This fenced-off area contains the very sparse ruins of an ancient Nabataean trading post.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Dahab attractions

1. Lighthouse Reef

0.33 MILES

This sloping reef is home to a bounty of fish life and is Dahab’s main night-diving site. More experienced divers can descend to the sandy bottom, where…

2. Eel Garden

0.81 MILES

Eel Garden takes its name from the countless garden eels that carpet the sea floor. Other highlights include huge coral boulders and dense congregations…

3. Islands

1.24 MILES

This underwater Alice in Wonderland–esque site south of Dahab offers an outstanding topography of coral alleyways, amphitheatres, valleys and gulleys…

4. Canyon

4.13 MILES

One of the area’s most popular dives, the Canyon is a long, narrow trench that runs perpendicular to the reef shelf, and is home to prolific hard and soft…

5. Blue Hole

5.52 MILES

Carved into a reef, 8km north of Dahab, is Egypt’s most infamous dive site. The Blue Hole is a gaping sinkhole that drops straight down – some say…

6. Bells

6.77 MILES

Bells is a narrow breach in the reef table that forms a pool close to shore. From here, divers can descend through a chimney, exiting onto a ledge at 27m…

7. Ras Abu Gallum Protectorate

9.96 MILES

The starkly beautiful Ras Abu Gallum Protectorate covers 400 sq km of coastline between Dahab and Nuweiba, mixing coastal mountains, narrow valleys, sand…

8. Umm Sid

10.35 MILES

An impressive entrance through a wide corridor carved into a steeply sloping reef is a highlight of this dive site 15km south of Dahab. Further down you…