Being on the Red Sea, diving in Taba is a natural choice for recreation. The Red Sea is endlessly beautiful and well worth the visit.
Though the town of Taba is located at the northernmost point of the Gulf of Aqaba, and is the final town on the “Red Sea Riviera”, it is still an extremely popular diving destination. This is particularly true where Egyptian and Israeli residents are concerned as they make up the majority of the visitors who come to Taba each year.
Superb Marine Life
The waters of this area do not host the miles of coral “gardens” that are frequently seen in other areas of the Red Sea, the Taba area however does play host to an enormous number of marine life.
Diving in Taba usually includes the waters of the Nuweiba area as well. The dive sites around Taba are generally considered to be easy for those that are not extremely experienced with diving. Most visitors to these waters can expect to encounter tuna, eagle rays, dolphins, turtles and some mixed varieties of shark. In fact many experienced divers take the time to just go simply snorkeling with no equipment because the conditions are so favorable when diving in Taba.
Abou Lou Lou
One of the most popular areas for diving in Taba is the Abou Lou Lou House Reef. This is an area just off a jetty near the hotel Abou Lou Lou House. It is considered the ideal dive for a beginner, and presents an amazing number of fish – usually including crabs and shrimp, groupers and Moray Eels, puffer fish and a tremendous number of Lion Fish.
Another popular site is El Mazeriq, which is an easy to enter location full of many hills and valleys of hard coral formations, but what most visitors head to is the remarkable piece of brain coral that stands at over five meters high, called “Brian’s Brain” which stands near the end of the dive area.
Ras El Shetan
Ras El Shetan, or the Devils Head, is another area popular for scuba diving in Taba. The land base for this dive is an active Bedouin camp, and most divers can expect to use two tanks to accomplish this particular journey, but it will be well worth the weight as this dive presents visitors with some truly spectacular scenery.
The area of descent contains a patch of sea grass bordering a coral garden that has been called a “Japanese Garden” for its striking beauty and remarkable coloration.
The site is also home to many Lemon Goby and Blue Green Puller fish that make it a tremendously popular location for underwater photographers.
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