This dive site in the Marsa Alam reason is one of the most popular dive spots in the Red Sea as there is a very good chance that divers can spot dugong and green turtles on their dives. Abu Dabbab is often nicknamed the aquarium, as it is rich in marine life and is a very good dive site.
The reef lies between 10 and 20 meters and so can be visited by most divers. The dive is partially a reef dive, which begins at 5 meters and then becomes the seagrass habitat of the dugong. These marine mammals are herbivores feeding on the seagrass and they are semi resident in this area. They are now threatened with extinction and so this might one of the last places to see them in the wild.
Divers have also spotted Guitar sharks – one of the rarest sharks in the world, and crocodile fish in the area amongst the sandy bottom. The Green turtles in the area are remarkably friendly and can make great photo opportunities. They are normally covered in Remora fish and other fish in the area include eels, blue spotted rays, trunkfish, and puffer fish.
The reef is made up of interconnecting shallow pools and is home to many schools of batfish, barracuda, groupers, snappers, and other turtles.