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The Islands, with its drop-offs, patch reefs and pinnacles, is a fantastic shore snorkeling location in Dahab. Heading out over the reef flat, you will arrive at the deeper part of the spot which is covered with corals and surrounded by colorful sea life. Common sightings at The Islands include anemonefish, angelfish, butterflyfish, puffers, and sea turtles.

A green sea turtle and a yellowbar angelfish at The Islands, Dahab
Green sea turtles are common sightings at The Islands. In this picture, accompanied by a Yellowbar angelfish.

How to get to The Islands snorkeling site?

The Islands is a free shore access snorkeling location in southern Dahab. It is very close to Laguna Beach (from where you can snorkel the Napoleon Reef) and to the Blue Lagoon kitesurf spot.

It is easy to reach the spot by taxi or by walking from Dahab city center.

The Islands, Dahab snorkeling map
The Islands, Dahab snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling The Islands

The recommended water entrance is directly from the beach, at this spot. From there, you can snorkel above the shallow flat to reach the drop-off (see map above).

The Islands snorkeling exploration tips

The Islands is a very scenic location that includes a 200-meter-long reef drop-off, as well as several huge reefs that almost touch the surface. It features a very varied underwater topography, allowing for great explorations.

Red Sea anemonefish at The Islands, Dahab
Red Sea anemonefish at The Islands, Dahab.

Depth ranges from less than 3 feet/1 meter at the reef top and over the patch reefs, to 65 feet/20 meters on the outer reef. Do not snorkel beyond the easternmost reef, where waves are usually breaking.

Stellate puffer at The Islands, Dahab
A Stellate puffer noted on the sandy beds at the foot of the reef.

At this spot, the coral formations are healthy, and you can expect to see butterflyfish, wrasse, puffers, snappers, groupers, and anemonefish, among many other species.

The yellow-bar angelfish is one of the most beautiful creatures you may spot at reef. Both the green and the hawksbill sea turtles can possibly be spotted at The Islands.

Small group of Sohal surgeonfish at The Islands, Dahab
A small group of Sohal surgeonfish at The Islands.

The usual underwater visibility at this location is great. Postpone your snorkeling if the sea is rough or the current is too strong. The snorkeling area is not monitored, always snorkel with a buddy.

Restaurants and accommodations nearby

The Islands is located in an isolated area, with no restaurant or bar.

More images of a sea turtle encounter at The Island in this video shared by Slowemotions :


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth65 feet/20 meters
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach and shallow reef flat
  • Potential DangersWaves and current in exposed areas
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo

MAP Spot

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.