Gabr el Bint ranks among the most attractive dive sites around Dahab. With the access by boat or by camel, it is less often dived than the other more centric sites. Which has left it in pristine condition.
There are two dives possible here. The right side, also known as the dark side, features a steep wall that drops down to about 60 m cut by numerous chasms, sandy ravines and overhangs. The drop-off is adorned with healthy table corals.
The left side is a far more colorful featuring a virtual forest of gorgonians. Usually drop down to about 20-25m swimming along massive boulders protruding from the drop-off which attracts dense shoals of anthias and glassfish. Keep a good eye on the blue where you will see trevallies hunting on the shoals of fuseliers. After about ten minutes you will find some of the healthiest gorgonian fan corals in the Red Sea. Here you start to ascend to about 10m and cross the saddle
Then start to head back along a sandy ledge which parallels 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 and very often a turtle. At the end of the ledge usually is home to a shoal of black and white snappers and twinspot snappers hang here between 5 and 10m.
Boat trip: 1 hour/15 minutes. One of the truly breathtaking dives in Dahab.
Gabr el Bint is Arabic for “The grave of the girl”.
DIFFICULTY - Advanced
DEPTH - 30m
CURRENTS - very common
SNORKELING - yes