Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on February 23, 2024
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :
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.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
Colorful coral reef with fish and rays
Free shore access
Reef drop off with coral and fish
Natural pool and reef drop off with colorful fish
Deep sink hole and reef drop off with coral and fish
Small sheltered reef with colorful fish
Patch reef with coral and fish