Snorkeling Adventures in Dahab, Egypt
If there’s one thing I love about Dahab the most, it’s the snorkeling hands down. Many people come here from around the world to dive in the Red Sea, more specifically right here in Dahab, Egypt!
Diving is… overwhelming!?
Both Liz and I tried diving on our first trip to Dahab and thought that it was a slightly overwhelming. I’m guessing we felt this way about diving because of the fact that it seemed so much more complicated than we had originally thought it would be.
Could it have been our instructor that just wasn’t up to par? Maybe? I don’t know enough to be able to determine that.
The most overwhelming part to me was the whole breathing part. I didn’t have any panic attacks or anything but I found it difficult to keep myself level, while concentrating on reserving air, while keeping an eye on my instructor, while trying to remember all of those weird hand signals that we had talked about before we jumped in the water, worry about how Liz was doing, all while trying to catch a glimpse of some of the amazing sea life that the Red Sea has to offer. Wait, that’s what I’m down here for, right!?
In conclusion, I wouldn’t exactly say that I’m “done” with diving. I’ve just simply haven’t given it another shot…
Snorkeling in the Red Sea Rocks!
Since our first nightmare of an intro dive, I’ve happily resorted to snorkeling. To be honest I’m totally content with heading out into the Red Sea with a set of fins, a mask and spending two or three hours exploring. The water temperature is damn near bath water and not to mention crystal clear. How could you not love this place!?
On my first trip to Dahab, I published a pictorial titled “Snorkeling at Eel Gardens“, if you have yet to see the photos, do me a favor and take a minute to check them out. At that time I was shooting with a Canon SD960IS wrapped up inside of a Canon WP-DC32 waterproof camera housing. I received a lot of great feedback on that pictorial which I thought totally rocked by the way.
What about the Blue Hole?
Many people will say “You’ve been to Dahab three times and you’ve never visited the Blue Hole? Are you crazy!?” Yes, as a matter of fact I must be crazy! I actually signed up for a trip to the Blue Hole at one of the Dive Shops (wish I could remember the name) and at the last minute they decided to tell me that they were bringing me to “Three Pools” instead. I was frustrated to say the least because I was really looking forward to checking out the Blue Hole. Maybe next time…
Why I love Eel Gardens…
Since then I’ve visited Dahab twice and I’ve snorkeled down at the Lagoon, Three Pools and a few other spots along the coast. None of them have yet to top my snorkeling experiences at Eel Gardens. That’s right, not even Three Pools which is an extremely popular dive/snorkel area along the coast of Dahab.
What I love most about snorkeling at Eel Gardens is that there’s a nice restaurant at the edge of the entrance which has a small beach, sun terrace, and lounge area that you can chill out at before and after you snorkel. They serve great food, have friendly wait staff and FREE Wi-Fi to top it off!
Plus, how can you resist a view like the one shown above? You’ve got the beach, the beautiful water, the mountains in the distance. Sigh… makes me want to set up shop there right now!
The snorkeling here is top notch as far as I’m concerned. I’ve always had the best time cruising along the edge of the reef. This time I thought I would take my GoPro HD along with me and here’s some of the footage I captured below… (be sure to watch in 720p full screen if possible!)
Time to head back to shore…
I must have been out there for two hours swimming along the edge of the reef. By the time I started to head back I started to think that Liz was probably worried about me since she hadn’t heard from me in a couple of hours. Once I got to shore I found Liz sprawled out on a lounge chair just where I left her.
It was only when I returned to shore that I realized my back was burnt from lying face down in the water for so long! There was one big red spot on my back that was pretty much exposed to the sun the whole time. Oops!
I was too exhausted to go back out and explore more of the reef so we decided to head back to the hotel. I shot this cool wide angle photo on the walk back. The sky looks like it’s painted in a way…
Have you done any diving or snorkeling in the Red Sea? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experiences.