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Three Pools reef map, Red Sea dive site

Barracuda at Three Pools, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe
Bannerfish at Three Pools, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Jenny Carlton-Smith
Lionfish at Three Pools, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Anna Wright
Torpedo ray at Three Pools, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Anna Wright
Coral at Three Pools, Red Sea dive site - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

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Dive Site: Three Pools / South Oasis

Location: South Dahab, 2826.139N; 3427.481E

Description: Reef / shore dive

Depth: 20 metres (65 feet)

Visibility: 30 - 40 metres (100 - 130 feet)

Rating: ***

The second dive from the South Oasis after a lazy lunch. This was a mammoth dive and I was beginning to get a bit chilly in a shortie. Starting off by swimming out to an overhang, with schools of barracuda and ending up at 5m swimming around the shallower corals.

Jenny Pickles, BSAC Dive Leader

You literally go through three pools at the start of this dive. The coral is beautiful. We saw lots of lionfish, barracuda, two bar sea bream and a little ray.

Anna Wright, Advanced Open Water

Three sandy pools interconnected by saddles of coral form the entry and exit point for this dive. Outside of the third pool a young resident napoleon fish might catch your eye just before you descend to the deepest point of the dive by following a sandy alley with brain corals, pipe corals and salad corals along the sides. The alley brings you to a coral garden with pinnacles. A resident turtle often patrols the area. The later part of the dive is a shallow area where sand and coral blocks seem to compete to catch a bit of sun, showing wonderful red coloured details. Crocodilefish and scorpionfish try to hide in the sandy parts, while octopuses blend in wherever they go, but divers with an eye for detail will spot them for sure.

Very nice dive site. Lots of yellowtail barracuda and we also saw a very big octopus.

Peter L, open water diver | 30/03/2009

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