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Pepper moray on Sinai House Reef, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Jenny Carlton-Smith

Shortfin lionfish on Sinai House Reef, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Jenny Carlton-Smith

Flounder on Sinai House Reef, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Jenny Carlton-Smith

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Dive Site: Sinai House Reef

Location: Dahab

Description: Reef / shore / night dive

Depth: 18 metres max (60 feet)

Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: ***

We were diving with Sinai Divers located in the Hilton. The friendly dive Center is located just off the beach and a 10-dive package entitles you to 5 free dives on the house reef. Entrance to the site is from the beach, starting in the confined area designed for training purposes. The sandy slope drops off to about 15m with patches of sea grass, anchors, tyres, broken pots and other things designed to encourage reef life. There is also a natural reef about 15 minute swim from the shore. The visibility is fairly poor, due to the tidal currents within the lagoon, however it is well worth the effort with a good variation in sealife.

We found this dive was best done at dusk, before the Center shuts, as this is when the fish are out hunting, lionfish come out from their home in the tyre to start hunting, and trevally and jacks are rounding up shoals of smaller fish into the shallows. We also found the elusive seahorse within the seagrass patches at about 6m. The seagrass also provides a home for pipefish and pepper morays, with yellow moth morays found within the reef itself. Flounders, hermit crabs and goatfish can also be found feeding on the sandy seabed.

Jenny Pickles, BSAC Dive Leader

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