With its colourful corals and warm currents, Dahab has built a significant reputation as a diving and snorkeling destination.
Assalah bay in particular now has more dive centres and safari tour operators than one would care to count. And it’s scarcely possible to cross the street during the day without seeing a group of wetsuit clad frogmen.
The good news is, that with so many scuba divers, the surface of the water is often less crowded and makes snorkeling in Dahab some of the best in the world.
There are a number of well known snorkeling spots that exist within the bay, nearby, and further a field.
A two minute stroll further north from the Eldorado Beach is the site known as Eel Gardens.
Even if you have no interest in getting wet, this part of Masbat is a welcome break from the occasional hassle of the main strip. With fewer restaurants there are fewer PR men offering to show you the menu. And with less competition it seems the inclination to ‘hard sell’ the establishment is also greatly reduced.
Eel gardens takes its name from the population of Garden Eels (Gorgasia Sillineri) that inhabit the sandy floor. Not sure where they are, look down! A variety fish also feeds off the coral here. Mind the sea urchins as you swim precariously over a shallow coral bed to access the site. Best avoided on a windy morning, or by less confident swimmers. Take a look at our videos!