Part of the Seven Sisters, Abu Galawa is dotted with colorful coral and exotic fish. The diving spot is also famous for a World War 2 shipwreck: a Chinese tugboat that sunk in 1947, and now entirely covered by soft and hard corals. Speaking of wrecks, two other must-dives are the Luna and Iona Wrecks, which have interesting histories. Iona, a British ship, sunk when it hit the neighboring coral reef system and is now home to spectacular marine biodiversity. Exactly how a British ship got into the Red Sea during World War I is still a mystery.
They say anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. So where do you even start when deciding to scuba dive in Yanbu? As always, turn to the professionals. There are countless diving stores to get you started who will organize boat rides to dive spots, pair you with a guide, and provide equipment, such as:
Saudi Diving Center (058 388 8301)
Diving Bubbles (050 562 0679)
Dolphin Free Diver (054 642 0600)
Natlus Divers (012 206 1548)
Diving Leaders (056 503 0966)