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Red Sea Dive Sites - Abu Hashish

Abu Hashish sounds like it has something to do with drugs and some people say that this reef got its name from the contraband cargo of a boat that once hit it. Others say that hashish also means seaweed in fisherman slang; something you find in some shallower bits of the lagoon here. The boats mostly moor up inside the lagoon, on the west side of the main reef where the depth is around4m-7m.

This dive can be done as a drift, or from the mooring and back. If you go from the mooring you first have to swim through a small channel in the reef. Here it’s no more than 2m in depth so waves and current can make the passage tricky.
 
Think about your buoyancy. When you are through, you swim a bit up north and turn around for a look back. This is what it is going to look like when you are on your way back. Memorize! One landmark is the small coral tower where you turn right into the channel.


If you wander out over the plateau you will find the drop-off at 18m. This is not the prettiest part of the dive and if you don’t need to get a certain depth for any reason, it’s best to stay on the plateau. There are beautiful coral blocks and table corals where you find crocodilefish and blue spotted ribbon-tail rays. If you examine the sandy bottom you find gobies with shrimps all
over the place.

Heading up north you will first have a bend in the reef on your left hand side with big brain corals cascading down the sloping reef side. Continue up north until you find a pinnacle with a cleaning station at 9m. Now it is probably time to turn around. On the wall you should get close and look carefully. Yellow mouth moray eel, scorpionfish, stonefish and octopus take a good eye to spot and a photo of one of these takes the trophy back
on the boat.

When you are back at the small coral tower you can see the channel on your right hand side. Remember to make your safety stop before passing through the channel. It’s only 2m to the surface here. If you still have air left, take a look around the two small pinnacles on the south side before going back to the boat in the lagoon. This is especially interesting as you come to the southwest end. First you have a crack in the reef where the sunbeams play, reflecting the water in the white sand.
 
Turning around the corner you will find the sea grass to your right. Take a few minutes to explore this area. There are seahorses for the keen eye. Back at the mooring, squid flying in formation are a common sight. Barracudas stalk unsuspecting batfish and free-swimming moray eels are not rare.

Liveaboard boats from Hurghada sometimes use Abu Hashish for check dives or as a last stop on the way home. The site is ideal for all kind of dive training as well as any level of divers, which makes it a popular destination for daily dive boats
from Hurghada.

Also snorkel excursions find their way here to take advantage of the sheltered moorings and the calm waters. Sometimes it can be crowded in the lagoon but if you’re clever you can plan your dive so you avoid bumping into too many divers. Assess the situation and decide if you’re going to drift or go from the mooring.

It’s also a good idea to make a current check before entering the water.
 

 

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