chasms, sandy ravines and overhangs. The drop-off is adorned with healthy table coral and abundant marine life.

This dive site should not be missed and is certainly worth more than one visit!

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Gabr El Bint, Dahab, Red Sea, Egypt

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