It is often really windy in Dahab and thus the sea is not always calm, which makes a few of the sites „un-diveable“ on some days. However, if it actually is windstill and the sea is as smooth as a duck pond, we strongly recommend you to take the opportunity and go to Abu Helal at high tide.
Ras Abu Helal, which means „head of the new moon“ in Arabic, refers to the crescent-shaped reef. We will be accessing via the reef plate, therefore inflate your BC and swim over the edge of the reef. All fine? Then start descending! You will experience one of the most beautiful reef gardens of Dahab now. Soft and hard corals are taking their turns and also the fish population is still pretty intact. We will see big groupers and puffer fishes as well as trigger fishes, wrasses and lion fishes. With a bit of luck we might even catch a glimpse at eagle rays, turtles and manta rays.
For our TEC divers Abu Helal offers a special highlight: In a depth of 30 meters an almost completely closed canyon starts. Exploring this canyon is only possible for TEC divers though, as this dive site lies below the skin divers' limits and is only accessible at very few points. Nevertheless, skin divers can of course admire the so called „little canyon“ from above. Dive around its entrance and slowly finish your dive in shallower waters.