Scuba diving Abu Dabbab bay, Red Sea, Marsa Alam


Scuba diving in Abu Dabbab Bay in the Egyptian Red Sea is one of our great experiences and we remember it very fondly.

The following photos were taken during 2 dives in the bay as part of a scuba trip with Duck Diving Superior Marsa Alam dive centre. We went into the water without a guide and spent approximately 3 hours underwater there in total.

We shot with a pair of Canon Powershot G11 compacts, with Canon and Ikelite underwater housings. Some of the images are photographed only in ambient light, some are taken with an external Ikelite DS160 underwater strobe.


Sandy bottom, beautifully clear water, easy access and wonderful scuba diving - this is Abu Dabbab.
Sandy bottom, beautifully clear water, easy access and wonderful scuba diving - this is Abu Dabbab.

Kate prepares her camera near a big school of fish.
Katka prepares the Canon Powershot G11 camera in the Canon WP-DC34 underwater housing near a big school of fish.

School of fish, ambient light, Abu Dabbab bay
One of the resulting images, ambient light.

Sea turtle in the Abu Dabbab bay, unedited photo.
One of the turtles in the bay, unedited photo.

Bluespotted ribbontail ray tries to hide on the bottom.
Bluespotted ribbontail ray tries to hide on the bottom.

Kate with a camera. Scuba diving in the Abu Dabbab bay.
Kate with a camera. We try a modified recreational scuba gear (a regulator on a longer hose in the mouth and a backup regulator under the neck) and a tank strap with a metal buckle. After that we switched to the standard recreational scuba configuration - a primary regulator on a shortened hose in the mouth and with a neclace, a standard octopus, a shortened hose for the inflator and a common tank strap with a plastic buckle.

Abu Dabbab bay shot, unedited photo.
Bay shot, unedited photo.

Triggerfish, Abu Dabbab, ambient light.
Triggerfish, ambient light.

Kate enjoys scuba diving, Abu Dabbab bay.
Kate enjoys scuba diving.

Kate in the bay and a shot of the damselfish (sergeant) in the blue water.
Kate in the bay and a shot of the damselfish (sergeant) in the blue water.

Sea turtle on the bottom, image with an external Ikelite DS160 strobe.
Sea turtle on the bottom, image with an external Ikelite DS160 strobe.

Kate photographs a large sea turtle. We met several turtles underwater and had a lot of fun scuba diving with them.
Kate photographs a large sea turtle. We met several turtles underwater and had a lot of fun scuba diving with them.

Scuba diving with the sea turtle, Red Sea. Abu Dabbab bay, Marsa Alam.
One of the resulting images.

Scuba diving with the sea turtles, Abu Dabbab bay, Marsa Alam.
Another of the sea turtles on the bottom.

Abu Dabbab bay, Kate is taking photos, unedited pictures.
Kate is taking photos, unedited pictures.

Peter and Kate