1. Boiler Wreck, 2. Ala's Reef, 3. Redmah Wall, 4. Ann Ann Wreck, 5. Cable Wreck. Saudi Arabia has the Red Sea's longest coastline and, due to previous travel restrictions, some of the Red Sea's last untouched and little-dived reefs. There is plenty to dive into along the Red Sea's coastline and the Persian Gulf's coastline. Let’s Toplist help you find the list of the best dive sites in Saudi Arabia!
Boiler Wreck is the first name on the list of the best dive sites in Saudi Arabia that Toplist would like to introduce to you. This is not just because of the overall dive profile offered at this location, but also because of the coal-fired ship that lies on its starboard side at 18 m. The divers are dropped off in open water 50 meters west of the wreck, where they descend 45 meters to the first shelf wall.
One meter in diameter, large sea fans gently sway in the current, black coral bushes hosting crustaceans and small fish, and soft corals of pink and scarlet red can all be found on Boiler Wreck after a brief exploration. A light is required to see the vast array of colors at this depth and into the small cavern. Sharks, manta rays, and large carnivorous fish such as bonito, blue-fin jacks, and kingfish may pass along the wall on any given dive.
Location: Boiler Wreck, Saudi Arabia
Boiler Wreck. Photo: divescover.com
Ala’s Reef is a torpedo-shaped sea mound that measures 200 meters long and 20 meters wide in the middle. The mound rises from the 365m bottom to a depth of 14m at the surface, in the middle of the inter-coastal shipping lane, between the Old Kings Palace and the South Elisa Shoal Marker.
Location: Ala’s Reef, Saudi Arabia
Ala’s Reef. Photo: destinationksa.com
Ala’s Reef. Photo: divemagazine.com
Redmah Wall is the next name on the list of the best dive sites in Saudi Arabia. The 150 m section of the Redmah Wall is said to be the best soft coral wall in all of the waters off Saudi Arabia. Because this dive is usually done after a trip to the outer reefs, the seas are usually rough, so the boat should drop divers off and let them drift along the wall to the marker.
The diver is confronted with a deep channel and a vertical wall that parallels the reef after circumnavigating the coral heads at the front of the reef. Small channels penetrate a few meters into the reef, and as with most reefs, it is best to drift along at 9-12 m to see the most reef fish and enjoy the best color. At Redmah Wall, there are soft corals of various types on almost every square meter, and because there is a deep channel, several species of sharks and pelagic fish have surprised the unwary diver.
Redmah Wall. Photo: scubatravel.co.uk
Redmah Wall. Photo: divemagazine.com
Ann Ann Wreck
Ann Ann Wreck is the next name on the list of the best dive sites in Saudi Arabia that Toplist would like to share with you. The Ann Ann Wreck is the largest wreck site near Jeddah, and it is located on the 26-Mile Reef. It is also the region’s most difficult dive, but Ann Ann Wreck still provides some breathtaking opportunities for beginners. The ship, which sank in 1977, is nearly upright, with the bow visible from only 5 meters below. From a depth of 32 meters, the stern can be seen.
Advanced divers are advised to be extra cautious when swimming through the open galley, captain’s room, and electric room, which are now occupied by tuna fish, blue stripe snappers, and blue-spotted stingrays, due to the ship’s extensive damage, particularly in deeper waters. The Ann Ann Wreck is also a dive site occasionally visited by whitetip sharks.
Location: Ann Ann Wreck, Saudi Arabia
Ann Ann Wreck. Photo: arabic-vision.com
Ann Ann Wreck. Photo: blog.gurfati.com
The next name on the list of the best dive sites in Saudi Arabia that Toplist has compiled for you is Cable Wreck. The Cable Wreck at Abu Tair Reef is a fun diving trip and underwater scavenger hunt, with construction materials scattered all over its crash site! When the ship, originally named the Staphonos, went down in 1978, it was carrying a full load of supplies. Steel beams, cables, chain link fences, and even asbestos sheets can now be explored at depths of up to 24 meters by divers of all levels.
Divers who swim around the bow of the ship will almost certainly encounter the resident guitarfish, also known as a guitar shark due to its elongated body that resembles a manta ray and shark all rolled into one! In addition, large schools of goatfish, snappers, and the occasional whitetip reef shark can all be found at the Cable Wreck.
Location: Cable Wreck, Saudi Arabia
Cable Wreck. Photo: youtube.com
Cable Wreck. Photo: fineartamerica.com