Abu Dabbab; Diving The South Reef

Abu Dabbab; Diving The South Reef

One of the most common fish species in the Red Sea is the surgeonfish. The sohal surgeonfish or sohal tang or Arabian surgeonfish measures up to 40 cm and is endemic to the Red Sea. Its body is decorated with blue and grey horizontal stripes . The blue-bordered fins are black. Together with its yellow spots the coloration of the sohal tang gives rise to the sweet reference of the Red Sea  ‘poster fish’. It feeds predominantly on algae, venturing upper and outer reef zones.

You are now at the southern house reef of Abu Dabbab. Just like the northern house reef, the southern house reef can be reached by simply wading in from the shore or by zodiacs from the Blue Ocean Diving Centers. Again, the visibility is excellent and uninterrupted and the current usually weak.

It’s suitable for both day and night dives and for all levels. You can do the southern reef as a drift if you are certified to do drift dives. Blue Ocean’s unrivalled and extremely attractive offer of ‘unlimited house reef diving’ allows you to explore the reef anytime you like during the day between It’s truly an unique package of unlimited house reef diving, running daily from 08.00am to 4.15pm. 

The southern reef is richly decorated with a great variety of corals. The mushroom coral. Is a small and flat coral, having variable colours. When you have seen a fully-developed antler of a deer, you have seen the shape and structure of the yellow-brownish reef-building staghorn coral. The staghorn coral is a favourite hide-out for fish to escape from aquatic hunters. For those divers who love underwater photography the beautiful coral scene is set for the bi-colour parrotfish and the orange-striped triggerfish. The southern reef at Abu Dabbab is a true colourful feast for the eye!