Dive at Taba
Taba, If a simple hippy lifestyle is what you are searching for, then come and visit this serene city. Situated approximately 200 kilometers from Sharm El Sheikh , Taba is a charming resort ideally positioned to meld beautifully into the overwhelming untamed desert, Taba is abundant with water sports that include windsurfing, water skiing, parasailing, sailing, and canoeing. Its extravagant location makes it the perfect place for snorkelers and divers who seek a sensational adventure in exploring the prosperous natural marine life. It’s also home to one of the world’s most colorful diving sites .For non-divers, the hotels in Taba offer plenty of other activities, such as golf, water-sports, camel rides, quad bike rides and boat-trips. A visit to the stunning landscapes of the Sinai Desert is a must while holidaying in Taba, as is a traditional Bedouin dinner under the stars. Taba is ideally placed to explore the fascinating historical sites of the area, being at the point where Egypt, Israel and Jordan meet. Visit the stunning St. Catherine Monastery , climb the majestic peak of Mount Sinai or take a trip to Pharaohs' Island. With the peaceful beauty of its Bedouin camps offering simple accommodations with unbeatable views of the sea, Taba will be the place where you get in touch with yourself and others.
The benefit of diving from Taba is that you have access to the reefs around Taba and those of Eilat in Israel, which is only a short distance away. Many of the dives are shore dives. One of Taba's main attractions is Pharaohs Island, with the ruins of a 12th Century fort built on top of it, built to protect pilgrims on their journey from Jerusalem to St Catherine's Monastery, and to levy taxes on Arab merchants. The fort was later occupied by Crusaders and then taken under control by Sultan Salah El Din. The reefs surrounding the island make good dive sites. There is also Nabq National Park of that extends over 600 square kilometres and is home to a selection of wildlife including herons, storks, foxes and gazelles.
Angel Net: This site is the home for an abundance of marine life, consisting of two main coral reefs with a 10m grassy strip between. This spectacular site got its name from the remains of a tangled fishing net, now home to a great variety of marine life. A large 14m pinnacle attracts lots of pink alcyonarians and scale fin anthias, amongst others.
Coral City: This site is considered an invitation for unlimited exploration of the enchanting colorful underwater life. It has huge Brain and Mountain corals that support many Lion Fish, occasionally Stone Fish and tiny Silver and Glass Fish.
Marsa El Muqabila: The absence of the current makes this site perfect for beginners, as you can descend and ascend easily. It also marks the ideal first dive for new arrivals to Taba, with a good range of fish, calm waters and few currents. A resident school of yellow-tailed barracuda can often be seen patrolling the reef ledge, and giant puffers, blue spotted rays and turtles are regular visitors. To the south east of the mooring, a deep sinkhole awaits experienced divers.
Maxwell's Reef: If you want to get introduced to the true meaning of an astonishing diving experience, then you have to dive in Maxwell’s Reef. This dive site is a seamount starting at 12m, which drops away to approximately 60m. There are some fantastic table corals and large population of anthias, with red toothed triggerfish and bat fish frequent finds.
Picasso Reef: The Picasso Reef is famous for the rare and beautiful Picasso Tiger Fish that can be encountered there. It is an underwater mountain located about 200 meters from the sea shore. The dive leads down to 24 meters to huge table corals some 10 meters across with Eagle Rays and Great Barracuda passing by. On a level of 12 meters, the terrain is full of fish.
The Aquaruim: The Aquarium isn’t just the name of this diving site, but it was meant to describe it too, as a wide variety of marine life can be observed. It’s also suitable for all divers as many dives can be done from Discover Scuba and Bubble maker for the non-certified, to Shark Dive Nights and Distinctive Specialty Shark Awareness Courses for the certified diver.
The Fjord: It resembles the perfect place for boat diving. It’s an unusual site featuring a huge well in the reef. This is lined with soft corals and two of the most stunning red anemones, complete with several anemone fish and large shrimps. Outside the well, pristine hard corals decorate the sloping reef. It’s divided into sections: the Fjord hole which you can find at a depth of 16 meters and its maximum depth is 24 meters, in addition to the Fjord Banana which is a shallow reef that is banana shaped and has a lot to explore. Its maximum depth is 12 meters.
Egypt according to law only instructors can diving without guide therefore we give to each group a guide who helps with diving and procuring of permissions which are indispensable. Bring with yourself Present diving logbook and agency certification, Possess medical certification and accident insurance, Maximum depth limit is 30 meters for recreational scuba divers. A check out dive in the bay on the first day is required, if you have not dived for 6 months or more. Trips to Ras Mohammed, Straits of Tiran or the Thistlegorm are not available on first day of diving and require a suitable level of certification and experience.