Dive Site

Shaab Malahi

  • Current: N/W in the mornings, N/E at midday
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 25–30 m; M, J, J, A: 30–50 m; S, O, N, D: 40–50 m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 24–25°C; A, M, J: 26–28°C; J, A, S: 28-31°C; O, N, D: 30-25°C
  • Depth: 3 m to approx. 25 m

Overview

Taken from the literal translation of 'Malahi', the Shaab Malahi is truly a 'playground' for all divers. The enchanting labyrinth including coral gardens in the inner lagoon has countless surprises in store for us as well as delightful treasures waiting to be discovered by us in the many small caves.

Description

In the 100-metre long and 60-metre wide 'Shaab Malahi' labyrinth, it's not uncommon for one to get lost. The guide or diver's watch equipped with compass can be used in an emergency, as there's always an exit located south! Here we can dive between 6 and 22 metres; there is only a drop-off on the eastern side. The current flows mainly from the north-west around the reef and there is no current to fear at the centre.

Breathtaking blocks measuring up to 16 to 20 metres high form the beautiful reef of Shaab Malahi. They are also covered with overhangs and home to the most colourful coral. Since the diving depths often greatly vary, all those who have mastered the art of pressure equalisation may count themselves among the fortunate to enter this diving site. The dive leads through two to eight metre-wide channels and 15 metre-wide lagoons.

Hotspots

  • The western part of the reef is definitely worth a visit, especially to find the block adorned with table coral on top. The 'Iron' block is located just south of this location – and we can't wait to see who discovers it! In addition, there are two blocks with table coral in the south-west as well as whole shoals of fish. When in luck, you might just witness two male bannerfish fight for dominance by butting their heads together. The picture of the century!
  • All those not able to take this dive will nevertheless get their money's worth: two humphead wrasse measuring over two metres in size swim around the Shaab Malahi, just as do moray eels, eagle rays, captivating whitetip reef sharks as well as a variety of snails, triggerfish and snappers. One dive alone does not suffice to explore the reef's many wonders.