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Ras Abu Helal, Dahab, Red Sea, Egypt


Can be found just south of the Canyon. This divesite is a favourite at H2O and only accessible at high tide. One of the most beautiful and colourful coral gardens in Sinai, the entrance is through a small lagoon. The site can be dived left (or as a drift to Abu Helal) or right and at any depth although the best corals are in 5-20m. It is the only shore diving site where you can find juvenile Red Tooth Triggerfish, sometimes in great numbers. For Tec divers, there is another “Little Canyon” lying at a depth of 40 with chambers dropping down to 105 meters. This dive is suitable for trimix tec divers. Abu Helal is located south of abu Telha, the entrance is via a 10 m deep lagoon created by a crescent shaped reef that opens onto a coral wall dropping to a small Canyon at 30 m. Turtles, Stingrays and Stonefish can be found occasionally.


Difficulty: ** / Tide: high / Level: OW+ / Tec: yes / Depth: 18-40 m / Snorkelling: no / Current:**


Ras_Abu_Helal_dive_siteRas Abu Helal which means ‘Cape of the Growing Moon’ is approximately 3 kilometres south of the Canyon.  You enter this site, descending to a sandy lagoon with a semi circular shape at a depth between 7 and 12 metres. Keep the reef to your left and explore the underwater promontory with its’ beautiful coral garden. The fauna in this area is immense.  Within the coral garden you will discover, Lionfish, Groupers, Triggerfish, Unicornfish, Butterflyfish and occasionally Turtles. The western side descends into the blue, and at a depth of approximately 30 metres is marked by a straight split that gave this site, the nickname ‘Small Canyon’. It should be noted however, that exploring this canyon is not only dangerous, it is not particularly interesting.  It is best to stay on the surrounding coral garden that extends into a second immersed bay with a sandy sea bed, from where you make your exit.

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