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WIED IR RAHEB

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Wied Ir-Raheb, meaning ‘The Sacristan’s Valley’, is a dry gorge starting several hundred metres inland, ending up in the cliff-face about 25m above the surface. Although this dive is absolutely dominated by massive boulders, anchoring at the point is difficult because there is only a small shelf, about 20 meters deep which plunges vertically to a depth of 70 meters or more. You can do this site as a drift dive, entering 3 caves along the way. The first and third caves are open to the surface and are 15m and 25m deep respectively. The second cave, ‘House Cave’, is the main attraction of the dive. The entry is a clean cut door in the cliff wall and the exit is a round window just above it. At the back of the cave, a very dark but wide chimney takes us to water level where we find a small enclosed air pocket.

Particulars

Note that this dive is only suitable for the experienced, and should be planned with great care for safety. The sheer cliff face can be disorientating due to the clarity and deep blue of the water.

Warnings

Beware of the currents that are here often.

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WIED IR RAHEB Features

Nicknames
The Sacristan’s Valley
Address
N.v.t. N/A
Parking
At boat charter
Suitable for
Advanced divers, experienced divers (drift dive)
Permit
N.v.t.
Access
Free access
Facilities
None
Water
Salt
Tide
N.v.t.
Kind of dive
Boat dive / drift dive , reef dive , cavern dive, reef wall dive
Current
Limited / variable
Visibility
20 - 40 m.
Average visibility
30 m.
Depth
25 m.
Bottom
rotsblokken,rotsen
Life
Dusky grouper or merou, bath sponge, european parrotfish, ornate- or turkish wrasse, saddled bream, brown meagre, salema porgy or cowbream
Other recreation
None
Emergency
112

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