Let’s be clear about this – camels can’t dive! What they can do, is take you on unique diving adventures you won’t find anywhere else in the world. And if you have non-diving (or freediving!) friends and family, they’ll have just as much fun as the divers.
Do a daytrip with 2 dives, or spend the whole week diving the Protected Areas around Dahab.
Accommodation is Bedouin style – simple beach huts with carpets and blankets under the stars.
- Ras Abu Galum Protected Area (2-6 days)
- Example itinerary
- Overnight Gabr El Bint (2 days/4 dives)
- Jeep Diving Safari to Nabq (1 day)
These are our most popular Camel Diving Safaris – 2 dives a day, for up to 6 days, and glorious nights under the stars.
Ras Abu Galum is a remote Bedouin fishing settlement & Protected Area, stretching from the Blue Hole in the south to Ras Mamlah and Nuweiba in the north. It’s home to 5 or 6 families, and summer retreat for many Bedouin who come and go from Dahab and Nuweiba.
It’s also home to one of the area’s most beautiful coral gardens. The reef is stunning. Octopus and turtles are common, plus rays and a huge variety of reef fish and invertebrates.
There are as many dive sites in this area as you have days to dive. Here are few of our favourites:
- South Dheyla: Rainbow Bay, Israeli bay
- Dheyla: Sabah house reef (right, left, drift from far left)
- On the way to A’Maied: Sand Canyon, Big Stone
- A’Maied: left wall, far left (good finning work out!), Tonsils
- On the way to Ras Mamlah: Nachlat El Rasasa, Hej
- Ras Mamlah: right and left
We’re often asked about the itinerary for a Camel Diving Safari. It’s all flexible, but this will give you a good idea about how you spend your time:
- Day 1. There’s no better time to leave on safari than early! Depart Dahab 6-7am. Travel by jeep for ½ hr , then meet your camels!
- Load tanks and equipment onto the camels, a quick lesson in camel driving and we’re off! 1 hour trek along a beautiful stretch of the Aqaba coastline. Relax & enjoy the ride!
- Unpack , a 2nd breakfast now that we’re awake, and time for the first dive.
- All of the diving on safari is from shore. Kit up, buddy check, descend and enjoy!
- More tea, lunch and time to explore. 2nd dive.
- Relax, snorkel, walk on the beach or go to the Laguna for an afternoon swim.
- Around sunset, dry off and gather round the fire for dinner and a perfect night under the stars.
- Day 2. There’s nothing like an early morning swim! Wake with sun on day 2 (and days 3, 4, etc), walk a few meters and you’re in the cool blue waters of the Red Sea. Finish your swim and breakfast arrives, with fresh baked Bedouin bread.
- The days carry on like this… diving 2 dives a day, optional 3rd dives, eating fresh food prepared by our Bedouin hosts and drinking as much of the sweet Bedouin tea as you can manage!
- On the longer Camel Diving Safaris, there is the option to trek to Bir El Ogda Oasis. The wells here provide the best drinking water in South Sinai and palm trees bring dates every summer. It’s a nice walk up the wadi, and a great way to explore the mountains.
- On the final day, pack up the camels after the 2nd dive and start the journey home. By camel to the road, and jeep to Dahab. You’ll be planning your next trip to Dahab within hours!
This is the original Camel Diving Safari!
In the ’90s, a group of instructors and guides wanted to explore remote dive sites south of Dahab. There weren’t any boats in Dahab at the time, and the route was inaccessible by jeep, but every Bedouin village has camels!
Said organised the camels, packed the Bedouin tent and off they went for 5 days exploring the entire coast from Dahab to Sharm. They camped on the beach, cooked on the fire and sipped sweet Bedouin tea inbetween dives.
The big finding on the trip was Gabr El Bint. These days you can take a boat to Gabr El Bint, but it’s still nice to do things the traditional way! Staying overnight also gives you enough time to explore more sites in the area:
- Gabr El Bint: right (from shore) wall, Gorgonians, lagoon
- Gabr El Bint Canyon
- Baby Blue Hole
All have characteristics that attract rare and large marine life including snapper, grouper and rays.
Nabq Protected Area is the 50km of rugged empty beach between Dahab and Sharm. We’ve dived all of it, but it’s a long stretch by camel between the sites around Gabr El Bint and the main Nabq area, and you have to be very lucky with the current. The solution: a Jeep Diving Safari.
‘Nabq Bay’ area of Sharm El Sheikh comes to an abrupt end at the gates to Nabq Protected Area, and the contrast couldn’t be greater. Touristy resorts give way to the Bedouin fishing settlement, Orghana, and then to sandy beaches covered with palm and mangrove trees, a fresh breeze, pristine coral reefs and some of the Sinai’s most unique land habitat.
Spend the day diving the beautiful pinnacles and grass corals at Nachlat-El-Tel. The diving here is shallow, with perfect light for photographers. Before heading home, explore Nabq’s unique mangrove area and Arak dunes.