Dive Site

Dahrat Abida

Overview

This elongated island lies at the southern end of the South Suakin Group. The mainland coast is approximately 20 nautical miles away

Description

Dahrat Abida can be recognized from a distance by the three wrecks on the northwest side. The one on the south is a former sailboat. In the middle is an unknown motor ship and north of it a lifeboat.
Southwest plateau
The dive is usually started at the southeast end of the island and continued towards the west. The rugged reef wall drops steeply and sometimes forms small overhangs. Beautiful spiky corals hang down from them. Couples of masked butterfly fish also stay there. The entire wall is overgrown with various corals. To the west is an extremely colorful and diverse plateau. It is completely covered with coral heads. Underwater photographers find numerous interesting motifs. At some distance from the wall covered with soft corals, swarms of barbed mackerel or individual baracudas move along the reef. Patrolling gray reef sharks or schools of tuna can be spotted from the outer edge of the narrow plateau.
Northeast plateau
At the northeast end of Dahrat Abida, a plateau extends into the open water. Its approach begins in 4 meters and drops continuously to 14 meters. It is overgrown. Whip corals rise from the ground next to stone corals and stretch towards the light. In the entire area, the diver can observe numerous reef inhabitants: yellow-breasted junkers and groups of blue-streak snappers swim over guard gobies, who peek out of their caves. Individual Napoleons and large groups of baracudas run above them. The outer wall of the plateau forms a drop-off, along with white tip reef sharks and gray reef sharks. If you look into the open water, you may be lucky enough to spot a school of great-face hammerhead sharks. It can include more than a hundred animals. Other pelagic residents, such as silver tip sharks, swarms of barbed mackerel or tuna, also enrich the dive. It is not uncommon for sea turtles to visit the island.

Hotspots

  • Large fish emerge from the open water and pull along the reef walls that disappear steeply in the deep blue